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23 Sep 2017

Olori Wuraola spotted at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York

The ex-wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola, has been spotted on her 3-day trip to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Olori who has since moved on from her broken marriage with the Ooni of Ife is a protector of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
247NNU gathered that Her Highness spoke at Deliver for Good event earlier in the week.

According to the statement released by her office which was shared on social media ;

"Her Highness, Queen Zaynab arrives on her 3 day trip to New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Queen Zaynab is a protector of the United Nations Population Fund, #UNFPA, an international development organisation that promotes women's, men's and children's right to health and equity. READ ALSO: Ooni of Ife allegedly accepts bride price refund from Benin, says Olori Wuraola is 'free now' "Earlier in the week, Her Highness spoke at Deliver for Good event. A global campaign that applies a gender lens to the Sustainable Development Goals and promotes 12 critical investments in girls and women to power progress for all. #QueenZaynab #UNGA #SDGs"

Antonio Conte finally reveals what he will do to Diego Costa when they meet in Champions League match next week

Antonio Conte has shown he is ready to bury the hatchet with ‘bad-boy’ striker Diego Costa by insisting he will shake hands with the striker when they meet on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 ahead of their Champions League group stage showdown. Costa is set to be unveiled at Atletico after Chelsea and the Spanish giants reached a £67million agreement for the striker.
The Spain international, who will rejoin Atletico initially on loan but not eligible to play until January, is expected to attend the game.

Asked if he would shake his hand with his former player, manager Conte said: “Yeah, I have no problem.” Costa went AWOL, asking to leave three times last season and then going on strike to force a move back to Atletico before accusing the London club of treating him like a “criminal.”

It became one of the ugliest transfer sagas in Premier League history and Conte was reluctant to offer any sort of praise for Costa despite him helping to win the title last season and the Blues to two in his three seasons. The Blues gaffer said: “For every player, for every single player, the past stays there. If you did well in the past, okay.

“I repeat there is a lack of respect for my players, because Diego is an Atletico player. “Don’t forget we won together last season. I repeat: for sure we want to thank him for his effort last season with us. Not only last season but in the period that he played for Chelsea.

He added: “But I think every single player was important last season, we won the title, we won the league, maybe it was a big surprise, and also to reach the final of the FA Cup, every player performed fantastic last season.

“I want to thank every player who played last season for Chelsea.” Costa flew into Madrid on Friday September 22 insisting he did not bear any grudges with his former manager as he prepares to complete the switch. “There’s nothing of the sort there, I’m not upset with anybody,” said Costa.

“I have no bitterness towards anyone. Everything is cool.” He said. Discussing his relationship with the Chelsea fans, he added: “Everybody knows how much I love the fans.”

Biafra: Police dare IPOB members to protest again

The Nigeria Police Force has said it would arrest and prosecute members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), if they hold rallies and protests again.
Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood in an interview with Punch, said the police would now take tougher measures on IPOB.

According to Moshood, it is now unlawful for the seccesionist group, to assemble for rallies or protests after its proscription.

“If we find IPOB members holding rallies or protests anywhere in the country, the full weight of the law will be brought upon them. The full weight of the law would be applied.

“They have been proscribed by the Federal Government and the court has equally proscribed them. If we see them, they will be arrested,” he said.

Buhari can win battle of one Nigeria without using force – Fayose

The governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt more of the carrot and stick approach in dealing with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other agitating groups rather than the use of brute force.
The governor said he was never against the unity of Nigeria. He therefore advised the Federal Government to take the issue of restructuring seriously, urging Buhari to rule with equity and justice.

Speaking with Punch, Fayose said, “Nobody wants Nigeria to divide. I’m not for division. Nobody is promoting disunity or anarchy. But, the Federal Government should engage in more of dialogue with agitating groups; it should use the carrot and stick approach rather than guns.

“In every family, there are both the good and bad people. Agitation is normal in every society, but the way to go about it is to tread cautiously. Buhari should know that this is not 1984 when the President ruled as a military dictator.

“Using brute or suppressive force is not democratic. Running a democracy should not be by propaganda. Democracy is not autocracy. The issue is beyond IPOB.

“What this government needs to do is to restructure and this matter should not be handled by the APC. It should not be a party affair.

“Having said that, I am not promoting IPOB, but Buhari should lead Nigeria with equity and justice. Let brute force become the last option in matters of agitation. Battles can be won without the use of force.”

Buhari’s critics will complain about God if they mistakenly make heaven – Presidency

The Presidency has lashed out at those found of criticising the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said some of those criticising the President will complain about God if they make it to heaven.

Adesina made the remark while speaking on the sideline of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in New York.

Reacting to the criticisms that trailed Buhari’s address to world leaders, Adesina described the President’s accusers as “professional critics” who will never see anything good in anything.

He said, “Those that condemn the quality of the speech have a right to their views. The funny thing is that most of them may not have read, nor did they listen to the speech.

“They are professional critics who never see anything good in anything. If such people mistakenly get into heaven, they will complain about God.

“There will always be naysayers around. As the saying goes, no drummer can ever please all dancers. If 98 people out of 100 praise you, there will always be the two, who will never see anything good in what you have done.

“We must learn to live with, and tolerate the views of such people. They have a right to their opinions.”

Quote me anywhere, Operation Python Dance will not end IPOB – Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has said the recent military clampdown on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its subsequent proscription are not the solutions to the Biafra agitation.
According to him, so long as Nigerian youths remain unengaged in meaningful employment, they would be disposed to joining forces with individuals or groups leading agitations of all sorts.

He blamed Biafra agitation on leadership failure over the years in the country but called for dialogue with those who are agitating in order to look at meaningful solutions that can give them hope.

Obi told the Sun newspaper:

“Irrespective of whatever the Federal Government has said about IPOB, my position has remained constant – agitation in Nigeria is nationwide. It is all over the country, not just from one side of the country. The reason is very simple: there are millions of young people in their productive ages doing nothing.

“When you don’t know where the next meal will come from, you are a free agent, you can become anything. The reason why you people are here is because you know where the next meal will come from.

“What you see today is the cumulative effect of leadership failure over the years in the country. That is one of the consequences and it’s not going to be solved by what we are doing today. You can quote me anywhere.

“We have to sit down, dialogue with those who are agitating and start looking at meaningful solutions that can give them hope. Once a country makes her people to develop a sense of hopelessness, the people will agitate a lot.”

Saraki’s comments, an endorsement of IPOB’s activities —Lawmakers

A group of members of the House of Representatives, under the aegis of the Progressive Caucus, has described comments made by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on the Indigenous People of Biafra’s proscription as an endorsement of the group’s activities.
Saraki had on Monday described IPOB’s proscription by the military and South-East governors as unconstitutional.

He had gone on to say, “Our laws make clear provisions for taking such actions and without the due process being followed, such declaration cannot have effect.”

However, the House Majority Whip, Ado Doguwa, had criticised the Senate President over his views on the subject.

Towing Doguwa’s path, members of the Progressive Caucus in the House on Friday castigated Saraki over his comments.

Their views were contained in a statement signed by Aliyu Madaki, Sani Zorro and Mohammed Soba.

Members of the caucus said they were shocked beyond belief that Saraki could make such a statement because what he had done is to “willy-nilly endorsed the murderous activities of the proscribed IPOB.”

This, they argued, was based on arguments that were bereft of reason, rationality or logic.

The lawmakers further argued that a clear pattern of overt support to the leader of the “terrorist group” [Nnamdi Kanu] had since been established under the watch of the Senate President for some time.

FG to reveal account details of IPOB sponsors

The Federal Government will be giving the French Government account details of the sponsors of terrorist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, 247NNU has learnt.
The Nigerian Government had through the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that France was the headquarters of IPOB’s funding. But the European country on Thursday said it had no knowledge of IPOB’s presence in France.

But a very senior government official said the Federal Government had reached out to France, explaining that it did not accuse the country of being the sponsors of Biafra but that a large transfer of funds were made regularly from France to IPOB in Nigeria.

It was learnt that the Federal Government had asked the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and the Central Bank of Nigeria to compile the needed information on the sponsors and it hand it over to the French government.

The government will also write the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering, which is tasked with the mandate of supervising, monitoring and regulating Designated Non-Financial Institutions as regards compliance to Nigeria’s Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism.

The source, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised by the government to speak on the issue yet, said, “The French Government has reached out to us over the IPOB matter. It said we should give it account details and any other evidence showing that France was where the majority of the money was coming from.

“So, the government has accepted that challenge and we will be instructing the NFIU, SCUML and the CBN to hand over all the details of IPOB’s funding to us in one comprehensive report which will be submitted to the French Government.

“Since IPOB has been declared a terrorist organisation by a court in Nigeria, the French Government, which claims to be against Nigeria’s break-up, is expected to give us maximum cooperation.”

According to the government other countries from which IPOB also received huge cash inflows include: Turkey, Senegal, Malaysia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the United States.

The operative said reports would also be given to the aforementioned countries.

He added, “Before his arrest, Nnamdi Kanu had appealed to people of Igbo extraction in some of these countries to provide him with funds which would be used in buying weapons and bringing down the Nigerian Government.

“In a video, which has even gone viral on Youtube, Kanu said he needed guns. This is not hearsay.

“We will also be writing these countries informing them of the need to ensure that IPOB’s source of funding is traced and blocked.”

In a related development, the Federal Government has said that sponsors of the proscribed IPOB are now afraid.

It also said it had evidence that those sponsoring the organisation were those undergoing investigation or those that were politically disgruntled, but that it would not give out their names.

Mohammed stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Friday.

He said that discerning Nigerians would know those behind the funding of the organisation.

The minister had earlier accused corrupt and disgruntled politicians of being behind IPOB, adding that the plan of the sponsors was to return to power in 2019 with the intention to continue with the looting of the treasury.

However, the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, replied the minister and asked the government to name the sponsors.

But Mohammed said the claim by the PDP was not true, adding that only the guilty were afraid.

He said, “Only the guilty are afraid. We have said it. You don’t need rocket science to know that those who are facing investigations are those who don’t want the government to succeed.

“They hold on to any platform to derail the Federal Government. It is not when we release their names. We know those who are sponsoring IPOB belong to these two groups. These are those who are politically disgruntled and those who are treasury looters. So, it is not when we start mentioning names.”

The minister added that the government was already handling the issues surrounding the allegations he made against France and the United Kingdom.

While he alleged that France was the headquarters of IPOB and where its sponsors were based, he said that Radio Biafra was located in the United Kingdom.

Both countries have however denied the minister’s claim. Mohammed said that Nigeria was already handling the issue at the diplomatic level.

“It is a diplomatic matter and we are handling it at that level,” he said.

Source: PUNCH

For six years, sacked LASU lecturer delayed our results for not paying N50,000 bribe –Alabi, Ex-student

Like a season movie that is yet to climax, the last seems not to have been heard of the sacking of 15 lecturers, two non-academic staff and the demotion of two others by the Governing Council of the Lagos State University, as more facts have continued to emerge about the issue.
One of the sacked lecturers, Dr. Isaac Oyewunmi, who was the branch chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in LASU, said recently that the allegations against him were mere victimisation and that it was “shameful” that LASU relied on “ghost petition” to sack him.

He had said, “If you can even prove that I demanded some amount of money from those students, nothing more than that, and some people actually collected money, it is politics of activism and we are used to it. But it is actually shameful.

“When you have incidents of a ghost petition and then you use the evidence of a third party to rubbish the career of another – well, it’s interesting; we are enjoying it honestly.”

But, as it turns out, the person who wrote the petition against Oyewunmi has come out to state his side of the story. In an exclusive interview with our correspondent earlier in the week, the petitioner, Mr. Alabi Abiodun, an ex-student of LASU, revealed how the sacked lecturer allegedly delayed the processing of the result of seven students of the (2007) set for six years because they refused to pay the N50,000 bribes he allegedly demanded from each of them.

In the course of the delay, Alabi said he lost two job offers because his result was not ready and that it took the intervention of the former governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola, to get their results.

In a narrative that turned out to be very interesting, Alabi said he gained admission into LASU in 2003 to study Political Science under the sandwich programme. It was a three-year course, but due to strike actions along the line, he graduated in 2007, instead of 2006. He noted that his experience while the programme lasted was sweet and productive.

But after graduation, that sweet experience was soon replaced with frustration, Alabi said.

He continued, “At the end of the programme in 2007, we were made to know that Dr. Isaac Oyewunmi would be the one to coordinate and process our result for onward submission, as he performed that responsibility for the entire department. We were optimistic that in no time, our results would be ready, more so that we were just seven in the class.”

Alabi noted that most of them sponsored themselves to school and so they could not wait to lay their hands on their result to start looking for job and earn better living. But throughout that year, there was no update about the result.

“By 2008, we discovered that nothing was happening as regards our result, so we approached Dr. Oyewunmi again. He said yes, he wanted to help us but that he had been using his money to make photocopies of the result, which had been delaying the work.

“On hearing that, I told my colleagues to let us motivate him and speed things up. We contributed among ourselves and gave him N10,000, even though he didn’t ask for it. We just wanted to facilitate the process and maybe that was our undoing. When we gave him the money, we then assumed that things would be faster. But sadly, that was the beginning of a torturous journey.”

Throughout 2008, 2009 and 2010; making three years after graduation, there was no update about their result. Even though they kept meeting Oyewunmi to know the update about their result, Alabi said he kept promising them he would do it and at the graduation every year, Alabi said he would always dress up like one of the graduates but would always come back deflated.

Apart from holding them to ransom, Alabi said the delay cost him two job opportunities. “In 2009, I got a job offer from the Federal Government but I lost it because I didn’t have a result to present; same thing in 2010 when I got another offer from the Lagos State government and I lost it because of no result,” he added.

When the delay became costly to bear, Alabi  said himself and his colleagues went to meet the lecturer to know what was happening and that to their greatest dismay, Oyewunmi said he could not lay his hands on the result.

He said, “There was a heavy rain that period; such that it rained for about 16 hours in Lagos. Dr. Oyewunmi told us that after the rain, he could not find our result.

“On the day we agreed to meet him, before I got there, he called the two people that first got there and took them to the tree beside the three-in-one building very close to sandwich building. He told them the rain swept away our results but that he would help us out. He said each of us should pay N50,000 if we really wanted to get our result.

“When I got there and I was told, I went to his office to ask if what they said was true and he told me that each of us should pay N50,000 before we could get our result. I’m not the type to buy result, so I told my colleagues we won’t do that and we all agreed because even in our four years, I never paid any lecturer.”

Alabi, who was sponsoring himself, explained that even if he was to raise the N50,000, he would have to work for three months without eating. “We agreed not to pay,” he added.

Dazed by the delay and the unfolding drama, Alabi said he ran to one of his lecturers named Dr. Muda, who expressed shock over the report. He said the lecturer took him to the Acting Director of Sandwich Programme, Dr. MOB Mohammed, who was equally shocked by the report.

“That day, I cried because the trouble was becoming too much and then felt suddenly helpless. Why did I go to school if I had nothing to show for it. We all know the rate of unemployment in Nigeria, so when you lose two job offers, you can imagine how it feels.”

Based on the promise by the acting director that something would be done about the result, during the next convocation in 2010, Alabi said he was prepared for the programme as one of the graduands but on getting to school, he found out his name and those of his colleagues were not included. Thus, he went back home deflated.

In fact, instead of doing the needful, Alabi alleged that Oyewunmi started using an agent in the person of one of the students in the department, known as Alhaji, who gained admission the same year Alabi graduated. “Alhaji was the one encouraging us to pay the money, in accordance with what Dr. Oyewunmi had said,” he said.

In 2011, four years after graduation, Alabi took the bull by the horn when he attended the convocation of that year and found that their names were not in the programme.

He said, “Former governor Babatunde Fashola was the visitor to the school, so I got a bulletin where his name and number was. At that point, I couldn’t bear it again. After the programme, I sent a ‘SOS’ message to the governor and I titled the text message ‘LASU result only worth N50,000’. I appealed to him to save us from Dr. Isaac Oyewunmi, through his agent, Alhaji, so that they could release our result.

“As it turned out, when Fashola received that message, he forwarded it to the then VC, Prof. Obafunwa, who couldn’t hesitate, given where the message came from. The VC called the Director of External Programmes, Dr. Abanikonda, who also called Dr. Muda, whom I had reported to earlier.

“That was how investigation into the matter began. At a point, the VC (Obafunwa) called me into his office and asked if I could repeat the allegations in front of the lecturers and I told him I was ready. I didn’t have any reason to lie, not to even talk of destroying another man’s career. I wouldn’t do that. I learnt the VC ordered that our results should be retrieved from him and released as soon as possible. But the damage had been done.”

Asked why he didn’t take other steps to put pressure on the lecturer, as six years appears a long time, Alabi said they never knew it could take that long, as they renewed their hope of graduating every year. “Initially, we didn’t see the need to petition the authorities until it dawned on us and I had to involve the governor,” he said.

Overall, Alabi said he and his colleagues spent 10 years to get their first degree, as their result was eventually released in 2013 when all the joy of being a graduate had already faded out. But that didn’t seem to be the end to the drama. Alabi said in 2015, he started receiving threats as some unknown persons were visiting where he was living, telling people to warn him to desist from trying to report or implicate their boss/lecturer.

He said, “When it got to a level, I wrote LASU, notifying the authorities of the threat. And I also told them that it was because nothing was done about it that was why people could still be threatening me on his behalf. I asked the management that if someone sat on my result for six years, should threats be the next line of action?

“They acknowledged the receipt of the letter and they set up a panel. They invited me and I went there to state my side of the story. I appeared before the panel about five times, and each of those times, I used to sit beside Dr. Oyewunmi in front of the panel.

“With the things going on in LASU now, I know they would be going about, making concocted report of what did not happen and that is why I like to talk about it. I decided to say my own story for the entire world to hear and put things in perspective, without bias.

“I’m not judging him, but what he did was a violation of our rights for him as the coordinator of our results to make a demand. It is also against the teaching etiquette for a teacher to give the result of other students to somebody else to prepare, especially when the person is also a student of the same institution.”

While there have been accusations that Oyewunmi was sacked based on his union activities as ASUU chairman in LASU, given the reported disagreement between the management and the union, Alabi, while thanking the management, his “wonderful lecturers” and his colleagues for their cooperation, stressed that people should separate the individual from the union.

He said, “Was LASU branch of ASUU on trial? No. Was it LASU branch of ASUU that delayed our result? No; it was Dr. Oyewunmi. If the authorities of the school, in their own wisdom, feel that dismissing him is the best judgment for him, so be it. Whoever that wants to be the sympathiser of Oyewunmi should separate ASUU from his person. Let us judge the matter on the basis of merit, not with bias.”

Specifically, ASUU, Lagos Zone, had claimed that the exercise by the management of LASU was to implicate the leadership of the union in the school, but Alabi insisted that anyone with conscience should put his children in their shoes.

“They should imagine that a child whose fees they are paying should finish school and would not get result for six years, not to talk of people who sponsored themselves. I sponsored myself. My parents are very rich, on the other side; likewise some of us. So, you can understand our pain,” he added.

Quoting Revelation 22 to stress that Oyewunmi would get the reward of what he did to them, Alabi added that if he had got those jobs he was offered, his life would have been better than what it is at the moment.

But, while responding to the allegations, Oyewunmi said there was no substance in the allegations that he asked for money to process results. He accused the school management of paying an agent to dent his image, being the arrowhead of ASUU in the school.

Oyewunmi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Friday, said, “The gentleman said he was admitted in 2003 when I was not even a member of staff.

“I joined LASU in 2004. If he was admitted in 2003, he was supposed to graduate in 2007, whereas I became the subject coordinator for the political science education students in 2011. And 2007 to 2011 would give us about four years, yet, I was the one who delayed his graduation all this while.

“The point is that there is this systemic problem in LASU and not until we come to stand up to our shortcomings collectively and not use anybody as a scapegoat, we won’t be moving forward.

“There is no substance in all of these and if the school finds it difficult to reverse itself, the court of law in some days from now would look at it and we are very sure we would be victorious.”

On September 8, 2017, the institution had said that the sacking of the staff members was due to different acts of misconduct and that there was thorough investigation of specific documented allegations of misconduct levelled against them.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, had also said at a press briefing on Monday that the decision was part of efforts to sanitise the system and that it was not in any way politically motivated.

22 Sep 2017

Details of Banky W and Adesua Etomi's Forthcoming Traditional Wedding Ceremony Leaks Online

One of Nigeria's most anticipated celebrity wedding is finally coming to pass in a few weeks as new reports have revealed details of the high-profile marriage.
The celebrity couple
Nigerian R&B singer, Olubankole Wellington a.k.a Banky W, and Nollywood Actress, Adesua Etomi, are set to become husband and wife as the details of their traditional marriage ceremony have emerged online.

Below is how LIB exclusively reported the story;

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"LIB has exclusively gathered that the traditional wedding ceremony between RnB singer/actor BankyW and his fiancée, actress Adesua Etomi will hold in Lagos, Nigeria on November 19th, 2017...and it is strictly by invitation!

"Guests invited have been sent details on how they can purchase Aso-Ebi for the day and access cards will be given for entrance into the private event."

Afenifere Rejects Operation Crocodile Smile II in South-west

The proposed military operation by the Nigerian Army in the South-western part of Nigeria has received a condemnation.
Yinka Odumakin
Pan Yoruba association, Afenifere has warned against the planned Operation Crocodile Smile II by the Nigerian Army.

Nigerian Army had on Wednesday said the operation would go after kidnappers, Badoo group and other criminal groups in the Southwest.

Director, Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, explained that the military operations – Egwu Eke II and Crocodile Smile II – were not targeted at “any particular ethnic group or group of individuals”.

Reacting, Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin expressed concern over the planned deployment of troops.

He said, “There is no basis for it (troops deployment); there is peace in the South-West and calm in the South-South as of now except there are fifth columnists within the administration who just want to provoke crisis where there is none.

“If they say they are looking for kidnappers, even in the South-West, where they say they want to deploy troops, it was the police that arrested the notorious kidnapper, Evans. They arrested him without firing shots or carrying out any major operation, they simply used intelligence and arrested him.

Trump is a Goliath Who Wants the Extinction of Other Countries - President Mugabe Slams US President (Video)

Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe doesn't seem to be a fan of US President Donald Trump, that is if his speech at the UN general assembly is anything to go by.
Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe
While speaking at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the 93-year-old President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, called on US President, Donald Trump to embrace peace and dialogue which are the tenets of the United Nations.

Mugabe said Trump threatened the existence of other nations, adding that the US President is a modern version of the biblical Goliath who now threatens to make other countries go extinct.

Read an excerpt of his speech below:

“We believe a different and better world is possible. The continued denial of the rights to self-determination to the people of Western Sahara and Palestine, who are living under colonial and foreign occupation, is immoral and an urgent issue for those seeking peace in our time.

“My country is an unflinching advocate of the respect of independent and sovereignty rights of each country. We cannot, however, remain silent when those decisions negatively affect our own welfare.

“And on this, may I say some of us were embarrassed, if not frightened, by what appears to be the return of the biblical giant called Goliath. Are we having the return of Goliath to our midst who threatens the extinction of other countries?

“May I say, today, United States President, Mr. Trump, please blow your trumpet in a musical way towards the values of peace, unity, co-operation, togetherness, dialogue which we have always stood for and which we read in our very sacred document —  the charter of the United Nations.

“Upon those values, each nation can build its greatness, including the United States. And it’s the greatness in recognising those values that we will want to be guided by and not by the promise of our damnation.

“Damnation we shall always resist, no matter whence it comes. We have resisted when it was in the form of imperialism, as we fought for our own independence and culture and sovereignty to be masters of our own destiny.

“That is why we call ourselves free today… It is because the monster of imperialism was defeated by us. Bring us another monster by whatever name, he will suffer the same consequences,” Mugabe said.

See video below:


Revealed: How Boko Haram Killed Nine IDPs While Working on Their Farm in Borno

Some internally displaced persons have been brutally attacked and killed by the deadly Boko Haram sect in Borno State.
As many as nine people from a camp that was mistakenly bombed by the military earlier this year, an aid worker, have been killed by Boko Haram fighters.

This was revealed by a resident on Friday.

According to Agence France Presse, AFP, the aid worker, who asked not to be identified because he is not authorised to talk to the media, said the attack happened near Rann, in northeastern Borno state, on Wednesday.

“Nine people were killed while working on their farms about three kilometres (just under two miles) from Rann,” he told AFP.

“They were all IDPs (internally displaced persons) living in the camp but used the opportunity provided by the relative calm in the area to tend to their farms for the rainy season.

“The attackers were no doubt Boko Haram and used the cover provided by the crops to lay ambush to the farmers… They attacked them with machetes and knives.

“They seized nine and slit their throats while others escaped and returned to the camp with cuts on their bodies. Some, however, fled to neighbouring Cameroon.”

Usman Wumbi, an IDP who fled to the border village of Wumbi, confirmed the account, adding: “These attacks have become frequent, especially in the rainy season.

“They (Boko Haram) regularly ambush farmers and kill them.”

Boko Haram fighters killed at least two people in a raid on Wumbi in June 2016, forcing hundreds across the border.

Details of the latest incident have been slow to emerge because of poor to non-existent telephone networks in the remote area, which has been a hotspot for Boko Haram activity.

Fighters active in the area are thought to belong to the Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau.

A botched Nigerian air strike, intended to hit jihadist fighters, hit the IDP camp in Rann on January 17, killing at least 112 as aid workers distributed food.

The military blamed “lack of appropriate marking of the area” on maps for the mistake, despite running the camp and having provided NGOs with logistical details for their activities.

Many of those in the camp were local people forced from their homes. Most were from the Kanuri ethnic group dominant in Borno state and also among Boko Haram.

Nigeria’s military considers Boko Haram a spent force. But attacks continue, particularly against farmers in hard-to-reach parts of rural Borno.

UK Unhappy with Nigeria over Radio Biafra Issues

The United Kingdom has responded to allegations that it refused to shutdown the controversial Radio Biafra establishment when complaints were lodged.
Lai Mohammed
The United Kingdom has blamed Nigeria for the continued operation of pirate Radio Biafra, which the Indigenous People of Biafra uses to preach hate against the country.

The radio station, domiciled in the UK, was established by the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra,  with Nnamdi Kanu as director.

Kanu, also a British citizen, operated the radio on behalf of MASSOB and later turned it into a megaphone of IPOB.

The British government seems not happy with reports credited to Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, who insinuated that the UK had not shut down the radio station.

A terse statement released on Thursday by the Press and Public Affairs Officer, British High Commission in Nigeria, Mr. Joe Abuku, said, “The UK is not aware of any representation from Nigerian government about Radio Biafra.

“Were we to receive any such request, we would, of course, consider it carefully on the basis of the available evidence, recognising that freedom of speech and expression carry responsibilities.’’

The minister recently accused some people in France and the United Kingdom of having links with the proscribed IPOB.

According to reports, Mohammed was quoted as saying that “the financial headquarters” of the separatist group “is in France.”

He faulted the UK for not doing something to stop Biafra Radio from airing over there.

Eastern Consultative Assembly Set to Honour IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

The Eastern Consultative Assembly is set to honour the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

It has ben revealed that the Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) will honour the leader of the IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on October, 2017 at the presentation of a book titled “HOW NNAMDI KANU RESTRUCTURED NIGERIA”.

According to The Nation, the book produced by the ECA, documents the travails, the journey and frustrations in the spirited attempt by good men and women to save Nigeria from collapse, through a holistic restructuring of the polity back to true federalism and regional autonomy.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the deputy leader of the ECA, Chief (Mrs) Maria Okwo and issued in Enugu.

The book reveals how Nigeria is crippled by an over-powerful center, prebendalism, unitary structure, ethnic divisions, corruption and ill-fitting military constitution. The book also recalls the struggles by Late Anthony Enahoro, Late Abraham Adesanya, Late Rotimi Williams, Late Tunji Braithwaite etc. to reconstruct and redesign Nigeria through a wholesome restructuring of the polity that will throw up a new people’s constitution that would be affirmed at a referendum.

The book exposes the reasons why enemies of progress have consistently killed reports of past National Conferences, just so they could continue to hold Nigerians hostage and deny the people opportunity to take back their country from the vicious cabal that believes they are born to rule and dominate others forever.

Kanu is being honoured for achieving under two years the restructuring of Nigeria, something that seemed impossible just two years ago.

“As every group and government has set up their own committee on restructuring, going round organizing public hearings/sittings, the unborn generations of Nigeria will forever remain grateful to Nnamdi Kanu for moving the restructuring agenda from the realm of speculation into reality, something he achieved at great sacrifice,” says the statement.

What Buhari Will Do to Other Groups Like IPOB - Presidency reveal

Other groups that are found similar to the proscribed IPOB will be banned according to a spokesman of President Buhari.
Garba Shehu
The Presidency, on Thursday, said every other group that operated like the secessionist group, Indigenous People of Biafra, would also be proscribed and tagged a terrorist organisation.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this during a live television programme titled, ‘Sunrise Daily’ on Channels Television.

Shehu said IPOB operated like Boko Haram by declaring an independent state and hoisting a foreign flag on Nigerian soil.

He also accused the secessionist group of printing Biafran currency; issuing Biafran passports and extorting money from people under the guise of compulsory tax collection.

When asked what the Federal Government would do if a similar group emerged following the proscription of IPOB, Shehu said, “If another group comes up and produces passports and produces currency and sets up an intelligence agency and a para-military organisation of sorts, the law will apply to them as it did to IPOB.”

The President’s spokesman said groups like the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, would not need to be proscribed because they were not as violent and unruly as IPOB.

He said the Arewa youths, who issued a notice to quit to Igbo, were not given the IPOB treatment because they had withdrawn their threat and had succumbed to the voice of reason.

Shehu, however, said the same could not be said of IPOB. The President’s aide also rubbished arguments that the Federal Government was treating the herdsmen crisis with kid gloves.

He said, “There is a criminal activity and terrorist activity. Yes, the Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang and they are being dealt with in accordance with the law but IPOB, like Boko Haram, has carved out a territory as a sovereign state and they have raised concerns in Kogi and Benue and have boasted that they will take over Bayelsa and Rivers.

“That was exactly what Boko Haram did and the taxation system and hoisting of flags. This is not acceptable.”

When asked why the government was able to quickly identify the source of IPOB’s funding but had failed to trace that of Boko Haram, Shehu said IPOB’s case was easier because they usually canvassed funds openly.

He said, “Funding is canvassed for IPOB openly in some Western countries and traders of Nigerian origin in these countries send money back home. Why is the government not able to identify the source of funding for Boko Haram?

“It is perhaps more complicating than we are seeing and if you look at the President’s message at the United Nations, he asked for the funding of Boko Haram be traced and blocked.”

Army Reacts to Reports that Boko Haram is Still in Control of Seven Local Governments in Borno

After reports emerged that dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram is allegedly in control of seven local governments, the army has reacted.
Nigerian soldiers
The Nigerian Army has issued a statement following reports alleging that members of the deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram are still in control of seven local government areas.

PRESS RELEASE

RE:SEVEN BORNO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS UNDER CONTROL BY BOKO HARAM

The attention of the Heaquarters Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole has been drawn to a publication in The Guardian newspaper of 21 September 2017 where one Buba Galadima in an interview claimed that ‘Seven Local Governments of Borno State were still under control of Boko Haram terrorists’; even though he failed to furnish members of the public with the names of those Local Government Areas.

Obviously, this sweeping statement is not only an attempt to propagate falsehood but a futile effort to disinform members of the public on the true security situation in the north east from a perspective of one who is evidently detached from the realities of the counter terrorism cum counter insurgency operations in the north east. It is very crucial to set the record straight by making it crystal clear that contrary to his opinions, the Boko Haram Terrorists group does not hold or control any Local Government Area in Borno state or in the north east as claimed in the interview. These Local Government Areas have been liberated by troops of operation Lafiya Dole and the troops have continued to ensure security in these areas after routing out the insurgents. As a matter of fact, locals have been encouraged to return to their communities to resume their vocations and normal life.

It may perhaps be needful to refresh memories by recalling that prior to the inauguration of Operations Lafiya Dole, the entire north east was infested with Boko Haram Terrorists, who became emboldened to the extent of declaring a caliphate with headquarters in Gwoza town. All that became history as the gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole came into the theatre, gradually but steadily decimating the insurgents and liberating held territories in a series of well-planned and coordinated joint ground and air operations. One of such major operations was the Operation RESCUE FINALE, which routed the insurgents out of its tactical headquarters in Camp Zeiro in Sambisa forest and out of its so called spiritual headquarters in Alargarno.

Ever since, Operation Lafiya Dole has continued to relentlessly conduct several other operations such as Operation DEEP PUNCH, CHIKIN GUDU Operation and Operation RAWAN KADA alongside the Multinational Joint Task Force. These and many other operations have culminated in the degradation and incapacitation of the insurgent group. Apparently, this is the reason, the terrorist group is striving to remain relevant by resorting to callously use women and children to carry out suicide bomb attacks on soft and vulnerable targets.

Currently, Operation Lafiya Dole in its resoluteness, is carrying out precursor operations that will lead to a final assault to decisively and finally put an end to the insurgency in the north east.

Talking about logistical supplies, Operation Lafiya Dole regularly provides logistical support and replenishment to own troops deployed in all locations and Forward Operational Bases through the normal channels, using our main supply routes. Morealso, Theatre and formation Commanders routinely conduct working visits to troops in their formations and units within the theatre of operation. Hence, the question of troops been inaccessible as portrayed in the said article, is an irredeemable fallacy. Perhaps it is necessary to note that considering the vastness of the north east, Operation Lafiya Dole, aside holding tactical defensive positions to block the insurgents from access to logistics, has also gone ahead to insert Mobile Strike Teams in the theatre of operations to effectively patrol localities as well as seek out and neutralize the insurgents from their hideouts.

Suffice to mention that in the month of August alone, a total of 82 Boko Haram insurgents have been killed in combat and 630 remote settlements were cleared by own troops. Our troops are tirelessly on the trail of the fleeing insurgents as devastating coordinated aerial and artillery bombardments are being unleashed on the terrorist group. Our troops are therefore not waiting only to repel BHT attacks as erroneously painted in the article, but are rather tactically deployed to deny the adversary freedom of action and access to logistics.

Needless to add, that a group of insurgents on the run cannot hold or control any territory. Boko Haram lacks the capability to hold any territory in the north east, hence its mindless attack on innocent and vulnerable civilians with suicide bombings, most of which were made unsuccessful by our vigilant troops.

While not attempting to dismiss the fact that as the fleeing faceless insurgents rummage for logistical replenishment, they occasionally mix up with unsuspecting locals and thereafter attack them. This definitely cannot be described as holding territory, rather, it only simply underscores the need for other relevant agencies to do more to ensure progressive reintegration of the locals into their various communities.

Without sounding immodest, it is worthy to note that the counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations of Operation Lafiya Dole in the north east, has been commended within Nigeria and in the international community, resulting in several high level official visits to the north east by national and international bodies.

While assuring that our focus in Operation Lafiya Dole remains clear and will not be derailed, the general public is urged not be misguided by the insinuations and disinformation contained in the said article as they are devoid of the true and realistic impressions of the security situation in the north east.

You are please requested to disseminate this information through your various news media.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu
Deputy Director Public Relations
Theatre Command
Operation Lafiya Dole.

Buhari's UN Hypocrisies - American Media, Huffington Post

American news and opinion website writes about President Muhammadu Buhari's speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria’s dictator Muhammadu Buhari expounded on the fatuous and doltishness punctuated with hypocrisy before the United States General Assembly on September 19, 2017.

It is a safe bet that none ever wished it were longer. From beginning to end, Buhari’s words careened between banality, imbecility, hypocrisy, and deceit. Only the major flaws in his thinking will be exposed as a concession to the shortness of life.

Buhari cynically insisted that he spoke on behalf of the “people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” He was elected pursuant to an illegitimate constitution decreed by a military dictatorship in 1999. The “people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” have never approved it. Moreover, as Buhari was speaking, he was simultaneously dispatching Nigeria’s armed forces and police to the South East to terrorize and plunder millions of Biafran Christians; and, endorsing a northern Nigerian Hausa-Fulani ultimatum to 11 million Biafrans working and living there to abandon their homes and businesses by October 1, 2017 or risk death or torture. Buhari no more represents Biafrans than a slave owner represents his slaves.

Buhari’s desultory remarks were intended to conceal Nigeria’s tireless persecution of Biafrans since its birth from British colonialism in 1960. He absurdly maintained: “[W]e often forget that what we have accomplished in the last 72 years is unprecedented in the annals of human history.” Was it an “accomplishment” to deny Biafran self-determination in violation of United Nations decolonization resolutions? Was it an “accomplishment” for Nigeria to renege on its 1966 promise of Biafran autonomy? Was it an “accomplishment” for Nigeria to provoke the 1967-1970 horrifying Biafran War by systematic persecution of Igbos?

While Buhari is slaughtering and immiserating Nigeria’s own Biafrans because of their Christianity and ethnicity, he made time to deplore Myanmar on its maltreatment of Rohingya Muslims as an anti-Muslim atrocity: “[T]he Myanmar crisis is very reminiscent of what happened in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1994.” In sum, Buhari cares more about non-Nigerian Muslims than he does about Nigerian Christians—which is treasonous to approximately half of Nigeria’s population.

Buhari opined: “The world may be badly governed, but the fact that there is a form of governance agreed upon by all is an accomplishment in and of itself.” According to Buhari, bad governance—even genocidal governance—is always superior to the alternative. That nonsense on stilts would have shipwrecked the American Revolution. It is indistinguishable from the barbaric policy of “might makes right,” i.e., the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.

Dictator Buhari fails to understand that justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It is constantly thundering like a hammer on an anvil to shake the foundations of every tyranny. A society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker is the very definition of lawlessness.

Buhari took hypocrisy to a new level in summoning the United Nations to “restructure” to remain “relevant” while fiercely crushing advocates for restructuring Nigeria around the unalienable right of all peoples to self-determination—including Biafrans held in bondage to Hausa-Fulani terrorists.

Buhari also hypocritically sermonized, “As we have learned in Nigeria, sometimes you need to change in order to remain the same.” Every Biafran except the quisling Governors sitting in the South East must have laughed into tears at that monumental lie. Like the French Bourbon rulers on the eve of their destruction, Buhari forgets nothing and learns nothing. He aims to fossilize Nigeria’s politics.

Buhari would profit by learning something more powerful than a gun. The clarion call of Amos 5: 24: “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

- Huffington Post

Scientists Discover New Super Antibody that Prevents HIV Infection

An exciting breakthrough has been made after scientists discovered a super-antibody that prevents HIV infection.
Scientists have discovered new antibody that can prevent HIV infection
Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus - making it harder for HIV to resist its effects.

The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International Aids Society said it was an "exciting breakthrough". Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection. Our bodies struggle to fight HIV because of the virus' incredible ability to mutate and change its appearance.

These varieties of HIV - or strains - in a single patient are comparable to those of influenza during a worldwide flu season. So the immune system finds itself in a fight against an insurmountable number of strains of HIV.

Super-antibodies

But after years of infection, a small number of patients develop powerful weapons called "broadly neutralising antibodies" that attack something fundamental to HIV and can kill large swathes of HIV strains. Researchers have been trying to use broadly neutralising antibodies as a way to treat HIV, or prevent infection in the first place.

The study, published in the journal Science, combines three such antibodies into an even more powerful "tri-specific antibody". Dr Gary Nabel, the chief scientific officer at Sanofi and one of the report authors, told the BBC News website: "They are more potent and have greater breadth than any single naturally occurring antibody that's been discovered."

The best naturally occurring antibodies will target 90% of HIV strains.

"We're getting 99% coverage, and getting coverage at very low concentrations of the antibody," said Dr Nabel.

Experiments on 24 monkeys showed none of those given the tri-specific antibody developed an infection when they were later injected with the virus. Dr Nabel said: "It was quite an impressive degree of protection."

The work included scientists at Harvard Medical School, The Scripps Research Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

'Exciting'

Clinical trials to test the antibody in people will start next year. Prof Linda-Gail Bekker, the president of the International Aids Society, told the BBC: "This paper reports an exciting breakthrough.
"These super-engineered antibodies seem to go beyond the natural and could have more applications than we have imagined to date.
"It's early days yet, and as a scientist I look forward to seeing the first trials get off the ground in 2018.
"As a doctor in Africa, I feel the urgency to confirm these findings in humans as soon as possible."

Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it was an intriguing approach.
He added: "Combinations of antibodies that each bind to a distinct site on HIV may best overcome the defences of the virus in the effort to achieve effective antibody-based treatment and prevention."

- BBC

Nnamdi Kanu Challenges Court Order Declaring IPOB as a Terrorist Organisation

Embattled IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, whose whereabouts has been unknown since the violent crisis in Abia started two weeks ago, has challenged the ruling which declared his group as a terrorist organization.
In a statement released on Friday by Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), challenged the court order proscribing his group and declaring it a terrorist group.

According to the motion, dated September 21, Ejiofor argued that IPOB is a non-violent organisation; therefore the decision of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to issue an order, based on a motion made ex-parte, was illegal.

An ex-parte is a motion heard by the court without the presence of the other party/parties.

Premium Times reported that the lawyer added that his client, whose whereabouts has been unknown since the violent crisis in Abia started two weeks ago, was not allowed fair hearing and that the court lacked the jurisdiction to grant such an order.

This is a developing story, we'll be bringing you more details later.

Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi on FIFA Best Player Shortlist

Neymar was named alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the three-man shortlist for the Best FIFA Men's Player Award, which was announced in London on Friday.
Neymar, Ronaldo and Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo could be named Best FIFA Men's Player for the second year running after being included the final shortlist for the 2017 award along with Lionel Messi and Neymar.

The trio had been named in an initial 24-man list of nominees last month and will now battle it out for the prize when it is handed out at the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony on Oct. 23 in London. The award, which covers the period of Nov. 20, 2016, to July 2, 2017, is voted for by national team coaches, captains, selected media and fans.

Real Madrid star Ronaldo won the inaugural award last year and is favourite to claim the accolade next month after a year that saw him help Madrid to a third Champions League crown in four seasons and a first La Liga title in five years, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Portugal captain scored twice as Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final, while also finishing top scorer in the competition with 12 goals.

Ronaldo faces competition from long-time rival Lionel Messi, who finished up as La Liga's top scorer with 37 goals -- 12 ahead of Ronaldo -- and helped Barcelona to Copa del Rey success in what was a largely disappointing season for the club.

Neymar, who finished third in the 2015 Ballon d'Or voting, is also in contention.

The Brazil forward became the world's most expensive player this summer when he left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in a €222 million deal.

Biafra: Reps caucus attack Saraki, Ekweremadu for ‘supporting’ IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu

Some members of the House of Representatives under the aegis of Progressives Caucus, have berated the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki for criticising the Federal Government over the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The lawmakers described the statement credited to the Senate President as “shocking beyond belief.”

Saraki had on Monday faulted the decision of the Nigerian Army to proscribe IPOB.

But in a statement signed by three members of the House of Representatives – Aiyu Madaki, Sani Zorro and Mohammed Soba – the caucus also berated Saraki’s deputy, Ike Ekweremadu for showing support to the separatist group and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The statement reads, “We were shocked beyond belief when our attention was brought to the statement credited to the Senate President, Abubakar Saraki in which he willy-nilly endorsed the murderous activities of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), based on arguments that are bereft of reason, rationality or logic.

“In fact, a clear pattern of overt support to the leader of the terrorist group had since been established under the watch of the Senate President, for some time now.

“In the past his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, had not only hosted, but put the full paraphernalia of his office – bullet-proof cars, uniformed policemen and operatives of the department of the state security service (DSS), and full complement of his staff on our nation’s payroll, to give solidarity and support to a secessionist leader facing treason charges for levying war against Nigerians and the Nigerian state.

“On another count, only a self-hating leader devoid of human compassion could cover his eyes from the horror and bestiality being meted to Nigerians not indigenous to the so-called Biafra enclave over these past years, but will be excited at rushing to offer protection to Nigeria’s misguided groups, while thumbing down our nation’s defence forces that have continued to sacrifice their lives, so we may survive as a nation under God.

“Is the senate president unaware of the more than 1,900 Internally Displaced Persons presently taking refuge at the Aba Central Mosque, the more than 800 IDPs now sheltering in the Aba central police station after the gruesome murder of its Divisional Police Officer and his men?

“Is the Senate President not aware of the killing fields in Sabon Fili where innocent sellers of fruits were subjected to the gory, slow but painful deaths, or the killing of many and destruction of the property of Northerners at Oyibo, in Rivers State?

“What has he said about the premeditated murder of 9 other Nigerians of Northern extraction at Asaba, Delta State – all of which have been in circulation especially in the social media, in the last few days?

“It is indeed a tragedy of immense proportion if the Senate President will close his eyes to these genocidal acts, and instead attempt to incite an armed rebel group against state actors, just to score cheap political points.

“At this juncture, it has become necessary to ask all conscionable representatives of the Nigerian people, civil society activities, labour and its social partners, to stand up and be counted, by discharging their civic responsibility of exposing what is undoubtedly another hot pursuit against the Roghinga’s of 21st century Nigeria.”

[Video] 247 Nigeria News Update: Buhari's enemies are within APC (22/09/2017)


The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has revealed that some saboteurs who are devils and specialise in draining the nation's economy, have infiltrated the ruling APC.

While speaking at a rally organised by various trade associations in Katsina state, on Thursday, Governor Aminu Bello Masari, said that some unnamed persons whom he described as saboteurs, have infiltrated the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and are making concerted efforts at frustrating Federal Government’s efforts to transform the country.



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NCC assures of vibrant telecoms sector

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has taken steps to ensure that the telecommunications sector remains vibrant.
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said this in Lagos during the 81st edition of the Telecoms Consumer Parliament (TCP).

The chairman was represented by the Executive Commission, Stakeholders Management, NCC, Mr Sunday Dare.

He said that the commission would carry out its regulatory functions to ensure that the companies operating in the industry were healthy.

Danbatta said that the regulatory body had made interventions to prevent disruptions in the consumer’s experience.

According to him, NCC has commenced aggressive enforcement of the Code of Corporate Governance to ensure that licensees in the industry continue to operate as viable businesses.

”The consumer deserves all the credits for the past and indeed the future successes of this industry.

”The Nigerian telecommunications consumers is at the centre stage of our regulation.

”We at the NCC, being consumer centric regulatory organisation has decided to celebrate consumers of the Nigerian telecommunications industry consistent with the eight point agent that I set out when I assumed office in 2015.

”The number two and six items of the agenda are the core drivers of the NCC year of telecommunications consumer initiative.

”While the number two item of the agenda addresses improved quality of service, item six is concerned with protection and empowerment of the telecommunications consumers,” he said.

Danbatta said that all NCC’s initiatives such as SIM card registration, Mobile Number Portability, Broadband policy implementation, development of 2442 and 622 short codes as well as various consumer awareness campaigns were to ensure consumer satisfaction and protection.

He said that the commission would continue to look out for and protect the interest of the consumer without compromising the interests of other stakeholders in the industry.

The Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) of NCC, Mr Abdullahi Maikano said that over the years, TCP had proven to be an innovative way of bringing all stakeholders together to discuss and proffer solutions to industry issues.

Maikano said that the TCP had continued to occupy a pride of place in the commission’s activities.

He said that NCC would continue to provide significant resources to ensure that the parliament was held regularly for the benefit of consumers and the industry.

- NAN

JAMB boss wants Nigerian elites to encourage dependents to obtain first degree at home

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged the elites to encourage their dependents to obtain their first degree in Nigeria before going for further studies abroad.
JAMB Registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede gave the advice in Abuja on Friday while speaking with newsmen.
The registrar was speaking on the sidelines of a workshop on intensive Training and Sensitisation Forum on Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) for the 2017/2018 academic session.

According to him, it will be worthwhile for the children to obtain the first degree in the country where the public and private institutions are of high quality and standard rather than study abroad at institutions that are of poor quality and low standard.
It is better for the elite in Nigeria to let their wards and children attend universities, higher institutions in Nigeria, at least for the first degree.

“But if they wish to go for Masters, PhD and so on elsewhere, there is nothing bad about that.

“But for the first degree, we have enough universities here – both public and private because when most of them go outside Nigeria to study, they do that at private institutions.

“And I know countries in Africa where Nigerian students constitute 90 per cent of the class in every set as if those institutions were set up for Nigerians.

“What we are saying is that you have better value if you send your children to private universities in Nigeria than sending them to study at private universities of poor quality outside Nigeria.’’
Oloyede called on owners of private universities to consider the economic situation in the country and make tuition fees affordable for parents.

He said that the institutions were operating in a competitive world and that failure to check excessive increase in tuition fees could force many of the schools to close shop

“I believe that private institutions are established for worthy purpose.

“ I also believe that private institutions’ charges are high, but they are not as high as travelling outside the country and people still send large number of students to inferior universities.

“ If you care I will show you on my telephone, I was in Uganda, I was in a number of African countries about a month ago.

“And if you see the condition; I am disturbed by the fact that not only that the conditions were not conducive, But also because 90 per cent of the students are from Nigeria.

“In some cases you find them under tents taking courses.

- NAN

Uber loses licence to operate in London

Uber’s application for a new licence to operate in London has been rejected. Transport for London while explaining, stated that the company is not a “fit and proper” operator.
Uber’s current licence expires on 30 September, but the car hire company has 21 days to appeal and can continue to operate until that process expires.

Transport for London also said that it had rejected the US cab hailing app’s application to renew its licence because, “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility,” in relation to reporting serious criminal offences, obtaining medical certificates and other issues.

“Transport for London has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence,” it said in a statement.

Togolese Government Blocks WhatsApp Ahead of Anti-government Protest

The government of Togo has taken down instant messaging mobile phone application, WhatsApp to slow down the spate of anti-government protest across the country.
The internet has been intermittent in Togo with the government blocking access to social media networks and shutting down mobile messaging, activists in the country have confirmed to Quartz.

The slowdown started on Tuesday night (Sept. 19) after opposition members boycotted a parliamentary session that proposed changes to presidential term limits and called for protests on Wednesday and Thursday. Anti-government protests have spread across Togo in recent weeks calling for president Faure Gnassingbé to step down and allow constitutional reforms.

Gnassingbé took power in 2005, succeeding his father, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, who ruled the west African nation for 38 years. Police have used force against protesters, and one child was reported dead in the ensuing clashes.

Emmanuel Agbenonwossi, an internet policy researcher in the capital Lomé, said WhatsApp was blocked on all mobile networks. Most users, he said, were using virtual private networks (VPN) like Turbo and Cyberghost to circumvent the block and stay connected. Agbenonwossi noted the block was most likely linked to the protests and that neither the government nor telecom companies have provided an explanation as to the reduced bandwidth or SMS block.

“People use WhatsApp to share images as long as the protests are going on,” Agbenonwossi said.

Over the last few years, more and more African governments have come to recognize the potential of WhatsApp as a political tool to disseminate information. The messaging platform has been blocked in Uganda, Zimbabwe, and in DR Congo ostensibly for security concerns ahead of protests or elections.

Free calls and messaging on the platform has also reportedly pushed countries like Egypt to block WhatsApp, after regulators have been lobbied by local telcos who are losing voice and SMS revenue. In Kenya, WhatsApp has also been used to drive the fake news cycle that dogged the recent elections, pushing its parent company Facebook to take adverts in local newspapers on how to spot false stories.

The shutdown comes barely two weeks after Togo became the latest African country to block access to the internet so as to counter opposition protests. The six-day blackout cost the country an estimated $1.8 million dollars, according to the digital rights advocacy group, Access Now.

To protest the shutdown, social media users have been using hashtags like #TogoDebout (stand up Togo) and also #AskCina, in reference to Cina Lawson, the minister of posts and digital economy in Togo.

Agbenonwossi said the slowed connection is inconveniencing users and is contributing to the rising tensions in the country. “We don’t know what they [the government] want and they are not accountable to anybody,” he said. “The whole system is a mess right now.”

Dieziani Would Not Have Been Harshly Judged if She was a Man - Chimamanda

Renowned Nigerian writer, Chimamanda has asked people to wipe out the assumption that men are expected to steal and women should be like angels.
Foremost Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Foremost Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has criticized those harshly judging former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dieziani Alison-Madueke alleged to be involved in fraudulent deals while in office because she is a woman.

She said Nigerians wouldn't have been too critical of Diezani if she was a man because stealing money is a norm practised by Nigerian politicians.

She made this clear while speaking at the university of Edinburgh. She said people should wipe out the assumption that men are expected to steal and women should be like angels.

She said: “We shouldn’t assume, that because a person is born a woman, that person is somehow is just one step lower than angel.

“I find it quite dehumanizing for women because what is means is that women cannot be judged on the same terms as men.

“I remember once a politician in Nigerian who was a woman had stolen money which is an exercise most nigerian politicians are very adept at.

“she was pilloride, i remember a jounalist saying and she’s a woman.

“Somehow the assumption was it will be better if she was a man because then Nigerians would not judge her harshly since we expect men to steal.

“I think the idea of women being another specie of angel is bad for both women and men because it makes the standards uneven. I dream of a world in which women are seen as women where women are allowed to be many things.”

Serious Drama as Ilorin Cemetery Rejects Corpse of Man Killed By Lightning

The Ilorin Muslim Cemetery has reportedly rejected the dead body of a man who was struck and killed by lightning in the state.
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The management of llorin Muslim Cemetery on Friday rejected the corpse of a 47-year-old civil servant, Mr Salami Adekunle, who was  killed by lightning in Oro, lrepodun Local Government Area of Kwara.

The Coordinator in charge of the cemetery, Dr Abubakar Aliagan, disclosed this in an interview with the  News Agency of Nigeria in llorin.

According to him, the cemetery management unanimously rejected the burial of the deceased following an instruction that the corpse should not undergo the normal Islamic prayers and bath.

Aliagan said while the deceased was described as a practising Muslim  during his life time, Muslims in  his vicinity refused to accept that  his death was  an act of God.

He said the performance of traditional rituals on Adekunle’s corpse after his death and the instructions warning against conducting Islamic rites on it was unacceptable to the management of the cemetery.

“If the late Salami will sleep in our Muslim cemetery, we have to do it in line with lslamic rites,’’ Aliagan said.

Adekunle was on Thursday  struck to death by lightening during a downpour.

The deceased, who hails from lnisa in Osun,  was until his death a staff  of  the Registry Department at the Kwara College of Education,  Oro.

The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mr Adesola Adewoye, said the family of the deceased would meet  and decide on the next line of action to take on the burial arrangement.

What Excess Light and Heat Can Do to Your Eyes - Ophthalmologist Warns

While speaking in a new interview in Omu-Aran, Kwara state on Friday, an Ophthalmologist, warned millions of Nigerians on the dangers of exposure to excessive light and heat to their eyes.
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An Ophthalmologist, Dr Ayodeji Alade who works at the General Hospital, Omuaran, Kwara State has warned people against getting exposed to excess light and heat to avoid damage to the cornea of the eyes resulting in blindness.

Alade gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Omu-Aran on Friday.

He explained that exposure to excessive light and heat could lead to the growth of pterygium, an infection of the eye caused by dust, heat, smoke, pollen and wind.

He said the disease occurred more often in people who lived in warm climates and spent a lot of time outdoors in sunny or windy environments.

The expert further explained that symptoms of pterygium include redness, blurred vision, eye irritation and burning sensation or itches.

According to Alade, other eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, trachoma and presbyopia can be as a result of lifestyle, age, sickness or dirty environment.

He advised people to maintain a high level of hygiene and wear protective gear around their eyes during high-risk jobs or harsh weather.

- NAN

In Benue, It is Now a Crime to Roast Meat Using Tyres... See Details

It has now officially become a criminal act to be caught using tyres and other such materials to roast meat in any part of Benue State.
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It has been revealed that the Benue State House of Assembly on Friday banned the use of tyres and other leather related materials used in roasting meat across the State in view of the health hazards to meat consumers.

According to The Nation, the Assembly directed that henceforth butchers and slaughterers should use fire wood instead of tyres and synthetic materials in roasting meat.

Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange announced resolutions of The House after a debate on a substantive motion moved by the member representing Katsina Ala East, Mr. Ianna Jato.

The House also directed the Ministry of Health and Human Services and that of Agriculture and Natural Resources to effectively regulate the activities of butchers and abattoirs in Makurdi and other parts of the State to forestall health and environmental hazards.

Earlier, Mr. Jato informed the House that the use of tyres in processing meat by Butchers is a source of concern adding that tyres are made of synthetic rubber, natural rubber, fabric, wire, carbon black and other chemical components which are unhealthy for human consumption.

According to him, the United States Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry reveals that tyres contain several heavy metals such as Zinc, Lead and Copper that can be Carcinogenic when exposed to consumers over a period of time.

All those who contributed to the debate expressed concerned over the use of tyres to process meat and stressed the need to halt the trend.

Benue State House of Assembly Friday banned the use of tyres and other leather related materials used in roasting meat across the State in view of their health hazards to meat consumers.

The Assembly has directed that henceforth butchers and slaughterers should use fire wood instead of tyres and synthetic materials in roasting meat.

Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange announced resolutions of The House after a debate on a substantive motion moved by the member representing Katsina Ala East, Mr. Ianna Jato.

The House also directed the Ministry of Health and Human Services and that of Agriculture and Natural Resources to effectively regulate the activities of butchers and abattoirs in Makurdi and other parts of the State to forestall health and environmental hazards.

Earlier, Mr. Jato informed the House that the use of tyres in processing meat by Butchers is a source of concern adding that tyres are made of synthetic rubber, natural rubber, fabric, wire, carbon black and other chemical components which are unhealthy for human consumption.

According to him, the United States Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry reveals that Tyres contain several heavy metals such as Zinc, Lead and Copper that can be Carcinogenic when exposed to consumers over a period of time.

All those who contributed to the debate expressed concerned over the use of tyres to process meat and stressed the need to halt the trend.
 
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