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Court dismisses appeal against Fanimokun’s Eko Club Presidency.

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The court also declared Fanimokun as the recognised President of the Eko Club.

Lagos division of the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal filed by the board of trustees of Eko Club against the return of Chief Babatunde Fanimokun as president of the club.

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The lower court had on March 9, 2020 held that Fanimokun, who was endorsed by the Annual General Meeting of the club on February 27, 2019 be returned as the president of the club against the decision of the incorporated trustees and the Guardian Council of the club to field Dr. Shamsideen Ade Dosumu.
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Trial judge, Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in his judgment declared that Ade Dosumu was not qualified to contest for selection for the post of President of the Eko Club for the year 2019/2020 as required under article 18 of the constitution of the Club and thereby rendered his selection null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

The court therefore asked Ade Dosumu to stop parading himself as President of the Eko Club henceforth.

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Dissatisfied with the decision of the lower court, Ade Dosumu, the incorporated trustees and the Guardian Council of the club, who were the respondents at the lower court lodged an appeal at the Lagos division of the court of appeal, challenging the decision.
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In its lead judgment delivered by Justice Onyekachi Otisi on Wednesday, the court of appeal dismissed the appeal and upheld the decision of the lower court, which recognized the right of Fanimokun to run for a second term in office as president.

Justice Otisi held that the judgment, which affirmed the decision of the Annual General Meeting of the Eko Club, dated February 27, 2019, to return Chief Fanimokun as the President of Eko Club, for the 2019/2020 term remains legal and should be adhered to.

The court therefore unanimously nullified the supposed selection of Ade Dosumu as President of the Eko club.

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Justice Otisi held that Chief Fanimokun has every right as regards to the provision of the amended constitution of the Eko Club, 2014 and of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria to contest for President for a second term, having served as President of Eko club from February 2017 to February 2019.

The court also declared Fanimokun as the recognised President of the Eko Club.

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March 15 ‘ fixed’ for Court hearing on suit challenging NIN registration.

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The applicant who is suing for himself and on behalf of the Nigerian public, had brought his suit under the provisions of the fundamental rights enforcement rules enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

A Federal High Court Lagos on Monday, fixed March 15 to hear a suit challenging the ongoing process of linking the National Identification Number (NIN) with Mobile lines.

The court presided by Justice Mohammed Liman, also ordered service of hearing notices on respondents to the suit

The applicant, Mr Malcolm Omirhobo had sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) alongside others over the instruction on citizens to link their NIN within a stipulated time frame.

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Joined as respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC); the DG NIMC, and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Other defendants are: MTN Nigeria Communications Plc; GLOBACOM Ltd; Airtel Networks Ltd (Airtel Nigeria) and the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd, EMTS 9 Mobile.

The applicant who is suing for himself and on behalf of the Nigerian public, had brought his suit under the provisions of the fundamental rights enforcement rules enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

At the first mention of the case on Feb. 1, the plaintiff had told the court that in the midst of the prevailing Covid 19 pandemic it was too risky to proceed with the registration, adding that further steps should be stopped, pending determination of the suit.

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Justice Mohammed Liman had onsequently, ordered that all parties to the suit be served with the court processes and put on notice, while he fixed Feb. 15, to hear both the motion for interlocutory injunction as well as the substantive suit.

On Feb. 15, the case was adjourned until Feb. 22 as the court did not sit.

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When the case was called on Monday, Mr Peter Okoroani announced appearance for the applicant and informed the court that parties had been served with the court processes. .

However, since there was no proof of service of hearing notices in the courts file, the court directed that parties by duly served with notices, and adjourned the case until March 15 for hearing.

The plaintiff wants the court to declare that Nigerians are entitled to the fundamental right to life, dignity of human person, right to private and family life, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and association and the right to moveable property.

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The lawyer is asking the court to declare that the respondents’ coercion of the applicant and Nigerians without themselves first complying with the COVID-19 guidelines is a violation of the fundamental right to life of Nigerians.

According to him, the threat by the respondents to disconnect the telephone lines of Nigerians, who fail to link their NIN to their SIM cards within a timeline is a violation of the fundamental right to life of the applicant and Nigerians.

He argued that the directive led millions of Nigerians besieging the various NIMC offices nationwide in breach of COVID-19 protocols, while trying to comply with the said directives and in the process exposed themselves to the likelihood of contracting Corona virus.

Omirhobo, therefore, prays the court to declare such decisions illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.”
He said that the directive to make the presentation of NIN a condition-precedent for the retrieval of lost and/or damaged telephone lines is a violation of the fundamental right of Nigerians and therefore illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

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He asked the court to make an order for the enforcement of the fundamental right to life, dignity of human person, right to private and family life, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and association and the right to moveable property of Nigerians.

He is also praying the court to compel the respondents to resume the sale of new SIM cards, replace lost or damaged sim cards to Nigerians as well as issue a public apology to the applicant and the public.

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CDQ flare after Headies award Mayorkun over Naira Marley. (Reactions)

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Popular Nigerian rapper CDQ Olowo has taken to social media to call out organizers of the 14th edition of the Headies Award.

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In a post shared on Twitter, the rapper said it evident that the awards are now being politized.

He questioned why the category for the best street hip was given to Mayorkun instead of Naira Marley.

CDQ wrote: Headies una don start dis una obvious industry politics tins again… How d hell una go carry Best Street Hop give someone else at the expense of Naira dis yr Face with raised eyebrow and conscience no judge una Man facepalming hmmm…

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Many Nigerians who reacted to the post shared the same opinion with CDQ as they express their disappointment.

officialbeccar: I honestly felt Mafo deserved that award! Headies sef head no correct!

valdonclint: I’m more concerned with the sudden end of the show. De entire show with it’s production was a disappointment.

kunlereal: My own is the graphics of that award.. Man , it looked like i was watching NTA.. very poor!! in 2021 we still way back.. 😢

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cute.stacia: At this juncture I have finally concluded that Headies is rubbish.
How can Davido not win AOTY??
Not even Burna not, but Wizkid that has no hit track for years now.
Grammy can never be like this!

queensamofficial: That Geng song was a major hit in the streetz too. Mayorkun also deserve the award like Naira

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14th Headies: Nigerians react to Bovi’s bloodied #EndSARs massacre flag dress.

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The outfit generated a lot of reaction on Instagram as many people crowd the dress for the night.

Nigerians are never quick to forget the #EndSars protest, which occurred in early October.

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On the 20th, the Nigerian army opened fire at unarmed protesters who had stormed the lekki tollgate to press their demands against police brutality.

The question of who ordered the shooting has continued to linger on every youth’s lips as they always take time to celebrate fallen heroes at the lekki tollgate.

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At the 14th edition of the Headies award, an event designed to celebrates achievements in the entertainment industry, specifically music genres, popular Nigerian comedian, Bovi was seen rocking the bloodied flag.

The comedian chooses to celebrate some Nigerian youths who lost their lives during the protest.

The outfit generated a lot of reaction on Instagram as many people crowd the dress for the night.

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deo_1129: My best dress for the night

angel_gold_ervin: Right. Like he should! Best dress of the night. Fist✊🏽

king_jozef: U peepu shud watch out , this govt will arrest him for protesting at the headies 😂

prince_bob_riverbank: Pictures says more than a thousand words.

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softstrength: We will never forget!!!!!!+

ruzanacouture: Best dressed 🙌🙌🙌🙌 i pray This trend gets popular….

Story Source: Kemi Filani News

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Seven ‘dead’ in fresh Niger blast.

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The world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development rankings for 189 countries, Niger is also struggling with jihadist insurgencies that have spilled over from Mali and Nigeria.

Seven election workers were killed early Sunday in Niger’s troubled western Tillaberi region when their vehicle hit a mine, the area’s governor told AFP.

The blast also injured three of the workers, who included the heads of polling stations, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella told AFP.

The accident came as Niger holds a presidential election runoff between frontrunner Mohamed Bazoum, loyal to outgoing president Mahamadou Issoufou, and former president Mahamane Ousmane.

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The team had been sent by the Tillaberi branch of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) to monitor the polling, the governor said.

The explosion occurred in the town of Dargol some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Niamey in the so-called tri-border region where Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso converge.

The vast and unstable region has been under a state of emergency since 2017.

It was the scene of one of the worst civilian massacres suffered by the Sahel country in early January, when around 100 people were killed during an attack on two villages.

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The twin attack occurred on the day election officials announced results from the first round of the presidential vote held on December 27.

Niger voted Sunday in a presidential run-off between two political heavyweights that is set to bring about the first democratic transition of power in the coup-prone country’s history.

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The world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development rankings for 189 countries, Niger is also struggling with jihadist insurgencies that have spilled over from Mali and Nigeria.

Only 7.4 million of the country’s 22 million people were eligible to vote on Sunday — a reflection of the population’s youthfulness.

Thousands of soldiers were deployed nationwide for the vote, set to usher in a peaceful handover between elected presidents, a first since Niger’s independence from France in 1960.

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Several foreign observer missions were also on hand including from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Francophonie organisation of French-speaking countries.

Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou’s decision to voluntarily step down after two five-year terms was welcomed in a region where many leaders have tried to cling to power.

“I’m proud to be the first democratically elected president in our history to be able to pass the baton to another democratically elected president,” Issoufou said as he voted in the capital Niamey accompanied by his two wives.

His successor will be either his right-hand man Mohamed Bazoum, 60, or Mahamane Ousmane, who became the country’s first democratically elected president in 1993, only to be toppled in a coup three years later.

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Ousmane, 71, is running for president for the fifth time since his ouster in one of the four military coups the country has seen along with six elections.

Both candidates are stalwarts of Niger’s political scene.

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One voter, 29-year-old student Idrissa Gado, said the election is a “source of pride” for Nigeriens.

“The next president must act against the rebels, it’s the great concern in Niger,” Gado said as he voted in Niamey.

Whoever wins, 42-year-old tile-layer Ibrahim Kadi Mahmane said he hoped the new leader “doesn’t forget the poor and the people living in villages”.

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  • ‘Fake voting cards’
    The CENI independent electoral commission said in a statement Sunday that “fake voting cards” had been in circulation in several regions of the country.

Voting in his native village of Zinder, Ousmane said: “If the citizens see that these elections were once again… rigged, I fear the situation will be hard to manage.”

Political alliances loomed large, with Bazoum the strong favorite after winning 39.3 percent of the first-round vote on December 27.

“I hope that luck will be with the winner… I have many reasons to believe it’s indeed on my side,” Bazoum said as he cast his ballot.

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The former interior minister has already sealed the support of the candidates who came third and fourth in the first round.

Ousmane, who took nearly 17 percent in the first round, can count on the support of a coalition of 18 opposition parties as well as Hama Amadou, previously thought to be the most formidable candidate against Bazoum.

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Amadou was banned from running because of a conviction for baby trafficking which he has slammed as politically motivated.

The opposition filed an unsuccessful appeal against the result of the first round, claiming fraud, but has since given up its boycott of CENI.

  • Vast challenges
    Bazoum campaigned on continuity with the previous government, which promised development while facing the world’s highest birthrate — an average of seven children per woman.
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“To absorb this population growth would take incredible economic growth,” a Western diplomat said.

An immense security challenge also awaits the victor.

A brutal jihadist insurgency is intensifying in the country’s west, while Islamist militants from the Nigerian movement Boko Haram wage incessant attacks in the southeast.

Sunday’s mine blast that killed seven election workers and injured three occurred some 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Niamey in the so-called tri-border region where Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso converge.

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The vast and unstable region, which has been under a state of emergency since 2017, was the scene of one of the worst civilian massacres in Niger’s history in early January when around 100 people were killed during an attack on two villages.

The twin attack occurred on the day election officials announced results from the December 27 first round.

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Breaking: Fathi Bashagha escapes assassination attempt.

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The 58-year-old has served as interior minister in the Government of National Accord since 2018 and has staked his reputation on battling corruption.

The interior minister of Libya’s unity government, Fathi Bashagha, survived an assassination attempt Sunday on a highway near the capital Tripoli, an official from his inner circle told AFP.

Official sources indicate that his convoy “was fired on from an armored car while he was on the highway.

His police escort then returned fire. Two of the assailants were arrested and a third is in hospital. A reliable source indicated that the minister is fine.

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Bashagha, a heavyweight in Libyan politics, was returning from a routine visit to a new security unit overseen by his department, the same source said.

The 58-year-old has served as interior minister in the Government of National Accord since 2018 and has staked his reputation on battling corruption.

Libya has been riven by violence since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Two rival administrations, backed by an array of militias and foreign powers, have vied for control of the oil-rich country.

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Bashagha had been seen as a favorite to lead a new interim government under UN-led peace efforts following an October ceasefire last year.

The post finally went to businessman Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, a 61-year-old engineer, who has called for reconstruction, democracy, and reunification in Libya.

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Senate gives NPA 96 hours to provide information on missing vessels.

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The president of the senate expressed confidence in the joint committee to carry out a thorough job that would help to sanitise the system.

The Senate on Thursday, gave the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, four days to explain the whereabouts of over 282 vessels allegedly missing from the sea ports.

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Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Chairman, Senate’s Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, gave the ultimatum in Abuja, at an investigative hearing on N30 trillion lost through leakages in Customs and other agencies.

Uzodinma, who expressed displeasure with the managing director for not honouring the committee’s two previous invitations, said the information on the vessels was imperative and must be available within four days.

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He threatened that the senate may be compelled to pursue a financial crime case against Usman should he fail to heed the committee’s directive.

“We are looking for these vessels. We have the date of arrival, the ports of discharge and manifest.

“Everything is with us but in information available to us, no money was collected by Customs, the NPA or any other person.

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“So you have four days to do your written explanation otherwise, we will consider it a financial crime,’’ he said.

According to Uzodinma, there are also recent missing vessels that we have discovered.

“I mean recent ones that happened under the new management.

[File Photo] Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman

“The NPA is the custodian of the vessels; it received the cargoes and the terminal is theirs.

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“We want to know under whose authority the cargoes were released, “he said.

The lawmaker said that the committee had also uncovered the activities of a port cabal that had defrauded the nation to the tune of over N30 trillion.

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“It is common knowledge that infractions abound in daily transactions at the nation’s ports, commercial banks, shipping companies, terminal owners and operators.

“They connive at ease with officials to defraud the nation of trillions of Naira.

“Preliminary evidence before us suggests that this is the case in all sea ports,’’ he said.

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He expressed concern that the leakages and infractions were costing the country huge revenue losses, while also constituting security threat.

The lawmaker, however, expressed optimism that the Senate was determined to tackle the assault on the economy.

He said that in doing so, the committee would be minded by the reality that those who wanted to bleed the nation to death without remorse must be dealt with without reprieve.

“Consequently, all those indicted in this crime will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

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“The nature and methodologies of these infractions include abuse of Form M and violation of foreign exchange manual issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), incorrect classification, under-valuation and incorrect declaration.

“Others are incorrect origin, error in calculation, temporary importation, exemptions and waivers, foreign exchange manipulations, unit cost analysis on excise, smuggling and illegal removal of cargo from terminals and lack of exit certificate by vessels.

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“We shall zero our search light into these areas of infraction and we are certain that our suspicions shall be confirmed.

“Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Shippers Council(NSC), shipping companies , operators of bonded terminals and importers and exporters have questions to answer,’’ he said.

Uzodinma emphasised that the joint committee would carry out its assignment without fear or favour.

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In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, decried the indicting reports about the ports.

Saraki said that it was disturbing to hear that trillions of Naira in revenue was lost annually within the import and export value chain as a result of financial leakages caused through various malpractice and infractions within the system.

He said that the Senate would use its oversight functions to expose corruption and ensure that all loopholes and leakages in the revenue system were blocked.

“We are determined to reverse these financial leakages to enable us to get the much-needed resources to fund our children’s education, healthcare and fix the potholes on our roads.

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“I urge you not leave any stone unturned to ensure that we incrementally eliminate waste and corruption in the management of our resources,’’ he said.

The president of the senate expressed confidence in the joint committee to carry out a thorough job that would help to sanitise the system.

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Group blast Malami over decision on Herdsmen.

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The human rights group alleged the minister unambiguously displayed elements and character of tribal and religious loyalties to his primordial..

An idea muted by Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), that ‘pastoralism commission’ be established as solution to incessant invasion of farmlands and communities across the country by armed Fulani herdsmen has been described as diversionary and highly irresponsible, irrational and misplaced.

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), who criticised the idea, lamented that Malami could make such a call for herders who destroy farm produce and kill farmers as consequences of bitter discord arising from their destructive actions.

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HURIWA recalled that Malami had on Tuesday called for establishment of the commission even as he called for a community-oriented approach in diffusing and eliminating the menace of the herders that has retarded economic development and created widespread insecurity.

Malami, who was speaking as a special guest of honour at the Peace, Unity, and Security Lecture Series 2021 held at the ECOWAS main auditorium, Abuja, where he was represented by his Media Aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu, said for peaceful coexistence in the country, there was need for strict adherence to the rule of law, respecting the sanctity of the fundamental human rights in all ramifications.

HURIWA quoted the minister recommended setting up of regulated grazing reserves to replace the “Burtali” or “Hurumi” pastoral system as well as intensive enlightenment to livestock breeders on the need for sedentary farming and transhumance agriculture as a complementary economic process to nomadic farming.

HURIWA, however, strongly disagreed with Malami whom it accused of refusing to prosecute or ensure that all the terrorists and armed Fulani herdsmen who were accused of destroying farms of communities are prosecuted and punished since 2015.

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The human rights group alleged the minister unambiguously displayed elements and character of tribal and religious loyalties to his primordial and ethnoreligious affinities as a Fulani-born lawyer and politician rather than to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said “the minister is simply chasing shadows and attempting to deceive Nigerians by veering off into the arena of embarking on a wild voyage of discovery as shown by his suggestion for setting up of a pastoralists commission as a solution to the terrorism of armed Fulani herdsmen instead of enforcing the laws of Nigeria to punish persons who wield several weapons of mass destruction and have unleashed bloody violence all around the country, including Benue, Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Enugu and parts of Imo State.”

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Ikere-Ekiti raises alarm over herder’s attack on varsity.

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The Ikere-Ekiti Community in Ikere Local Council of Ekiti State has lamented over the destructive activities of Fulani herdsmen at the newly-established Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere-Ekiti (BOUESTI) and the entire community.

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The paramount ruler of the community, the Ogoga of Ikere, Oba Adejimi Adu, stated this, at the weekend, while presenting a cheque of N60 million raised by the community to support the take-off of the university.

Oba Adu, therefore, appealed to the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to help tackle the Fulani herdsmen and ‘local bandits’ operating under the cover of cultism, robbery and terrorising the community and the new university.

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The monarch said the call became imperative because the establishment of a new university would bring an upsurge of people of diverse characters into the town, saying: “I don’t want the lives of the students and my people to be endangered by these criminals.

Fayemi, in his remarks, represented at the occasion by the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Olabimpe Aderiye, applauded the Ikere community for donating N60 million as grant to the take-off of the institution.

He reiterated the commitment of the administration to sound and qualitative education through proper funding, saying that the government would strive hard to ensure every interested Ekiti citizen has access to good education up to university level.

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The governor said: “For sustainable development, no amount can be too much to expend on sound education. Schools with more funds clearly have greater ability to provide higher quality, broader and deeper educational opportunities to the students they serve.

“We understand that without proper funding, efficiency and innovation are easily compromised. This is why today’s event is significant. All well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies must join hands to fund education.

“I commend the donors for sharing our vision and passion to make the university a world class and one we can all be proud of.”

“The development of a nation or state depends on quality education of its citizenry. Education is the foundation of a country which brings wealth, social prosperity and economic stability.”

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Meanwhile, Chairman, Funding Support to BOUESTI, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Tunde Ogunsakin (rtd), represented by Pastor Tope Orolu, said the fund was a partial fulfilment of the pledge of financial support to the governing council of the institution.

Ogunsakin, therefore, urged the university management to run the institution like a truly 21st century institution through “radical curriculum reform, research-oriented education, technology transfer, intellectual exchange programmes and edu-tourism initiative in the institution.”

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Lawan’s statement on Shasha crisis ‘got YCE talking.’

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The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has berated the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, for accusing South-West governors and leaders as responsible for ethnic crisis and killings in the region.

But reacting to Lawan’s accusation in a telephone chat with The Guardian, yesterday, the Secretary of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, described his claim as untrue.

He said that on the contrary, it was the silence of the national leadership, including the President of the Senate, fuelling ethnic crisis.

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“It is totally untrue. Ethnic crisis is being amplified by the relative silence of even the National Assembly and the Senate President himself and also the Presidency.

“What appears to be the insensitivity of the Federal Government to our plight that has been on now in the last four years in the South-West, that our people are being raped, slaughtered and our farms plundered and not a word or positive action from the Federal Government, including the Senate President, is the cause of the crisis.

“What we hear is platitudes or rhetoric from ministers or aides of the President. So, they are the one responsible for the brazen attitude of the criminals in the forests as none of them has been prosecuted. In fact, the negotiation for payment of ransom some people are advocating encourages abductions to make more money.

“The money they make, they use to buy more arms to keep terrorising people. So, it is the national leadership, including the Senate President himself and the highest authority in the land, that are fuelling the crisis by silence and gross insensitivity,” he said.

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Olajide, therefore, advocated the restructuring of the country to a true federation that would give the state governors power to enforce security in their states

“We must restructure this country,” he further said.

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Abducted Kagara students, teachers ‘set free’ – Report.

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The students and teachers abducted by bandits in Government Science College Kagara, Niger State have been released.

The abductees, include 27 students, 3 staff and 12 members of their family were kidnapped by bandits last week.

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According to NoRM‘s known Media, the abductees were dropped off at a different location from the kidnapped passengers, who were rescued earlier.

NoRM had reported that all passengers abducted at Kundu via Yakila in Rafi Local Government of the state earlier in the day regained freedom.

Story Source: Daily Post.

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Rochas Okorocha, Aides ‘arrested’ for estate fraud.

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The ex-governor had stormed the estate with his supporters, policemen, soldiers and personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Sunday morning and ordered the unsealing of the estate.

Some operatives of the Imo State Police Command, Owerri, have arrested a former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha.

Also arrested were Ijeoma Igboanusi and Lasbrey Okafor-Anyanwu.

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While Igboanusi was the deputy chief of staff (Domestics), Okafor-Anyanwu was the commissioner for Transportation when Okorocha, who is the current lawmaker representing Imo West (Orlu Senatorial Zone), held sway as the state governor.

This was as the former governor claimed that the incumbent Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, attacked him (Okorocha) with 1,000 thugs.

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Okorocha was arrested on Sunday after unsealing the Spring Palm Estate linked to his wife, Nkechi.

The ex-governor had stormed the estate with his supporters, policemen, soldiers and personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Sunday morning and ordered the unsealing of the estate.

Government officials had mobilised to the estate, leading to a free-for-all, as cars were smashed and many persons injured.

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A police source, who confided in our correspondent, said that the former governor had been arrested.

The source said, “Rochas Okorocha has been arrested. He is here with us at the state CID. Two of his political associates are also with us. We will record him any moment from now. They are currently meeting with the CP.”

Meanwhile, Okorocha on Sunday alleged that Governor Uzodimma attacked him with “more than 1,000 thugs.”

Okorocha, who spoke through his Spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, in a statement on Sunday, alleged that the governor’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Chinasa Nwanari, allegedly led thugs, who stormed the estate and destroyed vehicles in his convoy.

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The statement read, “More than 1,000 thugs, armed to teeth with knives and guns and led by Chinasa Nwaneri, Governor Hope Uzodinma’s Special Adviser on Special Duties today, Sunday, with the backing of armed policemen from Government House, attacked the former governor of the state and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Rochas Okorocha’s convoy.

“They attacked and damaged all the vehicles in his convoy. They also attacked his personal aides. Senator Okorocha was with only his personal aides when the thugs unleashed the attack.

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Responding, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Declan Emelumba, dismissed Okorocha’s claim, adding that the former governor’s arrest was in line with the report of a White Paper, which indicated that the Royal Palm Estate in the state was built with taxpayers’ money and not Okorocha wife’s property.

Explaining that Okorocha would be charged to court on Monday, Emelumba said, “There was a judicial panel of inquiry that looked into land use and related matters set up by the Emeka Ihedioha administration, which we inherited and retained. They came up with a report and government accepted it, and then turned it to a White Paper.

“Part of the White Paper’s report indicates that the Royal Palm Estate was built with taxpayers’ money, but Okorocha claims it is his wife’s own. However, the report says it was built with government money.

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“The facility even violated Owerri master plan as well. Two days ago, the state government went and sealed the place in accordance with the White Paper. Then today, Okorocha, on his own, led thugs and carried hammer to unseal what government sealed off in line with the dictates of the law.

“He (Okorocha) was there, saying he is daring Governor Uzodinma to come and stop him if he (Uzodinma) has courage. This is lawlessness. So, police went there and caught him in the act and arrested him and some of his aides who arrested him. He (Okorocha) would be taken to court tomorrow.”

On the allegation that Uzodimma attacked the ex-governor with over 1,000 thugs, Emelumba described the claim as lies.

“If 1,000 thugs attacked him, would he be alive now? What then would be the business of the police if 1,000 thugs attacked and took him (Okorocha) away,” Emelumba queried.

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When contacted, the spokesperson for the state Police Command, Mr. Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the arrest of Okorocha.

Asked if the former governor would be arraigned, Ikeokwu said, “Nobody is above the law. If he is found culpable, we will arraign him at the conclusion of the investigation.”

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Crashed Aircraft planned to survey Kagara abductees – NAF.

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The Nigerian Air Force Sunday said the Beechcraft KingAir B350i (NAF 201), which crashed while returning to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja after reporting engine failure was scheduled to conduct surveillance missions over Niger State and its environs in connection with the concerted efforts to secure the release of the students/staff abducted from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

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Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola said the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has instituted an investigative panel to determine the remote and immediate causes of the accident.

Seven Air Force officials died in the crash.

He noted that the panel has commenced its work, the NAF, having notified the next of kins and families of the deceased.

The seven officials that died included Flight Lieutenant Haruna Gadzama (Captain) Flight Lieutenant Henry Piyo (Co-Pilot), Flying Officer Micheal Okpara (Airborne Tactical Observation System (ATOS) Specialist), Warrant Officer Bassey Etim (ATOS Specialis”t), Flight Sergeant Olasunkanmi Olawunmi (ATOS Specialist).

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Others were Sergeant Ugochukwu Oluka (ATOS Specialist), Aircraftman Adewale Johnson (Onboard Technician).

“Earlier, the CAS visited the scene of the accident, in company of the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retired); Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, and other Service Chiefs. The CAS, on behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the NAF, once more commiserates with the families of the deceased personnel and prays that the Almighty God grants their souls eternal repose,” Daramola said.

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CAS orders immediate investigation into Abuja Aircraft crash.

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The Chief of Air Staff (CAS) urged the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, has ordered an investigation into the military plane crash that led to the death of seven persons.

The said Air Force plane, a Beechcraft KingAir B350i crashed on Sunday while returning to Abuja Airport after reporting engine failure en-route Minna, the Niger State capital.

Confirming the development, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman, Air Vice Marshal Ibikunle Daramola in a brief communique stated that all seven personnel aboard the craft died in the crash.

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The NAF spokesman further stated that the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) urged the general public to remain calm and await the outcome of the investigation.

The CAS also commiserated with the families of the deceased.

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Police arrest 3 Herders for ‘attempted murder’ in Ogun.

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Three herdsmen have been arrested for their alleged role in the attack of Bamajo village in Ayetoro, Yewa North area of Ogun State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday said the suspects had attacked the village where they set some houses ablaze and inflicted a deep machete cut injury on one Ismaila Alabi.

“On receiving the report, the Area commander Ayetoro Assistant Commissioner of Police, Anthony Aruna mobilized his men, Hunters and youths to the scene where the entire area was thoroughly combed,” the statement partly read.

He said that the search exercise was extended to Igboaje bush where one of the herdsmen was arrested with a gun and a cutlass stained with blood.

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“His arrest led to the arrest of two others namely: Usman Mohammed and Aliyu Abubakar who is strongly believed to be part of those who launched the violent attack. The injured victim was quickly rushed to the general hospital for treatment.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.

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Sudan economic crisis thickens.

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The exchange rate policy shift comes amid concern that Sudan’s level of foreign currency holdings are approaching exhaustion.

Sudan announced Sunday it was ditching its fixed exchange rate and adopting a managed float, in line with an IMF programme but at the risk of fanning already-smouldering discontent.

The move aims to stem a flourishing black market that has seen the local pound recently trade at around 400 to the dollar, while the official rate was fixed at 55 pounds to the greenback.

It is expected to substantially devalue the official exchange rate towards black market levels, sending prices higher even as citizens grapple with an inflation rate that topped 300 percent last month.

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The transitional government has decided to undertake policies “aimed at reforming and unifying the exchange rate system by applying a managed flexible exchange rate system,” the central bank said in a statement.

Closing the yawning gap between the official and black market exchange rates is central to a reform programme agreed with the International Monetary Fund last year.

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The central bank said its policy shift, which follows the recent appointment of a new cabinet tasked with tackling the economic crisis, is “imperative” to help achieve stability.

It is one of several painful IMF mandated reforms, which also include reducing costly subsidies, aimed at securing debt relief and attracting investment following the April 2019 ouster of autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Newly-appointed finance minister Gibril Ibrahim urged citizens to tolerate the impact of the policy change, saying in a press conference on Sunday that it “will require a high patriotic spirit” and “cooperation”.

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Ominously for Sudan’s transitional authorities, protests have already flared in recent weeks in several areas over the skyrocketing prices, alongside bread and medicine shortages.

Sudan’s economy was decimated by decades of US sanctions under Bashir, mismanagement and civil war, as well as oil-rich South Sudan’s 2011 secession.

– Cushioning the blow –

The finance minister and the central bank governor, Mohamed al-Fatih, said the exchange rate policy shift will be cushioned by international donors financing a project aimed at supporting poor families from Monday.

The programme offers $5 dollars per month each to around 80 percent of the country’s 45 million population.

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In January, the IMF said it was “working very intensively” with Sudan to build the preconditions for debt relief.

The US recently removed Sudan from its state sponsors of terrorism blacklist, another move Khartoum hopes will unlock debt relief and aid.

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The central bank governor said Sudan has begun applying a dual banking system, instead of solely Islamic banking, in a move allowing international banks to operate in the country.

The exchange rate policy shift comes amid concern that Sudan’s level of foreign currency holdings are approaching exhaustion.

If the central bank is to be successful in drawing transactions away from the black market, then reserves need to stand at around $5 billion, Mohamed el-Nayer, a Sudanese economist, told AFP.

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Authorities have not lately disclosed the level of reserves.

Asked if the country had enough reserves, the Ibrahim replied that funds had lately been received, but did not specify the origin or amount.

But the recent bread shortages — and also of fuel — point to the possibility of “severely lacking” foreign reserves, the economist Nayer said.

Bashir’s fall nearly two years ago came after months of protests against his autocratic rule that were triggered by his cash strapped government effectively trebling bread prices.

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In October, Sudan signed a peace deal with rebel groups that observers hoped would end long-running conflicts in the country’s far-flung regions.

Last month, the government approved this year’s budget and it is aiming for inflation of 95 percent by end-2021.

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Borno, TCN to restore power supply in Maiduguri.

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Abdulaziz said that electricity supply would be restored as quickly as possible on completion of the tower erection work.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) with the support of Borno State Government have mobilised to ensure quick restoration of electricity supply to Maiduguri and environs.

TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

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Mbah said that electricity supply was interrupted following the damage to its high tension towers T159, T160 and T161 of 330 Kilo Bolt (KV) Damaturu-Maiduguri Transmission Line in the North East.

She said TCN had completed new foundation of Tower T159 and had equally procured all the necessary tower members and materials for the replacement of the other two damaged towers.

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According to her, the materials are presently on ground at TCN’s Baga Road Substation in Maiduguri and work is ongoing to make them ready for installation.

She said “The Management team of TCN led by the Acting Managing Director/CEO, Mr Sule Abdulaziz, Borno state officials led by the State Commissioner for Housing and Energy, Mr Yuguda Vungas and the Managing Director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company, Mr Baba Mustapha are at the TCN Maiduguri Work Centre for an on-the-spot inspection of the equipment/materials and ongoing fabrication work of the tower parts for the replacement of the damaged towers.”

She said Abdulaziz assured that since all the necessary equipment, materials and workforce were on ground and fabrication work ongoing, the reconstruction work proper would soon commence at the sites as tower foundation had been completed.

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Abdulaziz said that electricity supply would be restored as quickly as possible on completion of the tower erection work.

He further explained that while the damaged towers reconstruction was ongoing, TCN was also temporarily constructing a by-pass line for temporary diversion to supply power to the affected areas before the main tower structures were completed.

“First of all, I want to apologise on behalf TCN over what happened in Maiduguri and the North East as a whole, we understand the urgent need for power supply especially in this axis at this time.

” I want to assure you that the TCN is committed to doing all that is possible to make sure that the power supply is restored as quickly as possible.

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“All the materials you see here will be installed very quickly, you can see all the materials, the conductors, composite insulators, channel irons and you can see our workforce at work already, fabricating the parts.

“Everybody is working and they have been working everyday, Saturday and Sunday inclusive. This is because we are bent on ensuring that light is restored as soon as possible in Maiduguri and environs,” he said.

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Speaking on the transmission line in Damboa axis, Abdulaziz said the re-conducting of the Damboa-Maiduguri transmission line had been procured and work would soon begin on the project.

He said that when the Damboa-Maiduguri transmission line is completed, it would serve as a second source of power supply to Maiduguri and environs.

Earlier, the TCN boss while addressing its engineering staff working on the project, assured them of maximum support to facilitate its speedy execution and commended them for their commitment.

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On his part, the Borno State Commissioner for Housing and Energy, Mr Yuguda Vungas, assured that government would provide the necessary support and security for the work to be accomplished on time.

He reiterated the commitment of Gov. Babagana Zulum administration to ensure that light was restored in the area and promised to lend the necessary assistance to TCN to facilitate the project.

He said ‘The efforts of the state government is to provide the necessary support and equipment for TCN to reconnect the state to the national grid for his citizens to have regular supply of electricity.

“Our own part is to ensure that security is provided for human safety and the movement of materials.

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“We are very happy to find ourselves here today with the managing director TCN, and managing director of Yola Electricity Distribution Company.

” It is a sign of good relationship between the state government, TCN and Yola Disco. Together we will work to restore supply to our people,” he said.

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AIB confirms aircraft crash at Abuja airport.

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The Accident Investigation Bureau, Nigeria (AIB-N) on Sunday confirmed the crash of an aircraft belonging to the Nigerian military at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The General Manager, Public Affairs of AIB, Mr Tunji Oketunbi, confirmed this on Sunday in an interview with NoRM‘s known Media in Lagos.

Oketunbi said “It is a military aircraft and the crash is outside our jurisdiction to comment.

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” I will advise you call the NAF PRO for detail”.

Also, an industry source also confirmed to NoRM‘s known Media that the aircraft belongs to the Nigerian Air Force.

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Rev. Dr. Adewale Martins seek Leah Sharibu’s release after years.

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The cleric, while congratulating the newly appointed Service Chiefs, reminded them of the enormous responsibility ahead of them.

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins has urged the Federal Government to secure Leah Sharibu’s release.

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He said government’s failure to secure her release for the past three years, coupled with increase in cases of kidnapping and armed banditry across the country, recent being the abduction of over 40 students of Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State and four teachers, was regrettable and unjustifiable in view of enormous financial and material resources expended to wage war against insurgency and all forms of insecurity in the country.

Recall with NoRM that Leah Sharibu, a Christian, was among 110 female students of Government Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yunusari Local Council, Yobe State abducted by Boko Haram on February 19, 2018. Her case, in particular, attracted unprecedented local and global attention, owing to the fact that others were released, while she was detained for refusing to renounce her Christian faith.

In a release, yesterday, by the Director of Social Communications, Rev. Fr. Anthony Godonu, the Archbishop insisted that government owed Leah Sharibu’s family, and indeed, all Nigerians the duty to not only secure her release and other abducted students, but also to put an end to all forms of insecurity.

The statement read: “It is sad to note three years have passed by since Leah Sharibu, a Christian student of Government Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yunusari Council, Yobe State was abducted from her school along with other girls and has since been in incarceration. The Federal Government promised, as a matter of priority, to ensure her release. Unfortunately, she along with others are still languishing in the hands of their abductors. We have been told several efforts have been made to ensure her release, but we are yet to see them materialise.”

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Martins appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to do all within his power to secure Leah’s release and those of other abducted students.

The cleric, while congratulating the newly appointed Service Chiefs, reminded them of the enormous responsibility ahead of them.

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Benin Republic set to become Nigeria’s 37th State – Minister.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said that the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon had expressed readiness of his country to become Nigeria’s 37th state.

Speaking after a close door meeting with Beninoise Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Aurélien Agbenonci, Onyeama said the Beninoise president made the offer when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari a few weeks back.

He said;

“The President of Benin said as far as they are concerned, they want (not just saying it like that) but in reality, Benin should be the 37th state of Nigeria.

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“We should really be one. They charged us to come together at ministerial level, to work out a framework for a sustainable relationship.”

Onyeama further disclosed that both presidents also discussed agreements between the two countries to put the issue of smuggling to an end once and for all.

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Southwest Govs, rulers meet in Ibadan over insecurity.

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The meeting equally had in attendance the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of South-West, David Folawiyo, and security chiefs serving in Oyo State.

South-West governors and traditional rulers met in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Saturday, to appraise the security situation of the zone.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, who spoke at the end of the meeting said that though the meeting was at the instance of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, the trio could not fly out of Abuja due to bad weather.

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He said that the governors and the traditional rulers thereafter decided to meet to appraise the security situation in the zone.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Akeredolu read a three-point communique agreed to after the meeting.

The communique said, “that the meeting supported the decision of the National Economic Council (NEC) on forest management; that the nation’s borders need to be fully secured and protected; that open grazing must be checked and looked at and that media practitioners must assist the country to end fake news.”

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The meeting, which was held inside the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s office, Agodi, Ibadan, had in attendance five governors including the host, Governor Makinde; Governors Akeredolu of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.

The meeting equally had in attendance the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of South-West, David Folawiyo, and security chiefs serving in Oyo State.

Others included the chairmen of Council of Traditional Rulers in each of the South-West states and some first-class monarchs.

According to Akeredolu, the meeting was held to find lasting solutions to the lingering security issues in the zone.

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Some of the traditional rulers who took part in the meeting include the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinruntan; Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunnjso 1; and Olugbon of Orile Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao.

Also in attendance was the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, and other heads of security agencies in Oyo State.

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Lai Mohammed boast as Nigeria match on ‘Recession’, says not coincidence.

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The minister said that the government is doing more with less resources, adding that the effects of the pandemic was not peculiar to the country but a global affair.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says Nigeria did not exit the latest recession by accident, but with “hardwork, foresight and deliberate planning by government.”

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The minister stated this on Saturday when he featured on a Media known to Noble Reporters Media,’’ monitored by NoRM‘s known Media in Abuja

NoRM reports that Nigeria slipped into recession for the second time in four years in the midst of COVID-19 after the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined for the second consecutive quarter in 2020 (Q2 and Q3)

The economy, however, came out of the recession in the fourth quarter as growth in agriculture and telecommunications had offset a sharp drop in oil production.

The GDP grew 0.11 per cent in the three months through December from a year earlier, compared with a decline of 3.6 per cent in the third quarter as announced by the National Bureau of Statistics.

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Mohammed said exiting the recession occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic was not accidental.

He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had last year set up the Economic Sustainability Committee which came up with Economic Sustainability Plans to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

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“When you talk of GDP, it is the total sum of the value of your services and goods. Clearly, if there is a lockdown, you cannot go to work, and there is bound to be a recession.

“What we did was that we pumped money into the system by creating jobs.

“The first is the1,000 jobs through public works given to each local government and we have 774 Local Government Councils.

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“So, we have 774,000 workforce engaged on public works like road and this goes a lot in boosting the economy,’’ he said.

Mohammed said government equally introduced the Survival Fund which the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment supervised to prevent loss of jobs and create new ones.

The Survival Fund, according to the minister, was to ensure that Small and Medium Scale Enterprises did not collapse.

“With Survival Fund, we asked for companies that employ between five and 50 people and we gave them payroll support for about three months.

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“About 500,000 MSMEs benefitted from this programme,’’ he said.

The minister said the government also gave One-Off-Grant whereby N10,000 was given to each of 233,000 artisans,including hairdressers and mechanics.

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He said some other programmes introduced by government included Conditional Cash Transfer with 3.6 million beneficiaries as well as N-POWER, TRADERMONI, FARMERMONI, MARKETMONI which reaches millions of people.

Besides the survival plans and economic sustainability plans, he said the government is investing heavily in infrastructure and employing more people.

The minister said that the government is doing more with less resources, adding that the effects of the pandemic was not peculiar to the country but a global affair.

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He said no fewer than 40 million Americans are now out jobs and some cannot pay their mortgage due to the pandemic.

“In Nigeria, our major sources of revenue are crude oil and taxation.

“Crude oil is just inching up but we also suffered a decrease in production from 1.72 million barrels a day to 1.67 million barrels daily losing about half a million barrels daily.

“In the last 12 months, officers from grade level 12 and below are working from home and this has a significant effect on the economy.

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“In spite of these, we still have to contend with other major challenges like insurgency, banditry and kidnapping; therefore we must understand and admit that the country is going through a lot,’’ he said.

The minister also identified the challenge of population explosion, explaining that being a delicate issue to legislate on, government can only deploy advocacy for its control.

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FG raise warning over mine sites.

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He reiterated MCO support and responsibility towards securing active mine sites for serious mining investors in the country.

The Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) has warned speculators to leave the mine field for active and serious investors.

The Director-General of MCO, Mr Obadiah Nkom, gave the warning in a statement by Head, Press Unit of MCO Folasade Fatoke in Abuja on Saturday.

Nkom was speaking when he received the delegation of the Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) led by its President, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed in Abuja

He said that those that did not have any business in mining should leave and let the mines field be cleared.

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“We have many operators who are misusing licenses given to them and this is where we must draw a line between inefficiency and ineptitude even as much as we want to encourage many miners,” he said.

He reiterated MCO support and responsibility towards securing active mine sites for serious mining investors in the country.

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He also emphasised the need for mining stakeholders to join in diversifying the economy through the mining sector.

While commending the courage exhibited by MAN, he said that the issues of securing waiver for its members due to COVID -19 and security challenges was not indicated in the mining Act.

He gave assurance that MCO was ready to collaborate with MAN, with emphasis on the issue of Community Consent in relation to mining sites to forestall community crises.

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This, he said, was critical to the development of mining in any community

Nkom said waivers could only be granted to mineral title holders under the law, adding that the Nigeria Mining Act 2007 has not indicated this in any way.

“Investors should not be allowed to owe government for long, MCO has the prerogative to strategise and recoup government’s fees in adherence to polices for the growth of the sector.

“We have the responsibility to do what we should do as government agency with strict adherence to the laid down policies because it is not how many mineral titles issued but how many of these licences are active.

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“As long as we don’t have continuity in policies, it is one step forward, one step backward and no development. That is why we need to understand and collaborate so that things can work well in the sector,” he said.

Mohammed pleaded for waivers for 2020/ 2021 annual service fees for all applicable extant mineral titles and review of deadline for the settlement of all outstanding indebtedness on mineral titles service fees.

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