Dear Jambites, Here Is How To Check Your 2017 UTME Result

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Dear Jambites, Here Is How To Check Your 2017 UTME Result

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results for the first batch of candidates in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB Releases UTME Results For 742,906 Candidates

To check your 2017 UTME result online for free, follow the simple steps below:

– Go to JAMB portal at http://www.jamb.org.ng/ResultChecker/CheckUTMEResults

– Login with your Email and Password.

– Click on ‘Result Notification’ from the list of services, or you should find a box that says “Check 2017 UTME Examination Results”.

– Click on it to access your JAMB score.

– If selected, and it displays “No Result Yet”, Don’t panic, as JAMB usually release the results in batches.

You can as well contact the help lines on their website if you experience more challenges.

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You may also want to print your result. If so, follow the steps below.

Go to http://www.jamb.org.ng/printslip.htm. Take note of the following:

1. You shall be required to create a profile via the Sign Up (New User) Page if you are a new user. For existing users, simply type in your login details. To create your profile, you will provide your valid email address, surname, first name, Mobile No, State and LGA of Origin and password, then click on the Sign Up button. Each candidate is entitled to only one profile.

2. Subsequently, you shall use your email address and password to sign in.

3. Once logged in, you will be taken to the landing page where you will see all available services.

4. Select “Print Result Slip”. This is available on the side bar or on the Home page.

5. Once you select this service, a Transaction ID is generated for this service. This will be displayed on the confirmation page screen.

6. Review the details displayed on the Confirmation Page. Also, note the Transaction ID displayed in a bold red font. The Transaction ID is useful for all future references concerning the Transaction. A copy of this transaction ID will be sent to your registered email address.

7. Click on the Continue button if you wish to pay with your card immediately. If you wish to use other payment channels like ATM, Cash at the Bank or Quickteller, please note the transaction ID as it will be required.

8. On the Interswitch Payment page, enter your card details and click on the Pay button.

9. The status of your payment will be displayed on the “My Payment Section”. An SMS and email containing your unique Transaction Identification and payment status will be sent to you after payment. Click on the Continue button.

10. Once payment is completed, you will be asked to provide the following:
a. Year of Exam and
b. JAMB Registration Number.

After entering the information correctly, you can now print the Result Slip as shown on your screen.

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JUST IN: Acting President Osinbajo Formally Receives 2017 Appropriation Bill From NASS

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The Presidency has confirmed that the National Assembly has formally transmitted the 2017 Appropriation Bill recently passed into law to the Executive.

While confirming this on Twitter, the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President, Mr. Laolu Akande, also said that the document was formally received in the office of the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday.

Akande added that the bill is currently undergoing diligent consideration by the Executive arm of government.

“2017 Budget -Appropriations bill now officially received in the Acting President’s office and undergoing very prompt and diligent consideration,” he wrote.

This is coming barely two days after the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had told reporters that upon receipt of the document, copies would be made available to ministers to compare what their ministries sent to the National Assembly and what was returned.

On Wednesday, the minister disclosed that a decision on who would sign the document between Osinbajo and his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari would be taken at the appropriate time.

However, Akande had stated that Osinbajo will sign the document once he is satisfied with what was transmitted back to the Executive from the National Assembly, The Punch reports.

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Nigerian Air Force DSSC 2017 Recruitment Exercise Is Ongoing | Apply Here

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Nigerian Air Force DSSC 2017 Recruitment Exercise Is Ongoing | Apply Here

Applications Are Invited From Qualified Nigerians For Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Into The Nigerian Air Force In The Underlisted Departments:

Online Registration starts on 18th May, 2017 and closes on 15th June, 2017.

CLICK HERE TO PROCEED WITH REGISTRATION

General Guidelines For The DSSC 2017

  1. Information Technology:
    MS.c/ BSc./HND Computer Software Engineer, Data Administrator, Network Administrator/ Engineer, Network Security Experts,Web master, Info Tech/Computer Science, Computer Engineering/Electrical & Electronics Engineering.
  2. Medicals:
    MBBS, MBchB or equivalent. Must be fully registered by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and must possess a current practicing license in any of the specialities listed.

    1. MBBS, MB ch D
    2. Consultant – Ophthalmologist
    3. Consultant – Surgeon
    4. Consultant – Physician
    5. Consultant – O & G ( Female)
    6. Consultant – Pediatrics
    7. Consultant – Radiologist
    8. Consultant – Orthopedic
    9. Consultant – Family medicine
    10. Consultant – Anesthetists
  3. DENTAL SURGERY
    BDS, B ch D
  4. Nurses –B.Sc/ RN and Rm (Double Qualification)
    Must possess B.NSc with RN/RM or HND with RN/RM. BSc Nursing with any other qualifications in nursing field such as ICU, A&E, Theatre, Ophthalmic and Nurse Anesthetics will be an added advantage. Candidates must have a current Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) license to practice as a Nurse.
  5. SPECIAL FORCES
    Must possess BA in PE and must be well built physically with not less than 1.78m height.
  6. EDUCATION
    B. Ed Mathematics/Computer Science, B.Ed English, B. Ed Physics, B. Ed Chemistry, BSc Guidance & Counselling( Female).
  7. ACCOUNTING
    BSc/HND Accounting

General Information To Candidates

  1. Applicants must possess a minimum of Second Class Upper for holders of First degree and Upper Credit for HND holders. Computer literacy will be an added advantage.
  2. Applicants must possess NYSC Discharge Certificate or Letter of Exemption from NYSC at the time of applying for DSSC.
  3. Applicants must possess certificates of full registration with their respective statutory professional bodies in Nigeria where applicable.
  4. Male applicants must not be less than 1.66 meters tall while female applicants must not be less than 1.63 meters tall. However, candidates applying for special forces must not be less than 1.78m height and must be physically well built.
  5. Applicants should be between 22 and 30 years of age by 31st December 2017. Any age declaration done earlier than 5 years to this exercise will not be acceptable. Those who will be older than 30 years by 31st December 2017 need not apply, except for Consultants.
  6. Applicants are to make a choice from the centers below for the Zonal Enlistment Exercise.
    1. Makurdi: Nigerian Air Force Base, Markudi
    2. Bauchi: Nigerian Air Force Base, Bauchi
    3. Lagos: Sam Ethnan Air Force Base, Ikeja – Lagos
    4. Enugu: 113 Helicopter Combat Training Group, Enugu
    5. Port-Harcourt: 115 Special Operations Group, Port Harcourt
    6. Kaduna: Nigerian Air Force Base, Kawo – Kaduna
  7. Interested applicants are to apply free of charge online at www. airforce.mil.ng
  8. Zonal Enlistment Exercise will hold from 1 – 8 July 2017.
  9. Shortlisted Applicants are to bring the following to the Zonal Enlistment Centers:
    1. Birth Certificate
    2. Originals of Education Certificates and NYSC Discharge Certificate
    3. Letter of Attestation of Good Character
    4. Attestation of Parent / Guardian Consent Form
    5. Attestation of Local Government Area Form
    6. Acknowledgment Card
    7. Writing Materials (for aptitude test)

    Applicants are warned against giving false information as information supplied will be used to evaluate your suitability for shortlisting at any particular stage. Any false information discovered at any stage will lead to disqualification of the applicant.

  10. Applicants are to print out the underlisted documents after completion of application online:
    1. Attestation Form
    2. Acknowledgment Card
    3. Serving Military personnel are to note that documents listed in a-b above are not applicable to them, however the special attestation form is to be filled by their current Unit Commander.

    Applicants are warned against giving false information as information supplied will be used to evaluate your suitability for shortlisting at any particular stage. Any false information discovered at any stage will lead to disqualification of the applicant.

  11. Applicant’s local Government attestation form must be signed by a military officer who hails from the state of the applicant and not below the rank of Wing Commander or equivalent in the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy, and Police Officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and above. Local Government Chairman/Secretary, Magistrates and Principals of government secondary schools from applicants’ state of origin can also sign the attestation forms.
  12. Additionally, applicants are to bring with them Local Government Indigeneship certificate from their Local Government.
  13. Photocopies of all documents and credentials will be collected from applicants after screening during the Zonal Enlistment Exercise and Interview.
  14. Technical Support: For Technical Support, please call: 09064145533, 08043440802 and 08053440802 or
    Email: recruitment@airforce.mil.ng
    Note: All phone lines are available between 8:30AM and 5:30PM

Read The Instructions Below Before Proceeding

  1. All interested candidates can only submit one application. Any applicant who submits more than one application will be automatically disqualified.
  2. Fill Your Registration Form.
  3. Submit the Form.
  4. Take note of your Application Number
  5. Print Application Summary Page
  6. Download and Print Acknowledgement Cards and Attestation Cards using your Application Number and Email Address to log in.

CLICK HERE TO PROCEED WITH REGISTRATION

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UNIMAID: Suicide Bombers Die In Attempt To Attack Female Hostel

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Three male suicide-bombers were killed while attempting to attack a female hostel in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), the Borno State capital, on Thursday night.

Security Official Killed As Suicide Bombers Attack University Of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)

The bombers at about 23.45 attempted to enter the female hostel, but were stopped by eagle-eyed security men.

A student leader in the university, Abu Hanifa Babati confirmed that one of the explosion occurred around the female BOT Hostel.

He said another explosion occurred around the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

It was gathered that one of the bombers hurriedly detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED), strapped on his body, killing himself and injuring three security men.

Professor, 4 Others Killed As Suicide Bomber Attacks UNIMAID

Victor Isuku, the spokesperson of the Borno police command said:

“On 18/5/2017 at about 2350hrs, three male suicide bombers with IEDs strapped to their bodies, gained entry into the premises of university of Maiduguri.

”In an attempt to enter the female hostels, they were intercepted by security operatives.

“One of the bombers hurriedly detonated his IED vest, killing himself instantly.

“The other two bombers detonated their near a construction site also within the proximity of the University premises, killing themselves alone.

”Three university security personnel reported injured. Scene visited by EOD personnel and normalcy restored.”

It was the fourth attack on the school since January.

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FEC To Deliberate On Joint-Committee Report On New Minimum Wage Next Week

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) is expected to deliberate on the recommendations of the joint-committee report on new national minimum wage next week Wednesday.

This disclosure was made known by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, in an interview in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, if the FEC adopts the recommendations of the 29-member committee, which was also reviewed by a 16-man technical committee, the council, headed by Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, would go ahead to set up a new national minimum wage committee.

The Minister stressed that the new minimum wage that would be released this time round would be generally acceptable since governors, private sector employers of labour, including Nigerian Employers Consultative Assembly (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and other stakeholders would be fully involved.

“The new minimum wage will not be like the past because everybody will be involved including the governors, NECA, which is the umbrella body of employers; when they come with MAN, NASSI, we must come out with an acceptable agreement,” he stated.

Also giving an insight into the recommendations of the joint-committee report, the Minister said they recommended that a governor would represent each of the six geopolitical zones in the committee that would be set up by FEC to fix new national minimum wage.

The recommendations of such committee, according to him, will be taken to the National Assembly in form of a bill where public hearings would be held before a new National Minimum Wage Act is passed.

The minister also added that the N-power portal, which had been shut after the enrolment of the initial beneficiaries, would be reopened immediately after the 2nd anniversary of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for the second phase of the social security net programme.

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Nigeria’s Acting President Osinbajo Signs Three Executive Orders

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In a show of his presidential authorities, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday signed three executive orders that will significantly change some of the ways government business and operations are conducted in the country forthwith.

According to one of the orders, foreigners seeking Visa to Nigeria can now get it within 48 hours.

The signing was the climax of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) meeting at the Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa meant to engage government officials who would be implementing the orders and the new instructions.

The orders are to ease business, fast track budget submission and promote Made-in-Nigeria products.

Ahead of the signing, Mr. Osibanjo held an interactive session at the old Banquet Hall of Presidential Villa with all relevant government officials, including ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of departments and agencies among others.

The session was meant to directly engage government officials who would be implementing the orders and the new instructions.

The orders would promote transparency and efficiency in the business environment, support local contents in public procurement by the Federal Government, and ensure timely submission of annual budgetary estimates by statutory and non-statutory agencies

The executive orders also stipulate sanctions and punitive measures meant to address violations.

On the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment every Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) should publish a complete list of all requirements or conditions for obtaining products and services.

Highlights of the three orders

On the Promotion of Transparency and Efficiency in the Business Environment

 WHEREAS, it is the policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to create an enabling environment for businesses and entrench measures and strategies aimed at promoting transparency and efficiency;

WHEREAS, the FGN is committed to the promotion of domestic and foreign investments, creation of employment and stimulation of the national economy; and

WHEREAS, His Excellency,  Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria constituted the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council to coordinate the implementation of this policy;

NOW THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AS THE ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, I HEREBY ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

Transparency in MDAs

1.   Every Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) of the FGN shall publish a complete list of all requirements or conditions for obtaining products and services within the MDAs scope of responsibility, including permits, licenses, waivers, tax related processes, filings and approvals. The list shall –

a.   include all fees and timelines required for the processing of applications for the products and services; and

b.   be conspicuously pasted on the premises of the relevant MDA and published on its website within 21 days from the date of issuance of this Order.

2.   It shall be the responsibility of the head of the relevant MDA to ensure that the list is verified and kept up-to-date at all times. If there is any conflict between a published and an unpublished list of requirements, the published list shall prevail.

Default Approvals

3.   Where the relevant agency or official fails to communicate approval or rejection of an application within the time stipulated in the published list, all applications for business registrations, certification, waivers, licenses or permits not concluded within the stipulated timeline shall be deemed approved and granted.

4.   The mode of communication of official decisions to applicants shall be stated in the published requirements.

5.   Where applications are rejected within the stipulated timeline, all rejections shall be given with reasons. Rejections of applications shall be tracked and accurate records kept at all times for each MDA and shall be submitted to the head of the MDA on a weekly basis.

6.   There shall be at least two (2) modes of communication of acceptance or rejection of applications to the applicants by the relevant MDAs before the expiration of the stipulated time, including letters, emails and publications on MDA websites.

7.   The applicants acknowledgement copy of the application, including electronic submission acknowledgements, shall serve as proof of the date of submission of the application for purposes of determination of the commencement of the application timeline.

 8.   An Applicant whose application is deemed granted under this Directive may apply to the Minister for the time being in charge of the application for the issuance of any document or certificate in evidence of the grant within 14 days of lapse of the MDAs stipulated timeline for the application.

9.   Failure of the appropriate officer to act on any application within the timeline stipulated, without lawful excuse, shall amount to misconduct and be subject to appropriate disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the law and regulations applicable to the civil or public service.

One Government Directive

10. An MDA that requires input documentation, requirements or conditions from another MDA in order to deliver products and services on applications within the originating MDAs remit or mandate, including permits, licenses, waivers, tax documentation, filings and approvals shall only request a photocopy or other prima facie proof from the applicant. It shall be the responsibility of the originating MDA to seek verification or certification directly from the issuing MDA.

11. Service Level Agreements shall be binding on MDAs and shall be relied upon by MDAs in the issuance of published stipulated timelines for processing of applications for the products and services.

12. It shall be the responsibility of the head of the relevant MDA to ensure that the agreed terms of the Service Level Agreements are adhered to.

13. Failure of the appropriate officer to act within the timeline stipulated in the Service Level Agreement, without lawful excuse, shall amount to misconduct and be subject to appropriate disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the law and regulations applicable to the civil or public service.

 Entry Experience of Visitors and Travellers

14. Ordinary tourist and business entry visas to Nigeria shall henceforth be issued or rejected with reason by the Consular Office of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions within 48 hours of receipt of valid application. The timeline shall be notified to the public by pasting a notice conspicuously at every Consular Office and by publication on every website of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions.

15. A comprehensive and up to date list of requirements, conditions and procedures for obtaining visa on arrival, including estimated timeframe, shall be published on all immigration-related websites in Nigeria and abroad, including Embassies and High Commissions, and all ports of entry into Nigeria.

16. The processing of issuance of visas on arrival shall be carried out in a transparent manner. Visas on arrival shall be granted at all Nigerian ports of entry once applicants have met all the published requirements.

Port Operations

17. There shall be no touting whatsoever by official or unofficial persons at any port in Nigeria. On duty staff shall be properly identified by uniform and official cards. Off duty staff shall stay away from the ports except with the express approval of the agency head. The FAAN Aviation Security (AVSEC) and Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Security shall enforce this order.

18. All non-official staff shall be removed from the secured areas of airports. No official of FAAN, Immigration, security agency or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) or any other agency is to meet any non-designated dignitary at any secure areas of the airport. The official approved list of dignitaries that have been pre-approved to be received by protocol officers shall be made available to AVSEC and other relevant agencies ahead of their arrival at the airport.

19. Any official caught soliciting or receiving bribes from passengers or other port users shall be subject to immediate removal from post and disciplinary as well as criminal proceedings in line with extant laws and regulations.

20. All relevant MDAs at the airports shall within 30 days of the issuance of this Order merge their respective departure and arrival interfaces into a single customer interface, without prejudice to necessary backend procedures.

21. All agencies currently physically present in Nigerian Ports shall within 60 days harmonise their operations into one single interface station domiciled in one location in the port and implemented by a single joint task force at all times, without prejudice to necessary backend procedures.

22. The new single interface station at each Port shall capture, track and record information on all goods arriving and departing from Nigeria and remit captured information to the head of the MDA and the head of the National Bureau of Statistics on a weekly basis.

23. Each Port in Nigeria shall assign an existing export terminal to be dedicated to the exportation of agriculture produce within 30 days of the issuance of this Order.

24. The Apapa Port shall resume 24-hour operations within 30 days of the issuance of this Order.

Registration of Businesses

25. The Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) shall within 14 days of the issuance of this Order ensure that all registration processes at the CAC are fully automated through the CAC website from the start of an application process to completion, including ensuring the availability of an online payment platform where necessary.

Effective Date of the Order

26. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

 Dated this 18th. . . . . .. . day of May . . . . . . 2017.

SIGNED BY

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON

Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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NNPC Finalises $6 Billion Worth Of Crude Oil For Gasoline, Diesel Swaps

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is in the final stage of signing $6 billion worth of deals to exchange more than 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil for imported gasoline and diesel.

The contracts, which are coming three months later than expected – which include three more pairs of companies than last year – reflect Nigeria’s increased reliance on NNPC for fuel imports.

The African most populous country’s lack of local refining capacity means that it relies on imported petrol, kerosene and other petroleum products, while the oil price crash and militant attacks on Nigeria’s oil industry have starved independents of dollars for fuel imports.

At least four of the 10 groups have signed contracts, set to begin from July 1, with the rest expected to do so by Friday, Reuters news agency reports.

The fuel quality in the final agreements was not immediately clear, but July 1 is the same deadline the country set for switching over to higher quality, lower-sulphur fuels that create less toxic fumes.

According to Reuters, sources said the new standards would be applied. Others reported that three different gasoline specifications – 1,500 ppm, 500 ppm and 150 ppm – would all be included in the contracts, giving NNPC options on which to import.

This year’s deal includes international trading houses, not just oil refineries. The 2016 contracts included only companies with refineries in an effort to cut out middlemen.

The latest list contains several companies from 2016, including Varo Energy, Societe Ivorienne de Raffinage (SIR), Total and Cepsa. Italy’s ENI and India’s Essar, which won 2016 contracts, are absent from this year’s list, while Socar and Mercuria are new additions.

The contracts were initially planned to begin in April but last year’s swap deals were extended at least twice in order to give NNPC more time to negotiate. NNPC had previously said this year’s contracts would exchange up to 800,000 bpd of crude oil, though at some 40 percent of peak exports that target was seen by markets as unlikely.

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NUBIFIE: Nigerian Bank Workers Threaten Nationwide Industrial Action

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Barring any unforeseen development, Nigerians have been urged by workers in the financial sector of the economy to withdraw enough cash as they have finalised arrangement to embark on a nationwide industrial action.

The strike action, Daily Sun is reporting, is to protest against what they termed unlawful detention of their president.

This is just as the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (NUBIFIE), described the allegation of N30 million fraud leveled against its National President, Danjuma Musa, as outright falsehood.

The union in a letter signed by its General Secretary, Muhammed Sheikh, in reaction to a publication on Monday said the information were “false untrue and fallacious”.

The union has therefore threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the Nigeria Police fails to release its President, Danjuma Musa, who was arrested and detained last week.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Sheikh said the union’s president has remained incommunicado since he was taken away by some SARS members to Area F Police Station on May 11.

‘’If it was an arrest, he will be allowed to speak to his lawyer or family members. On May 12, when we found him in Area F, Ikeja, the police accused him of stealing and threat to life.

‘’Later, that same day, Musa called that he has been flown to federal SARs in Abuja and till today, members of the union have called but his phones cannot be reached,’’ Sheikh said.

He added: “Following the detention of Musa by the Nigeria Police High Command, some persons impersonating the office of the General Secretary of the union are using the police authority to harass and intimidate the leadership of the union to resign its position.”

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Med-View: EU Bans Nigerian Airline From Entering UK Airspace

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The European Union (EU) has barred Med-View Airline from entering it’s airspace, barely 18 months after the lone Nigerian carrier commenced operation on the Lagos-London route.

The EU cited safety reasons for barring of the airline from entering the Europe airspace.

According to the European Commission, its aircraft – Boeing 767 – that it operate to Gatwick London is not airworthy and advised the carrier to change the aircraft or suspend flight operations to its airspace until it is able to provide another aircraft for its operations.

Apart from the airline, 180 other airlines were also barred from flying into Europe.

Also, 174 other airlines were barred due to safety oversight by aviation authorities in their home countries. All carriers from Mozambique and Republic of Benin have been removed from the list of airlines banned.

A statement released by the commission said:

“Today the European Commission updated the EU air safety list, the list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.”

“Following today’s update, all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique are cleared from the list, following further improvements to the aviation safety situation in these countries.

“On the other hand, the airlines Med-View (Nigeria), Mustique Airways (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Aviation Company Urga (Ukraine) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe) were added to the list due to unaddressed safety deficiencies that were detected by the European aviation safety agency during the assessment for a third country operator authorisation.”

Med-View was one of seven airlines barred due to safety conditions.

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15,000 Persons Flee Homes As Herdsmen Slaughter 11 In Taraba Communities

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At least 15,000 people, mostly farmers, have fled their homes to IDP camps in Taraba State, in the wake of renewed attacks by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

The herdsmen, it was gathered, had launched deadly attacks on Gazabu, Kungana, Tukun Ruwa, Utsua Daa and Kpenkpen villages, among others, leaving at least 11 people dead and scores injured.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP David Misal, said the command had deployed more security operatives to the remote areas affected in order to check further killings.

“Yes we receive reports that since on Sunday, there has being  series of attacks in the remote communities in Bali local government area of the state but the command  is on top of the situation,” he said.

The police spokesman also said that due to the remoteness of the affected areas, the response is not as effective as it should have been but assured that normalcy would return to the affected areas soon.

Zaki David Gbaa, the Chief of Tiv in Bali (Ter Bali) and Chairman, Council of Tiv traditional rulers forum in Taraba, also said 11 of his people were killed by herdsmen in the crisis that wiped out Gazabu, Kungana, Tukun Ruwa, Utsua Daa and Kpenkpen villages in Bali local government area.

It is understood that crisis was triggered after an Icheen man was murdered in cold blood by unknown gunmen.

The Icheen people reportedly suspected the Tiv people to have carried out the assassination and while the leaders on both sides were discussing to resolve the issue amicably, the Fulani herdsmen who had prepared an ambush, launched the attack, which killed over eleven people.

Daily Sun gathered that during visits to some of the IDP camps in Bali local government area, a large number of people who were coming in – mostly women and children –  arrived the camps with various degrees of injuries, attributed to attacks from herdsmen.

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NYSC: Dear PCMs, 2017 Batch A Orientation Course Begins Nationwide On May 23rd

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced that the 2017 Batch A orientation course starts on Tuesday, 23rd May to Monday, 12th June, 2017 nationwide.

All Batch A 2017 prospective corps members (PCMs) are therefore urged to start printing their call up letters and those who did not subscribe for online printing should go their institutions of graduation.

NYSC Mobilization Time Table For 2017 Batch A
S/NO Event Date

1 Briefing/Sensitization of Final year students/prospective corps Members. 4th – 16th April 2017

2 Display of list of all approved programmes for institutions on NYSC portal for cross checking feedback. 3rd – 7th April 2017

3 Collation of Prospective Corps Members’ Data by Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) 3rd – 9th April 2017

4 Submission/Uploading of Senate/Academic Board Approved Result for Full/Part-Time Graduates and Revalidation Lists by CPIs 10th – 19th April 2017

5 Uploading of Corrected Lists by Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) 10th – 19th April 2017

6 On-line Registration by Foreign and locally Trained Nigerian Graduates 20th April to 15th May 2017

7 Entertainment of complaints from Prospective Corps Members by the state Deployment and Relocation officers and NYSC Help Lines/Desks 20th April to 15th May 2017

8 Forwarding of Complaints to Mobilisation Dept by State Deployment and Relocation officers 20th April to 15th May 2017

9 Deployment and printing of call-up letters by ICT department 16th – 17th May, 2017

10 Notification/On-line Printing of Call-up Letters/delivery of call-up letters to institutions 18th – 23rd May, 2017

11 Online printing of deployment disposition by Corps Producing Institutions (CPIs) 18th – 23rd May, 2017

12 2017 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course 23rd May – 12th June, 2017

When you eventually receive your call-up letter either via email or institution, make sure you read it very well, at least three(3) times before printing it out.

Last week,  the NYSC Management was notified of a fake document titled “2017 BATCH A NYSC 3 WEEKS ORIENTATION CAMP” circulating across social media especially Facebook and WhatsApp.

It then disassociated itself from the document as the information therein did not emanate from the Scheme.

The NYSC said the “originator has sent out the hoax to deceive and take advantage of unsuspecting Prospective Corps Members (PCMs); Such misinformation only gets popular by “Sent As Received” individuals who do not verify information on social media before sharing.”

The NYSC then urged all PCMs to beware of such information and follow ONLY INFORMATION from NYSC official online platforms:

Website: www.nysc.gov.ng
Portal: portal.nysc.org.ng
Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialnysc
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nysc_ng
Instagram: www.instagram.com/nysc_ng

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126 Boko Haram Jihadists Arrested Inside Borno IDPs Camp

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The Nigeria Army has disclosed that it arrested about 126 suspected Boko Haram Jihadists at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Damboa, Borno.

This disclosure was made on Wednesday by Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, while fielding questions from newsmen in Maiduguri, the state capital.

He said the suspects were flushed out during mop up operations.

Irabor further added that the mop up was conducted after the Boko Haram terrorists stormed Sabon Gari area in Damboa Local Government area of the state.

His words: “During the attack, we lost about six soldiers and equipment, some of our soldiers were also wounded.

“After the unfortunate incident, a joint operation was carried out by 3 and 125 task force brigade of the army.

“Based on intelligent report available, we learnt there was an attempt by Boko Haram to attack Damboa town and many of the insurgents have infiltrated the IDPs camp in Damboa.

“We also have an intelligent report that many of those insurgents that participated in the attack on Sabon Gari have infiltrated into the IDPs camp.

“During the raid on the camp, one of the terrorists in particular was identified to have taken part in the Sabon Gari attack.

“When we searched him, we found a wallet on him containing the Identity card of one of the soldiers that was killed during the attack.

“So, in essence, that gave the purpose for further operations that our troops of 125 Brigade and the Civilian JTF rounded up about 126 of the terrorists in the camp.

“As you all know that peace has started returning to the areas, but we realise that the Boko Haram terrorists were hiding under law abiding citizens to continue to cause havoc.

“The operation is a continuous one, even though the arrest had elicited reactions from some NGOs working in the camp, also the IDPs, who viewed what we are doing differently.

“This was what really happened, though yesterday, there was an incident in Konduga where three suicide bombers detonated their explosives killing themselves and wounded some locals.

“Also, we had a case where some of our troops on patrol in Dikwa ran into an Improvised Explosive Device, where two soldiers were wounded, but they are getting better in the hospital.

“In Damasak also, we suspected Boko Haram movement looking for logistics and food, we laid ambush and killed four of them and recovered a Hilux truck, weapons, fish and rice.

“It will also interest you to note that our Naval component of the operation have been very active in lake Chad.

“We are currently strengthening out platforms on that axis toward ensuring that we go deeper in our operations to fish out other Boko Haram terrorists in the area.

“Looking back into our operations in the last 14 months that i took over as the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, much has been achieved.”

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Senate To Pass Whistle-Blower Protection Bill In July This Year

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The upper chamber of the National Assembly will pass the Whistle Blower Protection Bill in July 2017, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said. 

Speaking at the launch of “Antidotes for Corruption: The Nigerian Story”, a book written by Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West, on Monday in Abuja, Mr. Saraki said when backed by legislation, whistle-blowing would have greater value “and it is hoped that we can pass it before July this year”.

The senate president further stated that other anti-corruption legislation being considered by the Senate included the Proceeds of Crime Bill, the Special Anti-Corruption Court, which will be done through constitutional amendment and the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill.

Mr. Saraki said the executive and legislature must work hard to make it difficult for proceeds of corruption to find any hope.

He added: “We must fight corruption with sincerity. We must aim to go to the root of the problem. We must strengthen our institutions.

“If we work on prevention we will get to a milestone in our fight against corruption.’’

He added that the passage of the 2017 budget by the National Assembly was the first major step in ensuring openness.

“For the first time in our political history, the budget of the National Assembly changed from a one-line item to a 34-page document that shows details of how we plan to utilize the public funds that we appropriate to ourselves.

“The people are demanding more openness, more accountability and more convictions.

“Those of us in government are also responding, joining the conversation and accepting that the basis of our legitimacy as government is our manifest accountability to the people,” he said.

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Nigeria Announces Rescue Of Another Chibok Girl

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Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday announced the recovery of another Chibok schoolgirl by the country’s military.

The news which was brought to light at the Federal Executive Council meeting is coming barely 12 days after the release of about 82 abducted girls who were abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram group.

Boko Haram: Nigeria Secures Release Of 82 More Chibok Girls

This disclosure was confirmed by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, while speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja.

According to him, the affected girl has been brought to Abuja to join her colleagues who were rescued from captivity.

He said: “Yes, at the Federal Executive Council’s meeting, the Vice-President broke the cheering news to members of the cabinet and after that I have also spoken to defence people who confirmed it.

“The details are yet to fully unravel . But in terms of is it true- yes, it is true. I learnt she is already being brought to Abuja, but I have not seen her.”

The presidential aide was optimistic that the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other Nigerians in captivity would soon be rescued.

82 Freed Chibok Girls Were Swapped For 5 Boko Haram Commanders?

He also dismissed the assertion that members of the Boko Haram sect had started regrouping in the Sambisa forest, saying that the Federal Government had the capacity to confront any security challenge arising from any part of the country.

He said: “One thing you can be sure of is that this government has the capacity to confront any security challenge that arises.

“So, if they are regrouping they will be flushed out again.”

“I believe that we have seen the worst of that insurgency. We are in a mopping up process and I believe the mop up would be completed.’’

It would be recalled, 82 girls were recently released by their captors in exchange for five Boko Haram (commanders) suspects held by the federal government.

Twenty one others were released in October last year and another three also regained their freedom, in separate circumstances.

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Nigeria Records N3.3 Trillion Lost In Oil Revenue In 2016

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The federal government has recorded a deficit of $11 billion (N3.3 trillion using the official exchange rate of $305 per dollar) revenue from crude oil export in 2016, according to the oil and gas revenue fact sheet of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Based on the revenue fact sheet released on Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Nigeria’s crude oil revenue fell from the $37 billion recorded in 2015 to $26 billion in 2016.

This is coming against the backdrop of $10 billion (N3.05 trillion) the Africa’s most populous nation earned from oil export between January and April this year.

Globally, the 13-member cartel of OPEC earned about $433 billion in net oil export revenues in 2016.

Nigeria’s Oil Production Increases By 274,000bpd In April

This represents a 15 per cent decline from the $509 billion earned in 2015, mainly as a result of the fall in average oil prices during the year, and to a lesser extent to decreases in the level of OPEC net oil exports.

This revenue, according to EIA, was the lowest earnings for OPEC since 2004. The net oil export revenues reflect OPEC members as of May 2017. Nonetheless, the EIA said Nigeria became the sixth highest revenue earner among the 13 OPEC member countries in the 2016 period.

For example, Saudi Arabia occupied the number position with revenue of $133 billion; Iraq, $54 billion; United Arab Emirates, $47 billion; Kuwait, $37 billion; Iran, $36; and Nigeria, $26 billion.

It explained that the net export earnings also included Iran, which the EIA did not include in earlier reports published between 2012 and 2015.

The EIA stated: “However, Iran’s net export revenues are not adjusted for possible price discounts the country may have offered its customers between late 2011 and January 2016, when nuclear-related sanctions targeting Iran’s oil sales were in place. Saudi Arabia earned the largest share of these earnings, $133 billion in 2016, representing approximately one-third of total OPEC oil revenues.”

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Audu Maikori Slams El-Rufai With N10bn Lawsuit For Violation Of Human Rights (See Details)

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Nigerian entertainment mogul and social activist, Mr. Audu Maikori, has sued the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, for the gross violation of his human rights.

In a suit (FHC/ABJ/CS/385/17) filed by his lawyers, Ballason’s Chambers, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Mr. Maikori, is seeking damages against Governor El-Rufai to the sum of N10 billion.

#FreeAudu: Reactions Trail Arrest Of Chocolate City’s Maikori, Over Statement On Southern Kaduna Killings

He is also praying the court to enforce his fundamental rights against undue harassment and intimidation by the Kaduna State Governor and the Nigerian Police, in the suit, which came up for hearing before the trial judge, Hon. Justice John Tsoho on Tuesday, 16th May, 2017.

Maikori had some months ago been at the forefront of advocacy to bring the world’s attention to the Southern Kaduna carnage following admittance by the Kaduna State Governor that he had paid the Fulani herdsmen aggressors in the region to stop the killings.

The Arrest Of Audu Maikori And Misplaced Call To Pray For Tyrant By Fani-Kayode

He was subsequently arrested by the Nigeria Police on charges of incitement, based on a petition by the Kaduna State Government, which attributed to a tweet, which he later retracted and apologized for when he discovered his driver had lied to him to obtain money fraudulently.

Following pressure and intense outcry, he was released on bail and subsequently cleared of any complicity by the Police Force Headquarters only to be re-arrested again and whisked off to Kaduna after Governor El-Rufai publicly vowed to prosecute him during the Social Media Week 2017.

The Killing Fields Of Kaduna State And The Maikori Affair

See suit below:

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Nigerian Army Warns Officers, Soldiers To Steer Clear Of Politics

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The Nigerian Army has issued a stern warning to all officers and soldiers in the Force to steer clear of politics.

While issuing the warning, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, revealed that some politicians have been making frantic efforts to infiltrate his officers for various political “actions and gains”.

The cautionary words from the Army Chief may not be unconnected to the air of uncertainty in the country arising from President Muhammadu Buhari’s illness, which necessitated his return to London penultimate week to get medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Although he did not speak more on what the political “actions and gains” were, it is rumoured that Buratai’s warning followed a report of an attempt by some politicians to infiltrate the military, particularly the Nigerian Army.

A statement issued by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said the army headquarters and the COAS had received information about such “sinister plans” by some politicians to derail the professional calling of some army officers.

The statement read: “This is to inform the public that the Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army and Lieutenant-General TY Buratai have received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.

“On the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts.

“He also reminded them that the Nigerian Army is a thorough professional, disciplined, loyal and apolitical institution that has clear constitutional roles and responsibilities.

“He seriously warned and advised all officers and soldiers interested in politics to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith.”

“Any officer or soldier of the Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conduct such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame.”

“The COAS has further reiterated that the Nigerian Army will remain apolitical and respect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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Lagos State To Introduce New Number Plates For Commercial Buses, Uniforms For Conductors And Drivers

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The Lagos State Government has announced that there are plans to introduce new number plates for commercial vehicles in the state.

The Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, stated this during the 2017 Ministerial briefing to mark Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s two years in office. The Commissioner said it would ensure clear identification of vehicles registered for commercial purposes.

“The state agencies like Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, Number Plate Production Agency and ministry of transportation will fine-tune the operations and issuance,” He added.

Elegushi explained that the development would bring a robust database for vehicles involved in commercial transportation to ensure safety of passengers. He added that about 5,000 commercial buses would be injected into the transport sector, while drivers and conductors will be given uniforms.

“There will be introduction of uniforms for drivers and conductors to signpost a commencement of decency, discipline and quality service to the people of Lagos State,” Elegushi said.

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Senate Orders CBN, NNPC, FIRS, 35 Other Agencies To Submit Budget Proposals Or Risk Sanctions

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The Senate on Tuesday directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and 35 other Federal Government agencies to submit their 2017 budget proposals for approval or risk sanctions.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly stated that it was unbecoming that five months into the year, 38 statutory agencies of the Federal Government have failed to submit their budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year.

It further stated that the agencies continued to make huge extra budgetary expenditure against the law establishing them.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South), who dragged the attention of the Senate to the matter, said it was abnormal for the agencies not to have submitted their budgets for approval by the National Assembly.

He further stressed that it was wrong for agencies to spend money that has not been appropriated by the legislature.

Na’Allah told the Senate that he intends to bring the issue to the floor as a motion so that Senators will understand the implications and the need to assist the government to fight corruption.

He said: “I deliberately decided that I will bring it on the floor, so that Senators will understand the implications.

“In our commitment to assist this government to fight corruption, we must stand on our feet that every spirit of our law must be obeyed by those holding public offices. I think that if you permit me I will like to come tomorrow by way of motion, so it can be debated on the floor of the Senate.

“The only approach this Senate can take to assist this government in fighting corruption, is to insist that gross abuse of power and misuse of power must be stopped by every government agency. The only way we can build our institutions is to radically address the issue of abuse of power and misuse of power. I think that if you give me permission, I will like to bring it tomorrow as a motion.”

Reacting to Na’Allah’s submission with an approval, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, expressed displeasure over the failure by most government agencies to submit their 2017 budget proposals to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.

Saraki condemned the practice where agencies of government spend money without statutory approval by the National Assembly.

The senate president ruled that the Senate would comprehensively debate the issue and take a resolution today (Wednesday).

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Nigerian Govt To Terminate 6 Abandoned Projects In Niger Delta

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The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has said it has concluded arrangements to terminate about six abandoned projects spread across the region with a view to enhance the development of the region.

This disclosure was made known by the Minister, Pastor Uguru Usani, while receiving the report on the audit and review of the East-west road and other project of its Ministry in Abuja.

Usani said that following the report from the Ministerial Technical Audit Committee on the contracts awarded from 2009 – 2015 in the Niger Delta, that some projects have been proposed for termination.

He listed the projects to include construction of OkpuhutaMbano Junction – Orie market –Lomara- Igwebulka (35km) – Abia State; Land reclamation and Erosion control project at OguduAbia Phase I, Abia State.

Others are Idoro-Eastern Itam Water Supply Scheme Akwa Ibom; Construction of Mbak Atai-Ikot Ntu-MkpetiOkuiboku road project (13.86km) Akwa Ibom State; Ukparam Water Supply Scheme and Construction and Supervision of Omelema – Agada II Road, Rivers State. Project Length 14.415km.

He said, “Gross lack of capacity problem, lack of seriousness on the project, lack of technical capacity to prosecute project and gross lack of competence by the contractors”.

“Prominent among other issues of violation were indiscriminate award of contract by initiating and benefiting departments without the leading and guiding role of the procurement department.

“Awards never took cognizance of availability of funds and annual appropriation provisions.

“This manifestly, emanated from inconsistency in government annual budgetary provision and lack of capacity to deliver especially where funds released do not correspond with performance.

“Most contracts were awarded with specific dates of completion but were not captured in subsequent appropriations.

“Consequently, no capital project was completed within the stipulated time frame.”

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Gunmen Kill Islamic Cleric, Wife And 4 Children In Ijebu-Ode

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A 35 year-old Isamic cleric, Sheikh Yusuf Amzat-Salam, also known as Alfa Abu, his wife and four children were killed by some unidentified gunmen in an attack on their home in the Atiba area of Odogbolu, Ogun State on Tuesday.

Imam, 20 Others Killed After Gunmen Attack Mosque In Niger State

It is understood that all the victims had been buried in accordance with Muslim rites, amid wailing by sympathisers and relations.

Sheikh Yusuf Amzat-Salam also known as Alfa Abu: killed along with wife, 4 kids
Sheikh Yusuf Amzat-Salam also known as Alfa Abu: killed along with wife, 4 kids

The Islamic cleric, his wife, eldest child, a girl aged 11, her twin brothers, aged 8 and the last female child, aged 2, were all butchered with machetes by the assailants whose motive could not be ascertained.

It was also learnt that the residents of the area woke up on Tuesday to meet the family in a pool of blood.

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A close family friend, Mr Yusuf Oludaisi, described the act as dastardly and wicked, wondering what the victim must have done to warrant such treatment.

“He was someone whom we grew up together. I have known him for 30 years to be humble and kind to everyone who came across his path.

“It’s really sad because this was someone you will never see quarrelling or being disrespectful”, said Oludaisi, while speaking with NAN.

The younger brother of the victim, Alfa Ishaaq Amzat-Salam, however, said he would leave the matter for God to judge.

“I leave those who perpetrated such evil into God’s hands for He alone will judge them. The deed cannot be undone.

“I will always remember my brother forever for his loving kindness as he was a shining light to us all”, said Ishaaq.

Senator Gbenga Kaka (Ogun East), who was at the burial of the victims, described the incident as very sad.

“I am a close friend to the father of the victim and when I heard what happened, I was in shock.

“It is unimaginable what these people did and it brings much sadness to my heart. I don’t even have the words to describe it”, said Kaka.

Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Ogun, Bimbola Oyeyemi, said the command was aware of the incident.

“We are already doing all to investigate and apprehend the culprit”, he said.

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JAMB Releases UTME Results For 742,906 Candidates

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results for the first batch of candidates in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB: 440,000 Candidates Sit For UTME Across Nigeria On Day 2

This is even as the apex exam body directed candidates in Ogbomoso to print notifications of their new examination centres from their email addresses.

JAMB: 357 Prison Inmates To Sit For 2017 UTME

The Head, Public Affairs, JAMB, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement on Tuesday said that the results of 742, 906 candidates who sat for the examination on Saturday and Monday was released within 24 hours.

“Candidates are to check their email addresses or visit the board’s website for the results. A total of 742, 906 candidates sat for the examination on Saturday and Monday. Another 401,292 candidates are expected to join them today, raising the number to 1, 144, 198 out of 1, 718,425.”

The spokesman added that the candidates, who have been posted to nearby towns such as Saki, Ago-Amodu and Ibadan are to sit for the examination between Thursday and Saturday at the new locations.

Recall, on Monday, some students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) in Ogbomoso had prevented candidates who were posted to the school to write the 2017 UTME from entering the premises or gain access to the examination centres in the school.

Meanwhile, the JAMB has said that it is monitoring the ongoing UTME through its central Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the country.

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N-Power: Nigeria Empowers 174,160 Youths

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The Ministry of Budget and National Planning had empowered no fewer than 174,160 youths out of 200,000 selected for N-power programme in the country.

Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja at the Town Hall Meeting to celebrate the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari Administration’s two years in office, its Minister, Udoma Udo Udoma, added that all beneficiaries from the 36 states had been engaged and had started receiving payments as part of the implementation of the N-power programme.

The minister said the N-power was implemented under the Social Investment Programmes as promised by President Buhari during his campaigns to help the poor and vulnerable people.

He said: ‘‘Hence, in the 2016 Budget we voted the sum of N500 billion for social investment programmes.

‘‘These projects are being implemented by the Office of the Vice- President, with my Ministry as the accounting Ministry Department Agency (MDA) for the programme.’’

Udoma said that so many people had also benefited from the Federal Government Cash Transfer programme, the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).

He said that the Cash Transfer Programme was aimed at providing targeted transfers to poor and vulnerable households, with the final aim of graduating them out of poverty.

He added: ‘‘So far, 35 states have been engaged in the programme by signing its MoU and 30,000 households with validated Bank Verification Number (BVN) have been paid in the first 9 states.

‘‘Payments to address backlogs are currently ongoing.’’

The N-Power programme recruits and trains young unemployed graduates as teachers, agricultural extension workers and health support workers, etc.

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1,268 Nigerians ‘Voluntarily’ Return From Libya

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has disclosed that over 1,268 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya from December 15, 2016 to May 16, 2017.

Speaking on Tuesday, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, the Director General, NEMA, while receiving a fresh batch of 258 Nigerians who arrived in Lagos, said the returnees were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

Maihaja, who was represented by Dr Onimode Bandele, the Deputy Director, Search and Rescue, said the fresh returnees came along with 20 children and infants.

According to him, another batch of Nigerians is expected back on May 25, and the exercise will continue as long as those stranded in Libya are willing to return home.

“Since December 2016, we have been able to bring back 1,268 Nigerians and the exercise will continue in collaboration with the IOM

“The Federal Government is collaborating with the various state governments to rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees, ” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, aboard a chartered Libya Airlines Airbus A330-200 with registration number 5A-LAU at about 8:30pm.

They were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Protection of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials of NEMA, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

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Times Heroes & Daily Times Nigeria 91st Anniversary

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The attention of the board, directors and management of The Daily Times Nigeria (DTN) has been drawn to a fraudulent and manipulated press release trending on social media and purported to have emanate from the Legacy and Heritage Media Company.

We wish to unequivocally and categorically urge members of the public and numerous stakeholders of The Daily Times of Nigeria to discountenance the statement in totality.

A vivid and careful study of the illegal and fraudulent press release signed by an impostor claiming to be the company secretary, showed that it was the handy work of corporate hackers attempting to misinform the right-thinking members of the public on the corporate status and operations of The Daily Times of Nigeria.

The letter and spirit of the unauthorised statement also indicated that it was a calculated attempt to use the backdoor and social media to embarrass shareholders of The Daily Times of Nigeria and colour the national attention currently focused toward the DTN 91 years anniversary and 2017 Times Heroes Awards.

The trending fraud referred to as press release after more than two years of consolidated publication of The Daily Times, one of the titles in the stable of the media conglomerate and particularly now when the newspaper is celebrating its anniversary and hosting the Times Heroes Awards, remains a pointer to the wicked plans of the hackers and their ulterior motives.

It is instructive to note that The Daily Times was privatised in 2004 and all the assets and liabilities acquired by Folio Communications Limited as core and strategic investor. The Federal Government as represented by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) as noted in the accompanied photograph handed over the DTN to the Chairman of Folio Communications, Mr. Fidelis Anosike.

Prior to the privatisation programme, the DTN ceased to be a public liability company in 2001 as the media conglomerate also exited from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The Daily Times board and directors, with Anosike as Chairman, once again reassured Nigerians and foreigners of our commitment toward the successful celebration of the newspaper’s anniversary and hosting of the Times Heroes Awards.

“We are committed and remain resolute in our mission and vision toward the restoration, reinvigoration and reposition of The Daily Times as the nation’s and continental media leader.

“As shareholders, we refuse to be distracted but remain focus and determine to meet the overall aim of the then Federal Government privatisation agenda,” Anosike said.

The board also assured members of the public that the anniversary celebrations and awards remain as scheduled and on course as planned.

Signed

Mr. Olisa Egbunike

Group General Manager

Folio Media Communications/DTN

 

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