FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

Written by on August 28, 2021

The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories are captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:

 

 

NEWS

  • Lawan Debunks Bribery Allegation In Passage Of PIA

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has debunked reports that he and his counterpart, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, collected $10 million as bribe to facilitate passage of the new Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
Recall that the National Assembly recently passed the Petroleum Industry Bill, approving three per cent for host communities despite calls from various quarters that the provision should be reviewed upward.

According to online news reports, Lawan allegedly got $2 million (N823 million), while Gbajabiamila was allegedly paid $1.5 million (N617 million) as bribes. The reports further alleged that Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva facilitated the payment of the money. It claimed each senator was paid $20,000 (N8.2 million), while members of the lower chamber received $5,000 (N2 million) each.

Lawan, who briefed State House reporters on the outcome of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said, while the constitution guarantees freedom of expression and Nigerians have the right to hold leaders to account, it was not a license to assail on their character with unverifiable allegations. “I really want to take this opportunity to take exception to those kinds of unwarranted un-provable, false and fake information being fed to the Nigerian public. And the danger people will face with this is you cause unnecessary damage to the reputation of people.

  • States Should Get 42% From Federation Account – NGF

Governors have advocated 42 percent of national revenue accruing to the Federation Account to states and 35 percent to the Federal Government. Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this, said Nigeria was also ripe for restructuring.
Fayemi spoke at a national dialogue and book presentation in Abuja.

He said: “On revenue collection and sharing, the position of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to which I subscribe is that the sharing formula should be reviewed in favor of the states, especially given the argument of devolved responsibilities to the sub-nationals. In the context of the proposed new federal structure, governors have argued for a formula along the lines of 42 percent to states, 35 percent to the Federal, and 2.3 percent to local governments.” He said the nation’s federal system has not served the best interests of Nigerians because it is devoid of devolution of power, decentralization, and true federalism.

Fayemi threw his weight behind the suggestion by former Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega that “sooner than later, these matters have to be addressed squarely, but dispassionately. He said the challenge is how to address restructuring without upsetting the apple-cart; that is, without unleashing instability occasioned by the mobilization of ethnic, regional and religious sentiments and identities”.

 

 

 

 

POLITICS

  • 2023: Lagos Monarchs Endorse Tinubu For President

Traditional rulers in Lagos State have endorsed All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for president in 2023. They described the eminent politician as a national asset, resourceful and experienced leader, a bridge builder and good manager of men and resources. According to the monarchs, Tinubu is eminently qualified to serve in the highest office, adding that if elected, Nigeria will savour a glorious dawn.

The former Lagos governor has not declared any ambition, although individuals, organisations and groups have been urging him to declare interest in the presidency. The Lagos traditional rulers endorsed Tinubu, a Third Republic Senator, consummate politician and pro-democracy crusader, during their retreat at the Eko Hotel, Lagos.

The traditional rulers hailed the efforts of the Sanwo-Olu administration in conflict resolution and security in the Centre of Excellence. They also promised to support the government as it continues to implement laudable progressive and people-oriented policies and programmes in the five divisions, three senatorial districts and 57 councils in the state.

  • Secondus Reacts To Court Order Restraining Him As PDP National Chairman

Mr Uche Secondus has reacted to the court order restraining him from acting as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). His reaction follows the ruling of Justice Okogbule Gbasam of the Degema Division of the Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt. “If Secondus and the party are taken to court, they will defend themselves,” Secondus’ media aide, Ike Abonyi, said in a statement on Monday. “PDP and Secondus are not afraid of court; this party is a child of history, owned by Nigerians, bigger than any individual or group, including desperadoes.” Abonyi, however, claimed that the story of the restraining order originated through the special assistant on media to the Rivers State Governor.

Justice Gbasam made the order while ruling on a motion ex parte marked PHC/2183/CS/2021 and filed by four persons – Ibeawuchi Alex, Dennis Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen, and Umeziriki Onucha. Secondus and the main opposition party were listed as the first and second respondents to the suit. Amid calls for the resignation of the PDP national chairman, seven national officers of the party resigned from their roles on August 3. The affected officers claimed that they were being side-lined and treated unfairly by Secondus, but the PDP national chairman denied the allegation.

  • Osinbajo Not In Race For 2023 Presidential Election – Spokesman

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has denied any interest in the 2023 election. This is according to a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Laolu Akande. He said his principal is rather focused on working in his capacity as the Vice President to address the various challenges facing the country, including finding effective and lasting solutions to the security challenges and working to further boost the economy.

“The Office of the Vice President is not in any way connected with the distribution and deployment of any 2023 political posters whether on the streets or in online videos, banners and the like on social media,” the statement partly read. All these are simply needless distractions from the urgent tasks of governance needed in our country at this time.” Many analysts are tipping Osinbajo to run for the presidential seat, but Akande has asked people to desist from such.

 

 

 

ECONOMY

  • Buhari Announces ₦287bn NNPC Profit After Tax For 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the declaration of a Profit after Tax (PAT) of N287billion in the year 2020 by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). According to a communique by his special media aide, Femi Adesina, the President’s announcement is in fulfillment of an earlier pledge by the Federal Government to publicly declare the financial position of the NNPC.

Adesina’s statement notes that Buhari has disclosed a Net Profit, making it the first time in the 44-year history of the establishment. This is sequel to the completion of the statutory Annual Audit exercise for Year 2020. President Buhari congratulated the Board, Management and Staff of the Corporation, adding that he looks forward to greater value creation for the Nigerian people.

  • Federal Government Targets Tax Raise In 2022 To Reduce Borrowing

Taxes may increase in 2022 as a result of the government’s plans to shore up revenue and drastically cut borrowings. Leakages are to be blocked and revenue-generating agencies are to be thoroughly supervised. Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who made these known on Monday said the Executive is on the same page with the lawmakers on the way forward for the country in revenue generation and borrowing in 2022.

Lawan who spoke to reporters at Aso Villa after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said the National Assembly had started discussing the 2022 Budget with President Buhari to set priorities. He said the priority would be placed on funding security and ongoing legacy projects.

  • Nigeria’s GDP Records 5% Growth For 2ND Quarter

Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 5.01% (year-on-year) in real terms in the second quarter of 2021, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said. The NBS disclosed this in the latest report on the nation’s GDP entitled Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report (Q2 2021) released on Thursday.

It explained that the increase in the GDP index marked three consecutive quarters of growth following the negative growth rates recorded in the second and third quarters of 2020.mIn the quarter under review, the NBS revealed that the aggregate GDP stood at N39,123,713.32 million in nominal terms – higher than the second quarter of 2020 with aggregate GDP of N34,023,197.60 million, indicating a year-on-year nominal growth rate of 14.99%.

It added that the nominal GDP growth rate in Q2 2021 was higher than -2.80% growth recorded in the second quarter of 2020 when economic activities slowed sharply at the outset of the pandemic.

 

 

 

 

HEALTH

  • Resident Doctors Still On Strike Due To Lack Of Trust – NMA

A deep distrust of the Federal Government’s ability to implement its promises is behind the prolonged strike of resident doctors across the country, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) said on Monday. There were indications that the three-week-old strike would soon be called off after the doctors, under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) met with Federal Government representatives in Abuja over the weekend.

But the resident doctors refused to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) produced at the end of the meeting, citing the government’s decision to institute a court action over the strike. The resident doctors also said the government must reverse its ‘no work, no pay’ policy. Meanwhile, a NARD spokesperson, Julian Ojebo, has said the resident doctors will not resume unless their benefits have been paid. Ojebo, while speaking on Sunrise Daily, said resident doctors have been left ‘impoverished’ by the government’s inability to meet its demands.

  • Lagos Approves 183 Centres For COVID-19 Vaccination

The Lagos State Government has approved 183 centres for the administration of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The state Ministry of Health gave a breakdown of the centers in a statement on Tuesday. According to the Ministry, interested persons are expected to pre-register via the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) website.

“Citizens, 18 years and above, who have not received any COVID vaccine may proceed to register or enroll for the Moderna vaccine via the NPHCDA E-Registration portal: https://nphcda.vaccination.gov.ng/,” the statement read. Successful enrollees should then proceed to any of the 183 vaccination sites picked at the point of registration at the time scheduled to get the first dose of vaccine,” it added.

  • Malaria Trial Shows 70% Reduction In Severe Cases

A new approach using existing medicines to prevent malaria has been shown to reduce severe cases of the parasitic disease among infants by more than 70 percent in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study. The “dramatic” results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, came from combining booster shots of an antimalarial vaccine ahead of the rainy season together with preventative drugs.

Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year, the vast majority under the age of five. The paper’s senior author Brian Greenwood of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told AFP that members of the team were in touch with the World Health Organization about updating its recommendations.

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • E-Learning Centres Coming For Out-Of-School Children

The Federal and state governments have agreed to establish e-learning centres for out-of-school children in the country. Both levels of government also agreed to ensure the use of Accelerated Basic Education Curriculum (ABEC) at the centres. This decision was taken at the just concluded 65th National Council on Education meeting in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

The council also agreed that states and the FCT should set up a task force to enforce sanctions on parents/guardians whose children/wards are on the streets during school hours. In a communique at the end of the meeting, the council agreed that the Federal Ministry of Education, states and the FCT should evolve and implement coordinated and sustainable strategic enrolment drive campaign to bring out-of-school children into the school net as well as ensure retention and completion of basic education. The council also called for the extension of the Homegrown School Feeding to at least middle basic education level.

  • SSCE: Kogi Government Warns Against Malpractices

The Kogi Government has restated its resolve not to condone examination malpractices during the ongoing 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) in the state. The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, gave the warning in Lokoja, at the stakeholders’ meeting with Exam Monitors from the ministry and 21 local government areas of the state.

Jones cautioned monitors and supervisors against indulging in any form of examination malpractice, saying, “we have zero tolerance to academic laziness.
He advised school principals against using their schools as ‘miracle centres’ to perpetrate any form of examination malpractice under any disguise. He added that the government remained resolute and fully ready to prosecute and severely sanction any erring school, individual or accomplices according to the education law.

  • Embrace Reading Culture – Gov. Fayemi To Students

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, has urged students across board to embrace the reading culture, while also giving credence to initiatives that will help develop them socially and morally. He gave the charge at the launch of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Students’ Union (FUOYESU) maiden book publication, entitled: “Making it, Making As.”

The governor, represented by his Special Assistant on Youth and Student Affairs, Mr. Ademiloye Moses, implored students not to limit themselves to academic circles, but to also embrace versatility in pursuance of a balanced academic life on and off campus. While commending the efforts of the FUOYESU over what he described as an exceptional and timely feat, he urged the students’ union to make the book available to every student of the institution, especially the new intakes.

Also, the Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Jide Modede, emphasised on the need for students to discover their passion, saying “therein, the joy of your existence lies.”mHe prayed the university management to support the new development in cash and kind, describing it as thoughtful and welcoming.

  • ASUU seeks 10-year ban on new varsities accessing TETfund grants

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the Federal Government to bar state governments proposing to establish new universities from accessing Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) for a minimum of 10 years. The union added that owners of proposed universities- whether federal or state- should provide verifiable growth plan for providing not less than 75 percent of their pensionable staff complement plus provision of requisite infrastructural facilities.

ASUU hinge its demand on the precarious state of state-owned universsities in Nigeria. National President of ASUU Prof Victor Osodeke told reporters in Ilorin, Kwara State capital at the end of the union’s national executive council meeting.
Prof Osodeke expressed his dismay on the declining fortune of state-owned universsities and their neglect by state governors “whose responsibility it is to fund, staff, equip and make the universsities nationally and globally competitive.

 

 

 

WORLD

  • Ministers Meet Over Health Challenges As 1.4b Africans Risk Contracting COVID-19

Ministers of Health and representatives from the continent metvirtually between Tuesday and Thursday for the 71st Session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa. A statement, on Monday by the global agency, noted that the committee is the organisation’s decision-making body, with the gathering being the premier forum on public health and hosting 47 health ministers yearly to discuss and endorse regional policies, activities and financial plans to improve people’s health and well-being across Africa.

More than 400 delegates, including WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, representatives of United Nations (UN) agencies, funds and programmes, civil society, bilateral and multilateral organisations and other development partners o participated.

Among the issues discussed were: scaling up of COVID-19 response, accelerating elimination of cervical cancer, improving access to assistive health technologies and boosting uptake of digital health. Others were reinforcement of an integrated response to tuberculosis, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), sexually transmitted infections and hepatitis, as well as defeating meningitis by 2030 and enthroning sustainable financing of the global health agency

  • US Grants Full Approval To Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday fully approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, a move expected to trigger a new wave of vaccine mandates as the Delta variant batters the country. “The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the Covid-19 pandemic,” acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a statement.

The Covid vaccine, which may now be marketed under its brand name Comirnaty, is the first to receive full approval. Tens of millions of shots have already been administered under an emergency use authorization (EUA) that was granted on December 11, 2020. The decision to award it approval was based on updated data from the drug’s clinical trial, including a longer duration of follow-up, with safety and effectiveness evaluated among more than 40,000 people.

  • Taliban Warns Of Dire ‘Consequences’ If US Delays Troops Removal

The Taliban warned on Monday there would be “consequences” if the United States and its allies extend the presence of troops in Afghanistan beyond next week, as chaos continued to overwhelm Kabul airport. The rapid fall of the country to the hardliners last weekend shocked Western nations, coming just two weeks before an August 31 deadline for all troops to fully withdraw from the country.
Instead, thousands of soldiers have poured back in to manage the frantic airlifting of foreigners and Afghans — many who fear reprisals for working with Western nations — out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations — the answer is no. Or there would be consequences,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Sky News on Monday. Staying beyond the agreed deadline would be “extending occupation”, he added. The rush to leave Kabul has sparked harrowing scenes and killed at least eight people, some crushed to death while at least one person died after falling from a moving plane.

  • Ministers Meet Over Health Challenges As 1.4b Africans Risk Contracting COVID-19

Ministers of Health and representatives from the continent metvirtually between on Thursday for the 71st Session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa. A statement, on Monday by the global agency, noted that the committee is the organisation’s decision-making body, with the gathering being the premier forum on public health and hosting 47 health ministers yearly to discuss and endorse regional policies, activities and financial plans to improve people’s health and well-being across Africa.

More than 400 delegates, including WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, representatives of United Nations (UN) agencies, funds and programmes, civil society, bilateral and multilateral organizations and other development partners o participated.

Among the issues discussed were: scaling up of COVID-19 response, accelerating elimination of cervical cancer, improving access to assistive health technologies and boosting uptake of digital health. Others were reinforcement of an integrated response to tuberculosis, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV), sexually transmitted infections and hepatitis, as well as defeating meningitis by 2030 and enthroning sustainable financing of the global health agency

 

 

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Months To Wedding, Alex Ekubo And Fiancée’s Engagement Called Off

Just a few months to the marriage between Nollywood actor, Alex Ekubo and model, Fancy Acholonu, the couple has called off their engagement. Fans were greeted with the news on Thursday, days after the couple was observed to have unfollowed each other on social media and also deleted their pictures together.

While Alex has yet to comment on the situation, Fancy in a post on Instagram confirmed that their relationship had come to an end. The marriage, which was scheduled to hold in November, had become one of the most anticipated this year with the hashtag #FalexxForever already created the buzz that is typical of many celebrity weddings.

This comes at a time when some other celebrity couples appear to have also reached a roadblock in their relationships. Last weekend, news broke that Anita Okoye, wife of music star, Paul of the now-defunct P-Square, had filed for a divorce.
In a petition filed at an FCT High Court, Anita stated that the 7-year marriage had broken down irretrievably because of a lack of love and compatibility. Paul and Anita have three children together.

  • Kanye West Files To Officially Change Name To “YE”

Rapper Kanye West has filed papers to officially change his name to be known simply as Ye. He cited “personal reasons” in the court documents filed in Los Angeles. It comes almost three years after the mercurial music star, fashion designer and presidential hopeful tweeted about changing his name, after releasing an album titled Ye. At the time, he referred to “the being” formally and formerly known as Kanye West before announcing: “I am YE.”

As well as being an abbreviation of his current name, the 44-year-old has previously said the new moniker has religious significance for him. The star is due to release his next album, named after his mother Donda, imminently, although it has already been delayed a number of times. He is also in the midst of a divorce from Kim Kardashian, and has expressed an intention to run for US president in 2024 after attracting 60,000 votes in 2020.

  • Apostle Suleman opens up on Chioma Ifemeludike’s sexual allegation

General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry (OFM) Apostle Johnson Suleman has reacted to an allegation by Nollywood actress Chioma Ifemeludike that they had an affair. He said that he is not angry with those attacking him on social media over the allegation.

Chioma Ifemeludike had alleged that she slept with the popular preacher for money and the memory has continued to torment her. But Apostle Suleman, in a video, told his congregation and followers he was not bothered by the allegation. Suleman said he remained focused on his God-given assignment, stating his abusers were only reacting to what they read online. He further added he had been ignored all the videos made against him.

  • M.I urges youths to get PVC after two hours in police custody

Rapper Jude Abaga popularly known as M.I has narrated his unpleasant experience while in police detention. M.I, who did not reveal the circumstances that led to his detention on Monday night, urged the youth to ensure they get their permanent voters card (PVC) ready before the next election as he noted great work has to be done to set the country aright and working effectively.

The rapper, who spent two hours in the police station the previous night, bemoaned the working conditions, dilapidation and decadence of societal structures. He wrote: “Spent two hours in a police station last night…The working conditions, mental conditioning, dilapidation… We have work to do as a country! “Get your PVC No. Really GET YOUR DAMN PVC.”

 

 

 

SPORTS

  • Real Madrid confident of signing Mbappe

Real Madrid are increasingly confident of completing a deal to sign Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer window closes on Tuesday. PSG will try to sign Everton forward Richarlison, whose current contract at Goodison Park expires in 2024, if a deal is agreed for Mbappe.

Real and PSG held positive talks on Thursday following their second bid of £145.6m (€170m), and it is understood the deal is moving in the right direction. Mbappe has told PSG, who turned down Real’s opening offer of £137m on Wednesday, it is his dream to play for the Spanish side. The forward’s PSG contract expires at the end of the season and he has so far rejected the French club’s attempts to renew his deal.

  • Tokyo Paralympics: ‘Promise fulfilled’, first Nigeria’s gold medal excites Tijani

The winner of Nigeria’s first gold medal at the ongoing Paralympic games in Tokyo, Latifat Tijani, is excited by her new feat. Tijani said she was proud to show Chinese powerlifters that Nigerians are stronger. She explained that losing a gold medal to a Chinese at Rio 2016 made her work harder to win gold at Olympics.

Latifat Tijani put Team Nigeria on medal table on Thursday by winning the women’s -45kg event of the powerlifting competition. The 39-year-old Ogun indigene had a best lift of 107kg to rank first and win the competition’s gold medal at the Tokyo International Forum.

  • Lyon Completes Signing Of Shaqiri From Liverpool

Lyon have completed the signing of Swiss international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri from Liverpool, the two clubs announced on Monday. The 29-year-old moves for an initial fee of six million euros, rising to a potential total of 11 million euros ($12.9m) with bonuses, Lyon said, and has signed a contract until 2024.

Capped 96 times by Switzerland, Shaqiri played for Basel, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan before moving to England in 2015 when he signed for Stoke City. He is the second player to move to Lyon from the Premier League in recent days after Italian international left-back Emerson Palmieri signed on loan from Chelsea.

  • French Ligue 1 Match Abandoned Over Violent Clash

A Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille on Sunday was called off after home supporters threw missiles at players on the pitch, sparking violent brawls between both sets of players, fans, and staff members. Nice fans invaded the pitch after 75 minutes with their team leading 1-0 and angrily confronted opposing player Dimitri Payet, who had thrown a bottle lobbed at him back into the crowd.

Marseille players stepped in to intervene, confronting the furious Nice supporters, but visiting boss Jorge Sampaoli had to be restrained by his own staff and players as he confronted opposition stars before being led down the tunnel Authorities in Nice have opened a probe into the incidents which caused the match abandonment, the local prosecutor’s office told AFP on Monday.Eighty minutes after the game was suspended, Nice said they wanted to restart. Marseille refused with club officials claiming their players’ safety could not be guaranteed.

 

 

 

METRO PLUS

  • Gunmen Free 93 Islamiyya Students Three Months After Abduction

Gunmen have freed 93 pupils kidnapped from an Islamic seminary in Niger State nearly three months ago, the school’s head teacher said on Thursday. But one of the pupils died in the captors’ den. The head teacher, Abubakar Alhassan did not say if any ransom was paid and how the pupils were released.

The gunmen had abducted the schoolchildren from their school in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State on May 30th. They demanded a ransom of ₦110 million and threatened to kill the victims but eleven of the students were released later, according to the Niger State Government.

The governor of the North-Central state, Sani Bello had earlier ruled out paying ransom to the abductors. President Muhammadu Buhari had in the wake of the attack urged security agencies to go after the kidnappers and ensure the schoolchildren were released.

  • Super TV CEO’s Family Writes IGP, Demands Thorough Probe And Justice

The family of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Super TV, Usifo Ataga, has asked the Inspector-General of Police to ensure a thorough and professional investigation into the killing of the media mogul. They also demanded that justice be immediately served in the murder which they described as savage and barbaric. Ataga’s family made the demands in an open letter to the police chief dated August 15 through their lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome.

The senior lawyer explained that the letter was made because Ataga’s killing has been in the public domain following the parade of the suspect involved by the Lagos State Police Command.According to him, the world has been following the case with a keen interest to know how the nation’s criminal justice system works and how justice is eventually served to the suspect, the victim, and the society. Ozekhome informed the IGP that every information contained in the letter was supplied to the law firm by Ataga’s family.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, paraded one Chidinma Ojukwu on June 24. On her part, Chidinma, a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), accused Ataga of raping her while narrating the incident to reporters. She claimed that the media mogul made a first attempt which was successful, but the unfortunate incident took place after she resisted a second attempt. Following her parade, the police later arrested and arraigned more suspects in connection with the incident, including Chidinma’s father, Onoh Ojukwu.

  • Hospitals, Mortuaries Overwhelmed With Wounded, Corpses – Plateau NMA Laments

Plateau state branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Thursday raised the alarm over the surging corpses in mortuaries and injured in hospitals across the State. It said it is saddened and disillusioned by the persistent and vicious killings in the State, pointing out they were exerting great toll on the physical and psychological wellbeing of the masses across the state. These were contained in a statement signed by Dr. Innocent Emmanuel, chairman and Dr. Bapiga’an William, the Secretary of NMA in Jos.

The body expressed deep concerns, stressing the victims of these unwarranted attacks continue to “populate hospitals’ emergency wards and mortuaries in the state.” Parts of the statement read: “These worrisome and sad turn of events is severely bleeding the resources of the people and ultimately wrecking the economy of the state in general, resulting in further increase in the sufferings that have characterized the life of ordinary citizens who abinitio have mostly been living below ,at or only slightly above the poverty line.
Plateau NMA called on security agencies to improve their performances so the killings can stop immediately. “A society that abhors justice is only opening her doors to anarchy and lawlessness.

  • Plateau Crisis: Kaduna, Delta Govts Evacuate Students

Following the tense security situation in Plateau, the Kaduna State government has evacuated its students studying at the University of Jos and other tertiary institutions within the neighbouring state. The Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Scholarship and Loans Board, Rilwan Hassan, disclosed this on Thursday. He said the move is to ensure that all students of Kaduna State are not trapped or cut in a crossfire, even as the situation tends to be further degenerating.

In a similar vein, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has ordered the immediate evacuation of students of Delta origin from crisis troubled Jos following renewed crisis and security concerns in Plateau State. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Student’s Affairs, Jerry Ehiwario, said that the evacuation exercise commenced on Thursday. He commended the governor for the prompt approval for the exercise, adding that the lives of Delta students were very dear to the state.

  • We Now Pick Grains From The Market to survive – Niger IDPs

“There is not enough food for us. In fact, for 2 months now, we have not gotten food from the government or anybody. So what I and my children do is to go to the market to pick the grains that fall on the ground when it is being measured for the customer. “We gather the grains with the sand and when we get home, we separate the sand from the grains and still separate which grain from each other. Then we cook the one we can cook,” Rayila Bitrus, a 30-year-old Internally Displaced Person (IDP) in Kuta IDP camp, told reporters.

With over 2,000 IDPs from communities bedeviled with insecurity and banditry living in two of the IDP camps in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, feeding has become a big task to them. Displaced from the comfort of their homes, these victims, now have to rely on handouts from people and donations from the government and well-meaning individuals.

The Director-General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ibrahim Inga, said that the government is not aware of the scarcity of food in the camp where the IDPs stated. He also said that the government has been trying when it comes to feeding the IDPs saying those donor agencies also come to give them food.



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