Gunmen kill lecturer, student in Lagos school

A student, Razak Bakare, has been allegedly shot dead by gunmen who invaded the Michael Otedola College of Primary Health Education, in the Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Few hours after the undergraduate was killed, a lecturer, Ahmed Saheed, lost his life when yet-to-be-identified armed men allegedly attacked him around Poka town in Epe.

Punch gathered that the attacks which occurred within the space of 48 hours, created panic that affected academic activities on the campus.

A security guard in the institution, who spoke to one of our correspondents on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident.

“The student was killed on campus on Wednesday and the lecturer was shot dead on Friday. we have informed the police,” he said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, has yet to respond to calls made to his mobile number as of the time this report was filed. Punchng


EPL: I paid price for Man United’s failure – Ole Solskjaer

Sacked Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted that he paid the price for the club’s failure to “take the next step”.

Man United parted company with Solskjaer in the wake of their Premier League 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday evening.

The Red Devils then put Michael Carrick in temporary charge while they seek to appoint an interim manager.

“I wanted us to take the next step to challenge for the league, to win trophies… but unfortunately I could not get the results we needed and it’s time for me to step aside,” Solskjaer told MUTV.

“Second place last season ahead of arguably one of the best teams in Europe (Liverpool), I think that is a great achievement as well.

“And we were so close in Europe. Sometimes that is the fine margin for you, one penalty.”

Man United are currently in the eighth position on the Premier League table with 17 points from 12 matches. Dailypost


Gov Ishaku to partner FG to halt Cameroonian soldiers’ invasion of Taraba communities

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State has reiterated his commitment to liaise with the Federal Government to halt the further invasion of Taraba communities by foreign soldiers.

The governor, who made this known through the Commissioner of Information and Reorientation, Barrister Danjuma Adamu, at the weekend after leading a high powered government delegation to the attacked community, said the activities of the foreign soldiers will be effectively checkmated.

While sympathizing with the people, he said the state government will collaborate with the Federal Government in order to forestall future occurrences.

He said, “We have seen things for ourselves and we have heard the request made by the communities here. We will report back to the state governor for quick intervention and I am certain something positive would follow.”

Demonstrating the government’s determination to put an end to the attacks, he said the military have been stationed there to ensure the security of life and properties.

Also on his part, the traditional ruler of Shibong, Alexander Yamusa Garkwe, said the nature of the recent attack, which led to the death of no fewer than 12 persons including a traditional ruler, has made his subjects vulnerable.

He called for the deployment of marine police and soldiers to the area, saying failure to secure the area could lead to an exodus of residents to urban centres.

A palace guard who narrated how the attackers invaded the community said while a lot of our people escaped through the river, others narrowly escaped through the bush.

Also aligning his weight to that of the Commissioner and the traditional ruler, the council chairman of Takum, Shiban Tikari, warned the foreign soldiers to desist from taking advantage of any of the Taraba communities.

He expressed optimism that the military is capable of preventing further attacks along the borders. Dailypost


NYSC generates N511m operating surplus for Federation Account

The National Youth Service Corps says it generated N511m operating surplus to be paid into the Federation Account for 2021.

The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Shuaibu, said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday.

According to him, the amount was generated through its revenue-generating ventures.

He said the figure was N231m higher than the sum remitted by the NYSC in 2020.

Ibrahim said the N511m operating surplus of the NYSC this year was generated from five major sources of revenue.

The sources were the NYSC garment factories in Anambra and Niger states as well as the bakery and table water factories in Abuja.

Other included revenue from film productions and national troupe bookings and performances.

He said, “From these ventures, we generated over N280m in 2020, which we paid into the federation account.

“For 2021, we have generated N511m, which we will also pay to the federation account. This is our contribution to the national economy.”

The NYSC DG expressed optimism that the organisation would continue to boost its revenue generation to improve the fiscal space for national spending.

To increase revenue, Ibrahim said the NYSC would maintain its internal financial management reforms and keep tapping the potential of corps members. Punchng


Two major fire incidents hit Rivers in less than 24 hours

In less than 24 hours, two major fire incidents have hit Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, leaving properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

The first incident took place on Saturday night at the building behind the popular fruit garden market in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The fire started and around 8 pm and lasted for several hours before men for the federal fire service were able to put it out.

The fire destroyed several buildings around the area including a new generation church.

It is believed to have been caused by “combustive materials”, according to the Rivers State Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Dr. Peter Medee who visited the fire scene on Sunday for an on-the-spot assessment.

The commissioner said, “I have seen that this company is not in operation, and because it is not in operation, the premises has been converted to use for unwholesome practices which may not also be far from the storage of petroleum products by people doing things that are illegal”.

Also speaking, the Rivers State Commander of the Federal Fire Service, Abdullahi Audu, who was also at the scene promised that an investigation into the cause of the fire will soon commence.

In less than 24 hours another building around the Rumuagholu area of Obio Akpor local government of Rivers state was gutted by fire.

The fire quickly spread to other structures around the area.

Initial attempts by men of the Federal Fire Service to put out the fire proved abortive as it continued to spread to other structures including the fence of a new generation bank in the area.

A reinforcement team of the fire service however arrived at the scene and were able to put out the fire after several hours.

An eyewitness linked the fire to activities of “oil bunkerers” in the building. Dailypost


EPL: Wayne Rooney speaks on becoming new Man Utd manager after Solskjaer’s sack

Former Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney, has said he has no plans of leaving Derby County any time soon.

Rooney has been linked with the vacant seat at Old Trafford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired on Sunday.

Although he admitted he speaks to people at United regularly, the ex-England star has insisted that he would have gotten the job by now if the Red Devils wanted him.

“I’m committed to this football club until somebody above me tells me otherwise,” Rooney said.

“I speak to people at Manchester United on a regular basis and I’m sure, if they were going to come calling for me, that would have happened by now.”

Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino are believed to be frontrunners for the role. Dailypost


Bandits kidnap travellers on Abuja-Kaduna road

Bandits laid an ambush on the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna road on Sunday, abducting an unknown number of travellers.

Those who escaped said the gunmen blocked the road at Katari village at about 2 pm, operating for more than an hour.

One of them told PRNigeria that they had to turn back due to the repeated sounds of gunshots.

The citizen recalled that drivers had to park some kilometres away from the scene.

They resumed their journey after vehicular movement resumed on the other side of the highway.

“Many travellers must have been kidnapped or escaped into the bush.

“We saw at least fifteen cars parked and empty when we passed the scene of the attack,” he disclosed.

Police spokesman, Mohammed Jalige was unreachable when DAILY POST called his line on Sunday night.

Katari has witnessed several attacks and kidnapping incidents in recent months.

In September, Emir Hassan Atto of Bungudu in Zamfara was taken away; a police officer attached to him was killed.

The monarch, a former Secretary to Zamfara Government, was freed after one month in captivity. Dailypost


Gunmen shoot teacher dead in Lagos

A member of staff of the Army Children Senior High School in Epe, Lagos, Handed Sa’heed, has been shot dead in Lagos.

The deceased popularly called ‘World Morgan, was the school’s Biology teacher and Registra.

He was reportedly shot dead at about 7.10pm, last Friday, in his shop  in Poka, Epe area of Lagos.

The Muslim Teachers Association of Nigeria, MUTAN Epe,  which condemned the  murder of  Sa’heed, called on the Lagos State Government and the Lagos State Police Command to unearth the circumstance surrounding the death and bring the culprits to book. 

Describing late Sa’heed as a hard-working teacher, the association in a statement issued this night, said his murder ” is signalling that the teaching profession is unsafe and being rubbished, as noble teachers have now become endangered species in the state”.

The statement reads: “The late Hameed Sa’heed  was  reportedly shot several times and stabbed by alleged unknown boys/youths.

“Following this development, MUTAN EPE calls on the police and other relevant security agencies to ensure that the culprits are apprehended through a careful and speedy investigation and all brought to justice.

“The Lagos State Government should also put necessary and drastic measures in place to avert reoccurrence of this kind as schools are preparing for inter-house sports and first term examinations. Teaching profession is a noble one that must be respected at all times.

“As we sympathize with his loved ones, we equally pray to Allah to grant everyone the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss”.Efforts to get the reactions of spokes persons for the Army and the Lagos State Police Command failed as of time of writing this report.  Vanguardngr


Nigerians don’t appreciate their presidents until they die – Minister Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has said Nigerians don’t appreciate their presidents until they are dead.

Fashola stated this as a guest speaker at the Yoruba Tennis Club public lecture.

He blamed it on the poor understanding of the powers of a president.

The former Governor of Lagos State also said lack of proper interaction between the president and Nigerians was responsible for citizens not liking their presidents while alive.

“Of all the Presidents we have had, Nigerians never loved any one of them while in office; we seem to love them after they have left or died.

“Why is that so? To me, the answer is lack of depth in interaction.

“Nigerians are not sufficiently familiar with the constitution and the role of which offices are expected to play. It seems to me that we are expecting the right thing from the wrong place,” he said Dailypost


Six Christmas-inspired Interior Design Tweaks

Now that the festive season is upon us yet again, the ritual of redecorating will begin in earnest. Nothing beats the feeling that is associated with tweaking your interior design to reflect the joy of the season. 

Here are some great ideas that can brighten up your home’s interior design to reflect the season.


The Classic Pine Tree

Is Christmas even complete without the staple pine tree? It is commonplace, yet so sacred for Christmas lovers. For most, this is the most important part of the decorative quality that comes with the Christmas season. To tweak things up, what you can do that defies the pattern is choosing where the pine tree is located. The living room; two small-sized pine trees on either side of the TV shelf? It’s yours to decide.


Wreaths as Budget-Friendly Replacement For Pine Tree

Wreaths can be a great and effective replacement for pine trees. And the possibilities for modifications are endless since wreaths can be made from a variety of materials- styrofoam, flowers, artificial greenery, even fruits like berries. Placing these wreaths at strategic places around the house can induce the atmosphere with a merry, fuzzy feeling. And, what’s more, they are budget-friendly.


Stockings Filled with Goodies and Heart-Warming Notes

While they can be an interesting place to hide little-sized gifts, they also have a decorative role to play in the scheme of the Christmas spirit. You can conveniently hang them around the TV shelf, the mock fireplace, along the railings of the staircase, and can serve an ornamental function on the pine tree.


Scented Candles Hanging off Pine Tree

Most Christmas decorations appeal to the wonder of sight. Why not veer a bit to engage another sense- smell? If we can associate the beauty and joy of the season through what we see, why not what we smell? Scented candles can complete the aura of Christmas through the teasing sensation they provide to our sense of smell.


A Plethora of Multi-Coloured Lights in Strategic Locations 

Light it up! Christmas lights are another staple of the Christmas spirit. Choosing all the right places to set up in, however, can make all the difference. You could choose to drape a section over the windows, mirrors, over the furniture, or, better, as you see fit!


Staircase Garlands either at the Base or around the Railings

You can use your staircase as a decorative point to complete the Christmas look. Garlands draped across the railings of your stairway or at the base is a refreshing way to soak up the moment of joy that Christmas brings.

Make the best of these ideas to light up your Christmas this holiday season, literally. Sugarweddings 


Bandits kill six, abduct women, children in Zamfara

An unspecified number of gunmen have unleashed terror on Rijiya village in Gusau, Zamfara State capital, killing six persons and injuring many.

Some women and children were also kidnapped in the attack.

An eyewitness, who spoke with BBC Hausa, explained that the bandits stormed the community around noon on Sunday with motorcycles and started shooting sporadically resulting in the killing of the six villagers.

“We were taken unaware when the bandits stormed the community and started house to house search for women. Those who were kidnapped were mostly married women and children, including nursing babies.

“As I am talking, nobody can exactly say the number of people kidnapped as everyone was running helter-skelter for the safety of their lives,” a source said.

According to the source, the bandits penetrated the Rijiya community through the Tsafe Local Government Area of the state when some of the villagers were already on their farms.

“When we heard gunshots from the village we were apprehensive because we know that nowhere is saved in the state and most of us in the farms quickly ran away for safety.

“I can identify all those killed during the attack, they were one Rufai, Sani Lawali who is a political adviser to the Governor, there is one Murtala whom they shot at the heart and two others that brought intervention but eventually killed by the bandits,” he added.

He said the corpses of those who lost their lives in the attack were in the custody of community members and would be buried according to Islamic injunctions on Monday.

Speaking further, the source said that about five others who sustained various degrees of injuries have been hospitalized and are receiving medical attention.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, could not be reached for comment about the incident. Dailypost


2 of 66 abducted Kaduna worshippers killed, others in danger – CAN

One week after, two of the 66 worshippers abducted from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kakau Daji, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have been killed by bandits, the Christian Association of Nigeria said on Sunday.

They were said to have been abducted on October 31 2021 during church service.

The Vice President of CAN (19 Northern States and Abuja) and its chairman in Kaduna State, Rev Joseph Hayab, disclosed the development these in a message sent to The PUNCH on Sunday.

According to him, the bandits opened fire on five of their victims on Saturday and killed two while three others who sustained injuries “are currently in the hospital.”

Hayab said, “Two of the 66 worshipers abducted on Sunday October 31, 2021 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State have been killed by their captors.

“The bandits opened fire on five of their victims on Saturday November 6, 2021 and killed two, while three others seriously injured are currently in the hospital.

“The lives of Kaduna abducted worshipers are in danger and require urgent intervention of government and security agencies.

“The insecurity in Kaduna State has continued to grow beyond our imagination and is threatening the peace of the nation.

“CAN Kaduna State is appealing to well-meaning individuals, organisations, those in authority, especially the Federal Government and the international community to come to our rescue.

“The evil we are experiencing is more than what an ordinary person in Kaduna and Nigeria can handle.

“CAN is appealing to all Christians and people of our state to be united in fighting this evil and be watchful.”

When contacted to make further clarification, especially how the injured were taken to the hospital and whether they were taken there by the bandits, Hayab declined further comments, saying “we are not happy with this news. We are in pains.” Punchng


Nigeria moves to suppress Boko Haram, ISWAP with intelligence

Nigeria has set in motion a counter-terrorism plan of action to repress Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) through intelligence.

The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) is conducting a Defence Advisers/Attachés Annual Conference and Maiden Retreat.

The theme is “Advancing Counter-Terrorism Efforts Through Enhanced Inter-Agency Cooperation: A Whole of Government Approach”.

The one-week high-powered gathering in Abuja starts Monday, November 8 at the DIA Headquarters and Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC).

The meet will examine, re-appraise Defence Advisers/Attachés, foreign defence relations, and assist in articulating new strategies in intelligence gathering.

A statement by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) said the event is the first since its establishment, as there had been no platform for reflections on activities to help attain the core mandate.

The conference seeks to galvanize inputs in view of the myriads of security challenges facing Nigeria and provide an avenue for self-examination to ensure optimal performance.

“This is in line with the policy directive of the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

“The Agency finds it expedient to organise its maiden retreat to provide a forum to appraise the activities of the various Defence Sections as well as brainstorm to proffer new strategies”, the NIA noted.

The list of invitees includes former and current NIA Directors, Chiefs of Defence Intelligence and other selected captains in the intelligence sector. Dailypost


Drug baron behind UK-bound huge consignments arrested

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a suspected drug dealer, Ikenna Okoli, who is believed to be responsible for the recent multiple attempts to export illicit drugs to London, United Kingdom, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State, and other courier companies.

The agency said Okoli had been on bail following his arrest in November 2020 and subsequent arraignment before the Federal High Court in Lagos for attempting to export 15.700 kilogrammes of Methamphetamine to Australia.

A statement on Sunday by the NDLEA Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, said a series of investigations into recent multiple attempts to export illicit drugs to the UK led to the arrest of the drug dealer on Tuesday, November 2, when he was caught with 78 parcels of cannabis concealed in black soap packs labelled Dudu Osun, with a total weight of 12.250kg, heading for the UK.

“Further investigation also revealed that Okoli is the one behind the attempt to export 7.350kg of cannabis to the UK on Thursday, October 21, a consignment that was intercepted at the NAHCO export shed of the MMIA.

“Curiously, a separate investigation by operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation of the agency attached to courier companies equally traced two other attempts to export 47.7kg of cannabis to the UK through courier firms to Okoli after his agents arrested in the course of investigation named him as the owner of the consignments,” Babafemi added.

The Chairman and Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Marwa (retd.), commended the officers and men of the agency for sustaining the heat on drug cartels across the country. Punchng


NCC promotes indigenous technology, awards N20m grant to four start-ups

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has awarded N20 million grant to four deserving Nigerian tech startups in furtherance of its commitment to encourage development of new indigenous technologies and contents, that are oriented in cutting-edge research to stimulate sustainable economic growth.

The four tech startups are: Clearflow System Hub, Aelaus Engineering Teams/Hyech Electronics Solutions, Kalibotics, and CyberNorth Tech. They emerged winners of Virtual NCC Internet of Things (IoT) Code Camp and Hackathon 2021, and they received N5 million each on their innovative technology solutions aimed at making life better for Nigerians.

While the first two startups, Clearflow System Hub; and Aelaus Engineering Teams/Hyech Electronics Solutions, emerged winners on IoT category on kidnapping and banditry, Kalibotics and CyberNorth Tech, emerged winners on assistive robotics for effective e-waste management solutions.

The grant was for the novel digital solutions of four startups, aimed at finding innovative digital solutions in addressing the challenges of insecurity and to stem the growth in national e-waste rates, while advancing the frontier of Internet of Things (IoT) in Nigeria.

Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony held at the Commission’s headquarters, in Abuja recently, Director, New Media and Information Security, NCC, Dr. Haru Al-Hassan, who delivered a speech at the event, on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the Commission, as a frontline driver of innovation in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, organized the second edition of the NCC Hackathon with a view to drive the creation of problem-solving tech innovations.

Danbatta said that the initiative was in line with the objectives of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) 2020, NCC’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) 2021-2025, Executive Order 5 of 2017, and Section 1 (f) of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003 which focuses on promotion of Nigerian content in contracts, science, engineering and technology.

The EVC added that the occasion also symbolises the NCC’s commitment to deliver objectives of pillars 4, 7 and 8 of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030, and the aspirations of the Commission’s SVP 2021-2025 in promoting innovative services and maintaining effective partnership and collaborations with relevant stakeholders.

Earlier, the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Ubale Maska, who was represented by Head, Research and Development, Kelechi Nwankwo, noted that the event demonstrated the critical role that the telecommunications sector plays in addressing Nigeria’s social and environmental problems with innovative solutions. He reiterated the Commission’s commitment towards continuously supporting innovations for nation-building.

Underscoring the determination of the Commission towards harnessing the potentials of Nigerian youth in addressing emerging challenges through ICT, Maska said the event boldly demonstrates Commission’s resolve to champion the efforts of government to leverage telecommunications-based solutions to address societal issues that need urgent attention.

Representatives of agencies in the security governance sector, telecommunications operators, National Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that attended the event lauded the NCC for the meaningful initiative. Dailypost


Drama as 6 Imo lawmakers remove Speaker

There was mild drama at the Imo State House of Assembly on Monday after six lawmakers led by the removed Deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu, invaded the house and removed the Speaker, Paul Emeziem.

The minority lawmakers immediately elected a ranking member, Kennedy Ibeh, as the new Speaker.

Ibeh, who represents Obowo state constituency, was first elected into the parliament in 2015 and was reelected in 2019.

He was one of the six lawmakers, Emeziem controversially suspended on July 8 for “unparliamentary conduct.”

Before Emeziem was removed, the complex was barricaded, barring Assembly staff, lawmakers and their aides from gaining access.

The session which didn’t last more than 15 minutes came to an end immediately Ibeh assumed office as the new helmsman of the parliament.

Emeziem, who got wind of his removal, rushed into the complex but was barred from gaining access into the complex.

He was said to have been tear-gassed but he insisted to have his way.

The new Speaker was one out of the 18 lawmakers whose names appeared to have signed a resolution, removing the ex-deputy speaker.

The new speaker, Ibeh, told our correspondent in a telephone conversation that he would carry every lawmaker along.

Emeziem, however, told our correspondent that he had not been removed.

He said that the news of his removal was ” childish, null and void”

Emeziem said, “Amara Iwuanyanwu can’t convene a plenary because he was properly impeached. If there should be any plenary, I am the one empowered by the law to call for it. Today is not our plenary day. Today is for our committee sittings not plenary. Amara Iwuanyanwu stands impeached.” Punchng

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