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21 Sep 2017

Hospitals Around Nigeria Face Shutdown as Health Workers Commence Indefinite Strike

Nigerian hospitals face the risk of total shutdown as seriously aggrieved health workers commence an indefinite strike action.
File photo: A hospital ward

It is barely a week after the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, suspended a 10-day strike, however public hospitals nationwide are now facing imminent shutdown as all the major unions of health workers under the umbrella of the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU, yesterday, embarked on indefinite strike, Vanguard reports.

JOHESU and National Association of Allied Health Professionals, NUAHP, had threatened to shut down operations in public hospitals due to the prolonged delay by the Federal Government in meeting their demands dating back to 2012.

Comprising  unions of nurses, laboratory scientists, physiotherapists, among others, that make up about 95 per cent of health workers and care providers in the health sector, JOHESU had earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum and declared a nationwide industrial action that it tagged Operation Alligator Bite.

Among the demands are revamp of infrastructure in the tertiary health institutions; report of the inter-ministerial sub-committee on critical matters in the health sector and professional autonomy.

Others include non-payment of backlog of arrears, residency training; appointments of consultants and payment of specialist allowance; and implementation of the National Health Act, among others.

Prior to the strike declaration, JOHESU and the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals Associations, AHPA, had urged the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to wade into the lingering crisis.

Following expiration of the ultimatum, yesterday, about 22,000 registered nurses and midwives in the public service proceeded on indefinite strike.

Announcing the strike in a statement, President of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, Abdrafiu Adeniyi, directed all nurses and midwives to proceed on indefinite strike from midnight yesterday, saying the decision was in agreement with JOHESU’s position.

Adeniyi who regretted lack of equipment and medical consumables in all the health facilities, said the development had affected the delivery of quality healthcare.

He called for amendment of the existing anti-quackery law to checkmate the proliferation of quacks in the health sector and particularly in the nursing profession.

Former Akwa Ibom State First Lady is Dead

The wife of a former governor of Akwa Ibom State has passed away, a family source has disclosed to a correspondent on Thursday.
Imo Isemin

The wife of the first civilian governor of Akwa Ibom State, Akpan Isemin, has died in an undisclosed hospital in Uyo, the state capital on Wednesday.

An aide to the former first lady made the disclosure exclusively to Premium Times on Thursday afternoon at the Isemins family house, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo.

The deceased, Mrs. Imo Isemin, was said to have been taken to the hospital on Tuesday after she suddenly fell ill.

Her husband passed on in 2009, 16 years after leaving office as governor due to the military coup in Nigeria that brought Sani Abacha, a general, into power.

Until her death, Mrs. Isemin was a successful entrepreneur and a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.

Osun State Commissioner Beaten Mercilessly and His Clothes Torn Apart in Ondo State

Some political thugs in Ondo state nearly snuffed life out of Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr. Bola Ilori after they attacked him at a meeting.
Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr. Bola Ilori

The Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr. Bola Ilori was on Thursday beaten mercilessly by persons suspected to be political thugs in Akure while attending the zonal meeting of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

Ilori speaking after the encounter revealed that he was attacked by thugs acting on the instructions of a top government appointee in Ondo State (name withheld).

According to Punch, the incident took place at the International Events Centre, Akure when Ilori left the hall to grant interview with reporters at the entrance of the hall.

His clothes and underwear were torn by his attackers. Without any elaborate explanation, Ilori alleged that a top Ondo State Government official sent the thugs to attack him.

“It is the (name withheld) that sent them,” Ilori alleged. He and his supporters left the venue shortly after.

Heartbreaking: Tears as Nine IDPs Killed by Boko Haram are Buried

About nine persons who were killed in a horrific terror attack by the dreaded Boko Haram sect in a Borno State community, have been buried.

The residents of Daima village in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State on Thursday, amidst tears, buried nine of their colleagues who were slaughtered by Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday, Premium Times reports.

Daiman, a border community near Cameroon, is just a few kilometres away from Rann, the headquarters of Kala Balge where Nigeria airforce fighter jet, on January 17, mistakenly dropped bombs on displaced persons in a camp.

At least 100 persons were reportedly killed. The attack was described as a mistake on the part of the pilot who did not get the correct coordinates on the location of Boko Haram fighters who were said to be gathering at a spot not far away from the IDP camp in Rann.

Hundreds of the villagers who escaped the Wednesday attack fled into Cameroon. Many who made it to the IDP camp in Rann are currently being treated for various degrees of wounds by medics stationed in the camp.

The Chief Imam of Rann, Ba’liman Goni Guja , informed journalists on the phone that they had to wait for the military to help them pick the corpses because they could not go back to the village.

He narrated how the victims were attacked while they were working on their farms at about 10 0’clock in the morning.

He said most of the IDPs in Rann could no longer cope with the insufficient food rations being offered them in the camp, so they decided to go outside the camp to the farm to produce crops to supplement their feeding in the camp.

“Initially, we were informed that the victims were attacked by the Boko Haram gunmen while they were on their way back to the camp after working on their farms but later we got a clearer message from those that survived that the attack took place while they were still on their farms.”

The Imam said many of the villagers who went out to the farm are yet to be accounted for.

“Many people are still to be accounted for, but the soldiers have released nine corpses, which we buried this morning”, the Chief Imam said.

There are fears that amongst the relatives of the attacked IDPs that the casualties could be higher than what is being reported.

Mommodu Bashir, a trader in Maiduguri who spoke with journalists ,said he has relatives who are in the camp and he fears they could be in danger.

“I have not heard from them since Wednesday. We normally communicate sometimes through the Cameroonian telecom system because they are closer to the border. I doubt if it was only nine persons that may have been killed. We learnt that some who managed to escape back to Rann had dagger and gun wounds on their bodies. We pray the others that are yet to be found are safe.”

Liverpool fans convinced Oxlade-Chamberlain has brought 'curse' from Arsenal...See tweets

Klopp spoke with confidence ahead of the EFL Cup clash, despite three matches on the bounce without a victory, but goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani sent the Foxes into the next round of the competition.

The Merseyside club play Leicester again at the same ground on Saturday and will be desperate for three points, with many fans convinced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has brought a ‘curse’ to the club.

Since Oxlade-Chamberlain completed a £35million move from Arsenal to Liverpool this summer, the Gunners are yet to lose and Klopp’s men are yet to win – coincidence?

Liverpool’s bad run began with a 5-0 thumping away at Manchester City, before a frustrating draw with Sevilla in the Champions League and a draw at home to Burnley in the English top flight.


Biafra: France denies it’s funding IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu

The government of France has denied anything to do with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the group seeking a referendum to carve out a separate country in the South East region of Nigeria.
The federal government of Nigeria which launched a military clampdown on the separatist group last week, subsequently proscribed it a terrorist organisation.

The government also alleged that the group was being funded from France and that it would take urgent measures to block it.

But in a reaction, the Embassy of France in Nigeria has expressed surprise at the statement made yesterday (Wednesday) by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed indicating that the “financial headquarters” of IPOB was in France.

The statement signed by the Political Counsellor, Embassy of France in Nigeria, Claude Abily, challenged the Federal Government of Nigeria to provide documentary evidence to substantiate its claims that France was the financial headquarters of the separatist group.

“The Embassy of France was surprised by the statement made yesterday by the Minister of Information and Culture indicating that the “financial headquarters” of IPOB were in France.

“We don’t have any knowledge of a particular presence of IPOB in France and the Nigerian authorities never got in touch with the Embassy on this point. We stand ready to examine any information which could support this statement.

“Furthermore, we would like to reiterate that France actively cooperates with Nigeria in the field of security and that we strongly support the unity of the country,” the Embassy said.

Court dissolves 30-year-old marriage of former Super Eagles coach, Onigbinde

A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan has dissolved the 30-year-marriage between Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and his wife, Anne because there is no more love in the union.
President of the court, Mr. Ademola Odunade directed Onigbinde to, “pay a cash sum of N5, 000 to enable Anne to move her belongings out of his house.”

The former Super Eagle Technical Adviser had gone to the court, asking it to dissolve the marriage, saying his wife was, “a wasteful spender and an unrepentant troublemaker.

Onigbinde told the court, “My lord, with my 79 years of age, I cannot continue to die in silence of Anne’s litany of problems.

He added, “Among many other troubles I have encountered in the hands of Anne, I have also suffered uncountable financial losses during the process of trying to give Anne means of livelihood so that she wouldn’t be idle.

He continued, “On three separate occasions, I have established veritable business ventures for her and on each occasion, Anne wrecked the business.

He said, “I can’t continue in such wastage. For many years, Anne has been a thorn in my flesh through ceaseless trouble-making as it is one day, one trouble in my home.

He also said, “Can you imagine that it was not until only one week to the wedding ceremony of the only daughter she had with me that she informed me?

“In fact, Anne has openly turned that daughter against me because she doesn’t take any instruction from me,” Onigbinde said.

He added, “Anne is now a bad influence on the daughter and she doesn’t even have any good relationship with the rest of my children.

“For instance, when I lost my younger brother, Anne and her daughter refused to be sympathetic by registering any form of condolence.

Onigbinde said, “The list of her misbehaviour is endless, please terminate our union.”

Anne had, however, opposed the request for divorce and denied all the allegations leveled against her by Onigbinde.

Anne said, “My lord, I have done everything possible to please my husband, but he is refusing to be pacified.

“Ever since he got married to another wife 10 years ago, things have changed from bad to worse, as I no longer know how to do things in his presence.

“Since then, Onigbinde’s body language is for me to vacate his home; he no longer finds happiness in me.

“On a particular day, just as I opened the door, I came across a snake waiting to harm me, but I raised the alarm and it was killed.

“My lord, it was never in our agreement to be parting ways in this manner.

“In the interest of the child between us, I have nowhere to go, please, help save my marriage,” Anne pleaded.

See The Face Of The Notorious Kidnapper Arrested In Rivers [PHOTOS]

The Anti-Robbery Team of the Okehi Division in Rivers State has arrested a notorious kidnapper and his gang member.
The gang allegedly kidnapped the paramount Ruler of Umuechem and held him hostage for several days.

The suspects, 19-year-old Otamasiri Onyesu and Emeka Nwala, 25, were paraded alongside other criminals.

Police say they will be charged to court soon as investigation is concluded.

PDP suspends Ifeanyi Ubah, Kashamu to face disciplinary committee

Governorship aspirant ​of the Peoples Democratic ​P​arty​, PDP,​ in Anambra and CEO of Capital Oil and Gas Ifeanyi Ubah has been suspended by the National Working committee of the​ party.
​Similarly, ​the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Buruju Kashamu has been referred to the party’s disciplinary committee.

On Tuesday, ​Ubah ​announced his decision to file a suit against the outcome of the governorship primaries ​that ​produced Oseloka Obaze as the party’s candidate for the ​Anambra election slated for November 18.

“I will be approaching the court to determine the legality or otherwise of the PDP primary in the state”, Ubah ​told newsmen.

“The election is fraudulent and it is illegal. However, we will allow the court to determine whether the party has the right to trample on its own constitution and the Electoral Act.

“The list of delegates used for the election was different from the list of delegates given to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

“The commission supervised delegates’ election and the party submitted the names of the delegates. But my party manufactured new names and lists a day to the primary​.

​”The election wa​s a show of shame as it was marred by obvious irregularities, leaving little to be desired and more questions than answers from the relevant authorities and party officials.”

​Recall that PDP Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, recently warned members against going to courtfor the resolution of grievances.

He vowed that the party will sanction such persons, stressing that members must learn to take advantage of the internal mechanisms within the party in settling disputes.

“The party will take a very hard stand on any party member who is in a hurry to go to court without exhausting all the avenues available in the party for grievances to be heard and to be addressed accordingly,” he said.

“PDP is one family. At this stage it is not one side versus the other side; the only side that we’ll say is against us is anybody that may be taking us to court. Then, we will know you are against PDP.

“But if you are not, and you have accepted the Supreme Court judgment no matter your views and opinions, then we are one family.”

Biafra: Ask Abaribe, others if you are looking for Nnamdi Kanu – Presidency reveals

The Presidency has said that those demanding for the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu should direct their inquiries to those who signed Kanu’s bail in April.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu made the remark on Thursday.

According to Shehu, “I am surprised someone would ask this question. Look, some people went to court and obtained his freedom, they signed his bail.

“I believe that a high profile group including a Senator of the Federal Republic signed in a court of law and obtained his freedom. So, if you are looking for him, why don’t you ask the people who bailed him?

“Nobody has informed me that Mr Kanu is in the hands of any institution of government. But if I was looking for him, I would ask the guy who bailed him because that is the deal he has with the court of the land.”

Recall that counsel to the IPOB leader, Ifeanyi Ejiofor had alleged that Kanu had gone missingafter his residence was raided by some soldiers on September 14.

Following a ruling by the Federal High Court in Abuja granting Kanu bail on April 25, Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, had signed the bond, which helped secured the release of the IPOB leader.

Civil servant killed by thunder strike

A civil servant, Salami Adekunle, aged 47, was on Thursday struck to death by lightning in Oro, Kwara.
The deceased was a staff of the Registry Department of the College of Education (RDCE), Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the deceased was leaving the institution’s examination office for the Registry Department at about 10 a.m. when the incident happened during a downpour.

The institution’s Public Relation Officer, Mr Adesola Adewoye, who confirmed the incident, said that all efforts to rescue the deceased proved abortive.

Adewoye said, “The staff and management swung into action immediately the deceased was struck, but all our efforts to resuscitate him proved abortive.’’

He however, described the deceased as an easy going, loyal and dedicated staff who will stop at nothing to impress his employer.

“Our prayer is for God to give the family, friends and associate the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”, the official added.

Staff of the institution were seen in group discussing the development.

Some traditional religion worshippers were said to have later performed some rites on the corpse of the deceased before it was taken away for burial.

How corruption was imported into Africa – Rwandan President, Paul Kagame

The Rwandan President, Mr Paul Kagame that corruption was brought to Africa by foreigners and that the notion that bribery is a flourishing business in the continent is wrong.
Kagame while addressing an audience at the Corporate Council on Africa session on U.S-Africa relations ,said most of the corrupt acts in the continent were perpetrated by non-Africans.

He said, “Corruption is not African, it’s just corruption. People have developed a misconception that corruption is the way of life in Africa.

“This is far from the truth,” he told the audience at the Corporate Council on Africa session on U.S.-Africa relations.

“In fact, in Africa when corruption occurs, it involves non-Africans … A lot of what happens in Africa happens around the world.

“Corruption is not African, it’s just corruption . In fact, in Africa when corruption occurs, it involves non-Africans,” he added.

A study by United Nations in March 2017 also confirms that 99.5% of cross-border corruption cases in Africa were perpetrated by non-African firms.

We didn’t shut Christian leaders out of prayer meeting – Ondo govt reveals

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has denied reports in the media that the state government shut out some Christian leaders from holding Prayer meeting at the International Culture Event Center (DOME).
The governor said the event center had earlier been booked for the 2nd Niger Delta summit hosted by the state.

It will be recalled that the Ondo State government, last Thursday allegedly shut out Christian leaders from the the Dome.

The State government allegedly restrained them from holding their annual prayer summit in the state.

The Christian leaders under the aegis of the Niger Delta Christian Leaders Forum (NDCLF) were gathered in the state for a programme tagged: “2017 Prayer Summit” to make intercessions for Nigeria.

Speaking while receiving President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria ,( PFN ), Bishop (Dr) Felix Omobude in Akure ,the Ondo state capital ,Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, said that the event centre was the venue of the Niger Delta summit and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo was to declare the summit open on the same day that the Christian body approached the management of the centre and they were told to make use of the MKO Abiola Democracy Park for free of charge.

The state Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi spoke on behalf of the governor.

Arakunrin Akeredolu reiterated his commitment to ensuring coexistence among religious leaders bodies in the state.

He, therefore, urged religious leaders in the country to continue to pray for the unity of the country, adding that it is their prayers that still keeps the country as one till today.

The Governor used the opportunity to inform the gathering that the APC led-Federal Government has commenced public hearing on restructuring, noting that the committee is in Akure to meet with the people of the zone which comprises Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.

Speaking earlier,President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN ,Bishop Felix Omobude said he was in the state in continuation of the tour of the States of the Federation to preach the message of peace and to pray for the people of Ondo State and the government.

He commended Ondo State Government on good governance initiatives, saying he was a product of good governance that he enjoyed free education programme introduced by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Western Region of Nigeria, stressing that good governance value cannot be overemphasized.

He later prayed for the state and the county at large.

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Customs Seizes 2,671 Powerful Rifles Imported Into the Country from Turkey (Photo)

Men of the Nigeria Customs Service today seized about 2,671 rifles illegally imported into Nigeria.
Customs seizes another container load of pump action rifles

The Tin-Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has intercepted another 2,671 rifles illegally imported into Nigeria. The guns are alleged to have been imported from Turkey through profiling approach.

The Comptroller-General of NCS, Retired Col. Hameed Ali, told journalists in Lagos on Thursday that the seizure was the fourth at the Lagos ports within eight months.

“Following the increase in the number of arms seizures in recent times, the Customs Area Controller of Tin-Can Port, Comptroller, Yusuf Bashar, ordered a detailed profile of all imports, especially those coming from Turkey.

“Customs decided to follow profiling approach of 100 per cent examination on containers, especially those containers coming from Turkey.

“Tin-Can Customs command intercepted another 20ft container No CMAUI817/8 containing 470 pump action rifles, immediately the container landed from the port of origin to Nigerian ports.’’

The terminal operators have been was consequently directed to quarantine the container for analysis.

“The container was later transferred to the Enforcement Unit of the command where 100 per cent examination revealed 470 pump action rifles,” Ali said.

He said that the Bill of Lading of the container indicated Elbow Plumbing Plastics.

According to him, the importer of the cargo is Great Oil and Gas Ltd and the vessel named “MV Arkas Africa” owned by Hull Blyth.

He said that the NCS would now be responsive and capable of meeting the challenges being posed.

Ali urged Nigerians to rise up and remain vigilant to deal decisively with the enemies of the country, adding that this was what the Federal Government required all citizens to do.

The comptroller-general assured Nigerians that Customs officers were now on alert, following the directive he issued to all Customs area controllers on Wednesday.

Ali said that the management of the NCS had implemented a policy of rewarding good deeds as well as punishment for those who compromised.

He said that he would be having meeting with the ambassador of Turkey i n order to rub minds over continuous importation of containers of ammunitions into Nigeria.

Ali said that Customs would continue to subject all containers to 100 per cent examination until 80 per cent of the Customsvagents abide with global practices.

He said that some innocent importers were being affected as a result of constant false declaration of cargoes.

“We are going to subject all areas of Customs operations to 100 per cent examination to safeguard life of the citizens."

He, however, said that since the container belonged to the same importer of 1,100 refiles intercepted on Sept.11, investigation was on-going to fish out those connected with the container.

-NAN

The 'Terrorists' of IPOB - by Femi Fani-Kayode

We may not all agree with the style, language and objectives of IPOB but we surely have a duty before God and the law to defend, uphold and affirm their right to express themselves.

Given the unfolding events in our country I believe that this is the time for deep introspection and sobre reflection.

I am not a member of IPOB, I have never attended any IPOB meeting and neither am I Igbo. I am however deeply concerned about what is going on in our country, what the Igbos are being subjected to and what I consider to be the greatest assault on the human rights and civil liberties of the Nigerian people since the military left power in 1999.

A violation of the constitutional right of freedom of association and freedom of speech affects not just those that have been targetted but each and every one of us.

An act of injustice against one is an act of injustice against all. What affects the part also affects the whole. If you beat my neighbours child it is as good as beating mine and consequently I have a duty to defend that child.

That is the essence of humanity and chivalry: to speak up for those that are being persecuted, to defend the defenceless, to fight for those that are too weak to fight for themselves and to be the voice of the voiceless.

We must cultivate the discipline and courage to defend the right of others to be different and to think differently from us and to express contrary views.

We may not all agree with the style, language and objectives of IPOB but we surely have a duty before God and the law to defend, uphold and affirm their right to express themselves in any way that they deem fit providing they do not threaten or hurt others whilst doing so.

This is the very essence, foundation and indeed cornerstone of freedom and democracy and if we allow the government to take that away from us and to get away with what they are doing without a stiff challenge we are finished as a people.

It is IPOB today but tomorrow it could be OPC, Ijaw Youth Council, Ohaneze, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Arewa Youths, Arewa Consultative Forum, Northern Elders Forum or indeed anyone else.

I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation that has not killed or threatened to kill anyone and that has totally rejected the idea of violence and an armed struggle.

I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation whose only aspiration is to have a referendum to determine whether or not their people should or should not remain in Nigeria.

I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation whose only objective is the peaceful and lawful exercise of the right of self-determination.

I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation whose only crime is to take objection to the stripping away of their historical and cultural identity and to speak out against the willful marginalisation and mass murder of their people.

I have never heard of a “terrorist” organisation who believe in passive and non-violent resistance and who consistently emphasise the importance of peaceful opposition.

Saying that IPOB is a terrorist organisation is like saying that Mother Theresa is the Marquis De Sade. It is like saying that an angel from heaven is a demon from hell. It is like saying that Little Red Riding Hood is the hungry and ravenous wolf.

It is like saying that Snowhite is Jack the Ripper. It is like saying that Florence Nightingale is Aleister Crowley. It is like saying that the Apostle Paul is Anton La Vey.

It is like saying that John the Baptist is Atilla the Hun. It is like saying that Desmond Tutu is Ghengis Khan. It is like saying that John Knox is Adolf Hitler.

It is like saying that Martin Luther King is Osama Bin Ladin. It is like saying that Nelson Mandela is Ali Al Baghdadi. It is like saying that Mahatma Ghandi is Abubakar Shekau.

It is like saying that Amnesty International are the Fulani Herdsmen. It is like saying that Medecine Sans Frontier is Boko Haram. It is like saying that Human Rights Watch is ISIS.

It is like saying that the white dove of love and peace is the savage, cruel, blood-crazed and cadavar-eating vulture from the seventh circle of hell.

It is like saying that ice is fire. It is like saying that a believer is an infidel. It is like saying that a peaceful preacher is a violent blasphemer.

Such a designation and categorisation is unhelpful, inappropiate and unfair. It is a damning and specious lie that has been put out by a Federal Government that is paranoid, weak, bereft of ideas and scared of it’s own shadow.

It is a desperate attempt to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. It is childish nonsense and it does not make sense.

Finally came the most absurd allegation of all: that IPOB is being funded by “treasury looters”, “disgruntled” and “destabilising” elements “in the opposition” and by France.

Some assertions are so insane and asinine that they ought not to be dignified with a response and this is one of them.

I urge IPOB to go to court and have the order that has designated them as a terrorist organisation set aside.

I also urge President Muhammadu Buhari and his Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to remember that when they exercised their right of freedom of speech three years ago and openly defended Boko Haram by saying respectively that “an attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north” and that it was “unconstitutional” and “unlawful” to ban them no-one threatened them with arrest because the government of that day had the prescence of mind to recognise the fact that the right to express one’s opinion, no matter how reprehensible that opinion may be, is enshrined in the constitution.

The Federal Government should take a queue from that and stop trying to manufacture a crisis where there is none or kill a fly with a sledgehammer.

They should also consider declaring the Fulani militants and herdsmen, who have been described by the International Terror Index as the “fourth most deadly terrorist organisation in the world” and who have killed more innocent Nigerians than any other terrorist organisation in the last two years, as the malevolent, vicious, murderous and bona fide cowards and terrorists that they are.

About the Author:
Femi Fani-Kayode was former minister of aviation and spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation.

***Written pieces and contributions on this platform are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of 247Nigerianewsupdate.co

President Buhari Among the Most Tweeted About World Leaders at the UN General Summit

The number one citizen of the most populous black nation in the world, Buhari has emerged as one of the most tweeted about leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.
President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and other world leaders
According to reliable data from @TwitterData, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is one of the most tweeted about world leaders during the first day of the United Nations General Assembly meeting. (18/19 September, 2017).

President Buhari is expected to head to the United Kingdom after the summit where issues affecting the world has been discussed.

Below is a list of top ten most tweeted world leaders at the summit:

Heartbroken Father of Young Girl Who Battled Cancer for 12 Months Speaks Out About Her Final Moments

A completely heartbroken father of a young girl who battled cancer for several months, has spoken out about his daughter's final moments.
Jessica passed away in November 2016 after a battle with neuroblastoma (Picture: Andy Whelan)

Andy Whelan, the father who broke hearts with photos of his young daughter battling cancer has revealed that he cuddled and read to her after she had died.

According to Metro UK report, a photo taken by Andy Whelan, 31, from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, stuck a chord with people all over the world last year.

It showed his daughter Jessica grimacing and crying while undergoing chemotherapy to treat her neuroblastoma.

She passed away just three weeks later, on November 20, 2016 at the age of four.

Andy has now spoken for the first time about those agonising first 24 hours after Jessica’s death.

He told MailOnline that he and his partner, 29-year-old Nicky Prendergrast, decided that Jessica should stay at home, in her own bed, for 24 hours after she died. This allowed him to give her a cuddle, and to read her favourite story to her.

‘We had family that wanted to come down and say their goodbyes in the comfort of our home and our surroundings, not a funeral home and coffin,’ he said.

‘On the Sunday evening I read her favourite story to her and we were able to cuddle up to her.’
Jessica’s parents kept her body at home for 24 hours after she passed away (Picture: Andy Whelan)

Jessica’s body was picked up the next morning at 11.30am, before being taken for a postmortem at Manchester University Hospital so they could check if she was able to donate her tissue towards research.

The last 10 months have been hard for Andy. He has suffered from depression and nightmares. He also found her birthday in January particularly difficult, and he didn’t celebrate his own birthday at the end of June.

Now, he has to work up the courage to even look at photos of Jessica.

But when he thinks of the image of Jessica in agony, he remembers that he and Nicky made the right decision to end treatment.

‘It’s hard to gauge, but when she first passed away there was almost a sense of relief because she’d been through so much, especially in those final two weeks,’ he said.

‘The day she actually passed away, we’d almost been praying, begging for her to go to sleep and not wake up.’

President Buhari Heads to London for Medical Attention

All Progressives Congress leader, President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to visit the United Kingdom to interface with his doctors.
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari will depart the United States of America for London today, Thursday, where he would see his foreign doctors.

Buhari addressed the world leaders on Tuesday in New York at the 72nd session of UN General Assembly.

The president who is supposed to see his doctors on Saturday, September 23, for a scheduled medical appointment will fly back to Nigeria after a check-up. He had earlier spent about 103 days in London treating an undisclosed statement which left him severely emaciated.

Recall that a statement released by the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, had said Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country.

Meanwhile President Buhari has revealed the content of the conversation between him and President Donald Trump of the US in New York.

The US president hosted selected African heads of state on Wednesday on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly.

Buhari revealed that they discussed the US’ support for Nigeria, especially in the area of corruption and terrorism.

ALERT! Lagos Govt. Announces Restriction of Movement on Ikorodu Road on Saturday & Sunday

The Governor Akinwunmi Ambode-led Lagos state government has announced a partial restriction of movement on Ikorodu road on Saturday and Sunday.
The Lagos State Government on Thursday announced a scheduled restriction of vehicular movement on Ikorodu Road in order to enable contractors to replace the dilapidated and disused steel pedestrian bridge at Fadeyi Bus Stop with a new footbridge.

A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu said the replacement work is in line with the commitment of the State Government to protect the lives of pedestrians on the highway, noting that the disused pedestrian bridge would be pulled down to give way for a new one to reflect the ongoing infrastructure renewal across the State.

It stated further that, to effect the removal of the bridge, the main carriage lanes of the Ikorodu Road would be closed to traffic for two nights on Saturday, 23rd September, between 11 pm and 6 am, and Sunday 24th between 11 pm and 4 am, while the service lanes will be open to traffic.

The statement informed that all traffic both inward Lagos and outward Ojota will be diverted to the service lanes, stressing that the notice of partial restriction of the road became expedient to enlighten motorists and other road users to utilize alternative routes, avoid delay as well as obey traffic officers deployed on the road to ease movement.

While soliciting for the cooperation and support of all road users, especially motorists plying the corridor, it appealed to them to observe all road signs installed on the road by the State Government during the pedestrian bridge replacement period.

Illiteracy Rate in Nigeria Alarming - FG

The Federal Government has raised an alarm over the high rate of illiteracy in Nigeria which is impeding on the progress of the country.

The Federal Government, on Thursday, described the rate of illiteracy in the country as alarming. The Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, made the remark when he paid a courtesy call on Gov. Alhaji Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

The minister and the delegates were in the state for a two-day International Literacy Day conference organised by the National Commission for Mass Education.

Adamu said the country had about 65 million to 75 million illiterates, describing the figure as unbecoming and high, considering the country’s population.

“Education is the bedrock of any country’s development and any country that does not educate its populace is bound to fail.
“Unfortunately, in Nigeria, we have a very large population of illiterates; the illiterates figure, considering our population, is unbecoming,’’ he said.

Adamu, who was represented by Mr. Jonathan Mbaka, the Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, said the federal government was targeting educating out-of-school children. The minister said this was part of its strategic plan to reduce the number of the illiterates in the country.

“The government is doing all it can to reduce the number of children that are out of school.
“This includes the adoption of inclusive education where every Nigerian will be given the opportunity to go to school, regardless of background, ethnicity and gender,’’ he said.

Adamu commended the governor’s wife, Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, for reducing the number of out-of-school children and illiterates in Kebbi State through her Mass Almajiri Literacy and Poverty Alleviation Initiative (MALPAI).

Responding, the governor said most of the security challenges the country faced were manifestations of the level of illiteracy in the country.

“We have an army of people whose inability to read can be exploited by divisive elements in the country Bagudu commended them for ignoring the fears and tension created by a few group of people by assembling in the state to deliberate on how to reduce illiteracy in the country.

“I am very proud that we are hosting eminent delegates from across the federation at the time like this,where there is tension, and fear in Nigeria. “For you to ignore fears that a few people cannot intimidate us is commendable.

“Our destiny remains in our hands and not allowing inconsequential elements to determine our fate is also commendable,’’ he said.

The governor attributed the high illiteracy rate in Nigeria to Boko Haram insurgency, saying that many of the sect’s followers only knew the Quran but could not interpret and digest its meanings.

5 Delicious Dishes From Across Africa

When travelling Africa, you do not need to worry about what to eat as the continent offers a potpourri of delicious foods. This should not be a surprise considering Africa’s colourful cultural heritage which has influenced what we eat for decades. As such, Jumia Food shares some of the delicious and popular foods you must try in Africa.
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Nyama Choma, Kenya
Kenya is a popular African travel destination and one of the foods you must not miss on a visit to the country is Nyama Choma (roasted meat). Kenyans love nyama choma, and it is the preferred means of celebrating birthdays, weddings and visiting guests.
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Bunny chow, South Africa
Bunny chow is a South African dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. It is a treasured South African street food. It is available as takeaways in all major cities, but to get the best bunnies you have to go to Durban.
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Shakshouka, North Africa
Shakshouka is a delicious dish made with eggs, parsley, onions, garlic and tomatoes. The eggs are poached in the sauce made with other ingredients and spiced with cumin. It is mostly consumed in North Africa in countries like Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Egypt.
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Jollof Rice, Nigeria
Jollof Rice is Nigeria's most popular cuisine. This single cuisine has led to intense spat between Nigerians and Ghanaians on which country prepare the best Jollof. Your visit to Nigeria is incomplete without tasting Jollof. You can visit Jumia Food to check out restaurants you can order Jollof from.
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Cholent, Morocco
Cholent is a traditional Jewish dish usually made with sliced potatoes, beans, meat stew, barley, onions and flavoured seasoning. The food is cooked overnight for close to 12 hours and eaten on Shabbat for lunch. You will find this delicious dish in Morocco.

5 Tips For Creating a LinkedIn Company Page

A LinkedIn company page is a great way for a business to promote its products and services, and engage with followers to leverage on word of mouth and direct consumer/customer engagement. However, to get the best of out of a company's LinkedIn page, there are some tips to consider. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 tips for creating a LinkedIn company page.

Write a Great Summary

Take time to write out a great and detailed description about your company in the ‘About Us’ section, with all the necessary information that people should know about your company. Let your ‘About Us’ sections be written in such a way that anyone who reads it, leaves with a very good idea of what your company represents and the products/services your company offers. Also, ensure you use keywords in your description so your company page can easily be found through relevant or related searches.

Add Images

To stand out and avoid having a bland company page, it is best to add images to your company page. This primarily includes your company’s logo and a cover image. LinkedIn research has shown that company pages with logo images get six times more traffic to their pages. Also, adding a logo image to your company page increases your credibility and makes it easier for your company to be identified or referred to.

Optimize Your Page For Searches

LinkedIn company pages are SEO-friendly mainly because Google previews up to 156 characters of a LinkedIn page text. It is, therefore, important to ensure that your descriptions and texts are led with powerful, keyword-rich copy. The best way to do this is to include words and phrases in your text that accurately describe your business, expertise and industry focus. This will make it easier for your company page to be seen in keyword searches.

Ensure Your Content is Engaging

Try to create good content that will drive conversations and word of mouth, and that will also help to create a platform for you to directly engage with your target audience. You can share company news, articles or leadership pieces as content, and you can also encourage your followers to share their views of hot topics, as well as ask them thoughtful and interesting questions to promote engagement. In addition, be sure to share rich content daily and try to avoid posting overly promotional messages; ensure that your messages (whether promotional or not) deliver some kind of benefit to your followers, no matter how little.

Set Engagement Targets

This will help keep you on feet and help to significantly grow your LinkedIn page in a relatively short while. Set ambitious but realistic targets for acquiring followers who match your ‘ideal customer profile’ and set engagement targets for engaging these followers you are able to acquire. LinkedIn has helpful analytics for tracking the changes in the size and composition of your followers, and for also displaying monthly engagement metrics for your posts. This can help you better optimize your updates and posts to suit individual performances. 

5 Interesting Ways To Create a Website For Free

There is in fact such a thing as a free website builder (i.e. tools that help create websites), and thankfully it has over time become easier to use these free website builders to create personal or professional websites. These free website builders are great tools that start-ups and other small businesses can take advantage of to create decent websites for their businesses. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 interesting ways to create a website for free.

Weebly

With this tool, you can build a website in at least 15 minutes. Weebly is a do-it-yourself free website builder with a reasonable variety of attractive and decent website designs to explore. However, it’s designs are quite simple and streamlined, but that’s fine if you intend to build a website to use for such simple and streamlined activities, as opposed to robust e-commerce work.

Freewebs.com

This offers a free version and a pro version, but with the free version you can still set up a decent and great looking website. The free version doesn’t offer a wide variety of features like the pro version, but it provides you with the basics for building a decent website.

Wix

This is a website builder that provides you with practically all you need to create a fully personalized and high quality website for free. It also provides a platform to create a decent professional web presence. Wix is one of the best and most popular website builders that’s user friendly and has a wide variety of professional looking website templates and template categories. The best part about this website builder is that it offers an SEO guide to help increase your website's online visibility.

Website Builder

This is another user friendly, free website builder. It’s unique for its provision of smart options for both established businesses and startups to build mobile-friendly websites. It has a wide selection of template combinations, analytics tools, social media integration features and one-click launch processes that makes it one of the best website builder options for both professionals and amateurs. As a plus, it also offers e-commerce solutions, SEO improvement tools and CRM features. It’s starter plan is free but you would have pay to access its other packages that offer free ad credits, hosting and domain services.

SiteBuilder

This website builder is a great platform that people, especially entrepreneurs, can take advantage of to build websites and stores for their businesses in just a matter of minutes. SiteBuilder is such a great website builder because its free package comprises free web hosting and domain registration. It has a user-friendly canvas editor with a wide variety of templates and customizable layouts and attractive images. It also has SEO tools, e-commerce functions and smart CRM solutions that can assist you in creating mobile friendly websites and help enhances the visibility of your site. SiteBuilder also allows users create blogs, stores, portfolios and custom-made forms.

BREAKING NEWS: Atletico Madrid Agree Fee For Diego Costa

Chelsea have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of striker Diego Costa back to the Spanish club.

The move, which will be completed in January, is subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.

Atletico said the 28-year-old, who left the club to join Chelsea in 2014, would have a medical in the next few days.

Spain international Costa has not played for the Blues this season, and spent much of August in his native Brazil.

Chelsea play at Atletico next Wednesday in the Champions League.

See the Fake Medical Doctor Caught After Defrauding 30 People of Miilions of Naira in Calabar (Photo)

A very fake medical doctor who had being hanging around the Ministry of Health headquarters in Calabar and allegedly defraud people of their hard earned money, has been finally caught.
The Police in Calabar, the Cross River State capital have arrested one Mr. Peter Bishung for allegedly defrauding over 30 people.

It was gathered that Bishung claimed to be a medical doctor had being hanging around the Ministry of Health headquarters premises at the Michael Ani secretariat in Calabar where he may have gotten wind of information to swindle unsuspecting contractors of cash.

He is said to have allegedly posed as a middle man for contracts especially for the 1.5 million dollars world bank health grant to revitalize the Primary Health care system in the state.

Mr. Bishung is suspected to have defrauded about 32 people of over N6 million promising them that they will get contracts.

He is said to have collected a minimum of N200,000 from each company profile collected.

He was often found around the reception of the office of the Director of Medical Services in the ministry, Dr. Kenneth Takim, who had asked him to produce relevant papers to prove he was a medical practitioner which he failed to do.

He claimed to be “working with department of medical services in the second floor of the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Calabar,” a source in the ministry told CrossRiverWatch.

He was lodging at federal heads of parastatals guest house located at road 6, federal housing estate from where he carried out his alleged dubious acts.

“He is on the run because he could not offset the bills he incurred there amounting to almost N200,000,” the source added.

The Police is said to have recovered the profiles of 32 companies in the same room.

Police sources say the matter has been moved from the Zone Six Police Command in Calabar and is now domiciled at the Federal Housing Division.

As at press time, Dr. Takim could not be reached for comments as his phone number did not connect.

UTME Score is No Guarantee for Admission - Registrar Drops Bombshell

The registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has explained that students' JAMB score is not a guarantee for admission.

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According to a The Nation report, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says that only a combination of JAMB cut-off marks, post-UTME, O’ level results and other admission criteria as determined by institutions can ensure candidates’ admission.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar, disclosed this at an intensive Training and Sensitisation Forum on Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) for the 2017/2018 academic session on Thursday in Abuja.

Oloyede said that scoring higher than the minimum cut-off marks did not guarantee admission but made candidates eligible for admission consideration.

He added that institutions determined the institutional, programme and course cut-off marks and other admission criteria in exercise of their autonomy.

According to him, the cut-off mark by JAMB is only a threshold below which no institution can admit candidates.

“JAMB is not an examination body rather it is a ranking body. If there are enough spaces in the tertiary institutions there may not be need for UTME.

“ JAMB is a screening body to rank already qualified candidates. It is a coordinating and clearing house.

“The cut-off mark is not a pass or fail mark. It is not the total score but one of many factors such as post-UTME (where applicable), O’ Level results scoring, e.t.c.,” he explained.

He added that regulating agencies such as the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), among others could decide the admission quota for institutions.

He further explained that JAMB introduced CAPS so as to ensure that every UTME candidate got fair treatment.

Oloyede said with CAPS, candidates now have the choice to either accept or reject admission offer.

He, however, advised candidates to ensure that they indicate the acceptance or rejection of admission online and timely to enable the processing of onward admission.

He, therefore, urged institutions to comply with their advertised criteria for admission including the cut-off marks.

Oloyede also said that Nigeria operated the same system of admission procedure with other countries such as China, Iran, Republic of Georgia, Spain and Turkey.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JAMB in Aug. 22, at the policy meeting by institutions decided to peg the 2017/2018 UTME cut-off marks for degree awarding institutions at 120.

The meeting also pegged at 100 cut-off marks for admissions for National Diploma (ND) and Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE), among others.

Zamfara Has 23 Doctors in 24 Hospitals - Minister Reveals

The problem of inadequacy of medical personnel is currently affecting the quality of health care delivery in Zamfara, northern part of the country.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that Zamfara State with 24 state hospitals has only 23 doctors managing these health institutions.

This, the minister noted, had been negatively affecting the health care delivery in the state.

He, therefore, argued that state governments need to enter into agreements with the Federal Government so that doctors working in federal establishments across the country could be deployed in state hospitals to assist.

Adewole said this in Abuja on Tuesday during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Sokoto State Government and the Federal Government-owned Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, on Strategic Partnership for the Enhancement of Health Care Delivery in Sokoto State.

He said the agreement was a great feat and was one of the best things that had happened to the nation’s health system.

Adewole said there were many states across the nation which did not have enough state doctors but had many federal medical personnel who were not being used.

The minister said he had tried to achieve the feat when he was Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, but the effort was thwarted by “doctors on the state side.”

Adewole added, “What we are trying to do is bridge the gap between federal and state governments. There should be no wall. This feat we are achieving today is the first of its kind in this country.

“It is not only peculiar to Sokoto State. I was in Zamfara. At the Federal Medical Centre in Zamfara, there are about 120 doctors but the state has less than 40 in the entire state, in fact they were 23 or so as at the last count to manage 24 hospitals.

“So, it is a matter of one doctor per hospital. And, yet, the federal hospital has about 120. To me, that is inequality, inequity and must not persist in our country. This is because those who are not benefitting are also Nigerians. It is our duty to address these things and also ensure we offer our people good care.”

He explained that what the “agreement will do is to transfer quality services from the teaching hospital to the communities.”

Adewole urged Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State to encourage his colleagues to enter into similar agreements with the Federal Government.

The Chief Medical Director of the Usman Danfodiyo Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Dr. Yakubu Ahmed, disclosed that the hospital had over 100 consultants, 400 resident doctors and 750 nurses.

He added, “If you compare us with the state, we have a large concentration of personnel in the hospital. One important thing to note is that anytime we are recruiting new members of staff, the ones in the state will migrate into the teaching hospital.”

With the arrangement, doctors, nurses and other health workers in the teaching hospital would assist in other public hospitals in the state based on the mode of deployment by the MoU, even as they remain employees of the Federal Government.

About six state general hospitals will benefit from the arrangement.

Ahmed said resident doctors at the teaching hospital would be deployed to rural communities in the state, and they would be supervised by consultants from the hospital.

He revealed that referrals to the hospital were close because of the huge concentration of experts in the facility, and that about 90 percent of patients in trauma die before getting to the hospital.

The doctor added, “We have noticed that when we reviewed the number of patients that are brought in dead into the hospital, we found out that 90 per cent are due to accident, and the remaining 10 per cent due to other cases.

“When we further reviewed the remaining 90 per cent, we found out that only 10 per cent died at the scene of the accident, 90 per cent died along the way before reaching the hospital.”

In his remarks, Tambuwal said there was huge manpower at the Federal Governments’ teaching hospital in the state “and this MoU is seeking to unbundle and unleash the skills of the workforce across communities in the state.”

Drama as 14 Lawyers Representing Imprisoned Hunger Strikers End Up in Jail

As many as 14 lawyers who were representing some imprisoned hunger strikers have ended up being jailed themselves.
A court in Turkey, on Thursday jailed 14 lawyers.

The 14 lawyers who were representing two detained teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being sacked in a mass crackdown, were jailed on terror charges.

According to Agence France Presse, AFP, the case of Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca has become a rallying cause for critics of the purge that followed a failed bid in July 2016 to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

More than 140,000 public sector employees have been suspended or sacked under a state of emergency imposed after the attempted putsch.

The pair began a hunger strike in March, were jailed on terror charges in May and went on trial on September 14 but were not present in court amid growing concerns over their health.

Sixteen lawyers from the Office of People’s Rights (HHB) that represents them were initially detained two days before the start of the trial, raising questions over the timing.

After questioning, an Istanbul court ordered 14 of the lawyers to be imprisoned on charges of “membership of an armed terror group.” Two were allowed to go free.

They are accused of links to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), an outlawed Marxist group that has carried out sporadic attacks.

The HHB is also accused of being part of the DHKP-C, with its lawyers known by the codename “sportsman” within the group.

Gulmen and Ozakca have also been charged over involvement in the DHKP-C, accusations they vehemently deny as does the HHB.

“We only have one answer, to organise ourselves even more and to step up our fight for justice,” the HHB wrote on its Twitter account.

The next hearing in the trial of Gulmen, an academic and Ozakca, a former primary school teacher, will take place on September 28.

The pair are only consuming salted or sugared water, herbal teas and vitamin B1, and family members and supporters have expressed concerns over their health.

The authorities say the mass purge is needed to eradicate the influence in Turkey of US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara claims ordered the putsch — something he vehemently denies.

But critics say the crackdown has gone well beyond the alleged plotters to include anyone who dares oppose Erdogan, including Kurdish activists and leftists who had no association with Gulen.

Tears! Brilliant 16-year-old Teenager Dies After Passing Post-JAMB Screening for Medicine (Photo)

A young and intelligent Nigerian teenager by name, Mubarak Razak has kicked the bucket after a brief illness leaving his family members in pain.
A 16-year-old Nigerian student by name Mubarak Razak has reportedly lost his life after passing the Joint Admission and Matriculation exams in flying colours. Razak who applied to study Medicine and Surgery at University of Ilorin also was successful in the Post-UTME screening before the unfortunate incident.

StellaDimokokorkus shared the sad news sent by a family friend:

''The person in subject was a close relation of mine, his name was Mubarak Razak by name and 16 years. He applied for Medicine and Surgery at University of Ilorin after being denied admission last year when he applied for Anatomy scoring 206 in UTME, immediately after graduating in a private secondary school in Ilorin, Kwara state.

He then struggled to have a better UTME score this year and passed POST-JAMB excellently scoring 72% when he suddenly died after a brief illness last week Saturday night. He was survived by 3 siblings, his father, a civil servant(Mr Razak Owolabi) and Mother,a government school teacher (Mrs Aminat Razak). I just taught I should share this story because to me he left an indelible mark in this world, he was a nice, quiet boy and so young. And I believe that it's not how far you go in life but how well.

The first picture is during his school graduation''.

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EFCC Blocks Ex-Minister of Petroleum, Alison-Madueke's Offer to Return to Nigeria for Trial

The embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke's bid to return to Nigeria from London to face trial, has been blocked by EFCC, new report reveals.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, successfully blocked an attempt by embattled former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to return to Nigeria from London to face trial, Premium Timesexclusively reports.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke had fled to London shortly after she left office in May 2015, and has stayed away from the country since then.

She later became an object of interest to the UK National Crime Agency which has since then being investigating her for corruption and money laundering. Already some assets linked to her in that country have been frozen.

Those familiar with the matter say she is barred from travelling out of the UK while the investigation lasts.

But it now appears the former minister is tired of staying in the UK, and now wants to return to Nigeria, where she is also being investigated for massive corruption.

As part of the plot, she recently filed an application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to be joined as defendant in the trial of businessman Jide Omokore.

Mr. Omokore, chairman, Atlantic Energy Brass Development and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept, is facing a nine-count charge along with Victor Briggs, a former Managing Director, National Petroleum Development Company; Abiye Membere, a former Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production at the NNPC, and David Mbanefo, a former Manager, Planning and Commercial at NNPC, for an alleged $1.6 billion fraud.

But counsel for Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), suddenly, on September 18, filed an application for his client to be joined as defendant, based on the fact that her name was mentioned in count eight of the charge.

He sought an amendment of the charge to include her as the seventh defendant, “in order to give her the opportunity to defend herself”.

In the said application, the former minister also requested the court to direct the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate her appearance in court in Nigeria on the next adjourned date in October 2017.

That would have meant Nigeria requesting Britain to allow her travel out of the UK to attend the court hearing.

The EFCC however interpreted her action as a ploy to escape prosecution in the UK and frustrate the ongoing trial in Nigeria.

In mounting a strong challenge to the application, the counsel for the EFCC, M.S. Abubakar, in an 18-paragraph counter-affidavit, vehemently opposed the filing, arguing that, “the applicant realized she was being investigated, and she absconded abroad and sometimes in March this year operatives were in London, but her lawyers refused to allow the operatives interview her.

“My lord, this present application is a plot by the applicant to enable her escape prosecution in London, also to enable her come to Nigeria and scuttle the ongoing case which has already gotten to an advanced stage.”

After hearing arguments by both parties, Justice Dimgba declined to grant the application, and instead, struck out the eighth count in which the former minister’s name appeared.

The verdict effectively ended her dream of returning home after holing up in London for more than two years.

It remains unclear whether she would appeal the ruling.

The trial of Mr. Omokore and his co-defendants continues on October 5, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement

Nnamdi Kanu's Cousin Reportedly Killed in the Ongoing Operation Python Dance (Photos)

The ongoing Operation Python Dance II in Umuahia, Abia State has reportedly claimed the life of a relative of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Corpse of Adaku Odemelam
The grave of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu's cousin (Adaku Odemelam) is getting set ahead of her burial today.

The lady was among the victims killed during the military invasion in Umuahia, Abia state. She was allegedly hit by a stray bullet during shootout by soldiers on 14th of September 2017.

Her grave is being dug near the residence of the IPOB leader at Afaraukwu in Abia state.

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