Basketmouth Says Sorry To Goodluck Jonathan For Being ‘Disrespectful’

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Popular comedian, Bright Okpocha, better known as Basketmouth has retracted the statement he made against the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, stating that he has ‘nothing but respect’ for the former president.

RELATED NEWS: Basketmouth: “I Did Not Campaign For Buhari”

In an earlier rant, the ace comedian had said:

“Truth of the matter is that I would have voted anyone that could speak two words of English against Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and that’s strictly based on the amount of greed and selfishness we witnessed from members of his (Jonathan’s) administration in the 6 years that he sat on the rock.

“I have said it numerous times that I am not a politician hence I try not to dabble in politics. However I think a few people interpret crying out against injustice by the one as campaign for the other.”

Just about 24 hours after airing his views on Instagram, the comedian withdrew it with an apology

His words: ‘I have to sincerely apologise at this point that in expressing my opinion in my last post which was primarily to clear the air about who I campaigned, supported or rooted for or didn’t, I was disrespectful to a man I have nothing but respect for.,’

‘The last President may have had some wrong advisers and consequently decisions were made that will eventually impact on the economy, however I am sorry if it came across as an attack on the man Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

‘We all desired a CHANGE, majority voted for it, now we have it, It is definitely a process, a tough one because I know the hustle is real…believe me, I know. I trust it can only get better, let’s just try to be patient.’

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RNDA Insists “Jonathan Formed Avengers”

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The Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) has asserted confidently that former President Goodluck Jonathan formed the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) in Bayelsa state in 2014 during the build-up to the presidential election.

The group, in a statement issued yesterday, threatened that should Jonathan deny being the NDA sponsor, it would reveal more details of their relationship, Sahara Reporters said.

READ ALSO: MEND Desire To Assassinate Me – Jonathan

The RNDA had, last week, released a 22-member list, made up of top Niger Delta indigenes, which it said were sponsors, members or sympathizers of the Avengers.

Jonathan, alongside Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; media mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi; ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo; his media consultant, Mr. Paul Bebenimibo; former Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Administration Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Akpobolokemi; Niger Delta activist Annkio Briggs, were all mentioned on the list – an allegation, they all denied.

However, the spokesperson of RNDA, Cynthia Whyte, in a statement, yesterday, said:

“To cut a long story short, NDA was formed to counter Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, but it failed.

“It, therefore, did not come to us as a surprise that the grand patron of Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has distanced himself from the NDA.

“Like every sponsor, sympathizer and operative earlier mentioned, who has equally denied links with the Avengers, we can understand the wisdom behind their decision, as their participation was always meant to be covert.

“After a clandestine meeting in 2014 between the grand patron and several unidentified persons, ahead of the Presidential election campaign of 2015, it was agreed that the Okah brothers should be contacted to reach out to MEND to endorse former President Jonathan and work with the group of persons to ensure victory for the PDP and President Jonathan.

“At the time, because MEND was the suggested tool, the NDA as a body was not yet formed.”

RNDA added that when MEND endorsed the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, Jonathan became infuriated and called a meeting and then conceived the idea of the Niger Delta Avengers.

The statement continued: “The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, and Mr. Gordon Obuah, the Chief Security Officer to President Jonathan, respectively were selected to visit Charles Okah in Kuje prison.

“Mr. Daniel Alabrah was given the assignment to draft an endorsement statement for Charles Okah to go through and pass on to MEND. According to the account, both men reported back that they had visited Okah in Kuje prison at night with the promise of his release along with others should he cooperate to get MEND to endorse Jonathan.

“It therefore came as a shock when MEND did the opposite and endorsed Buhari. Jonathan was livid with anger and swore that the Okahs would rot in prison.”

He said it was also agreed that a show of force be put up in Yenagoa, where ex-militants led by Government Ekpemupolo a.k.a. Tompolo and Kingsley Kuku would threaten war should the electorate vote in Buhari’s favour.

“It was around that period the idea of forming the Niger Delta Avengers was conceived. In fact, the name ‘Avengers’ came from the lips of Goodluck Jonathan.

“As Election Day approached, certain stakeholders were mobilised to form a force to standby and ensure total anarchy in the South-South and the South-East within 24 hours if the election results were not favourable to Jonathan. It took everyone by surprise to learn that Mr. Jonathan had conceded defeat even before the final results were released. The standby force that was supposed to attack specific targets was told to stand down. They were all compensated in US dollars cash.”

The group also claimed that the Avengers then decided that it would be used as a tool to make things difficult for the Buhari government by vandalising oil facilities and causing economic hardship.

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NUC Publishes List Of Unaccredited Courses In Nigerian Universities | Confirm Yours Here

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has announced a list of unaccredited courses in Nigerian universities.

READ ALSO: JAMB 2016 Admissions: Post-UTME Twist And The Point System Drama

The Commission cautioned that any certificate issued for these courses will be considered void, even as it added that the unaccredited courses pose serious danger to students who study them as the certificates issued by these universities for the courses will not be officially recognised.

READ ALSO: JAMB Unveils Portal For Admission Status | Check Yours Here

The Quality Assurance Department of the NUC, which is in charge of accrediting courses in the universities, states that for a course to be accredited, it must meet the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) that has been stipulated by the commission.

Some of the requirements include: “qualified faculty members, good learning environment and adequate teaching materials – equipment, books and journals”.

READ ALSO: JAMB 2015 Cut-Off Marks For Admission Into Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education & Monotechnics

Here is the list below:

S/No School Course

1.University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Russian
Dentistry
Statistics

2. University of Benin
Anatomy
Pharmacy

3. University of Calabar
Business Management
Theatre and Media
Arts
Public Health

4. University of Jos

History and International Relations
Medical Laboratory Science
Biochemistry
Science Laboratory Technology

  1. Federal University of Technology, Owerri

Architecture
Microbiology

6. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola

Banking

7. Federal University of Technology, Minna

Biology Education
Chemistry Education
Geography Education
Industrial and Technical Education
Mathematics Education
Physics Education

8. University of Abuja

Accounting
English Language
Linguistics
Philosophy
Agricultural Education
Biology Education
Chemistry Education
Economics Education
Education (Social Science)
Geography Education
Integrated Science
Mathematics Education
Law
Chemistry
Microbiology

9. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi

Automobile Education
Building
Technology Education
Business Education
Electrical Electronics Technology Education
Integrated Science
Architecture
Building Industrial
Design Survey & Geo-informatics
Applied Geophysics
Engineering Physics
Physics Electronics

10. University of Uyo Efik/
Ibibio

11. Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Nursing Science
Industrial/Production Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

12. University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta state.

Chemistry Environmental Management & Toxicology
Geology
Geophysics
Mathematics

13. Federal University, Wukari
English/Literary Studies

14. Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt.

Quantity Surveying

15. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma

Material & Production Engineering
Architecture
Building
Biochemistry
Botany
Microbiology
Political Science

16. Abia State University

English Language Education
French Education
Igbo Education
History Education
Religious Studies Education
Education (Library Studies/Igbo/English/Social Studies/Government)
Biology Education
Chemistry Education
Economics Education
Geography Education
Guidance & Counselling
Mass Communication

17. Enugu State University of Science & Technology

Library & Information Science

18. Olabisi Onabanjo University,Ago Iwoye

Christian Religious Studies Education
History Education
Islamic Studies Education
Electrical Electronics Engineering

19. Ekiti State University African

Traditional Religion
Religious Studies
Civil Engineering

20. Lagos State University,LASU

English Language
French
Philosophy
Yoruba

21. Imo State University

English & Literary Studies
French
Theatre Arts
Medical Laboratory Science
Nursing Law

22. Delta State University

Accounting & Finance
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Mechanical & Metallurgical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering Law

23. Kogi State University
Medicine & Surgery

24. Niger Delta University

Adult & Community Education
Economics Education
Geography Education
Marketing Education
Political Science Education
Religious Studies Education
Social Studies
Botany
Computer Science
Mathematics
Pure & Applied Chemistry Zoology

25. Anambra State University

Early Childhood Education
Human Kinetics
Geology
Microbiology

26. Ebonyi State University

Building/Woodwork Education
Physics Education
Applied Biology
Applied Microbiology
Applied Statistics
Biotechnology
Geology
Industrial Mathematics

27. Nasarawa State University
English

28. Cross River University of Technology

Physiology
Wood Production
Engineering
Architecture

29. Kebbi State University of Science & Technology

Information Technology

30. Babcock University
French

31. Benson Idahosa University
Business Education

32. Ajayi Crowther University
Actuarial Science & Insurance

33. Caritas University
Bio-technology Microbiology

34. Kwararafa University, Wukari

Public Administration
Computer Science
Statistics Economics
Mass Communication
Sociology

35. Novena University
Chemistry

36. Joseph Ayo Babalola University
Building
Quantity Surveying

37. Tansian University, Anambra
Architecture

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Buhari Swears In His Economic Adviser, Dipeolu, Uwais And 3 Others (Photos)

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President Muhammadu Buhari has administered the oath of Office on his Economic Adviser, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, Maryam Uwais and 3 others on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.

The president swore in the five persons as special advisers to his administration, shortly before the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

While Dipeolu was appointed Special Advicer on Economic Matters, Uwais was appointed Special Adviser on Social Investment; Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser on Political Matters and Tijani Abdullahi, Special Adviser on Planning.

Also Mr. Rafiu Enikanolaye was appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Boko Haram Killed 1,900 Herdsmen, But Cattle Rustlers Slew 1,269 Persons In Benue

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The Al-Hayah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has on Wednesday announced that it lost at least 1,900 Herdsmen in separate attacks carried out by militants of terror group, Boko Haram, within four years in Borno state.

The announcement comes on a day investigations by Premium Times revealed that the Fulani Herdsmen also killed about 1, 269 persons in Benue state.

READ ALSO: 81 Persons Killed By Herdsmen In Benue State

The Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Mafa, had totaled the numbers of cows and rams (including goats and sheep) lost by the members of the association to insurgency as 169, 000 and 63,000 respectively.

READ ALSO: 59 Persons Feared Dead As Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Attack Benue Communities

Mafa also explained that some of the stolen animals were kept around Dikwa town before being transported to other parts of the country and neighbouring countries for sale.

His words: “We also lost about 400, 000 sacks of grains and a number of our members were displaced.

“Our herdsmen have lost cows, property and houses worth about N26 billion in 10 local government areas in Northern Borno.

“These areas include; Kala Balge, Marte, Mafa, Munguno, Bama, Konduga and Gwoza.

“We are, therefore, appealing to the government to come to the aid of our people who are in dire need of help.“

However, Premium Times made a timeline of herdsmen attacks on communities and the resultant killings in Benue state between 2013 and July 2016.

READ ALSO: Shekau Resurfaces, Accuses New Boko Haram Leader al-Barnawi Of Attempted Coup

According to the online newspaper, the statistic of the killings – 1,269 persons – was obtained from local journalists, community leaders and the Movement Against Fulani Occupation, MAFO.

See timeline below:Herdsmen_2013Herdsmen_2014AHerdsmen_2015Herdsmen_2014_A

Photo credit: Premium Times

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20 Nigerian Soldiers Arraigned For Gunrunning, Crimes Against Humanity

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20 soldiers – of different ranks – of the Nigerian Army have been arraigned before a General Court Martial on Wednesday over charges ranging from human rights abuse, murder and the sale of firearms in counter-insurgency warfare in Borno state.

This disclosure was made today by the acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, who shortly after the inauguration of the court martial, said the offences were committed within the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole.

READ ALSO: 11 Nigerian Soldiers Killed In Niger State

Ezudwu, while inaugurating the court martial at the military media center in Maiduguri, warned the president of the court and its members against unnecessary adjournments, while seeing to it that justice is done.

He said: “The court martial is to achieve timely and quick dispensation of justice within the framework provided in relevant statute books.”

“It important that both the prosecution and the accused persons or their counsel are mindful of this fact and strive to shun all forms of antics such as request for frivolous adjournments, which could lead to delays in the trial process.

“It is often said in legal parlance that justice delayed is justice denied.”

The court, presided over by Brig.-Gen. Adeniyi, promised a fair and speedy trial.

His words: “I must assured all, especially the accused, that they have nothing to fear; we are going to be fair to all of them.

“Be guided by the Constitution and all other military laws. We would be fair and just. There are higher courts where the judgement here can be appealed.

“You have the right for legal representation.

“We are not going to allow for any unnecessary delay, justice delayed, they say, is justice denied.”

READ ALSO: Shekau Resurfaces, Accuses New Boko Haram Leader al-Barnawi Of Attempted Coup

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NNPC Addresses Reports On Increase In Fuel Price

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday reacted with a denial to reports that the corporation will soon announce an increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

Shortly after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Group Managing Director Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed that so far the request for forex for the importation of petrol had been met and the NNPC’s supply situation was “robust.”

READ ALSO: Fuel Scarcity May Loom As Oil Workers Prepare For Strike Action Today

This assertion comes barely a day after oil marketers warned of an impending increase in the pump prices of petrol due to the continued scarcity of foreign exchange to finance the importation of the product.

On Monday, the oil workers weigh their reasons on the spiraling rise of the United States dollar, which hit an all-time high last week, as it exchanged for N400 at the parallel market.

Baru, however, denied any knowledge of the price increase, saying that there was no directive to that effect.

His words: “I have not been directed to increase pump price, even the other price was based on recommendation from the regulatory body.

“I’m not aware that they are planning to do any increase, you know there are several factors that necessitated that ,especially the issue of exchange rate that has moved and we don’t expect any serious changes.

“So far the request for forex for importation of gasoline, popularly called petrol, has been met and our own supply situation is robust, we are meeting demands.’’

The managing director, however, revealed that Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) could review the prices of petroleum products when necessary.

READ ALSO: PENGASSAN, NUPENG To Deliberate On New Petrol Price

He said that NNPC currently had in stock over 1.4 billion litres of PMS for sale to the public at government-controlled price of N145 per litre.

“We have over 1.4 billion litres on ground.

“So, I don’t see any basis for increase; however, the review could be done by the right body, you should contact PPPRA, that is the regulatory body as far as petrol pricing is concerned,’’ he said.

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NNPC Addresses Reports On Increase In Fuel Price

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday reacted with a denial to reports that the corporation will soon announce an increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

Shortly after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Group Managing Director Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed that so far the request for forex for the importation of petrol had been met and the NNPC’s supply situation was “robust.”

READ ALSO: Fuel Scarcity May Loom As Oil Workers Prepare For Strike Action Today

This assertion comes barely a day after oil marketers warned of an impending increase in the pump prices of petrol due to the continued scarcity of foreign exchange to finance the importation of the product.

On Monday, the oil workers weigh their reasons on the spiraling rise of the United States dollar, which hit an all-time high last week, as it exchanged for N400 at the parallel market.

Baru, however, denied any knowledge of the price increase, saying that there was no directive to that effect.

His words: “I have not been directed to increase pump price, even the other price was based on recommendation from the regulatory body.

“I’m not aware that they are planning to do any increase, you know there are several factors that necessitated that ,especially the issue of exchange rate that has moved and we don’t expect any serious changes.

“So far the request for forex for importation of gasoline, popularly called petrol, has been met and our own supply situation is robust, we are meeting demands.’’

The managing director, however, revealed that Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) could review the prices of petroleum products when necessary.

READ ALSO: PENGASSAN, NUPENG To Deliberate On New Petrol Price

He said that NNPC currently had in stock over 1.4 billion litres of PMS for sale to the public at government-controlled price of N145 per litre.

“We have over 1.4 billion litres on ground.

“So, I don’t see any basis for increase; however, the review could be done by the right body, you should contact PPPRA, that is the regulatory body as far as petrol pricing is concerned,’’ he said.

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Aisha Buhari: Governor Fayose And Ignorance 101

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Aisha Buhari: Governor Fayose and Ignorance 101 – Abdulrafiu Lawal

In the last one-and-a-half years, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has taken governance to an undignifying level by always shooting before aiming. When he is not insulting former President Olusegun Obasanjo, he is either denying the fact that the Chibok girls are actually missing or attacking President Buhari and his wife. He has rubbished every iota of the respect, esteem and dignity associated with the office of governor as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Hence, many are avoiding him like a plague so as not to be dragged into the mud with him.

This article was written by Abdulrafiu Lawal. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

The most bizarre of these attacks are on the person of President Buhari and his wife, Aisha, which have become like a daily ritual for him. At the height of the presidential campaigns in 2015, he had said that Buhari would die in office. This to many was barbaric and incredulous for a human being who is not sure of when he will die, to wish another being whose destiny he is is in not position to determine dead. In Fayose, I see a psychopathic neurosis. This is considering the imagined hectic nature of the schedule of a governor in a lean economy, particularly that of a state grasping for breath to make the most basic of payments, such as the salaries of its workers, to now have time for this sort of “paraga” talk.

Recently, he upped his mischief by claiming the president’s wife is the one mentioned in the Jefferson bribery scandal of 2007. He added that she cannot visit the United States of America for the fear of arrest and prosecution. I understand the case is already before a court of law in Nigeria where Aisha Buhari has sued Fayose for defamation. For a governor, and the value on which the office he occupies places on his shoulder, I expected Fayose to know better. At least, he has several channels to get details and verify information before going public with this, such as in hiring a private investigator. In that way, he could hit his opponent – real or imagined – with incontrovertible evidence. However, Fayose subscribed to mischief and placed governance and politics on the a pedestrian, as if he were the American candidate, Donald Trump’s younger brother.

Should Fayose had chosen to go the decent route, he could have asked one of his sons to google the purported ‘Aisha Buhari’ and Jefferson case, which the New York Times had reported extensively on as far back as 2007. From his conduct so far, I doubt if he is Information Technology (IT) savvy, not to talk of being able to check e-mails. His accusation against Aisha Buhari epitomises ignorance at the highest level because he also mixed up two different cases – those of the Jefferson and Haliburton bribery scandals. The William Jefferson case concerns the convicted American congressman linked with one Aisha Buhari who is said to live in Virginia, USA and believed to be involved in identity theft; while the Haliburton scandal deals with Jeffrey Tesler, a lawyer from North London convicted for ferrying bribes to some Nigerian government officials as far back as 1994. His case can be compared to mixing up Amala/Ewedu soup and fried rice in one plate.

Meanwhile, the President’s wife has been in the United States for several days now without any problem concerning law enforcement. Surprisingly, Fayose seems to have lost his voice since the media reported her landing in Washington. Could it be shame or fear of the damage settlement the court will ask him to pay for his “diarrhoea of the mouth” that has made him loose his voice? Or is he planning another mischief that the water she showers with is fetched from Mecca with the presidential jet every week?

If Fayose had made this kind of allegation in a clime like the United States or United Kingdom where defamation cases make people go bankrupt, he would have known by now that a cup of tea is merely ordinary water, apologies to the Hausa people. This is because he may not be able to pay the damage that would be imposed on him by the court.

In case he does not know, two major factors in judging a defamation case are ‘truth’ and ‘intention’. I do not see how his team of lawyers can defend him in court because this is a bad case. What he has continued to dish out against Buhari and his wife is nothing but hate speech mixed with complex ignorance.

Fayose is suffering from what some psychologists call “complex ignorance”. This is a situation where an individual does not know, lives in self-denial about his ignorance and is not prepared to learn in order to take informed decisions. I sympathise with the people of the “Fountain of Knowledge” State being led by an individual who is better suited to running a motor park than being a governor.

Back to the US trip, if Aisha Buhari was the one sought after in the Jefferson case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would have come after her many years ago. After all, she has no immunity and this sort of case has no form of protection under the United States legal system, because it is a criminal case.

Secondly, the way US justice system works is that one’s Social Security Number (SSN), Tax Identification Number (TIN), date of birth, surname (last name) or last place of residence could be used by security agencies to verify if one is on the wanted list of the FBI or police.

Hence, if our First Lady Aisha Buhari was the one sought after in the Jefferson case, as soon as her plane took off from London, the security agencies would have obtained the manifest of the passengers coming into the US. Which is the way they are able to identify terrorists, wanted persons, sex offenders, drug traffickers with criminal records and any other person on the no fly or watch lists. Furthermore, as soon as she landed, the scanning of her finger prints and the data page of her passport by officials of Homeland Security would have quickly given her up.

Aisha Buhari may not be perfect, like anyone of us, but she is far better than the last two previous occupants of the office, Patience Jonathan and Turai Yar’Adua. She is refined and cosmopolitan, like I said in a previous article “Buhari’s Wife, Our First lady”.

She needs our support and encouragement in order to succeed. The likes of Fayose may not appreciate what some of us who live abroad experience. This is because some Americans may know little or nothing about a country or its people, but at least they know all the negative things associated with the country. At the height of the “There is God oh” story, an African American at the United States Postal Service (USPS) in Boston, Massachusetts had asked me in the midst of other customers on the queue if Patience Jonathan had ever seen the four walls of a classroom. For a moment, I felt the ground I was standing on was caving in due to the embarrassing nature of the question. I quickly put myself together and said she was an emotional person, but my interlocutor gave me the sneaky smile Americans use in mocking others.

Our lawmakers will do Nigerians a lot of good by heeding Nuhu Ribadu’s advise, given several years ago, that there is the need to create a law and process that evaluates the mental state of people before allowing them to run for elected public office. If heeded, this will save us the Fayose kind of episodes that have become a continuous source of embarrassment to Nigerians and the Ekiti people in particular.

In as much as some Nigerians will only vote people based on how much they are able to offer them during electoral campaigns, the country will continue to have the likes of Fayose in the corridors of power, keeping the country down relentlessly on all indices of Human Development.

Abdulrafiu Lawal, a public commentator can be reached through rafla2002pl@yahoo.com. Twitter: @AbdulRafiu19

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20,000 Applicants Jostle For 4,000 Admission Slots At FUTA

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The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) on Tuesday commenced the screening process for admission of students into various undergraduate degree programmes with over 20, 000 candidate vying for the available 4, 000 slots.

The four-day screening exercise, which started today, was conducted by a team of the university Management, led by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academic), Prof. Olatunde Arayela.

READ ALSO: JAMB Unveils Portal For Admission Status | Check Yours Here

A statement issued as regards to the four-day screening by the Head, Information and Protocol Unit, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo, revealed that there were no written examination but officials of the university checked the certificates of the candidates for eligibility.

The statement reads, “The Federal University of Technology, Akure began the 2016/2017 admission process into its various undergraduate degree programmes with the screening of candidates.

“The four day Post-UTME screening exercise began on Tuesday, 9th August, 2016 with over 20,000 candidates jostling for 4,000 admission slots.

“The exercise which started as early as 7 a.m. saw candidates trooping in. Officials of the university, including the Security Unit, were on hand to check the documents of the candidates for eligibility.”

“In accordance with the policy of the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, FUTA is conducting the exercise by checking the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Ordinary Level results of candidates who chose the institution with a score of 180 and above).

“We have the representatives of the National Universities Commission and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on ground to witness the conduct of the exercise. This is to ensure transparency and due process in the exercise.”

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5 Injured As Police Bullion Van Breaks Traffic Rule In Abuja

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At least five persons were seriously injured on Monday in an accident that occurred when a police bullion van driver broke traffic regulation.

A source who witnessed the incident told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the accident occurred along Sani Abacha barracks road.

The source disclosed that the driver of the police bullion van, “roforce” number NPF 2647D, Agada Daniel of the police FCT commands, allegedly drove against the traffic.

His words: “The driver of the bullion van decided to take one way and with the rate of his speed, it rammed into an Abuja painted taxi marked Kaduna, DKA 601XA.

“As a result of the speed, the driver collided with the oncoming vehicle; another painted taxi driver.’’

According to the eyewitness, four of the injured are staff of the Halogen security company in Area 3, FCT.

He added that driving against the traffic has become norms for the police and the military, mostly on Maraba axis.

“It is so unfortunate that the lawmakers are the law breakers in this Country,” he noted.

A leader of the NEMA team on rescue mission declined to answer question as he was busy evacuating the injured passengers.

All efforts by NAN to reach the force PRO proved abortive.

(NAN)

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Majority Of Nigerian Women Enter Italy For Prostitution – UN

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UN stated that 80% of the Nigerian women who traveled to Italy by boat in the first half of 2016 were trafficked into prostitution

According to the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the trafficking of Nigerian women from Libya to Italy by boat is reaching “crisis” levels.

This is even as the IOM revealed that traffickers now use migrant reception centres as holding pens for women who are then collected and forced into prostitution across Europe’s largest cities.

“What we have seen this year is a crisis, it is absolutely unprecedented and is the most significant increase in the number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy for 10 years,” said Simona Moscarelli, an anti-trafficking expert at the IOM.
“Our indicators are the majority of these women are being deliberately brought in for sexual exploitation purposes. There has been a big enhancement of criminal gangs and trafficking networks engaging in the sexual exploitation of younger and younger Nigerian girls.”
The Guardian quoted IOM as saying that about 3,600 Nigerian women arrived by boat into Italy in the first six months of this year – almost double the number who were registered in the same time period last year.

READ ALSO: My Son Sleeps With Me Every Wednesday For Ritual Purpose – Mother Says

It also stated that more than 80% of these women will be trafficked into prostitution in Italy and across Europe.The report also averred that although a thriving a sex trafficking industry has been operating between Nigeria and Italy for over three decades, there has been a marked increase in the numbers of unaccompanied Nigerian women arriving in Italy on migrant boats from Libya.

In 2014, about 1,500 Nigerian women arrived by sea. In 2015 this figure had increased to 5,633. Moscarelli warned that the current policy of placing Nigerian women in reception centers along with thousands of other migrants was playing to the traffickers’ advantage, with women regularly going missing.

“Most Nigerian women who arrive in Italy are already victims of trafficking, many have been subjected to serious sexual exploitation on their journey. Many are forced into prostitution in Libya,” said Moscarelli.

“The women we are seeing are increasingly young, many are unaccompanied minors when they arrive and the violence and exploitation they face when they are under the control of these gangs is getting worse. They are really treated like slaves.”

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Doctors End 68-Day-Old Strike In Ondo State

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The doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners (NAGGMDP), Ondo State Chapter on Tuesday suspended its 68-day-old strike.

READ ALSO: In Ondo: ASUU Embarks On Indefinite Strike

The industrial action, which was embarked on after the state government failed to pay its members their five months salaries, was communicated, in a communiqué, issued by its Chairman, who is also the State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Dolani Gbelela and Secretary, Ismaila Busari.

The communiqué also said that members decided to suspend the strike following an appeal from their Medical Elders and the public sympathy.

READ ALSO: Hospitals Shut Down As Ondo State Health Workers Embark On Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

Busari also said it agreed with the government representatives that a month salary will be paid within the next two weeks.

The statement reads: “That the five months’ salary arrears should be paid on or before October 31, 2016.

“That the Ondo state government should pay at least a month salary every month.

“That the elders of NMA appealed to members of NAGGMDP to suspend the above withdrawal of services based on trust and compassionate grounds.”

Medical personnel in the state had in May, 2016 withdrawn their services in all government hospitals in the state, due to the inability of the state government to pay their five months’ outstanding salaries.

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Olusegun Obasanjo’s Fight Against Corruption Was “Exceptional” – Says Nuhu Ribadu

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Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has said the fight against corruption during past-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure was “exceptional”. How?!

Nuhu believes since ninety-percent of those convicted were PDP members, Obasanjo had done a good job.

Weren’t they all from the same PDP-party again?

Speaking in an interview with The Punch, Nuhu Ribadu said, “As of the time we did the work, even though it was a PDP government, ninety percent of those we charged to court were PDP members.”

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Ribadu speaks on corruption during Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure

Ribadu continued, “We did not hide anything from the public. People who tried but failed to corrupt or blackmail someone, would always say something; it is left for Nigerians to look at it.”

“There is nowhere in the world that you will fight corruption that people will not complain. They will always look for a reason to say something.” 55-year-old Nuhu stated. “In our own case, it was exceptional because most of them were PDP members and they were close to the president.”

He also shared words concerning allegations that Obasanjo had tried to bribe his way into a third term in office.

“In the first instance, third term did not work. There was no law that was passed. The third term did not work for us to say this or that person was bribed and that’s why they passed the law or allowed third term.” The author of My Story, My Vision declared.

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Olusegun Obasanjo has been accused of bribery for his third-term presidential bid which he lost

He continued, “When you talk of third term’s money, first and foremost, as a law enforcement agency you have to first look at what is going on. Some of the former governors that we charged to court, for example, is the governor of Jigawa (Saminu Turaki).”

“There were a couple of other cases that I was building before I was removed from the EFCC. The money was put in preparation for it (third term) but we stopped it.” He added. “We went after the bankers and blocked accounts even before anything happened.”

“I hope that those who said they were given money will come out and give details so that people will be prosecuted for it. This will help law enforcement agents to do their work; criminal cases don’t have time limits.” Nuhu concluded.

We hope those who received third-term bribery will speak up too.

Read: Nuhu Ribadu, Seven Others Step Down As Adamawa Election Approaches

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Olusegun Obasanjo’s Fight Against Corruption Was “Exceptional” – Says Nuhu Ribadu

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Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has said the fight against corruption during past-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure was “exceptional”. How?!

Nuhu believes since ninety-percent of those convicted were PDP members, Obasanjo had done a good job.

Weren’t they all from the same PDP-party again?

Speaking in an interview with The Punch, Nuhu Ribadu said, “As of the time we did the work, even though it was a PDP government, ninety percent of those we charged to court were PDP members.”

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Ribadu speaks on corruption during Olusegun Obasanjo’s tenure

Ribadu continued, “We did not hide anything from the public. People who tried but failed to corrupt or blackmail someone, would always say something; it is left for Nigerians to look at it.”

“There is nowhere in the world that you will fight corruption that people will not complain. They will always look for a reason to say something.” 55-year-old Nuhu stated. “In our own case, it was exceptional because most of them were PDP members and they were close to the president.”

He also shared words concerning allegations that Obasanjo had tried to bribe his way into a third term in office.

“In the first instance, third term did not work. There was no law that was passed. The third term did not work for us to say this or that person was bribed and that’s why they passed the law or allowed third term.” The author of My Story, My Vision declared.

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Olusegun Obasanjo has been accused of bribery for his third-term presidential bid which he lost

He continued, “When you talk of third term’s money, first and foremost, as a law enforcement agency you have to first look at what is going on. Some of the former governors that we charged to court, for example, is the governor of Jigawa (Saminu Turaki).”

“There were a couple of other cases that I was building before I was removed from the EFCC. The money was put in preparation for it (third term) but we stopped it.” He added. “We went after the bankers and blocked accounts even before anything happened.”

“I hope that those who said they were given money will come out and give details so that people will be prosecuted for it. This will help law enforcement agents to do their work; criminal cases don’t have time limits.” Nuhu concluded.

We hope those who received third-term bribery will speak up too.

Read: Nuhu Ribadu, Seven Others Step Down As Adamawa Election Approaches

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Pastor Tunde Bakare Opines Nigeria’s Corruption Stinks So Bad The World Has Turned Away In Disgust And Derision

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Pastor Tunde Bakare, General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, discloses that the stench of Nigeria’s corruption remains “fantastically” horrible the world has turned away its nose in disgust at the mention of the name “Nigeria”.

Bakare spoke at the launch of the Onyekachi Ubani Foundation over the weekend with the theme of his keynote speech as: “The system that allows massive corruption in Nigeria must be a bad system”.

It was delivered through Segun Oloketuyi, managing director of Wema Bank Plc, the Nation reported.

Pastor Tunde Bakare said, “Despite the emergence of a new government on the heels of a strong anti-corruption campaign, despite the credence lent to this anti-corruption promise by the antecedent of President Buhari, and despite global acknowledgement that Nigeria has taken shovel loads off the peak of this mountain of filth, the stench of corruption remains “fantastically” horrible with the rest of the world turning their noses away in disgust and derision.

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Pastor Tunde Bakare and President Buhari

“Therefore, I am confident that there is hope.” Pastor Tunde Bakare continued, “What is urgently required is the redefinition of our value system along the lines of probity and integrity by highlighting our anti-corruption narrative.”

“Then, upon that foundation, we must build a corruption-tight system that reinforces this narrative and eliminates the contrary,” Bakare added, “This task of refabricating society is a collective responsibility that must involve all, the government as well as the governed.”

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The pastor also gave example while citing the past regime of military rule.

He said, “Nigeria became synonymous with corruption, and this was carried on through 17 years of civil governance.”

Bakare stated that the attitude of impunity was caused by an “expectation and demand culture” .

Read: Tunde Bakare Slates Nigerian Students For Backing Obasanjo’s 3rd Term Agenda

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Boko Haram: Shekau Threatens To ‘Unofficially’ Visit Buhari At Aso Villa

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The 24-minute video, which was partly in Arabic and ended largely in Hausa, had the group issuing direct threats to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Butatai and the spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, whom they labeled as their avowed enemies and infidels.

Former leader of terror group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has in a new video, threatened more vicious attacks, even has he vowed to pay President Muhammadu Buhari a ferocious visit at his presidential villa.

READ ALSO: Shekau Resurfaces, Accuses New Boko Haram Leader al-Barnawi Of Attempted Coup

The embattled kingpin of the extremist cult, who paraded a large number of his men and munitions, was quiet while one of his masked lieutenants read out a statement that reiterated their unflagging loyalty to him while denouncing ISIS’ choice of Mr. Abu Mussab Albarnawi as its West African ‘Wali’ (leader), Premium Times said.

Shekau also expressed his displeasure with Albagdadhi-led ISIS for recognising Mr. Albarnawi as the new leader of Boko Haram in West Africa. It however failed to withdraw its loyalty to Mr. Albagdadhi whom they repeatedly referred to as Khalifa (Supreme leader) – an indication that Boko Haram is still very much comfortable being under the stronger umbrella of ISIS.

READ ALSO: ISIS Appoints New Boko Haram Leader

The translated version of the video read

“This is a message from the group of Jamaatu Ahlil sunna liddawati wal jihad in West Africa of the Islamic caliphate to all the Jihadists of the world; especially to Abubakar Albagdadi.

“News has recently come to us through the media outlets, including those of the infidels. The news was that someone has been made leader or vicegerent of our movement in West Africa. But we are telling you that the appointed person has no qualifications to become our leader. We have listened and heard from them and their comment and how they tried to defame Ahlil Sunna wal jamaaa and we are further convinced that such a person cannot become our leader. And we cannot follow the one that is not of Ahlil Sunna wal jamaaa’.

“Besides, our leader, Abubakar Shekau, has sent you an 8-point message detailing why the person you appointed cannot lead because he is one of those that are called irjai. You (Albagdadhi) has sent a message back to our leader asking for the meaning of Irjai which he explained to you and you have failed to get back to us till date.

“Apart from that in the message we sent to you, you’ve not been able to address all the questions asked and the issues raised till date. For that reason, we are telling you that we are together with our leader, Abubakar Shekau.

“There are other issues that we want to raise but not on this platform.

“We have not reneged on our professed loyalty in the leadership of Albagdadi. We are still with him. But we will not entertain any middle man to come between us and the Khalifa Albagdadhi until we meet face to face with the Khalifa or get a video or audio message from him, then we will reveal to him core secrets about those they are building their trust on.

“We are also warning you the infidels of the West African countries that in no distant time, you are going to be visited with a calamity from us that will marvel you all for a long time to come. We will shock the world very soon. Watch out for us.

“Especially, the Cheif of Army staff , General Buratai and the army spokesman, Kukasheka; we are going to show you our strength in Nigeria. The world should know that we are no longer out to fight Nigeria but our battle is of the entire world. And the battle has just begun. It is going to be a fresh battle for you soldiers of Nigeria. Die you all in your rage.

“To you, President Buhari, very soon you will see us inside your home the presidential palace. You will hear from us right in there by the will of God. Abuja will hear from us very soon. We will demolish infidel and bring down the green white green and replace it with our flag. And under that flag, we shall worship Allah and we shall bring justice to all of you. Don’t think it is only this weapon that will aid us to destroy you but Allah will assist us to do this. Die you all in your rage. We are out to wage war on the world.”

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MEND Desire To Assassinate Me – Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied allegations of involvement in promoting militancy in the Niger Delta, stating that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been contracted with the mind of assassinating him.

READ ALSO: Not Tony Stark: Olisa Metuh Denies Sponsoring Niger-Delta Avengers

The denial came on the heels of a report by an online news medium,  that a splinter group of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), which goes by the name Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), had alleged that some chieftains of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including Jonathan, Akpabio, Metuh and others were sponsors of the group.

Read statement below:

Our attention has been drawn to a malicious claim by a shadowy group which calls itself the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) to the effect that many notable Ijaw and other Niger Delta leaders and elders, especially those perceived not to be too close to the powers that be, are the alleged sponsors of the current crises in the Niger Delta.

For the avoidance of doubt, we are fully convinced that such an idiotic claim is too cheap a narrative, a facile contrivance so badly concocted that any discerning mind would easily see through its disingenuous and duplicitous nature.

Since it is not in our place to speak for all those named in the obvious fabrication, we are only intervening to the extent that its hidden intent poses a violent threat to the life of former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, a committed patriot who the Almighty God has given the grace and good health to rededicate his life to the service of humanity, after serving his dear nation as President to the best of his abilities.

We are also not bothered by this baseless accusation, contented that we are not the only ones conversant with Jonathan’s widely-acknowledged sincere disposition to peace, non-violence and better human community.

We are however seized by the feeling of déjà vu occasioned by the resurrection of one dim character masquerading as ‘Cynthia White’, who had in the past served as the spokesperson for a notorious group that had all along shown its hand to be going after the life of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Nigerians could recall that in 2007 when Jonathan emerged as the running mate to the late President Umar’ Yar’Adua in the People’s Democratic Party during that year’s presidential election, this very group invaded Yenogoa with hundreds of militants in an effort to assassinate him. Jonathan was only saved then by the spirited efforts of the combined forces of determined security men, who gallantly repelled the attack.

Let us also not forget that members of this same group later invaded and bombed Jonathan’s compound in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, on a night he was scheduled to attend to an important matter in his country home. He was only saved by the grace of God, who in His infinite mercy created intervening factors that prevented Jonathan from sleeping in his country home that night.

Do we need to remind anybody that the so called Cynthia White is the self declared spokesperson of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), a violent and murderous underground group led by one Henry Orkah, which has not hidden its intention to destroy the former President?

The unfortunate event of 1st October 2010 in Abuja at the Eagle Square during the Independence Day celebrations for that year, being presided over by the former President, bears out this conviction. It would be recalled that after an attempt to bomb the venue, with the mind of assassinating Jonathan and possibly other high profile local and international dignitaries in attendance, was thwarted by tight security deployment, the terrorists exploded their bombs in other parts of Abuja, resulting in the death of many innocent Nigerians. It is no secret that following that incident, Orkah, the leader of MEND was arrested, tried, convicted and jailed in South Africa over terrorism charges by the security authorities of that country. He remains in a South African prison till date while his associates in Nigeria are still being held in Kuje prison, Abuja.

We, therefore, have no doubt in our mind that MEND, as a group contracted to go after Jonathan with the mind of assassinating him, is yet to abandon this criminal and ignominious craving. It is in this light that we view the purported statement issued by ‘Cynthia White’ as not only a sadistic continuation of this sick desire, but also a futile attempt to instigate the Federal Government to needlessly go after the former President.

Those who have been following the unsavoury developments in some parts of the country since the last general elections, especially the ones that held in the South South states, would have noticed that the nefarious MEND, their pay masters and other unscrupulous elements in the region, have been striving fruitlessly to exploit the ensuing confusion, by surreptitiously working for the fulfillment of its yet-to-be declared political agenda. It is our considered view that the statement in question is an off-shoot of that ignoble plan; this time plotting to rubbish and torpedo the ongoing peace efforts in the region.

While we believe that God Almighty would continue to protect the former President against the evil machinations of these undesirable elements, we wish to also point out that Jonathan is prepared to do anything within the limit of our laws to ensure that he enjoys a well-deserved peaceful post-Presidential life without any hindrance.

We are not under any illusion that more accusations and allegations of this nature would not be hurled Jonathan’s way in the future, especially as his enemies appear to have perfected the act of throwing mud each time his profile gains added impetus and acclaim. But we are very positive that he can never be fazed by such negative energy. Like the eagle, Dr. Ebele Goodluck Jonathan will continue to soar over his traducers.

Signed

Ikechukwu Eze

Media Aide to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan

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IGP Vows To Deal With Police Officers Who Fail To Declare Assets

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In an attempt to rid corruption from the Force, the Nigerian Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has directed all police officer in the country to declare their assets.

“Every police officer must declare their assets,” he said at Force Headquarters in Abuja during a courtesy call on him by members of Nigerians Unite Against Terror, a civil rights organisation on Friday.

READ ALSO: Generator Smog Kills Policeman And His NSCDC Mistress In Anambra

According to the Police Chief, any police officer, who violates the code of conduct, would not be spared.

He continued: “We are going to be very tough on our police officers who go outside our code of conduct. When I took over and told people that I am declaring my assets, it looked surprising, people took it as if I was doing something magical but that is what the law says. You cannot work without declaring your assets.

“You must declare your assets and as policemen we are the ones checking the vices, so we cannot be part of those that are increasing the vices in the society and I still stand by my word.

“I have declared my assets even before and after I became IG of police because it is a constitutional requirement. I believe every police officer should do that.

“What kills most Nigerians is lack of contentment; you will see somebody amassing wealth that he and even his grandchildren do not need throughout their life time. I don’t know what drives people like that. For me, I believe that with contentment, you will have peace of mind.”

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16 People Burnt To Death In Fatal Road Accident Along Kogi Highway

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At least 16 persons were burnt to death, on Sunday, in a fatal accident, involving a commercial bus and a Sports Utility Vehicle, at the Alewu village end of the Lokoja-Abaji Expressway in Kogi state.

The unfortunate road mishap which had only one survivor was said to have been caused by the ‘outright’ violation of road traffic rules.

It was gathered that the commercial bus – a Toyota Hiace – was heading towards Kano while the SUV was heading to Benin, the Edo State capital when both had a head-on collision.

READ ALSO: 17 Passengers Die As Bus Collides With Fuel Tanker In Borno

Confirming the incident, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Kogi State, Mr. Ugboma Ugochukwu, revealed that the victims were buried at the accident scene.

 He said, “The accident happened around 6.30am on Friday at Alewu village, along the Lokoja-Abaji Expressway. It involved a fully-loaded commercial bus which was coming from Lagos and heading towards Kano State and a jeep, which was coming from Abuja and heading towards Benin.

“The two vehicles had a head-on collision, which was caused by one of the vehicles that was driving against the traffic. Speeding was also responsible for the accident, but it was primarily caused by violation of traffic rules. The accident led to an explosion, which resulted in the death of 16 of the passengers. They were burnt beyond recognition and were buried in the village.

“The lone survivor was rushed to a hospital in Koto-Karfi, where he was treated and discharged.”

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Generator Smog Kills Policeman And His NSCDC Mistress In Anambra

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An Inspector of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and his lover, a member of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), were found dead in an apartment belonging to the policeman at Ezinifite Okpuno village in Awka South LGA, Anambra State on Sunday.

It was gathered that the father-of-three and Ifeoma, a mother of five, died from the fumes of a power generating set, while having a jolly time together.

It was also learnt that the policeman’s family lived in Lagos, while Ifeoma’s family stayed in Awka.

A source who seems to be on the know, revealed that Ifeoma had told her husband that she was attending a church vigil, only to end up in her lover’s house, nearby.

The eyewitness said:

“The woman spent the night with her police lover, but both did not wake up until a labourer, who was to work for the deceased policeman, came in the morning and discovered their bodies. On discovering the bodies, the labourer rushed out and alerted neighbours.

“The neighbours followed the labourers to the apartment and confirmed the incident before a relative locked up the compound to prevent the large number of people trooping access to the apartment.”

Another source said:

“There was the sound of a small generator throughout the night in his apartment. But at about 4am, it went dead; maybe the fuel got finished.”

“The policeman lived on the third floor of the house. As a policeman, he hardly stayed around, but each time he was around, everybody would know, because he would run his generator all through the night. Everybody called him ‘Officer’, but I think he was an inspector.”

Speaking on the incident, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Office, ASP Nkeiru Nwode said:

“I have not yet been fully briefed on the story. As soon as I get the details, I will communicate with you, please.”

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11 Nigerian Soldiers Killed In Niger State

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No less than 11 officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army were killed when a group of gunmen shot at them during a mop up operation, an official said on Sunday.

This is even as the troops slaughtered eight suspected bandits and arrested 57 others during a shootout in parts of Bosso local government area of Niger state.

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A statement issued by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, with respect to the incident, read;

 “Following covert surveillance and intelligence reports on the activities of some gun runners and armed bandits in Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw villages of Bosso Local Government Area, Niger State, troops of 31 Artillery Brigade, 1 Division Nigerian Army, in conjunction with Nigeria Air Force detachment on Internal Security Operation MESA went on quick cordon and search in the affected areas to recover suspected weapon cache and arrest the suspected persons and the armed bandits”.

“Contrary to statements attributed to some questionable vested interests, the troops were on legitimate official duty aimed at safeguarding lives and property of citizen in the area.

“While approaching and deploying to carry out their lawful duty, the troops came under simultaneous and sporadic shootings in all the three locations. They however responded as necessary in line with the rules of engagement. Sadly, an officer and 8 soldiers of the Nigerian Army and 2 Airmen of the Nigeria Air Force lost their lives in the line of national duty.

“Additionally, one soldier is still missing while 2 of their colleagues were seriously wounded.

“The suspected gun runners and armed bandits also burnt down 4 operational vehicles and vandalized 2 others. Bandits also carted away 4 AK-47 rifles and one Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle belonging to the deceased soldiers.
The troops also killed 8 of the armed bandits and arrested 57 others. They also recovered large quantity of arms and ammunition.

“The recovered items include; 3 AK-47 rifles,10 Local AK-47 Rifles, 9 Locally made Pistols, 6 Revolver guns, which fires 7.62mm (Special ammunition), 45 Loaded Dane guns, 10 Clubs and Cudgels, 41 Arrows, 18 Bow cases, 122 Cutlasses and Machetes as well as 20 Daggers.

“Other items recovered include 31 Axes, 63 rounds of 7.62 (Special) Ammunition, 10 Bajaj Motorcycles, Assorted Charms and Amulets, 2 Vehicles, 38 mobile telephone handsets, a wristwatch, 5 Identity Cards, Passport Photographs, Cash sum of N23,870.00k, 5 Japanese Yen and 35 different denominations of old Nigerian currency, 15 Catapults, 8 Torchlights, 2 Gun Powder bottles, 4 empty cases of Ammunition and 41 Cartridges. The troops also seized a military Waist Belt and a pair of military Combat Boots.

“It is important to stress that the nefarious activities of the gun runners and the armed bandits has direct bearing with the influx of weapons and general insecurity in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory and the North West geo-political zone of the country. The same gun runners have been confirmed to be the suppliers of arms to armed robbery gangs that were involved in series of armed robbery attacks along Minna-Bida road and the general environment.

“Although the situation is under control, the military will not rest on its oars until all those involved are arrested and brought to justice.

The military will continue to deal with any violent threat to our national security. All law abiding citizens are enjoined to go about their lawful duties as the cordon and search operation continues in the general area and if necessary expand to other identified areas to keep our people safe

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17 Passengers Die As Bus Collides With Fuel Tanker In Borno

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At least seventeen passengers were feared dead in an auto crash along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway after an 18-seater bus collided with a fuel tanker on Friday.

A source who witnessed the incident, said the bus, which was conveying mostly young persons, suddenly swerved off its lane and landed in front of an oncoming fuel tanker.

The eyewitness, Ngari Modu, said:

“The bus was going on high speed when it suddenly skid off its lane and ran headlong towards an oncoming fuel tanker which”.

“The tanker ran over the bus which immediately caused the two vehicles to catch fire. Seventeen out of the 18 persons in the bus burned to death, while only one person managed to come out alive.”

Following the unfortunate road mishap, a huge gridlock emerged on the highway as security personnel tried to secure the area after the fire from the fuel tanker continued to burn for hours.

Attempts to get the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, S.U Ilyasu, for comments, proved abortive.

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We’ll Kill Muslims, Burn Mosques, If Boko Haram Continues Killing Christians – Militant Group

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A resurgent militant group, the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC), has threatened to carry out reprisal attacks on Muslims and mosques within the region, if terror group, Boko Haram, continues to kill Christians and burn down churches in the north, as threatened by its new leader, Abu Masab el Barnaw, on Wednesday.

READ ALSO:Avengers Stages Fresh Attacks On Chevron, NNPC Facilities In Niger Delta

A statement issued on Saturday by the spokesman for NDRC, W O I Izon-Ebi, which was obtained by Vanguard Newspaper read:

 “We want to alert Nigerians and the world that the Islamization plot has been proven by the Boko Haram new leader Abu Masab el Barnaw that their new mission is to kill all Christians and burn down all churches.”

“But, we want to warn them that we, the Niger Delta youths, in this 21st century will not accept killing of innocent Christians or burning of churches. That if they try it in the north or any part of Nigeria, we the Niger Delta youths will not see any Muslim or mosque in the Niger Delta.”

“We are not against President Buhari granting the Boko Haram amnesty if their sole purpose is to own an Islamic caliphate in the north, but they should not shift it to the Niger Delta.”

“All we know and want is resource control and true federalism, if truly they believe in one Nigeria, and are working harder to build a prosperous One Nigeria, let them shift their Operation Crocodile Tears to the Fulani herdsmen and the Boko Haram that is threatening the unity and peace of Nigeria.”

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Agenda For ‘Born Again’ JAMB And TETFUND

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Agenda For ‘Born Again’ JAMB And TETFUND – Tunde Musibau Akanni

Finally, the Buhari administration seems set to pay what appears a reasonable attention to the education sector in the country with the recent appointment of new heads for no fewer than 17 agencies in the sector. This is one sector in which everyone, directly or indirectly, is a stakeholder. Even at the president’s age when all seems to be over with formal education, he’s still basking in the euphoria of the graduation of a few of his children. Yet, the grand children must be engrossed with education at different levels. And luckily (?) for Nigerians, the vice-president is a professor.

This article was written by Tunde Musibau Akanni. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

It is therefore believed that the professor vice-president will not want to be indifferent to solving some of the problems he has had to be concerned with before his foray into politics. If need be, Professor Osinbajo needs be told that his colleagues in the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) still have a long list of wishes which may not require so much of special efforts to resolve by his government. Sheer sincerity of purpose will do.

Most visible in the news today is the reality that the administrators of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) have exhausted whatever was left of their creativity. I recall with nostalgia that this same board had been so efficient in the past that it even made us believe in the post office system in the country. At a time JAMB didn’t have an examination centre in my community, I wrote its examination way back in the early 1980s having to travel more than 20 kilometres. The scores were eventually released to different universities including my own first choice, the University of Ilorin. There was no unpleasant story. The local mail man, as he had done with several ordinary mails in the past, strolled to our family house one morning to deliver my admission letter. Thus began the process of my studentship at the nation’s “better by far university” where the newly appointed registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ish’aq Oloyede, was my ‘senior’. My university is one of the few in the world today which sticks to a set of traditional dates for its most important traditional ceremonies, ranging from convocation to matriculation and so on.

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The anecdotal bit here isn’t a sheer tale. As a university teacher that I am today and one that has also had the uncommon advantage of undertaking academic programmes in some high performing institutions with highly rated scholarship and fellowship awards, one cannot but feel for today’s children in schools. What exactly are they made to get excited with? A couple of weeks back, a 300-level student of mine had excused herself from one of the classes I teach so she could go and process her admission letter which was yet to be released by JAMB! Perhaps she doesn’t even have much reason to blame JAMB having been admitted, some would want to placate her.

It is particularly most disturbing that the hope of several ambitious children of this digital generation of a world with no boundaries again, has been shattered by JAMB because some officials simply elected to be unduly callous and unpardonably out of tune with the trend in the sector. How do we explain the deployment of slow and low performing computers for fate deciding tests like Universities Matriculation Examinations that JAMB conducts? The unpalatable consequence of this is that some unlucky candidates who are assigned such systems end up with scores below their real capability. Anyone who reads the interviews often conducted for first class graduates of some of our universities would readily recall that some of these students have had to write this examination more than once perhaps not because they didn’t deserve to pass at the first sitting.

Added to the challenge of infrastructure now is the rather absurd confusion which JAMB is currently exhibiting with regards to deciding the parameters of candidates’ admission. What has happened to the findings of studies conducted on these by our colleagues in the realm of test and measurement? What has happened to the easier option of consultation with relevant experts who may have conducted such studies in the first place? What is the trend in other parts of the world? The nation cannot continue to agonise over the cluelessness of the past government, especially in a sector that determines the present and future rating of the nationals and also in comparison with the nationals of other countries of the world. Time waits for no one.

It’s commendable enough that the Buhari administration announced that its crash employment programme for 500,000 graduates includes the most indispensable tool of this age of technoliteracy. Without further delay, it should, for now, initiate a strong collaboration with computer manufacturers for the setting up of computer laboratories for tertiary institutions. This idea should serve the purposes of examination centres for JAMB candidates and even assorted recruitment and promotional examinations through which it could attract at least maintenance revenues. It will as well function as training centres for relevant courses in the same institutions. Computers still constitute scarce facilities in our tertiary institutions!

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Having been celebrated by his contemporaries nationally, continentally and globally, Prof. Oloyede surely knows what to do with the human factor in JAMB being a most incorruptible academic and administrator of a most admirable standing, I dare say.

Not the least needed is the radical strategy to deal with the so called special centres for JAMB examinations. How did we get here? A JAMB that will surrender its sovereignty to “private ownership” does not deserve taxpayers’ support. It is shameful enough that the degeneracy that has befallen our public education system has given rise to unwieldy outside-of-school interventions to restore the hope of our ambitious youngsters. To continue to sustain the extension of the conduct of JAMB examinations to private arena will be most indecent and unprofessional. Oloyede’s profile which smacks of distinguished patriotism certainly has raised the hope of many of us who have invested in the Nigerian state project as students’ union activists and graduated into development enthusiasts and lately scholars.

For the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), its been comparable to what the renowned playwright, Ola Rotimi, calls “one slender body of joy”. A great measure of lethargy and territorialism injected into it. It, indeed today, functions as if it isn’t the outcome of the rigorous vision of members of the community it has been established to serve. Be it known by the world that it is one of the many recommendations following the research efforts of some of our fine scholars to relieve the sector of some burdens.

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Today, a casual tour of a number of our academic institutions readily reveals conspicuous interventions of this fund. One cannot imagine what the state of the nation’s tertiary institutions could be without the support of this Fund. The Fund has indeed done well to also advance out invaluable support to institutions for personnel development. Some otherwise disoriented scholars have been purged of hopelessness. It is particularly commendable that under Prof. Yakubu, the Fund published a list of some institutions that failed to retire some funds that they had collected. It is however not certain if the Fund still does this.

An establishment like TETFUND with monumental resources has the capacity to accelerate Nigeria’s return to glory as envisioned by President Buhari and shared by a number of patriots. It is quite interesting that the accolade the University of Ilorin attracts to itself today also derives partly from TETFUND’s support. It will therefore not be out of place for TETFUND to learn from the tradition of high performers like the Universities of Ibadan and Ilorin, both of which ensure that certain dates are sacrosanct. For instance, it is well known across all institutions that collaborate with TETFUND that there are deadlines for the submission of applications for conference grants to lecturers. On the other hand however, TETFUND does not seem to have control over specific dates when such grants may be released to the potential beneficiaries. The potential beneficiaries are made to wait pitiably without explanation. This becomes increasingly surprising in an age in which computerisation has substantially demystified precision. TETFUND, the new head, Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, should realise, has competitors in local and international grant making organisations from which their supposed beneficiaries also benefit without having to genuflect to suggest corruption. Indeed, hoping the new head has experienced it, the various philanthropic organisations in town relate with their beneficiaries as partners and collaborators.

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The practice of whimsically cancelling programmes for which applications are sought by the Fund is also most discourteous. It is unimaginable that TETFUND will solicit applications in form of proposals from university lecturers, get professors to assess same only to summarily announce that it would no longer be in a position to support such without any apology to the professors who assessed the proposals nor the ‘perceived’ beggars who had sweated it out to submit the proposals.

Development work has zero tolerance for asymmetrical relationship between partners. It is imperative to register one fact with TETFUND managers here. TETFUND grants are not spectacularly outstanding. Grants given by other charities for the same purposes are often fatter. They also need to check out the fact that the same brilliant minds they do not deem as deserving courtesy are most specially treasured by several other development and donor agencies. I recall with pride how, for a particular contract, DFID realising I was a university teacher gave me the courtesy of the freedom to budget the specific measure of time I could spare for them as a consultant yet with a fantastic reward.

Whatever level of transparency TETFUND currently lays claim to can also be improved upon in the spirit of the change mantra of the Buhari administration. For instance, it would not be out of place to publish its annual report and accounts in details. One can imagine if TETFUND will not be answerable to its partners, how does it get to reckon with their input in conceptualising plans? Again, all credible grant makers publish annual reports and accounts, so this peculiarity of half measure approach to transparency by TETFUND is better revised as soon as possible.

For JAMB and TETFUND, tertiary education in Nigeria is a common denominator from which a lot is expected. Will they measure up this time with new heads to captain their ships?

Tunde Akanni, a former distinguished British Chevening Scholar and Netherlands NUFFIC Fellow, teaches journalism at the Lagos State University. Follow him via @AkintundeAkanni.

This article was written by Tunde Musibau Akanni. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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