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Lagos couple ram car into shops, pay for nine coffins

On Monday an unknown man and a woman suspected to be his wife, narrowly escaped death after ramming into two coffin shops around the Ikorodu General Hospital, in the Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that the man was driving along the T.O.S Benson Road, when a tricycle operator reportedly rode in his direction.

In a bid to avoid the impending collision, the man, who drove a blue KIA car, suddenly swerved and in the process veered off the road and rammed into the coffin shops around 7am.

An eyewitness, who gave her name only as Ife, said there was no casualty.

She, however, noted that the impact of the crash damaged the couple’s car and no fewer than nine coffins.

The trader said, “A tricycle operator saw passengers waiting for vehicles to convey them to Ebute and he rode in the direction of the motor park. Suddenly, he made a U-turn without properly looking at the road and wanted to collide with a KIA car heading towards the park.

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“The shock of the incident made the driver of the KIA lose control of the vehicle and ram into two coffin shops. The driver’s wife was dressed for office and it appeared that the man wanted to drop her at work.

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“The tricycle operator fled after realising what he had caused. Nobody sustained injuries, but the accident damaged the coffins and some parts of the shops belonging to Abayo and Korede.”

Another eyewitness, who identified himself as Jide, said the driver compensated the owners of the damaged coffins before taking the vehicle from the accident scene.

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“The driver paid N550,000 to the owners of the damaged coffins. The coffins are very costly; some of them cost N150,000, N200,000 and N80,000. About nine coffins were destroyed.

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“When I got there, I saw that the husband and wife sustained no injury, but the shock of the accident affected the driver, as he spent up to 30 minutes in the car before getting down.

“They had to rush him to a hospital and later, he returned with his family to the coffin shops, settled the owner of the coffins with N550,000 and used a towing vehicle to remove his car from the scene of the accident.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, promised to get back to our correspondent after being briefed about the incident.

He had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed.

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NCC to conduct mock auction of 5G technology December 10

The Nigeria Communication Commission NCC, has set December 10, 2021, to conduct a mock auction of the 5G Technology, explaining that the technology would turn Nigeria into a big global economics and technological competitor.

Speaking during a Capacity Building for Media Practitioners, in Kano, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Professor Garba Umar Dambatta, said, Nigeria’s promising 5G plan has the objectives of ensuring efficient assignment of spectrum for 5G deployment, creating an enabling environment for investment in the telecom industry, ensuring effective deployment of 5G to cover major urban cities by 2025, among others.

He said in line with the objectives of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2025 for a Digital Nigeria, and the positioning of Nigeria as an early adopter of digital technology in the growing global digital economy, the successful and timely deployment of 5G is crucial.

“In view of its characteristics such as enhanced mobile broadband, ultra-reliable low latency and speed, 5G is expected to facilitate several emerging technologies, including Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine communication, among others.”

Professor Dambatta hinted that it is expected that the roll-out of the 5G will be carried out in phases beginning with major cities in the country where there is need for high-quality broadband.

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“You will recall that, the Commission commenced the process for the auction of the 5G spectrum in the last quarter of the year and had, since then, carried out the following activities with the following important timelines”

The Executive Vice Chairman added that by October 7, 2021, the Commission had exposed the Draft Information Memorandum (IM) on the auction of the 5G spectrum on its website (www.ncc.gov.ng) and issued a public notice in major channels, including print, electronic and broadcast media.

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“Comments on the draft IM were received by the Commission up until October 28, 2021. The IM is a document that defines the process for the licensing of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band by the Nigerian Communications Commission (the Commission).”

He said on November 3, 2021, the Commission held a stakeholders’ engagement forum in Lagos at which comments received from a broad segment of stakeholders, including the major operators, were exhaustively discussed and considered.

Adding that by November 10, 2021, the Commission published the Final IM, and Stakeholders’ comments thereon on its website and the national dailies, and set the deadline for the submission of bids on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

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Professor Dambatta said as a responsive regulator, and following concerns expressed by industry stakeholders and potential bidders for the 5G Spectrum, including MTN, about the possibility of meeting the deadline in light of the flight disruptions, and relying on the provision of the IM, the Commission announced an extension of the deadline from Wednesday, November 24, 2021 to Monday, November 29, 2021.

On December 1, 2021, the Commission announced that at the close of the bid submission date of November 29, 2021, three companies, namely MTN Nigeria, Mafab Communications Ltd and Airtel Networks Ltd had successfully submitted their bids in line with the requirements of the IM.

On Friday, December 10, the Commission will carry out the Mock Auction of the 5G in preparation for the Main Auction, which will take place on Monday, December 13, 2021 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

He added that it is expected that the two slots to be auctioned will be picked up by successful bidders at the end of the auction on Monday, December 13, and following that, the stage will be set for the next phase of 5G roll-out commencing in 2022.

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CBN releases modalities to boost productivity, earmarks N5bn loan for investors

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday released guidelines for its “Production and Productivity” initiative, through the “100 projects for EVERY 100 days” project.

Information in the apex bank’s website revealed that the initiative was designed to support the Federal Government‘s drive towards boosting productivity and economic diversification.

It stated that a maximum loan of N5 billion per obligor would be approved under the initiative, adding that any amount above N5 billion would require special approval of its management.

According to the apex bank, the facility is a long-term loan for the acquisition of plant and machinery, as well as working capital.

“The initiative will create the flow of finance and investments to enterprises with the potential to kickstart sustainable economic growth trajectory, accelerate structural transformation, promote diversification, and improve productivity.

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“It is a support to private sector companies with the aim of reducing certain imports, increasing non-oil exports and to improve the FX-generating capacity of the economy,” it stated.

According to the CBN, the broad objective of the initiative is to reverse the nation’s over-reliance on imports by creating an ecosystem that targets and supports projects with the potentials to transform and catalyse the productive base of the economy.

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“The specific objectives include: catalyse import substitution of targeted commodities; increase local production and productivity; increase non-oil exports; and improve foreign exchange earning capacity of the economy,” it stated.

It explained that comprehensive, regular monitoring of specific benchmarks and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) under the initiative would be undertaken regularly.

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“The KPIs shall include an increase in production output of financed companies; percentage increase in capacity utilisation and percentage increase in export volume and value.

“It would also include a decrease in import volume and value of industrial raw materials and increase in the number of jobs created,” the apex bank stated.

It added that focal activities shall be existing businesses and projects (brownfield) with the potential to transform and jumpstart the productive base of the economy.

“These include manufacturing, agriculture and agro-processing; extractive industries, petrochemicals and renewable energy; healthcare and pharmaceuticals, logistics services and trade-related infrastructure; and any other activities as may be prescribed,” the CBN stated.

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Plateau deputy majority leader resigns

A member representing Pankshin North in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Philip Peter Dasun, has resigned as the Deputy Majority leader.

He announced his resignation during plenary on Tuesday.

Dasun, before his resignation, was the Chairman of the House Committee on Information.

He said his resignation had nothing to do with the alleged illegal impeachment of the Speaker, Ayuba Nuhu Abok.

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He said he took a personal decision to become a floor member.

Still in Plateau, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), has arrested 21 inmates who escaped from the Jos custodial centre when gunmen attacked the facility.

ASC Geofrey Longdiem, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Jos.

Longdiem said that the Service had in collaboration with other security agencies was working assiduously to arrest the remaining inmates.

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Sylvester Oromoni’s Death: Reps direct IGP to take over investigation

The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, to take over the case of alleged torture and eventual death of a Junior Secondary School 2 pupil of Dowen College, Lekki, in Lagos State, Sylvester Oromoni.

The House also called for stricter regulation of schools and their boarding facilities by the Federal Government.

While the father of the 12-year-old pupil who shares the same name with his son had alleged that the junior Oromoni died from the injuries sustained during an assault by five of his colleagues who wanted to initiate him into cultism, the school had claimed he died after sustaining an injury during a football match.

At the plenary on Tuesday, a member of the House, Unyime Idem, moved a motion of urgent public importance, titled ‘A Call to Condemn the Trend of Inhumane Treatment in Nigerian Boarding Schools Across the Country and Comprehensive Investigation into the Activities of Nigerian Boarding School System.’

Adopting the motion, the lawmakers “condemn in strong terms, the recent incidences of inhuman treatment and abuses happening in the boarding schools across the country,” urging the Federal Ministry of Education to set out guidelines for the operations of boarding schools across the country.

The House also mandated the “Inspector-General of Police to immediately commission and take over the investigation, prosecution and punishment of the perpetrators of the identified heinous crimes.”

Furthermore, the House mandated its Committees on Education, Youth Development, and Women Affairs and Social Development to follow up with the investigation, set up a committee to brainstorm and come up with modalities and report to the House within two weeks.

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Leading the debate on the motion, Idem said, “These recent developments call for the attention of the lawmakers. These children that are being molested; these children that are being wasted, they are our constituents. We cannot watch this kind of situation happening in our constituency.

“If proper measures had been put in place, we would not be having this. There would have been a proper way of monitoring the activities of these children.”

Another member, Obinna Chidoka said, “It is very important to send a strong signal that our children cannot be treated this way. There was one case in Kwara that trended, where they were giving corporal punishment to students.

“On the criminal aspects (of the Dowen College case), the IGP should investigate thoroughly and give feedback.”

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Also, Babajide Obanikoro, who noted that the incident occurred within Eti Osa Federal Constituency in Lagos where he represents, said, “In this particular matter, there are five students that are involved. They are a flight risk; their names should be placed on ‘no flight’ list. And the school, as shut down by Lagos State, should remain shut until the school is cleared of all the allegations.”

In his submission, Victor Akinjo said, “There is nothing wrong with private schools because we operate an almost private economy, but there is something wrong with the regulators. You cannot leave the boarding schools without proper regulations.

“It is the responsibility of the regulators to do proper oversight; to do what is right and save Nigeria from this embarrassment. It is a huge embarrassment for those schools to be turned into a cultists’ medium (sic).”

In the motion, Idem recalled the incident leading to the death of 14-year-old Karen-Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher of Premier Academy, Lugbe, Abuja on June 22, 2021, which he described as “one that left many heartbroken.”

“Her parents narrated how their daughter was sexually assaulted and later died of complications as a result of a condom left in her private part. Six months later, there is still no news of a suspect being arrested,” the lawmaker further recalled.

Idem partly said, “The House is cognisant that following the two recent cases, some Nigerians on the social space have been voicing out their bitter experiences with the boarding school system of operation.

“The House is cognisant that the Federal Government should, without delay, launch a national campaign; the campaign should include advocacy, public sensitisation and social mobilisation, as it will take the joint effort of government, school managements and parents to curb ugly happenings in our boarding schools. All hands must be on deck to curb the spread of this new trend.”

Meanwhile, the House adopted a separate motion moved by another member, Mark Gbillah, which was titled, ‘Suspected Rape and Murder of 14–Years Old Miss Keren–Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher.’

Adopting the motion, the House urged the Nigeria Police Force to “thoroughly investigate mysteries surrounding the death of Keren, allegations of harassment and threat to the life of Keren’s family and the leader of a coalition of gender-based violence and his family.”

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The House also asked the police to “carry out a DNA test, recover spermatozoa and test Premiere Academy staff to identify anyone liable and bring him to justice.”

Furthermore, the House mandated its Committees on Woman Affairs; Human Rights; and Police Affairs to invite stakeholders to investigate the “circumstances surrounding the death of Keren–Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher.

The joint committee is to also probe the “allegations of the unwillingness of the Nigeria Police Force to initiate an investigation into the death of Keren; allegations of harassment and threat to the life of Keren’s family and the leader of an NGO and his family; previous cases of sexual harassment at Premiere Academy Abuja and other incidents of violence against women in Nigeria; probable lapses by other relevant agencies handling the incident.”

The panel is to report back within six weeks for further legislative action.

Moving the motion, Gbillah recalled how Akpagher, a 14-year-old SS1 boarding student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, was allegedly raped and eventually died on June 22, 2021, from medical complications as a result of rape.

The lawmaker also recalled how Keren was reported to have taken ill on June 16, 2021, without adequate medical care by Premiere Academy, until the mother took her to a hospital in Wuse Zone 6 in Abuja on June 19, 2021, where she eventually died three days later.

He said, “The House is worried that the medical examination before her death revealed a condom lodged in her private part, which had a milky effusion with the presence of dead spermatozoa within the fluid, which had caused an infection that developed into sepsis.

“The House is alarmed by the unwillingness of Premiere Academy to uncover the truth behind Keren’s death and the management’s media denial of previous cases of sexual harassment of students in the institution contrary to documentary evidence.

“The House is also alarmed by the lack of proactive and thorough investigation by the Nigeria Police Force, even after formal correspondence to the police by the deceased family’s lawyers and the allegations by Amnesty International of harassment and threat to the lives of Keren’s mother, Vivien Akpagher, her family and the leader of the coalition of gender-based violence responders and his family over their public campaigns and advocacy demanding justice for Keren.”

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Man sentenced to prison for stealing rice, spaghetti, cigarettes, noodles, others worth N4,560

A Magistrate Court sitting in Ile-Ife, Osun State on Monday sentenced a middle-aged man, ThankGod Paul, to six months jail term for stealing food items worth N4,560.

The convict said to have stolen one rubber of dried rice worth N1,000; two Bigi Cola valued at N300; two 7up drinks valued at N400; one Spaghetti valued at N400 and five Magic soaps valued at N500.

The convict also stole two packs of noodles, N200; one pack of Rothmans Cigarettes, N500; one pack of Benson & Hedges, N500 and one Agbara & Halogin Hot Drinks, N400.

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Other stolen items, according to the police prosecutor, Inspector Onah Glory, are one chinchin cup, worth N60 and one pack of Tiger Razorblade, valued at N300, the total of which were valued at N4,560.

The prosecutor informed the court that Paul broke and entered into the shop of one Sola Adeyanju on December 5, 2021 at Alaro Area, Modakeke-Ife with intent to commit a felony.

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He was charged on three counts bordering on breaking, entering, and stealing and pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against him and pleaded for leniency.

In his ruling, Magistrate A.O Adediwura sentenced the accused to six months in prison with an option of one calendar year of community service.

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JUST IN: Nigeria records three additional cases of Omicron variant

Nigeria has recorded three more cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

This was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in its update for Tuesday, December 7.

According to a statement by Ifedayo Adetifa, NCDC director-general, the new cases were detected in individuals with recent travel history to South Africa.

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Nigeria’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Sarafa Isola has described the travel restrictions imposed on the country as ‘apartheid’.

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A number of countries in Europe banned travel from countries in Africa following the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant by South Africa.

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Zulum gifts N5m to soldiers injured in Kala-Balge battle with ISWAP

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum paid a visit to soldiers injured in a fierce battle with Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists at Rann on Monday night.

Rann is a border town between Nigeria and Cameroon, located in the Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State’s central region.

Zulum, on the other hand, interacted with and consoled all of the injured soldiers at Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri.

Brig Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo, the Army’s General Officer Commanding 7 Division, welcomed him.

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The Governor ordered the release of N5 million, which was immediately distributed to all soldiers admitted, including those who had nothing to do with the Kala-Balge battle.

Governor Zulum thanked the soldiers and commended them for their gallantry and patriotism.

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The insurgents mounted gun trucks and motorcycles and attacked troops deployed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Rann.

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The troops gallantly killed 26 terrorists during the attack and captured their combat vehicles, 18 AK 47 rifles and one M-21 rifle with a large quantity of ammunition.

The troops then forced the insurgents to abandon their mission and withdraw in disarray.

Meanwhile, two officers and five soldiers paid the supreme price, while three personnel sustained gunshot wounds and were moved to the hospital.

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Nigeria’s tax-to-GDP ratio undercalculated, says Nami

Executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami has criticised the computation of Nigeria’s tax-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, currently at six percent.

He said the figure captures only the federal government’s taxes and excludes the contributions of states and local governments in the country.

This was made known on Monday by Nami at a symposium themed ‘Taxation and challenges of external shocks: Lessons and policy options for Nigeria,’ organised by the FIRS in collaboration with the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) in Abuja.

The FIRS boss emphasised the need for the aggregation of all revenues generated at national and sub-national levels.

This, he said, would enable proper determination and accurate computation of Nigeria’s tax-to-GDP ratio.

“One of the recurring issues in national discourse has been Nigeria’s low tax-to-GDP ratio,” Nami said.

“In as much as the country needs to continually and conscientiously put measures in place to improve such a concern, there is also the need to comprehensively bring all the national and sub-national revenue sources into consideration to properly and appropriately determine the correct and meaningful tax-to-GDP ratio for the country.”

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He said the current basis for computation, which focused on federal tax administration leaving out the revenue generated by states, local governments, ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) did not truly reflect the correct tax-to-GDP ratio.

Nami said that FIRS, through the ministry of finance, must include all government revenues in accounting for taxes generated to give the correct state of governments revenue.

He identified taxes generated to include amounts invested by taxpayers in the country’s road infrastructure as a result of Executive Order 007 and tax waivers granted to pioneer companies.

Others, he said, include import and excise duties waived through the operations of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and all other revenues generated by MDAs on behalf of the federal, state, and local governments in Nigeria.

The FIRS boss said if the measures he suggested were fully implemented, they would align Nigeria with global best practices in reporting public finance and ensure a more transparent and accurate picture of the country’s tax-to-GDP ratio.

Speaking further, Nami said that the symposium was timely, especially with challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, where new strains of the virus had been discovered and threatening businesses and commercial activities worldwide.

“Therefore, the theme of this symposium is very timely and relevant as it considers policy options for addressing current and future challenges,” he said.

“It will also review the challenges of the informal sector which constitutes about 70 percent of businesses in Nigeria and the reform options available to bring them into the tax net.”

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21 escaped Jos Prison inmates rearrested

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Plateau Command, has apprehended 21 inmates who escaped from the Jos detention facility after gunmen attacked it.

ASC Geofrey Longdiem, the command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), made the announcement on Tuesday in Jos.

On November 28, gunmen stormed the custodial facility, killing a Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) officer and nine inmates, while 252 inmates escaped.

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Mr Mohammed Tukur, NCoS’s Deputy Controller General in charge of Operations, blamed the attack on a lack of modern equipment and other gadgets.

Longdiem stated that the Service was working tirelessly with other security agencies to apprehend the remaining inmates.

“As at today, we have recaptured 21 of the inmates who escaped during the last attack at our custodial centre in Jos,” he said

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He said some of the inmates voluntarily returned.

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Two of the inmates were brought back to the custodial centre by their mothers.

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Students disrupt Anambra Poly’s convocation over issuance of invalid certificates

Ex-students of Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu, disrupted the institution’s convocation ceremony on Friday, closing the gate and denying visitors and some management staff entry into the convocation arena.

WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the protest, which was led by past students of the institution was because of the issuance of certificates, which have been rejected by other institutions, including employers of labour.

In a video circulating on social media, Frank Onyekachi Imo, a former student of the institution, who spoke to journalists said: “Some of our students who graduated here and attempted to further their education, their certificates were rejected and described as invalid.

“How can the school be talking of graduating students, when the students they graduated many years ago have not been mobilized for service?”

Another student leader who also spoke to journalists said: “I graduated here in 2015, and up till now, I’m yet to be mobilized for service, nor have I gotten my certificate. Some of our former students who have gotten their certificates were rejected in other institutions where they went to further their education, and their certificates were described as invalid.

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“How can the school be talking of graduating students, when the ones who you graduated have not been properly taken care of.”

According to reports, the protesting students also barred the Commissioner for Education, Prof Kate Omenugha, from entering the institution on the day of the convocation.

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The students demanded the sacking of the institution’s head, claiming that she had been the Rector since 2007, and that under her watch, the number of students as well as the quality of output had decreased.

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“We are appealing to Governor Willie Obiano to look into the polytechnic. This is a state-owned institution, and there are other institutions that were founded by other states recently, but their certificates are recognized and their students mobilized for service.”

When newsmen spoke to the Dean of Student Affairs, Mr Chinedu Ejikeme, he stated that the convocation has been held, and only a few students decided to disrupt the convocation, but that it has been held.

He said: “It was just printer’s error that some of the students’ names did not appear for convocation, but from this week, they will be able to take their results.”

Attempt to reach the spokesperson of the polytechnic, Mr Albert Chukwuanu was not fruitful.

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JUST IN: Buhari sacks AEDC management over workers’ strike

The sack of the management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari over the strike by the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE).

The strike action engaged by the NUEE left areas serviced by the AEDC without power for hours on Monday.

Some of the areas serviced by the company are the federal capital territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.

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The workers were protesting unpaid allowances, salaries and unremitted pension deductions.

In other news, WITHIN NIGERIA reported that some Abuja residents have accused the electricity service provider for the territory, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, of deliberately exploiting them by giving meters with existing liabilities (debt) to new customers.

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According to a DAILY POST investigation, the recent rollout of mass metering by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has failed to provide the needed relief from estimated bills, and has rather compounded huge problems for customers, has revealed.

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VIDEO: RCCG Members in US Protest During Worship Service Over Killings in Nigeria

Some members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) staged a surprise protest during a service at one of the church’s branches in New Jersey, the United States.

One of them, Dr. Seyi Adesanya, was displeased with the way Nigeria was being handled and cried frequently, “Say no to Fulani governance!”

According to a report by SaharaReporters, a woman could be heard in footage that surfaced online, talking over the public address system, persuading the protesters to take things easy.

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The RCCG members accused their own church of colluding with the Nigerian government to wipe out Yoruba and Igbo from the country.

“You are co-conspirators. RCCG are conspirators. We are Yoruba and Igbo here. They’re killing our people. We won’t take this no more. Nonsense,” one of them said.

However, two other protesters, who were armed with placards containing pictures of the killings going on in Nigeria, displayed them before some church attendants, believed to be government officials.

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“This is exactly what is happening; you’re sitting down here in the US. This is what is happening. We won’t take this anymore,” one of them said.

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Meanwhile, another protester yelled “Call them!” when someone threatened to get the police involved.

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Breaking: Police confirm arrest of 3 Dowen College students over Sylvester Oromoni’s death

Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has confirmed the arrest of three students out of the five who allegedly assaulted late Dowen College Student, Sylvester Oromoni.

WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported that the 3 students, suspected to have been involved in the alleged torture and beating of the 12-year-old Sylvester for refusing to join a cult group, have been invited by the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba in Lagos for questioning.

Oromoni, Jnr died of complications last week as a result of injuries sustained from an attack by a group of five senior students for allegedly refusing to join a cult group in the school.

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This publication recalls that the deceased’s cousin, Perry Oromoni, has taken to social media to alleged that some senior pupils of the college beat him up in his hostel room for refusing to join a cult.

While confirming the students arrest on Tuesday, CP Odumosu said the students in custody are assisting the police in their investigation.

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Former prison boss sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for stealing from inmate in Rwanda

Former Director of Kigali’s Main Prison, Innocent Kayumba has been handed a 5-year jail sentence for stealing money from a British inmate in Rwanda.

Kayumba and his former deputy, Eric Ntakirutimana, have appealed against the Rwandan court judgement, a court document shows.

Prior to being handed the jail sentence, the court acquitted an IT specialist inmate who used his skills to hack the victim’s Visa card.

The IT specialist told the court that he was forced by the Prison Director to do so. He further revealed that he was asked to “decode” the card kept by the prison authorities after they realised that the bank account linked to it had a large sum of money.

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The British-Egyptian inmate had told the court that more than £7,000 ($9,300) was taken away from his account using his card last year without his knowledge.

The court ruled that Mr Kayumba and his deputy conspired to carry out the theft, while the IT specialist was coerced to work for them, hence why he was found not guilty.

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Mr Kayumba, a senior military officer, was transferred to the prison services in 2014. He headed a prison in western Rwanda before moving to the capital’s main prison. He was arrested early this year.

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IPOB: Orji Uzor Kalu denies instructing DSS not to feed Nnamdi Kanu

Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu has denied reports that he is working with the Department of State Services (DSS) against Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that Nnamdi Kanu’s brother on Monday, December 6, alleged that DSS operatives have denied the separatist leader food and also not allowed him to see his test results.

Reports also circulated on Monday that former Abia state governor, Orji Uzor Kalu told DSS operatives not to feed Nnamdi Kanu after his visit to Kanu in the DSS facility in Abuja on Monday, November 29.

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The senator has now come out to debunk the reports saying the news is spurred by his detractors and nothing but “a big, fat lie”

He urged Nigerians to ignore the story.

Posting on Facebook, the chief whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, said; “A friend said the statement below is been circulated on social media and I urge you to please ignore as it’s a big fat lie and cheap propaganda.

“The circulating lie says, “When Senator Orji Uzor Kalu visited DSS and Mazi Nnamdi, he told the DSS to stop giving Nnamdi Kanu food and Nnamdi Kanu has been living without food since then .”

“My brief take is that there is nothing one would do that people won’t talk about. If you don’t visit, they will blame you for not visiting.

“If you visit, they will still blame you. But more sympathetic to me is those that believe and propagate any cok and bull story. If the agenda is to create hatred between me and my brothers, it’s a waste of time because my people love me and I love them too. I will always respond to hate with love.”

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