President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, which also coincides with the 70th annual council meeting being hosted in Abuja, Nigeria from March 14 to 18.As a proud founding member of the foremost examining board for the people of West Africa, President Buhari affirmed that Nigeria values the shared commitment with other Members of the Council and would continue to engage with other partners to achieve the Council’s mandate of maintaining quality educational standards that prepare the next generation to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Buhari celebrates WAEC at 70March 13, 2022. Reps probe paper leakages, cancellation of examinations by WAECBy Johnbosco Agbakwuru, ABUJAPresident Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, which also coincides with the 70th annual council meeting being hosted in Abuja, Nigeria from March 14 to 18.As a proud founding member of the foremost examining board for the people of West Africa, President Buhari affirmed that Nigeria values the shared commitment with other Members of the Council and would continue to engage with other partners to achieve the Council’s mandate of maintaining quality educational standards that prepare the next generation to meet the challenges of the 21st century.ADVERTISING The President in a statement by his Special Adviset on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina noted with delight that for the last 70 years, the West African examination body has brought the English-speaking West Africans together to encourage academic and moral excellence through a qualitative and reliable educational assessment.As delegates to the 70th council meeting deliberate, reflect and celebrate the gains of the decades, the Nigerian leader urged them to remember the core values of excellence, integrity, professionalism, accountability and transparency, at the heart of WAEC, and stand firmly by them. he believes that just as member-nations have survived a difficult year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and in some countries, previous years of internal conflict, this cherished education institution would continue to thrive as a world-class examination body.
Nigerian controversial popular crossdresser, Bobrisky on Sunday released a list of men that payronize him in Nigeria.Bobrisky who got Nigerians talking on Twitter bragged about the pool of contacts he has access to. The Socialite took to his Twitter page and shared a long list of the kind of men that patronize him.According to him, he has the business contacts of the richest guys in the country, with special reference to his “market”.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 63-year-old Vincent Obimma with 350grams of cocaine and 150grams of heroin at a park in the Apapa seaport corridor in Lagos state.NDLEA spokesperson, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja Babafemi said that the drugs were hidden in an industrial torch packets heading to Kano, Kano state, adding that the suspect was arrested on March 11. Meanwhile, a drug dealer in Kaduna state, James Okenwa has also been arrested in a follow up operation at Central Market, Kaduna. According to Babafemi, the suspect admitted the ownership of 1,807 bottles of cough syrup with codeine that were earlier recovered from two suspects at tollgate.“At the point of his arrest, another 152 bottles of the drug were recovered from his vehicle.He has accepted ownership of all the 1,959 bottles of the codeine syrup, ” he said.In another development, two fake security agents: Akalonu Justin and Azimbi Festus who were coming from Onitsha and heading to Maiduguri, Borno state capital have been arrested in Yobe state. Babafemi said that they were arrested with 25 blocks of Cannabis Sativa weighing 12 .5kg and 1, 598 bottles of codeine syrup weighing 159.8 liters.He added that 85kg of cannabis was also recovered from the warehouse of a notorious drug dealer in Pawari area of Damaturu, the state capital on March 10. In Anambra state, a total of 38,605 tablets of assorted opioids were recovered from a 29-year-old drug dealer, Awoke Friday at Nkwelle junction, Onitsha.“He was arrested on Friday, March 11 with the support of men of the Nigeria Police, ” he said.Babafemi said the Chairman NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, commended the officers and men of the Apapa Port, Kaduna, Yobe and Anambra Commands of the agency for the impressive seizures and arrests in the past week.He said Marwa charged them and their colleagues across the country to remain focussed and further intensify efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs and substances.
The celebrations that greeted the king were the first of their kind in nearly a decade. For much of that time the people of Sukur, a little-known, Unesco-listed kingdom 3,000 feet up in the highlands of northeast Nigeria, lived in fear. Their unique culture, with its own language, calendar and distinctive dry stone walls, was under threat from Boko Haram, the Islamist group that has terrorised the region since 2009. In 2014 militants climbed the steep track to the settlement, razing houses and burning crops. People scattered, abandoning the terraced
Many residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have continued to count their losses following the power blackouts in most parts of the Territory.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while some parts of the Territory are supplied power for some hours, some areas have not even had it for five consecutive days.The poor power supply or blackouts in some parts of the Territory had lingered for more than a month.The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) had attributed the poor supply of electricity to its franchise areas to low power generation from the national grid.Mr Donald Etim, the AEDC Chief Marketing Officer, had said this in a statement issued in Abuja on March 4.“The AEDC wishes to inform our customers in Kogi, Niger, Nasarawa and the FCT that the current low and unstable supply of electricity to homes and businesses is as a result of low power generated to the national grid.In recent weeks, the level of power generated and served to the national grid for onward delivery to customers has been abysmally low,” Etim said.The development had led to load shedding in the affected areas.
Some Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) passengers along the Ikeja/Oshodi corridor in Lagos State on Sunday, appealed to the Lagos State Government to boost security on the buses for improved safety of commuters.Some of the passengers , who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) appealed to the state government to deploy technology to make the operations better and safer for passengers, to avert a repeat of the Bamise saga.A trader at Computer Village, who simply identified himself as Okwudili, said the BRT was the hope of business people, who had to catch up early with business appointments.Okwudili who spoke to NAN at the Mangoro bus corridor said it was impressive that the BRT fleet was increasing, adding that government should improve and digitalise operations for efficiency and safety.Government has banned commercial motorcycles (Okada) on highways, BRT is the fastest means we have, especially business people.“If you go to some countries abroad, they don’t have traffic jams because the government introduced this big high capacity buses every where.The death of Bamise should make all transportation stakeholders have a discussion on how to make BRT safer. Transportation is big business internationally, I believe that Gov. Sanwo-Olu can do it,” he said.A 300 level student of the University of Lagos, Miss Peju Pedro, said “it is scarier taking BRT at night now because I will be afraid of rape or death. Government should make it safer.Pedro who spoke to NAN at the BRT Terminal opposite ShopRite Superstores in Alausa, appealed to government to seek private sector help in regulating BRT operations effectively.Another student of Agidingbi Junior High School, Master Joseph Kushima , told NAN that the bus was assisting to carry students to school for free.“We like BRT, they should not stop it, if there is security, no driver can kill anybody,” he said.NAN recalls that Miss Bamise Ayanwola, the late 22-year-old fashion designer, went missing after she boarded a BRT bus driven by Mr Andrew Nice on Feb. 26.Her corpse was later found on Carter Bridge in Lagos Island, nine days later, leading to the arrest of Nice by officials of the Department of State Security Services in Ogun , after he fled Lagos.Afraid of public outrage that may lead to destruction or attacks on the fleet, the Lagos state government suspended the operations of BRT for two days, leading to outcry by commuters , who were stranded at various bus stops forcing government to restore the fleet.
A motor accident occurred along Ilorin-Ogbomoso expressway in Kwara State, yesterday morning, during which 12 persons were said to have been burnt to death.Sunday Vanguard gathered that the accident happened at about 6:47 am at Otte in Asa local government area.A total number of 18 people were said to have been involved in the crash, while 12 of the victims were reportedly burnt beyond recognition.Six of the survived victims reportedly suffered varying degrees of burns.It was gathered that causes of the crash were route violation, speed violation and loss of control.The two vehicles involved in the crash included a white colour commercial bus with no registration number and a white colour commercial DAF Volvo trailer.According to information provided by the state sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Jonathan Owoade, no first aid treatment could be administered on the victims.Owoade added that the survivors had been taken to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for treatment.
President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed a plan to conclusively end the fuel scarcity in the country, a presidency official has said. The official, who disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja, said the plan would ensure that incidence of fuel scarcity does not occur again.He said that in a matter of days, virtually every state in the country would have returned to a very low queue situation at filling stations or a complete return to normalcy. The source said the plan, which was presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) last week, had been signed off previously by the president before he left the country last Sunday.The plan, according to the source, had clear goals that included a conclusive determination on the initial cause of the scarcity with attendant consequences imposed. The plan is designed to do everything necessary to end the scarcity quickly and hold those responsible for it in the first instance responsible so as to avoid a repeat,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that what used to be a recurring decimal of fuel scarcity had been reduced to the barest minimum by the Buhari administration Vanguard NewsMenuHOMELATEST NEWSMETROSPORTSENTERTAINMENTVIDEOSRELATIONSHIPSPOLITICSFORUMPOSTED INNEWSBuhari endorses plan to end fuel scarcityMarch 13, 2022Buhari commissions 120-bed mother, child hospital in MakurdiPresident Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed a plan to conclusively end the fuel scarcity in the country, a presidency official has said.ADVERTISINGThe official, who disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja, said the plan would ensure that incidence of fuel scarcity does not occur again.He said that in a matter of days, virtually every state in the country would have returned to a very low queue situation at filling stations or a complete return to normalcy. The source said the plan, which was presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) last week, had been signed off previously by the president before he left the country last Sunday.The plan, according to the source, had clear goals that included a conclusive determination on the initial cause of the scarcity with attendant consequences imposed. “The plan is designed to do everything necessary to end the scarcity quickly and hold those responsible for it in the first instance responsible so as to avoid a repeat,” he said.READ ALSO: Fuel scarcity: Marketers selling beyond recommended pump price in states,says anti-corruption groupThe News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that what used to be a recurring decimal of fuel scarcity had been reduced to the barest minimum by the Buhari administration until the recent case of adulterated petrol. The plan drawn up by NNPC executives, however, had won the endorsement of the president and the praise of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, especially because of the 24-hour round the clock operations.NAN reports that 24-hour sales in major supply centers in the country and 24-hour continuous loading at all depots coordinated personally by NNPC Group Managing Director, Mr Mele Kyari, with the active participation of the Director-General of the DSS, Alhaji Yusuf Bichi, are ongoing. The 24-operations also have an enforcement element with monitoring teams “to prevent any act of sabotage and ensure smooth operations.”That 24 hour operations also included the direct participation and support of members of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria and private depot owners.By the end of the previous week, the source said the country had over one billion litres of petrol stock equivalent to about a month sufficiency based on the 60 million litres per day evacuation.He said Lagos and Warri/Oghara loading zones hold the highest land stock of petrol with over 200million litres and over 100 million litres respectively, with the balance of the stock held as Marine Stock.According to the source, the endorsed plan also maintains the high evacuation rate which is the total amount of stock supplied until such a time that the distribution situation is normalised.NAN reports that by the middle of the previous week, a National Filling Stations Queue Map presented to the presidency and at FEC indicated that fuel supply had returned to normal in the four states of Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and the FCT.In another six states- Oyo, Osun, Lagos, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi–there were very small queues with mostly about 10 cars at a time.It also indicated that in 13 states there were medium queues of maximum of 50 vehicles.Those states were Delta, Rivers, Anambra, Edo, Ekiti, Kogi, Nasarawa, Bauchi, Kano, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto and Zamfara.In the rest of the 14 states, there were still high queues of above 50 cars at a time in the filling stations as at the middle of last week.“The most important thing to the presidency is that this scarcity is quickly ended and a recurrence firmly avoided in the future.“This now seems certainly possible,” the official said.
The Katsina National Talent Hunt Challenge (KNTHC), which started about two years ago was organized by Katsina Public Exhibition and Innovation Center in collaboration with stakeholders from the academic and industrial sectors.No fewer than 7,000 youths from within and outside the state were said to have shown interest and participated in the competition geared towards inspiring youths to overcome adversity and never give up on their dreams by encouraging them to work hard and do well in school and other fields of endeavours. The competition was not limited to students alone but open to all interested people from across the country.Governor Aminu Bello Masari expressed pride in the KNTHC committee for being able to identify so many talented youths from Katsina State whose talents and innovations were not known even by their immediate communities. He said, “It is, therefore, our pride as a government to identify people from our communities who will serve as models and raise the position of Katsina State not only in Nigeria but among the international community.”While reiterating one of the restoration agendas of his administration which is focused on training, skill acquisition and empowerment of youths and women in the state, Masari said.so far the State Government has successfully trained over 1,500 youths at Community Skills Development Centers and about 500 at the Business Apprenticeship Training Centers on skills acquisition and in various trades to become self-reliant and employers of labour.”In addition, the Governor said “about 2,104 youths benefited from training recently organized in Katsina, Daura and Funtua with the beneficiaries expected to establish small scale enterprises. Similarly, Masari said no fewer than 950 unemployed youths were empowered to be self-reliant during the Vocational Agriculture Skills Training Program held across the state recently.Also as part of the initiatives of the Katsina National Talent Hunt Challenge Competition, “the State Government accepted the proposal of the committee to identify and employ all Katsina State indigenes that graduated with first class in any field of study and gave directives to the Head of Service of the State to submit a recommendation for their employment. So far a total number of 36 First Class Graduates were employed by the State Government to inject fresh blood into the state civil service to achieve greater height in terms of quality output and service delivery.”In the same vein, during the recent convocation of the Katsina State College of Nursing and Midwifery, two qualified Nurses and Pharmacists were given automatic employment by the Katsina State Government as a result of their excellent performance at their final examination.In acknowledgement of the giant stride of the Masari led government towards building industrious and enterprising youths in the state, Mr Aliyu Zailani, the Director-General National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), disclosed that the Federal Government has decided to construct an Automative Mechanic Institute at Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic. The Institute will train mechanics, panel beaters, painters, electricians, among others on Modern Computer Automotive Technology.Through the talent hunt, some citizens of the state, have excelled in the fields of Arts, Science and Technology, not only in Nigeria but across the globe.One of them is Abdulkarim Bashir, who emerged the overall winner of the maiden edition of the Katsina National Talent Hunt Challenge (KNTHC) and was rewarded with the star prize of the sum of N5 million and a Toyota Highlander Jeep from the Katsina State Government.Governor Masari made the presentation of the star prize to Bashir last week at the grand finale of the KNTHC held at the conference hall of the State Secretariat Complex.Bashir invented an IT Security Software Solution Provider, Known as “Chiniki Guda,” an Artificial Intelligence Technology for classifying and detecting human actions which include suspicious activities in retail, public space and airports by analysing videos from CCTV Cameras.Bashir has since been invited by the Government of the United Kingdom for further development of the technology.The Katsina Governor also presented prizes to the top 3 winners in each of the four categories of contestants and equally splashed N10 million as consolation prizes to 100 other contestants, with each of them receiving an N100,000 at the grand finale of the KNTHC.The four categories of contestants who participated in the KNTHC are the ICT design, art and design, automotive modelling and products as well as the Music & Entertainment category.The winner in each of the four categories was presented with the sum of N5 million, while the first and second runner up in each category also received the sum of N3 million and N1.5 million, respectively, from the Katsina Government.The Art and Design Category was won by Usman Aliyu Haji, with Ahmed Lawal Ahmed and Rahama Aziz as first and second runner up, respectively.The Automotive Modelling and Products Category was won by Muhammad Usman followed by Kabir Abubakakar and Sada Idris Kankia in the second and third positions respectively.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has debunked report in the media that he exonerated the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, of complicity in money laundering.Malami, in a statement his media aide, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, made available to newsmen on Sunday, described the report as false, saying he only recommended further investigation in the matter. Maintaining that “there appears to be misunderstanding regarding the issue”, the AGF, said his stance was that no conclusion has been reached in the direction of absence of evidence relating to the first investigative report that was submitted to the Inspector-General of Police. According to him, “It was a case of work in progress in respect of which the office of the Attorney General of the federation requested for further probe in relation to some aspects of investigation. The office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice’s stance is that no conclusion has been reached in the direction of absence of evidence relating to the first report. “The issues were raised for further investigation with a view to cover the field in investigation in order to arrived at informed decision”, the statement added MenuHOMELATEST NEWSMETROSPORTSENTERTAINMENTVIDEOSRELATIONSHIPSPOLITICSFORUMPOSTED INNEWSI didn’t exonerate Abba Kyari, I only asked for further investigation — MalamiMarch 13, 2022By Ikechukwu Nnochiri, AbujaThe Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has debunked report in the media that he exonerated the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Abba Kyari, of complicity in money laundering.Malami, in a statement his media aide, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, made available to newsmen on Sunday, described the report as false, saying he only recommended further investigation in the matter. ADVERTISINGMaintaining that “there appears to be misunderstanding regarding the issue”, the AGF, said his stance was that no conclusion has been reached in the direction of absence of evidence relating to the first investigative report that was submitted to the Inspector-General of Police. According to him, “It was a case of work in progress in respect of which the office of the Attorney General of the federation requested for further probe in relation to some aspects of investigation. “The office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice’s stance is that no conclusion has been reached in the direction of absence of evidence relating to the first report. “The issues were raised for further investigation with a view to cover the field in investigation in order to arrived at informed decision”, the statement added. It will be recalled that Malami had earlier okayed request for DCP Kyari to be extradited to the United States of America, USA, to face trial over his alleged involvement with an internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi.Kyari is wanted in the U.S. to stand trial for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft. A grand jury had in April 29, 2021, filed an indictment against him with the approval of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, afterwhich a warrant was issued for his arrest.Malami said the extradition application he filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, followed a request by the Diplomatic Representative of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja for Kyari to be surrendered for trial. The AGF, in an affidavit that was filed in support of the extradition application, said he was satisfied that the offence in respect of which Kyari’s surrender was sought, is not political or trivial.He said he was also satisfied that the request for Kyari to be surrendered, was not made to persecute or punish him on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinions, but in good faith and the interest of justice.According to him, Kyari, “if surrendered, will not be prejudiced at his trial and will not be punished, detained or restricted in his personal liberty, by reason of his race, nationality or political opinions”, adding that having regard to all the circumstances in which the alleged offence was committed, it would not be unjust or oppressive, or severe a punishment, to surrender him.More so, Malami, noted that there was no criminal proceeding pending against Kyari in Nigeria, bordering on the same offence for which he is wanted in the USA.The high court had on March 7, remanded Kyari and six others in custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, after they were arraigned on an eight-count drug trafficking charge Kyari, who hitherto headed the Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, was docked alongside four other police officers- ACP Sunday J. Ubia, ASP Bawa James, Insp. Simon Agirigba and Insp. John Nuhu, as well as two drug traffickers that were arrested at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, Chibunna Patrick Umeibe and Emeka Alphonsus Ezenwanne.While the police officers pleaded not guilty to the charge, the 6th and 7th Defendants, Umeibe and Ezenwanne, pleaded guilty to the charge that was read to them before trial Justice Emeka Nwite.DCP Kyari had earlier instituted a legal action against the Federal Government to challenge his arrest and continued detention.Aside from asking the court to order the NDLEA to release him on bail on health ground, Kyari, equally demanded for N500million and a written apology for what he termed as the unlawful violation of his fundamental human rights.Besides, Kyari, who had since hired six Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, to defend him, in his own affidavit before the court, alleged that corrupt officials of the NDLEA assist drug traffickers to ship in Cocaine through various airports in the country He claimed that he was framed up by a corrupt officer of the agency after he went to demand for compensation for a whistleblower that gave information that led to the arrest of Umeibe and Ezenwanne by the Police IRT.