FG agrees to pay ASUU N30bn earned allowance and others

The federal government on Thursday October 15, reached an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a meeting convened to end the seven-month strike declared by the union.

The federal government agreed to release N30bn earned academic allowance to the university lecturers in tranches between May 2021 and February 2022.

It was also learnt that the FG promised to spend N20bn on the revitalisation of the education sector.

However in spite of the agreements reached, the meeting was inconclusive and adjourned. The conciliatory meeting is to reconvene by October 21 by 3.00 p.m after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

It is expected that ASUU will report back on its decision, in order to facilitate calling off their strike.

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80 travellers tested positive for COVID-19 seven days after arriving Nigeria – PTF

National coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF), Sani Aliyu has revealed that there were 80 positive Coronavirus cases recorded out of the 2,403 tests carried out on international travellers.

The PTF said this on Tuesday September 29, while stressing the need for travellers to undergo another Coronavirus test seven days after arriving the country.

Aliyu who noted that the patients arrived in the country with a negative PCR test, added that a repeat test would have been unnecessary if the country had a system of enforcement of isolation such that everybody coming into the country self-isolated effectively for two weeks.

He also directed international travellers to undergo Coronavirus tests only in private laboratories listed on the travel portal of the government.

Aliyu said;

Of the 2,403 passengers that were tested in Lagos when we started the exercise, 80 were positive. Meanwhile, they had negative COVID-19 PCR test.

“No federal government agency is receiving these funds. The negotiation for the cost is between the state governments and the private labs themselves.

“The charges range between N35,600 for the Kano portal which we are just about to operationalise to N50,400 for Lagos.”

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5 to die by hanging for kidnap and murder of Shell staff in Rivers

Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, August 8, sentenced five persons to death by hanging for kidnapping and murdering a Shell staff, named Anthony Okoro.

The five defendants out of seven persons in suit number PHC/324/2017, are Oluchi Charles (1st defendant), Miracle Anumuna (2nd defendant), Ifeanyi Simon (3rd defendant), Koko Basset (4th defendant) and Uchenna Stanley Amaechi (7th defendant).

They were convicted of the 10 charges preferred against them by the Inspector General of Police bordering on conspiracy, stealing, armed robbery, kidnapping and murder.

Chukwudi Etete (5th defendant) and Anthony Ugwu (6th defendant), the remaining two persons mentioned in the suit, were discharged and acquitted by the court.

The suspects had on May 29, 2016, attacked the home of one Anthony Okoro, a staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company, in Woji area of Port Harcourt. The suspects reportedly shot the victim and carried his body away with his Range Rover SUV. The deceased’s Kia Optima car, television sets, infinix phone and other valuables were also taken away by the suspects.

The trial judge, Justice George Omereji, in his verdict yesterday, held that the prosecution proved its case that the first to fourth and seventh defendants were as guilty as charged. Omereji, in discharging and acquitting the fifth and sixth defendants, stated that the prosecution could not prove that they had knowledge of the crime, rather they unknowingly bought phones belonging to the victim.

The judge also held that the prosecution proved the case of conspiracy against the convicts.

“It was proven that the convicts had met at Genesis area of Woji in Port Harcourt and planned the kidnap of Okoro and the death of the victim was caused by the convicts,” the judge said.

The trial judge also noted that the prosecution also proved that the death of the victim was caused by the suspects, regretting that Anthony Okoro was shot on his arm and taken away with his cars and other valuables by the suspects.

Omereji, who based his ruling on Section 410 of the Administration of Criminal Justice 2011, sentenced the five convicted persons to death by hanging, adding that they should be held on the rope till they are confirmed dead.

The prosecution counsel, I. Ubulom, described it as justice done. He said the verdict would serve as deterrent to others involved in criminal activities.

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Suspected serial killer hacks community leader to death in Ogun state

The police in Ogun state is currently searching for a suspected serial killer who allegedly killed a 53-year-old leader in Oluwatedo community, Ogere, in the Ikenne Local Government Area of Ogun State, Olatunji Oladeji,

According to reports, the suspected serial killer, Feyisola Dosumu( picture above) popularly known as Spartan, has been terrorizing members of the community for years and has evaded police arrest.

Family members of the late Oladeji says he was about entering his house after returning from work on Friday, August 21 when he was accosted and attacked by the suspected killer who allegedly used a machete to hack him to death.

Oladeji was rushed to the hospital in the pool of his blood where doctors certified him dead on arrival.

Until his death, late Oladeji was the Vice-Chairman of the Oluwatedo Community Development Association.

Residents of the area claim the suspected serial killer who is an alleged cultist and has killed over 15 persons in the area.

According to them, most of them have had to abandon their homes for fear of being killed by the suspect. They alleged that only last month, he used a machete to hack a female nurse residing in the area to death, after raping her.

They alleged that the suspect had a mental breakdown sometime back and was admitted at the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta. He allegedly escaped and returned to the community where he has killed some of the residents.

The spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said some policemen are currently on the trail of the suspect and vowed that the suspect would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly. She said five of the state police tactical team have been drafted to the area to search for the suspect.

Police rescue 32 -year-old man locked up in a room by his father and stepmum for 7 years 

A 32-year-old man identified as Ahmad Aliyu has been rescued by men of the Kano state police command after he was locked up in a room by his father and stepmother for seven years in Farawa Babban Layi, Mariri Quarters in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the State.

The police came to Aliyu’s rescue after a video showing his sad state went viral. Aliyu looked emaciated and dehydrated in the viral video. He has spent days without food and water and reportedly drank his own urine whenever he was tasty. A concerned neighbor alerted the police in Farawa and members of a non-governmental organization, Human Rights Network.

According to reports, Ahmad was “imprisoned” by his father and stepmother on the suspicion that he had started smoking and getting involved in drug consumption. The police arrested his father and stepmum and took away their victim.

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790 new cases of Coronavirus recorded in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Covid-19 cases are now over 26,000 as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced new cases on Wednesday night, July 1.

The disease control agency announced the new cases in its daily reported posted via its Twitter handle.

With the 790 new cases announced, Nigeria now has 26,484 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 10,152 recoveries and 603 deaths.

A breakdown of the new cases indicates that Delta leads with 166 cases while Lagos and Enugu states follow with 120 and 66 cases respectively.

The breakdown of the new cases across states in the country is as follows;

Delta-166, Lagos-120, Enugu-66, FCT-65, Edo-60, Ogun-43, Kano-41, Kaduna-39, Ondo-33, Rivers-32, Bayelsa-29, Katsina-21, Imo-20, Kwara-18, Oyo-11, Abia-10, Benue-6, Gombe-4, Yobe-2, Bauchi-2, Kebbi-2.

As at Wednesday, 26,484 confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been recorded in Nigeria. 10,152 patients have been discharged and 603 deaths have been recorded.

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FG to announce next phase of eased lockdown tomorrow June 30

The Federal government will announce the next phase of the eased lockdown tomorrow June 30.

This was made known by the Secretary to the government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.

The members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 had a meeting with President Buhari where they briefed him on how Nigerians are complying to all the COVID-19 protocols.

Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari, who gave an insight into what was discussed at the meeting, tweeted

“Today is the last day of Nigeria’s phase II of the eased lockdown, members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefed and submitted their recommendations to the President for approval, the next lines of action will be announced tomorrow, SGF Boss Mustapha discloses.”

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Mustapha also disclosed that the Federal government is considering Precision lockdown which is locking down eighteen local governments where at least sixty percent of the total number of confirmed cases across the country are recorded. He told newsmen that the Precision Lockdown will enable state authorities embark on aggressive testing of residents.

Mustapha also mentioned that the mortality rate from COVID-19 is low in Nigeria compared to other countries because 80% of those infected were in the age bracket of 31 to 40, which he described as a very active part of the population.

According to data earlier released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, 11 out of the 20 local government areas that account for 60% of the cases are in Lagos State.

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N-Power: Registration of new beneficiaries begins June 26

The Federal Government says the enrolment for Batch C beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), will begin from June 26.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq made the announcement in a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Information in the Ministry, Mrs Rhoda Iliya, on Friday in Abuja.

She noted that the Programme was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 under the NSIP with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through capacity building, investment, and direct support.

She Said:

“The commencement of the Batch C enrollment is sequel to far reaching consultations and a review of the submissions on the reform and realignment of the programme for greater efficiency.

“Batch C is also being enrolled to provide opportunities for more Nigerian youth to access the programme, in furtherance of the President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

“This will create opportunities that will enhance the productivity of the Nigerian youth for entrepreneurship.

“Applications will be conducted using a hybrid system of enrolment to ensure that all Nigerians are given an opportunity to participate.

“As a Ministry that caters for the vulnerable, we will also make special considerations for persons living with disabilities.

“Online portal would be open to receive applications from noon on June 26, 2020 and will provide a level playing field for all applicants.

As part of the Ministry’s reforms to make the programme more efficient, all applicants must supply their Bank Verification Number (BVN), in their application.

“This is to ensure a streamlined and transparent selection process. Once applications are submitted, the Ministry will review submissions and publish a list of successful applicants.

“Past beneficiaries are not eligible to participate in the application process. Comprehensive details for the new batch will be announced in the coming weeks,”

However, the Minister also hinted that the Ministry had announced that Batch A would exit the programme on June 30, while Batch B would exit on July 31, 2020 respectively.

She explained that the Ministry had begun the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A and B into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries.

According to her, these will be done after the completion of psychometric assessment to determine competency and placement into various opportunities.

“The Federal government is committed to the continuation and expansion and as such will now begin enrollment and on boarding of a new Batch of beneficiaries.”

The minister said, the N-Power programme had so far enrolled a total 500,000 beneficiaries, 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which began in August 2018.

“The beneficiaries were supposed to spend not less than 24 months on the programme and were spread across the key industries targeted by the programme – agriculture, health, education and tax.

“The current beneficiaries from Batches A and B are scheduled to transit the programme by July 31, 2020 with plans already in place to transition them into entrepreneurship,” she reiterated.

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IGP orders probe of D’banj over rape allegation

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Adamu Muhammad, has ordered a probe into the rape allegation against singer D’banj.

Recall that Seyitan had taken to Twitter where she claimed that D’banj raped her at a hotel in Lagos in December 2018.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, however, gave the order, following a petition written by Seyitan’s lawyer.

The letter with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801 which was written by the Principal Staff Officer to the IG, DCP Idowu Owohunwa and addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, came after the singer was accused of intimidating the alleged rape victim by getting her arrested.

It read in part;

Re: Petition Against (1) Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Aka D’Banj) for Rape Indecent Sexual Assault, Attempted Assault on Miss Seyitan Temidayo

“I forward herewith copy of letter dated June 5, 2020 received from Ojoge, Omileye and Partners on the above underlined subject. I am to respectfully convey the directive of the Inspector-General of Police that you treat.

“Accept the assurances of my esteemed regards please.”

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