NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

Nigeria

The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

“We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

“We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

Nigeria

• Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

“In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

…after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

Nigeria – Niger State

With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

Nigeria

I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
• Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
• Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
• Onitiri seeks release of protesters
• Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

“Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

“The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

New Africa-France summit chart paths for fresh ties.

Africa – France

Africa and France have identified the need to forge new relations, which would be based on interdependency and mutual respect.

This was said at ‘The New Africa-France 2021 Summit,’ which was held in Montpellier, France over the weekend.

The summit, which was in a hybrid form (online and offline), sought to look at the relationship between Africa and France to offer a new framework for reflection and action to new generations.

French president, Emmanuel Macron noted that more than 70 per cent of its population is made up of youths, saying it is a continent full of promise and should be allowed to renew and rewrite its identity, culture and narrative as well to contribute to international co-creation.

“We have not chosen our history and geography, including the saddest part of it, but we can make a commitment to what it would become. We should begin to ask how we can build our future from all of these,” he said.

He stated that Africa should be allowed to build in sports, entrepreneurship, culture, businesses, education and every other sector, as that is what they are owed. Our first duty, he said, is to respond to the aspirations of the African youths and find projects that respond to them.

The second reason for the summit, according to him, is that France and Africa have built a solid relationship between themselves over the years.

Former Diplomatic Adviser to the president of Madagascar, Lova Rinel counsels Africans to never believe that democracy doesn’t function, adding that the democracy they wish for is one achievable, diverse and adaptable to the population of the world.

Emmanuel Macron, President of France

She added that the relationship between both friends requires commitment and sacrifice to work.

Leader, L’opinion Sur La Jeunesse, Adam Dicko, said that Africa has a role to play and must begin acting on it.

She added that intergenerational dialogue would help youths learn from the failures of the past to avoid such mistakes.

She added that Africa is not a continent of disease, poverty, but of optimism and innovation.

Minister Delegate for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, France, Elisabeth Moreno, stated that the diaspora is at the heart of the reconnection. “I think this is an extremely rich link, but it has to be consolidated and strengthened,” she stressed, adding that it’s the youths that can express and renew the connection between Africa and France and called on them to be brave and desist from spreading fears.

According to her, youths are the faces of the future and symbols of hope. “We need your creativity, innovation, which expresses liberty, freedom and understanding, she urged.

Kenyan Radio Presenter, Adelle Onyango, said it was time for the two parties to ask what is inefficient, unethical and fill the integrity gaps to build a relationship that addresses issues around Africa, France and the globe.

She noted that the strength and weakness of the current relationship between both parties would dictate its future

Researcher, Department of Defence, Cote d’ivoire, Arthur Banga, said that the relationship between African and France is balanced. According to him, Africa wants partnership and co-construction instead of aid.

He suggested that France stop data impose for true transparent human and capital resource flows; This approach he said, would reconcile French people with Africa.

Founder, IMPROV’YOU, Burkina Faso Eldaa Koama called on the president to get rid of development aids as it makes slaves and prevents the people from utilising their full capacity.

“Africa can develop itself with its local capacity, the diaspora and by working with other countries. There are good thinkers in Africa. Let’s promote healthy, transparent and constructive relations,” Koama declared.

According to her, If we live together, it would be by interdependency, mutual respect and enhancing each others potential.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

Transparency issues trail N1trn COVID-19 palliative to private sector.

Nigeria

• Pharm sector of MAN claimed it accessed N100b
• N50b to NASME grossly inadequate
• Conditions too cumbersome to access fund
• No verifiable statistics from govt on businesses’ access to fund
• Govt should fund in dollars and not naira over high FX

Accountability and transparency issues continue to trail Federal Government’s N1.1 trillion COVID-19 intervention fund to the private sector as an assessment conducted by The Guardian showed that most businesses are yet to access the fund initiated over a year ago.

Members of the Organised Private Sector of Nigeria (OPSN) revealed that very few operators were able to access the fund. The reason according to the OPSN, was primarily due to bureaucratic bottlenecks and conditions given before funds are disbursed.

The OPSN members comprise Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Nigeria Association of Small Scale Industries (NASSI) and Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME).

In 2020, during the peak of the pandemic, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) set out a number of measures to cushion the impact of the lockdown, including establishing an N1.1 trillion fund, equivalent to $3 billion at the time, into critical sectors of the economy to stimulate and revamp the production activities through structured refinancing and loans.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, during the period had said that the stimulus package was in addition to the regime of incentives contained in a six-point palliative to ameliorate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian economy.

He challenged Nigerians to take advantage of what appears to be adversity into an opportunity for development and growth in the economy.
When contacted, Director, Corporate Communications, CBN, Osita Nwanisobi, confirmed that approximately N1.1 trillion has been disbursed for the intervention fund as follows: Manufacturing sector got 151 projects summing up to N475.57 billion; agriculture sector got 73 projects summing up to N218.30 billion; services sector had 53 projects summing up to N406.31 billion and mining sector got 11 projects summing up to N83.50 billion.

“The funds were disbursed via the Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs). Conditions were given by the PFIs, like for maximum tenor of seven years with a two-year moratorium at an initial interest rate of five per cent per year, which is to be reverted to nine per cent come March 1, 2022.”

HOWEVER, the OPS, during a media briefing in June on the state of the economy, alleged that credible information from their members and many businesses across the country had shown very low access to various intervention funds by the apex bank.

The group at the meeting berated the CBN over cumbersome processes hindering businesses in accessing the fund.

MONTHS later, the private sector operators stated that while it was yet to conduct a comprehensive survey, reports from members still indicated that very few of them were able to access the funds due to bureaucratic bottlenecks.

Specifically, stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) confirmed that their members were able to access the N100 billion loans set aside for the sector.

The Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) confirmed it received N50 billion, which it said was grossly inadequate compared to the large number of members in the sector.

Executive Secretary of NASME, Eke Ubiji, said the disbursement didn’t activate capacity as the funds had to be spread thin among members.

He said only about 60 members received the disbursements, with each receiving between N200,000 and N500,000, while none got the N25 million in bulk as promised to be disbursed to each business organisation.

“We expected that over 250 of our members would benefit from the intervention but just a little above 60 members benefitted. This is the accurate information from NASSI, our sister body. Our membership runs into thousands across the country, so it is just a tip of the iceberg. We are also expecting intervention from the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’ (MSMEs) survival funds housed by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.”

Organisations, particularly MSMEs, who were able to access the interventions, got them in the form of loans, grants and payroll and equipment support.

When The Sequel’s known Media reached out to the Director General of NACCIMA, Ayoola Olukanni, he was silent on how much was disbursed to the sector or if members were able to access the fund.

However, findings by The Sequel Times showed that there are no current verifiable statistics from the government on the number of organisations who have been able to access the loans.

President of OPSN, Taiwo Adeniyi, told The Sequel’s known Media that financial institutions who are supposed to be the disbursement entities estimated the level of disbursement at about 10 per cent of the aggregate funds.

He said the requirement that deposit money banks (DMBs) bear all the credit risks associated with disbursement of the funds has been the major drawback in banks’ active participation.

According to him, most banks are reluctant to play an active role in the disbursement of the funds because of what they perceive as an unattractive interest rate in addition to the risk burden, which is completely on the banks.

He said banks charge as high as 25 per cent interest rate on commercial loans while they earn as low as one per cent from the intervention funds.

He advised that the CBN should review its strategies and reduce the bureaucratic bottleneck currently associated with accessing the funds.

He urged that the CBN partners with private sector bodies to ensure that credible and genuine businesses actually benefit from the fund, noting that this would further facilitate regular impact assessment of the fund.

He suggested deliberate support for organised businesses through the provision of grants and infrastructure development, adding that the loans should be structured in a way to allow the government to bear the bulk of the risk.

While seeking access to required forex at CBN rates for organisations that need to import machinery for production, he added that the government should diversify the economy, support the real sector and long term projects as the banks cannot bear the entire credit risks of this lending.

An economist, Jide Ojo, challenged the CBN to give accurate statistics on how the N1 trillion COVID-19 funds were disbursed to businesses when the key beneficiaries are not carried along.

He said the OPS should have been in the sub-committee involved in the fund disbursement to ameliorate the bottlenecks for members in accessing the fund.

“That is the same scenario Anchor Borrowers experienced, as many people could not access the fund and those who did could not pay back because of the natural disasters that happened like insecurity and COVID-19.

“There was no proper accountability for Nigerians to know how the fund was disbursed. There are a lot associated with such loans if it is not a grant. All of these should have been explained to the OPS including labour, whose members are supposed to be beneficiaries. They are one pillar that could have attested to such benefits from the government,” he said.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

PDP Congress: Party disqualifies Eddy Olafeso, others.

Nigeria

• Atiku affirms readiness for the 2023 presidency

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, disqualified its former National Vice Chairman (South West), Eddy Olafeso, from contesting the position of National Publicity Secretary.

Also affected are Prof. Adewale Abiodun Oladepo and Okey Muo-Aroh, who was eyeing the National Secretary seat.

Chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja, explained that “all these have been disqualified because they took the party to court. Their intention also was to stop the national convention.”

He regretted that the affected aspirants failed to exhaust the internal conflict resolution mechanism as spelt out in Section 51 of the party’s constitution.

According to Fintiri, those disqualified could still approach the screening appeal committee to present their grievances.

He also announced that some 27 aspirants were cleared to contest for various positions.

IN the meantime, erstwhile Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said he remains the right man to give the country what it needs.

Eddy Olafeso

Speaking ahead of the 2023 general elections, the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 poll insisted that Nigeria needed a leader that would unify, restructure and guarantee the security of its citizens.

The Waziri Adamawa, who addressed the 70th birthday lecture and book presentation of the Emeritus Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, in Abuja, added that the nation was in dire need of a leadership that would reform the economy and ensure stability.

When asked if he was the right man for the job, he stated: “I have said that before, I will do it (again).

“Nigeria needs a leadership that can unify the country, bring stability, restructure and reform the economy that would bring about security.”

In his remarks, Dokpesi said the country’s growth and development would be realised only if insecurity is properly addressed and Nigerians are united.

He called on the youths to defend democracy and unite towards a prosperous and progressive nation.

The media mogul, who also unveiled his book titled, The handkerchief, to mark his birthday, urged young Nigerians to remain committed to the cause of building a better and advanced country for the betterment of all.

His words: “There is only a fraction of the digital economy being tapped into. But by enhancing digital connectivity, digital skills, digital financial services, and other core areas of digital development, Nigeria can create new economic opportunities.”

In the same vein, Chairman, MTN Nigeria Plc, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, stressed that Nigeria cannot afford to be relegated to the backseat in a technology-driven world.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

Disaster in Hollywood as prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin kills woman on set.

America

US actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed a cinematographer and wounded the director on a film set in New Mexico, US law enforcement officers said Thursday.

The incident happened on the set of “Rust” in the southwestern US state, where Baldwin is playing the lead in a 19th-century western.

Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza “were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin,” the sheriff in Santa Fe said in a statement.

Hutchins, 42, was transported to hospital by helicopter but died of her wounds, while Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance and is receiving treatment.

No charges have been filed over the incident, which is being investigated, with witness interviews ongoing.

A spokesperson from the production told The Hollywood Reporter the “accident” involved the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.

A sheriff’s spokesman told the publication that the director was in “critical condition.”

The incident took place at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a production location near Santa Fe which is popular with Hollywood filmmakers.

Movie sets usually have stringent rules over the use of prop weapons, but accidents have happened.

Most famously, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died during filming of “The Crow” after being shot by a gun that was supposed to fire blanks.

Baldwin co-produces the film and stars as Harland Rust, an outlaw whose grandson is convicted of murder, and who goes on the run with him when the boy is sentenced to hang for the crime.

The 63-year-old posted a photograph earlier Thursday on Instagram showing him apparently on set, dressed in a period costume and with fake blood on his shirt.

“Back to in-person at the office. Blimey… it’s exhausting,” he captioned the picture, which went online several hours before the incident.

Baldwin has been on television and in films since the 1980s.

Having starred in a number of high profile movies, including in “The Hunt for Red October” and two iterations of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, Baldwin has voiced animated characters in hits like “The Boss Baby”.

He garnered new fans with his long-running portrayal of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live”, a character that irritated the former president, but won Baldwin a Primetime Emmy.

“Rust” also stars Jensen Ackles (“Supernaturals”) and Travis Fimmel, best known for playing Ragnar Lothbrok in “Vikings”.

The Bonanza Creek Ranch where Thursday’s incident took place has hosted productions including “Hostiles,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Appaloosa” and “Longmire.”

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

Similar reactions all over south east as Kanu pleads not guilty to charges.

Nigeria

• Ezeife, Igbo leaders, Sowore, journalists barred from court
• ‘Sit-at-home’: Southeast on full compliance as schools, market, banks remain shut
• IPOB gives conditions to dialogue with FG
• We won’t relent until Kanu, detained IPOB members regain freedom, says Ohanaeze
• Explore dialogue, alternative resolution to ease tension, FG told
• Heavy security in Asaba over Kanu’s trial

After speculations about his health and whereabouts since his re-arrest in June, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, finally appeared in court for his re-arraignment yesterday, eliciting some joyous reaction in court and most parts of the Southeast. His trial had been delayed for three months when authorities failed to produce him in court.

Kanu was brought into the court premises in a heavily fortified security convoy led by a black Prado SUV at exactly 8:00 a.m. Many were sceptical as to whether he was actually in the convoy considering that a similar drama took place on July 27 when he was first re-arraigned.

But two hours later, Kanu, who wore a white Fendi designer jumpsuit, was ushered into the courtroom by security operatives to face a seven-count amended charge bordering on incitement, terrorism, treasonable felony and money laundering.

The charges against Kanu, a British citizen, also included calling for secession, knowingly broadcasting falsehoods about President Muhammadu Buhari and membership of an outlawed group.

Entrances leading to the court premises were barricaded by a combination of gun-wielding Department of State Services (DSS) operatives, the army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and men of the Nigerian Police, while a large number of security personnel were deployed to the premises and its surrounding to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

However, restriction of human and vehicular movements, baring of journalists from coverage as well as the harassment of lawyers, who had other matters in court, caused serious uproar and chaos within and around the court area. Security operatives also forcibly dispersed crowds of supporters who gathered nearby.

Even some select journalists finally made their way into the court premises, they were strictly restricted from going into Court 2 by the DSS who were allegedly acting on the directives of the trial judge, Binta Nyako.

Though Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, was later granted access into the courtroom, other lawyers, journalists and representatives of apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, were barred from entering the court premises, including former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

When the seven-count charge was read to him, at about 10:45 a.m., the separatist leader pleaded not guilty. Kanu beamed with smiles as he took photos with his team of lawyers before the court session began. Some security men also took selfies with him inside the court. He looked healthy and in good spirits.

Kanu was first arrested in 2015 but disappeared while on bail in April 2017. His social media posts during his absence and his Radio Biafra broadcasts outraged the government, which said they encouraged attacks on security forces.

Shortly after pleading not guilty, the judge ordered that he remains in the custody of the DSS after failing to grant his request to be transferred to a correctional centre. The case was then adjourned till November 10, 2021.

Justice Nyako adjourned the case after counsel to Kanu, Ejiofor, informed that he had notice of preliminary objection challenging the fresh seven-count charge filed against his client.

Counsel to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Abubakar, told the court that an amended seven counts had already been filed and he prayed the court for the charges to be read to Kanu to take his plea.

The court refused the application by his lawyer for the transfer of Kanu to Kuje Correctional Centre. However, Justice Binta Nyako, allowed three persons of his choice to visit him at the DSS facility.

Speaking with newsmen after leaving the courtroom, Ejiofor said he urged the court “to dismiss the seven-count charges, acquit our client and discharge him before the case was adjourned.”

He added that the matter was adjourned to allow lawyers to challenge the competence of the new charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

Ejiofor said they have an application challenging the competence of the underlying charges, most of which reference Radio Biafra broadcasts made out of London. “I can’t see how someone would make a statement in London and it becomes a triable offence in this country,” Ejiofor told reporters.
UMUAHIA, the capital of Abia State, Kanu’s home state, was on total lockdown in solidarity with the IPOB leader yesterday. The streets were completely empty as residents remained indoors in full compliance with the ‘sit-at-home order.

There were no vehicular movements except for a few vehicles that occasionally passed by. No market or shop was open around the state capital as residents stayed indoors. Banks and schools both private and the public were all shut down. There were no incidents of violence anywhere in the capital city.

Similarly, the ‘sit-at-home recorded full compliance in Aba, the commercial capital of the state. The commercial city was a ghost of itself as markets, banks, schools and motor parks were all shut down. The roads were also empty as residents remained indoors.

The pro-Biafra group had ordered for ‘sit-at-home every Monday throughout the Southeast in protest of the detention of its leader. IPOB’s media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, later announced the suspension of the Monday ‘sit-at-home, replacing it with only the days Kanu would appear in court.

Residents of Enugu State also remained indoors in total compliance with the ‘sit-at-home order by IPOB. As expected, no vehicle was on the road and no market opened while government and private businesses were all paralysed.

There was, however, an incident of violence recorded in the state. A shop and a trailer truck were set ablaze by hoodlums suspected to be enforcing the order at the Eke-Obinagu suburb along the Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway.

TST gathered that the truck, which was said to be heading to Abakaliki, was attacked and set ablaze around3:30a.m. though the driver escaped unhurt.

Economic activities in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, and its environs were also brought to a halt. The exercise, which recorded total compliance in the state, saw the shutdown of both public and private schools, markets, banks and shops.

It was gathered that between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., there were no vehicular and human movements and the Nigerian flag was seen lowered in many private offices and banks.

Parks of major transport companies such as Peace, Onitsha South, GUO, Ifesinachi, Eastern Mass Transit, Romchi Mass Transit, among others, were shut down.

There was no movement of vehicles on major roads, including the Abakaliki/Enugu, Abakaliki/Afikpo highways and other major busy internal roads like Afikpo and Ogoja Roads. All filling stations in the state did not also open for business.

For the second time this week, economic and social activities were crippled by residents of Owerri, the capital city of Imo State. Residents had earlier observed the ‘stay-at-home’ on Monday despite it being outlawed by the separatist group.

Residents stayed at home yesterday, shutting markets, banks, schools, shops, social outlets, eateries and other outdoor activities.

They spontaneously expressed joy when they saw pictures of Kanu with some lawyers in court as it went viral on social media.

Scores of youths and pupils who were playing football on various streets in Owerri were jubilant on seeing Kanu alive and well in court.

The Guardian also learnt that the residents in the state were happy because by the physical appearance of Kanu in court, the issue of the one-month compulsory ‘stay-at-home’ threat issued by IPOB should DSS not present him in court would no longer hold.

Speaking in Owerri on the development, social commentators, Chiefs Fidel Onyeneke, and Jude Ugbaja advised that an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) measure be adopted to settle the matter out of court to ease tension in the Southeast.

IPOB, on Thursday, gave the President Buhari-led Federal Government conditions for dialogue.

THERE was heavy security presence in major roads of Asaba, the Delta State capital, ahead of the trial of Kanu, yesterday, in Abuja. Asaba, gateway to Anambra State and the Southeast hub of the agitation from the Benin-Onitsha expressway, witnessed unusually, but not unexpected security patrol as early as 7:00 a.m. across the major roads to forestall breakdown of law and order.

The security personnel, in a convoy of vehicles, moved round in what looked like a show of force, blaring a siren, not hindering, but briefly slowing down vehicular movements while it lasted.

Most of the shops in the city centre and markets were closed in observance of the weekly clean up exercise.

Many Onitsha and indeed, Southwest-bound passengers, especially those who travelled by night were temporarily stranded at the Delta State end of the Niger Bridge, as they could not continue their journey for fear of being attacked or molested by Biafran agitators.

Even though there was no enforcement of the ‘sit-at-home order by IPOB in Asaba, most travellers chose to be on the side of caution, considering events of the past. Those who dared to drive or commute on the less busy Niger Bridge did so with maximum alertness.

There were hardly commercial vehicles on the road to Onitsha in the early morning, thereby restricting the movement of those who would have loved to cross over to the other side of the River Niger.

Tuesdays have become nightmarish for commuters across the bridge, particularly, traders going to Onitsha to make purchases and travellers going from the Southwest to the Southeast. This is due to rush into the zone, as markets and shops hardly open and commuters prefer to stay off the roads on Mondays, willy-nilly, for fear of being attacked.

This has caused many travellers who could not get into Onitsha by Sunday to sleep on the road, while those who can afford it pass two nights in hotels in Asaba, if unable to travel on Monday.
For security operatives and agents, this is certainly not the best time to live or work or even drive by the zone.

Last Sunday, a soldier in uniform, ostensibly going to Onitsha/Southeast, suddenly parked off the expressway at Summit Junction in Asaba and went inside his Toyota Sienna car. By the time he came out, he had changed into mufti.

When jokingly asked why the change in dress, he retorted: “You want to tell me you don’t know what is happening in the East? Do you want me to die just like that?

“My brother, it is better to be alive in mufti than die in uniform. I have a family and cannot afford to leave them just like that.”

IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, said the group would listen to the Federal Government when its leader, Kanu, is released unconditionally. Powerful also noted that the Federal Government should set a date for the referendum on Biafra.

In a statement he signed, Powerful insisted that Kanu committed no crime to warrant being arrested and prosecuted. He maintained that Kanu should not be detained, while terrorists are roaming the streets freely.

According to Powerful: “Our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, committed no crime to deserve persecution by the Federal Government that is openly hobnobbing with real terrorists and Fulani bandits but crushing peaceful agitators. We demand the unconditional release of our leader. He should not be in detention while real terrorists and mass murderers are parading freely on the streets.”

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said it will not relent till Kanu and his members regain their freedom. Ohanaeze aired their views via a press statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia.

The group said: “We are unrelenting in our resolve to ensure that the FG toes the path of wisdom by conceding to the proposal for dialogue and ADR, which will ensure the unconditional freedom of Kanu and all members of IPOB detained across Nigeria.”

In the statement titled, Ohanaeze wins as FG produces Kanu in court, the group noted that the government has bowed to pressure by producing their leader in court.

He said: “The diplomatic engagements by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide under the able leadership of Prof George Obiozor has yielded a positive result as the Federal Government has through the DSS bowed to the overwhelming demands of Ndigbo by producing the IPOB leader in court. This is one step forward in Ohanaeze’s determined moves towards ensuring that the Afara Ukwu prince is set free in no distant time.”

Ohanaeze also commended Nigerians from all walks of life for the extraordinary interest and solidarity they have demonstrated in the ongoing trial of Kanu. It urged youths to show restraints, prudence and maturity even as they demand equity, justice and fairness.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Anambra chapter, has appealed to the Federal Government and other relevant authorities to as a matter of good conscience consider the release of Kanu to lessen the untold hardship people in the Southeast geo-political zone are passing through.

CAN said the wave of insecurity in Anambra is linked to the detention of Kanu and said that in the interest of the nation, Kanu should be released so that all aggrieved persons would sheathe their sword and embrace dialogue.

In a 10-point communiqué, jointly signed by the state chairman, Ven. Joseph Nweke; Secretary, Rev. Moses Echefu; Anglican Bishop of the Niger and chairman, Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Bishop Owen Nwokolo; and Bishop Onuagha, Methodist Archbishop of Onitsha, CAN note that the appeal was sequel to the observed security tension, wanton killings, destruction of property, a threat to lives and presumed doubts over the forth-coming gubernatorial election in the state on November 6.
BUT the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the treatment meted out on some Igbo leaders, journalists and lawyers who were in court to observe the proceedings during Kanu’s trial. During the trial, a former governor of Anambra, Dr. Ezeife, a host of other Igbo leaders, journalists and lawyers were denied access to the court sitting.

In a statement made available to journalists, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, urged Igbo youths to remain calm as underground efforts continue in order to secure Kanu’s freedom.

Also, Igbo youths under the aegis of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) condemned in strong terms the access denial of Ezeife to the courtroom by the DSS. The youth group who are not also happy how Senator Ifeanyi Ubah despite obtaining a court order to carry out his oversight function to inquire about the allegations on Kanu could not be allowed entry, further described the action by the DSS as undemocratic.

In a statement by the President-General of the group, Goodluck Ibem, noted that DSS’s action did not conform with the fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria.

“Denying Ezeife, Senator Ubah and other Igbo leaders entry into the courtroom is an insult to Ndigbo. The DSS have desecrated the temple of Justice.”

Security operatives also barred activist Omoyele Sowore from accessing the courtroom to witness the trial. Sowore, who was dressed in traditional Isi-agu attire was told to go back by operatives of the DSS.

Sowore who spoke to journalists said he was at the court for a number of reasons. He said, “I am here to check the registry because for a while I have not been charged to court, I need to know about my treason case.

“Also, I am here to witness the trial of my friend, Nnamdi Kanu, the court is a public space and the public should not be barred from accessing the courtroom.

“People have the right to self-determination, Nigeria has not worked and will never work. So Nnamdi Kanu is not wrong and his trial should not be in secret.

“Security operatives have consistently failed to do their jobs and now you see them harassing journalists and lawyers.”

#Newsworthy


  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

IMF: Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.7% in 2022.

Nigeria

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.6 per cent this year and a 2.7 per cent growth in 2022.

This is according to the October Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa: One planet, two worlds, three stories, made available at the ongoing Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington on Thursday.

It stated that the growth would be driven by a recovery in non-oil sectors and higher oil prices.

“Growth will inch up slightly to 2.7 per cent in 2022 and remain at this level over the medium term, allowing GDP per capita to stabilise at current levels, notwithstanding long-standing structural problems and elevated uncertainties.”

The IMF outlook also estimated that sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth would be 3.7 per cent in 2021 and 3.8 per cent in 2022.

It attributed that the recovery would be supported by favorable external conditions on trade and commodity prices.

It also stated that the region had benefited from improved harvests and increased agricultural production in a number of countries.

In his opening remarks at the media briefing on the outlook, Mr Abebe Selassie, Director, African Department, IMF, said the recovery followed the sharp contraction in 2020 and was much welcome.

Selassie, however, said the growth still represented the slowest relative to other regions attributing the divergence reflected the slow vaccine rollout and differences in policy space.

“Against this backdrop, I want to highlight three areas which need concerted action by policymakers in countries and indeed the international community:

“The first of these is inequality. Policies need to be squarely focused on addressing the challenge of poverty to prevent the insecurity in the region.

“Policymakers need to navigate among three challenging pressures: pressing spending needs to address the many social, human capital, and infrastructure needs; limited borrowing capacity given already high public debt levels in most cases; and the time consuming and politically difficult nature of mobilising tax revenues.”

The director stated that countries, skillfully navigating the challenges, would have a huge bearing on the macroeconomic well-being and growth prospects.

He stressed the importance of international solidarity and support to facilitating divergent health, poverty, and economic outcomes.

He also said the global population was set to grow by about two billion people over the next three decades, with half of that increase coming from sub-Saharan Africa.

“This presents a huge opportunity: a growing pool of human talent and ingenuity that will have a telling effect on the economic, social, and political trajectory of our planet. We need to pay more heed to this phenomenal opportunity.”

Selassie further reiterated the commitment of the IMF to supporting sub-Saharan Africa tackle the broad array of challenges it faced.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

NMM Awards: Kogi gov’t says “there would be 24-hours security.

Kogi State – Nigeria

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 29th edition of the 2021 Nigeria Media Merit Awards (NMMA) ceremony holding in Lokoja, has assured all delegates of adequate security before, during and after the event.

The Chairman, LOC Security Sub-Committee, retired Cdr. Jerry Omodara, gave the assurance while briefing newsmen on security in Lokoja on Thursday.

Omodara said that all roads leading to Kogi would be placed on 24-hour surveillance to guarantee maximum protection of all delegates.

He stressed that arrangements had been put in place to pilot and safely convey and return all delegates and guests to the event from Nnmadi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

“We are designing a compact system that will monitor the roads, streets, environments to ensure continuous peace in the state.

“We will also put the needed surveillance on all other routes leading to the state capital.

”Also, safety during the Media Tour across the three senatorial districts has also been put into consideration,” he said.

According to him, surveillance would be increased within the state capital and particularly the venues and hotel accommodations.

“The security agencies are fully prepared to host the event. We know the importance of the event and the high personalities expected.

”Just as we have been able to keep the State safe as one of the most secured states in Nigeria today, we will increase the tempo to ensure a successful program,” Omodara said.

He added that Kogi Gov. Yahaya Bello had directed the Chairmen of all the 21 local government areas to work assiduously with federal security agencies in their area, as well vigilantes and hunters.

”All roads must be put under 24 hours surveillance,” he said.

Omodara, who is the Kogi Governor’s Security Adviser, gave assurance that the state government would continue to increase and review human and technical intelligence that would guarantee the safety of all citizens, during and after the NMMA.

He further commended the Board of Trustees of NMMA for the choice of Kogi to host the prestigious event this year.

TST reports that the 3-day ceremony is scheduled to start on Oct. 28.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

Thirty abductees regain freedom in Kebbi.

Kebbi State – Nigeria

A total of 27 abducted students and three teachers of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, in Kebbi, have regained their freedom, after four months in captivity, the Kebbi governor, Atiku Bagudu, has announced.

Addressing the students in Birnin Kebbi, on Thursday, Bagudu, thanked God for their release, while urging them to take heart over their abduction and four months of captivity, as a trial from God.

“Even Prophets of Allah, who are the best and most faithful people, had been tested and tried; but one thing is certain that if you are tested and tried and at the same time you become patient, definitely the sky is your limit and only Allah knows your reward,” he said.

Bagudu prayed to Almighty Allah to rescue those that were yet to be released as “efforts are still ongoing to secure the release of the remaining abductees.”

The governor directed that the students should undergo medical screening and be supported while being reunited with their families.

He thanked the security agencies and all those that had helped in ensuring the release of the students.

The Sequel Times reports that the 30 released abductees, comprised three teachers: two males and one female; while the students included, two girls and 25 boys.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

MP3 » Maleek Berry – Peru (Cover)

Music

Maleek Berry comes through with yet another new song titled “Peru (Cover)”

Year: 2021

[Album] » Peruzzi – Rum & Boogie

Maleek Shoyebi, professionally known as Maleek Berry, is a British-Nigerian record producer and recording artist. After his break into the spotlight in 2012, Maleek Berry was nominated as “Music Producer of the Year” at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

#NobleSong

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

MP3 » Wiz Khalifa – Million Dollar Moment

Music

Wiz Khalifa comes through with a new song titled “Million Dollar Moment”

Year: 2021

MP3 » Wizkid – Purple Essence feat. Tems, GhostFace Killah & Raekwon

#NobleSong

Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper and singer. He released his debut album, Show and Prove in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. 

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

Lagos airport, epicentre of drug trafficking in Nigeria – Marwa.

Lagos State – Nigeria

The chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Buba Marwa Thursday said Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos is the epicentre of drug trafficking in Nigeria.

Marwa based his assertion on the volume of drugs seized at the airport since the beginning of the year.

“Murtala Mohammed International Airport remains the epicentre of the spectacular seizures, including what stands today as the singular biggest seizure from an individual in 15 years, which was 26.840kg of cocaine smuggled from Brazil in January; 24.05 kg of heroin in April; 27.95 kg of cocaine in May, and 26.15kg of heroin in May,” Marwa said at the presidential villa where he appeared as a guest in the weekly briefings coordinated by Nigeria’s Presidential Media Team.

He said that between January 25, and October 15, more than 2.7 million kilograms of illicit drugs have been seized by the operatives of the agency.

The NDLEA boss said the agency is working on a bill that will prescribe harsher penalties for drug traffickers in the country.

Marwa said NDLEA is seeking a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of between 25 years and life sentences for anyone caught by its operatives indulging in drugs activities.

“As of October 15, the Agency has recorded the following: 9, 355 arrested traffickers, including six drug barons, Over 5,000 drug offences cases filed in court, over N100 billion worth of drugs and cash recovered, more than 2.7 million kilograms of assorted illicit drugs were seized in 10 months, 5,579 drug users were counselled and rehabilitated by NDLEA, a figure that gives a fair balance between our drug control and drug demand efforts,” Marwa said.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

25-year-old man in dock over murder of David Amess.

Britain

A 25-year-old man appeared in court on Thursday after being charged with the murder of British MP David Amess, who was stabbed to death last week in what lawyers said was an attack with a “terrorist connection”.

Ali Harbi Ali, who was arrested at the scene of the killing in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, last Friday, also faces a separate charge of preparing acts of terrorism.

He appeared in court in central London wearing a grey tracksuit and thick-rimmed glasses, speaking only to confirm his name, age and address at the 13-minute hearing.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and London’s Metropolitan Police announced charges against Ali earlier on Thursday.

Nick Price, head of the CPS special crime and counter-terrorism unit, said lawyers would submit that Amess’ killing “has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations”.

Amess, a 69-year-old father-of-five, was killed as he met constituents at a church hall, in the second such death of a British MP in the last five years.

The veteran Conservative MP’s death sparked an outpouring of tributes from his parliamentary colleagues, but also calls for better security for elected representatives.

Labour MP Jo Cox was killed as she met constituents near Leeds, northern England, in the febrile run-up to the Brexit referendum in June 2016.

Home Secretary Priti Patel on Wednesday evening said intelligence officers had upgraded the threat level for politicians to “substantial”.

But she said there was no “specific or imminent threat”.

Shocked colleagues held a minute’s silence in parliament for Amess on Monday. Patel, a friend of the respected MP, said his killing was “an attack on our democracy”.

But there have been calls for MPs to take responsibility by ending divisive political rhetoric that has intensified since the vote for Britain to leave the European Union.

Amess’ family last weekend also made a plea for greater tolerance, as several MPs spoke of receiving death threats and a stream of abuse.

“Set aside hatred and work together towards togetherness. Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand,” the family urged in a statement.

But on Wednesday, a handful of protesters erected a mock gallows outside parliament, accusing MPs of “treason” for imposing coronavirus lockdowns and vaccination programmes.

Labour MP Peter Kyle tweeted a photograph of the noose and said he had been told by one protester: “This is what we do with traitors.”

“Out of the two of us I’m the one whose life and routine must adapt, not his. Our politics really is broken,” he added.

On Tuesday, police had to scramble to protect a senior minister in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet, Michael Gove, when he was surrounded by an angry crowd.

Matt Jukes, assistant commissioner for specialist operations at the Met, told reporters that detectives have been working around the clock on the case.

Searches had been carried out at several London addresses, while forensic examination had been conducted on digital devices and security camera footage reviewed, he said.

Jukes confirmed that security arrangements for all of Britain’s 650 MPs were under review both at parliament and in their constituencies.

Unnamed official sources have previously told the media that Ali is British of Somali origin.

But Jukes warned against further speculation, given strict reporting restrictions now in place before any trial.

“I understand the huge level of public interest in this case,” he said.

“But now a charge has been brought, it is vitally important that everyone exercises restraint when commenting on it publicly, to ensure future court proceedings are not prejudiced in any way.”

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

Ajetunmobi couple will be arrested if they enter Antigua and Barbuda – PM.

Antigua and Barbuda – Nigeria

Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Gaston Browne said the authorities will arrest a Nigerian couple who are thought to be fleeing to the country after pulling off a N22billion fraud in Nigeria.

Antigua Observer reported that Browne spoke in response to claims that the Nigerian couple Bamise and Elizabeth Ajetunmobi had obtained citizenship from Antigua and Barbuda.

The prime minister said that while he is yet to verify the report, he promised that the alleged fraudsters will be captured if they enter the country.

He said that he heard “that he and his wife obtained Antiguan and Barbudan passports, citizenship under the CIP programme and now that person is now wanted for defrauding a number of Nigerians.”

“I have already put systems in place to ensure that if he is not here as yet that they could capture him on his way here because Antigua and Barbuda is not gonna be a refuge for scamps,” Browne said.

Browne reiterated that the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) is not meant to attract criminals saying “our CIP programme is designed to attract and to incentivise investments, not to be a safe haven for crooks.

“This government will continue to do all in its power to ensure that those who violate and they seek refuge here that eventually they are repatriated from whence they came. It’s just a matter of time. Some of them may get temporary refuge here but we have no doubt that ultimately, they will be repatriated.”

The passports of the fleeing couple and their minor children surfaced on the internet earlier this week after reports emerged that they had fled Nigeria after their ponzi scheme Imagine Global Solutions Ltd collapsed, leaving thousands of investors stranded.

The passports also reportedly showed that the couple had planned their disappearance months in advance to avoid the suspicion of investors.

Data entries on their passports showed that the husband and one of their minor children procured their passports on the same day — April 29, 2021 while the wife procured her own passport a few days later on May 4, 2021.

The Ajetunmobis were only detected to have fled Nigeria last week.

They operated a company called Imagine Global, a micro-lending service to small and medium businesses, and offered 22 percent interest on loans and 10 percent returns to investors.

Hundreds of Nigerians who fell victim to the suspected Ponzi scheme operated by the couple have been narrating their ordeals online and called to government authorities to arrest the couple.

The victims have a Whatsapp group where they are mobilising on how to recover their lost funds.

A spokesman for Zuriel Consulting Limited, Imagine Global’s legal adviser told People’s Gazette three days ago that the law firm could not comment on investors’ funds and the disappearance of the couple.

“We have been hearing that the couple had fled Nigeria with investors’ funds,” Zuriel Consulting told The Gazette on Monday morning. “But we have no comments to make about the controversy at this point.”

The firm also said it would not confirm or debunk claims that the amount squandered was up to N22 billion.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

DR Congo pupils protest schools reopening.

DR Congo

Hundreds of secondary school pupils demonstrated outside the Democratic Republic of Congo’s parliament on Thursday, calling for lessons to resume three weeks into a teachers’ strike.

“We want to study,” the children chanted as they stormed up the steps and into the debating chamber.

Videos shared by journalists on social media showed them being met by the parliament’s deputy speaker.

Congolese schools officially reopened on October 4, but lessons are yet to begin in many institutions as teachers have been striking for higher wages.

Schools minister Tony Mwaba has warned those participating in walkouts that they could be struck off the payroll altogether.

He has so far not responded to an opposition senator’s proposal to replace strikers with new teachers.

President Felix Tshisekedi has made free primary-school education central to his policy since September 2019, at an estimated cost of $2.6 billion per year — compared with a total government budget of almost $7.0 billion in 2021.

Pressure group Fight For Change (Lucha) said that “free education is suffering from a lack of planning,” and called on the government to find “appropriate temporary measures to save the new school year”.

#Newsworthy

  • NATE plans to end HND, BSC dichotomy.

    Nigeria

    The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) says it is working on completing the process of total removal of dichotomy between polytechnic and university graduates.

    NATE National President, Ahmad Yabagi, stated this at the 2021 NATE annual lecture, award ceremony and induction of new members on Thursday in Lagos.

    The lecture had the theme,” NATE; Keeping the Objectives in View, Looking to the Future”.

    The NATE president said that one of the achievements of the association was the approval of total removal of dichotomy between HND and BSC holders by the National Assembly.

    Yabagi disclosed that the association was only awaiting presidential assent for it to become law.

    Also speaking, Mr Samuel Ibidapo, Chairman, NATE Lagos branch, said that the association was working with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for placement and training of technology students in Lagos.

    Ibidapo said that the Lagos branch had also recorded a giant strides in the training people on designing and maintenance of rice de-stoning machines in partnership with the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO) Lagos.

    “We are working on the aspect of training with ITF so that our youths will be self-reliant after their studies.

    “We also assist them to get the required skill they need for them to be fit for the task ahead of them through industrial placement before they go for their youth service programme,”he said.

    The Sequel Times reports that fellowship awards were conferred on some deserving members while new members were inducted into the association during the event.

    #Newsworthy

  • COVID-19 cases now surpasses 9,000 in Nigeria.

    Nigeria

    The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday recorded 247 new cases of COVID-19 in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The NCDC made this known via its website on Friday morning.

    TST reports that the 247 new cases reported on Thursday, indicate an increase from the 167 cases posted on Wednesday.

    The centre also reported 10 additional deaths on Wednesday.

    It said the new cases were reported in Plateau (49), FCT (46), Kano (29), Lagos (27), Kaduna (26), Gombe (14), Bauchi (11), Cross River (11), Kwara (11), Rivers (9), Ondo (8), Niger (2), Oyo (2), Edo (1), and Ekiti (1).

    The centre noted that till date, 209,960 cases have been confirmed while 198, 026 people have been discharged

    The centre said Nigeria’s death toll stood at 2,850 while there are 9,084 active cases.

    The NCDC said that over 3,207,523 people have been tested out of the nation’s roughly 200 million population.

    It added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre, activated at Level II, continued to coordinate the national response activities.

    #Newsworthy

  • Ali Ndume “swipe at” FG over employment embargo as wage bill soars.

    Nigeria

    • Committee promises adequate funding for police operations

    The Senate, yesterday, took a swipe at the Federal Government for placing an embargo on employment, even as recurrent expenditure continues to soar yearly.

    This was as Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) threatened to leave the country if relevant authorities fail to defuse the ticking time bomb.

    Senate’s disposition against the embargo on employment and rise in recurrent expenditure was prompted by submissions made by the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, before the Senate Committee on Establishment.

    Nta’s inability to tell the committee the number of salaries and wages the Federal Government pays its workforce, yearly, infuriated members of the Committee, who wondered why recurrent expenditure in yearly budgets is not decreasing on account of the embargo at various agencies.

    Senator Ndume said: “A time bomb is ticking because of the doors shut against millions of youths seeking employment. Making it worrisome is the fact that despite the policy, since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of yearly budgets have been increasing.

    “In 2018, it was N3.5 trillion, N4 trillion in 2019, N4.5 trillion in 2020, N5.6 trillion 2021 and N6.83 trillion in the projected N16.39 trillion 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforces through required recruitments.”

    The senator added: “The embargo is turning to a time bomb that can explode at anytime, as witnessed in some countries in recent past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted.”

    Other members of the committee like Suleiman Kwari (APC, Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano North), aligned themselves with Ndume’s

    Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Haliru Dauda Jika, and other members of the Committee have assured that adequate funds would be made available for operations of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2022 budget.

    Jika gave the assurance in a speech at the end of an interactive meeting of the Committee with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba and other members of the police management team, yesterday.

    In a remark, the IGP, represented by Deputy Inspector General, Joseph Egbunike, said the visitation by the Committee to Force Headquarters would help to address the lingering security issue in Nigeria.

    #Newsworthy

  • …after court verdict, Kontagora assumes Emir throne.

    Nigeria – Niger State

    With the vacation of the restraining order on him by the Niger State High Court, Minna, Muhammadu Kontagora has assumed the Emir of Kontagora stool.

    The court vacated its earlier order of Tuesday, October 12, 2021, restraining Kontagora from parading himself as the Emir of Kontagora.

    About 15 indigenes had alleged that due process was not followed in his selection as the new 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora on September 19, 2021.

    Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, in his ruling on the matter during the resumption of hearing on the suit on Monday, October 18, 2021, explained that the vacation of the order was in line with the submission of the counsel to the applicants.

    #Newsworthy

  • 20.10.20: Sanwo-olu vows to ensure #EndSARs panel report be made public.

    Nigeria

    I’ve ordered the release of detained memorial protesters, says gov
    • Asks youths to join ‘Rebuild Lagos’ effort
    • Survivors take FG to ECOWAS court over rights’ abuses, demand justice for victims
    • Onitiri seeks release of protesters
    • Afenifere chides govts over high-handedness of memorial protesters

    Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, said the state government would make the Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses report public.

    This is coming a day after a member of the panel said though it is the duty of the government to make the report public, if the state government fails to do so, some of the members know what to do with their copy of the report.

    The governor, who stated that the state government would not make any attempt to cover up the recommendations of the panel, whether it is in the government’s favour or not, said the report would be helpful in strengthening true reconciliation and preventing re-occurrence of violence in the state.

    Sanwo-Olu disclosed that he had ordered an unconditional release of those detained by the police during the drive-through #EndSARS memorial protest at the Lekki Toll-gate on Wednesday except one person who was caught with dangerous weapons at the scene.

    He, therefore, extended a hand of fellowship to the youth to be stakeholders in the development of the state, while reiterating his commitment to reconciliation.

    He urged them to join the rebuilding effort to restore the operating capacity of institutions affected in the violence.

    SIMILARLY, the Nigeria Police Force has been advised to immediately release all the activists and journalists arrested during the #EndSARS memorial protests across the country for peace to reign.

    A renowned socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who gave the advice yesterday, in a statement in Lagos, said those brutalised should also be compensated.

    The social critic strongly advised Nigerian youths to get involved in politics and take back the Nigerian nation from total collapse and looming disaster.

    MEANWHILE, three applicants who witnessed and were victims of the military and police onslaught during the #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, have filed a petition before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court, seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

    Lawyers representing the applicants, Bolaji Gabari, Mojirayo Ogunlana-Nkanga, Gaye Sowe and Nelson Olanipekun, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, urged the ECOWAS court, to consider and hold that the rights of the applicants and other peaceful protesters have been grossly violated by the Nigerian state and its agencies.

    “Given this disregard for the rights of Nigerian people, we are commencing litigation against the Federal Government of Nigeria at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to seek redress for the victims and accountability against the government, which through her agents were involved in the rights abuses that led to the #EndSARS protests and its aftermaths,” they said.

    ALSO, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has chided governments over the way #EndSARS memorial protesters were handled in some parts of the country during rallies on Wednesday.

    In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, the group maintained that the high-handed manner with which the police treated those who peacefully organised rallies to commemorate the misadventure at Lekki Tollgate, ‘clearly showed that the government and the police have not demonstrated that the lessons inherent on October 20, 2020, mean anything to them’.

    “The failure of the government to fulfil the promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue has added to the list of how the government continue to alienate itself from the people,” Ajayi said.

    The Afenifere spokesman maintained that the treatment meted out to some protesters in Lagos, Benin, Osogbo and others on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, sent a message that the positive lessons inherent in the #EndSARS protest have not been learnt, describing it as unfortunate.

    #Newsworthy

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