VIDEO: Jhybo – Concentrate On Your Life

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Lima Sound artist & C.E.O.  – Jhybo Rapwoli releases the visuals to his current single – Concentrate on your LIFE.

COYL  audio was released in August, Jhybo’s  4th single release of 2017.

The video was shot in Houston, Texas  by Mahmoud  at Mofilmworks  Productions (Filmaker/ Photogrpahy & Director).


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JAMB Issues Strong Warning To Universities Charging Above N2,000 For Post-UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Sunday, said universities that charged more than N2,000 from applicants for its post-UTME examination will be made to refund the excess payment.

The examination board also said it would partner with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct public examination through Computer Based Test, CBT, for Nigerians abroad.

JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Fabian Benjamin, made these known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja.

Mr. Benjamin said that the collaboration was to enhance the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, for foreign candidates in 2018.

He said 2017 UTME was conducted for foreign candidates on September 30 in Gambia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin Republic, Ethiopia, South Africa and Cameroun.

According to him, although the conduct of the examination was not justifiable, in terms of monetary value, there is need for JAMB to collaborate, to promote growth in the education sector.

“We are already promoting CBT in line with international best practices; we have taken it to some countries in Africa, we need to do more to encourage the practice.

“We have even gone ahead to see how we can put some countries on the global map by conducting our public examination there through CBT.

“What we want to do is to partner with the ministry to be able to key into the global technology revolution as part of our foreign policy.

“We must be able to maximise profit, especially from West African countries that we are offering assistance, through scholarship, to school in Nigeria.

“We cannot achieve much by looking at things from naira and kobo, but through diplomatic relations there will be adequate room to gain through conduct of examination abroad,” he said.

The head of public relations explained that foreign candidates sat for examination in one session based on local time of their various countries, adding that the questions were deployed from the Board’s headquarters.

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Sarkodie to Embark on ‘Highest’ Uk Nationwide Tour in November

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IFollowing the successful release of his fifth studio album Highest which dominated iTunes album charts around the world, Sarkodie is proud to announce that he will be embarking on a UK nationwide ‘Highest’ tour in November, with some special guests including Big NarstieJaysoMoelogoBobii Lewis and Suli Breaks.
The nationwide tour, presented by Sarkcess Music and Dice Recordings, in conjuction with Live NationGoldenVoice and Echo Location, will see the legendary Ghanaian rap star headline the O2 Institute in Birmingham on November 23, before heading to London to headline at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on November 24, and rounding up the tour in Manchester, headling Academy 2 on November 25.
In other news, Sarkodie, who released six music videos on the same day as his Highestalbum all at the same time, in an unprecedented move that was first of its kind for any African artist, is already gearing up to release his next music video from the Highestalbum, for early fan-favourite ‘Far Away‘ featuring Mavin Records’ very own Korede Bello. You can watch the behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming visuals here.
Tickets for Sarkodie’s ‘Highest’ UK tour are now available via Ticketmaster here.
Sarkodie’s Highest album is out now via Sarkcess Music and Dice Recordings, purchase ithere.

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Lai Mohammed Claims 55 People Stole $6.2bn From Nigeria’s Coffers

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has alleged that about 55 people may have stolen a whopping $6.2 billion (public funds) from the country’s coffers.

Although, the names of the culprits were not mentioned, the minister, however, listed only projects which government could have executed with a third of the funds, if recovered, The Nation reports.

Mohammed, who made this known while speaking on Al Jazeera as part of a feature on the vast properties acquired in the UK with stolen funds by Nigerians, claimed that $2.06billion of the alleged stolen funds would have built 600 kilometres of roads, 37 hospitals, 20,000 housing units and trained 4000 kids from primary to university level.

Also speaking on corruption, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, took to her Facebook page on Saturday to aim a dig at former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and ex-Petroleum Affairs Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke for what she called their weird demands.

She wrote: “It’s the season of weird demands. Recently, Nigerians were assaulted by the demand by the wife of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience Jonathan, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to “Tell EFCC to leave her alone.”

“Fat chance! EFCC is an institution, not an adulterous man running after someone else’s wife. “So, woman to woman, I asked her to look inwards. Patience should wear the sort of aura that dispels, rather than attracts law enforcement agencies.

“She can start by being honest and coming clean, regarding everything – cash, properties, etc., that were ill-acquired. Then hand them back to the rightful owners. Yes, back to Nigerians via the EFCC.

“You see, EFCC, ICPC, DSS, CCT, all follow the smell of crimes. If she does not have suspicions of criminal activities oozing and buzzing from and around her, there’s no way she’ll be dragging President Buhari to commit impunity by ordering EFCC to leave you alone.

“But there again, she’s been busy swatting the bees, she had no time to see that her husband’s reign of impunity, ended many moons ago.

“But that’s not the end of the story. And then, there’s Diezani Alison- Madueke.

“She too, wants something. She wants to return home. Remember she’s in the UK for medical purposes. Remember the photoshopped images her image launderer plastered all over the tabloid and the Social Media?

“Diezani is over 18 years old. That makes her an adult. She dusted her passport and flew out of this country, Nigeria.

“She had concluded plans to run off to a Caribbean Island to live off the blood money she stole, not hauled from the poorest and the most vulnerable citizens of this nation.

“She had no idea that she had become attractive to the British authorities, and had been in their view since 2013.

” You see, these women, who own choice properties and obese bank accounts they do not need, across the world including Nigeria, had the best of opportunities to improve the lives of Nigerians, especially those who suffer health hazards from environmental degradation in the bowels of the Niger Delta where these two come from.

“If they cared not about their immediate environment, why would they bat an eyelid that environmental issues in the Lake Chad Basin were fuelling Boko Haram.

“The adage that what a man can do a woman can do better, has never been proven more by anyone than Diezani Madueke.

“The forfeitures the Nigerian people have been awarded against Diezani, the pending and on-going corruption investigations and cases, are a testimony that this woman, who was elevated to the status of a goddess by ex-President Jonathan, has cases to answer, from UK to USA, Italy to the Caribbean.

“Why Mrs Madueke suddenly developed an urge to return home, is not clear. But many Nigerians think it’s not unconnected to the perceived cash and carry criminal justice system in Nigeria.

“But she’s probably not aware that the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Onnoghen, has vowed to clean up the judiciary.

“But there might be those judges who would be tempted by the mouth watering inducement that flows from the bottomless pit of Diezani Madueke’s haulage.

“May I remind Mrs. Madueke that a certain (Rtd) Admiral Alison-Madueke, warned President Muhammadu Buhari to leave his wife alone. May I also remind Diezani that Nigerians assume that she is that wife that the retired naval officer warned the President about.

“Now that she has been left alone, if she needs to return to Nigeria, she will also need her husband to threaten President Buhari to come after her, Hahahahaha…

“Dear Sis, in the meantime, you should make yourself comfortable in the UK. Attend to your criminal trials going on there. When found guilty, happily serve your jail term because it’s just the beginning.

“Then when you are done, repeat the same process in America and then in Italy. If you are still alive by then, you should then be retired to Nigeria, to begin the same process that will ultimately lead you to your retirement home. You have a choice between Kirikiri and Kuje, among other prisons. Till then, it’s Goodbye Diezani. You aren’t coming home soon!”

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20 Years After Fela: Yesterday’s Message As Today’s Reality

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20 Years After Fela: Yesterday’s Message As Today’s Reality, By Lanre Arogundade

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From the second week of this October, the power of the Fela persona will surely resurface as the annual Felabration comes alive.

Some extra flavour to this year’s Felabration should be expected being the 20th anniversary of the passage of the afro beat originator and revolutionary artist. As usual there will be live performances by international and local bands; there will be the rendition of many of Fela’s tunes; and more importantly, there will be turnout of thousands of afrobeat faithful at the epicentre of the celebrations – the New Afrikan shrine in Ikeja – and elsewhere in Lagos and Ibadan.

This piece was written by Lanre Arogundade. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Also as usual, the dominant faces in the Felabration crowd will be hundreds of youth who had not been born or probably were infants about the time the Abami Eda was taking his final bow from stage and mother earth. Yes, they did not and could not have seen Fela in person, not to talk of ever watching any of his live shows but they will be there all the same because they have come to know him through his many lyrics that speak to today’s reality almost beyond imagination.

My generation shares similarity with the younger generation in the above sense for it was Fela’s lyrics that first connected us with him. The added advantages which some of us enjoyed included the fact that we later got to know him at lectures and live performances on campuses, as well as at the second Afrikan Shrine on Pepple Street in Ikeja. We also met him through journalism pursuits and engagement in common political struggles.

In this regard I do recall that my brother, Ayodele, and I first knew Fela as teenagers while simultaneously working as laboratory attendants and retaking WAEC at Ijebu-Jesa Grammar School. That privilege came our way courtesy of the fact that Bros Dandy, an uncle of ours operated a radio repairs and music shop uptown and we were always there to listen to varieties of music, including that of Fela. Those were the days of record cassettes and anytime we listened to any of Fela’s new albums, we would freely obtain the cassettes to replay and replay on our sound system at home.

Prior to this period, Fela’s Kalakuta republic had been razed in 1977 by soldiers from Abalti barracks in Surulere acting on the orders of the then Obasanjo/Yar’Adua military government, which was obviously infuriated by the record Zombie in which Fela’s made scathing attack on uniformed men. The lyrics that flowed from that brutal experience were full of expression of anger against the injustice in the society, especially as meted to him by the powers that be. And so we listened to “Sorrow, Tears and Blood”, “Run Run” and much later as undergraduates, “Unknown Soldier”, in which Fela’s lamentation about how, “dem kill my mama, 78 year old mama, ideologically mama” won wide spread sympathy for him.

As young boys, we were also able to energetically gyrate to the danceable beats. Neighbours started thinking that we had really gotten possessed when we started doing so in underwear having seen Fela in pants on the back of his album and in newspapers. Living then at the boys’ quarters of another uncle, late Salau Ojelabi, within his Country Hotel premises we were becoming some spectacle and I also do recall that a Ghanaian teacher who lived upstairs would always drag his wife inside anytime our noisy live performance (in underwear only) of the Ijebu-Jesa version of the Kalakuta show attracted her to the balcony.

Now with the benefit of hindsight, it invariably meant that through Fela we the then teenagers had begun part of the political journeys that would take us into the world of radical and revolutionary activism for the socio-economic transformation of Nigeria.

Indeed, I had become an undergraduate at the University of Ife in the 1980s and was already a students’ union activist when I had my second encounter with Fela by watching him perform live at the amphitheatre on the campus and later by getting involved in the struggle to free him after he had been jailed for alleged currency trafficking offence by the Buhari-Idiagbon military government in 1984.

At this later stage of the second encounter, I was already president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and it had been the idea of Fela’s Lawyers, late Kanmi Isola-Osobu and Femi Falana (FF) that on the day of judgment over the currency ‘offence’, I would be invited to enter a mitigation plea on behalf of millions of students and youth before the Justice Okoro Idogu tribunal. Preparatory towards this, I was privileged to accompany Kanmi and FF to meetings with the Kutis at late Prof. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti’s Alaka, Lagos residence where I first met Femi Kuti and Keji Hamilton, one of Fela’s legendary key-boardists.

But I never made it to the Tafawa Balewa Square venue of the tribunal on judgement day as armed soldiers forcefully turned me back because I was not a lawyer. There were outbursts of tears once the verdict became public knowledge and there was commotion at Fela’s Ikeja residence where his boys and girls were already giving Prof. Hindu, the Ghanaian magician who had become Fela’s oracle diviner, the beating of his life for allegedly failing to use his black magic to prevent Fela’s arrest and subsequent imprisonment. Our presence saved Prof. Hindu as he rode with us in Kanmi’s car to Ikeja under-bridge where he gladly dropped off.

The struggle to free Fela took off in earnest and we students played major roles in this. I was later invited to deliver a lecture at the Afrikan Shrine as part of the ‘Free Fela’ campaign. That invitation meant that for the first time, I had to attempt a political and social analysis of Fela’s musical messages. I did this by examining about ten of Fela’s songs including the already mentioned “Zombie”, “Sorrow Tears and Blood” and “Unknown Soldier”, as well as “International Thief Thief”, “Vagabonds in Power”, “Shuffering and Smiling”, “Yellow Fever”, etc, explaining in the process how they dealt with the whole gamut of malaise afflicting our society, including police and military brutality, abuse of human rights, social and economic injustice, pervasive corruption, artificial beauty, etc as one would strive to do again in this short series. A copy of that lecture should be lying somewhere among late Beko Kuti’s archives.

Beko was the central figure in that struggle and he became quite disturbed when the military authorities decided to seize copies of Army Arrangeement alongside promotional vests and other materials while Fela continued to suffer in prison. At a stage he decided to seek the assistance of Prof. Wole Soyinka and requested that I travel to Ife to help enlist his support and fix an appointment. Soyinka obliged and a few days later the three of us met over a lunch of Eba and okro complete with bird and bush meat, the products of the Nobel Laureate’s famous hunting expeditions. It was a much relieved Beko that travelled back to Lagos following Soyinka’s pledge to intervene.

The third encounter with Fela came in the post-1984/85 detention period. Now living and working as a journalist in Lagos, one became a fair regular at his Friday night and Saturday ‘yabis’ night comprehensive shows, press conferences and other activities, including album launches. At some point, one was privileged to have witnessed the public launch of Confusion Break Bone (CBB)Overtake don Overtake Overtake (ODOO), etc., sometimes as the Master of Ceremony.

I can recall that it was at the launch of CBB that Fela’s in his remarks humorously attested to the prophetic nature of his own music. “You see when I dey compose dis song, dat time those who dey rule Nigeria dey call demselves head of state but as I dey record the song the word president just enter my mouth. I no know say Babangida go come and call himself president. Na so my music be, e fit wait for you for ten years o, hin go just catch you ni pemu”, he had said to loud cheers. Fela was referring to the verse – “dem come dey hold Shagari, dem say president Shagari him steal, se Shagari alone dem go hold, about the other presidents too” – in the album.

Starting with the immediate post-detention block buster, Beast of No Nation (BONN), Fela’s lyrical narratives at this phase were politically sharper, deeply reflective, highly intuitive, more conversational about the issues of the day and decisively more critical about various manifestations of power abuse. Thus, from “BONN” to “CBB”; from “Overtake don Overtake Overtake (ODOO)” to “Country of Pain (COP)”; from “Underground System (US)” – recorded as a tribute to assassinated radical military leader of Burkina Fasso, late Captain Thomas Sankara – to “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense”, and from “Government of Crooks (GOC)”, “Chop and Clean Mouth Like Nothing Happen Na the New Name for Stealing” to “Condom Scallywag Nonsense”, the hot numbers came rapidly as if Fela knew the end was near and he had to download for posterity.

Interviews with the Abami Eda, often after midnight, during this period were also livelier and full of more jibes. “Arogundade, you said you dey do human rights and Martins Luther King grandson came to Nigeria. Him no visit me Fela, wey don dey fight government so tey wey Nigeria police, not American police don beat; Nigeria police sabi beat o. Him no even visit Beko who talk say him dey do human rights for Anthony but he come go visit policeman for Benin (jocularly referring to Chief Igbinedion). Me I no understand dis your human rights o”, he once told me during an encounter that would lead to a cover story for the Weekend Concord under the editorship of Mike Awoyinfa in the early nineties.

To go back to the beginning: If Fela’s music connects generations, if his music fills the air during mass movements as witnessed during the anti-fuel price hike protests and rallies of January 2012 and if his music would dominate the airwaves again this October, it is because in the final analysis he remains the ultimate prophet that saw our tomorrow and perhaps beyond, as we shall seek to demonstrate in our own little way through the re-visit of one or two of his numbers.

Lanre Arogundade is the director of the International Press Centre, Lagos.

This piece was written by Lanre Arogundade. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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Here’s The Full List Of 25 Nigerian Roads The N100bn Sukuk Proceeds Will Fund

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On Thursday, the Nigerian government released the proceeds of the N100 billion Sukuk bond – which would fund 25 key economic road projects across the country – to the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

Nigerian govt releases N100 billion Sukuk Bond proceeds for 25 Road Projects

Nigerian govt releases N100 billion Sukuk Bond proceeds for 25 Road Projects

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, can be seen (in the photo above) handing over the N100 billion proceeds cheque to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in Abuja.

She had said: “This is the first Sukuk bond issuance for Nigeria. It is about financial inclusion and deepening of our financial markets.

“The proceeds will be used to further support government capital spending for 2017 – the construction and rehabilitation of 25 key economic roads across the six geo-political zones of the country.

“The roads will ease commuting, spur economic activities across the country and further close our infrastructural gap.”

“Each of the six geo-political zones is expected to receive the sum of N16.67 billion for road projects in their respective zones.”

“The north central and south-south zones accounted for five each of the 25 key economic road projects, while the north-east, north-west and south-east have four road projects each. Three projects are to receive funding from the sovereign Sukuk proceeds in the south-west zone.”

While announcing the release of the money, the 25 key economic road projects were yet to be known.

However, in a tweet on Sunday, BudgIT, Nigeria’s civic tech organisation, in a breakdown, listed the roads, the amount that will be spent on them and the expected time reconstruction will be completed.

Here is the full list below as published by TheCable:

Construction of Oju/Loko-Oweto bridge overRiver Benue to link Loko (Nasarawa state) and Oweto (Benue state) along route F238 4,144,708,134.18 December 2017
Dualisation of Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja road section I (international airport link road junction – Sheda village 3,000,000,000.00 March 2018
Dualisation of Suleja-Minna road in Niger state phase II (km 40+000-km101+000) 3,521,958,532,49 April 2018
Dualisation of Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja road: Section IV Koton Karfe-Lokoja in Kogi state 3,500,000,000.00 January 2018
Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin road: Obajana-Okene in Kogi state 2,500,000,000 January 2018
Dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri road linking Kano-jigawa-Bauchi-Yobe 4,166,666,666.67 March 2018
Dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri road linking Kano-Jigawa-Bauchi-Yobe and Borno states. Section III (Azare-Potiskum) in Bauchi 3,500,000,000.00 December 2017
Dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri road linking Kano-Jigawa-Bauchi-Yobe and Borno states. Section IV (Potiskum-Damaturu road) in Yobe 4,000,000,000.00 December 2017
Dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri road linking Kano-Jigawa-Bauchi-Yobe and Borno states. Section V (Damaturu-Maiduguri) 5,000,000,000.00 June 2018
Dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri road linking Kano-Jigawa-Bauchi-Yobe and Borno states. Section I (Kano-Wudil-Shuari) in Kano 5,000,000,000.00 June 2018
Dualisation of Kano-Katsina road phase I, Kano town at Dawanau roundabout to Katsina border in Kano 3,000,000,000.00 September 2018
Construction of Kano western bypass as an extension of dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri road section I 4,000,000,000.00 May 2018
Construction of Kaduna eastern bypass 4,666,666,666.67 January 2018
Rehabilitation of outstanding section of Onitsha-Enugu expressway: Amansea-Enugu border 5,166,666,666,67 December 2017
Rehabilitation of Enugu-Port Harcourt dual carriage section I: Lokpanta-Umuahia in Abia 4,000,000,000.00 March 2018
Rehabilitation of Enugu-Port Harcourt dual carriage sectionII Umuahia tower-Aba township rail 3,750,000,000.00 December 2017
Rehabilitation of Enugu-Port Harcourt road section III: Enugu-Lokpanta 3,750,000,000.00 December 2017
Rehabilitation of Enugu-Port Harcourt road section IV:  Aba-Port Harcourt in Rivers 3,500,000,000.00 July 2018
Dualisation of Yenegwe road junction-Kolo-Otuoke-Bayelsa palm in Bayelsa 3,500,000,000.00 July 2018
Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin road: Obajana junction-Benin section II phase I: Okene-Auchi, Kogi/Edo states 3,000,000,000.00 December 2017
Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin road: Obajana junction-Benin section III phase I: Auchi-Ehor in Edo 3,166,666,666.67 June 2018
Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin road: Obajana junction-Benin section IV phase I: Ehor-Benin city, Edo state 3,500,000,000.00 December 2017
Reconstruction and asphalt overlay of Benin-Ofosu-Ore-Ajebandele-Shagamu dual carriageway phase IV 6,000,000,000.00 December 2017
Reconstruction of outstanding section of sections of Benin-Ofusu-Ore-Ajebandele-Shagamu dual carriageway phase III 5,000,000,000.00 December 2017
Dualisation of Ibadan-Ilorin road. Section II: Oyo -Ogbomosho road in Oyo 5,666,666,666.67 December 2017
TOTAL 100,000,000,000.02


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Crolla: I Can Fight Campbell Next

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Anthony Crolla says he is open to the idea of another all-British lightweight bout and could fight Luke Campbell.

Million Dollar got back to winning ways on Saturday night after two successive losses to Linares, to emerge points victor over Ricky Burns.

And Crolla says he is open to the idea of fighting another British lightweight, Campbell, who already registered his desire to fight the winner of the bout.

“I certainly don’t mind the fight with Luke,” Crolla told Sky Sports News.

“He did very well a few weeks back, even more so following the news that came out about him losing his father, it must have been so tough.

“But he showed he’s world class. It’s another ‘Battle of Britain’ and it’s a fight that makes business sense.

“It’s something that I’d be happy to go with. I’m just interested in being involved in big fights just like on Saturday night.”

“I’ve beaten a great fighter in Ricky and my rankings will be higher,” Crolla added.

“Whether it’s a final eliminator or a voluntary shot at one of the world titles, I’m certainly right near the front of the queue, whoever that may be.

“Whichever fight the team thinks is the right fight for me, I’ll be happy to take. My aim is to become world champion again and bring the world title back to Manchester. If given the opportunity, I believe I will do that.”

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Federal Poly Ado Ekiti Shut Indefinitely After Students Set Clinic Ablaze During Protest

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The management of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State on Sunday shutdown the institution indefinitely after a violent protest by students over the death of two of their colleagues.

It was gathered that trouble started on the institution’s campus on Friday evening when two of the students reportedly complained of malaria.

They were said to have been rushed to the Polytechnic Health Centre for treatment, but their condition later became worse. They died in the early hours of Saturday.

According to sources, the two students were both from the Department of Estate Management and died shortly they were administered some drugs at the clinic.

Following their death, some apparently peeved students set the institution’s health center ablaze after a protest that rocked the school premises on Saturday evening.

NAN gathered from campus sources that the students on learning that their colleagues had died, quickly mobilised themselves, marched to the Health Centre and burnt it down.

Apart from also destroying some other property, the students blocked all roads leading to the institution preventing free movement of vehicles.

Consequently, the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Sade Adediran, announced the immediate and indefinite closure of the school.

Adediran did not, however, confirm whether any student actually died at the Polytechnic Health Centre.

The statement warned that any student found on campus after the closure would be apprehended and made to face the consequences.

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Crolla Floors Burns On Points

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Anthony Crolla was the flawless winner against Ricky Burns, outpointing his lightweight counterpart at the Manchester Arena.

The fight was a close one, with Crolla taking the fight to the Scottish in all 12 rounds, getting the win 116-113, 116-114 and 117-112.

The first round was an evenly matched affair, with Burns unleashing his lengthy jab and Crolla trying to get on the inside.

The second round saw the Mancunian boxer find his rhythm, letting the body shots rain. He escaped shots from Burns and broke through his defence.

The momentum of the fight was with ‘Million Dollar’ and he increased the gear towards the sixth round. He let the body shots rain asserting his dominance on the match.

The seventh round saw Burns try to regain control of the fight, landing an uppercut which he followed with a punch that bloodied the Mancunian’s nose.

Burns took advantage of a tiring Crolla and was dominant in the seventh and eighth round. But the home boxer, sensing the urgency of the fight, came back firing on all cylinders in the tenth.

With the Manchester crowd roaring him on, the 30-year-old marched forward in the last, a lead straight left sending Burns slightly off balance before the final bell went and the two embraced.

Speaking after the fight, Crolla said: “I thought I had done enough, but Ricky kept on coming, he gave me a very tough fight.

“I owe these people here in Manchester another world title. I’ve also got no problem in going to Glasgow for a rematch.”

Burns added: “I thought I done enough to edge it. I would love to do it again.”

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Panic As Monkeypox Spreads To Akwa Ibom

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There is a palpable panic in Akwa Ibom State as one case of Monkeypox disease, which was first detected in Bayelsa state, has been confirmed in the state.

Monkeypox Disease: FG Warns Nigerians To Avoid Eating Bushmeat, Dead Animals

The Akw Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh, who announced the outbreak in a statement in Uyo, also said that the state government was investigating two more cases suspected to be monkeypox.

“Monkeypox currently has no treatment and no vaccine,” Mr. Udoh said, adding that “It looks like small pox but the rashes are larger while the disease is milder.”

“The era of avoiding excessive handshake, regular hand-washing and abstinence from bush meat is here again.

“We will provide more information subsequently,” the commissioner said.

360nobs had earlier reported that the number of persons said to be receiving treatment for the communicable Monkeypox – which broke out in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital – has risen from 11 to 13,

This is just as the deadly viral epidemic has invaded Rivers State.

Confirming the outbreak, the State Commissioner for Health, Professor Chike Princewill, had said that the three cases were discovered on Thursday night at Rumoulumeni, Eneka, and Psychiatric Road areas of Port Harcourt of Rivers State.

“We have activated our isolation centres and we have put all our Health centres on red alert.”

“The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, UPTH, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, and all our Primary Health Centres have been reactivated.”

“We can assure you that there is no course for alarm because we are on top of the situation,” he said.

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Bailly: No Guaranteed Spot Under Mourinho

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Eric Bailly says no spot is guaranteed under Jose Mourinho, as everyone is competing for every position.

Bailly is competing with the likes of Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for the role of central defenders.

And the Ivory Coast international is relishing the challenge of competing for a spot, as it makes him a better player.

“It’s very important for us, it’s important for the team, it’s important for the manager, and when it’s like that, there is also competition amongst ourselves, so we always have to improve because I don’t think anyone is automatically entitled to their position in that team,” Bailly told United Review.

“There’s a good relationship between Phil and me, and with the other two defenders, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling, even though we’ve not had the chance to play together yet.

“It’s fine in my view because there are four of us defenders and everyone is ready to make the most of the opportunities the manager gives us. To defend as well as possible and concede less goals, that’s the aim for all of us.”

“For me, the aspect that was very important and where I see improvements – and can improve even more, to be honest – is the tactics, as well as the high level of concentration that’s required.

“For a young defender it’s very important and with this manager I’m positive about the future.”

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Nigerian Army Commences Operation Crocodile Smile In Niger Delta

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The Nigerian Army has announced that it has deployed its troops for the commencement of Operation Crocodile Smile in the six Niger Delta states.

Army To Conduct “Operation Crocodile Smile II” In Edo, Delta And Ondo States

Speaking on Saturday, while addressing troops to signal the commencement of the exercise, Enobong Udoh, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) in Port Harcourt, said the operation was confidence-building patrol rather than a show of force as it is being reported.

He said: “Operation Crocodile Smile is a confidence-building patrol that seeks to reassure the people of Rivers state and the Niger Delta that the army is ready to work.”

“We are ready to work in close synergy and collaboration with other security services and agencies of government to ensure that there is peace and security for the people.

“Our operation aims to reassure the public that we are ready to fight crimes like cultism, militancy, and kidnapping so that people can go about their business without fear.”

The GOC also said troops would carry out collaborative patrols with the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Corps, Nigerian Immigration Service and the Department of State Security.

Others are Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Nigerian Customs Service and personnel of the Nigerian Prison Service.

He said the 6 division would carry out the exercise in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states while another formation would cover other states in the Niger Delta.

“Army, police and other security services were established to ensure peace; enforce law and order and create the enabling environment for economic activities to thrive,” he said

“This is our ultimate mandate, and, as such, we urge Nigerians to give us the necessary support to enable us to succeed.”

The three weeks exercise is expected to commence from yesterday, October 7 to October 28.

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ICYMI: Pirlo Announces Retirement From Football

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Italy legend, Andrea Pirlo has announced he will quit football in December when his contract with New York City FC expires.

The veteran midfielder has played for AC Milan, Juventus and internationally for Italy, winning six Serie A titles and two UCL titles. He also played an integral role, as Italy won the 2006 World Cup.

Pirlo believes it is time to end his playing career, as he has been restricted to 15 out of 32 games with NYC FC.

“You realise that the time has come,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Every day you have physical problems, you cannot train as you want because you always have some problem.

“At my age, that’s enough. It’s not that you can go on forever until the age of 50. I’ll do something else.

“At 38, it’s just right to give young players room. I’m not angry. Instead, I will give a hand to team-mates and to the coach.”

“I’ll do something else, I’ll be back in Italy in December,” he said. “Work with Conte? They say things, I have some ideas, but give me time to decide.”

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Robben Gives Up On World Cup

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Arjen Robben has admitted defeat in regards to qualification for the World Cup, admitting they cannot score the required seven goals against Sweden to secure a playoff spot.

Netherlands avoided elimination thanks to a 3-1 win over Belarus, but need a miracle to ensure they finish second in Group A.

Sweden thrashed Luxembourg 8-0 to put themselves at a superior advantage on goal difference and Robben has admitted qualifying for the World Cup is a long shot.

“This hurts. It is unfortunately part of the sport,” Robben told ONS.

“After Sweden’s result you can’t do anything else other than play with your chest out, but an 8-0 win in Belarus [was not going to] happen. And a 7-0 win at home to Sweden isn’t going to happen.

“When you hear [Sweden won] 8-0, that’s a big blow.

“In the first half we did not have many opportunities.”

However, Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat is refusing to give up the fight.

“The reality is that it will be very difficult, but it’s not over yet,” the 70-year-old said.

“We have to play another game. It is possible.”

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