* Fani-Kayode released after 24days in detention * AAU shutdown, as students protest school fees’ increase

* Fani-Kayode released after 24days in detention  * AAU shutdown, as students protest school fees’ increase




Fani-Kayode released after 24days in detention

FORMER spokesperson of ex- President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has been released from detention at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC cell and Kuje prison after spending twenty four days in these places.

Fani-Kayode who was released Monday said he gave thanks to God and Nigerians who were with him during the travail. Read more

AAU shutdown, as students protest school fees’ increase

Hundreds of students of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, on Monday staged a protest over the alleged increase in school fees by the management of the institution.

Academic and non-academic activities were also grounded within and around the university located in Esan West Local Government Area of the state, as the rampaging students barricaded the major entrance of the school and highway, preventing any entry or exit. Read more

Rivers Re-Run: Group raises alarm over plot to blackmail INEC boss

An election observer and monitoring group, the Independent Service Monitoring Group (ISDMG) has raised concern over what it described as plot by desperate politicians to intimidate and blackmail the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the Rivers state senatorial elections re-run.

Speaking in Abuja, ISDMG Executive Director, Dr Chima Amadi said to this end, the group will be mobilizing other civil society organizations to a peaceful protests aimed at drawing attention to the dangers of a continued assault on the Election Monitoring Bodies as we are currently witnessing. Read more

Senate commends management of Egbin Power Station

The Senate Committee on Privatisation has commended the management of Egbin Power Station over the improvement recorded in power generation and the ongoing transformation of the plant.

This is contained in a statement issued by the company’s head of media communications, Mr Kingsley Okotie, and made available to news men in Lagos on Monday. Read more

LASU to sanction sanitation violators

The Lagos State University (LASU) says it will not hesitate to sanction anyone who litters the university environment with wastes. ‎

The University’s official bulletin ‎on Monday said the decision was to ensure a clean, more beautiful and academic friendly environment. The ‎university authorities have approved the placement of 20 units of eco-friendly waste bins donated to it at strategic places within its main campus in Ojo. Read more

200 seats locked up at Sokoto school where students sit on bare floor for lessons

The Sokoto State Committee on the Implementation of State of Emergency in Education, has discovered 200 sets of furniture locked up at a school where students sit on bare floor for lessons.

A statement issued by Imam Imam, spokesman to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, said the discovery was made during an assessment visit to Hafsat Ahmadu Bello Memorial Secondary School, Sokoto. Read more


Pharmacist decries rising cases of sudden death, suggests regular checks

With more `sudden deaths’ recorded on the Plateau, a pharmacist, Mrs. Rotkang Okunlola, has advised Nigerians to make regular medical checks `a necessary priority”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that some senior medical personnel recently died few minutes after complaining of chest pain. Read more

NCC to sanction 13 operators over unsolicited telemarketing

The Nigerian Communications Commission on Monday said it would sanction 13 telecommunications operators for failing to comply with the  ‘2442 Do Not Disturb (DND)’ directive on unsolicited telemarketing.

According to a statement signed by the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Tony Ojobo, the directive was issued on April 20, 2016. Read more

Police Sergent, 20 others die in Kano Police/Shi’ite clash

A bloody gun duel between the police and members of Islamic movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known in local parlance as Shi’ite at the outskirt of Kan municipal claimed the life of a police sergeant and 20 members of the group Monday morning.

Scores of others that included women and children were injured during the mayhem that lasted 2 hours. But the Kano Commissioner of police, Rabiu Yusuf put the official death figure at 9 including the police officer. Read more

ASUU gives notice of one week warning strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), said it would embark on a one week warning strike over failure by the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreement and 2013 MoU.

ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, spoke on Monday at the University of Abuja during a  press conference organised by the union. Read more

Buhari’s FG’ll not play politics with development of Niger Delta – Usani

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, says on Monday that the Buhari-led Federal Government will not play politics but will be sincere about providing sustainable development to the Niger Delta region.

Usani said in an interview with the newsmen in Abuja that the government would not play politics with issues affecting the region and its people. Read more

Nasarawa owes LG pensioners N22bn – Commissioner

The Nasarawa State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Tijani Ahmed, says the state government needs over N22bn to pay the backlog of gratuities to local government pensioners.

Ahmed made this known on Monday when the state House of Assembly committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs paid an oversight visit to the ministry in Lafia. Read more

US partners Sokoto to support primary education

The U.S. government, through the Agency for International Development, announces its continuing support to the education sector in Sokoto state with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the USAID Mission Director Michael T. Harvey and His Excellency the Governor of Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

This five-year MOU sets out the shared and individual commitments for collaboration in the education sector made by both the USAID and the Government of Sokoto and provides a framework for mutual accountability for education activities in Sokoto State. Read more

Seven die in Ibadan accident

A driver of an articulated vehicle on Saturday lost control of the vehicle at the New Garage area of Ibadan, Oyo State, crushing a taxi before crashing into a row of retail shops.

It is not clear how many people actually died in the accident, but eyewitnesses told our correspondent that seven people died immediately, while five people sustained life threatening injuries. Read more

Only 1 doctor to 9,000 people in Niger – NMA laments

The National Medical Association (NMA) in Niger says the ratio of doctors to patients in the state was one to 9,000, as against one to 600 as recommended by the World Health Organaisation(WHO).

Dr. Mustapha Yahaya, NMA Chairman in‎ the state, made the disclosure on Monday in Minna, when members of the association paid a courtesy call on the House of Assembly Committee on Health. Read more

Alleged $40m contract scam: Jonathan’s cousin, Azibola was our big customer – Witness

An official of Zenith Bank Plc, Olabode Farinuola, on Monday, told the Federal High Court in Abuja that cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Robert Azibola, who is facing trial over alleged $40million contract scam, was a “high profile networth customer” of the bank.

Farinuola who is a Compliance Manager at the bank, insisted that the fund Azibola allegedly received from office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, through his company’s account, Oneplus Holdings Limited, was inconsequential considering the kind of transactions the firm earlier conducted with the bank. Read more

Navy plans fresh strategies to counter militancy

The Nigerian Navy has formulated fresh strategies to flush out militants from the Niger Delta region and end ongoing attacks on oil installations.

It was gathered that the strategies when fully implemented would enable the navy through their formations in the region to gather intelligence on planned attacks and stop their execution. Read more

Customs warns public against fake auctions, recruitment

The Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) has warned members of the public against falling to the antics of fraudsters who post fake auction advertisements purportedly by the service in the social media.

Mr Godwin Andishu , Public Relations Officer, Tin Can Island Port 2 Customs Command, Ijora, gave the warning in an interview in Lagos on Monday. Read more

500,000 agric students learn under horrible condition – Provost

The Provost of the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Dr. Samson Odedina, has said about 500,000 students of the 40 colleges of agriculture in Nigeria learn under poor condition of infrastructural decay due to exclusion of the colleges from Tertiary Education Trust Fund by act of parliament .

He described the non-inclusion of colleges of agriculture and polytechnics in the country as the beneficiaries of TETFUND as a national error. Read more

Court grants president N50, 000 bail over alleged theft of members’ N70, 660; assault

Charity Felix, the 34-year-old president of `Sweet Sisters’ Association, who allegedly stole N70,660 from the association was on Monday in Lagos granted a N50,000 bail.

An Ojo Magistrates’ Court which gave the ruling, also asked Felix to produce a surety as part of the bail conditions. Read more

Ajaokuta, Itakpe concession to generate revenue for Nigeria, says Fayemi

Dr Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mines and Steel Development says Ajaokuta and Itakpe modification concession will form the proposed economic resources corridor for Nigeria.

Fayemi announced this during a two day workshop on Policy and Capacity Building for a Successful and Sustainable Mining Sector, on Monday in Abuja. Read more

Forex unavailability killing Nigeria’s textile industry – NTMA

The Nigerian Textile Manufacturers’ Association has warned that the industry would face extinction unless the Central Bank of Nigeria would allow manufacturers access to foreign exchange.

The Director-General, NTMA, Mr. Hamma Kwajaffa, who gave the warning on Monday, urged the CBN to allow NTMA members access to forex. Read more

Restructuring of aviation agencies will ensure justice, reposition sector – Sirika

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has reiterated that the ongoing restructuring in the aviation agencies was to ensure justice in the system and reposition the sector for profitability.

Sirika said this in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Transportation, in Abuja. Read more

Referee robbed us against Eagles in Uyo – Algeria

Algeria coach Georges Leekens  claims the Desert Foxes  were robbed by Gambian referee Bakary Gassama  against  the Super Eagles in their Russia 2018 World Cup Group B qualifier in Uyo on Saturday.

Chelsea right wing-back Victor Moses struck a brace as Nigeria  beat Algeria 3-1  to pick up their second  win in the  World Cup qualifiers and open up a four-point lead at the top of the table – after Cameroon were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Zambia in the group’s other fixture. Read more

Onazi: World Cup Ticket Not Yet Secured

The Eagles top the Group B with six points after defeating Algeria 3-1 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo.

Chelsea’s duo; John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses were on target for the Eagles, while former Tottenham Hotspur player Nabil Bentaleb scored Algeria’s only goal. Read more

Injured Carl Ikeme resumes training in 2 weeks reveals eagles coach

Injured Carl Ikeme will resume training with his English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers in a fortnight, according to Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.

“He will start training with Wolverhampton Wanders in two weeks,” disclosed Rohr. Read more

Commonwealth Games champion Odunayo Adekuoroye returns to Pro Wrestling League with eye on top prize

Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye is looking forward to repeating her performance of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) inaugural edition when the second season begins on 15 December.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, who was part of the Mumbai Garuda squad in the inaugural PWL, won all the six bouts she competed in the women’s 53 kilogram category. Read more

Austrian police bust Chinese gang prostitution ring

Austrian police have arrested seven Chinese and Austrian suspects for forcing at least 150 Chinese women to work as prostitutes in brothels.

Women were recruited from China by a Chinese gang that promised them jobs as au pairs or masseuses in Austria. Read more

2016 ‘very likely’ to be world’s warmest year

2016 looks poised to be the warmest year on record globally, according to preliminary data. With data from just the first nine months, scientists are 90% certain that 2016 will pass the mark set by 2015.

Temperatures from January to September were 1.2C above pre-industrial levels, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Read more

Trump’s foreign policy on Africa is likely to be non-existent

Africa is likely to slide down the list of foreign policy priorities of a Donald Trump administration. This is because America’s foreign policy is determined by both domestic and foreign issues.

When it comes to domestic factors Trump is not going to be open to lobbying by the African diaspora in the US which has, historically, always played an important role in pushing African policy and keeping the continent on the domestic agenda. But this constituency hasn’t helpedTrump at all in this election so there’s no need for any payback. And I think that the kind of visibility Africa had is also going to fall in social movements and society in general in the US. Read more






















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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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