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SA Closes 20 Land Borders With Exceptions

SOUTH AFRICA: President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the 20 land border posts of entry into South Africa will be closed until 15th February, 2021 for general entry and departure amidst rising cases of COVID-19 .

The President emphamsied that the closure includes the six busiest border posts, which are Beitbridge, Lebombo, Maseru Bridge, Oshoek, Ficksburg and Kopfontein.

The government is taking this measure to contain infections and save lives under the “Alert Level 3”, as the President cited that these borders are areas for the transmission of the disease because they are heavily congested.

The closure will not affect some people: South African nationals, permanent residents, valid visa holders, diplomats, daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend cross-border schools and those who require emergency medical attention.

Transportation of fuel, cargo and goods will not be affected by the closure, also foreigners will be allowed to leave the country.

The ban on beaches, rivers, lakes and public swimming pools still remains.

Cape Times stated that under adjusted level 3, South Africa’s international borders remain open.

They added that the Government Gazette indicates that international travel can take place from and to OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, and Cape Town International Airport.

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Oyo State Govt Condemns Poly Ibadan Staff Strike

Oyo State government has condemned the strike embarked upon by the staff of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, as unjustifiable and baseless.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said that the demand by the Polytechnic Ibadan staff was not in line with the minimum wage stipulated by the national salaries and wages commission.

He added that the Polytechnic Ibadan staff came to the negotiation table with the wage table of Lagos state, and while other state-owned tertiary institutions were on the same page with the government on the minimum wage, only the Polytechnic Ibadan was proposing a different wage formula.

He said: “I must let you know that the strike action is not justified in any way, there is no basis for it to be candid.

“The government directed the governing councils of each school to engage them on the discussion on the issue of the minimum wage, and as at December, all other tertiary institutions have agreed with us on the issue of the minimum wage.”

The Polytechnic, Ibadan workers unions commenced an indefinite strike on Monday, 11th January, 2021 alleging the failure of the state government to implement the Federal Government approved minimum wage for all Nigerian workers.

Olaleye condemned the strike that has paralysed the academic activities of the institution, he said: “there’s no need for the strike and it’s non-adherent to due process.

“Any moment from now, we are going to sign the agreement hopefully this week. It is only Polytechnic of Ibadan that disagreed, and their disagreement was not based on any law or circular.”

He stated that the staff of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, were insisting on the salary scale of Lagos state
government, thereby rejecting the Federal government salary scale.

Olaleye explained: “In actual fact, what the state government has proposed to them is in line with the circular of the national salaries and wages commission but the team that led their negotiation came with a table of Lagos state.

“And they said we should adopt Lagos state table as the basis for the minimum wage, and we told them that we can only go by the provisions of the law the circular from the federal government which all other schools accepted except the polytechnic of Ibadan.

“I want to advise you go to them if they have any document to back up their position, let them present it to you and let them show it if their proposal is in line with the national minimum wage act and the Federal Government circular on the consolidated salaries of the tertiary institutions, let them show it to you.

“So, it is not justified, and again, at 5 am, the union locked up the gate of the school even before the congress of the union and the congress is supposed to give them the go-ahead for the strike but without waiting for the congress, some union members just went ahead to lock up the school gates and prevent students from writing their exams which they started last year.

“However, we will still continue to engage them to let them see reason. As at the time all of us should be on the way for Christmas on the 24th, we still held meeting with them here with the council members and the management.

“And we asked them to present any circular to back up their claim, we said they should let us look at it, but the next thing we heard this morning was they have embarked on strike. What is the justification for that?”

Olaleye then assured that further discussion will be held with the workers’ unions to quickly end the strike.

 

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Third Mainland Bridge To Be Shut For 2-Week – Lagos State Government

The Lagos State Government has pronounced a shift in the current vehicle diversion point on the Third Mainland Bridge for motorists coming from Oworonshoki to Adekunle or Lagos Island, as part of the measures to ensure accomplishment of the reopening of the Third Mainland Bridge on 22nd February,

Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde issued the statement over the weekend that shifting the diversion point on the bridge is to allow the removal, replacement and casting of joint No. 23, in addition to joints 16 and 17 presently being fixed by the contractor.

The Commissioner explained that the planned 2-week temporary traffic flow adjustment shall be from midnight of January 15, 2021, to midnight of January 29, 2021, adding that the current traffic status shall then be reinstated from 12.01 hours of January 30, 2021.

He notified motorists plying that area that there shall be no vehicular access from Iyana Oworosoki to Adekunle axis on the slip road/ramp down on the Third Mainland Bridge for the 2-week period, and motorists from Ogudu, Alapere and Gbagada going to Adekunle axis should use Ikorodu Road, Jibowu and Yaba as alternative routes.

No access for vehicular movements from the Adekunle axis towards Iyana Oworosoki on Third Mainland Bridge during the period, also all Iyana Oworosoki bound traffic from Lagos Island, Iddo, Oyingbo, Adekunle and Yaba should use Herbert Macaulay Way, Jibowu and Ikorodu Road as alternative routes – he said.

Oladeinde added: “The current crossover position on the bridge for Adekunle or Lagos Island-bound traffic from Iyana Oworosoki between 12 midnight and 12 noon will now be at the new point for two weeks.

“The current shared movement of 12 midnight to 12 noon for Lagos Island traffic bound from Iyana Oworosoki shall remain, while the current 1 pm to 12 midnight Mainland (Iyana Oworosoki) bound traffic flow from Lagos Island shall also be maintained.”

He stated that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will continue to ensure the vigorous management of traffic control and enforcement on the bridge as well as on the identified alternative routes.

He said that LASTMA will ensure an endurable and acceptable traffic movement experience for motorists during the period, while all previous traffic flow advisory measures put in place by the Lagos State Government for the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge remained the same.

He then advised road users: ” While assuring that the bridge will be reopened to traffic flow as soon as possible, the Lagos State Government appealed to road users along the corridor to drive cautiously and follow the traffic advice in order to minimise the inconvenience caused by the ongoing rehabilitation.”

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Pope Changes Law For Women To Read At Mass But Can’t Be Priests

The Catholics are about to witness a change in its principle as Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow women to do more things in the church during Mass, while reaffirming that they cannot be priests.

The amended law will allow women to read the Gospel and serve on the altar as eucharistic ministers which were roles previously assigned to men by the church.

The law is in conformity with common practice in many parts of the world, and the Pope has said that he was making the change to increase recognition of the precious contribution women make in the church.

He emphasized that all baptized Catholics have a role to play in the church’s mission, and noted that doing so further makes a distinction between ordained ministries such as the priesthood, and non- ordained ministries, as the Vatican reserves the priesthood for men.

There are indications that the change may be as a result of mounted pressure on the Pope to allow women to be deacons, ordained ministries, that will perform similar functions of priests at functions.

It was gathered that Francis has created a second experts commission to study if women could be deacons, after the failure of the first one to reach a consensus.

Members of the church have gathered support for the change claiming that it would give women greater say in the ministry and governance of the church, while also helping address priest shortages in several parts of the world.

Meanwhile, some members are of the opinion that allowing it would become a slippery slope toward ordaining women to the priesthood.

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The Polytechnic, Ibadan Shut Down Over Workers’ Unions’ Strike

The Polytechnic, Ibadan has been shut down following the strike embark upon by the workers’ unions.

The unions, which include Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, resolved to embark on the industrial action at the joint congress meeting held on Monday, 11th January, 2021, to demand for the implementation of the new national minimum wage introduced by the Federal Government in 2019.

The academic activities of the institution which was scheduled to resume on Monday, 11th January, 2021 after the Christmas and the New Year break has now been disrupted by the unions’ action.

The SSANIP Chairman, Mr. Biodun Abegunde, said that the unions were forced to to embark on the industrial action because the matter was beyond the school’s management and needs to be addressed urgently.

He added that the unions were demanding for the implementation of the new minimum wage and the removal of a consultant who has been handling and managing the financial affairs of the institution as a move for financial autonomy for the institution.

His words:“The unions are agitating the implementation of the minimum wage and the removal of a consultant who has been handling and managing the financial affairs of the institution.

“This is a move towards financial autonomy. So the unions are clamouring for removal of the consultant so that due process can be maintained by the institution.”

Mr. Abegunde also stated that the unions want the institution to have powers to manage its affairs, as the current mode of operation is affecting the smooth running and operation of the institution and its entire community.

We want the institution to have powers to manage its affairs. The current mode of operation is affecting the smooth running and operation of the institution and the entire community of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, are not happy.

“We want the council of the institution to be the ones running the affairs of The Polytechnic, Ibadan.”

The management of the institution has promised to issue a statement before the close of today, Monday 11th January, 2021 in reaction to the unions’ action – Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole.

 

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Aminu Kontagora Dies Of COVID-19

Aminu Isa Kontagora, a prominent Nigerian and the the former Military Administrator of Kano and Benue States, is dead.

His death was reported on Sunday night after a brief illness at a hospital in Abuja.

One of the family members that made the announcement about his death said that he died of COVID-19 related complications.

Kontagora was born in 1956 and became the Military Administrator of Benue State, from August 1996 to August 1998 under General Sani Abacha military regime.

He was also the Military Administrator of Kano State from September 1998 to May 1999, during the transitional regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

He handed over power to the then elected executive governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, on 29th May 1999.

He would be buried today, Monday, 11th January, 2021 in compliance with the Islamic tradition.

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APC Set To Lose Kebbi State In 2023

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to lose Kebbi State in the 2023 governorship election, if the party fails to reconcile aggrieved members of the party across the 21 councils of the state.

It was revealed that the party’s internal crisis started when the government returned all the former state executive committee members as acting executive members.

An anonymous person told our correspondent that the party’s stakeholders in the state had failed the supporters and as such some political leaders were not happy with the arrangement.

He stated that the party may experience mass defection to the opposition party to fight the government.

He added: “Let me tell you categorically that what happened during the tenure of former Governor Seidu Dakingari will definitely occur, if care is not taken. We are not being carried along. People are not happy with this arrangement and very soon you will see people’s reactions.”

Alhaji Saliso Nataro, a governorship aspirant in the party for the 2023 election, said that the party may fail if they cannot recognise him.

He also condemned the action of the governor to return former executive committee members as many party members were not happy with the action.

“They should put other people. Even if they wanted to return them, it should be after the election. People are not happy with the arrangement; they did it for their own selfish interest and they will not succeed,”

He advised the stakeholders in the party to take a drastic action to restore peace and normalcy.

Nataro promised to transform Kebbi State if elected as governor in 2023 and belittled the Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, that he has nothing to show in terms of capital projects.

 

 

 

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Pop Star Bobi Wine Dumps Music For Politics

Pop star Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, is running for the presidency in Uganda

Running for the presidency can be a dangerous business in Uganda amidst the fact that the incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni, has been in government for 35 years.

Bobi Wine, who is now the leading opposition in the country’s upcoming presidential election, said that he has been object of target for the incumbent and he has been targeted with bullets, tear gas and “miraculously” survived several attacks in the run-up to the election.

He added: “It’s not out of fashion to put on a bullet-proof jacket and a ballistic helmet,” he said. “It was an effort to secure my life some more. That is after I survived gun attacks more than once, more than twice, I was targeted. My car was riddled with bullets, flattening old tyres. And at one occasion, the military shoot into the windscreen of my car.

“Miraculously, I’m still alive and nobody was shot dead in my car. However, many of my close allies have been shot dead.”

Bobi Wine started his music career in the early of year 2000 with lyrics that talked about urban poverty and political oppression, and backed by good beats.

The 38-year-old rose from the slums of the country to become a popular musician, and now harnessing on his popularity to contest in the upcoming election.

He has made a promise of equality to fellow Ugandans, “a Uganda where we are respected and applauded on an international platform, not known for poverty, disease, corruption, and for dictatorship – that’s the Uganda we envision as a generation”.

Wine claimed that the election has been stolen and rigged for not being allow to campaign, he said: “the election is being stolen and rigged,

By the mere fact that I was arrested on the day of nomination, that I’ve been blocked from campaigns, that my posters are not allowed to be there, that I’m not allowed to have any billboards, that I’m blocked from radio and TV stations, that I’m a presidential candidate who’s not allowed to drive on main roads or even to address people in towns – that’s a rig.”

Wine is banking on the population of young people in the country, as the country is one of the countries with youngest population in the world,

According to Sky News, Wine has suffered multiple arrests from the government who has also deployed the military to prevent any opposition attempts to create civil unrest that could cause regime change.

With doggedness, Wine has said that he will continue despite saying his life is at risk. “I live every day as if it’s the last day. My life is threatened, the life of my wife is threatened, my close allies and everybody that associates with me.

But we keep going knowing that our lives do not end with us. So many people have already paid the ultimate price, and my life is not any much more valuable than the lives of the people of Uganda.”

He called on Ugandans to vote and change the country forever, as the election comes up on Thursday.

This is our only opportunity,” he said. “We are non-violent. So we are using this election as a protest to speak – and speak loudly.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Speaks On The Capitol Hill Riot

The veteran actor and former California governor on Sunday on his social media handle said Donald Trump will go down in history as the worst president of America.

He said this in a video that has gone viral on social media where he lent his voice on the protest that took place on Capitol Hill and compared it to the rise of Nazi in Germany

The movie star recalled that he was born in Austria two years after the end of Word War II, but his family faced the repercussions from his father, who served as a Nazi.

Schwarzenegger noted that he grew up among the impact of Kristallnacht, who were “a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys.

He added: “Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States. But the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol. They shattered the ideas we took for granted… and trampled the very principles on which our country was founded.

Schwarzenegger who blasted Donald Trump for his utterances, warned fellow Americans to be aware of the consequences of selfishness and cynicism.

His words: “President Trump sought a coup by misleading people with lies, he’s a failed leader. He will go down in history as the worst president ever. The good thing is he will soon be as irrelevant as an old tweet.

Schwarzenegger criticized his Republican members who fell for the lies of Trump and those who helped to perpetuate the riot. Citing President Theodore Roosevelt’s statement: “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

He then congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory in the free and fair election and wished him all the best.

The video which has viral has gathered more than 15 million views.

 

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Lauretta Onochie and Dele Momodu In War of Words

Lauretta Onochie and Dele Momodu are in hot war of words as both have come out to blast each other with words.

Lauretta Onochie on her social media handle, called Dele Momodu “King of Scavenger” and that Dele Momodu is synonymous with scavenging. He has a scavenging history…

She claimed that Dele Momodu latched onto late Chief MKO Abiola years ago, Scared of Gen. Abacha and went on exile.

Her statement: “He returned to Nigeria and latched onto Gen. Sani Abacha and began to scavenge from him, didn’t he? Then he latched onto the nouveau riche in Nigeria. After them, he latched on to President Buhari, but ‘BabaNoDeyDrop’. He even dried up the taps of the emergency millionaires that Dele latched unto. So to former VP. Atiku he ran. That was not profitable. He didn’t win the presidency so the serial scavenger ran off.”

She said Momodu ran from Atiku and latched onto a former Ghanaian President, which remains anonymous. She added that the Ghanaians brought him down to the ground and used his face to wipe the floor during their last presidential election.

She made her intention known by saying ” He thinks I’m the reason his scavenging is not producing results. He thinks I have taken his place” as she claimed that Momodu is still looking for way to get off the Ghanaian floor.”

She also added: ” Who wants to buy photos that I have already shared on the Social Media? He’s busy eating his vomit that he cannot reason properly. You’re not the only one affected by the downturn of the world economy. I’ll help you. Try diversification, it won’t kill you. Some states are recruiting teachers. Retrain and see if you’ll have a proper job. Or open a restaurant.

“President Buhari is diversifying the Nigerian economy and it’s working. Nigeria recently moved from the 46th to the 25th richest nation in the world, contrary to the expectations of unpatriotic angry birds like you. And You dare call him a failure. You King of scavengers!

“Keep speaking from your wild imaginations, insulting the President and his Vice, and I’ll keep stuffing your mouth full of bitter facts.

👑KING OF SCAVENGERS!

🛑 Hahaha! Look who’s talking…
DELE MOMODU IS SYNONYMOUS WITH SCAVENGING. Dele Momodu has a…

Posted by Lauretta Onochie on Saturday, January 9, 2021

Momodu in his reaction, from his social media, said: “Lauretta was promptly and soundly rejected by a national assembly that is largely controlled by the ruling party APC and the shameless woman has no modicum of self-respect that would have enabled her show she can survive outside power, but NO, Buhari is her last HOPE in life!!!“.

You will recall that Lauretta Onochie’s nomination as INEC commissioner was recently rejected by the National Assembly for being aide to President Buhari.

The real bone of contention between these politicians is unknown but with time it will surely be revealed.

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Dino Melaye Attacked On Social Media

Sentaor Dino Melaye has been attacked on social media for coming out to praise himself that even APC is proud of him.

In an APC newspaper displayed on the social media handle with a caption “We are proud of distinguished Senator Dino Melaye”.

The Kogi State Chapter of APC posted this statement on 29th June, 2017 praising the Senator then which was signed by the then state executive committee of the APC.

The statement further read: ” the contribution of Sentaor Dino Melaye to the formation of our great party, her campaign and the eventual success of President Muhammadu Buhari is not only noticeable but extremely valuable. One can only appreciate this Senator of the year 2016, and his masses oriented bill and motions. We in Kogi pride in the fact that Sentaor Dino Melaye has the highest number of motions and bills in the Senate among other immeasurable federal projects he has attracted to Kogi West“.

In reaction to his statement, Nigerians have started to make their personal views on the claim as follows:

Bellodragon wrote: “Who are does apc praising him, oga be wise, dis is the hand work of PDPIGS forum they are saying dis to bring confusion.. Those praising him are they really apc members? By dragon from dekina local government”.

ABDUL-RASHEED YAHAYA (YD) said: ” This was 2017 when Nigerians’ expectations was very high. Thinking they can make a positive difference but a reverse is the case”.

skiper said: “APC were proud of you oga, this is a news of 2017″.

Lisa wrote: “After you betrayed Goodluck Jonathan“.

Familusi Abiodun said: “Pls who is a Nigerian senator that jump from police vehicle?”

Olanrewaju Abiodun wrote: “Looking for acceptance and popularity at all cost?”

While many Nigerians are in support of his claim, many are of the opinion that it was an outdated statement which can be reckoned with in the present political environment.

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No Vehicle Registration Without NIN, Says FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced that provision of National Identification Number (NIN) is going be compulsory for vehicle registration.

The FRSC issued the statement on Saturday that the measurement is in full compliance with the directives of the
Federal Government on the harmonization of citizens’ data; which the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has since commenced with the introduction of compulsory provision of the National Identification Number (NIN).

The Corps Marshall of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has stated that it will come into effect by the second quarter of this year. He said: “NIN is now compulsory for fresh and driver’s licence renewal, it becomes compulsory for vehicle registration from second quarter of 2021 as per presidential directives”.

The Corps explained that the importance of this exercise is for national security architecture, and that it has become very imperative seeing the critical role a harmonized database on citizens’ information will have on national development.

They emphasized that the exercise is part of the security checks in terms of resolving the challenges of identifying individuals to assist security agencies in data collation and speedy retrievals to address critical national security challenges. So once you provide your NIN, it makes the matter easier and helps the government in national planning, critical decision making and also enhance adequate intelligence gathering for security of lives and properties.

The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, appealed to Nigerians to enroll in the ongoing NIN registration as the Corps will not register any vehicle whose owner is not captured in the NIMC database.

 

 

 

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Sanwo-Olu Rewards Excellent Performances

The Lagos State Governor, through his social media platform, announced the issuance of prizes to the best graduating students of the Undergraduate and Masters programmes of the Lagos State University.

The students were each given a cheque of N5 million to reward them for their excellent performances in their academics.

The governor said that the gesture was part of his promises to the education sector in the State.

The Lagos State government also announced the automatic employment of Shotunde Oladimeji Idris, the best graduating student, into the state’s civil service in order to improve the attractiveness of the civil service for best brains.

Today, as part of our promise to reward academic excellence in Lagos State, I presented cheques of N5 million each to the best graduating students of the Undergraduate and Masters programmes of the Lagos State University.

“Shotunde Oladimeji Idris, the best graduating student was also offered automatic employment into the state’s civil service as we continue to improve the attractiveness of our civil service for the state’s best brains“.

The governor hinted that improving the status of education in the state is his biggest priorities and that the budgetary allocation to the sector has been increased.

At the start of this administration, improving education in the state was highlighted as one of my biggest priorities, and we demonstrated commitment by increasing budgetary allocation to the sector as we work on improving the quality of our curriculums & welfare of our students“.

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Delta State Government Announces January 18 for School Resumption

The Delta State Government through the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has announced Monday, 18th January, 2021 as the Second Term resumption date for all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state.

The resumption which was earlier scheduled for Monday, 11th January, 2021 has now been changed to Monday, 18th January, 2021

This information was obtained from their social media handle, where they said: “The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, in a statement in Asaba stated that resumption of public and private primary and secondary schools earlier scheduled for January 11 has changed“.

The Commissioner also urged parents and guardians to adhere to the new dates and to prepare their children and wards for resumption as test will be conducted within two days of resumption.

Mr Ukah urged parents and guardians to adhere to the new dates by preparing the pupils and students for school as resumption tests will take place on January 20th 2021″.

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US Capitol Police Officer is Dead While Trump Concedes Defeat To Joe Biden

Brian Sicknick, the US Capitol Police officer, who suffered injuries when President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol has died.

The police, in a statement released, said that the officer was attached and was hurt while physically engaging with the protesters, before he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

The police said: “responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the US Capitol and he was injured while physically engaging with protesters,

“He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries” on Thursday night,

“The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague.”

Four protesters had earlier lost their lives to the incident, including a woman who was shot by police, while three other deaths were reported at the Capitol with unclear circumstances.

The incident was aftermath of President Trump’s repeated claims at a rally he held that the US election was full of vote rigging. He said: “we will never concede“, this made hundreds of his supporters to storm the Capitol building, forcing the lawmakers to flee for their safety.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has conceded defeat to Joe Biden and accepting the outcome of the US election.

The president spoke from a podium at the White House, that his priority is now is to arrange for an orderly transition to a new administration, and that Mr. Biden will be sworn in on 20th January, 2021.

Trump said: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20,

“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.

“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20, My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.”

President Trump, who described his four years in office as the honour of his lifetime, informed his supporter that their incredible journey has only just begun.

Serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime. And to all of my wonderful supporters, I know you are disappointed. But I also want you to know that our incredible journey is only just beginning.”

Trump, under an intense pressure, condemned the protests in far stronger terms on Thursday, 7th January, 2021.

The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those that engage in the acts of violence and disruption, you do not represent our country. To those that broke the law, you will pay.

Trump has suffered the resignation of his aides like first lady’s chief of staff, the White House social secretary, a deputy press secretary and Trump’s deputy national security adviser.

On Wednesday, 6th January, 2021, there were considerations from some cabinet members to remove Trump from office by impeachment or through the invocation of the 25th Amendment.

 

 

 

 

 

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EFCC Warns Nigerians Not To Sell Their NIN

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has come out to express its displeasure at the way some people have started to sell their National Identification Number (NIN) for a fee.

The Commission issued this statement on its social media handle and warned Nigerians that it’s not only illegal to sell their NIN, they also stand the risk of being prosecuted whenever any criminality is linked to their NIN.

The Commission warned members of the public against selling their NIN and to report anyone seeking to buy their NIN to the nearest office of the EFCC or other law enforcement agencies.

The tweet reads: “As Nigerians struggle to acquire the National Identity Number, NIN, from offices of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, across the country it has come to the knowledge of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC that some unscrupulous persons are cashing in on the exercise to induce enrollees to sell their NIN for a fee.

The buyers of the numbers are also trading with them to persons whose motives are anything but noble.

“The EFCC wishes to alert Nigerians that it is not only illegal to sell their NIN, they stand the risk of vicarious liability for any act of criminality linked to their NIN.

“In other words, they risk arrest and prosecution for any act of criminality linked to their NIN whether or not they are directly responsible for such crimes.

“The Commission warns members of the public against selling their NIN and to report anyone seeking to buy their NIN, to the nearest office of the EFCC or other law enforcement agencies”.

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US President Social Media Blocked for Policy Violation

The social media accounts of American President, Donald Trump, has been blocked.

On Wednesday, 6th January, 2021, Twitter said President Trump’s account would remain blocked for 12 hours, following the removal of three tweets that represented “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”

Facebook likewise said it was blocking Trump’s page on the social network for 24 hours. “We’ve assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s Page which will result in a 24-hour feature block, meaning he will lose the ability to post on the platform during that time,” Facebook said in a tweet. Instagram also will block Trump’s ability to post for 24 hours based on the statement from Instagram Head, Adam Mosseri.

Twitter said that if the offending tweets are not removed, Trump’s account will remain disabled. The company also warned that @realDonaldTrump would be permanently blocked if his account violated rules in the future

As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” the Twitter Safety team said in a tweet.

The Twitter Safety team added, “Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”

Despite Twitter not specifying the Trump tweets, it’s evident that Trump’s video message to rioters in Washington, D.C., in which he told them to go home and at the same time said to them “We love you, you’re very special” with the repeated baseless assertions that the U.S. presidential election was fraudulent.

Facebook and YouTube removed similar video posted by Trump, while Facebook cited the risk of increased violence, YouTube said the content violated its ban on election misinformation. Earlier, Twitter had blocked users from retweeting, liking or commenting on on the tweet “due to a risk of violence.”

Variety informed that in another Trump tweet, which also is no longer available, he said, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!” A third Trump tweet from earlier Wednesday that’s now gone said, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!

Trump had at different occasions attacked the social media platform on censorship, labeling Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as a pet issue.

Section 230 grants internet companies legal protections for content shared on their services and allows them to moderate content on their services as they deem fit. Trump had vetoed a defense spending bill, which Congress overrode, in part over his demand that a repeal of Section 230 be included in it.

 

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Cocoa House Elevator Crashes, Three Injured and One Death Reported

One person had been confirmed dead while three others were injured at the Cocoa House, Dugbe, Ibadan town of Oyo State on Wednesday, 6th January, 2020 due to mechanical failure of the elevator in the building during installation.

In a statement released by the Head of Corporate Affairs of Odua Investment Company Limited, Mr Victor Ayetoro, to affirm the incident.

He said: “At around 11am this morning, the lift installation team from our contractor handling the installation of the new lift to improve efficiency of work at Odua Investment Company Limited while working on the lift, suffered a mechanical failure.

“The said failure resulted in the lift car dropping and crashing into the basement pit.

“Unfortunately, one of the technicians in the team did not survive the incident.

“Three other technicians suffered minor injuries and have been taken to the hospital for check-up/ treatment.

“The head office of the company has been informed and their representatives have arrived to take charge of the situation while the police have also been informed”.

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Atiku Exits Intels Sells Shares

Former Vice President of Nigeria

Former Vice President of NigeriaFormer Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has left Intels and sold off all his shares.

Intels Nigeria Limited explained that it has cut off ties with Atiku and his family as he had sold off his shares and exited the company last year, 2020.

On Monday, 4th January, 2021, Intels spokesman, Tommaso Ruffinoni, issued a statement that Atiku through his trust named Guernsey Trust International, sold shares of Orlean-Invest Group, Intels parent company, between December 2018 and January 2019, for a sum of approximately $60m.

He continued that in the period between April and May 2020, Mr Atiku Abubakar converted his remaining shares into a convertible bond that he subsequently monetized up to a residual sum of approximately $29m. And when he requested to cash in the above-mentioned sum, our group contested to Mr Atiku Abubakar a debt, towards our group, in the sum of $24.1m

He stated that without having received any answer regarding the matter, on 30th of November 2020 Mr Atiku Abubakar was informed about the set-off of such sum while we made available the remaining sum of $5.4m. And with the completion of the above-mentioned transactions, the era of Mr Atiku Abubakar family’s involvement with the Group Orlean-Intels was over.

He claimed that on 1st December, 2020 they also terminated the working relationship with Mr Abubakar’s sons, Mr Adamu Atiku-Abubakar and Mr Aminu Atiku-Abubakar, and since that date, they don’t have any contacts, neither direct nor indirect, with members of Mr Atiku Abubakar’s family.”

In reaction to the statement, the Media Adviser to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Mazi Paul Ibe, said Atiku sold his shares in the company because the present administration was destroying the business.

Paul Ibe claimed that Atiku Abubakar, who was one of Intels major shareholders, has redirected his investment in Intels.

He explained that Atiku Abubakar has been selling his shares in Intels over the years. It assumed greater urgency in the last five years, because this government has been preoccupied with destroying a legitimate business that was employing thousands of Nigerians in the name of politics.

He expressed his displeasure that there should be a marked difference between politics and business. “Yes, he has sold his shares in Intels and redirected his investment to other sectors of the economy for returns and creation of jobs”.

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Lagos State and Four Other States Announce Resumption Date for Schools

Class session

Class sessionLagos State and Four others States like Nasarawa, Enugu, Bauchi and Ekiti have announced Monday, 18th January, 2021 as resumption date for all primary and secondary schools.

In a statement singed and issued by the Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr. Kayode Abayomi, informed that the new date was announced by Education Commissioner Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo.

The statement reads: “The Lagos State Government has announced that public and private schools below tertiary level in Lagos State should be reopened for the second term 2020/21 academic session from Monday, 18th January, 2021″.

The Commissioner for Education, who revealed this today, stated that this is in line with the Federal Government’s directive coupled with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While in Nasarawa State, the statement was signed and issued by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Fatu Jimaita Sabo, that schools in the state will open on 18th January, 2021.

The statement reads: “The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Nasarawa State wishes to inform members of the public, particularly parents, guardians, students, pupils, chief evaluation officers, principals, head teachers and other stakeholders in the education sector that based on the outcome of consultations with the state Ministry of Health, all public and private schools in the state will now re-open on Monday, 18th January 2021 to commence the first term of the 2020/2021 academic session“.

This arrangement supersedes earlier communication on the matter, all concerned are therefore, required to strictly adhere, please,” .

While in Enugu State, the State Ministry of Education’s decision, according to a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, was reached at a meeting between the ministry and major stakeholders in the sector yesterday.

According to the Nation, Prof. Eze urged schools to ensure full compliance with the NCDC guidelines for the containment of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), stressing that the Ministry of Education will engage in constant monitoring of compliance when schools resume.

The commissioner added: “it was also decided that to help engage the students/pupils, all tertiary institutions, Basic and Post Basic schools are advised to activate their e-learning programmes”.

In Bauchi State, All schools, including higher institutions of learning will reopen on Monday, 18th January, 2021 instead of the 4th January, 2021 date earlier announced.

Commissioner for Education Dr. Aliyu Tilde added that boarding students will report on Sunday, 17th January, 2021.

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Bimpe Aderiye, in a statement issued yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, said the announcement for schools to resume for second term academic activities on Monday, 18th January, 2021 in the state still stands and will be enforced.

She warned that any contrary arrangement by any private school proprietor for students to resume on Monday, 4th January, 2021 wearing either mufti or uniform, must be cancelled.

The Governor, Kayode Fayemi, had, during the New Year broadcast, shifted the school resumption date from 4th January to 18th January.

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Ogun State Government suspends Commissioner for Environment over harassment of a Schoolgirl

Abiodun Abudu-Balogun

Abiodun Abudu-BalogunOgun State Government has announced the suspension of the Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, from office over alleged sexual harassment of a schoolgirl.

The government announced the suspension on Sunday 3rd January, 2020 and stated that it would last til the conclusion of an investigation into the allegation made by Barakat Melojuekun that the commissioner subjected her to sexual harassment when she went to his house to look for a job.

In a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, that the suspension of the commissioner was to allow him to defend himself in the investigation being carried out by the police.

The Secretary issued the statement as “While taking cognizance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocent until proven guilty and the public statement issued by Abudu-Balogun denying the allegation, as a government with zero tolerance for gender-based violence and indeed any criminality, the suspension is a further demonstration of the commitment of Prince Dapo Abiodun’s administration to fairness, equity, justice and the rule of law, no matter who is involved.”

He continued that the State government assures the public that it will do everything to ensure that justice is served in this case and that the suspended commissioner has been directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment.”

Looking into the allegation, a 16 year-old pupil of Victory Model College in the Ogun-Waterside Local Government Area of the State, Barakat, made the allegation in a viral video posted on Facebook on Saturday.

In the video, she said that the suspended commissioner connived with her uncle and a teacher to lure her to his house, where she was sexually harassed.

Barakat further explained “On December 29, 2020, I was on my way to the NIMC (National Identity Management Commission) office to do my NIN. I came across this man called Honourable Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, who is the current Commissioner for Environment, at Ibiade motorcycles park. I was discussing with my friend and he called me saying he knew me somewhere, and I said I did not know him.”

When I wanted to leave the scene, he sent a guy named Seun from the park to collect my phone number. I told the guy to tell the honourable to collect my phone number from Mr. Lasisi Saheed, aka Mayor, who is my father’s elder brother“.

Mr. Austin, a teacher at Ilusin Grammar School, started disturbing my friend to release my number, and my friend released my (phone) number to them. Mr. Austin then called me and asked where I was. I told him that I was at the NIMC office to register my NIN. He said I should come and meet him at Ibiade park.”

Barakat said she went home after concluding the registration at the NIMC office and Austin called her at night, asking her why she refused to come to the park as promised and she said that she was in a hurry to go home and that she had something to do at home.

The girl continued that on Thursday, December 31, 2020, Mr. Lasisi, Mayor, went to my grandparents and told them that someone needed a computer operator. He asked me if I could operate a computer and I said yes. He said I should go and change my clothes and that I was going to meet somebody who needed a computer operator.

She said that on getting to the commissioner house at Ita Otu, he told her to sit down inside the car and that she must not get down. Then a lady, named Mariam Eniola from Ita Otu, came to take her to one living room. Then, Mr Austin entered and asked her why she didn’t pick her phone the previous day and that she answered that she was not with her phone. Mr Austin then took her to a room inside the commissioner’s house.

She narrated that Austin left the room immediately the commissioner entered, and that Abudu-Balogun locked the door instantly, put the key in his pocket and moved closer to her.

She stated that the commissioner asked her the name of her school and how much she paid as school fees. she said she told him that it was N30,000. He asked for the person paying her school fees and she told him that it was her dad. He asked if she planned to start a business and she said no, that she wanted to go to a higher institution first. He asked her how much she would need and she said any amount. He said she should state an amount and she said any amount.

She claimed that the commissioner moved closer to her and touched her breasts but she moved away and told him that he should not touch her breasts. He asked if she wouldn’t cooperate and she asked him why she should cooperate. Then, he started pressing her breasts and her body. She said she struggled to free herself from him. Then, he started reciting some incantations and wanted to place his hands on her head, she said she moved her head and told him not touch her head. She said he wanted to force her inside the bathroom then she started shouting.

Barakat informed that she escaped because of the people that were around in his compound as he did not want them to know what was happening. She said he gave her N2,000 for transport and told her to leave. She said she rejected the money, and he said if she didn’t accept the money, he wouldn’t let her go. So, she collected the money and he opened the door, then he told Mr Austin to take her to her house. She said that this has never happened to her in her life.

In his reaction, Abudu-Balogun described the video as “tele-guided” and claimed that the minor was being used to indict him. He agreed that he held a meeting with the girl in his room but said it was not private as her uncle, who is a loyalist him, brought her to his house so that he could help her to secure a job as a computer operator.

Abudu-Balogun stated, “My attention has been drawn to a purported video circulating on social media of a girl alleging that I attempted to sexually harass her. Let it be noted that in my entire life and political career, I have assisted many youths to secure jobs. Some are working with me in my different businesses.”

He continued that on that day, the girl was brought to his house by one of his loyalists, who is her uncle, to assist her get a job as a computer operator at the ICT centre that he facilitated while serving as a member of the House of Representatives years back. Though, the centre has been moribund but he was about to rehabilitate it in order to empower more youths in the local government.

He said that he met her at his sitting room for a few minutes where many of his loyalists, who came to visit him for the New Year, were. He said he chatted with the girl for a few minutes and as part of his usual gesture, he gave her some amount of money for her transportation.

And a day after, he was informed by some people that he has been alleged to have attempted to sexually harass the girl and that he should invite her family for a meeting so as to settle the matter amicably.”

Abudu-Balogun said the family had threatened to release a video if he failed to call for a meeting, and he claimed that his refusal had led to the release of the clip that he described as a political blackmail by his enemies.

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The Pressure is High to Name Mohammed Adamu’s Successor

Inspector General of Police, Head of Police Formation in Nigeria

Inspector General of Police, Head of Police Formation in Nigeria

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, tenure will soon come to an end by February when he will be 35 years in service and he’s expected to retire.

It is unclear if Mohammed Adamu’s tenure will be extended by President Buhari but unconfirmed sources said his successor may be announced as President Buhari had been criticized for extending the tenure of the Service Chiefs – Chiefs of Defence Staff, Army Staff, Naval Staff and Air Force and recently he extended the tenure of the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, and the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Muhammadu Gana.

There are indications that the Nigerian Police Council may nominate a new Inspector-General of Police by next month. The council comprises of the 36 state governors, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission and Mr. President as chairman.

It was gathered that the race for the IGP’s successor has begun with some state governors, influential politicians and traditional rulers striving for their candidates as about 20 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police are eligible for appointment as the next IG,

A source who spoke to Punch stated that the police council always meets confidentially to decide the next IG but a lot of people are already pushing for their candidates; the pressure is high but it is the President’s prerogative to select the IG and that the current IG has launched a vigorous lobby for tenure extension to enable him to conclude certain reforms in the police but it is still unclear if his bid to secure an additional extension will be successful.

He continued that we have about 20 AIGs but most of them are not qualify under the new Police Act, which stipulates that a candidate for the office of the IG must have at least five years of service.

He stated that we know that AIG Moses Jitiboh (former Chief Personal Security Officer to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan) still has over five years but they are trying to spoil his chances. Apart from him, about four other AIGs from the North also have good chances of being appointed.”

Finally, he disclosed that the IG, Mohammed Adamu, recently nominated Jitiboh for promotion to DIG so as to bypass the most eligible AIG.

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Nigeria Politicians that Die in 2020

Former Chief of Staff to Buhari

Year 2020 has come and gone forever but would never be forgotten by some people especially those in the Nigeria political environment. We take a look at some Nigeria politicians that actually die in 2020.

  1. Abba Kyari

Abba Kyari died on Friday, 17th April, 2020 of coronavirus (Covid-19) at the First Cardiology Consultants hospital in Lagos at the age of 67 years. He was Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s President and one of the most powerful men in the country.

2. Harry Akande

Harry Akande died on Saturday, 5th December, 2020 at the age of 77 years. Akande was an astute businessman of international repute whose legacy and influence cut across continents and a politician whose greatest passion was for a better Nigeria that guaranteed equity and justice for all.

3. Senator Abiola Ajimobi

Abiola Ajimobi died on Thursday, 25th June, 2020 of coronavirus (Covid-19) at the First Cardiology Consultants hospital in Lagos. He was the former governor of Oyo State, South West of Nigeria. He was 70 years when he died.

4. Alhaji Balarabe

Balarabe Musa died Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 at the age of 84 years. He was a former Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria during the Nigerian Second Republic, holding office from October 1979 until he was impeached on 23 June 1981.

5. Senator Buruj Kasamu

Buruji Kashamu die on Saturday, 8th August, 2020 of coronavirus (Covid-19) at the First Cardiology Consultants hospital in Lagos. He was a former Senator and a strong politilian in Ogun State, South-West, Nigeria. He was 62 years when he died.

6. Senator Saidu Umar Kumo

Senator Saidu Umar Kumo died on the Sunday, 27th December, 2020 after a brief illness at a Gwagwalada hospital in Abuja. He was a Senator and special adviser to President Umaru Yar’Adu. He was 71 years.

7. Sam Nda Isaiah

Sam Nda Isaiah died on Friday, 11th December, 2020, after a brief illness. He was the Chairman and publisher of LEADERSHIP Newspaper and a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under which he contested the presidential primary in 2014.

8. Senator Adebayo Osinowo

Osinowo died Monday, 15th June, 2020 at the age of 64 years. ‘Pepperito’ was a Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria from Lagos State East and a strong politician in Lagos State, Nigeria.

9. Dr. Wahab Adegbenro

Wahab Adegbenro died on Thursday, 2nd June, 2020 at the age of 65 years. He was the Commissioner for Health in Ondo State, South West Nigeria.

10. Hon. Tunde Braimoh

Tunde Braimoh died on Friday, 10th July, 2020 after a brief illness at the age of 59 years. He was a member of the Lagos State House Assembly and chairman, house committee on information, security and strategy.

11. Senator Rose Okoji Oko

Rose Oko died on Mondya, 23rd March, 2020 at the age of 63 years at a London Hospital. She was a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Cross Rivers State.

12. Zuwaira Hassan

Zuwaira Hassan died on Monday, 23rd November, 2020 after fatal motor accident. She was the Commissioner for Health in Bauchi State. She died at the age of 46 years.

13. Ignatius Datong Longjan

Ignatius Datong Longjan died on Monday, 10th February, 2020 at the age of 75 years. He was once a Deputy Governor of Plateau State, North Central Nigeria and Senator in Nigeria.

14. Hon. Danlami Hamza

Danlami Hamza died on Sunday, 27th December, 2020 after a brief illness. He was a former lawmaker in Kano State, North West, Nigeria. He was 70 years.

15. Rasaq Lanre AbdulKareem

Lanre Rasaq popularly called KLM died on Saturday, 15th August, 2020 of coronavirus (Covid-19) at the age of 73 years. He was a member of the state’s Governors Advisory Council (GAC), a one-time chairman of Epe Local Government and state commissioner for transportation in the military administration of Colonel Olagunsoye Oyinlola

16. Alhaji AbdulKadir Abdulsalam

AbdulKadir Abdulsalam died on Tuesday, 29th December, 2020 after an undisclosed ailment. He was the National Chairman of Labour Party in Nigeria.

May their souls rest in perfect peace!

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