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Nigerian Newspaper: 10 Things You Should Know (June 4)

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

  1. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, on Wednesday announced that Nigeria recorded 348 new COVID-19 cases.

The NCDC, in a tweet on Wednesday, said Lagos recorded 163 cases, while FCT followed with 76.

  1. The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the United Nations (UN) to request the Nigerian government and the National Assembly (NASS) to immediately reverse the budget cuts to education and healthcare.

The body also wants the UN to stop the authorities from spending billions of Naira to renovate buildings within the federal legislature.

  1. The Kwara State Government has given conditions to reopen worship centres from Friday, June 5.

Mr Kayode Alabi, the Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, while briefing newsmen in Ilorin on Wednesday, said worship centers will reopen if they satisfy certain criteria already agreed with various religious bodies in the State.

  1. Three policemen have died in a motor accident in Ringim Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

Police Spokesman in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, said the incident involved a Golf 3 Volkswagen, along Ringim to Sankara road, on their way back from a colleague’s wedding Fatiha.

  1. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Wednesday, denied writing a letter extending the tenure of the National Assembly Clerk, Sani Ataba Omolori and other Staff of the National Assembly.

The Speaker said there were appropriate channels and processes with which such things were done.

  1. The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission insisting that the party has chosen the direct primary mode for the selection of its candidate for the Edo State governorship poll.

In a letter dated May 19, 2020, addressed to INEC Chairman, Oshiomhole said the party had put in place measures to ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

  1. Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, was Wednesday released from the Nigerian Correctional Service’ custody in Kuje, Abuja.

This followed yesterday’s order of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ordering the immediate release of the former Governor of Abia.

  1. The Federal government has approved the refund of over N78billion to the Rivers State government for the money spent on the construction of federal roads in the state.

The N78,953,067,518.29 is said to be for the construction of three Federal roads including the Port Harcourt-Owerri road and three flyover bridges including the Obiri-Ikwerre interchange all in Rivers state.

  1. The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), said it will embark on a mass protest to seek justice for Uwaila Omozuwa and Bello Barakat, who were both reported to have been raped and killed by their rapists.

NANS South West Coordinator, Kowe Odunayo Amos, said the association found it disturbing that the girl child is no longer safe in the society.

  1. The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, has described the incessant attacks on the people of Adara as ethnic cleansing and not communal clashes.

The SOKAPU National Public Relations Officer, Luka Binniyat, in a statement after the fresh killings in Agwalla Magayaki and Tudun Agwalla in Idon Ward, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State said, “war is being waged against our people and the Nigerian Government pretends that nothing is going on. We are facing a huge humanitarian crisis.”



Nigerian Newspaper: 10 Things You Should Know. (June 3)

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigeria Newspapers

  1. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed 241 COVID-19 cases in the country.

The agency, in a post on its official Twitter page, said Lagos State recorded 142, while Oyo State followed with 15 cases.

  1. The federal government has said only five airports would be reopened from June 21, while the others remained closed for further assessment.

In a circular to airlines signed by Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said domestic airports that will be opened include: Omagwa International Airport Port Harcourt, Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Kano.

  1. Lagos State has recorded 17 COVID-19 related deaths in two-days.

The State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, who made the disclosure, also stated that the State has 4191 active COVID-19 cases, while 875 patients have been discharged.

  1. The Nigerian Army has announced that a fierce battle between troops and Boko Haram terrorists led to the death of top sect commanders.

The unsuccessful attack led to troops’ consequent onslaught that killed the terror leaders loyal to the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram.

  1. Baba Tela, Bauchi State Deputy Governor, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Tela’s result was confirmed in a statement issued by Mukhtar Gidado, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, adding that Tela, who is also the Chairman, State Task Force on COVID-19, contracted the virus while discharging his duties.

  1. Nigerian government, through the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 has warned congregants against activities such as kissing, hugging, shaking or touching at worship centres.

The PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, said that churches/mosques facilities must be structured in a way that physical distancing can be observed.

  1. Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has debunked claims in certain quarters that he is planning to dump the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Obaseki, who refuted the claim while speaking at a meeting with the ‘Obaseki Mandate Group’ in Abuja on Tuesday, maintained that he will achieve his second tenure on the platform of the APC.

  1. A Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja on Tuesday discharged former Kogi West Senator, Dino Daniel Melaye of criminal charges leveled against him by the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF.

The FCT High Court cleared Melaye of giving false information to police, as claimed by the AGF.

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina , of Nigeria’s support in his bid to get re-elected as the bank’s president.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, quoted the President as speaking at State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, while hosting Adesina on a courtesy visit, where he also told the AfDB’s president that “Nigeria will stand solidly behind him”.

  1. The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the ongoing investigations into the death of Miss Vera Uwaila Omosuwa from the Edo State Police Command to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, on Tuesday evening, the IGP’s directive is sequel to the preliminary report from the team of investigators and forensic experts earlier deployed to assist the Edo State Police Command in the investigations into the unfortunate incident.



Nigerian Newspaper: 10 Things You Should Know (June 2)

These 10 top stories from Nigerian newspapers will interest you this morning.

  1. 416 new COVID-19 cases as Nigeria’s total rises to 10578; death toll climbs to 299

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Monday night confirmed 416 fresh COVID-19 cases in 19 states of the federation and Abuja, the nation’s capital.

  1. #JusticeForUwa: UNIBEN delegation visits family of dead student

The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), on Monday, visited the family of the slain 100-level student of the institution, Vera Omozuwa, to commiserate with them over the death of their daughter.

  1. We’re worried that COVID-19 has diverted attention, resources from other diseases —WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday night the COVID-19 had diverted public attention and resources from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including diabetes, cancer, and hypertension.

  1. Nigerian govt reduces petrol pump price to N121.5

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) on Monday declared a new pump price band of N121.50 to N123.50 per litre for Premium Motors Spirit also known as petrol.

  1. COVID-19: Nigerian govt directs hotels to resume operations

The Federal Government on Monday directed hotels in the country to reopen hotels.

  1. Nigerian govt reveals plan for resumption of international, local flights

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said on Monday the date for the resumption of international flights in the country would be announced in due course.

  1. Court bars Edo govt from trying Oshiomhole for corruption

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday issued an interim order restraining the Edo State government from acting on the report of the state’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry which indicted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for corruption.

  1. NSE: FBN Holdings, GTB, Japaul drive volume as market gains N24 billion

The equity market added N24.193 billion on Monday with heavy trading in the shares of FBN Holdings, GTB and Japaul accounting mostly for the volume of trade.

  1. EDO POLL: INEC sets up portal for forms’ submission

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said on Monday the commission had set up a dedicated portal through which political parties taking part in the Edo State governorship slated for September 19 would submit their candidates’ nomination forms.

  1. Inter-state travel still banned, religious gatherings now allowed; Nigerian govt unveils new COVID-19 guidelines

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said on Monday the Federal Government had extended the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown across the country by two additional weeks.



Nigerian Newspaper: 10 Things You Should Know

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

  1. Nigeria ends month May on Sunday, record three hundred and seven, 307, COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, in a post on its official Twitter page, noted that Lagos State recorded 188, while FCT followed with 44 cases.

  1. Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has reacted to the alleged rape and murder of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100-level Microbiology student of University of Benin, UNIBEN.

Adeboye on his verified Twitter page commiserated with the family of Uwa even as he called for calm, adding that the church has begun investigation into the case and would cooperate with the Nigeria Police to get justice for the victim.

  1. The Nigerian Army troops of the Air Component of Operation HADARIN DAJI have bombarded a bandits’ logistics warehouse approximately five-kilometre North of Birnin Kogo, in Zamfara State.

Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, stated this in a statement on Sunday, explained that the airstrikes were executed on Sunday after Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports.

  1. Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has approved that churches in the state would be reopened on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information, Charles Udoh on Sunday night, the approval was given based on the guidelines recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

  1. With effect from Monday, residents of Ekiti State now have opportunities to pursue their businesses Monday through Friday from 6am to 8pm.

Governor Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this in a statewide broadcast Sunday evening, also revealed that consultations were underway to reopen worship centres, schools and big markets in the state.

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari met with a delegation of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Sunday where it submited a report on the second phase of the ease of lockdown announced two weeks ago to the president.

The delegation was led by the Chairman of the Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, to the Aso Presidential Villa.

  1. The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has recorded a clean sweep of last Saturday’s council elections held across the 23 Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Benue state.

The party also cleared all the 276 available councilorship positions at the poll.

  1. The National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s five years in office as a failure.

The Lagos-based legal practitioner also called on Nigerians to start shopping for Buhari’s replacement, adding that his government is marred by lack of ideas and focus.

  1. The Senior Pastor of the Household of God Church, Pastor Chris Okotie, has kicked against the guidelines proposed by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for reopening of churches, calling them “unbiblical”.

Okotie, said one of the guidelines, which is Social distancing in the Church of Jesus Christ is tantamount to blasphemous infidelity and an impeachment of the integrity of the word of God.

  1. An Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has insisted that there is a connection between the Amotekun initiative and recent agitation for the establishment of Oduduwa Republic.

It called on the governors in the region to be wary of the activities of irredentist elements who are exploiting the euphoria of the moment to achieve their selfish and parochial objectives.



Nigerian Newspaper: 10 Things You Should Know

Good day! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

  1. A former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, is dead.

The current GMD, Mele Kyari, disclosed that the former GMD died on midnight of Saturday, but failed to reveal what led to his death.

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Members of the new Board are: Mohammed Lawal (North West), Tajudeen Umar (North East), Adamu Mahmood Attah (North Central), Senator Magnus Abe (South South), Dr Stephen Dike (South East), and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South West).

  1. Nigeria on Saturday confirmed 553 new cases of coronavirus, the highest number of COVID-19 recorded in a single day in the country.

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, in a post on its Twitter page said Lagos recorded 378 new cases, while FCT had 52.

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Alhaji Ibrahim Dauda is dead.

Duada died in Daura, Katsina State, after a prolonged illness.

  1. The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has assured Nigerians that COVID-19 won’t truncate Nigeria’s democracy and the electoral process.

Yakubu, who spoke in Abuja at the INEC’s first virtual meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Saturday, admitted that the virus disrupted INEC’s activities like other national institutions.

  1. The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) has asked many of its staff to stay at home for the meantime over the inability to sustain its workforce.

The Library, which is in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, is a recreational centre with a hotel, event centres, an amusement park, a wildlife park, a church, a mosque and others.

  1. Leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to be prayerful so as not to “lose another aide.”

The clergyman, who made the call in his latest prophecy, also warned the new Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari to be prayerful.

  1. The Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has given a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to immediately implement agreements reached on the health sector or risk an indefinite strike.

National President of NARD, Dr Sokomba Aliyu reading the communique issued at the end of the OGM, lamented the harassment and maltreatment of some of its members in Lagos, Kaduna States and the FCT in the cause of performing their professional activities.

  1. The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, has said that the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state now stands at 50.

According to him, 254 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lagos on May 29, bringing the total number to 4,393.

  1. At least 268 Nigerians evacuated from China have arrived in Abuja on Saturday.

Their flight touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Saturday afternoon.



Facebook and Google launch emergency relief fund for local news publishers.

Google has launched a journalism emergency relief fund to support thousands of small, medium and local news publishers globally amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Through its Google News Initiative (GNI), the fund will be made available to news organisations producing original news for local communities during the COVID-19 crisis period.

The search giant explained that the fund will range from the low thousands of dollars for small hyper-local newsrooms to low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms, with variations per region.

According to a statement issued by Richard Gingras, Google’s VP, news, applications for the fund started on April 14, and would close by April 29.

He added that interested organisations can apply for it here.

“We’ve made this as streamlined as possible to ensure we get help to eligible publishers all over the world. At the end of the process, we’ll announce who has received funding and how publishers are spending the money,” the statement read.

Google said it is also giving $1 million collectively to the International Centre for Journalists, which plans to provide immediate resources to support reporters globally, and the Columbia Journalism School’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, which is helping journalists exposed to traumatic events experienced during the crisis.

Gingras said this would further consolidate other efforts made by the search engine to support the media industry and connect people to quality information at this time of need.

“We believe it is important to do what we can to alleviate the financial pressures on newsrooms, and will continue to look at other ways to help with more to announce soon,” he said.

FJP and EJC announce the European journalism COVID-19 support fund

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) have also launched a $3 million fund to support hundreds of community, local and regional European news organisations continue to cover the coronavirus health crisis.

According to a statement on Wednesday, EJC said applications for the fund will open on April 16, adding that it involves three categories namely: engagement, emergency and innovative funds respectively.

“As people turn to local news for critical information on how to keep their friends, families and communities safe, we understand these journalists are hit especially hard in the current economic crisis,” the statement added.

“EJC will direct emergency funds via the $3 million that Facebook is investing to small and mid-sized news organisations and journalists most in need in the hardest hit countries across Europe, in order to support their businesses and reporting when we need them most.”


Minimum wage: NLC suspend planned strike in Kebbi after agreement

The Organised Labour in Kebbi has announced the immediate suspension of its strike notice, which was to take effect on Tuesday over delay in the implementation of the national minimum wage. The strike notice was issued on February 27, 2020.

The State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Umar Alhassan, said the strike notice had been withdrawn as the state government had agreed to the workers’ demands.

Alhassan made the announcement while briefing newsmen after the union’s Executive Council meeting in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.

“The state government has agreed with our demands on minimum wage and consequential adjustment, payment of 2019 leave grant, annual increment and payment of retirement benefits.

“The government has agreed to set up a committee on minimum wage and consequential adjustments and will be inaugurated today.

“On 2019 leave grant, the state government workers from GL 1 – 6 are going to receive their grant today.

“On annual increment, by the end of this month, our members are going to receive their payment while on retirement benefits a standing committee will commence sorting out of genuine members and process their payment soon,” he said.

Alhassan appealed to civil servants on Grade Level 7 and above to exercise patience, saying the payment of their leave grant would commence soon.

“In as much as we want our members to have a conducive working environment and atmosphere, we will not be unmindful with the present reality of the situation.

“The civil servants on GL. 7 and above will not be getting their leave grant today, due to paucity of funds, as said by the government representatives in the discussion.

“We have agreed that civil servants on those grade levels will get their own later,” the chairman said.


Update: Have you ever heard of Oba exchanging blows – Agbowu speaks on not fighting Oluwo

…says he cannot be part of that madness

On Friday, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, allegedly attacked his colleague, Agbowu of Ogbagbaa, Oba Sikirulahi Akinropo, at a meeting in Osogbo, Osun State. Akinropo tells his side of the story

You were allegedly attacked by the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, at a meeting in Osogbo on Friday, but he has said he acted in self defence, what really happened?

It was not just a meeting, it was a peace meeting called by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Osogbo. The meeting was not the first we would have. The former AIG (Leye Oyebade) once called us for such a meeting. The then AIG told us the police would only resolve criminal cases, but as a Yoruba man, he urged us to settle the matter at the palace of Oluwo of Iwo. It followed a petition against us (some traditional rulers) by Oluwo. But all the royal fathers that Oluwo alleged were selling land in his domain realised that the security situation didn’t favour us. So, we resolved to use the chieftaincy hall at the Iwo Local Government Secretariat for the meeting and we made provision for adequate security at the venue.

We were seated already at the venue when suddenly Oluwo along with his drummers and some thugs arrived at the venue.

The policemen that stood guard at the entrance told Oluwo he could not enter the venue with thugs and drummers but he insisted on doing so. They all entered and we allowed them in because we might be harmed. About 30 of us (monarchs from Iwo, Olaoluwa and Ayedire) left the venue through the back door.

Immediately we left the place, the then AIG arrived at the premises. After sensing the situation around the premises and the fact that he did not meet us on our seats, the AIG also left.

The former AIG wanted to call for another peace meeting before he was transferred so he could not do so. Then the present AIG, Bashir Makama, came on board. He also decided to continue with the peace meeting and wrote to us. He invited us to his office for another meeting on Friday.

We all obliged him. At the meeting, he told us that being the custodians of our culture and leaders, we should allow peace to reign. Oluwo then stood up to talk and said, as the leader of all Obas in Ayedire, Olaoluwa and the remaining towns in the area, other Obas were selling lands and he didn’t want that to happen anymore.

But we told him that the lands we sold belonged to our towns and not Iwo. The Olu of Ile-Igbo Kingdom said he only sold lands in Ile-Igbo. Onigege also said the same thing, and I also said the lands I sold belonged to Ogbagbaa, my domain.

Alhaji Kamoru, the Chairman of Iwo Local Government Area, sat between me and him (Oluwo). Those present at the meeting were Officer-in-Charge (Legal), Osun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, representative of the state Commissioner for Lands, AIG and the Obas Oluwo wrote a petition against.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, while speaking, said since the issue had to do with land, we should rather go to court instead of a peace meeting. He said he would report the matter to the governor.

But Oluwo said should they do that, they were calling for war. I did not even see it coming; he just sprang forward from his seat, and asked why I was speaking while he was talking.

He left his seat and the Iwo Local Government Chairman was trying to restrain him, but he pushed him away and started punching me where I sat. It was the AIG that came to my rescue by pulling him away from me.

Did he use any sharp object on you that inflicted the wound on your face?

Well, he didn’t hold a knife when he attacked me, but I think the ring he wore or the car key he held while beating me gave me the wound on my face.

His allegation was that you and other Obas were trespassing on the domain of Oluwo to sell land, how true is that?

The lands I sold solely belonged to Ogbagbaa and I have never trespassed on his land. In fact, the Onigege, whose domain shares boundary with Iwo, didn’t trespass on Iwo. Oluwo also wrote a petition against the Onisara of Fesu and other Obas in the area.

Did you come up with any resolution at the meeting?

We couldn’t come up with any resolution since it ended abruptly. Like I said earlier, it was the AIG that pulled him away from me. I told the AIG that assaulting me in front of him was tantamount to assaulting me in front of the President. He even attempted to come back to where I sat to beat me again, but the AIG told his aides to lead him out of the venue of the meeting.

Oluwo alleged that you called him unprintable names and tried to stick your staff into his eye, is that true?

That’s an outright lie. He was just trying to defend himself.

Why didn’t you not try to fight back to defend yourself while he assaulted you?

I have been a traditional ruler for 24 years and I know the worth of the institution I represent. Have you ever heard of an Oba exchanging blows or fighting? I can’t be part of that madness; that was why I held my peace. If I also had fought back, I would have constituted a nuisance.

We heard you were treated at Trauma Centre of Osun State General Hospital, Asubiaro, is it that serious or were you blowing it out of proportion?

Not at all! Except for the cut on my cheek, I don’t have any other cut. But I went to receive treatment because of the way he assaulted and punched me. I also received a tetanus injection to prevent a viral infection. I was supposed to be on bed rest and not return to my place on Friday, but I didn’t want to spread panic in my community. That was why I left for Ogbagbaa. I went back to the hospital this morning (Saturday) to continue my treatment.

Agbowu of Ogbagbaa, Oba Sikirulahi Akinropo

What do you think is the solution to the problem?

Since the incidence happened in the presence of government representatives, I believe they must take adequate action on it. So I am expecting what the governor and other concerned authorities will do about the manner Oluwo treated me.


Bayelsa: APC demand fresh governorship election

NobleReporters learnt that the ruling All Progressives Congress has demanded a fresh election in Bayelsa State.

The party said the swearing-in of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party as governor is unconstitutional as he did not meet the mandatory constitutional requirement.

The national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, in a letter of appeal to the Independent National Electoral Commission, affirmed the supremacy of the Supreme Court nullification of its governorship candidate’s victory, but argued that the sworn-in candidate, Duoye Diri, also failed to meet the mandatory requirement to become the governor.

The letter, which was forwarded to the national chairman of INEC, was titled,’ Judgement in Appeal No: SC.1/2020 between Peoples Democratic Party Request for conduct of fresh governorship election in Bayelsa State’.

It said the court judgement did not void the votes that the APC polled at the election and the implication of this is that the votes of the party must be reckoned with.

‘’Kindly recall that the Governorship election in Bayelsa State was conducted on the 16th November, 2019 and our great party, the All Progressives Congress, duly participated at the said election. You will also recall that the All Progressives Congress emerged victorious at the election leading to our Lyon David Pereworinimi being declared and returned as winner of the election,’’ the letter reads.

‘’Our attention has been drawn to the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on 14th February 2020 in the pre-election appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and its governorship as well as deputy governorship,’’ Mr Oshiomhole wrote.

‘‘In the said judgement of the Supreme Court, the candidature of our governorship and deputy governorship candidates were nullified and the commission was ordered to issue fresh certificate of returns with the highest number of votes and with the required geographical spread.

‘’It is however to be noted that the Supreme Court did not void the votes that our party polled at the election and the implication of this is that the votes of the All Progressives Congress must be reckoned with in determining whether any other candidate polled majority of lawful votes cast in one-quarter of at least two thirds majority of the state.

‘‘We have reviewed the judgement of the Supreme Court and we are of the firm opinion that the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party cannot be issued certificate of return and or sworn in as the Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.

‘‘We are aware of that section 179(1)(b) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria mandatorily requires a candidate for an election to the office of governor of a state to have not less than one quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two thirds of all the local government areas in the state before the candidate can be deemed to have been duly elected as the Governor of the State. This mandatory requirement was affirmed by the supreme court in the judgement under reference.”

The letter highlighted that Bayelsa State has eight local government areas, hence the two thirds of at least eight local government areas will be approximated to six local government areas.

“From the results announced and duly published by the commission, it is clear that no candidates meet this mandatory constitutional requirement, including the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party who only managed to poll one quarter of the votes cast in only five local government areas,” the APC said.

The party said its position is fortified by the fact that there is a condition precedent to the winner being issued a certificate of return.

“The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party or any other candidate whatsoever, none satisfies the requirement of one quarter of the votes cast in at least 2/3 of the local government areas in the state as required by the supreme court judgement further request that a fresh election be conducted by the commission for the office of the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State,” the letter highlighted.


Family sue Obasanjo brother after trespassing

Head and principal members of Adogun Atele family have sued Chief Abraham Idowu Akanle, and his wife, Taiwo Adenike Akanle, for allegedly trespassing on their family land.

The family land is known as IIiwo family, Sogunro village, Itele Awori, Ado Odo/ Ota Local Government area of Ogun State.

The claimants, Nurudeen Akanbi Akapo, Sunday Mathew Owotolu, Chief Taoreed Momodu Dada, and Alhaji Monsuru Ashifatu Yusuf, are seeking an order of Ogun State High Court restraining the defendants, who is also brother to former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, from further trespassing on the land in dispute.

The claimants, in suit number HCT/02/2020, prayed the court for an order directing the defendants, their agents and privies, to vacate the land in dispute.

The family is also seeking for a declaration that the defendants act of packing, collecting laterite on the land in dispute amount to trespass, illegal and null and void.

In a 41-page statement of claim, the claimants alleged that the defendants, acting under the disguise of protecting the defective title of Obasanjo’s land, brought tipper operators to collect laterite on their family land.

They stated that the defendants were strangers and not related to Adogun Atele family but were using the influence of Obasanjo to harass and intimidate the claimant’s family members.

They alleged that the first defendant misrepresented Obasanjo to harass and intimidate claimant’s family members should they complain about illegal collection of laterite on the disputed land.

The claimants averred that the first defendant has been the root of all crisis in Itele by giving false information to the former president Obasanjo.

They stated that they have obtained several court judgments over the land from which the former president allegedly bought from Ogungbemi Alagbeji family.

The claimants stated that they did not execute the judgments because of the understanding that at the appropriate time, the former president will approach them for settlement.

The claimants added that they were shocked to read in the newspapers where the 1st defendant allegedly claimed that he had spent over a billion naira on Itele crisis, stressing that neither the first defendant nor former President Obasanjo spent any amount on their family.

The claimants maintained that the land in dispute forms a small portion of vast expanse of land first settled upon by their ancestors with several judicial authorities affirming the Adogun Atele family as the rightful owner of the disputed land.


Oxford English Dictionary add danfo, mama put, 27 others to updated version

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has released an updated version of the widely used dictionary for January, 2020 — with 29 new Nigerian expressions making the cut.

The list, released earlier this year, featured several words used by popular authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer and Wole Soyinka, Nigeria’s Nobel laureate.

Danica Salazar, world English Editor of the dictionary, noted the addition of the new words was to “give flavour of English-speaking rooted in a Nigerian experience”.

“By focusing on contemporary language in this update, and adding words and phrases that form part of the everyday vocabulary of today’s Nigerians, we hope to give a flavour of English-speaking which, as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie put it, is rooted in a Nigerian experience,” Salazar said in a release note.

“The majority of these new additions are either borrowings from Nigerian languages, or unique Nigerian coinages that have only begun to be used in English in the second half of the twentieth century, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s.

“By taking ownership of English and using it as their own medium of expression, Nigerians have made, and are continuing to make, a unique and distinctive contribution to English as a global language.”

Some of the new words and expressions on the list include ‘mama put’, ‘Kannywood’, ‘chop-chop’ among others.

Below are the new additions to the updated version of the dictionary:

+ agric, adj. & n.
+ barbing salon, n.
+ buka, n.
+ bukateria, n.
+chop, v./6
+ chop-chop, n./2
+ danfo, n.
+ to eat money, in eat, v.
+ ember months, n.
+ flag-off, n.
+ to flag off in flag, v.
+ gist, n./3
+ gist, v./2
+ guber, adj.
+ Kannywood, n.
+ K-leg, n.
+ mama put, n.
+ next tomorrow, n. & adv.
+ non-indigene, adj. & n.
+ okada, n.
+ to put to bed, in put, v.
+ qualitative, adj.
+ to rub minds (together) in rub, v./1
+ sef, adv.
+ send-forth, n.
+ severally, adv.
+ tokunbo, adj.
+ zone, v.
+ zoning, n.


FFK in wits battle with church of satan.

Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has engaged the Church of Satan in a battle of wits on twitter.

Church of Satan had reacted to a story where a pregnant woman and five of her children were among seven people who had been killed in a suspected exorcism in Panama.

The victims, who were from an indigenous community, were rounded up by 10 lay preachers before being tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent for their sins”.

In reply, Church of Satan said “This happened during an exorcism, Christians attacked other Christians who they believed to be possessed. It has nothing to do with Satanism, and wasn’t a Satanic group. They are Christians.”

But Fani-Kayode tackled Church of Satan, saying, “Yet another lie from the pit of hell. You are a liar & the father of lies & so is your father Satan. Why do you satanists find it so difficult to accept responsibility for your actions? The DEMONS that possessed that poor soul & that were being exorcised belong to SATAN & not GOD!”

Nigeria’s former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode

Church of Satan replied Fani-Kayode by saying that “Didn’t we spank you hard enough last time? No judgement of course, but if you are into public humiliation, there are people you can pay for that without having to keep asking us for another slap.”

Fani-Kayode then replied Church of Satan: “You and whose army? Stop kidding yourself! I knocked you for 6 and you are still reeling from it. Ready for round 2? Nothing gives me more pleasure than putting a gutless fiend who worships Satan in its place. If you want a dressing down continue your rubbish & you will get it.”


Operation Amotekun: Wole Soyinka in war with Balarabe

Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has blasted former impeached Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa over his comment that the Southwest established Amotekun because they wanted to create Oduduwa Republic.

Soyinka, in a statement, on Tuesday said Musa was wrong about his assertion on the reason Amotekun was established by the Southwest region.
“Balarabe is sadly, but I hope not tragically wrong. I invoke the tragic dimension here because the making of tragedy, especially for nations, often begins when fears are mistaken, or promoted as facts, and governments either by themselves, or together with interest groups, are enticed by fears into embarking on precipitate, irrational, and irreversible acts.
“Such acts turn out tin the end to be based on nothing but fears, sometimes generated by guilt over past injustices, such as inequitable dealing. That is the basis of tragedy, towards which nations are propelled by a partial, or wrongful reading of socio-political realities and – history. I would like to see this nation avoid such a blunder. So, I am certain, would Balarabe Musa,” he said.

Soyinka added that raising the spectre of secession was a facile approach to the dangerous, self-evident lapses in governance which Balarabe himself acknowledged in his response to the Amotekun principle made flesh.
He said the midwives of Amotekun had repeatedly acknowledged that theirs is only a contribution towards a crisis of escalating proportions and that other states should be encouraged to emulate, not misread such initiatives, then demonize them by false attributions, saying “that is the certain recipe for tragedy.”
However, Musa, had said in an interview that the Southwest established Amotekun because it wanted to create Oduduwa Republic, warning that it was a ploy to secure Yoruba land and a prelude to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic.
The former Governor further said that some of the security components of the outfit like the OPC had records of recklessness in terms of securing the lives and property of non-Yoruba.

“First of all, taking into account what happened in the history of Nigeria, this Amotekun will lead to a declaration of Oduduwa Republic.

“Look at the composition of those who constitute the organization in addition to the six states governors. There is also the OPC, Afenifere, and others. So the fear is quite obvious. And this is in spite of the fact that this government is incompetent.

Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka | Former impeached Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa

“Definitely, this government is incompetent. And it is because of the incompetence of this government that this problem has arisen. But let us also not forget that this Federal Government is an alliance between the North and the Southwest.

“So, why should this happen? Any correction in the set up of the country is possible if this alliance, which controls the government in the country can do its work,” he said.


Bobrisky’s fake death shows the level of Fake News in Nigeria

Fake news is no longer a new topic anywhere. But if we are to keep a keen eye on developments nowadays, we’d understand that perpetrators are starting to use new methods. The conundrum about the death of a Nigerian Snapchat celebrity, Bobrisky, if anything, either brings the tact to light or reemphasizes its menace.

Bobrisky ‘Dead’
At the beginning of the week, a news portal broke that the Nigerian crossdresser and social media sensation, Idris Okunye, popularly known as Bobrisky, was dead.

The fake news was peddled by a Facebook page who many, at the time, believed to belong to African Independent Television (AIT). The report which took social media by a grip said the transvestite passed on at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), after a fatal car crash the previous night.

The “fake news” appears to have been fairly convincing. Both fans and critics made social media, especially Twitter, agog.

It was somewhat easy for most people to believe because the story was reportedly carried by the operator of Free To Air in Nigeria – one of the largest privately operated terrestrial television networks. AIT has stations in twenty-four out of thirty-six states in Nigeria, so it was assumed that professional journalism would be a given.

Other news portals who carried the news referred to AIT as their source, which made the situation even more complicated. With the damage caused by fake news in Nigeria and Africa over the years, it is expected that an organization such as AIT would verify news before publishing.

But Not So Much
It was barely a few hours earlier before the news broke that Bobrisky posted a photo on Instagram. Supposedly coming across the reports of his demise, the closet queen took to social media to discredit the news using rather strong words.

While all fingers pointed to AIT for pushing unverified information, the real truth of the matter appears to have surfaced.

Well, African Independent Television has an official Facebook page with 486 K likes. AIT News Nigeria, who broke the Bobrisky news, has 68K likes, which is a little below bar if considered in many terms.

More interestingly, this second news portal has not taken the post down even after the crossdresser himself debunked it. It is expected of a professional media house like AIT to have done so, on any platform possible.

Also, the official AIT seems to either missed the drama or intentionally paid it deaf ears – perhaps because they absolutely have nothing to do with it. At the time of reporting, the fake remains live on the page, even after all the kerfuffle.

Since no official publication was made by ‘the real’ AIT, then there is hardly any way to associate them with the matter. So, thanks to social media for making the news go viral. In this case, Nigeria’s well-criticized social media bill comes to mind.

Here, there is a strong case of impersonation. The fake news carrier caused an uproar which AIT had to inadvertently absorb. It’s not everyday that such a popular media house would stay quiet about such things.

The Point Is?
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Source: Naijaloaded
A professional view on the matter decries, at the same time, unprofessional journalism and impersonation. Emmanuel Ujiadughele, a news correspondent at Rave 917 FM in Osogbo, Osun State, iterated in an exclusive with WeeTracker, that many media houses are quick to publish without checking their veracity and authenticity.

“No matter how many justifications we put forward, it is both unethical and unprofessional. It is borne out of the desire to be mischievous and drive traffic.

You may want to call it sensationalism but when the news is false, then it borders on mischief. My station has the philosophy of breaking news first but sometimes, we break the news about an hour later because we want to be very sure”.

Emmanuel pleads a compelling case, especially for the other media houses who carried the news with AIT citation. If they had at least checked the activity on Bobrisky’s page or made relevant contact, they would not have been misled.

But again, everyone is supposed to trust AIT, only that this time the media house seems to have nothing to do with it. Noticeably, leading publications such as Vanguard and This Day did not carry the news.

Point Of Significance
Emmanuel, who is also a graduate of Mass Communications, reminds that fake news and misinformation can begin from the top because of the recklessness of media practitioners who latch on to hearsay and grapevines or gossip, and then make it the mainstay of their broadcast.

“The danger inherent is that many people trust these traditional media houses, they just run with the information and consequently, you have a society of misinformed people running around, causing chaos and ultimately throwing the nation into a quagmire.

This is not the first time this is happening. Most times, this impunity occurs because of our lax laws and the fact that a simple retraction and apology often salvages the situation. Until people learn to stop settling out of court and make the culpable media pay, they won’t stop,” he explained.


See crossdresser’s reaction to her death

Controversial celebrity, Bobrisky

Popular Nigerian crossdresser, Bobrisky has slammed a report that he died in a car crash last night.

Recall a few hours ago, media house AIT reported that Bob had died in a car crash last night.

According to AIT, Bob died on her way to a party.

Bob, has now taken to social media to react to the news, saying anyone who wishes her dead will be the one to die, adding that she will slay to such person’s burial in all black


Pitt Brad, Jennifer’s Reunion in SAG award (Reactions)

American actor and film producer William Bradley known as Brad Pitt and his former wife Jennifer Aniston are causing a frenzy on Twitter after the duo won Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, reunited and shared hugs.

The lovebirds separated in 2005 after Pitt had an affair with co-star Angelina Jolie. They were pictured hugging and smiling at each other as they reunited backstage.

Pitt won the award for the best supporting actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. While Aniston took home the award for her work in the Morning Show.


15 injured, two killed in Kansas nightclub shooting

At least two persons were killed and 15 people were reportedly injured in a shooting outside a bar in Kansas City, United States, celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs NFL playoff victory over Tennessee Titans Sunday night.

The shooting took place shortly before midnight, when a gunman opened fire on a queue of people waiting to enter a bar, Mail Online reported.

Two persons were found dead, including a woman in the parking lot of the 9ine Ultra Lounge, police said.

A Facebook post on the club’s page advertised Sunday night’s ‘Sold Out Sundays’ event, which appeared to be a celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs.


There should be a day to celebrate ‘Disables’ – Group to FG

The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), has urged the Federal Government to declare January 17th as National Disability Day in Nigeria.

Mr. David Anyaele, CCD Executive Director appealed while speaking at an interactive forum with media executives in Abuja in commemoration of the first anniversary of the National Disability Act.

Anyaele appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to fast track the establishment of the National Commission on Disability as prescribed by the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities Prohibition Act 2019. He said establishing the commission was imperative towards speedy implementation and enforcement of provisions of the law.

“The need for the establishment of the commission cannot be overemphasized. The commission is as good as the law itself; without the commission, implementation of the law may not be 100 percent achievable,’’ Anyaele said.

He also urged media stakeholders not to relent in mainstreaming disability issues in their reports whether online or via print or electronic media platforms.


23 year-old Nigerian teacher sold into slavery in Lebanon released

A 23-year-old teacher and single mother, Omolola Ajayi who was trafficked to Lebanon has been rescued by the Nigerian government after her video calling for help went viral.

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission in a statement in Abuja on Monday confirmed the rescue of Ajayi from the home of her “master” she was sold to.

The commission said Ajayi, an indigene of Osun state, is now safely in Beirut with the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon.

Spokesman of NIDCOM, Abdul-Rahman Balogun said, “Update on the trafficked Nigerian girl to Lebanon. She is now happily in the hands of the Nigerian ambassador in Beirut. She will be home soon.”

In a viral video which circulated on social media last week, the captive explained her ordeal in the hands of her employer in Lebanon.

Narrating her ordeal in both Yoruba and English, she said her boss had made life miserable since arriving the country.

In the video, Ajayi said a family friend linked her up with an agent who took her to Lebanon with a promise to get her a teaching job, but instead of being offered a teaching job, her passport was confiscated while her employers allegedly attempted to rape her.

She said, unknown to her, she was being sold into slavery, and therefore begged the Nigerian government to come to her rescue so she could be mother of her three-year-old child.

NIDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa also tweeted;

“Breaking news. Update on the viral video of trafficked Nigerian girl in Lebanon. She is now happily in the hands of the Nigerian Amb in Beirut, received warmly and happy to be in safe hands. She will be home soon by Gods grace.”

“The alleged trafficker has been arrested and will be handed over to NAPTIP.The family of the lady have been traced ..Kwara Gov is personally on the matter. All hands on deck to ensure the trafficked lady returns.”

Three suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ilorin, Kwara state, in connection with the incident.

Chief Press Secretary to Kwara state Governor Rafiu Ajakaye said in a statement that two Nigerians and a Lebanese had been arrested in connection with the crime.


Kaduna: Public schools suffer lower students turnout

Academic activities have fully taken up in public primary and secondary schools in Kaduna metropolis following schools’ resumption for Second Term Academic Session.

A news correspondent who monitored teachers and student’s turnout on Monday reports that, while teachers were fully on ground, only few pupils and student’s turned out for classes.

At Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Primary School Mahuta, 35 teachers were on ground as at 8 a.m. with some of them already in their classes, teaching very few students that turned up.

At LGEA Unguwan Maichibi Primary School, Television, 51 teachers were seen, including 25 N-Power teachers, with academic activities taking place.

The story was the same at Government Senior and Junior Secondary Schools Kakuri, and Government Junior Secondary School Independence Way, Kaduna, where teachers were seen busy in their classes.

The Ministry of Education had earlier announced Sunday, January 12 as resumption date for boarding schools and January 13 for all day schools.

The commissioner, Dr Shehu Makarfi had assured pupils, students, parents and other stakeholders that lesson would commence fully on Monday.

He urged parents to send their children to school, adding that failure to do so would attract sanctions.


Amotekun: Wole Soyinka Describe ‘Leopard’ Special New Year Gift

Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has described the formation of the Western Nigeria Security Network, with the code name of ‘Amotekun’ as a pleasant New Year Gift.

He declared support for the supplementary security outfit launched in Ibadan last week, saying its emergence signified that the yearnings of Nigerians prevailed.

Soyinka spoke in Lagos today at an event held at the Muson Centre in Lagos.

The event tagged ‘Never Again’, was organised to discuss the way forward, 50 years after the Nigerian civil war. In attendance at the event were some eminent Nigerians such as Professor Anya Anya, Professor Banji Akintoye, Professor Pat Utomi, Major General Obi Umahi (rtd), and the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, among others.

Each of the six states in the South West donated 20 patrol vans each and also motorbikes to start the security outfit, with headquarters in Gbongan, Osun State