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Redemption Ministries Pastor, Stephen Akinola dies hours after TB Joshua




General Superintendent of Redemption Ministries Worldwide, Rev. Stephen Akinola has passed away.

His death occurred the same day Prophet T.B. Joshua, founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) died

Joshua died in the wee hours of Sunday morning hours after delivering a sermon.
Akinola reportedly underwent a kidney transplant but this is yet to be verified.

His congregation and residents have besieged the church, headquartered in Port Harcourt, to pay their last respects.

Former Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Apostle Eugene Ogu has confirmed Akinola’s death. Dailypost
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N-Power begins enrollment for Batch C applicants




N-Power has commenced enrolling applicants for Batch C Stream 1 of the programme.

This was announced on Sunday by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

The Permanent Secretary, Bashir Alkali, in a statement said the ministry has commenced the next stage of enrollment with the verification of email addresses by applicants.

Alkali called on shortlisted applicants to check their mails for confirmation and further information.

He further directed applicants to log into the website to enrol their biometric data.
He also advised applicants to contact NPower helplines for other enquiries. Dailypost
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EFCC to begin anti-corruption studies in schools – Executive Chairman Bawa




The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, has unveiled plans to implement anti-corruption studies in school curriculum as part of measures aimed at preventing corruption in the country.

NAN reports that Bawa, who made this known during an interview with newsmen, also stated that one of the best means to fight corruption in the country is for Nigerians to have attitudinal change.

The EFCC boss emphasised the need to promote anti-corruption and culture of integrity in schools to make Nigeria a corrupt-free nation.


“We developed a manual that we intend to give to faith-based institutions to give to their followers and will also discuss the need to partner with the EFCC.
“We want to tap on our religious strength in Nigeria because corruption can be checked with a change in attitude.

“There are also plans to establish anti-corruption studies in the school curriculum.

“We already have anti-corruption clubs in some tertiary institutions and we are trying to push at the national level to include anti-corruption study in students’ curriculum.

“The trend around the world is to include anti-corruption in students’ curriculum to be able to catch them young in terms of their understanding,” he said. Dailypost
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Ten dead, scores injured in fatal Kaduna road crash




Kaduna State government on Sunday confirmed that several passengers lost their lives in a ghastly road crash along Kauran Wali axis of Zaria-Kano Road.

This was contained in a statement on Sunday.

The statement was issued on Sunday by Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs.

He said the fatal crash occurred in the afternoon of Saturday 5th June 2021, and involved a Hummer Bus belonging to Kano Line (KN90H42) and a private Toyota Rav4 SUV (ABC550NV).

”The bus was Kano-bound, while the SUV was headed for Zaria, he said.
“Security agencies have reported that several persons lost their lives in a ghastly road traffic crash along Kauran Wali axis of Zaria-Kano Road. ”

The statement said, “The fatal crash occurred in the afternoon of Saturday 5th June 2021 and involved a Hummer Bus belonging to Kano Line (KN90H42), and a private Toyota Rav4 SUV (ABC550NV). The bus was Kano-bound, while the SUV was headed for Zaria. ”

“According to eye-witness reports, the crash was a head-on collision between the two vehicles, resulting from dangerous driving and overtaking along a diversion point on the highway.

“Over 20 persons were involved in the crash; ten (10) persons died on the spot and others died later at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika. Those injured remain in the hospital.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the reports with sadness and prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives while sending condolences to their families. He wished the injured a quick recovery.

“The Governor thanked officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps who responded swiftly after the crash to evacuate the injured and clear the obstructions. He appealed to drivers to maintain caution and observe speed limits on all roads to avoid such tragic occurrences. ” The statement said (Dailypost)

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Corps members can be mobilised for war - NYSC DG




Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, has said corps members are part of the national defense policy of Nigeria and can be mobilized for war if need be.

Ibrahim said this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme yesterday while reacting to moves to scrap the NYSC scheme, which is compulsory for all Nigerians who graduate before the age of 30.

The NYSC boss said, “Corps members are on reserve. They are part of the national defence policy of this country. So, where there is serious war, our corps members are educated, they are knowledgeable and they can be trained. You see the drill and so on.
“You can imagine within the short three weeks in the orientation camps, the corps members are moulded. They are like soldiers. You see female corps members blowing the army horn, playing with the military band.

“So, if not for the knowledge, where are you going to mobilise such young Nigerians to train them quickly to put in their best for the country? So, corps members are on reserve. They are also part of the national defence policy.”

He said the NYSC is concerned about the security of corps members and that is why they had been advised not to move around at night.

Ibrahim argued that the NYSC had become more important than ever in the face of the rising calls for secession.

The NYSC boss stated that he had advised corps members not to travel outside the state or the country without the permission of the state coordinator.

He added that corps members had been urged not to travel after 6:00pm and they are free to sleep at any corpers’ lodge while travelling.

Ibrahim said corps members had played a huge role in educating children in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.

The NYSC boss maintained that the insecurity in the country was not enough reason to scrap the scheme, adding that till date, 75 per cent of corps members are still serving in rural areas across the country. Theguardianng
05:14

Why I Stopped Discussing With Buhari - Pastor Bakare




The Senior Pastor of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari never listens to his ideas on how to move Nigeria forward. 

Bakare was Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election — the duo contested on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change. 

Speaking with BBC Yoruba, Bakare said Nigerian leaders are corrupt and have steered the country to its current state.

He said many people voted for Buhari because they thought that, as a former military leader, he would understand the nation’s complexities and be able to lead the country on the right path.

“Things have turned upside down. They say the elders are the ones disrupting the nation, but it started with the youths. The coup plotters in the military — there are people that were 20 years old, 30 years old — they are the ones that brought us to where we are. They brought us here before they grew old in the job and refused to leave,” Bakare said.

“If a military takes over a country, they won’t leave until things become bad. They will plunder every conceivable object is gone. However, there are still good ones among the bad eggs.

“Our leaders are corrupt. Let’s assume the military destroyed the government, what happened to our civilian government? Although many of them moved from the military, we still don’t know if we are in a military or civilian era. Nigeria will continue to deteriorate unless we turn around and make amends and ask those stronger than us to help us. 

“I was in my house when I started the Save Nigeria Group. It was to help the country. I never knew (Goodluck) Jonathan or (Umaru) Yar’Adua. God only showed me a vision and I started moving around, saying ‘do not let Nigeria go bad’. Professor Wole Soyinka, (Retired Gen. Alani) Akinrinade, renowned people of Yoruba extraction joined us.

“That was where Buhari first saw me and decided he could bring me close. We too, we wanted to know his intentions for Nigeria. That was how we met in Kaduna. I had in mind to help Nigeria but when (Obafemi) Awolowo could not become the president, as a good person, I washed my hands off.

“People thought someone who had once served as a military head of state, that once he becomes president, Nigeria will be better and progressive but instead of things to get better, everything has worsened.

“But God is not asleep. Some of my friends accuse me of bringing Buhari to power. I explained to them that he is someone I used to see and discuss the way forward with, that he would listen but once you leave, nothing comes out of the discussion. Then I decided to stay back.”
 
Bakare, however, said he had not lost hope and he keeps praying that there will be a turnaround for the country. 

On the campaign for Oodua Republic, Bakare said such agitations are a result of the state of affairs in the country.

“I have never seen Sunday Igboho. This is the time he is supposed to come see me but he is unable to come. But he has met with some prominent Nigerians,” he said.
“If things were okay; people could feed themselves, have good jobs, no kidnapping… before, nobody was asking for what Sunday Igboho is agitating for presently. But I know that when the time is right, people will say Yoruba leaders alerted them because now the elders have not told them to ask for Oodua Republic. 

“We should find a way of making Nigeria progress. We can’t leave our country for another. We have to take a stand and make Nigeria work. When separatist groups see that things are getting better in the nation, they will drop their grievances.”  Saharareporters
05:13

Nigeria govt proposes concession of Lagos, Abuja airports for 30 years




The federal government is seeking to concession four airports for a period of 20-30 years.

The ministry of aviation announced this in a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document released on Wednesday.

The airports are Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos; the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; Malam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano and Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers state.

A concession is a form of public-private partnership (PPP) where a government-owned asset is being operated and maintained by a private investor for a period of time on terms contained in a contract.

“Infrastructure concessions of this nature come with a significant financial obligation which any responsible concessionaire will no doubt be keen to recoup,” the document read.

“To this end we envisage a minimum of 20) to 30 years for the programme, which may be extended depending on performance and Nigeria’s best interests.
“That said, the duration is not set in stone and will be subject to negotiation and then final approval by the federal executive council.”

The aviation ministry explained that the planned concession would not affect the repayment of the $500 million loan taken from the China Exim Bank for the airports’ terminals.

“China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) was contracted to deliver a number of infrastructure projects throughout Nigeria in 2013. The Passenger Terminal development works are a small part of this, and the federal government has every intention to service its obligation,” it said.

It also said that the government was starting with the most strategic assets because successful delivery of the concession agreement would give stakeholders the confidence to consider other possibilities in the aviation sector.

In 2016, the federal government had indicated interest in concessioning the Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano airports to increase their capacity and efficiency.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, in 2017, had announced the federal executive council’s approval of the concession of Lagos and Abuja airports. TheCableng
05:13

We’ve reduced kidnapping, banditry with NIN - Pantami




The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami has claimed that the policy compelling Nigerians to obtain a National Identification Number by the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has substantially reduced incidents of banditry and kidnapping.

Pantami made the claim, in Abuja, on Thursday, while rendering account of his stewardship since assuming office, in 2019.

He said, “When I was assigned to supervise the sector on 24, August 2019, unregistered, and partial registered sims were being used to perpetrate crime in the country. Nobody knew the total number of unregistered sims.

“Within less than 15 days in the office, we have engaged the NCC as a regulator. We have directed them to carry audit exercise to enable them come up with unregistered and partial registered sims. They came with around 9.4 million which is enough to populate another country. It was the first time we didn’t know the total of unregistered sims in the country.

“And we went further to direct NCC, to ensure that by 25th September 2019, that is only one month few days in office, I spent there to ensure that by end of September 2021, no sim that is not registered will be on our network. NCC as a regulator implemented that effectively.

“From end of September 2019, to 2020, you will discover that even kidnapping and banditry reduced to the barest minimum. It was a time that hardly can you spend one month or more without hearing about kidnapping.

“The more you come up with policies to make the system effective the more criminals will come up with another strategy to compromise the policies.”

He further explained that before the introduction of the policy, some unscrupulous Nigerians working in cahoots with a handful of agents of telecommunication officials engaged in illegally preregistering sim cards which were sold to criminal gangs to perpetrate crime.

Also speaking during the occasion, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said just as the Commission and the Federal Government were working out policies to thwart plans by criminals, criminals were also evolving.

He noted that it was now sad that kidnappers now use the telephones of their victims to demand and receive ransom. Government, he said, was doing everything within its power to deal with the situation. Punch

05:12

Ilorin University Student Raped, Killed




A 300-Level student of the University of Ilorin in Kwara State, Omowumi Blessing, has been reportedly raped and killed by yet-to-be identified persons.

The deceased was hacked to death on Tuesday after she was allegedly raped at her residence in Tanke area of Ilorin.

It was gathered that Omowumi who was staying with her elder sister until her death was a student of Agricultural Science Department, University of Ilorin.
The spokesman of the State Police Command, Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident.

Okasanmi said: “The deceased stayed with her elder sister. The elder sister came back from work at about 06:00pm on Tuesday, saying that she had tried several times to reach the victim on phone but couldn’t as the phone kept ringing. She came back from work to meet the door of her apartment locked and couldn’t gain entry despite repeated knocks on the door.

“She then called some neighbours who helped to break open the door. They all met the deceased lying dead on the floor when they entered with her two hands tied to the back, and her mouth gagged. She was met naked, bruises was noticed on her private part, her mouth was covered among others.

“Also, a note said to have been written on a piece of paper was placed on her chest containing a message. The people later informed the police at ‘F’ Division Police Station, who discovered the dead body, snapped the picture, and took the corpse to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for autopsy.”

The Police spokesman added that the State Commisssioner of Police, Mohammed Bagega, has directed immediate investigation and arrest of the attackers.

Reacting to the development, Hon. Ganiyu Abolarin, representing Ekiti State constituency in the Kwara State House of Assembly, said:” I strongly condemn the gruesome killing of Olajide Omowumi Blessing, a 300 level student of Agriculture Science at the University of Ilorin, who hailed from Oke-Opin in Ekiti local government area of Kwara State.

“This gruesome murder of Olajide Blessing, who was allegedly raped to death in her home at Tanke, Ilorin, is one death too many.

“I, therefore, urge security agencies to speedily investigate, arrest and prosecute the culprits.” Leadershipng
05:12

72 hours after Obioma’s death, NECO gets acting registrar




The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council has approved the appointment of Mr Ebikibina John Ogborodi as the acting Registrar/Chief Executive of the Council.

The appointment followed the death of the Registrar, Prof Godswill Obioma, on Monday after a brief illness.

Until his appointment, Ogborodi was the Director of Special Duties in the council.
A circular issued by the Director, Human Resource Management, Mr Mustapha Abdul, explained that the appointment was endorsed by the Governing Board at its emergency meeting held on Wednesday.

The circular explained that Ogborodi’s appointment was as a result of his being the most senior director and stated that all activities of the council were to continue unabated as earlier planned.

Ogborodi hails from the Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. He obtained his first degree from the University of Jos in 1986 and a Master’s degree in Learning Disability from the same university in 1999.

He joined the service of NECO in 1999 and has served in different capacities.

He was a former acting Director, Examination Development Department; acting Director, Office of the Registrar; Director, General Services; and Director, Human Resource Management, among others. Punch

05:11

Fresh Violence In DR Congo Leaves At Least Eleven Dead




At least 11 people were killed by an armed group in eastern DR Congo, sources said Thursday, bringing the troubled region’s death toll to at least 70 since the start of the week, according to an AFP tally.

Eleven miners in the gold-rich territory of Djugu, in the northeastern province of Ituri, were killed early Wednesday by a local group called the FPIC, Mungwalu district mayor Jean-Pierre Pikilisende told AFP.

The Kivu Security Tracker (KST), a respected NGO that monitors violence in eastern DR Congo, said 12 people had been executed.

Pikilisende said the militia had come to take control over the area, whose gold is mined by poor artisanal diggers.

Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu province have been placed under a “state of siege” — a government attempts to stem escalating violence by replacing civilian officials with senior army or police officers.

Fifty-three people were killed overnight Sunday in two Ituri villages, in the region’s worst one-day massacre in recent history, sources there told an AFP correspondent.
The journalist said 21 died in Tshabi and another 32 in Boga, where a camp for displaced people was targeted.

Eighty-four shacks in the camp were torched, as were eight stores in nearby Boga, the reporter saw. Fifteen homes were burned in Tshabi.

A number of villagers, including at least four women, were kidnapped.

The identity of the attackers remains unclear, as the massacres took place in an area notorious for ethnic tension and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group that has been linked to the so-called Islamic State.

The ADF has the bloodiest reputation of the estimated 122 armed groups that roam eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), many of them a legacy of wars more than a quarter-century ago.

Five other people were killed early Tuesday, and several others, including children, are missing.

On Wednesday, an old man was beheaded in the village of Bulire, near Boga, and two people went missing, a local administrative official said.

As of Friday, the KST estimated that at least 1,228 civilians have been killed in Beni territory of North Kivu alone since November 2019, when DRC’s armed forces launched a crackdown, splintering the ADF into smaller groups.

AFP

05:11

Nigeria: Osun bank robbers missed bullion van conveying cash - Source




The armed robbers who attacked branches of First Bank and Access Bank in Apomu and Ikire areas of Osun State on Wednesday targeted a bullion van bringing cash to the banks, Punch has learnt.

It was, however, gathered that the robbers missed their target, as they had already been repelled before the bullion van bringing money arrived in the town.

The well coordinated attacks, which took place at four different spots in the two towns, left no fewer than seven people dead.

A source near the Ikire branch of First Bank said the robbery was unsuccessful, adding that the gunmen could not also gain access to the bank’s vault before they were repelled.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the robbers threw dynamite into the palace of the Akire of Ikire during the operation, though no one was injured.

An eyewitness, who did not want to be identified, said the robbers entered through Ikoyi town and demobilised the Armoured Personnel Carrier stationed at the entrance of the town and shot dead a police officer.

Having split into three groups, the gang, it was learnt, moved on motorcycles carrying three men each, who moved to Ikire and Apomu, where they launched coordinated attacks on a branch of Access Bank in Apomu, a branch of First Bank and the police divisional headquarters both in Ikire, where a police inspector and two community policing officers were killed.

Speaking to PUNCH Metro on the premises of the divisional police headquarters in Ikire on Thursday, a resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was at the station when the robbers struck.

According to him, the robbers arrived at the police station some minutes after 6pm on a motorcycle and hid their weapons in a sack.

He added that immediately they alighted, the robbers shot a police inspector said to be carrying arms, and a constabulary that had just completed his duty. Both men died on the spot.

Another constabulary that just resumed duty was also reportedly shot dead on the premises of the division, as the robbers advanced into the station.

During a visit to the station, our correspondent observed that the windows in the building and ceilings were riddled with bullets.

The robbers were also said to have entered into the cells and freed those in detention.

At Apomu, the robbers were, however, prevented from gaining entrance into the bank, as members of the Oodua People’s Congress mounted resistance.

In the shootout that ensued, three civilians were reportedly shot dead, while a member of the OPC, Kazeem Adeleke, was injured.

The immediate past Chairman of the Irewole Local Government Area, Mr Remi Abbas, while speaking to PUNCH Metro, said combined efforts of youths and local security outfits frustrated the operation.

He said, “Around 6.30pm, we began to hear gunshots and blasts of dynamite simultaneously at four strategic places: First Bank and the Divisional Police Headquarters, Ikire; Access Bank, Apomu; and the Armoured Personnel Carrier spot at Ikoyi.

“Initially, we thought it was a minor robbery, but when I called the DPO, he told me that the station was under attack. Almost about the same time, I was told the palace was also under attack.

“The Akire called that the palace and First Bank were under attack. There and then, we began to mobilise local hunters, members of the Oodua People’s Congress, Agbekoya and vigilante groups to defend the community.

“As of today, eight people have been confirmed dead — three regular policemen, two special constabularies and three civilians. The dare-devil armed robbers were very strategic and with the way they operated, they had enough intelligence.”

The Osun State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the death of seven people.

A statement by the command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, said the robbers, numbering about 35, came in about five vehicles and simultaneously attacked the areas with explosive devices and guns.

She said the attack on the police station was to ease their robbery of the two banks.
“It was unfortunate that ASP Osho Oluranti, Inspector Lekan Olalere, two special constabularies, namely: Oladeni Olalekan and Oyedeji Muyideen, were shot dead in the process.

“On sighting the overwhelming policemen comprising the Prompt Response Unit, the CP’s Surveillance Team, IRT operatives, STS, 39 PMF, JTF, along with the local security outfits, who swiftly engaged them in a fierce gun duel, the robbers began to flee. While escaping, they shot sporadically and regrettably, three civilians were shot, namely: Toheeb Oyebola, Temilorun Adebiyi and one other, whose identity is not yet known.”

Opalola said the hoodlums fled with gunshot wounds and abandoned two of their operational vehicles.

The police spokesperson noted that the remains of the deceased persons had been deposited in the Oluyoro Catholic Hospital Morgue, Apomu, adding that effort was on to apprehend the fleeing robbers. Punch
05:10

Nigerian arrested in US over $800,000 million fraudulent scheme




United States authorities have arrested a Nigerian for computer fraud in a scheme worth about $800,000 (₦328 million).

US Department of Justice (DoJ) in a statement said the Nigerian named Charles Onus was arrested for charges in connection with a scheme to conduct cyber intrusions of multiple user accounts maintained by a company that provides human resources and payroll services to employers across the United States, in order to steal payroll deposits.

DoJ said Onus was arrested on April 14, 2021, in San Francisco and detained. Onus was presented on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court before Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said, “Charles Onus allegedly participated in a scheme that stole nearly $1 million by hacking into a payroll processing company’s system to access user accounts and divert payroll to prepaid debit cards he controlled.

“As alleged, Onus did this as effectively as someone who commits bank burglary, but with no need for a blowtorch or bolt-cutters. Thanks to the FBI and IRS-CI, Onus is in custody and facing serious federal charges.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said, “Cyber intrusions ripple through everything our society relies upon – this one impacted people’s paychecks.
“The FBI’s goal is to prevent cybercriminals from causing harm and holding them accountable, but we can’t do it alone. Companies need to continuously improve their cyber hygiene and awareness.

“Taking steps like training the workforce to protect and frequently change passwords, and to use different login credentials across platforms, can have an impact. Each one of us, from the individual citizen to the biggest corporation, plays a critical role in defending the nation from cyberattacks.”

IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen said the IRS Criminal Investigation will always work with the law enforcement partners to track down those who try to breach our country’s tax and financial infrastructure.

“We will continually endeavour to bring to justice criminals who think they can comfortably steal from victims in America while hiding behind their computer screens,” Larsen said.

Onus, according to DoJ, participated in a scheme to conduct cyber intrusions of multiple user accounts maintained by a company that provides human resources and payroll services to employers across the United States, in order to steal payroll deposits processed by the Company.

After Onus successfully gained unauthorized access to a Company user account, he changed the bank account information designated by the user of the account so that ONUS would receive the user’s payroll to a prepaid debit card that was under Onus’s control.

From at least in or about July 2017 through at least in or about 2018, at least approximately 5,500 company user accounts were compromised and more than approximately $800,000 in payroll funds were fraudulently diverted to prepaid debit cards, including those under the control of Onus. The compromised company user accounts were associated with employers whose payroll was processed by the company, including employers located in the Southern District of New York, according to DoJ.

Onus, 34, resident in Nigeria, risks a sentence of 10 years in prison.

One count of computer fraud for unauthorised access to a protected computer to further intended fraud, and one count of receipt of stolen money, each carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison; one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; and one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison to be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed. Theguardianng
03:52

Lagos: Falana, Falz, others protest against bad governance




Human Rights Lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) and son, Falz stormed the streets of Lagos to protest against bad governance.

They were seen with several placards which read: “Where’s the light?’; “SUPPLY FREE Prepaid Meter Now!”

NO TO crazy Billing

NO TO Irregular Power Supply

YES TO Public Ownership of Power Now!

Other placards read;

Stop Killings, Secure Nigeria

“END Kidnapping AND BANDITRY NOW

“PROVIDE SECURITY IN SCHOOLS

“Full Implementation of New Minimum Wage.”

Thenationonlineng
03:51

Africa: Senegal’s ‘Escape Ace’ Breaks Out Of Jail Again




A Senegalese prisoner notorious for staging daring jail breaks has mounted another escape from a high-security facility in the capital Dakar, a prison official said Monday.

Dubbed the “Escape Ace,” Baye Modou Fall slipped out of a penitentiary in the north of the seaside city on Saturday night and is still at large, according to prison spokesman Mbaye Sarr.

Police in the poor West African country have opened an investigation, Sarr added.
Fall, who is also nicknamed the “boy genie,” has been arrested several times for crimes including armed robbery and association with criminals, according to local press reports.

Senegalese media say the 32-year-old has already escaped from prison about 10 times.

On Monday, the fugitive said in a recorded statement broadcast on a private television channel that he was still in Senegal.

He explained that he broke out of jail “not because I am bandit” but because of the slow pace of his trial, adding that he would show up for his court date once it is scheduled.

Rights groups regularly criticise the widespread use of pre-trial detention in Senegal, which contributes to overcrowding in prisons.

In 2019, the government put forward a plan to use electronic monitoring tags as a substitute for pre-trial detention, but it has yet to be implemented.

AFP
03:50

Buhari Names Emem Omokaro Pioneer DG of National Senior Citizens Centre




President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take-off of the National Senior Citizens Centre with the appointment of Dr Emem Omokaro as its pioneer Director-General and immediate constitution of a 12-man board for the Centre.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a release on Monday, said the take off of the Centre was in line with Section 16 (2) (d) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended which mandates the State to provide adequate social services and improve the quality of life of the elderly.

The National Senior Citizens Centre was passed into law as the National Senior Citizens Centre Act, 2017 to cater for the needs of senior citizens (70 and above) in the country.

To realize this noble objective, and in order to ensure relevance and spread, persons of proven integrity from key ministries and organisations have been appointed into its Governing Board.

The appointed board members include

AVM. M.A. Muhammad (rtd), who will serve as Chairman of the Board with Mansur Kuliya, representing the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Dr Chris Osa Isokpunwu representing the Federal Ministry of Health; Mr Umar Abdullahi Utono representing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing; and Dr John Olushola Magbadelo representing Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity as members.

Other members are: Mrs Bulus Friya Kimde representing the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs; Mr Sani Ibrahim Mustapha representing the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD); Professor Usman Ahmed representing the Geriatric Association of Nigeria; Mrs Victoria Onu representing the Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons (CORSOPIN) and three other stakeholders namely Dr Dorothy Nwodo, Professor Mohammed Mustapha Namadi and Dr Emem Omokaro who also serves as the Director General.

The President also approved the appointment of Ahmed Mustapha Habib as the new Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to replace AVM Muhammad (rtd) who is now Chairman of the National Senior Citizens Centre.
All the appointments are for an initial period of four years. Thisdaylive
03:49

Africa: Those behind scrapping NYSC don’t mean well for Nigeria - Sultan




The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, says those clamouring for the scrapping of the National Youth Service Corps scheme did not mean well for the country.

Sultan said this on Monday in his palace, when the Batch A, Stream 2 corps members currently undergoing orientation exercise paid him a courtesy visit.
His Eminence explained that the NYSC scheme was established to foster unity among Nigerian youths.

“I heard there is a bill for the scrapping of NYSC scheme at the National Assembly, let me tell you those behind that bill did not mean well for this country.

“NYSC scheme is most needed now when Nigeria is divided along ethnic, religious background.

“I welcome corp members posted to Sokoto, the most peaceful state in Nigeria. You should look at the state as your second home. I enjoined you to respect the customs, and traditions of your host communities.

“I urged you to be security conscious while staying in Sokoto, you know there are security challenges now all over the world which we here have our own share, don’t stay outside late at night, if you have any challenges, contact your district head because they are like your father and guardian,” he added.

He also affirmed that no non-indigene in the state would be touched because a Northerner is killed in Owerri, Enugu, Aba, as another person cannot bear the punishment for what someone did elsewhere.

He further disclosed that the two major religions in Nigeria, Christian and Islam are against killing innocent people for no just cause saying, “life is sacred and no one has right to take it except God.”

Earlier, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Philip Enaberue, thanked Sultan for his unflinching support to the scheme in the state.

Enaberue further said as tradition, they were in the palace to pay homage to Sultan and seek his fatherly advice. Punch
03:48

Aguero drops fresh comments on Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona




New Barcelona signing, Sergio Aguero, has insisted that captain Lionel Messi will stay at the club beyond this summer transfer window.

Messi’s current contract with Barcelona is set to expire this summer.
The Barca number 10 has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou.

However, speaking on the development, Aguero, who officially signed for Barcelona on Monday, said his fellow compatriot, Messi would make a decision on his future at the Catalan club.

“I hope we can play together,” Aguero was quoted by Barcelona’s official website as saying.

“But the thing with Leo [Lionel Messi] is that he will make decisions with the club. I have been with him since I was a kid with the national team, I know him very well, and I think he will stay here.

“We will try to do the best we can for the club.” Dailypost

03:46

Fire guts Mokland Hotel, Ikeja




Fire on Monday evening gutted Mokland Hotel at number  3/9 Olakoleosho Street, Ikeja, Lagos, destroying several properties in the process.

No life has so far been recorded. According to an eyewitness, the fire which emanated from the topmost Penthouse floor of the building, started at about 7pm.

Fire fighters of the Lagos State Services are currently battling to put out the raging inferno.

As at press time the cause of the fire could not be ascertained. Spokesman of the state fire service, Mr Amodu Shakiru, confirmed the incident saying Lagos rescue team is curtailing the fire from spreading to other floors and surrounding buildings.  Vanguardngr
03:46

Imo youths raze motorcyclist father’s house for stabbing man to death





There was panic in the Umunachi community, Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, on Saturday, after a motorcyclist, Ogbonna Chukwuebuka, stabbed to death a man simply identified as Samuel.

Chukwuebuka, 23, also injured another person, identified simply as Idowu, during a fight that saw the suspect allegedly using weapons on his victims.

While the cause of the fight could not be immediately ascertained by our correspondent, village sources said the men had a disagreement on money.

Unable to agree on the sharing formula, the men engaged in a free-for- all, which led to the motorcyclist allegedly stabbing Samuel to death, while Idowu was seriously injured, a source told our correspondent.

The source stated, “Chukwuebuka was fighting with two friends, Samuel and Idowu, and as the fight degenerated, Chukwuebuka stabbed Samuel and he lost consciousness. He also injured Idowu, who called for help and his brothers rushed him and Samuel to hospital.

“Samuel was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, while Idowu was admitted. So, out of fear, Chukwuebuka and his brothers fled. The deceased’s kinsmen regrouped and came to his father’s house but met his absence. Angered by the development, they set his father’s house ablaze.

“They made sure that the house was completely razed before they left the compound. The deceased hailed from the neighbouring Umungwa community, while the suspect and the injured are from the same Umunachi community in the Obowo Local Government Area.”

When contacted, the police spokesman in the state, Bala Elkana, said he had yet to be briefed on the development.

He, however, promised to make enquiries and get back to our correspondent, but he had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report. Punch
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