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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Mace Theft:How symbol was stolen from National Assembly in Pictures.

April 19, 2018 0

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Here's a chronicle of how the mace was stolen in pictures.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, hoodlums invaded the upper legislative chamber in the National Assembly complex, seized the mace of the chamber and fled in a black SUV.
This theft was blamed on the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who had allegedly led the hoodlums into the chamber before they seized the mace.

The lawmaker had been suspended for 90 legislative days for his conduct in objecting to the electoral amendment bill which is seeking to reorganise the order of elections in the country.

Senator Omo-Agege was arrested after plenary session yesterday but was released hours later after answering questions over what he described as deliberate and unfair allegations from the leadership of the Senate.

The FCT Police Command has already arrested five suspects in connection to the crime, all of them from Delta.

Here's a chronicle of how the mace was stolen in pictures 

1. Even though Senator Omo-Agege was suspended last week, he made a surprise appearance at plenary session on Wednesday, which led to mild confusion in the chamber.

Here he is approaching the day's presiding officer, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, with the hoodlums right behind him:

2. This is the moment one of the hoodlums that had been trailing behind him seized the mace and made a dash for the door:

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3. Here, one of the hoodlums holds the mace above his head and runs out while confused Senators look on:
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4. Here's a picture of the the hoodlums with the mace in front of the National Assembly complex
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That's the last time the mace was seen before it was found under the flyover before the City Gate in Abuja where the hoodlums abandoned it for a passer-by to find. The police have already recovered the mace.
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LASU ends part time programs, introduces distant learning

April 19, 2018 0
LASU VC says the university has graduated its part-time students and has returned buildings used as campus to their owners.

Lagos State University has announced the closure of all its part times programs after graduating most of the students in its external systems.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun during an interactive session at the university premises with journalists said LASU has ended its external systems programs adding that all the buildings used as campuses have been returned to their owners.

“All those buildings in Anthony, Jibowu, Agege and rest that we once used for the external system no longer belong to us. We have told the owners to do whatever they want with their properties''

However, the university has replaced the external system programs with Open Distant Learning (ODL) education, which according to the VC has been approved by National Universities Commission, NUC.

“Do not forget that it was due to the problem of access that LASU established LASUES, but we have complied with NUC’s directive to close it up and in lieu, we now have ODL, which also has NUC approval.

“We would have actually started (the ODL) but we are being careful because we want it to be very effective in terms of delivery. We are running a pilot project and I can assure you that come September/October, we shall commence in earnest,” the VC said.

LASU signs MoU with foreign universities
In addition, Fagbohun announced that Lagos State University has signed a  Memorandum of Understanding with various foreign universities as well as small and medium enterprises to boost its entrepreneurship programme.

“We have signed MoUs with SMEs and other companies. The idea is we don’t want to do what you generally see around. Our aim is that when they have had the theory in class, they will meet with industry partners and practicalise these things they were taught.

“One of the companies we have signed with has the expertise to the extent that they will give you a paragraph to write, and after, do a scientific analysis of that paragraph and tell you, if you are troubled emotionally, psychologically, financially and otherwise. So, the idea is to deepen the practical aspect of entrepreneurship.”

The Lagos State University Vice Chancellor also said that since he took over, he has remained committed to inclusive governance, infrastructural growth and students/workers’ welfare.

Lagos state university, LASU ODL

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Snatching Of Mace: PDP Reacts, Indicts Security Agents, APC Govt

April 19, 2018 0
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday condemned the invasion of the National Assembly and the the seizure of the Senate mace.

DAILY POST reports that thugs suspected to be loyal to the suspended Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege had invaded the red chambers and forcefully took away the mace.

Reacting to the situation, spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan described the seizure of the mace as a “direct assault on the legislature and bold attempt to truncate Nigeria’s democracy.”

In a statement, Ologbondiyan said, “We note that this offensive has been emboldened by series of interferences and direct attacks by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari Presidency on the institution of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate.

“The APC has foisted on our nation an irredeemable autocracy, which has in three years of governance, gone beyond limits to force Nigerians to accept a government that has no respect for freedom and the ideals of democracy, particularly the constitutional separation of powers.

“Is it not strange that a legislative day appointed to further deliberate on the re-ordering of sequence of election will be the day that strange elements would invade the National Assembly, particularly, the hallowed chambers of the Senate, to disrupt legislative proceeding and seize the mace?

“Equally strange is the compromising of security in the National Assembly paving the way for the invasion.

“The parliament, all over the world, is the bastion of democracy, without which government becomes autocratic and totalitarian.

“We urge Nigerians to pause and reflect on the series of assaults on our legislature under the current dispensation; the persecution and harassment of the leaders and members of the Senate on trumped-up charges, including declaring a serving senator wanted by the Police.

“We therefore charge the National Assembly to bring forth every legislative instrument to protect itself from external aggressions as well as unravelling every persons, offices and institutions that played any form of roles in this wild attempt to scuttle our hard earned democracy.

“Our nation has accepted democracy as the best form of governance. Those whose adrenaline cannot accommodate democracy and its constitutionally guaranteed tenets should either shape in or be forced to conform with the best ideals of democracy.”

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JUST IN:Kaduna State Sacks 4,562 Newly Recruited Teachers

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Kaduna State government has dismissed 4,562 newly-recruited teachers a few weeks after they were issued with employment letters to replace those sacked for failing a competency test.

The state Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Ja’afaru Sani, who stated this at a briefing yesterday, explained that the newly-recruited teachers were sacked because they found their ways into the service of state government through dubious means.

The state government had sacked 22,000 teachers that failed competency test based on questions meant for primary four pupils and announced that it will replace them with competent teachers, based on a competitive recruitment exercise.

Sacked, again

However, at the end of the exercise, some of the teachers could not correctly write acceptance letters, forcing the state government, according to the Commissioner, to organise another screening for all the newly-recruited teachers.

Sani said: “At the end, 4,562 incompetent ones, believed to have found their way into the final list illegally, were fished out, leaving 11,335 competent ones.

“The 11,335 newly-recruited teachers, predominantly degree holders, including a few with Master’s degrees, have already been deployed to over 4,000 primary schools.

“This was after they had undergone vigorous induction training, along with the remaining old teachers, to equip them with modern teaching techniques and effective classroom management.

“We are hoping that between now and next month ending, we will be concluding the recruitment process of the balance of 13,665 teachers.”

Smart teaching tools

The commissioner added that “we want to equip our students with the information and communication technology skills to enable them compete favourably in the current technology-driven world.”

The commissioner said to achieve technology-based teaching, the state was distributing tablet computers to teachers and students, as well as installing smart boards in schools.

Sani noted that the state Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, had concluded the recruitment of 11,335 teachers out of the 25,000 vacancy it earlier advertised; about 40,000 applicants sat for the recruitment examination, out of which 27,639 were invited for oral interview.

He added that 15,897 of the applicants were successful, but subjected to further screening to fish out those allegedly smuggled into the list.

Sani added that the applications for the remaining balance of 13,665 are already being received, adding that the process will commence once approval is granted by Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

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OAU Suspends Professor Richard Akindele Indefinitely Over Sex For Mark

April 19, 2018 0
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The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, has suspended Prof. Richard Akindele, whose telephone conversation in which he demanded for sex from a female student was recorded and released on social media.

A member of the committee who pleaded anonymity confided this to our correspondent in Osogbo on Wednesday.

He said the committee recommended the suspension of the professor in a report of the committee set up by the university to probe the matter and to authenticate the veracity of the telephone conversation, where the lecturer demanded to have sex with the student five times before he would upgrade her mark from 33 to a pass mark.

In the leaked telephone conversation, the female student, who our correspondent gathered was a postgraduate student doing her Masters in Business Administration, initiated a call and asked the professor about their earlier discussion on the matter.

The member of the committee said, “The committee recommended the indefinite suspension of the professor pending the time the final report will be ready. 

The committee established a prima facie case against the professor. But note that this is the interim report of the committee.

“The committee invited the professor and the female student. We identified the student and invited her, but she did not appear. Only the professor honoured our invitation. I don’t want to tell you what he said on the telephone.”

The committee member said the lady was an MBA regular student and added that the final report would be submitted after the lady might have appeared before the panel.

However, the Public Relations Officer of the OAU, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, when contacted on the telephone, told our correspondent that he would find out to know if the report was ready and get back. But he had yet to do that as of the time of filing this report.

The Vice Chancellor of the OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, had, on Sunday, told our correspondent that the report of the committee would be ready on Wednesday and that it would be released to the public.

It will be recalled that the the lady had released a telephone conversation she allegedly had with the professor; and the lecturer was heard demanding sex with the lady.

The lady eventually rejected the condition given during the conversation.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Tinubu blames Jonathan, others for country’s woes

April 18, 2018 0
Tinubu blames GEJ, others for country’s woesTinubu said that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was the worst culprit in the pillaging of the nation’s resources.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, National Leader, All Progressives Congress(APC) has again blamed past civilian administrations, especially the Jonathan government  for the nation’s economic woes.
Tinubu spoke at the 35th annual Aminu Kano Memorial Symposium, held in Kano on Tuesday. He was represented by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Other speakers at the event were Mr Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher of Premium Times, and a stalwart of the APC, Dr. Usman Bugaje.

The speakers examined `Democratic governance in Nigeria and the imperatives of party ideology and supremacy’.

Tinubu said that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was the worst culprit in the pillaging of the nation’s resources.

He attributed the country’s current infrastructural deficit to the billions stolen by the past governments.

The APC national leader said that the present government under President Muhammadu Buhari had in the past three years been labouring hard to clean the rot and give the people a new lease of life.

“The APC government may, at times, be imperfect in fulfilling the spirit of Aminu Kano but we are far from the PDP, which has perfected the malign craft of giving selfish ambition primacy over the public good.

“Consequently, the Buhari government has spent inordinate time cleaning the rot and plugging the holes in the corrupt system they institutionalised as their strategic policy and national direction.

“The APC has been working to steer our national ship from this awful direction in order that we may bring the people and their welfare into safe harbour,’’ he said.

Tinubu said the billions of dollars and trillions of Naira stolen by past governments if used for the people, would have transformed the nation.acc

According to him, “the stolen money would have acquired the infrastructure and implement the programmes that bring greater development and economic justice to all.

“Instead, the select few ate more than their bellies could contain. Distorting the cause of justice and hijacking the means of national welfare.

“They wildly enriched themselves and left the average Nigerian to dine on the passing wind.”

He stated that the ruling government had less resources at his disposal than its predecessors due to the drop in oil prices, but have done more with the less it has.

The APC national leader said the theme of the symposium was apt and timely, commending the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research and Training and Bayero University for the initiative.

Tinubu described Aminu Kano as a great man that could have lived an easy life by exploiting, for selfish objectives all the opportunities opened to him.

“Instead, he devoted himself to the welfare of the people. He took the harder path because it was the true and correct one.  As Aminu Kano did, we must do!

“The spirit of this great man must guide more than our deliberations here today. That spirit must direct our political intercourse and actions,’’ he said.

In his paper, Bugaje raised a few posers such as the difference between power and authority, legality and legitimacy, as well as eligibility and sustainability.

He argued that it was possible to have power without having authority, adding that it was also possible to be eligible, but not suitable for a given position or office.

“In order to succeed, he said a leader must be knowledgeable, courageous and selfless. A leader must be like a shepherd who leads his cattle to a place of pasture and a good place where they can graze,’’ Bugaje said.

In his own presentation, Olorunyomi stressed the need for the country to be in accord and be united in purpose.

He said that Rwanda, in spite of challenges it recently went through was able to bounce back into a unified entity where law and order reigned, adding such was achieved through unity of purpose. 
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Monday, 9 April 2018

BREAKING:President Buhari Officially Declares For Second Term

April 09, 2018 0
President Buhari Officially  Declares For Second Term
President Muhammadu Buhari has formally announced he will seek re-election in 2019, the News Agency of Nigeria has reported.

Mr. Buhari made the announcement on Monday at a meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress leadership.

The National Executive Committee(NEC) meeting of the party is holding in Abuja.

While the president has long indicated he will seek a second term of four years, this is his first public announcement.

Details coming…
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Saturday, 7 April 2018

PHOTOS: PDP North West Mega Rally

April 07, 2018 0
Arrival of the National Chairman at Umaru Musa Yar’adua Airport, Kastina.

He was well received by party leaders in the Northwest Zone. 

Pictures: Former Kastina State Governor Ibrahim Shema, BoT Chairman Sen Walid Jubril, Sen Adolphus Wabara (BoT Secretary), Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari (Fmr Minister of Water Resources) SouthWest Chairman Eddy Olafeso, National Secretary Ibrahim Tsauri, National Legal Adviser Emmanuel Enoidem
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Monday, 26 March 2018

MMM Founder And Russian Businessman, Sergei Mavrodi Dies At 62

March 26, 2018 0

Sergei Mavrodi, MMM Founder Dies At 62 

Sergei Mavrodi, MMM Founder Dies At 62

Russian businessman Sergei Mavrodi, whose MMM pyramid scheme deprived millions of Russians of their savings in the 1990s, has died of a heart attack, according to Russia media.

Reports said the 62-year-old was rushed to the hospital late on March 25 with pain in his chest and died several hours later.

Mavrodi's MMM financial pyramid was a typical Ponzi scheme in which earlier investors receive their profits from subsequent investors. Mavrodi promised returns of 20 percent to 75 percent a month, as well as lotteries and bonuses for investors.

As soon as the number of new clients stopped growing, the pyramid collapsed, causing huge financial losses for at least 10 million people, in some cases leaving them destitute.

In 1994, Mavrodi was elected as a lawmaker, a decision he later said was to ensure he received immunity from prosecution. In 1996, he lost his parliamentary mandate.

In 2007, a Moscow court found him guilty of financial fraud and sentenced him to 4 1/2 years in a penal colony.

In 2011, Mavrodi launched another pyramid scheme called MMM-2011, calling on investors to purchase so-called Mavro currency units in a bid to get rid of the "unfair" financial system. Some 15 months later, Mavrodi halted the project.

From 2011-16, Mavrodi launched Ponzi schemes under the MMM brand in India, China, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria.

In many of those countries, Mavrodi's operations were subsequently shut down or suspended.
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Friday, 23 March 2018

NUC Reactivate Suspended Programme in NOUN

March 23, 2018 0

Reactivation of Suspended Programmes for Admission

The entire University Community and prospective students are hereby informed that following successful NUC Resource Verification in 2017, Management has directed the resuscitation of previously suspended academic programmes.

The affected programmes include:

1. PGD Business Administration

2. PGD Public Administration

3. M.Ed. Guidance and Counselling

4. M.Sc. Business Administration

5. M.Sc. Public Administration

6. B.Sc. Accounting 

7. B.Sc. Banking and Finance

8. B.Sc. Marketing

9. B.Sc. Public Administration 

10. B.Sc Business Administration

11. B.Sc. Environmental Health

Based on the foregoing, qualified applicants can now apply for these programmes.

Click here http://www.nouedu.net/programmes to view the complete list of programmes available

Thank you
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Thursday, 22 March 2018

2019: I Will Retire You From Politics,Kwankwaso threnthen Gov Ganduje

March 22, 2018 0
rabiu kwankwasoSenator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso representing Kano Central in the Senate has vowed to retire Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje from active politics come 2019 general elections.

In an audio voice message aired on a private radio station in Kano (Express FM) on Wednesday, Senator Kwankwaso declared that no amount of persuasion would make him change his mind over the stance to remove Ganduje.

He said the level of betrayal meted to him by the Governor was enough yardsticks to stage a comeback into Kano politics and unseat Ganduje from Government House.

Senator Kwankwaso also boasted of dealing and retiring, from politics, “those who have any link to the Governor from any quarters within the Country, even if that person is in Abuja” (an apparent reference to Buhari).

The fire-spitting Senator was also quoted as saying, “go and write it down, I will retire this betrayer (Ganduje) and his collaborators from active politics in a simple arithmetic of 1 + 1 which you all know the answer.”
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Freed Dapchi Schoolgirl Speaks: How We Were Kidnapped, Treated

March 22, 2018 0
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One of the Dapchi schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram on Wednesday, Khadija Grema, provided a detailed account of their journey after Boko Haram insurgents abducted them on February 19.

About 110 girls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State. A total of 105 of them were freed on Wednesday morning by the insurgents who dropped them off in Dapchi without any resistant or confrontation by soldiers.

Clad in hijab (overall gown) that was uniformly sewn for all the girls by the Boko Haram, she said their journey to captivity was a harrowing experience that caused the death of some of her school mates.

“We were at the school, about to break our usual Monday voluntary fast, when the gunmen arrived. Everyone was confused and people were screaming; one of them said we should come close to him. They were shooting and everyone was confused. So we ran towards the school gate,” she said in Dapchi on Wednesday.

“When we got there, they called on one Babangida to bring vehicles. They brought the vehicles and began to drive us away. Outside Dapchi, they asked that who amongst us were fasting. And some of us that were fasting were asked to come down from the vehicle. They gave us Maltina, meat, groundnut cake and pure water.

“We had our prayers after breaking the fast. Then we continued our journey until we got to a place with a big tree, they stopped and we were asked to cook food, it was dark, so they put on lamps.

“After eating, then we continued the journey for a long time until we got to a place where there is river, we came down from the trucks and they asked us to enter some canoes that took us across the river.

“Across the river, they took us to a house in one village that I don’t know; we stayed there for sometime. The next day, they came to ask us to come out and we were taken to the river and continued the journey until we got to where a thick forest area. That was where they kept us; and they have not changed our location since then.

“They have been feeding us very well, they treated us very well. They did not beat us; they did not molest us.

“The people that took us away were all speaking Kanuri and Arabic. They didn’t tell us any meaningful reason why we were freed and returned. They just said we are Muslims and they felt it was right for them to free us so that we will not suffer.”

She said some of the girls, apparently the very young ones, who were trampled upon while they were packed in the vehicles that took them out of Dapchi, died on the way.

“Five girls died while we were on the way to the bush; most of them died because they were trampled upon inside the vehicles,” Khadija said.

She added that their abductors did not molest them sexually.

“They did not molest or sexually harass us,” she said. “They even said it was wrong for women and men to sit in the same place.

One Girl Was Not Freed

Khadija added that all of them were promised that they would one day be allowed to go home except one of the girls, Leah Sherubu, who was a Christian and who refused to put on the Hijab or accept Islam.

“They freed all of us except one girl, Leah whom they said would not go because she was a Christian.”

A parent of one of the freed girls also spoke about the girl not released.

​”It was sad when we heard that Leah was not released,” Kachalla Bukar said.

“We were told by the Boko Haram that she was not released because she refused to put on Hijab.”

The terrorists spent about an hour in Dapchi discussing with residents before they left the town.

The freed girls have now been flown to Abuja where they are expected to meet with presidency officials.
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Osun West should produce gov candidate – APC elders

March 20, 2018 0
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The Elders Forum of the All Progressives Congress in the Irewole Local Government Area of Osun State has called on the party to zone its governorship ticket to the Osun West Senatorial District.

The party elders said the Osun West Senatorial District was the only district that had not produced a governor since the return to democratic rule in 1999.

They argued that it would only be fair to allow the district to produce Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s successor.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the forum’s meeting held in Ikire, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Monday

The communiqué was signed by the forum’s Chairman and Public Relations Officer,  Alhaji  Ayoade Olubowale and Dr.  Ajelere Ajewumi, respectively.

The communiqué read, “That members of the elders forum, having felt the pulse of the entire party members as well as voters in the community, resolved to fully back the call that the APC should pick its governorship candidate from the Osun West Senatorial District.

“That APC State Elders Forum (Igbimo Agba) should throw its weight behind the Osun-West Senatorial District in the selection of the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the interest of justice, fair play, equity and party integrity.

“That we took this decision having realised that the past governors of the state had established a rotational pattern which began with Osun West – ex-governor Isiaka Adeleke (one year, 10 months only) followed by Osun Central – ex-governor Bisi Akande (four years); ex-governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola  (seven and a half years); and currently, Osun East, Governor Rauf Aregbesola (eight years).

“It is only fair that Osun West should be allowed to take its rightful turn.”
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