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VAT war: No regret supporting FG – David Umahi

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Ebonyi state Governor, Chief David Umahi has  said he has no regret  preaching that federal government should be collecting Value Added Taxes(VATs) and share to states of the federation.

The Governor stated this on Tuesday during the inauguration of south east leaders of the Christian Association in Nigeria(CAN) with his Senior Special Adviser(SSA) on Religion and Welfare, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali as the Chairman.

The inauguration was performed by the President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle at the Christian Ecumenical centre, Abakaliki

He called on CAN and all the traditional institutions in south east to begin to sensitize the people of the zone on the dangers of the sit-at-homes being ordered by the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB).

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He said “the sit-at-home is not biting the south East Governors.  If you sit-at-home, some of their children are outside the country, it’s not biting them.  If the body of Christ and all the Traditional institutions should rise up to let them know the dangers. We fear that a splinter group may come and toe this thing we are sitting on Mondays, Tuesdays and on Fridays and on Sunday sit-at-home by the Christian body.

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“Another sit-at-home on Wednesdays and Thursdays, yes, I am hearing that and then the end would have come and would have become very clear to our people. I never see when people brought war upon themselves.  So, I plead with the Christian body to announce the dangers they are bringing to ourselves.

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“Nobody is sitting at home in  the West, in the North, in the South South. We are only sitting at home here, what do we intend to achieve? Nothing!

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“We are killing ourselves and we say we are agitating, agitating for what? So, it’s a very terrible thing. When our people push for restructuring, yes, I agree with restructuring but it has to be administrative restructuring, I will continue to preach it. Our states that are very weak must be taken care of before we say let everybody control their resources.

“There was a time we were house boys and house girls and they were very helpful in service to other states. It is time to be  built  up before you can collect their  VATs separately. I will continue to preach that allow the federal government to collect VAT and share for us”.

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Nigeria to provide electricity to 5 million households by 2030 – Buhari 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed plans by Nigeria to execute an ambitious energy plan towards reducing the energy shortcomings by 2030 including electrifying five million households. 

The president disclosed this in line with Nigeria’s role as a Global Theme Champion for the Energy Transition, at the High-Level Dialogue on Energy at the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

He said: “Nigeria’s commitment to a just transition is reflected in our ambitious Energy Compact, which includes the Government’s flagship project to electrify Five Million households and Twenty Million people using decentralized solar energy solutions. This is a major first step towards closing our energy access deficit by 2030.

“Nigeria’s commitment is also reflected in the development of our Energy Transition Plan, which was developed with the support of the UK COP26 Energy Transition Council.” 

President Buhari called for support from developed countries to unlock the financing needed to accelerate a just energy transition for all. 

He added: “The focus of our discussions on transition must now evolve how we help countries develop detailed energy transition plans and commitments to mobilize enough financing to empower countries to implement those plans.”

The president further said: “The scale of financing required for Nigeria to achieve net-zero, amounts to over $400 billion across the Nigerian economy in excess of business-as-usual spending over the next thirty years.

“This breaks down to $155 billion net spent on generation capacity, $155 billion on transmission and distribution infrastructure, $75 billion  on buildings, $21 billion on industry and $12 billion on transport.” 

The President, however, said that gas would continue to have a big role to play before it is phased out, explaining that solid fuel cooking was still wreaking havoc in Africa:

He added: “As a global leader on the energy transition, it is imperative that I flag a major risk to development that stems from the current narrative around the energy transition, particularly on the role of gas and the lack of financing. 

“Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan has laid out our roadmap to reach net-zero and highlights the scale of the effort required, which includes the development and integration of renewables into current grid infrastructure at tremendous scale and electrification of all sectors. 

“This is challenging for any country especially a developing country. On our development objectives, gas will have a key role to play here for some years before being phased out.” 

President Buhari noted that these plans must also take into account, the provision of access to electricity and clean cooking solutions for those in Nigeria and around the world currently without access, stressing that, “an often-overlooked point is the essential role of gas in addressing clean cooking challenges.”

“Globally there are 2.6 billion people who lack access to clean cooking which is unacceptable,” adding: “even more concerning is that solid fuel cooking in Africa causes almost 490,000 premature deaths annually, making it the second-largest health risk in Africa.”

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Imo will benefit from Buhari’s visit – Deputy Speaker

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The Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Amara Iwuanyanwu, has said the state will benefit from the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Iwuanyanwu said Buhari’s visit to Imo State would help the President identify where he can assist.

The member representing Nwangele state constituency in the Imo Assembly made the comment in a statement sent to DAILY POST.

He said the president’s visit was an opportunity for Buhari to see the work done by the state Governor, Hope Uzodimma.

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He said: “The benefits of the presidential visit will be immense and beneficial for Imo.

“Days after he left Imo, the state visit of President Muhammadu Buhari is still a trending topic in the state.

“For instance, there are some federal roads that the governor had embarked on, that are not actually state roads, but because of the viability of those roads, he embarked on them with meagre funds.

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“So, if the president goes back with what he has seen on ground, he can decide where the federal government would assist.

“This presidential visit is epochal in different dimensions.”

Buhari had on September 9 visited Imo State, where he commissioned some projects.

The president also met with Southeast leaders during his visit.

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Nigeria records 3 new COVID-19 deaths, 477 new infections

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded three deaths and 477 new COVID-19 infections in 17 states and the FCT on Friday.

NCDC said in its report issued on Saturday that the 477 new infections brought total number of infections nationwide to 203,991.

The new figure raised the number of infections by 44 in 24 hours when compared to the 433 infections recorded on Thursday.

The NCDC stated that Lagos State led the infections chart, recording 113 cases and beating Rivers, which logged 79 cases. The FCT reported 68 cases.

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Kaduna State had 29 infections on Thursday, and had 39 infections on Friday. Delta (37), Abia (36), Oyo (16), Benue (12), Akwa Ibom (9), Plateau (9), Cross River (7), Edo (6), Ekiti (6), Katsina (4), Jigawa (3), Bayelsa (2), Ogun (1), and Yobe (1).

Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun and Sokoto States recorded no new infection.

Since its first case in February 2020, Nigeria has recorded a total of 203,991 cases from the three million people tested so far.

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NCDC stated that of the confirmed cases, 192,139 victims had been discharged from hospital after their recovery, while there are still more than 9,172 active cases.

Total death toll for COVID-19 nationwide stands at 2,671 as of Friday, the NCDC stated.

It added that the multi-sectorial national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) continues to coordinate national response activities.

Nigeria has bought and has also received donations of vaccines from the UK, U.S.A., Indian and COVAX a multinational agency.

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We’re working towards reducing energy shortcomings by year 2030 – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is working on an ambitious Energy Plan towards reducing the energy shortcomings by 2030.

The President spoke in line with Nigeria’s role as a Global Champion for the Energy Transition, the theme of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy at the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Buhari noted that Nigeria’s commitment to a just transition is reflected in its ambitious Energy Compact, which includes the “Government’s flagship project to electrify Five-Million households and Twenty-Million people using decentralized solar energy solutions. This is a major first step towards closing our energy access deficit by 2030.

“Nigeria’s commitment is also reflected in the development of our Energy Transition Plan, which was developed with the support of the UK COP26 Energy Transition Council.”

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Buhari called for support from developed countries to unlock the financing needed to accelerate a just energy transition for all.

Buhari said “the scale of financing required for Nigeria to achieve net-zero, amounts to over Four-Hundred Billion US Dollars across the Nigerian economy in excess of business-as-usual spending over the next thirty years.

“This breaks down to One-Hundred and Fifty-Five Billion US Dollars net spend on generation capacity, One-Hundred and Thirty-Five Billion US Dollars on transmission and distribution infrastructure, Seventy-Five Billion UD Dollars on buildings, Twenty-One Billion US Dollars on industry and Twelve-Billion US Dollars on transport,” Buhari explained

“As a global leader on the energy transition, it is imperative that I flag a major risk to development that stems from the current narrative around the energy transition, particularly on the role of gas and the lack of financing,” he said.

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Buhari said in his administration’s development objectives, gas will have a key role to play here for some years before being phased out.

The Nigerian leader noted that it was more worrisome that solid fuel cooking in Africa causes almost 490,000 premature deaths annually.

President Buhari is currently in New York, the United States of America where he led the Nigerian delegation to attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly, UNGA.

The Nigerian leader also addressed the Assembly on Friday amidst protests from those who feel he has not done enough to address numerous challenges facing Nigeria, especially in the areas of security and hunger.

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Ogun: NANS fires Showunmi for comparing Gov Abiodun to Level 13 civil servant

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Ogun State has reacted to a statement credited to a former aide of Atiku Abubakar, Segun Showunmi, that Governor Dapo Abiodun was running Ogun State like a Level 13 civil servant.

While the students said they would not love to dabble into politics, they accused Showunmi of denigrating the hard labour of workers in the State, saying “when criticism comes as a commercial venture in order to unscrupulously receive gratification, then it must be rebutted instantly.”

Describing Segun Showunmi as a “serial rabble-rouser whose uncultured and uninformed utterances have gathered undue attention in the media,” the students maintained that “only an irresponsible adult will denigrate the hard labour of indispensable civil servants by insinuating that they are senseless.”

“Coming from a supposed elder statesman who has enjoyed all his life, the largesse derived from the toilings of civil servants in form of dividends of democracy, the statement is not only preposterous and unbecoming, it also points towards amnesia,” it was said.

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According to a statement made available to DAILY POST on Saturday, Ogun NANS Chairman, Damilola Simeon, stressed that they would remind their civil servant parents of the “monumental insult” whenever Showunmi appears to seek their votes.

“A wise man once said that, ‘He who must come to equity, must come with clean hands’. Therefore, if anyone must criticise the government, it should not be Segun Showunmi who has a record of speaking from both sides of his mouth.

“This is because constructive criticism is a fundamental feature of democracy and must not be tainted by people whose intention is to increase their waning relevance and generate unmerited attention.

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“At the initial emergence of the present government, Segun Showunmi was a full-time critic until he offered his conscience for a paltry sum of money under the table.

“Hon. Segun Showunmi should come out to account for how much exchanged hands to facilitate his media sabbatical leave.

“Even as we emphasise that the utterances are nothing but a drowning man’s attempt to grasp straws, we advise Hon. Segun Showunmi to complete his university degree at the University of Lagos before engaging in a discourse that is clearly out of his league.

“Finally, we hereby call on responsible and dignified individuals who are not political merchants and jobbers to air objective criticism so we can further drive Ogun State forward,” the statement reads.

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Nigeria May Collapse In 2022, Die In 2023 – Ohanaeze Youth Warns

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..As Ohanaeze Youth Council Reveals Imminent Conspiracy Against Ndigbo

The apex youth organization in Igboland, Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC has envisioned inevitable jeopardy that could befall the Nigerian nation within a fraction of two years, if certain measures are not deployed.

The Council without mincing words said Nigeria may not outlast 2023 should some appropriate steps be relegated to the background by the powers that be.

This is following the recent political calculation and permutation by PDP to cede the party’s presidential tickets to Northern Nigeria, hence, OYC- has advised patriotic Nigerians, who bear the unity of Nigeria at heart to be caution on 2023 presidential ticket.

The national President of OYC, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka gave the advice during an interactive session with newsmen in Enugu on Saturday September 26th, 2021 after extended political meeting, geared towards reviewing what he described as “some unguided utterances as regards the Nigeria Presidency of Igbo extraction in the 2023 general election.

The Council frowned at a statement credited to Gov. Peter Obi former Governor of Anambra State and former Vice Presidential Candidate of People’s Democratic Party(PDP) wherein the latter had opted that “2023 presidential election will be basically on credibility”.

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This statement as was credited to Obi did not go down well with the Council, as the President, in his speech, reminded former Governor, Peter Obi that, “credibility is the second qualification for 2023 presidential election.

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Igboayaka, therefore, insisted that the first criterion for 2023 election was that the presidential candidates should come from State of Igbo extraction in Nigeria.

“Among the tribes in Nigeria, Igbos have held the unity of Nigeria, even Igbo have paid with their blood to keep Nigeria, and such unity thirsty tribe is qualified to lead Nigeria at this time of fragile unity that has made Nigeria to divide more than ever.

“The apostles of truth, justice, equity and fairness in Nigeria project know that 2023 “presidential tournament” will determine if Nigeria will go into political relegation or qualify to continue to exist as one entity”, Igboayaka stated.

The ebullient youth leader described the unity of Nigeria as a hungry and thirsty baby, craving for the mother’s attention, hence the quest for a true Igbo man who can succeed President Mohammadu Buhari in 2023, reiterating that the only one vaccine that would stop Nigeria from falling ill in 2022 and die in 2023 is “Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction-Vaccine.

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“Yes Nigeria President of Igbo extraction is a pill, an anti-dote of Nigeria political survival beyond 2023, the only one entrance and one exit for peace and Unity in Nigeria is entrance of an Igbo person into Aso Rock in 2023”

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Hear him: “Nigeria unity is like baby that is thirsty and hungry crying heavily, it requires mothers breast feed and water stop the baby from crying, such water and mothers milk is An Igbo person replacing President Mohammadu Buhari in 2023.

“The only one vaccine that will stop Nigeria from falling ill in 2022 and die in 2023 is “Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction-Vaccine” Comrade Igboayaka revealed.

Speaking further, he said, “There is one option left for Nigerians in 2023 either to accept Ndigbo and reintegrate them into mainstream of Nigeria political project or risk the actualization of self-determination call by Ndigbo. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed the spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum, stakeholders and groups or individuals, other tribes who are aspiring for president should make a choice whether Ndigbo to continue with them as “One Nigeria”.

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“If after 2022 Presidential Primary election, the leading political parties in Nigeria did not cede presidential ticket to Igbo candidates the call for a separate State of Igbo Nation for Ndigbo will take a different dimension that will shock the global word, and will be actualize by every conventional and unconventional instrumental”, Igbo youths president warned.

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Buhari urges US, China, others to destroy nuclear weapons

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has described nuclear weapons as the ‘ultimate agents of mass destruction’ in his address at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Eight countries in the world are known to possess operational nuclear weapons, but there are also international agreements that prohibit new nations from developing them

Buhari urges US, China, others to destroy nuclear weapons

He said Nigeria remains committed to nuclear non-proliferation agreements, and further noted that disarmament conventions deserve support of all nations.

“Their total elimination should be the final objective of all disarmament processes within the broad spectrum of goals being pursued by the United Nations,” he said.

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The 78-year-old promised that Nigeria will press with his demands of ‘a world free of nuclear weapons’ during the forthcoming Review Conference of the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty, and also the First Meeting of States Parties to the landmark Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

This is similar to the calls he made last year during a video message to the UN High-level meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

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The President had expressed concern about the ‘‘slow pace’’ of States possessing nuclear weapons in disarming and decommissioning their existing nuclear facilities.

He said, ”We are concerned about the slow pace of progress by nuclear-weapon States to accomplish the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals, in accordance with their legal obligations and undertakings under Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).”

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Police launch manhunt for killers of officer in Lagos

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THE police in Lagos State have launched a manhunt for killers of an officer who was murdered during a disturbance in the Ajao Estate area on Thursday. 

The slain officer has been identified as Kazeem Sumonu Abonde, a Chief Superintendent of Police. 

Abonde was killed as commercial motorcyclists clashed with policemen who were enforcing the ban on commercial motorcycle operation in the area. 

The spokesman of the state police command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement on Friday said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ajao Estate Police Station, Abdullai Malla and other officers were also injured in the attack. 

The statement reads: “The Lagos State police command lost one of its finest officers during a raid on criminal hideouts in Ajao Estate, Lagos State, yesterday, 23rd September, 2021. 

“The incident happened when tactical teams of the command comprising men drawn from RRS, Taskforce, Ajao Estate Division and other divisions were carrying out raid of identified flashpoints and enforcing the ban on use of motorcycles in restricted areas in the estate and similar places in the state. 

“The exercise was a routine proactive approach aimed at curtailing activities of armed robbers and other criminal elements in the state. Similar exercises were carried out in the past in other parts of the state which have resulted in reduction in crimes in the areas. 

“After the successful operations which led to the arrest of some of the suspects, other criminal elements and hoodlums, in their large numbers, laid siege to the exit of the estate and attacked the policemen with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons. 

“Unfortunately, during the fatal attack, CSP Kazeem Sumonu Abonde attached to the Operations Department of the command was brutally killed by the hoodlums. 

“The DPO Ajao Estate, CSP Abdullahi Malla and other police officers equally sustained varying degrees of injury. 

“The corpse of the deceased officer has been deposited at the Yaba Mainland Hospital for autopsy. 

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while condemning the attack on the policemen who were carrying out legitimate duty at the time, has directed that a discreet investigation into the incident should be carried out immediately.

“The CP has equally vowed to ensure that all suspects responsible for the dastardly act would be brought to book soon. 

“The Commissioner of Police has promised that this mournful incident would not dampen the morale of the command or discourage it from carrying out its statutory duties of protecting lives and property of the citizens in Lagos State.”

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Ransom payment: Controversies trail NYSC’s handbook on corps members’ security

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CONTROVERSIES have continued to trail a handbook issued by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on security awareness to corps members. 

Saturday Tribune reports that the advisory is contained in a handbook by the NYSC titled ‘Security Awareness and Education Handbook for Corps Members and Staff’ and was given to serving corps members, particularly those in 2021 Batch ‘B’, Stream II who just completed their orientation course at the NYSC camps. 

The NYSC has repeatedly warned corps members against unauthorised journeys. In a section of the handbook titled ‘Advisory Tips to Minimise Being Victims of Kidnappers or Hostage Takers’, contained on pages 58 and 59 of the handbook, NYSC implores corps members not to ply isolated routes and warns that “most Nigerians are vulnerable.” 

The scheme noted that kidnapping has reached an alarming rate such that corps members and staff should be security conscious so as to minimise the chances of falling victim to kidnappers. 

The advisory reads: “All staff and corps members should note that kidnap in our environment takes place along major roads, mostly within forested areas and those with clustered high ground. The timings of operations by abductors most time take place from daybreak and just before dusk. 

“For hostage-taking, the criminals carry out long stretch of surveillance on target spots, including schools, houses and isolated business compounds. Kidnappers also use the victim’s routine and predictability to their advantage. 

“Vary timing, routes, patterns, mode of transportation, locations and any other activity that could be used to predict your presence at certain routes, place and time. 

“Keep your car windows and doors closed and locked at all times, especially at night. 

“When travelling on high risk roads such as Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Lokoja-Okene or Aba-Port-Harcourt roads, then alert your family members, friends and colleagues in order to have someone on hand to pay off the ransom that could be demanded. 

“Be on your guard in your immediate environment and remain suspicious all the time. While moving within the urban centres, avoid isolated roads. Take only basic requirements while travelling. Do not accept an offer of a lift to unfamiliar places. Dress moderately while on journey, especially by road. Delete all financial or business transactions from communication gadgets such as ipad or handsets. 

“Identify secure places such as police stations/posts or Road Safety posts or military barracks or even hospital along your routes. 

“Identify the danger points along your routes including sharp bends, tight curves or railway crossings that block your views from seeing far in front or back. 

“When you see barricades along the road from a distance that you suspect are not mounted by law enforcement agents, react. Slow down or ask the driver to do so. 

“In this period of ICT, do not travel with communication gadgets like laptops, ipad, handsets and other electronic facilities that you stored personal information, such as finances, net worth, investment and business dealings as kidnappers will charge according to your worth. Similarly, do share such information with only family members and business partners. 

“Always keep a low profile and avoid an ostentatious lifestyle.” 

However, in a rebuttal, signed by the NYSC spokesperson, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, the agency described the report as fake, stating that the clause quoted is not embedded in the NYSC security tips pamphlet which was put together by a retired security expert. 

The rebuttal reads: “The attention of the management of the National Youth Service Corps has been drawn to a fake release making the rounds on the social media to the effect of corps members travelling on high-risk roads. The clause quoted is not embedded in NYSC Security Tips pamphlet which was put together by a highly respected retired security expert. 

“…Should alert their families, friends and colleagues in order to have somebody to pay off the ransom that could be demanded in the event of being kidnapped’. 

“Management wishes to emphatically state that the clause quoted is not embedded in NYSC Security Tips pamphlet which was put together by a highly respected retired security expert.” 

But, a copy of the handbook obtained from two different corps members serving in different locations in the country reflected the controversial paragraph. 

Efforts to reach the spokesperson to comment on this were futile as her mobile line was switch off as of the time of this report.

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Birthday Anniversary: Enugu Budget And Planning Ministry Celebrates Commissioner, Describes Him As Vibrant Leader

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The Management and Staff of Enugu State Ministry of Budget and Planning has congratulated the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Dr. Ugwunta, David Okelue on the occasion of his birthday anniversary.

A congratulatory message signed by Chukwuka, Ifunanya Judith,
PRO/Information Officer, Ministry of Budget and Planning, on behalf of the entire Staff, described the Honourable Commissioner as vibrant, affable, altruistic, intelligent, proactive leader.

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While noting that the entire Staff of the Ministry of Budget and Planning is proud of working with the honourable Commissioner, the statement prayed God to prosper him more and give him the grace to see many more purposeful years.

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The statement further prayed God to guide the Honourable Commissioner in all his endeavors.

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Bayelsa Police Commissioner orders probe into death of suspect in custody

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The Leadership of the Bayelsa State Police Command has ordered a probe into the sudden death of a 27-year-old male, who died in police custody.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Echeng E. Echeng, ordered for discreet investigation and autopsy to determine the cause of the death of the deceased, Goodluck Oviekeme.

The CP gave the order in a statement, made available to DAILY POST on Saturday, in Yenagoa, through the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Asinim Butswat.

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The statement read “The deceased suspect was arrested in connection with the armed robbery incident that occurred on 21 September 2021, at Biogbolo, Yenagoa, when hoodlums attacked a Police Patrol team, fatally injured Inspector Ugbotor Sunday and carted away his rifle”

Preliminary investigation reveals that Goodluck Oviekeme was the mastermind of the attack on the patrol team. He was arrested on 22 September 2021 at about 0300 hours, while in Police custody the suspect was observed to be running a high temperature and was taken to the hospital where he eventually died.

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The CP condoled the family of the deceased and assured the general public that investigations have commenced and that the outcome will be made public.

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Otulu: Eschew Provocative Utterances, Misrepresentation Of Facts, Obi Of Ogwashi-Uku Tells Neighboring Communities

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The Obi of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom, HRM Obi Ifechukwude Aninshi Okonjo II, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, has appealed to his neighbouring communities to eschew provocative utterances and misrepresentation of facts over which kingdom Otulu community belongs.

The monarch is the brother of Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and current Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTC), Dr Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who narrowly escaped attacks by suspected cultists during a visit to Otulu community for prayers last week.

In a statement signed and made available to journalists on Friday by his media aide, Greg Okwumbu,
the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku said his kingdom accords respect and desired to cohabit in peace with his neighbouring communities.

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where the monarch of Issele-Azagba HRM Agbogidi, Obi Francis Jideuwa, on Thursday, who, while granting a press briefing, claimed Otulu community is not part of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom but his, HRM Okonjo II, urged neighbouring communities to respect historical, political and geographical facts on boundaries.

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“We are a very respectful community and we desire to live in peace. We do not want any unnecessary provocation from our neighbours.

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“We wish to request that our neighbouring communities, who we have tried to live in peace with for decades, respect our boundaries,” he admonished.

The Ogwashi-Uku monarch disclosed that from time immemorial, Otulu community, nay Issele-Azagba land, were part of his kingdom and as a fact, lent out lands to Issele-Azagba to farm at inception.

Okonjo II, who cited gazetted references including court judgements to back his ownership claim, said “Otulu Ogwashi-Uku historically is a farming settlement under our Agidiasei Quarters.

“Otulu Ogwashi-Uku was separated from its sister community Edo Ogwashi-Uku when the current Lagos-Benin Expressway was built, effectively putting both communities on either side of the expressway.

“Otulu has always been part of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom and has always been managed by an Okwabani appointed by the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku.”

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According to him, “Otulu Ogwashi-Uku, politically, is Ward 1 in Aniocha South Local Government. A review of the geographical map of Delta State, drawn up by the Delta State Government, shows and establishes the local government boundaries which clearly puts Otulu Ogwashi-Uku inside Aniocha South Local Government.

“So, from a historical, geographic and political point of view, Otulu Ogwashi-Uku is and will remain part of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom.

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“We are aware that some communities are rushing to make claims about Otulu Ogwashi-Uku in light of the unfortunate incident which happened last week.

“We are very prepared to defend our communal land to ensure that no outside community interferes with the land handed to us by our ancestors.

“We will not permit any distortion of the facts or the truth…we have relevant legal documents to back up our claims.

“Let us end by responding to a story we heard from HRM Agbogidi Obi Francis Jideuwa, the Obi of Issele-Azagba claiming ownership of Otulu.

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“We have a great deal of respect for His Majesty and we are sure he is misquoted and the stories supposedly from him about Otulu Ogwashi-Uku are false.

“We know the history and relationship between our Azagba Ogwashi-Uku Community and Issele Azagba. We provided farm lands to them which metamorphosed to the present Issele Azagba community,” he claimed.

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How CCTV saved man from lady who tried to frame him for sexual assault after turning her down

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Man narrates a traumatic experience in the hands of a young lady who tried to frame him for sexual assault after he turned her down.

According to a Facebook user, Mokoena Sekhonyana Jobo who took to the social media platform to narrate his story.

In his words;

“Met This chick at a house party in Melville South Africa. She said I was handsome and started following me as I mingled with folks. I didn’t pay any attention to it until I walked towards the hallway looking for the bathroom.

When I opened my new of the doors it was a bedroom, she shoves me in and quick slammed the door, locked it and hit the lights. I wasn’t feeling her like that so I pushed her off me and tell her to chill.

She kept trying to kiss me and and I then over powered her and turned on the lights. I told her I’m not feeling her like that and to back off. I unlocked the door and when I came out the bedroom sweating and angry her girlfriends were in the hallway.

They said where is she?? She then comes out of the room screaming “he tried to rape me!!” Immediately these guys started jumping me. I was screaming she came at me!! I started fighting who I could.

The police were called and the chic was crying and screaming! They show up and handcuff me then started man handling me.

The owner of the house came running out screaming “where did this happen?” She screamed “in the first room before the bathroom” he then said I have a camera in there that’s my office! The camera records videos and audios let me show you officers.

The chick immediately stopped crying. As I stood there in cuffs, I waited for them to come back. When they did, the officer said uncuff him and arrest her! The men I was fighting immediately apologized. That was my last party on the 16th of December 2019.”

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Potassium bromate kills, don’t enhance bread with it – NAFDAC warns bakers

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has again warned bakers in the country to desist from using potassium bromate to enhance bread.

Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye of NAFDAC made the appeal at a sensitization campaign in Agulu, Anambra State, where she warned Potassium bromate has grave health consequences to humans as it causes kidney, thyroid, and gastrointestinal cancers.

Represented by the Director of Chemical Evaluation and Research, Pharmacist (Mrs) Ngozi Onuorah, Prof Adeyeye warned that potassium bromate is a silent killer, hence, should not be used for human consumption.

“The use of Potassium bromate is a recurring decimal and we have renewed our earlier warning that bakers of bread who are trying to cut corners by using it to enhance the size of their bread to desist from the practice,” she stressed.

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While saying that there are healthy alternatives that have been introduced to the bakers which are not injurious to public health, Prof. Adeyeye expressed sadness that some bakers still use potassium bromate to the detriment of public health.

“It has come to the knowledge of NAFDAC that some bakers are clandestinely still using potassium bromate, especially at the grassroots level where they think they are not within the precinct or the full glare of the NAFDAC regulatory officers.

“We are also asking the law enforcement agencies to also join the crusade so that we can rid the country of such people.”

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On why NAFDAC is paying special attention to bread, the Director-General said: “We are laying emphasis on the issue of bread because it is a major staple food for most Nigerians. Almost every family in the country eats bread on a daily basis either for breakfast or other meals.

“We are also appealing to the Nigerian Master Bakers Association to renew their efforts and drive in self-regulating. This is because we have been working closely with the union in ridding the bad elements among them in the past.

“We are again appealing to them to report to the nearest NAFDAC office anybody that is apprehended for using potassium bromate to enhance bread.”

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Abiodun Running Ogun Like Level 13 Civil Servant – Atiku Spokesperson

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Spokesman to Nigeria’s Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (1999-2007) and PDP presidential candidate (2019) has lambasted Prince Dapo Abiodun, Ogun State governor, for alleged unproductive handling of the state.

Segun Sowunmi, former PDP candidate for House of Representatives, who spoke during an interaction with members of Independent Newspapers Association of Nigeria (iNAN) , said Governor Abiodun is governing the state as though he’s a level 13 civil servant.

He said the description was not meant to disrespect civil servants in the State and elsewhere, saying the intellectual capacity deployed in the governance of the State is not more than the workload challenge of a level 13government worker.

Sowunmi posited that Abiodun’s intellectual capacity deployed in his administration is even below level 14,15 or 16, adding that he runs the State without new great ideas

Sowunmi argued that Ogun has failed to experience significant infrastructural development and improved internally generated revenue (IGR) owing to alleged poor administration by the Abiodun’s government.

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“In the beginning of this administration, I was very critical of them; but when Covid-19 made all the states not to be able to work much. It was not in my interest as an Ogun indigene to demarket my state when I could not see what others are doing.

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“I am disappointed that they have time to organise big burial; they have time to organise big political activities; they do not have time to organise an economic summit which we all used to; they do not have time to organize a framework to ensure that our IGR is bigger,” Atiku Spokesperson lamented.

Speaking further Segun Sowunmi frowns at the way Governor Abiodun uses the media and commissioned writers to mask the real issue, like what the State government has done to IGR and the leakages surrounding IGR of the State. He says: ” they blocked all the leakages? You know the answer yourself. All you have to do is look on the streets and see the number of people jumping up and down, cutting tickets.”

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Sowunmi continues: “What have they been able to do with the local government. Have they been able to stabilize it. What are the doing about the image of the state. All the big envelope projects we need to make Ogun State attractive, they have not done anything about it. What have they done to attract good investment, and good publicity for the state.”

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Sowunmi also berated the Abiodun-led government for lacking innovative ideas to develop the state.

“They have not brought any innovative ideas of theirs. Not in road construction; not in health; not in housing; not in education. They have not disrupted the economic policy in a manner that can create new energy, and new opportunity for people.
“Anytime I think of Ogun, I think of a state that can make itself like New Jersey to America. They have not taken advantage of their proximity to Lagos. What can they do to inspire the citizens; what can they do to interest you.

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