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Pro-Buhari Activist, Okeke Who Fought Against #EndSARS Campaign, Sued Davido, Aisha Yesufu, 48 Others, Killed In Anambra

A pro-Muhammadu Buhari government activist who put up a vicious opposition against the #EndSARS campaign, Kenechukwu Okeke, has been killed by yet-to-be-identified attackers in Anambra State.

Okeke was said to have been macheted by some assailants numbering seven.













Kenechukwu was infamous for dragging many celebrities and media outfits, including CNN to court for defaming President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration during the October 2020 #EndSARS campaign.

According to witnesses, the activist was attacked and killed in Nkpor, near Onitsha, Anambra State. His wife, Mrs Blessing Odinakachi Okeke and his daughter witnessed the attack.

Okeke’s wife said, “Kenechukwu Okeke was killed by his tenant.

”The tenant, Chiadiobi, was living in our house, but when he packed out without our knowledge and asked to be given two months of his rent that he left, we told him he should have notified us that he was packing out.

“My husband was not around the day he came but I told him he packed out of the house without our knowledge and should not be given back any money. He threatened to deal with us, saying he would teach my husband a lesson. I called my husband and told him what the boy said and that he should not come to confront him, since they said he was a bad boy.

“My husband later reported the matter to the Department of State Services and to the police, and he was made to write an undertaking, but he was still coming to terrorise us. Sometimes he would come to our house and break open the gate and come in and pick whatever he wanted to pick.

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“One day, he came to our house and my husband confronted him, without knowing that he had many boys with him downstairs, and before my husband could do anything, they macheted him, and the fuel we wanted to pour into our generator, they poured it on him and lit him up, and that was how my husband died.

“That day was Sunday and not everyone was around, and the few people around tried to quench the fire and also stop it from burning our house, and later we took him to hospital in Enugu, and that was how he died.”

Mrs Okeke lamented that since after her husband’s death in October, the family had been left alone with the burden of catering to his burial, just as no mention or quest by any organisation to take up his matter has been heard of.

She said what was more heart-rending was that her husband’s killer; Chiadiobi, was still in the neighbourhood, bragging about having dealt with Okeke, while also confronting her husband’s aged mum.

“He even recently confronted my husband’s mother, warning her that he heard that she is taking the matter up, and was warning her to be careful. The boy is still free, going around and without remorse, and we are just left alone to do the arrangements of the burial.

“Up till now, he has not been arrested, even though we took him to police and DSS, and he was made to write an undertaking that he will not disturb us again, but he has finally killed him. I’m not even understanding the police on this matter. I’m confused. The boy is behaving like he is untouchable, and everyone is saying that he is a bad boy and we should be careful. We live in Nkpor, near Onitsha, Tarzan junction.”

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The spokesperson for the state police command, DSP Toochukwu Ikenganyia, told Daily Post the matter had been reported to the police.

SaharaReporters had in November 2020 reported that Kenechukwu sued 50 Nigerian celebrities including musicians David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, Tiwa Savage, Folarin Falana known more popularly as Falz and Aisha Yesufu for allegedly promoting the #EndSARS protest that swept across the country in October.

Kenechukwu, who had filed a motion on notice at the Federal Capital Territory Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, alleged that the involvement of the celebrities in the protest led to violence across the country, resulting in the destruction of properties and loss of lives.

Others listed as defendants included Damini Ogulu, also known as Burna Boy, Peter and Paul Okoye, Innocent ‘2Baba’ Idibia, Bankole Wellington (Banky W), Michael Ajereh, also known as Don Jazzy and Debo Adebayo popularly known as Mr Macaroni.

The list also includes Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi; former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo; activist, Deji Adeyanju; Yul Edochie and Uche Jombo.

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Sexual Assault: Nigerian Actor, Baba Ijesha’s Trial Adjourned Over Request To Change His Initial Statement

An Ikeja Special Offences Court in Lagos State has adjourned the trial of Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, also known as Baba Ijesha. 

Baba Ijesha was charged with alleged defilement. 



The matter has, however, been adjourned to December 15.

According to the defence counsel, Prince Kayode, the court adjourned the case due to a request that the court should strike out the statement given by the actor at the Sabo Police Station when he was initially arrested. 

The lawyer noted that the defendant’s statement given at Sabo Police Station differs from the one he wrote at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti.

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He, however, said lawyers to both parties have submitted their written addresses to the court and the outcome would be heard on December 15.

“The content of the statement he gave at Sabo Police Station seems like it was written under duress. The statement differs from the one he wrote at SCID, Panti.

“It was adjourned to the 15th of December, 2021. On the said date, we will know the outcome of the written address,” the lawyer said. 

Baba Ijesha has been entangled in a case of child molestation since April 2021 and was remanded in police custody after his arrest on April 22.

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He was, however, released on June 24.

Justice Taiwo granted Baba Ijesha bail in the sum of N2 million and two sureties: a lawyer and a family relation.

The movie star was charged on six counts of sexual assault by penetration, indecent treatment of a child, among others which contravene sections 259, 135, and 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, as well as 135, 263, and 262 Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

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IPOB Alleges Fulani Herdsmen Are Planning Attacks On Anambra, Imo Communities

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that some Fulani herdsmen are planning to attack some towns in Anambra and Imo states. 

The group accused Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma of being behind the planned attacks, urging concerned residents to be vigilant. 



The group identified the communities the assailants are planning to raid as including Ibiasoegbe, Mgbidi, Nnempi, Orlu and Akata in Imo State, as well as Ihiala and Ubuluisiuzor in Anambra State.

In a statement made available to SaharaReporters on Thursday, IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful urged traditional rulers and local authorities to mobilise their youths against the alleged attacks. 

The statement read, “The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been drawn to the recent plot and plan by Supreme Court Administrator Hope Uzodinma to use Fulani terrorists in Nigerian army uniforms to attack more communities in Biafra land.

“We, therefore, want to advise the following communities to be careful and watchful against the impending evil. They must not be taken unawares.

“IPOB intelligence unit uncovered this wicked plot, hence the decision of the IPOB leadership to alert the affected communities of this impending attack. 

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“The communities according to our intelligence include Ibiasoegbe Imo State, Ihiala Anambra State, Mgbidi in Imo State, Ubuluisiuzor Anambra State, Nnempi in Imo State, Orlu, Imo State, and Akata, Imo State.

“We want the traditional rulers, and other local authorities in these communities to be at alert and mobilise their youths to be vigilant and watch out against any invasion by terrorists under any guise. 

“They should mount cameras and use drones to capture the scene as evidence against these criminals who must one day certainly stand trial at the Hague. 

“We want to place our people, and indeed the world on notice of the ongoing secret genocide in Biafra land. The most annoying thing is that after committing these atrocities, the Nigerian Government and its agents of death still point accusing fingers at innocent IPOB members and the Eastern Security Network, ESN operatives.

“Our oppressors have continued their systematic killing of our youths and burning down of communities in different parts of Biafra land. mentioned here. Our people must unite against this barbarity. 

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“Our enemies are not relenting. They want to continue the orgy of violence and senseless killings witnessed in the wake of the Anambra governorship election. Before the election, the oppressors and their recruited hoodlums in their desperation to take over Anambra spilt a lot of blood including that of Dr. Chike Akunyili, the widower of Professor Dora Akunyili who they eliminated because of her hard stance against fake drugs. 

“Now these agents of death are on the prowl again across Biafra land. Our people must be vigilant and resist them. IPOB will stop at nothing in ensuring our people enjoy peace and safety, especially in this festive season. We did it before, we shall do it again. 

“Biafra land must witness peace again no matter how hard the enemies try to unleash mayhem. Don’t forget that soon after ESN was launched in December last year criminality went down across Biafra land but the oppressors who were embittered that Biafra was the safest place planned to destabilise the region and make it as insecure as the North. But CHUKWUOKIKEABIAMA shall defend our cause.”

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Kaduna Government Vows To Sack, Publish Names Of Hundreds Of Teachers With Fake Certificates

Kaduna State Government has declared that it will sack 233 teachers for presenting fake certificates.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB), Alhaji Tijjahi Abdullahi, on Thursday. 



He explained in a statement obtained by SaharaReporters that the teachers who presented fake certificates were detected during the ongoing certificate verification exercise which commenced in April 2021.

Abdullahi stated that the total number of the affected teachers represented 51 percent of the 451 certificates to which the board had received responses from the awarding institutions.

According to him, one of the institutions disowned 212 out of the 233 fake certificates.

He further noted that the board will dismiss the teachers and forward their files to the Ministry of Justice for possible prosecution for forgery. 

The certificate verification exercise, according to Abdullahi, was meant to improve the standard in the state educational system, especially in public basic education schools.

“The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB) wishes to update you on recent developments in its continuous quest to improve standards in public basic education schools.

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“As part of its responsibility to ensure that all teachers actually have the qualifications they presented, the Board launched a certificate verification exercise in April 2021. The major objective of this exercise was to ensure that all our teachers have the requisite credentials that constitute the basic qualifications for employment as teachers.

“So far, the Board has verified 451 certificates by contacting the institutions that awarded the certificates. Nine of the 13 institutions contacted have responded, as at today.

“The responses from the institutions show that 233 teachers presented fake certificates. This represents 51% of the 451 certificates on which responses have been received from the awarding institutions. One institution disowned 212 of these 233 fake certificates.

“The Board will dismiss the 233 teachers who presented these fake certificates, while their files will be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for forgery. The Board will continue to check the integrity of the certificates presented by teachers to ensure that this critical profession is not devalued by impostors.

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“As part of our duty of transparency, the names of the 233 teachers found to have presented fake certificates will be uploaded on the website of the Kaduna State Government today.

“The Board also wishes to inform the people of Kaduna State that it will shortly be conducting the competency test for teachers. When the Kaduna State Government recruited 25,000 new teachers after the 2017 competency test, it made clear that it will continue to assess its teachers both for their own improvement and for better delivery of learning outcomes for pupils.

“The Board will follow up the competency test with a series of training programmes, organised in batches for teachers. This will begin in January 2022 for 12,254 teachers. The Board has signed MoUs with the National Teachers Institute, the College of Education, Gidan Waya, and the Federal College of Education, Zaria, to conduct the training exercise.”

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Dubai Travel: Emirates Airline To Resume Flights To Nigeria

Emirates will resume its passenger operations between Dubai and Nigeria from December 5, 2021, the Dubai-based airline announced on Thursday.
Emirates will operate to and from its Nigerian gateways with daily flights, providing travellers from Nigeria convenient access to Dubai. It will also enable travellers to connect via Dubai to the Emirates network of over 120 global destinations, Kjaleej Times reports. 




Emirates will operate to Abuja with EK 785 and 786. EK 785 will depart Dubai at 11.00am, arriving in Abuja at 3.40pm. The return flight, EK 786 will take off from Abuja at 7.00pm, arriving in Dubai at 4.35am the next day.
Emirates flight EK 783 to Lagos will depart Dubai at 10.30am, arriving in Lagos at 3.40pm. The return flight EK 784 will depart Lagos at 6.10pm, arriving in Dubai at 4.15am the next day.
All flights can be booked on emirates.com, with OTAs and via travel agents.
Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, Covid-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound passengers arriving to Dubai, including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.
Travellers coming from Nigeria must hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
Additionally, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has specified designated laboratories for passengers departing Nigeria and travellers must obtain their certificate from one of the labs listed here to be accepted on the flight.
Travellers coming from Nigeria will also need to take another Covid-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International Airport.
Direct flights between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were suspended in March 2021 over issues relating to Covid-19 test requirements.

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We’ll Regulate Netflix, Other Streaming Services, They May Cause Chaos—Buhari’s Minister, Lai Mohammed

The Nigerian Government has revealed plans to regulate streaming and content providers such as Netflix, as it argued that they can be exploited to “cause chaos” and undermine Nigeria’s democratic processes.

At a two-day conference, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and industry stakeholders discussed “the implication of Nigeria censorship laws and regulatory framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) streaming services and content providers in Nigeria.” 



According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed made the disclosure, adding that the popularity and demand of streaming services in Nigeria has grown with the COVID-19 pandemic, “hence its regulation.” 

The minister who was represented by the Director, Information and Technology in the ministry, Comfort Ajiboye, reiterated his age-long bias that social media and streaming services can be used “to cause chaos and undermine democratic processes.”

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The conference was organised by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Wednesday in Lagos, along with practitioners and stakeholders in the entertainment and creative industry. 

In his opening address, Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director and CEO of the NFVCB, said the conference was to brainstorm on creating policies to regulate streamers and content providers in Nigeria.

“With over 50 per cent internet penetration, it has become imperative to convene this conference to bring together stakeholders and legislators in a conversation so as to come up with crystal policies on the regulation of streamers and content providers,” Thomas said.

The NFVCB helmsman said streaming service providers were unable to self-regulate, reason why their operations were now being discussed at the conference with the theme, “Nigeria Digital Content Regulation”.

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Thomas, however, pledged that, “the goal of regulation is not to stifle creativity but to create sanity and encourage healthy competition for socio-economic gains.”

At the conference as a panellist was Netflix Director of Public Policy, Sub-Saharan Africa, Shola Sanni. 

Participants include members of the various Guilds in Nollywood which included the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN).

Others are the Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Theatre and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), among others.

Also were representatives of local and international streaming services, Free To Air (FTA), Pay TV operators and other content creators.

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Nigeria’s Capital City Authorities Move To Hire Vigilantes To Protect Schools From Bandits Amid Security Failure

The Federal Capital Territory Administration in Nigeria has said it is planning to hire local vigilantes to protect schools in Abuja.
This was disclosed by the Director, Administration and Finance in the Security Services Department of the FCTA, Abdul-lateef Bello on Wednesday following security reports that bandits from adjoining states were fleeing to the capital city.





Addressing journalists, Bello noted that plans had been concluded to hire vigilantes to provide security for pupils in various public schools across the Territory.
He, however, added that it was a temporary measure to be used till a security blueprint is developed by the administration for the capital city.
“We are talking of short term measures when we said we are helping public schools to facilitate the procurement of vigilantes to complement the efforts of conventional security agencies.
“Remember that some of the vigilantes are equally part of the neighbourhood. They were sourced from the neighbourhood where those schools are situated. So, they know better.
“This is a way of establishing a relationship between the community and government. When the vigilantes see anything that is beyond them, they relate with the conventional security agencies to help out,” he said. 

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Police Arrest, To Deport Four Illegal Nigerian Immigrants In India

Police in New Delhi have arrested four Nigerians illegally residing in India with expired visas, Times Of India reports. 

A source revealed that Indian authorities have recently intensified crackdown on illegal immigrants which prompted a police team of the Dwarka district to go after the Nigerians around Uttam Nagar police station. 

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The culprits apprehended are identified as Chidi Basil Odor, Frank Fred Emefiele, Bright Odor, and Alex Oseh.

“After verification of their credentials, it was found they were overstaying in India without valid visas,” the official said.

The newspaper said, as they were not able to provide any suitable reason and supportive document for their overstay in India, they were produced before the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) along with their original passports, the official said.

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The FRRO ordered their deportation. In the meantime, they have been sent to a detention centre at Lampur Border.

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Why Nnamdi Kanu May Not Be Released By Abuja Court Today— IPOB Leader’s Lawyer

Aloy Ejimakor, the Special Counsel for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and the proscribed group, IPOB, has said he cannot determine whether his client will be released today (Thursday).

Ejimakor described reports claiming that Kanu will be freed today as “premature”.



Ejimakor said this in an interview with BBC News Pidgin on Thursday.

He stated that he is not happy with the rumours bandied about by most IPOB separatists. He said since the ultimate decision belongs to the court, they cannot confidently say whether Kanu would be released today (Thursday) or not.

Another member of the legal team, however, said they were hoping that the IPOB leader would be released due to the strength of their application and arguments. 

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He said, “We don’t know whether Nnamdi Kanu will be released today or not. Of course, we want him released but the ultimate decision belongs to the court. It is for the court to determine whether our application is suitable enough but we are hoping and praying, we have hope.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had said on Friday, November 19 that he would consider the unconditional release of the IPOB leader as sought by elder statesmen from the South-East.

Buhari had, however, added that such a request was a difficult option to weigh but assured that he would give it a thought. 

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Buhari said this while receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by the First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja. 

Amaechi, a nonagenarian, had described the situation in the South-East as “painful and pathetic,” lamenting that businesses have collapsed, education crumbling, and fear everywhere.

The IPOB leader is currently standing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja for terrorism-related charges. 

Kanu was illegally arrested in Kenya and renditioned to Nigeria in June. 

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EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s Secret Police, DSS Spends N500million On Each Nnamdi Kanu’s Court Appearance

Nigeria’s secret police, Department of State Services (DSS), spends a minimum of N500 million each day it brings the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, to court, top sources have told SaharaReporters.

The huge amount, it was gathered, goes into providing logistics including adequate security around the movement of the IPOB leader from DSS’ facility to the court and back to the place.



The rearrest and rendition of Kanu, a high-profile detainee, to Nigeria from Kenya in June 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has continued to generate concerns globally. 

Therefore, should any harm come to Kanu while in detention, it is understood that the DSS is aware that it could lead to an unimaginable crisis.

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“The amount spent to bring Kanu to court for each appearance is huge. In today’s Nigeria, N500 million is not a small amount; I am wondering how long the DSS can justify spending such a huge sum to take just one man to court each time he has to appear before a judge,” a source disclosed.

On Wednesday, SaharaReporters revealed in a report that an emergency hearing that could lead to Kanu’s release on bail had been scheduled for Thursday (today). 











Nigerian Government lawyers disclosed that the move was in response to several appeals by Igbo leaders for the release of Kanu.

The move followed President Buhari’s comments on November 19, 2021, to consider the unconditional release of the IPOB leader as sought by elder statesmen from the South-East, who visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the Nigerian Government in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

He was granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.

His rearrest and forceful extradition to Nigeria in June this year have been condemned by many rights groups around the world.

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Lagos School, Dowen College Reacts To Death Of 12-Year-Old Pupil Allegedly Killed For Refusing To Join Cult

The management of Dowen College, Lagos State has reacted to an allegation that one of its pupils was beaten to death by his colleagues because he refused to join a cult. 

On Wednesday, a middle-aged man, simply identified as Perrie, lamented the death of his cousin, a 12-year-old boy who was allegedly beaten to death at Dowen College, Lagos. 













The young man who took to his Twitter handle @Perrisonoromoni alleged that the deceased was beaten to death after he refused to succumb to pressure by fellow students to join a cult. 

According to him, the deceased mentioned the names of five persons responsible for the pain before he finally gave up the ghost on Tuesday. 

Reacting in a press statement, the school claimed the deceased sustained injuries while playing football and was given immediate medical attention by the school’s resident nurse. 

Subsequently, the student complained of having pains in his hip and was attended to again, this time by a doctor and a nurse and thereafter taken to his house, the statement said. 

The school further said it had carried out a preliminary investigation where it was confirmed that there was no case of bullying, adding that it has policies that are strongly anti-cultism.

It also claimed there is a very cordial relationship between the school and the family. 

The statement reads, “It is with a heavy heart that we received the news of the sad demise of one of our dearly beloved children.

“On the 21st day of November 2021, one of the Hostel Parents reported to management that the young boy was injured while playing football. The resident registered nurse immediately administered first aid on him and after he expressed relief, was released to return to his hostel room.
 
“He was in class on Monday 22nd day of November 2021, but during school hours one of his friends accompanied him to the Sick Bay where he complained of some pain in his hip. The doctor examined him and prescribed Ibuprofen for the pain, while the nurse massaged his leg, after which he felt a bit better.

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“In accordance with school policy, the resident doctor called his mother reporting the incident and requesting that she come for him so that he could get further medical attention. 

“The mother however said she was not in Lagos, spoke and prayed with him on the phone and promised to send the guardian to pick him up immediately for further medical attention.

“When the guardian failed to show up, the next day on the 23rd of November 2021, the doctor called the mother again and this time, she assured that his guardian would pick him from school. 

“His guardian showed up and took him for X-ray after which the guardian informed the school management that the results of the investigation revealed that no part of his body was broken or injured. 

“The resident doctor also called the mother later in the week to check up on his progress but she informed the doctor that he was sleeping at the time. 

“The Principal also spoke with the mother on the phone to enquire about his progress and she reported that he was having a massage and gave the phone to him to speak with the Principal.

“As a result, it came as no small shock to us to read wild social media tales that he was beaten by some students and that he specifically mentioned some names. 

”We immediately commenced investigations and invited the students allegedly mentioned for interview. His guardian was also present during the interviews, which revealed that nothing of such happened. 

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“The whole incident was strange and unbelievable because: The school has effective anti-bullying policies and consequences are well spelt out to all the students. The preliminary investigation showed that there was no fighting, bullying or any form of attack on the boy.

“He made no such reports, neither to his sister who is also a student or any other students, prefects, house parents, medical staff or any of the management staff.

“The school has two regular nurses and a qualified medical doctor that promptly attend to students’ medical needs. The resident doctor followed the laid down procedure by inviting his mother to take him home for further treatment after initial treatment by the school’s medical staff.
 
“The school has a very cordial relationship with the family as he is the fifth child of the family Dowen College has the privilege to train, including his elder sister who is currently a student at the school.
 
“Furthermore, we state categorically Dowen College is built on core values of godliness and excellence and will not tolerate any acts of cultism, which is why there is nothing like that and there have never been such deviant activities going on, as this is a faith-based school and effective policies are in place to prevent such occurrence.

“Dowen College has a cherished legacy of character and learning which has endured for more than 25 years. 
 
”We are deeply saddened by the death of this young man who was a dearly beloved student of the school. We extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to his beloved family, relatives, friends, classmates and the alumni family at this very difficult time.”
 

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Ooni Of Ife’s Family Never Wronged Me, Doesn’t Deserve Insults—Dad Of Monarch’s Baby Mama On ‘Absentee Father’ Allegation Against Ooni

Oladapo Olatunbosun, the father of Omolara Olatubosun, who had a child with the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has described his family’s relationship with the first-class monarch as pleasant. 

The prominent Nigerian monarch and Omolara are the parents of Princess Adeola. 



The monarch had on October 18, 2021, recounted his experience having his daughter, Adeola Ogunwusi at the age of 19, adding that parenting comes with challenges.

On his Instagram page, Ooni described Adeola as his closest friend and great confidant as she turned 28.

“Profoundly, life taught me to exhibit an abundance measure of resilience, compassion, determination, and above all empathy which my daughter sought from me. We formed an unbroken bond, shared in our joy and challenges as my closest friend and great confidant,” he had written.

“She is and will always be a huge blessing to me and life successes. I celebrate you, Princess Adeola Ogunwusi for being the epitome of my strength and dignity. Your tenacity, doggedness, and unshakable optimism to be the best in life are unarguably lifelong lessons that I cherish in you.”

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However, in a statement issued last Tuesday, Omolara Olatubosun said there was no iota of truth in Ooni’s post.

She described the relationship between the monarch and daughter as “short and uneventful”.

“Yeye Ogunwusi was never present in Adeola’s life for the first ten years of her growing up which makes the `single father` narrative shocking, annoying and disrespectful to hear by all who know the truth of the story. I, Omolara, took care of my daughter physically, financially and emotionally, with the moral support of my mother and my siblings. 

“I was a pregnant teen, but he was nowhere to be found, and I bore the responsibilities for our child and paid the physical and social cost of raising her alone in my mom’s house. Yeye Ogunwusi saw Adeola for only five minutes at the hospital when she was born. The next time he saw her was when she was already four years old and ten years old respectively,” she had said. 

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However, Omolara’s father, Oladapo said nothing warranted insulting the monarchy, as his daughter had done.
 
“I can vouch for the integrity of my noble friend, Baba Oba John Oluropo Ogunwusi, and Oònirìsà Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Òjája, too.

“As a man known for Yorùbá culture and traditions, I will always respect the stool of Oduduwa and Àrólé Oduduwa. I am not a bastard.

“That noble family has never done anything wrong to my family to warrant arrogantly damaging their reputation in the mass media or the press. I am not a bastard.

“Meanwhile, the child at the centre of it all is a 28-year-old adult, who is old enough to be a head of state, like General Yakubu Gowon.

“Princess Adeola is still a spinster at the age of 28 years and would need peace of mind and not any public distraction from me or anybody else. Her happiness in life is more paramount now, for anybody who loves her and her progress in life,” Oladapo said.

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Youth Group Plans Mass Protests Against Lagos’ White Paper On #EndSARS Panel Report

A civil society organisation, Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) has described the White Paper issued by the Lagos State Government on the report of the #EndSARS judicial panel of inquiry as an attempt to whitewash the truth. 
In a statement issued by Michael Lenin, the National Coordinator and Francis Nwapa, the National Secretary, the group condemned the contents of the White Paper, saying it is aimed at watering down the main recommendations of the panel.





Speaking further, the group said it is undemocratic and illogical that the state government will constitute a secretive bureaucratic committee to cherry-pick the panel’s findings and recommendations. 
It further stated that the language of the White Paper contains the ‘dubious’ argument deployed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, to discredit the panel report.

The YRC also demanded that the white paper on the second report of the panel on the victims of SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) and police brutality in general as well as the maiming and killing of #EndSARS protesters outside Lekki must be made public.  
The statement reads, “The released white paper attempts to water down and sidestep the main recommendations of the panel, rejects the crucial findings of the panel that a massacre occurred at Lekki tollgate and in many ways tried to neuter the main thrust of the panel report which is meant to ensure justice for victims of the state repression last year. It is to this extent that we consider the white paper an attempt to whitewash of the truth.
“The white paper is a product of a so-called ‘formal committee’ headed by the Attorney General of Lagos State. We think it is not only undemocratic but also an insult to the enormous sacrifices of the judicial panel of inquiry as well as host of witnesses, lawyers, security and medical experts and victims and in extension, many Nigerians who anxiously waited for the panel’s report for over one year for the Lagos State government, whose actions were a subject of the panel’s investigation, to constitute a secretive bureaucratic committee to cherry-pick the panel’s findings and recommendations. 
”We insist that what the Lagos State government did by setting up a secretive bureaucratic committee headed by the State Attorney General to evaluate the final outcomes of an independent and publicly acknowledged panel of inquiry which held all its proceedings openly, transparently and fairly is illogical and a rape of justice. This is democracy turned on its head. This is what the legendary Fela Anikulapo once called ‘Government Magic’.
“It is not surprising that the language of the white paper is not so different from the dubious argument deployed by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, to discredit the panel report. In fact, the arguments canvassed in the white paper to discredit the key panel findings are borrowed straight from the ‘misinformation playbook’ of Lai Mohammed who called the incident of October 20, 2020 ‘a massacre without bodies’. 
”This shows to what extent the Lagos and Federal governments are working together towards the objective of ultimately covering up the truth.
”The white paper reeks with hypocrisy all through. For instance, the same Lagos state government which had for many years declared the 12th of June of every year a democracy day under the banner of ‘true federalism’ cynically proposed to forward the recommendation of the panel for the 20th of October to be declared as a ‘#EndSARS day nationally’ to the Federal Government under the specious argument that it has no such powers. 
”Granted that a national public holiday is not within the powers of a state, yet the Lagos state government using its powers under section 2 (2) of the Public Holidays Act (2004) can affirm 20th of October of every year a public holiday in Lagos state to memorialise the victims of the #EndSARS protest including those killed by state forces of repression at Lekki tollgate and elsewhere in the country.
”This would be seen as an appropriate step for a state which was not only the epicenter of the #EndSARS protest last year but also witnessed the most horrible, outrageous and blood-curdling use of state repression in recent times to disperse a mass protest. 
”Apparently, these discredited ‘democrats’ and ‘progressives’ only remember to scream the battle cry of ‘true federalism’ only where their class interest is solely concerned.
“On the basis of all the aforesaid, we hereby demand the full implementation of the recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry. As far as we are concerned, the continuous denial by both the state and federal government that a massacre or mass killing occurred at the Lekki tollgate despite the findings of the judicial panel of enquiry is ridiculous and outrageous. 
”Why set up a panel of inquiry in the first place if its findings would be rejected? Apparently the state and federal government were hoping for a favorable outcome but only to be startled by the courage of the panel members in insisting on the truth. 
”We demand the immediate prosecution of security personnel and all those found to have been responsible for maiming and killings of unarmed protesters both on 20 October 2020 and during the entire #EndSARS protest. We also demand the immediate release of the #EndSARS protesters still unjustly detained across the country.
”In this regard, the Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) commends #EndSARS front liners like Falz, Mr. Macaroni, Seun Kuti and others who have publicly rejected the dubious invitation of the Lagos state government for them to join Governor Sanwo-Olu in a so-called ‘Peace Walk’. 
”There can be no peace without justice. We call for an urgent meeting of all youth organisations, activist groups and civil society to discuss this attempt by the Lagos State government and the Federal Government to upturn the truth and decide on an appropriate collective response. 
“As far as we are concerned, there would be a need for firm collective actions in the following weeks including a clear detailed rebuttal of the white paper’s claims in order to counter the government’s propaganda offensive, mass protests and demonstrations to show to the government that its effort to whitewash the truth will not be tolerated.
”We also call on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to solidarise with the radical youth by issuing public statements condemning the actions of the government and also demanding that justice must be done.
“This must be followed up with direct and active involvement of the labour movement in the activities of the #EndSARS protesters and the radical youth in general with a view to not only fight against police brutality and state repression but also to jointly struggle to defeat all anti-poor policies including the planned removal of fuel subsidy and further hike in electricity tariff which threaten to gravely affect the already terrible living conditions of Nigerian workers and the youth.
“This can help lay the political basis for a class solidarity of workers and youth to emerge aimed at building a mass political alternative to end capitalism and enthrone a Socialist Nigeria.”

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Iron Rods Distributors Lament Substandard Steel Production In Nigeria, Regulatory Agency, SON’s Refusal To Clamp Down On Offenders

Some of the distributors of Iron rods in Nigeria, under the aegis of Iron Rod Distributors Association of Nigeria (IRDAN), have lamented the rate at which substandard steel products have taken over the Nigerian market. 
They described it as a major threat to the lives of the end consumers. 




IRDAN lamented that officials of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), who have the mandate to ensure commodity production is of standard quality have, in recent times been foot-dragging in clamping down on companies producing substandard steel products.
This was contained in a statement issued by the National President of IRDAN, Chief Gbenga Awoyale. 
According to Awoyale, in June 2021, IRDAN gave an intelligence report to the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), which led to the sealing of some steel production factories found culpable of manufacturing substandard steel products. 
It also said three months ago, the association gave the Director-General of SON some information about a company manufacturing substandard steel products and the DG promised to direct his men to take action accordingly. “But to our dismay, nothing is done over the matter to date. The substandard iron rods are in circulation at various Nigeria markets,” Awoyale noted. 
He added: “Just a few days ago, we contacted SON to alert them of continuing production of substandard products by a particular company, giving them full details and address of the company. They took no action and instead, we started receiving threat calls from unknown numbers.
“Because lives of Nigerians matter to us, we sacrificed our money to purchase some of the substandard steel products and invited SON to come to arrest the steel products we purchased and consequently apprehend the company (officials), surprisingly, SON paid turned a deaf ear to our calls.”
He stated that the increasing rate of building collapse, which has claimed the lives of many Nigerians may not be unconnected to the circulation of substandard steel products and should be checked if the country must ensure structural integrity.  
Awoyale further bemoaned the recent indolence of SON officials in handling cases of substandard production while alleging that such officials must be responsible for leaking the intelligence given to them to the producers of substandard steel products, who have now resorted to threatening some members of IRDAN.  
“While the association is unperturbed by the threat calls from substandard products cabals, we shall continue to hold it as a point of duty to our country and its people, advocacy and support for standard products to ensure the safety of lives and properties of Nigerians,” Awoyale said. 
The association further called on the Director-General of SON, Farouq Salim to sustain his tempo of uprightness and high performance by checking his subordinates
It also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the alleged sabotage by SON officials. 

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Group Tasks National Assembly On Prompt Passage Of Whistle-blowers Protection Bill

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has charged the National Assembly to review the whistle-blowing policy and take appropriate measures to pass the whistle-blowing protection bill into law before the end of the current administration.
The Coordinator of the centre, Chido Onumah disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja during the public presentation of the report of a survey on five years of the whistle-blowing policy in Nigeria.





The centre also called on the Nigerian government to provide an appropriate mechanism to institutionalise the whistle+blowing policy in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to enhance proper implementation.
The report also examined the impact of the policy in combating corruption in Nigeria, specifically on how to build a level of consciousness and awareness among Nigerians for accountability and transparency.
The report read in part, “From the assessment, the impact of the whistle-blowing policy in curbing corruption has been minimal due to several challenges. These challenges include conflicting compensation mechanisms, lack of legal protection for whistle-blowers, prolonged period of investigation, data/miscarriage of justice, lack of public data on the progress made so far and limited knowledge by states actors specific provisions in the policy.
“The findings revealed that an overwhelming majority (98.2%) of Nigerians perceived corruption as a serious problem and menace in the country. Although the majority of Nigerians are aware of the whistle-blowing policy.
“One-quarter of the respondents are unwilling to report any form of corrupt practices while 3 out of every 4 respondents have stopped reporting cases of looted funds due to nepotism, fear of victimisation/stigmatisation, lack of knowledge on the kind of information to report and the appropriate channels to report to, and the feeling that no serious action will be taken by the authorities in charge even if a report is made.
“Findings revealed that legislative protection and monetary reward for whistle-blowers were considered as key motivators for potential whistle-blowers. Sadly only 1 out of every 4 Nigerians is somewhat satisfied with the available channel for reporting corrupt practices. Television and radio jingles were considered as effective means of enlightening the public about the policy.”
The report also identified a lack of political will, limited funding and poor reporting and widespread retaliation against whistle-blowers as barriers militating against the whistle-blowing
policy.
While making recommendations to tackle the challenges, the centre called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to mandate courts across the 36 states of the federation to prioritise prompt response to whistle-blowing cases.
“The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) should collaborate with relevant stakeholders to have a comprehensive database of tips received, tips investigated, evidence of recoveries and compensation for whistle-blowers.
“All 36 states governors and 774 local government areas’ chairmen should embrace whistle-blowing and adopt a multi-sectoral approach to institutionalise the policy and improve the mechanism for reporting corruption and other corrupt practices in their respective states and local government areas,” the report added.

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BREAKING: IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Scheduled For Emergency Hearing On Thursday, Could Be Released On Bail

The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu is scheduled for an emergency hearing tomorrow (Thursday) that could lead to his release on bail. 

SaharaReporters exclusively learnt on Wednesday that the hearing could open the door for Kanu’s release on bail.



This was confirmed exclusively to SaharaReporters by the counsel for the Nigerian government in the matter. 

It was also learnt from Nigerian government lawyers that the move is in response to the fervent appeals by Igbo leaders for the release of the pro-Biafra agitator. 

“Nnamdi Kanu scheduled for an emergency hearing tomorrow that could lead to his release on bail. 

“This is in response to Igbo elders’ request for his release,” one of the sources said on Wednesday. 

President Muhammadu Buhari had said on Friday, November 19 that he would consider the unconditional release of the IPOB leader as sought by elder statesmen from the South-East.

Buhari had, however, added that such a request was a difficult option to weigh but assured that he would give it a thought. 

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Buhari said this while receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja, earlier in November. 

Amaechi, a nonagenarian, had described the situation in the South-East as “painful and pathetic,” lamenting that businesses have collapsed, education crumbling, and fear everywhere.

He had pleaded for a political, rather than military solution, requesting that if Kanu was released to him as the only First Republic Minister still alive, “he (Kanu) would no longer say the things he had been saying,” stressing that he could control him, “not because I have anything to do with them (IPOB), but I am highly respected in Igbo land today.”

A Presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, had revealed this in a statement titled, “President Buhari to Igbo Leaders: Your demand for Nnamdi Kanu’s release is heavy. I will consider it.”

However, in his response, Buhari had said, “You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious. In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary. God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”

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Stressing his policy of non-interference with the Judiciary, the President said when Kanu jumped bail, got arrested and was brought back to the country, “I said the best thing was to subject him to the system. Let him make his case in court, instead of giving very negative impressions of the country from the outside. I feel it’s even a favour to give him that opportunity.

The IPOB leader is currently standing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja for terrorism-related charges. 

Kanu was illegally arrested in Kenya and renditioned to Nigeria in June. 

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