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FG approves new security measures for South-East and South-South, tactics will no longer be disclosed
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FG approves new security measures for South-East and South-South, tactics will no longer be disclosed

New security measures to tackle the insecurity in the South-East and South-South region of the country has been approved by the federal government. Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali disclosed this at the end of the security meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with heads of security agencies on Tuesday May 11. Alkali also revealed that operational tactics will no longer be disclosed. He said; “We have some measures which we have outlined and have been approved by the council and we will see how we can change the narrative within the quickest possible means to restore law and order and restore peace in that area. “We solicit all law-abiding citizens to work with us to identify and deal with the situation. That is that; I may not go into the details of how we will do ...
Ortom is not Someone I take Very Seriously, he is Using the Federal Government as a Punching bag to Distract Attention from his Failures – El-Rufai
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Ortom is not Someone I take Very Seriously, he is Using the Federal Government as a Punching bag to Distract Attention from his Failures – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has lashed out at Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state who he described as a failure. Speaking after a video of Ortom addressing protesters after some killings in Benue State was played during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group, El-Rufai stated that the Benue state Governor is not someone he takes seriously. He further claimed that Ortom attacks the federal government to hide his failure. El-Rufai said; “I did not hear what Governor Ortom said (in the video) but I know him and he is not somebody I take very seriously, frankly. He has other issues of governance that he is using the Federal Government as a punching bag to distract attention from his failures. “Go and find out how many months’ salaries are being owed teache...
I am Angered, Troubled by Terror attacks in Nigeria – Bola Tinubu
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I am Angered, Troubled by Terror attacks in Nigeria – Bola Tinubu

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Thursday April 29, said he is angered and troubled by terror attacks in different parts of the country. Tinubu, in series of tweets, lamented that the attacks had caused many to disparage the military and security forces. He pointed out that as Nigerians, we must never surrender to the fearful temptation to blame one another His tweets read ''Like all decent Nigerians, I am angered and troubled by the terror and cruelty being visited upon the people of Borno, Yobe, Benue, Niger, Imo and other parts of the nation. These attacks have caused many to disparage our military and security forces. This we must not do. Valiant men and women serve in our security forces, risking their lives to protect us. ...
IPOB is Moving Bombs and Explosives From Lagos to Imo – DSS
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IPOB is Moving Bombs and Explosives From Lagos to Imo – DSS

The Department of State Services has raised an alarm of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s Eastern Security Network acquiring bombs and explosives which they are moving from Lagos to Imo to destabilize the South-East state. The information was conveyed in a letter with reference number, S.238/5/1538 dated April 26, 2021 and signed by I. Abdullah on behalf of the Imo State DSS Director. In the letter addressed to the Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State, the DSS said the explosives are being moved in articulated trucks from Lagos to a hideout in Orlu, Imo State. It read; “Intelligence revealed that the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network has acquired bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices with which to further their subv...
Nigeria Ranked Third-worst in Global Good Governance index
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Nigeria Ranked Third-worst in Global Good Governance index

At the inaugural Chandler Good Government (CGGI) Index launched on Monday April 26 in Singapore, Nigeria was ranked the third-worst in global good governance index. 34 indicators which are organized into seven pillars: leadership and foresight; robust laws and policies; strong institutions; financial stewardship; attractive marketplace; global influence and reputation; and helping people rise are used in the ranking which taps into 50 publicly available global data sources such as the World Trade Organisation, United Nations and World Bank. Nigeria scored 0.319 points to sit at 102 out of 104 countries on the league table which measures 104 governments’ effectiveness and capabilities in almost 90 per cent of the world’s population. Finland topped the table with 0.848 points ah...
Oko Poly Student allegedly Stabbed to Death by Caretaker over Water
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Oko Poly Student allegedly Stabbed to Death by Caretaker over Water

A caretaker of one of the off campus lodges at the Federal Polytechnic Oko, has allegedly stabbed a student to death over issues surrounding the pumping of water. The deceased identified as Abuchi, an ND2 student of the Department of Public Administration was stabbed on the neck by the caretaker at Currency Lodge on Saturday, April 24. The caretaker It was gathered that the deceased and other tenants had gone to caretaker to complain about lack of water. The complaint led to a fight between both parties during which the caretaker stabbed Abuchi. Abuchi was rushed to a nearby hospital by his lodge mates where he was confirmed dead. The suspect was said to have fled after the student died. Police officers attached to the Oko Division reportedly arrived the scene in the...
Kaduna State University Denies Increase in Tuition Fees
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Kaduna State University Denies Increase in Tuition Fees

The Kaduna State University, KASU, has denied online reports that it has hiked its tuition fees. Reports have been rife online today claiming the institution had hiked its tuition fees from N26,000 to N150,000 for students in the Faculty of Arts, Management, and Social Sciences. The reports also claimed that the institution increased tuition fees in the Faculty of Medicine from N24,000 to N300,000 while non-indigenes will pay N500,000. However, in a statement released this afternoon, the spokesperson of the institution, Adamu Nuhu Bargo, urged students, parents, and the general public to disregard the news. The PRO said the review of tuition fees upward has not been concluded. “Management has met with students of the University on Thursday, 22nd April 2021 and enlightened to all...
I swore never to stop using my platform to call out the evil that the Police do after policemen took turns to beat me at Adeniji police station – Comedian, Mr Macaroni
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I swore never to stop using my platform to call out the evil that the Police do after policemen took turns to beat me at Adeniji police station – Comedian, Mr Macaroni

Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni has explained why he is using his platform to call out the  Nigerian police force. This came after a follower engaged him in a tweet in which he (Mr Macaroni) alleged that there is always a "negative report or the other about the Nigerian Police every day as they've turned themselves to criminals." According to the comedian, he swore to use his platform to call out the evil Nigerian police perpetrate after they took turns to beat him after he was arrested during the botched #EndSARS protest months ago. He tweeted; Everyday, there is always one Negative report or the other about the Nigerian Police. The Police have turned themselves to criminals. Robbing us, oppressing us and doing everything in their power to make life miserable for the Average...
Former Ondo Varsity Lecturer Found Dead inside his car
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Former Ondo Varsity Lecturer Found Dead inside his car

A former lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba (AAUA) Akoko, Dr Olatunde Adegbuyi, has been found dead inside his car. A source, who spoke to The Nation, said the former lecturer was found dead by some persons outside the university premises on Tuesday, April 6. The deceased's car was found parked along Permanent sites street in Akungba, Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State. The spokesman for the university, Victor Akinpelumi, who confirmed the death, said the institution sympathised with the family.
CBN Announces ₦6.98 Charge for USSD Transactions
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CBN Announces ₦6.98 Charge for USSD Transactions

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has imposed ?6.98 service charge on Nigerians for all USSD transactions. A statement jointly signed by the apex bank and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and released today March 16, says customers will pay a flat fee of N6.98 per transaction every time they use USSD services from March 16. The deal was part of an agreement reached with banks following a disagreement between banks and telecom firms over USSD and other text message transaction requests. “Effective March 16, 2021, USSD services for financial transactions conducted at DMBs (Deposit Money Banks) and all CBN-licensed institutions will be charged at a flat fee of N6.98 per transaction,” the statement partly read. This replaces the current per session billing structure, ...
See Photos of OOU Students who were kidnapped in front of their hostel by unknown gunmen
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See Photos of OOU Students who were kidnapped in front of their hostel by unknown gunmen

Photos of students of Olabisi Onibanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun state who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Sunday March 14, has been shared online. It was learnt that the students were kidnapped in front of their hostel at Ayetoro campus of the institution, and those behind the act are allegedly demanding for N50m. They have also been identified as Tife and Tosin.
Four Secondary School Students Handed Over to Police in Calabar over alleged Involvement in Cultism
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Four Secondary School Students Handed Over to Police in Calabar over alleged Involvement in Cultism

Four students of Government Secondary School, Akim Qua Town, Calabar suspected to be involved in cultism and other vices were handed over to a detachment of the anti-cultism unit of the Nigerian Police Force for interrogation. The students were bursted in the premises of the school after security agents were hinted about some disturbing trends they were engaged in which could have posed a serious threat. Speaking during the handover on Friday, March 5, the Special Adviser to Cross River State Governor on Education, Comrade Castro Ezama thanked the security agents for the timely intervention when contacted about the situation. Comrade Ezama while addressing students of the institution against all forms of criminality, noted that Governor Ben Ayade has zero tolerance for cul...
Update: Authorities shut down Kebbi varsity after mob allegedly killed final year student over N3500 a week to graduation
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Update: Authorities shut down Kebbi varsity after mob allegedly killed final year student over N3500 a week to graduation

Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, (KSUSTA) Aliero, has been closed down indefinitely following the murder of a 400-level biochemistry student Sharif Sale-Kanya, by a mob over a failed bank transaction. In a statement on Sunday February 28, the Registrar of the university, Musa Labbo, directed all students to leave the school premises immediately. "This is to inform all students of the university that the management has directed the closure of the school indefinitely. Therefore, all students are hereby directed to leave the university with immediate effect,” the statement said. LIB reported that the deceased, who was set to graduate this week, was beaten to death by a mob over N3500. It was gathered that Sharif bought a handset in Aliero town on Saturday and ...
If Charges Against Hushpuppi for laundering money for North Koreans stick, I’ll be with grandkids before he gets out – BBNaija’s Leo Dasilva
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If Charges Against Hushpuppi for laundering money for North Koreans stick, I’ll be with grandkids before he gets out – BBNaija’s Leo Dasilva

Big Brother Naija star, Leo Dasilva has reacted to report of Hushpuppi being charged with laundering money for North Koreans. LIB reported earlier that in a statement released by the US Justice Department on Wednesday February 17, it was alleged that Hushpuppi took part in a “North Korean-perpetrated cyber-enabled heist from a Maltese bank in February 2019.” In a July statement, the Justice Department referred to the attack as “a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.” His name was linked to the North Korean conspiracy, when federal prosecutors unsealed a charge against Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, of Ontario, Canada. Alaumary plead guilty to charges related to his role as a money launderer for the North Korean group. The Justice Department connected Hushpuppi to...
NASU Strike Hits Universities Hard, Students Battle Filth, Water, Power Problems
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NASU Strike Hits Universities Hard, Students Battle Filth, Water, Power Problems

The strike by non-academic unions in public universities has taken its toll on the institutions as they battle filth and struggle to keep services such as electricity and water supplies functional. The PUNCH correspondents, who visited the universities on Monday, reported that although teaching was going on, the strike by non-teaching staff had thrown up various problems in the institutions. For example, while refuse has piled up at male and female hostels of the University of Calabar, Cross River State, students of the University of Jos are battling with stoppage of water and electricity supplies. Their colleagues at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus confided in The PUNCH that they contributed N500 per room to pay cleaners they brought from outside to clean their hostel...
Kogi State Polytechnic Loses Bursar
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Kogi State Polytechnic Loses Bursar

  Acting Bursar, Kogi State Polytechnic, Adebola Osho is dead. He passed away on Sunday after a brief illness. Osho was 53 years old. The Rector, Salisu Ogbo, in a statement described his demise as shocking. Ogbo said the deceased left an indelible positive mark in the institution while he served as Acting Bursar between April 2020 and February 2021. He condoled with the school community, kinsmen and associates of the deceased as well as the people of Oke- Ibukun, Bunu, Kabba/ Bunu Local Government. Ogbo said Osho was an astute public servant and one of the best principal officers Kogi State Polytechnic ever had. “The Polytechnic is heartbroken, in shock and sorrow over the sudden demise of such a committed, diligent, simple , intelligent and selfless seasoned...
Romanian Church Under Fire as Six-week-old Baby Dies in Baptism 
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Romanian Church Under Fire as Six-week-old Baby Dies in Baptism 

The Orthodox Church in Romania is facing growing pressure to change baptism rituals after a  six-week-old baby died following a ceremony earlier this week. The baby boy reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest during the Baptism on Monday and was rushed to hospital but died a few hours later, with autopsy revealing liquid in his lungs. Prosecutors have now opened a manslaughter investigation against the priest in the north-eastern city of Suceava. An online petition calling for changes to the ritual had gathered more than 56,000 signatures by Thursday evening. “The death of a newborn baby because of this practice is a huge tragedy,” said a message with the petition. “This risk must be ruled out for the joy of baptism to triumph.” Due to several similar incidents in recent ye...
Kwara’s Pioneer Grand Khadi, Justice Orire is Dead (Age 87)
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Kwara’s Pioneer Grand Khadi, Justice Orire is Dead (Age 87)

Justice Abdkadri Orire, the pioneer Grand Khadi of the Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal has died at the age of 87. Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in a condolence message described the late jurist as an exemplary leader who distinguished himself as an erudite legal scholar, researcher, Muslim community leader, and development activist. He commiserated with Mai Martaba the Emir of Ilorin Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU), and the entire state over the death of the Orire who was the Grand Khadi of the Kwara state Sharia Court of Appeal between 1975 and 1999. The statement read;   “Today, our state lost of one of its finest jurists, a founding father, and indeed a national statesman, retired Justice Abdul ...
American celebrities react to Trump’s Twitter ban
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American celebrities react to Trump’s Twitter ban

American celebrities have reacted to the permanent suspension of President Donald Trump’s Twitter account by the tech giant on Friday. The company banned the @realdonaldtrump account citing ‘risk’ that the president would incite further violence. Twitter first locked Trump out of his account on Wednesday for inflammatory posts after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, but the company lifted the suspension the following day, usatoday.com reports.  “After a close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” read a company statement late Friday. Many stars cheere...
Senate Directs FG To Build E-validation Portal Against Fake Results
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Senate Directs FG To Build E-validation Portal Against Fake Results

The Senate on Thursday directed the Federal Ministry of Education to build and maintain for all tertiary institutions in Nigeria, an e-validation portal, to enable employers and relevant authorities or organization within and outside Nigeria, to verify and validate academic result/certificate obtained from tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The decision was sequel to a motion by Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, the lawmaker representing Ondo South Senatorial District at the red chamber with the title: ”the urgent need to compel all tertiary institutions in Nigeria to subscribe to e-validation of results portal so that employers and relevant organisations within and outside Nigeria can verify the results of Nigerian graduates. Senator Tofowomo noted that the use of fake results/certifica...
FG’s Decision not to Reopen Unity Schools for WAEC Exams is not Binding on States – Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba
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FG’s Decision not to Reopen Unity Schools for WAEC Exams is not Binding on States – Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba

The Minister of State for Education Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has made a clarification on the federal government's decision of not reopening its 104 Unity Colleges for the forthcoming West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination. Nwajiuba who confirmed that Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu's announcement of Nigerian schools not being reopened for the examination scheduled to hold from August 4 to September 5 was in sync with the position of the PTF on reopening of schools, stated that it is not binding on the state governments. He said; “Malam Adamu said the 104 schools are not available, he does not have control over the governors. It will be unconstitutional for anybody to say he can tell the governors what to do. You have heard from the PTF chairman co...
U.S To Add 33 Chinese Firms, Institutions To Economic Blacklist
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U.S To Add 33 Chinese Firms, Institutions To Economic Blacklist

United States is preparing to add 33 Chinese firms and institutions to an economic blacklist, for alleged ties to China’s military, or persecution of Uighurs. Seven companies and two institutions were listed for being “complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labour and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs” and others, the Commerce Department said in a statement. Two dozen other companies, government institutions and commercial organisations were added for supporting procurement of items for use by the Chinese military, the department said in another statement. The blacklisted companies focus on artificial intelligence and facial recognition, markets that US chip companies such as Nvid...
President Buhari Receives Madagascar’s COVID-19 Herbal Drug
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President Buhari Receives Madagascar’s COVID-19 Herbal Drug

The herbal drug which Madagascar says it uses to treat COVID-19 patients has reached Nigeria, TheCable reports. President Muhammadu Buhari, who received portions of the drug from Guinea Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo on Saturday, said the drug must be verified before use. Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as saying the drug will go through the verification process which other remedies for the disease are being subjected to. “We have our institutions, systems and processes in the country. Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification. I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions,” Buhari said. The drug, which is branded as herbal tea and named COVID-Organics, was launched on April 20, with its main ingredient bein...
CBN Resumes Dollar Sales for SMEs, School Fees
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CBN Resumes Dollar Sales for SMEs, School Fees

In view of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown both globally and in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has resumed provision of foreign exchange to all commercial banks for onward sales to parents wishing to pay schools fees and SMEs wishing to make essential imports needed to revamp economic activities across the country. In a statement released this afternoon, the apex bank said it is resuming the provision of over US$100 million per week for both categories and has also made complete arrangements to resume foreign exchange sales to the BDC segment of the market for business travels, personal travels, and other designated retail uses, as soon as international flights resume. The bank says there is no need for panic by any end-user that could necessitate ...
Donations to Combat Coronavirus in Nigeria Hits N25.8bn
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Donations to Combat Coronavirus in Nigeria Hits N25.8bn

The donations to combat Coronavirus in Nigeria has risen to N25.8bn as confirmed in a statement released by Isaac Okoroafor, the Director of Corporate Communications at the Central Bank of Nigeria. In the statement released on Friday, Mr. Okoroafor said the coalition "conveys its gratitude to all the institutions and individuals that have generously donated to this fund" Okorafor urged others to "consider contributing to this national solidarity to provide not only medical equipment and materials but also to render urgently needed palliatives to the poor and vulnerable segments of our society." “We urge others to consider contributing to this national solidarity to provide not only medical equipment and materials but also to render urgently needed palliatives to the poor and vuln...
NASU Threatens To Embark On Strike
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NASU Threatens To Embark On Strike

The union revealed if there are shortfalls in the March salaries of their members, it won’t hesitate to embark on industrial action. The union pointed out that a seven-day warning strike earlier planned for this month was abandoned due to the closure of all institutions across the country because of COVID-19 outbreak. According to the union, if the mistakes of shortfalls as reflected in the February salaries of its members are repeated, they will shut down all federal institutions in the country immediately.
Coronavirus: Imo government shuts down schools
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Coronavirus: Imo government shuts down schools

Schools in Imo State including the higher institutions have been shut down to enable people to protect themselves properly against the deadly Coronavirus. The State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma gave the directive in a live broadcast Friday, asking heads of schools in the state to adhere strictly to the directive. While expressing worries over the spread of the viral disease across the world, he appealed that Imo people should not entertain fear as the government, according to him, has put necessary machinery in place to prevent it from finding its way into the state. He said that the committee on the prevention of the disease led by the former INEC chairman, Prof. Maurice Iwu, will do a good job in ensuring the COVID-19 is kept at bay. However, he has called for a total ...
Arizona State House Passes Bill Banning Transgender Female Athletes from Participating in School sports
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Arizona State House Passes Bill Banning Transgender Female Athletes from Participating in School sports

The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a controversial bill that aims to ban transgender female athletes from participating in school sports. If signed into law, the ban would apply to all students studying in the state. The "Save Women's Sports Act," introduced by Republican Rep. Nancy Barto this week would require interscholastic and intramural sports sponsored by educational institutions to explicitly designate sports as for males or females based on a persons' biological sex. While Barto and others who voted for the bill agree that Is is about keeping a level playing field, opponents argue that it fails to protect LGBTQ kids and transgender youth. During the hearing, Democratic Rep. Kirsten Engel said, "The impact will not be to protect women's sports, instead ...
It is not yet Time for That – NCDC DG Tells House of Rep Members on Two weeks Planned Recess over Coronavirus
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It is not yet Time for That – NCDC DG Tells House of Rep Members on Two weeks Planned Recess over Coronavirus

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has reacted to the move by members of the House of Representatives to go on two weeks recess over coronavirus. Speaking on Channels Television 'Sunrise Daily', Ihekweazu stated that it is not yet time for such action as it will only lead to panic. The NCDC Boss urged the lawmakers to instead support the efforts of experts by providing a budget that is sustainable in curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. He said; “I have a lot of respect for the honourable members of the House of Representatives, but I think the time now hasn’t come, if they respond in a way like that by suspending session, everyone else will ask if they should close their businesses, office or schools and it is...
NECO Sacks 19 Staff Over Certificate Forgery
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NECO Sacks 19 Staff Over Certificate Forgery

The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) has dismissed another 19 staff of the institution over certificate forgery. A staff Certificate Verification Committee constituted by NECO management found the staff guilty of gaining employment using fake certificates. According to a statement signed by the Head, Information and Public Relations NECO, Azeez Sani, the committee had been mandated to verify the certificate presented by a variety of staff at the time of employment. While performing its assignment, the committee had invited staff with questionable credentials to appear before it. The statement said following investigations, the affected staff confessed to working with forged certificates. The committee also contacte...
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Presidency Has no Power to to Stop Peaceful Protests – Falana

Human rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has stated that the Presidency has no power to stop peaceful protests following its warning to "a section of the political class against misleading the public and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions." Reacting to the Presidency's statement of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) hiring 2,000 people to stage a protest against service chiefs on Monday February 17, Falana appealed to the Nigeria Police Force against "harassing" Nigerians protesting against insecurity across the country. The lawyer also recalled how APC leaders including President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief John Oyegun, Dr Sylvester Onu and Mr Rotimi Amaechi participated in a protest against insecurity held in Abuja on November 20,...
Parents Contribute to Wards’ Poor Academic Performances ― WAEC
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Parents Contribute to Wards’ Poor Academic Performances ― WAEC

Mr Oladele Oluremi, Cross River Branch Controller of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has blamed parents and guardians over the spate of poor academic performances of their wards in the country. Oluremi stated this at a pre-varsity forum titled ‘Admission Processing: Laying a Solid Foundation,’ on Saturday in Calabar. The symposium was organised by the Deeper Life Schools Outreach in collaboration with WAEC and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Represented by Mr Aderibigbe Adeniyi, the Head of Result and Certificate Department of the Council, Oluremi noted that many parents contributed to their children poor performances by aiding malpractice which in-turn made them lazy. He alleged that parents pestered officials of the Council to change grades...
Black Music Has Never Been Respected By The Grammys – Diddy
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Black Music Has Never Been Respected By The Grammys – Diddy

Sean “Diddy” Combs called out the Recording Academy, the body responsible for the Grammy Awards at the annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday night saying that hip-hop and black music have “never been respected by the Grammys”. Diddy in an ironic moment made the statement as he accepted his award as the 2020 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons honoree at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. “So I say this with love to the Grammys, because you really need to know this, every year y’all be killing us man. Man, I’m talking about the pain. I’m speaking for all these artists here, the producers, the executives. The amount of time it takes to make these records, to pour your heart into it, and you just want an even playing field. “In the great words of Erykah Badu, ‘We...
Lagos State Govt Announces Recruitment Health Sector Workers
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Lagos State Govt Announces Recruitment Health Sector Workers

The Lagos State Health Service Commission, on Thursday said it has commenced mass recruitment of health sector workers to bridge the deficit in manpower requirement across the state’s public health institutions. Dr Ademuyiwa Eniayewun, the Permanent Secretary, Health Service Commission (HSC), made this known on Thursday in Lagos. Eniayewun said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had approved recruitment of a large number of health workers, while also directing that exit replacement be done when due, NAN reports According to him, the directive was imperative to ameliorate the effects of brain drain which often occurs and affects performance in the health sector. ”The recruitment process commences immediately and will continue in phases in the next few months toward bridging manpower gap ...
Reopen Border, Strengthen Weak Institutions- Ex Ghana President, Mahama Tells Nigeria
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Reopen Border, Strengthen Weak Institutions- Ex Ghana President, Mahama Tells Nigeria

The former President of Ghana, Dr. John Dramani Mahama has come hard on the Nigerian government, calling on the immediate reopening of the the borders, which were closed a few months ago. Mahama made the call while speaking as the guest speaker at the 7th Anniversary Lecture of Realnews magazine held at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. He said: “In Nigeria, the unilateral closure of the borders since August is a worrying development for the growth of free trade in the ECOWAS sub-region. Off course, one can understand the harmful effects of unbridled smuggling goods on the growth of local production. But it is problematic that sub-regional economic activity and trade should suffer because of domestic institutional weaknesses. “Nigeria must invest in strengthening its insti...
Nigerians Pay N500,000 To Buy Fake Degrees – NYSC Boss Reveals
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Nigerians Pay N500,000 To Buy Fake Degrees – NYSC Boss Reveals

The Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has said beginning from this year’s “Batch C”, only academic certificates and transcripts of foreign students authenticated by Nigerian consulates in foreign countries of study will be accepted for national service. According to a report by TheNation, the NYSC chief alleged that some African institutions sell degree and Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates and transcripts to some Nigerian students for between N300,000 to N500,000. Ibrahim stated this on Thursday at a meeting with representatives of 159 African institutions presenting corps members to Nigeria in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The theme of the event was: Strategies for a Successful Mobilisation of Nigerian Foreign Gradua...
“Our Priority Is To Create More Jobs In The Country” – Buhari
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“Our Priority Is To Create More Jobs In The Country” – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday 23rd July, 2019, in Abuja said that the priority of his administration “is to create as many jobs as possible.” Speaking at an audience with the National Executive Council of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers led by its President, Comrade John Adaji, at the State House, President Buhari said in the last four years, the Federal Government deployed limited resources to job-creating sectors like agriculture and mining. Lamenting the closure of textile factories especially in the North which gave rise to crimes. He said:- “We promoted policies that will support local industries such as import restrictions. We introduced programmes that provided affordable and accessible capital to both large and cottage industries.” He...
“Nigeria Will Soon Produce Graduates Who Can’t Speak English”, Senator Okorocha Says
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“Nigeria Will Soon Produce Graduates Who Can’t Speak English”, Senator Okorocha Says

Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha seems to be serving it in the red chamber ever since he emerged a Senator. During yesterday’s plenary, the ex-governor fired his distinguished colleagues why everybody is talking about payment of salaries, roads and neglecting the standard of education in the country, even the kind of graduates our institutions produce. In the video making rounds online, web users seem to be liking the new Rochas who have now graduated to a Senator. See reactions:-
JAMB: University Of Ibadan Insists On 200 Cut-Off
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JAMB: University Of Ibadan Insists On 200 Cut-Off

The management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has insisted that their cut-off mark remains 200. This comes a day after the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and stakeholders of higher institutions agreed on 160. UI, on its part, said it will have nothing to do with the national minimum cut-off mark. In a statement by the office of its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the institution said: “For the avoidance of doubts in the minds of our prospective admission seekers, their parents and guardians, our alumni and alumnae and the general public, the minimum mark for any course at the University of Ibadan, and all its Affiliated Institutions, remains 200 out of the maximum of 400.   “This has been the position of the Senate of the University since the matriculation ...
Dangote Reconciles Governor Ganduje And Emir Sanusi
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Dangote Reconciles Governor Ganduje And Emir Sanusi

The bad blood between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi ll has reportedly been resolved following a meeting to reconcile the two in Abuja. According to a statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje, the reconciliatory meeting was initiated by the Kano-born business mogul Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi. “As the two leaders met, they congratulated each other on the successful completion of the Ramadan Fast and the Eid-el-Fitr celebration. “Both leaders spoke and urged all Muslims to continue with the good teachings and spirit of the fasting period of the month of Ramadan. Emir Sanusi used the opportunity to congratulate Governor Ganduje on his second term in of...
UTME 2019: Why We Won’t Release Results Now – JAMB
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UTME 2019: Why We Won’t Release Results Now – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has continued to explain why it is yet to release the result of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. The unsual delay has created room for anxiety and suspicion among some Nigerians. Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB spokesman, told The Sun on Saturday, that they appreciate the anxiety and concerns of candidates. He, however, requested that JAMB be allowed to do the necessary things before releasing the result. He said that though results were released pretty much earlier in 2017 and 2018, it was necessary for the board to improve on its credibility this time around. According to him, many candidates had in the past, escaped with illegitimate acts they perpetrated during the UTME exercise, but that won’t b...
60m Nigerians are Illiterates – FG
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60m Nigerians are Illiterates – FG

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, has said nearly 60 million Nigerians are illiterates. He made this known on Thursday at the Federal Government College Otobi, during the inauguration of a pilot Literacy Centre for the North Central Geo-Political Zone. The permanent secretary expressed regret that the illiteracy rate among the youths and adults is high, saying that the literacy level at the lower cadre of the colleges is also alarming. He also assured that literacy centres will reduce the high percentage of illiteracy in the country. According to him, Literacy Centres to be established in 104 Federal Government Colleges (FGCs) are aimed at reducing the high rate of illiteracy at the low cadre of the staff of the institutions, stressing...
Bono Meets With Vice President Osinbajo, Senate President Saraki
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Bono Meets With Vice President Osinbajo, Senate President Saraki

A senior delegation from the ONE Campaign met with His Excellency Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Honourable Minister for Health on April 8th. They also met with key legislators including the Senate President, His Excellency Senator Bukola Saraki, Sen. Dino Melaye and Sen. Abiodun Olujimi on April 9th. ONE’s Delegation included Co-Founder Bono, Board Chairman Tom Freston, CEO Gayle Smith and Nigeria Country Director Serah Makka-Ugbabe. Discussions focused on building effective partnerships for the delivery of healthcare to Nigerians and transparency and accountability in public institutions. The delegation, along with Alhaji Aliko Dangote, a member of ONE’s Board of Directors, presented to Vice President Osinbajo a declaration signed by over 67,000 Nigerian...
200 level student dies as doctors embark on strike in Cross River
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200 level student dies as doctors embark on strike in Cross River

A 200 level female student of the Department of Food Science Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Calabar (UNICAL) has been reported dead following the strike action embarked upon by Doctors. The student, Miss Rebecca Chukwueke died after nurses and doctors refused to attend to her at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH on Saturday. Miss Chukwueke is the fourth student to die in the University of Calabar and Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH in Cross River State in recent times due to management lapses in both institutions. DAILY POST findings revealed that Miss Chukwueke was ignored at the UCTH because the Doctors and other health personel were on strike but was rushed to the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital at Murtala Mohammed High Way, Cal...
Belgium Apologises For the Kidnappings of over 20,000 Mixed-race Children in the Colonial Era
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Belgium Apologises For the Kidnappings of over 20,000 Mixed-race Children in the Colonial Era

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has apologised for the kidnapping of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during the colonial rule of Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda. The "métis" children born to Belgian settlers and local women were forcibly taken to Belgium and fostered by Catholic orders and other institutions. About 20,000 children are believed to have been affected. Most fathers refused to acknowledge paternity of their children. Some of the children, born in the 1940s and 1950s, never received Belgian nationality and remained stateless. Speaking in the Belgian parliament, Prime Minister Michel said the country had breached the children's basic human rights, seeing them as a threat to the colonial system. It had, he said, stripped them of their identity, st...
Get Sworn In Before Issuing Directives – Okorocha To Ihedioha
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Get Sworn In Before Issuing Directives – Okorocha To Ihedioha

Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo has cautioned the state Governor-elect, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, to desist from giving directives to financial institutions in the state over their dealings with the state government. Okorocha issued the caution in a release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Friday, He described the directive by Ihedioha in Owerri on Thursday as unfortunate and a sign of ugly things to come . He advised the governor-elect to be patient and wait until he was sworn in before issuing directives to financial institutions. The governor said that there is a government in place and until May 29, 2019, that government should continue to work in the interest of the state and her people and also continue to carry out progr...
Stakeholders reach final decision on Access, Diamond Banks merger
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Stakeholders reach final decision on Access, Diamond Banks merger

Shareholders of Access Bank Plc and Diamond Bank Plc, on Tuesday, unanimously approved the merger of both financial institutions aimed at creating a formidable force. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the shareholders gave the approval at an Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) of both banks held in Lagos. Mr Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank Chief Executive Officer, told the shareholders at the EGM that the merger with Diamond Bank enables Access Bank to acquire a bank with 17 million retail customers and the most viable mobile payment platform. Wigwe said that the expected revenue and cost synergies were material and promises significant long term value. Wigwe said the bank, after the merger, would attract more opportunities such as trade finance from international part...
PDP to petition UN over alleged military killings during presidential poll
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PDP to petition UN over alleged military killings during presidential poll

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan Graham-Douglas expresses pains at fleeing residents The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday disclosed that it would petition the United Nations (UN) over alleged military role in indiscretions of the February 23, 2019 Presidential elections. Briefing journalists after the party’s expanded national caucus meeting in Abuja, PDP’s Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the party expressed support for the Presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar’s resolve to challenge the polls outcome at the Election Tribunal. “Caucus commended Nigerians for refusing the harassment, intimidation and militarization of the electoral process and participating in the election, but noted that the mandate freely given to our candidate was stole...
Saraki Tells FG To End ASUU Strike Without Delay
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Saraki Tells FG To End ASUU Strike Without Delay

Senate president Bukola Saraki, has asked the Federal Government to end the strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) without delay. The strike action has now entered its 62nd day. The request was made in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu. Bukola Saraki emphasised the need for Nigeria’s universities to be re-opened without further delay, highlighting the fact that the education of Nigeria’s young people is being negatively affected by the stance of the government and is also disenfranchising the youths, many of whom are registered to vote in their universities??but are now stuck in their homes. Read the statement below; “In November 2016, the Senate intervened in the ASUU strike and met with the officials of the ...
Muslim Group Speaks On The Best Candidates Ogun Residents Should Vote For
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Muslim Group Speaks On The Best Candidates Ogun Residents Should Vote For

The Ogun State chapter ofThe Muslim Congress(TMC), has today revealed the candidate they want people to vote for in the forthcoming general elections. The general elections have been scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 16th and Saturday, March 2nd across the country, Naija News recalls. Dr. Ibrahim Ogunkoya, the Waali of the Ogun State chapter of TMC, in a statement made available to newsmen, asked Muslims in the State to vote for either Muslim or Christian candidates who are capable and will be just to the course of Islam in the state. He said, “Though we have preferences for candidates who identified themselves as Muslims and their level of commitments is well known to the Muslim communities, we cannot longer be deceived by the so-called Muslims w...

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