Category Archives: West Africa – Nigeria

‘Sweep out all illicit drugs’ – NDLEA boss, Marwa orders.

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Marwa promised to put more efforts on drug demand reduction as part of plans to eradicate the scourge in Nigeria.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), has given marching orders to commanders of the agency in all states and special commands to mop the nation of illicit drugs.

Marwa, who gave the order during a meeting with NDLEA commanders in the 36 states, FCT and special commands, yesterday, at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, hinted that he would seek government’s approval to conduct drug test on tertiary institutions’ new students, security agencies’ fresh recruits and all newly appointed government employees.

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The former Lagos State military administrator said: “All commanders must be desirous of keeping drugs out of Nigerian streets and homes, and so, all of you must shape up and get all those engaged in the nefarious business to face the music. I need results from now on. Our maxim will be offensive action. This means we must go all out constantly on the offensive against the bad guys.

“The success we make of this particular task goes a long way to determine the socio-economic stability of the nation. We need not be told of the nexus between drug use, crime and acts of criminality. The exponential growth of the nefarious drug activities can be directly linked to the upsurge in crimes such as insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping, cultism, political thuggery, gangsterism, rape and other maladaptation bedeviling today’s Nigeria.

“It is not going to be business as usual. It is a moving train. Please, let no body stand in its front. The train will crush any such person. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. To the unbending drug crime perpetrators, I would like to let them know also that the game is up! It is high time they embraced another trade. The Federal Government’s policy on agriculture is a window for them to leverage on.”

“While strengthening our enforcement activities, we will equally devout a lot of efforts to prevention, treatment and after care and focus on family/parenting, community, school systems, advocacy to all groups through traditional institutions, religious bodies, media, NGOs, CSOs, state and local governments, among others. We will rehabilitate our rehab centres, make them functional while more will be built,” he stated.

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Gen. Marwa who also expressed his determination to run with the “National Drug Control Master Plan, Our Road Map”, said toll-free call centers/ help lines will soon be set up for use of Nigerians ready to give information or seek intervention from the agency.

“Ours is a national assignment. Drug has littered everywhere; every community. We will lead the fight and we will succeed. Make no mistake about it, it’s a collective effort”, he told the commanders.

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South West Govs, Group on agreement to ‘stop’ herdsmen.

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The elders appealed to Nigerians to exercise great restraint in their comments and actions in these trying times and urged leaders at all levels to contribute to solutions to developing threats.

Rising from a meeting with South-West governors in Akure, yesterday, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) agreed to work with governments in the region and security agencies to curb insecurity.

The meeting followed the tension generated by a seven-day eviction notice issued by Ondo State Government to unauthorised herdsmen to quit the state’s forest reserves, which expired on Sunday.

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South-West governors in attendance were Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun State) and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.

Other dignitaries included security chiefs in the South-West region led by the AIG Zone 11, Olufemi Agunbiade, former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; MACBAN state and national officers and others.

They met to find lasting solutions to incessant killings, kidnapping, and clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the region. Governors of Jigawa State, Muhammad Abubakar and his Kebbi State counterpart, Abubakar Bagudu were also present at the meeting while the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun were absent.

In a communiqué issued after the meeting, the governors and MACBAN agreed that the order of the Ondo State Governor was misconstrued and misrepresented and that he only ordered those occupying the forest reserves in Ondo State illegally to quit.

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It added: “Criminals should be apprehended and punished, no matter their origin, class or status. Security agencies have been trying to stem the tide of criminality in the country but must step up their efforts in the fight.

“There is the need to build partnership for peace and security with MACBAN and jointly wage war against criminality. No one had sent anyone away from any state or region but all hands must be on deck to fight criminality.”

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The governors and other stakeholders affirmed that MACBAN should embrace and be committed to modern breeding process by creating grazing reserves, practising ranching to prevent cattle roaming about.

According to them, there is need to set up a standing committee in each state where there is none comprising farmers, MACBAN and the government representatives to ensure synergy and result.

NORTHERN Elders Forum (NEF) has, in its reaction, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with state governors to douse tension in the country.

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Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, made the appeal in a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Abuja. The forum noted that events in South-West were assuming national dimensions and needed national solutions.

CHIEF Olu Falae, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), whose farmland was attacked a number of times by herdsmen, decried sentiments attached to the issue of herdsmen/farmers’ rift across the nation by the Federal Government.

“The Federal Government reacts to cattle issues as if the cattle belong to the FG. Cattle belong to the Fulani and the Federal Government is not Fulani. They should be reminded that it is Federal Government of Nigeria not of Fulani of about 10 million people.

“So, the cattle belong to private individuals not to the government, what’s their interest? When cattle and the Fulani went to my farm to destroy it, why didn’t they show concern? It is absolute nonsense.”

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Falae, who was kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen on his 77th birthday in September 2015, said the FG should assist the herdsmen to set up ranches in the north, “where cattle is indigenous. Let them run as private business without harassing anybody and anybody harassing them.”

He said: “The time has come for Nigeria to do what the rest of the world has done, which is to move away from this ancient free grazing of cattle and move into modern cattle ranching which is what the whole world is now doing.”

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Yoruba youths causing havock! – Seriki cries after his house got burnt.

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But a close aide to Mr. Adeyemo who spoke on condition of anonymity said the incident must have been after his master had left Igangan town.

The Seriki Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir has lamented bitterly after a group of angry youths stormed his house setting it ablaze.

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NoRM gathered that the house was set ablaze in Igangan town in Ibarapa North Local government area of the State on Friday.

Amongst properties, destroyed were eleven cars.
The house was set ablaze a few hours after the visit of Mr Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho to the town.

Mr Adeyemo had earlier issued a seven (7) day ultimatum to herdsmen who have been accused of kidnapping, killing and attack on innocent Nigerians in Ibarapa geopolitical zone of the state.

He said, “As we speak, we are in the bush. Our cars numbering about eleven have been burnt. Some of my children sustained injuries and we are finding a way to take them to the hospital. My children have left their houses for the bush.

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“We need government to help us. Police, operation burst and other security agencies were there when they set my house ablaze.”

He said, “Sunday Igboho was there not to fight but to appeal to both sides and assure Yoruba residents that there won’t be problem.”

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Pandemonium, corpses as Sunday Igboho’s supporters clash in Oyo.

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Two persons have reportedly died after supporters of a Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho stormed Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday to enforce an illegal directive for herdsmen to exit the town.

Property worth millions of naira were reportedly destroyed during the clash.

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Although Igboho could not be reached as calls to his telephone line indicated that he was out of reach, residents of Igangan however said that at least one youth from Igboora was killed by Fulani fighters while two others sustained injuries from gunshots.

Igboho and his supporters particularly sought to eject the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, and some other herdsmen accused of fuelling security problems in the area.

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Igboho had addressed a crowd, saying: “They started deploying soldiers here since yesterday (Thursday). When our people were being kidnapped and killed, there was not soldier to be deployed to secure them.”

The Seriki told NoRM‘s known Media that one Fulani woman was killed. He said he had fled the town before Igboho returned on Friday.

On the other hand, residents of Igangan said that at least one youth from Igboora was killed by Fulani fighters while two others sustained injuries from gunshots.

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Their claims could not be immediately verified.

Igboho had last week issued a seven-day quit notice to the Seriki and his associates.

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had in a broadcast warned people fuelling ethic crisis in the state to desist from such act.

Despite this, Igboho and his supporters stormed Igangan on Friday afternoon.

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Addressing the youths, Igboho said, “They started deploying soldiers here since yesterday (Thursday). When our people were being kidnapped and killed, there was not soldier to be deployed to secure them.

Reacting, the Oyo State PPRO, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, said, “Tactical police teams with Operation Burst are on ground to give maximum security protection while efforts are on to ascertain the situation there.”

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Makinde orders activist be treated like criminal after alleged arrest.

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In her remark, Onadeko, pledged to make lives and property of residents of the state safe and secure saying that visibility policing had started in earnest.

Following the ultimatum given by self-acclaimed leader of Yoruba freedom agitators, Sunday Igboho, to people of Fulani ethnic stock to vacate the Ibarapa area of Oyo State, Gov. Seyi Makinde has now asked the new Commissioner of Police in Oyo, CP Ngozi Onadeko, to arrest him and treat him as a criminal.

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NoRM recalls that Igboho arrived Igangan town earlier and was welcomed by scores of youths at the Igangan Town Hall.

There was palpable tension in Igangan and other parts of the Ibarapa area of Oyo State on Friday morning, as the quit notice he had given to herdsmen in the area expires today.

Frustrated by the incessant killings, kidnappings, and destruction of farms allegedly being carried out by herdsmen in Ibarapaland, Igboho last Friday stormed the Fulani settlements in in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area and asked them to leave within seven days.

Giving the order for Sunday Igboho’s arrest, Governor Seyi Makinde on Friday when Onadeko paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan.

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Makinde said that attempt to fuel security tension under any guise that would threaten the corporate vision of Nigeria would not be tolerated by his administration.

He said that his government was not against any ethic group, but was determined to flushing out criminal elements anywhere in the state.

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He stressed that the Hausa/Fulani ethnic group residing in the state was not his government’s target, but hoodlums, bandits, irrespective of their tribes and religion.

“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them they should be arrested and treated like common criminals.”

“For this administration, the major pillar for us is security because we know that all the good things we want to do economically won’t be possible in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity.

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“So, when people say things that are not lawful and within the spirit of Nigeria’s constitution, it is not acceptable here.

“And they cannot hide under being people protecting Yoruba interest to perpetrate chaos in the state,” he said in a veiled reference to the quit order on the Fulani issued by Igboho.

Makinde reiterated that security remained one of the pillars of his administration, noting that all the good policies of his administration could not be actualised in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity.

He promised to give maximum support to the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to ensure safety of lives, property and economic prosperity of the state.

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Makinde called for more synergy between the police and the Western Nigeria Security Network, code-named Amotekun.

He noted that those who demonised Amotekun were the ones issuing ultimatum to certain ethnic nationalities to vacate the state.

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The governor welcomed the new police boss and assured the CP of his support in tackling insecurity in the state.

“We won’t make the job difficult. We will be sincere, open and support you,” he added.

She assured the governor that men and officers of the command would display high level of professionalism and that corruption would be shunned, with the view to achieving common goal.

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“I’m here to formally tell you that I have assumed duty, we promise to make the lives and property of the people of Oyo State safe and secure.

“Since I came in, we have started with our visibility policing. When I came in, I noticed that there were no policemen on the road, maybe it was still the aftermath of the EndSARS issue, but we have been able to draft them back.

“We have asked them to occupy their space because it is their constitutional duty. We have to nip crime to hit the barest minimum in Oyo state.

“We are going to be professional about our work, shun corruption, synergise and work with other sister agencies.

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“We are all working toward one particular goal, that is, to make sure that Oyo State is safe and secure,” the CP said.

Onadeko further pleaded with the governor to assist the command with operational vehicles.

COVID-19: Gov’t supports State University with N7M – VC.

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The vice chancellor assured of the management’s readiness to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols by students, staff and other visitors.

The Nasarawa State Government has supported the state university in Keffi with N7 million to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Suleiman Mohammed, has said.

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Mohammed explained that the fund was meant to purchase Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other consumables to contain the spread of COVID-19 as students resumed.

He made this known when the state House of Assembly Committee on Education, Science and Technology visited the school to assess the institution’s level of preparedness over school resumption.

The vice chancellor said that the institution has purchased thermometers, hand washing facilities and face masks, among others, in order to curtail the spread of the virus.

“We have instructed that no face mask no entry into the school environment as we have taken the measure in order to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

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” I want to commend you for being up and doing in improving on the standard of education in the state.

“You are active and committed to the development of the education sector in the state.

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“Government has fumigated all of our faculties and our health staff have been trained on COVID-19 prevention.

“The state government has supported us with N7million to purchase Personal Protection Equipment (PPE),” according to him.

Mohammed also said the state Chairman on COVID-19 and Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, has approved the establishment of isolation and testing centres in the institution.

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Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Daniel Ogazi, said that they were in the institution to assess its level of preparedness on re-opening of the institution amidst second wave of coronavirus.

Ogazi, who is also the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, said that the Speaker, Mr Balarabe Abdullahi, has tasked the committee to visit schools in order to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

“It is in view of that the committee cut short its recess to visit schools in order to assess the level of preparedness on schools re-opening,” he said.

Ogazi commended the management of the institution for providing the required non-pharmaceutical materias at the entry of the school, hostels and classes as well as offices and called for its sustenance.

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The chairman assured of the committee’s continued commitment to support the institution to succeed.

Noble Reporters Media reports that the committee alongside management of the institution inspected lecture halls, board rooms and hostels, among other facilities, to assess the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

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Bobrisky finally speaks on fight with Tonto Dikeh.

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Controversial Nigerian crossdresser, Bobrisky has finally broken his silence on his fight with Tonto Dikeh.

According to Bobrisky, he has been getting a lot of questions about his friendship with Tonto Dikeh and why they have not been seen together lately.

Bobrisky stated clearly that the sudden distance between him and Tonto Dikeh is not anyone’s business. He further mentioned that he even if they were not on go terms, he won’t come out publicly to talk about it.

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In his words;

“Guys, I just watched a video of one guy, saying he can’t wait for me and my tonto to fight dirty on ig .sad you will wait for 100yrs more.”

“You don’t know me sha. I’m so discrete to a fault when it comes to keeping relationships. So you think even if we truly have issues I will come out to rant? I will never in my life fight any of my friends on social media no matter bad it maybe. So those waiting for fight, 600,000 years for you. Come let me train you how to be a true FRIEND.”

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Odunlade Adekola throws surprise birthday party for colleague, Eniola.

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The photos comes after the Odunlade Adekola took out time pendown a lovely birthday message to Eniola Ajao.

Photos from the surprise birthday Veteran Nollywood actor, Odunlade Adekola gave his alleged side chick and colleague, Eniola Alao, has surfaced on social media.

According to Odunlade, Eniola is beautiful, talented, wonderful and amazing.

In his words;

“She is beautiful , talented, wonderful, amazing…….. a lot to say about pretty ENIOLA FLORENCE BOLANLE OMO AJAO. I Pray almighty God will bless your new Age..YEYE ALARA, DR ADUNNI..Keep enjoying the grace of God.”

Watch videos from the surprise birthday below;

Recall with NoRM that the gorgeous and super talented actress decided to bless her fans and followers on Instagram with some adorable photos from her birthday shoot.

Captioning the photos, Eniola wrote;

Bless The Lord O My Soul And All That Is Within Me Bless His Holy Name; Who Redeems My Life From Destruction, And Crowns Me With Lovingkindness And Tender Mercies. Happy Birthday To Me And Everyone Celebrating Today. Cheers To Greater Heights”

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Oyetola places 10pm-5am Curfew on Osun resident.

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The government explained that the spike in the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state had made it necessary for more stringent measures.

To combat the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has banned vigils and crusades and announced a daily dusk-to-dawn curfew from 10:00 pm till 5:00 until further notice.

The directives were contained in a new set of guidelines to enforce non-pharmaceutical safety protocols against coronavirus signed by the Secretary to State Government Wole Oyebamiji.

In the new guidelines, the government also banned social events unless with approval from the state, adding that even with the approval, no gathering should have more than 50 participants.

The statement reads: “No religious gatherings should exceed two hours per time of gathering. Vigils and crusades are banned till further notice. Religious organisations should operate at only 30 percent capacity of their space..

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It further reads: “There will be a dusk to dawn curfew every day from 10:00 pm till 5:00 am. Enforcement teams have been set up in every Local Government and Area Office across the State, to ensure strict enforcement of the protocols.”

The government also ordered eateries, restaurants, joints, and bars to operate at 50 percent capacity and ensure adequate physical distancing of customers.

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Bombshell! Remi Surutu slaps Fathia Williams. (Reason)

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Over the weekend, two actresses Faithia Balogun and Remi Oshodi aka Remi Surutu, had a fight at a burial ceremony in Lagos hosted by Mr Bamidele Omosehin, in honour of his late dad.

An eyewitness report revealed to News Of the People, how Remi Surutu walked up to Fathia Balogun’s table at the party and gave her a dirty slap even though unprovoked. It became a mini pandemonium until concerned guests separated them and frayed nerves were calmed.

Sources hinted that Remi had been having grudges against Fathia on what she told her friends as Fathia’s disrespectful act, therefore looking for an avenue to pounce on her and ‘teach her’ lessons.

Other rumour mongers also added that Fathia may be romantically linked with the London-based celebrant whom Remi regards as her younger brother.

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“There is the aspect of actress, Iyabo Ojo, who fondly claims to be Remi Surutu’s daughter and must have fed her with stories about Fathia Williams.

Recall with NoRM that Iyabo now calls Remi Surutu, Mummy and the latter was present at the burial of Iyabo Ojo’s mum. Also one of those to wear aso ebi, Surutu and Iyabo Ojo’s friendship began after her disagreement with Fathia Balogun begun,” a source told Kemiashefonlovehaven.

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Iyabo Ojo set the Internet abuzz in 2020 when she put up a post on Instagram accusing Fathia of witchcraft. She also said the lady disclosed to the press about a fake story bordering on a surgery she had in Istanbul, Turkey.

Well, in 2018, Iyabo Ojo and Fathia were in Istanbul, Turkey to celebrate Fathia Balogun’s birthday which was organised by one of their male admirers.

Then, Iyabo had a corrective cosmetic surgery in Istanbul that went awry!

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She almost passed on! Of course, Kemi Ashefon broke the news of how God gave Iyabo another chance to live.

“Since she had her last baby, the scars of a badly done Caesarean Section had been a source of concern to Iyabo Ojo. She needed to address that issue and when she went to Turkey for a birthday party with Fathia Balogun, she seized that opportunity to have a tummy tuck. The aftermath was horrendous! Iyabo passed out on after the surgery and was in coma for five days! It was horrible! Friends and some colleagues in the know started praying for her recovery. But God intervened and she came to,” a very close friend of hers revealed exclusively to Kemiashefonlovehaven.

The two friends were said to have had a strain on their friendship since then because Iyabo Ojo believed Fathia was the only one who knew about the surgery and squealed to the press.

Despite this, Fathia still commiserated with Iyabo Ojo when her mum passed on in 2020.

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Obviously not ready to settle scores with Fathia, Iyabo has totally ignored her.

All attempts however to speak to the Fathia and Remi Surutu were rebuffed as neither of them responded to calls and messages sent to them.

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NYSC list conditions for allowing corps members into camps.

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Other protocols are “PCMS are expected to go to their dashboard and fill in the COVID-19 test self-reporting format before printing call-up letters.

The National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC) has listed conditions that prospective corps members for the 2020 Batch “B” Stream II must meet, before they are allowed into orientation camps nationwide.

NYSC stated this in its “Safety protocols” issued ahead of the commencement of the 2020 Batch “B” Stream II Orientation Course on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

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“It is imperative to restate that everyone coming into the NYSC camps must undergo COVID-19 test, Corps Members, and officials alike. Only those that test negative are admitted into the camps,” it stated.

“PCMs are to download and print slip generated for presentation at Orientation camps.

“PCMS must adhere strictly to their assigned date of reporting to the orientation camps.

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“No PCMS will be allowed into the camps if they come before their appointment date.

“Upon arrival at Camp, PCMS must subject themselves to COVID-19 test.

“PCMs must take responsibility for their own safety and ensure strict compliance with all COVID-9 safety protocols.

“All foreign-trained PVMS must arrive in the country two weeks before the commencement of the orientation course.

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“Frequent washing of hands at the wash hand points and use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser
Physical distancing must be observed in all camp activities.

“Avoid touching face with unwashed hands.”

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Jihadists snatch military base in Northeast Nigeria.

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Last week, the jihadists attacked the Marte base but were repelled, prompting them to mobilise more fighters for the overnight raid, said the sources.

Jihadists aligned with the Islamic State militant group have captured a military base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state after overnight clashes with troops, sources told AFP on Saturday.

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Machine-gun wielding fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the base in the town of Marte in the Lake Chad area overnight Friday into Saturday, two sources said.

“The priority now is to reclaim the base from the terrorists and an operation is underway,” one of the sources said.

“We took a hit from ISWAP terrorists. They raided the base in Marte after a fierce battle.”

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The second source said the army “incurred losses” but it was not yet clear how many people had died or the level of destruction inflicted by the insurgents.

ISWAP, which split from Boko Haram in 2016, maintains camps on islands in Lake Chad — where Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad meet — and the area is known to be group’s bastion.

The raid was seen as a “fightback” after recent losses — troops recently overran ISWAP’s second largest camp in Talala village, said the sources.

In November last year, officials began the phased return of residents to Marte six years after they were pushed out by the jihadists.

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The town, 130 kilometres (80 miles) from the regional capital Maiduguri, was once considered the breadbasket of the Lake Chad region.

At least 36,000 people have been killed in the jihadist conflict since 2009 and violence has spread into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting a regional military coalition.

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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 1,867 fresh cases.

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The NCDC, however, said it would not relent in its disease surveillance efforts.

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) registered 1,867 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 107,345.

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The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle on Friday.

It noted that eight people also died from the virus in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,413.

The centre added that the new cases were reported from 23 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The public health agency said that Lagos State reported 713 infections, Plateau, 273; FCT, 199; Kaduna, 117; and Oyo, 79.

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Other were Enugu-58, Ondo-53, Kano-49, Sokoto-43, Ogun-37, Osun-37, Nasarawa-36, Rivers-28, Benue-24, Delta-24, Niger-24, Gombe-18, Edo-15, Taraba-12, Bayelsa-10, Ekiti-9, Borno-6, Zamfara-2 and Jigawa-1.

It stated that 705 patients across the nation had been treated successfully and recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, adding that the number of recovered patients had risen to 84,535.

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It noted that “our discharges today include 277 community recoveries in Lagos State, 150 in Kaduna and 78 in Plateau, managed in line with guidelines.”

The centre said that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, is coordinating response activities nationwide.

Meanwhile, it declared that the new highly transmittable variant of the COVID-19 had not been detected in the country.

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It explained that the centre was able to determine the absence of the new COVID-19 variant in the country through genomic sequencing it conducted in partnership with African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases and the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State.

“Viruses mutate, the emergence of new variant strains of COVID-19 isn’t news.

“Genomic sequencing in Nigeria shows no evidence yet of variants associated with the increased transmission, but we’re looking,” it said.

NoRM reports that the 1,867 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours was the highest single-day rise since the index case was confirmed on Feb. 27, 2020.

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Last week, the country surpassed its existing highest weekly record of COVID-19 infections by recording over 9,800 cases in seven days.

An analysis showed that between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9, the country recorded 9,833 cases, a sharp increase from the 5,681 cases recorded in the previous week — Dec. 27, 2020, to Jan. 2, 2021.

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Hon. Dimeji Bankole Weds Atiku Bagudu’s daughter in Kebbi.

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Aisha’s mother is Shinkafi’s daughter and a sister to Aliyu Shinkafi, a former governor of Zamfara state.

Former Speaker, Rt.Hon. Oladimeji Sabur Bankole is now married to Aisha Shinkafi Seidu, daughter of Kebbi Governor, Atiku Bagudu.

The wedding ceremony took place on Friday evening, 15th January, 2021.

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The bride,is a lawyer and graduate of the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. She is also a granddaughter to Umaru Shinkafi, a late Nigerian intelligence chief and former federal commissioner of internal affairs.

Bankole, on the other hand, is a politician who served as the 9th speaker of the house of representatives. Elected at 37, he is regarded as the youngest speaker in the history of the house of representatives.

He was a 2019 Ogun state gubernatorial election candidate under the platform of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).

Aisha Shinkafi Seidu, daughter of Gov Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi wed Rt. Hon. Oladimeji Bankole

Both families had earlier held an introduction ceremony where Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto governor and Bankole’s successor as speaker of the house, led the groom’s people to the bride’s family home to seek her hand in marriage.

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It had kicked off the union of the couple in line with Islamic and traditional injunctions ahead of Friday’s event.
Groom is the son of the great Abeokuta politician and business man, Chief Alani Bankole.

It was a classy and colourful wedding.

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Hours after James Brown’s battle with Bobrisky – see what happened.

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James Brown further alleged that Bobrisky threatened to kill him if he doesn’t stop copying his contents.

Instagram has taken down, Fast and rising Nigerian cross dresser, James Brown ‘s page hours after battling controversial crossdresser, Bobrisky over theft.

Findings by NoRM shows that the page which has a huge following of over 500 thousand followers is no longer visible with the prompt reading the link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed.

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Recall with NoRM that James Brown called out Bobrisky over threats on his life which were followed by an apology after a back and forth exchange between the duo.

Sharing a video online yesterday afternoon, Brown alleged that he received a call from Bobrisky this afternoon, accusing him of copying his content as a cross dresser.

He said he isn’t surprised at Bobrisky’s action because he knows some seniors never want to see their juniors shine.

He then said he cross dresses just for fun only on IG but dresses as a man in real so Uncle Bob shouldn’t see him as a threat.

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Sharing the video on his page, Jame Brown wrote; “For once in my life I have never dragged a position with nobody I have always been Jamesbrown they didn’t caught me that everyone know since day one,

So if you have any problem with the content I am putting out for the brands I am working for I don’t give a haut. That’s some period. You already blocked me everywhere for months now on every platform , so why the treat I am just a realistic person and having on my platform”

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Actress Biodun Okeowo brags on dating ‘the rich, average and poor’

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Speaking further, the actress who just got two exotic cars advised women who now seek rich men to date/marry.

Nigerian actress, Biodun Okeowo, popularly known as Omoborty, has opened up on her past relationships.

The divorced mother of two revealed that she’s ready and willing to give marriage a second chance after dating the rich, poor and average.

“Part of my relationship goals for 2020 is marriage. Yes! I want to get married if God says it’s time now and permits me,” she told NoRM‘s known Media in an interview.

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She said, “The only man I would advise any lady, not to date/marry, is a guy without prospect; forget if he’s not rich now. People with prospects are the billionaires of tomorrow. But some ladies don’t recognize opportunities.
Secondly, I advise people to do what rocks their boat. I can’t advise anyone on who to date or not to date.
In my dictionary: Love doesn’t choose based on standards.
I’ve dated the rich, the average and the poor, yes I have!
Love strikes most in odd places. And for me it’s love first before any other thing… yes some women might be lucky getting their package full this means (having a handsome, rich man) Which is every woman’s desire and prayer.
But then someone must be with the other men too. And we shouldn’t forget that God could come through for anyone, especially when the person is not lazy and has prospects.”

On her position on the trending DNA Test discussion, Biodun Okeowo said, ” If both parties are cool with it. Yes, it’s okay to go for a DNA test. Because there could even be foul play in the hospital (laughs), I heard some hospitals swap child sexes. I don’t know if it’s true oh or I’ve watched too many Nigerian movies.
But to be candid. It’s not a bad idea if there’s a need to clear a doubt or something.”

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“However, if my husband asks that our kids go for a DNA test, I won’t blame him, though. Yes, I’ll allow him. Not allowing him means I’ve got a skeleton in my cupboard. But he just proved to me that he didn’t trust me.

I will oblige him, but my actions after that depend on his explanation and what led him to request such.”

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