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Sultan Of Sokoto Declares 1st Ramadan Date [See Details]

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Saturday, May 27, as 1st Ramadan, 1438 AH, signifying the commencement of the annual long-month fast by Muslims.
The News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) reports that Abubakar announced the sighting of the new moon in Sokoto, on Friday, in a broadcast.
Abubakar said that the new moon was sighted in various states of the country including Kebbi, Lagos, Adamawa, Bauchi, Delta, Cross River and Benue.
The Sultan stated that the reports of the sighting of the new moon were received from Muslim leaders and organizations across the nation.
Abubakar further said that the reports were duly verified and authenticated by the National Moon Sighting Committee.
He said that the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan also signified the end of Sha’aban, 1438AH.
The Sultan, therefore, called on the Muslim ummah to commence fasting accordingly.
Abubakar implored the Muslim Ummah to devote themselves fully to worship throughout the Holy month.
” We should also pray fervently for the blessings of Allah for President Muhammadu Buhari and others in leadership positions in Nigeria.
”This is to enable them to succeed in steering the affairs of our dear country, as well as sustenance of peace and stability in Nigeria and the world,”
He further called on Nigerians to continue to live peacefully with one another, irrespective of religious and tribal differences.


Nigerians Now Enjoy Better Electricity Than In The Past - Babatunde Fashola

 While speaking in Abia state, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has claimed that Nigerians now enjoy better electricity supply.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has claimed that Nigerians now enjoy better electricity than in the past. He made the claim while speaking during the April 2018 edition of the monthly power sector operators meeting in Umuahia, Abia State.
He also claimed that Nigerians now spend less money to procure alternative power as they now get more volumes of electricity supplied to their homes and offices.
However, according to the report by ThisDay, available supply statistics from the Advisory Power Team in the Office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has contradicted the minister’s claims as power generation averaged only 3,847.8 megawatts in the first 104 days of 2018.
“We are on a journey to a destination of promise and eventual prosperity and I use this occasion to salute the efforts and contributions of all those who have brought us this far.
"Even if those who were most vocal in condemnation when the situation appeared very dire are now uttering some muted acknowledgment that it has improved, we must continue to draw inspiration from well-meaning and right thinking Nigerians who were gracious enough to publicly acknowledge that: they are saving some money from diesel they used to spend for generators; they are running their generators for fewer hours; and they are getting comparably more power than before,” Fashola said.
“It is because of those gracious and well-meaning and right thinking Nigerians that we must dig deeper, work harder and be more determined to improve service delivery,” he added.
Available supply statistics from the Advisory Power Team in the Office of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has contradicted the minister’s claims as only measured growth was recorded in the first 104 days of 2018.
The statistics showed that from January 1 to April 14, the country produced a total of 400,171 megawatts (MW) of electricity, which represented an average daily generation and supply of 3,847.8MW.
Within the period as well, it was unable to generate 261,944MW of power due to a combination of gas, water, transmission and distributions constraints, bringing its average daily power loss to 2,518.7MW.
As regards the financial revenue it could not get from its failings within the period, the government’s statistics indicated that for 104 days, a total of N125.774 billion was not gained by the sector, representing an average daily financial loss of N1.209 billion.
The statistics also showed that the sector recorded a partial system collapse on April 12, but did not give further details on this.
Additionally, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in February disclosed that the amount of electricity required by its members to carry out their respective manufacturing operations every day had risen to 14,882MW, most of which it added were self-generated.
MAN also said despite the huge power consumption levels of its members, it found it uneconomical that up to 2000MW of the power that electricity generation companies (Gencos) can generate are stranded because electricity distribution companies (Discos) are unable to evacuate them to points of need.
To this end, it said it would be looking up to the new eligible customers’ regulation that was recently introduced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), to at least cut down its expenses on self-generation of power.


BREAKING: Keyamo appointed spokesman for Buhari’s 2019 campaign

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Festus Keyamo (SAN ) as the Director , Strategic Communications for his 2019 presidential campaigns.
By this appointment , Keyamo becomes the official spokesperson for Buhari’s campaign for the 2019 presidential poll.
The letter informing him of the appointment was signed by the Minister of Transportation , Rotimi Amaechi, who also doubled as the Director General , President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation .
The lawyer /human rights activist made this known via his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday .
He wrote: ”With this letter below , I have just been appointed the Director, Strategic Communications (Official Spokesperson) for the President ’s 2019 Presidential Campaigns. I will be making a formal statement on this much later.”
See the tweet :

 With this letter above, I have just been appointed the Director, Strategic Communications (Official Spokesperson) for the President’s 2019 Presidential Campaigns. I will be making a formal statement on this much later.


Senator Ademola Adeleke,Davido’s uncle, joins Osun gubernatorial race

Davido’s uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke, who is currently representing Osun West in the Nigerian Senate, has declared his intent to run for the governorship position in Osun State.
According to Senator Ademola who said he has ability to ”galvanise the general electorate towards ensuring a resounding victory for the PDP in the forthcoming polls”, his intention was based on his conviction that he can unite the Osun State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Conveying his intents in a letter written to the Osun State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the lawmaker who became popular with his energetic dancing sessions, said he’s not just from the strongest hold of PDP in Osun but also a financial member of the party, and as such, he can win the governorship election if he gets the party’s nod.

Davido who shared a photo of his Uncle’s campaign poster, wrote on Instagram;
‘Osun will be great again’
davidoofficial OSUN WILL BE GREAT AGAIN!! 🙏🏾 @ademolaadeleke_01 !!! 🇳🇬

Senator Ademola Adeleke until April 2017 was a member under the All Progressives Congress. He however decamped to the PDP when he fell out with the leadership of APC over the bye-election to fill the vacant post of his brother, Isiaka Adeleke, at the Senate.
The election is due to hold on September 22, 2018.


UI accommodation fee hike, others inevitable, says VC

The Vice - Chancellor of the University of Ibadan , Prof . Idowu Olayinka , on Tuesday said the recent accommodation fee hike and introduction of other fees by the institution were due to decrease in funding by the Federal Government.
The VC made this known on Tuesday during a stakeholders ’ meeting which was held to explain reasons for some of the decisions taken by the school which resulted in students’ protest and the closure of medical students’ hostel on Saturday .
In the new fee regime, each medical student will pay N40,000 for a bed space in the school accommodation facility while their colleagues in other faculties will pay N30,000 each.
Olayinka said the purpose of the forum was to intimate all stakeholders to the rationale that informed the increment , with a view to engendering understanding and cooperation .
He said the university could only accommodate 30 per cent of the 27,000 population because there were only 8 ,222 bed spaces available.
Olayinka said , “Accommodation is provided for freshers and final year students only . By implication , the university is not obligated to provide accommodation for 200 level and 300 level students, except where there are few spaces left to accommodate students on clinical , and special needs grounds .
“ There has been a 122.5 per cent increase in tariff over the past six years . Whenever, there is power outage from the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company , power is generated from our diesel power generators. On the average, we spend N10m to purchase diesel and engine oil per month .
“ Students currently pay N14,000 per bed space and per academic session (before the increase). The university has been subsidising the utility bills for electricity, water , general and environmental cleaning from other sources which, unfortunately , are no longer in existence.”
The VC said in the past 10 years , the school had not increased accommodation fee despite increase in the running cost .
He added that in reality, the actual price of keeping a student in the school ’s accommodation facility was N75,000.
He explained that medical students were asked to pay N40 ,000 per bed space for a session because the duration of their session was 12 months while other students spend nine months to complete a session .
Olayinka added that the introduction of laboratory , professional training and other fees were equally unavoidable because of the institution ’s quest to produce quality graduates.
According to him, the fees would have been more than what the school’s senate approved if the reality of the country ’s economy was fully complied with.


I earn N950,000 monthly, says Amaechi

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja , John Cardinal Onaiyekan , says it is worrisome that the older generation is refusing to leave the scene for the younger generation .
Onaiyekan , who is a former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said this at the presentation of a book titled , ‘Dignity in Service,’ authored by the late Dr . Matthew Mbu , a former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Also, the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, said at the event that he earned “only N950,000” a month out of which he also paid his aides.
The cleric said the post- independence leaders like the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, were young when they did great things for Nigeria.
He said it was this sort of orientation that caused the late Mbu to be appointed a minister at the age of 23.
Onaiyekan , however , wondered if the younger generation could be given the sort of opportunity that existed in the 1960 s .
The cleric said , “ The point I want to make is this ; today when you hear that a young boy was a minister, my mind always goes to those days too and I ask , how many people were old then ? The people we now see as ancestors were all young people. I will like to find out the age of Tafawa Balewa and even Awolowo at that time.
“ They were all relatively young and when Awolowo and Azikwe broke grounds then, they were young . I think this is the story we need to tell to our younger people but the question is, where is the space for our younger people when old people like me are still hanging around ?
“ We have to find a way of giving room to younger people to show what they can do also . Mbu has shown that young people can perform but we have also had experiences of young people who have not performed.”
The cleric, however , stated that being young did not always imply that a person would be competent .
“ So at the end of the day , maybe it is not a matter of the age but a matter of your own mind, your intention , your love for doing the right thing especially concern for others, politics and service to the people in the name of God. If we start to take these things seriously then probably it would not matter whether we declare to seek re - election at 79 or whether we don’t,” Onaiyekan said .
In his remarks , Amaechi, who was the chairman of the occasion, said it was not true that only past leaders were honest .
While extolling the virtues of the late Mbu, Amaechi who was governor of Rivers State between 2007 and 2014 , said he would continue to promote transparency .
To prove his claim , the minister revealed that he earned “only N950,000” a month out of which he also paid his staff .
He said , “ A minister earns only N950, 000 a month . Out of this money , N350, 000 is for accommodation so there is no more money given to you . The remaining N600, 000 includes payment for your staff , personal assistants and all that.”
Amaechi said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government had helped to stop the culture of waste such that private citizens no longer throw lavish parties .
The minister added, “Nigerians like going to parties . That is one benefit of this government. We now assess our wealth and value money . Before , once you get money from the illegal means, we hold parties. There are very few parties these days because there is no more money to hold such parties .
“ There are no ‘owambe ’ anymore because there is very little money to hold ‘owambe .’ The reason is that the ‘owambe ’ money used to come from the government and there is no money in the government to do such .”


EFCC charges Heritage Bank MD Sekibo, others with N1bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday charged the Managing Director of Heritage Bank Plc, Ifiesimama Sekibo, and five others before the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja for an alleged fraud of N1bn.
Sekibo was charged along with Dimire Dike, Wumi Adeniyi, Kolapo Daisi, Funmilayo Taiwo and Akeem Durotoye.
The charges border, among others, on conspiracy, stealing, obtaining money under false pretences and forgery, Punch reports.
The EFCC alleged that the defendants obtained the sum of N1bn from Heritage Bank Plc “by falsely representing the sum as proceeds of Vlamings Professional Limited’s investment in Heritage Bank Plc.”
It accused them of dishonestly converting the N1bn, being Heritage Bank’s property, to their own.
They were accused of forging a document titled ‘RE: Expression of Interest in Agric Fund Management Scheme.”

According to the anti-graft agency, the defendants allegedly forged the document dated April 2, 2015, “purporting it to be a loan scheme executed in favour of Vlamings Professionals Limited.”
The EFCC claimed that the defendants sent the document to it (EFCC), hoping it would be mistaken as genuine.
They also allegedly forged another document titled, “Agric Management Scheme” purporting that it was approved by Heritage Bank Plc.
In the 10th count bordering on accessory to an act or offence contrary to sections 8(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Few Fraud and other related offences Act, 2006, the EFCC accused Dike, Adeniyi and Akee.

Counsel for the EFCC, Ekene Iheanacho, said the defendants committed the offence between February 2015 and February 2017.
The court has yet to fix a date for the arraignment of the defendants.


Tuface declares interest to run for political office

 Multiple music award winner, Innocent Idibia, has announced his entrant into politics.
He, however, did not reveal under which political platform and at what level he would be seeking to actualise his political aspiration.

Idibia said he was interested in affecting lives positively and would soon pick up the challenge of a political position.
“Politics affects everything I do. So, I am definitely going to be interested in politics. I will soon participate as a contestant and speak the truth at all times”, he told NAN.
“I hope and pray that good men will rise up and make a difference in this country, because we need more patriotic people in all aspects of life,” he said.
Also, Idibia called on Nigerians to come to the aid of victims of the herdsmen and farmers clashes.
“There is so much we’ve been saying about this crisis, but nothing much has come the way of the victims.
“We just need more people to support and join hands to continue extending relief materials to affected people.
“This is the most important thing we can now do; bring succour to the victims,” he said.
The musician said people need to be sensitised on safety precautions during times of crisis.

Idibia appealed to the Federal Government to do the needful by ensuring permanent solution to the crisis.
“This thing is going on for too long, repeating itself over and over. There has to be a solution, the victims are not goats they are humans and should be taken care of.
“I feel terrible not because it also happened in Benue State, where I hail from, but because it is also happening almost throughout the federation.
“It does not have to happen to someone you know before you speak up about it,” he said.


President Buhari makes 23 new appointments [See list]

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, approved the appointment of chief executive officers of agencies in the Federal Ministries.
The Ministries include: Health, Information and Culture, Education, Power, Works, and Housing, and Resident Electoral Commissioners in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
President Buhari mandated the new appointees to “reinvigorate the agencies in the delivery of their mandates through a renewed commitment to transparency, accountability, and service delivery with integrity.”
The appointments include new rectors for some polytechnics, such as Yaba College of Technology.
See appointments:
Federal Ministry of Health
Abdulkareem Jika Yusuf,
Medical Director
Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Kaduna, Kaduna State
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018
2. Abubakar Musa
Medical Director
Federal Medical Centre, Nguru
Yobe State
Renewal Of Appointment Of Four Years With Effect From 3rd July 2017
3. Abdullahi Ibrahim
Medical Director
Federal Medical Centre
Azare Bauchi State
Renewal Of Appointment Of Four Years With Effect From 2nd April 2018
4. Nasir Ibrahim Umar
Medical Director
National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Bauchi
Bauchi State
Renewal Of Appointment Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018
5. Iliasu Adeagbo Ahmed
Medical Director
Federal Medical Centre, Owo
Ondo State
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018
6. Aliyu Muhammad El-Ladan
Medical Director
National Obstetric Fistula Centre
Katsina, Katsina State
Renewal Of Appointment Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018
Federal Ministry Of Information And Culture
7. Stella Morounmubo Oyedepo
National Theatre, Lagos
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018, In Compliance With The Establishment Act, Especially Sections 7 And 8 Of The National Theatre And National Troupe Of Nigeria Act 1991
With This Appointment, The President Has Separated The Leadership Of The National Theater From National Troup Of Nigeria
Federal Ministry Of Education
8. Baba David Danjuma
Rector, Federal Poyltechnic, Idah
Kogi State
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 27th December 2017
9. Usman M. Kallamu
Federal Poyltechnic, Damaturu
Yobe State
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018
10. Jimah Momodu Sanusi
Federal Poyltechnic, Auchi, Edo State
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 23rd February 2018
11. Dayo Hephzibah Oladebeye
Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti,
Ekiti State,
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 23rd February 2018
12. Sanusi Gumau
Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Bauchi State
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 23rd February 2018
13. Tomunomi M. Abbey
Federal Polytechnic, Oil & Gas Bonny, Rivers State,
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 23rd February 2018
14. Omokungbe Obafemi Omoseni
Rector, Yaba College Of Technology, Lagos
Lagos State
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 30th January 2018
15. Faruk Rashid Haruna
Federal College Of Education, Kontagora, Niger State
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 27th March 2018
Power, Works And Housing
16. Usman Gur Mohammed
Managing – Director
Transmission Company Of Nigeria, (Tcn)
Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 1st February 2018
Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec)
17. Emmanuel Alex Hart
Resident Electoral Commissioner,
Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018
18. Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim
Resident Electoral Commissioner,
Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018
19. Cyril Omorogbe
Resident Electoral Commissioner,
Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018
20. Uthman Abdulrahman Ajidaba
Resident Electoral Commissioner,
Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018
21. Segun Agbaje
Resident Electoral Commissioner
Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018
22. Baba Abba Yusuf
Resident Electoral Commissioner,
Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018
23. Yahaya Bello
Resident Electoral Commissioner
Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018


Saraki Appoints Sacked Senator As Special Adviser

A former senator has been appointed by the Senate President as his Special Adviser on Special Duties.

                                     Senate President Bukola Saraki
A former lawmaker who represented Taraba North Senatorial District, Senator Danladi Abubakar, has been appointed by Senate President Bukola Saraki as his Special Adviser on Special Duties.
This was made public in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu.
The appointment is with immediate effect.
Abubakar, according to the statement, had served in the current 8th Senate, where he served as Chairman of the Committee on NEPAD and member of other committees.
It said the 53-year-old was deputy governor before his election into the Senate in 2015.
The Supreme Court had sacked Abubakar in June 2017 and declared Shuaibu Lau as the authentic owner of the senatorial seat.


Two killed as mining site collapses in Plateau community

The Plateau State Police Command on Sunday confirmed the death of two persons following the collapse of an underground mining site.
The Command through its Spokesman, ASP Mathias Tyopev Terna, made the confirmation in a press statement.
Terna said, “On 7/4/2018 at about 23:00hrs Wase Police Division received an information that there was a mining collapse which led to the death of two persons.”
He gave their names as Safianu Yinusa ‘M’ of Kangial Village Dengi Kanam LGA, and Usman Abdulahi ‘M’ of Gwaram Village Bashar District Wase LGA.
He, however said, investigation was ongoing to know the remote and immediate causes of the collapse.


Premier League table: Chelsea, Arsenal in race to finish 5th after Blues draw with West Ham

Chelsea are now caught up in a race with Arsenal to finish fifth, after they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham in Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Antonio Conte’s men needed a win to keep their faint hopes of finishing in the top four alive.
They took the lead nine minutes before the interval, after Cesar Azpilicueta found space at the back post to make it 1-0.
However, the Blues failed to extend their lead and allowed Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez level the game in the 73rd minute.
Chelsea now have 57 points, three more than Arsenal who beat Southampton 3-2 in the earlier game, with five fixtures left.
They are also 10 points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the final Champions League spot.


Buhari departs for London Monday

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Nigeria for London on Monday for an official visit.
The President will hold discussions on Nigeria – British relations with Prime Minister Mrs Theresa May ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th to 20th April, 2018.
According to a statement made available to DAILY POST by the Special Assisitant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, “the President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Ben van Beurden in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15b in Nigeria’s oil industry.”
He added, “These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society.
“President Buhari is due to renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, a good friend of the President on inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and World-wide.”
“Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain,” the statement said.


Rainfall wrecks havoc in Ibadan, damages buildings, lab in UI

No fewer than seven buildings including the Students’ Union (SU) building, two halls of residence, Chemistry Laboratory at International School, Ibadan and some buildings within the premises of University of Ibadan (UI) were badly damaged as a result of a heavy rainfall that wrecked havoc in some parts of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital Friday night.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the institution, Prof. Emilolorun Aiyelari who addressed journalists Saturday shortly after assessing the level of damage at the institution, said other affected buildings include: halls of residence such as Tedder and Bello halls and some departments in the Faculty of Agriculture. Also affected is an electricity transformer at the SU building which was also damaged during the rain.
Aiyelari however said the institution was yet to ascertain what it will cost it to fix the damaged property as at the time of the assessment Saturday morning.
He stressed that the damages will not affect the academic activities in the institution.
Aiyelari said “We have recorded a lot of damages, unquantified for now, when we are through, we will be able to know how much it will cost. We have three major roofs removed. One in Tedder hall, two buildings in the departments.
“The other one is the International School (ISI) where the main building, the administrative building covering the Chemistry laboratory were removed. We have gone round, there are some other problems here and there, at Bello hall where we have slight damages, then the dome. It was heavy rainfall yesterday.
“This will not affect our academic activities because our students are on holiday except the post graduate students writing their projects. You know we are resuming 16th of this month. We will have enough time to fix these and repair them.
When asked to speak on what it would cost the institution to fix the damages, Aiyelari said he cannot determine the amount because they were still assessing the damages.
His words, “I can’t say for now, like I said earlier, by evening we will be able to quantify how much it will cost. But let me say that we have three roofs removed, we have to fix them. Let me also say that transformer at our SU building was damaged and since then the whole campus has been experiencing power outage since yesterday night. We want to isolate that area so that other areas will not be affected.”


Buhari unveils plan for Nigerian universities

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Kano pledged continuous support to universities so that they can produce the skilled manpower needed for national development.
Buhari made the pledge at the 34th convocation ceremony of Bayero University Kano (BUK) held at the permanent site of the university.
Buhari, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, assured that the Federal Government would continue to support universities with necessary funds to enable them provide quality education in the country.
He said the support was also necessary for the universities to discharge their mandate of conducting research and teaching for the development of the country.
“My administration will continue to accord universities the necessary support and cooperation, because only education can instigate rapid development of our country.
“So for us to attain rapid development, education remains our hope,” Buhari said.
Buhari added that his administration would remain firmly resolute on pledges made to Nigerians on three major areas – fighting corruption, tackling insecurity and providing employment opportunities to the youths.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Muhammad Yahuza said no fewer than 7,657 graduates were being awarded various degrees and postgraduate diplomas after successfully completing their studies.
He said of the figure, 5,098 had first degrees, while 2 559 graduated with higher degrees and postgraduate diplomas.
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According to him, 76 of those that graduated had first class, 70 received PhD degree, 1, 883 received Masters degree while 656 had postgraduate diplomas.


Offa bank robbery: President Buhari finally reacts

The Nigerian government has reacted to the robbery incident in Offa, Kwara State that led to the deaths of over 15 people two days after it happened.
ROYALPIZZLE_MEDIA CORRESPONDENT reported that four persons were killed
and several others injured, after suspected robbers attacked five commercial banks in the town.
Despite reactions from many quarters, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration failed to officially speak on the incident until now.
“We sympathize with the families of victims, residents of Offa, and the Government & people of Kwara State, on Thursday’s violent robbery attack. @PoliceNG have arrested a number of suspects & deployed extra personnel to the town, to assist in investigations and beef up security,” read a tweet from the Presidency’s official Twitter handle, @NGRPresident on Saturday.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki had, in a statement on Friday morning, assured residents that no stone will be left unturned until the perpetrators of the heinous act were caught and brought to justice .


Saraki speaks on Buhari’s approval of $1bn for security equipment

President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has criticized the approval given by President Muhammadu Buhari for the withdrawal of $1billion for the purchase of security equipment.
Saraki spoke at a retreat on “Strengthening Executive -Legislature Relations” organised by the Senate Press Corps held in Jos, Plateau state on Saturday.
He also expressed regret over the delayed passage of the 2018 budget, saying there must be collaboration and engagement between the Executive and the Legislature.
The Senate President said: ”So long as the process for the passage of the budget is not based on participation, engagement and collaboration, much will not be realised.
“The Executive and the legislature are partners. We need each other: the constitution does not allow one arm to work alone, that is why there is checks and balance.
“There is no security architecture of this country that can work without a strong synergy between the executive and the legislature.
“When you see certain agencies, who by their actions and utterances frustrate the relationship between the two arms, you begin to wonder.
“What do we need to do? Do the police need more funding or more powers? Do they need new legislations to strengthen them. These are the issues where the executive and the legislature must work together.
“Just few days ago, there was the issue of providing funding for the purchase of security equipments. In a good environment, such an issue needed to have been discussed with lawmakers.
”Already, some senators are angry. They said they were not consulted by the executive before such a decision was taken. These are the issues we are talking about.
“I needed to be here to speak on these issues. It is not just about today. Posterity will be here to judge us that what I am saying is true. If we do not change the way we behave, we will remain like this for many years to come,” he said.
According to the Senate President, for democracy to be strengthened, the priority of everybody should be to strengthen the legislature.
“If you do not defend the legislature, there is no way that our democracy will be strengthened because government is not built on individuals. It is built on institutions.
“That is why in developed countries, governments can change, but it does not affect the stability of their democracy because their institutions are strong.
“We decided to run a presidential system of government. By its nature of checks and balances, there are bound to be frictions. The question now is how healthy is that friction,” he said.


Adeboye restates warning against finding marriage partners on Facebook

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has once again warned against the practice of finding spouses on social media platforms.
He stressed that it is totally wrong for anyone to go into marriage relationship via the social media without finding out the background of would-be partners.
Adeboye recalled how in the past parents would inquire about prospective spouses before approving marriages for their children.
The cleric said he had pity for the youth whose parents were involved in evil as such evil often affected their spiritual and physical development.
He noted that elders of those days were uneducated but very rich in knowledge.
Adeboye gave spoke at the April 2018 Holy Ghost Service and Vigil of the Church at its prayer ground in Mowe, Ogun State, on Kilometre 45 of Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, which ended on Saturday.
“If you marry on Facebook, you cannot tell what will come,” he warned.
The monthly programme was attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo, as well as thousands of Christian faithful.
Adeboye had in 2017 warned members of his congregation not to engage in romantic relationship on social media.
He stated that such relationships might lead to broken homes.
“Let me tell you clearly, if you get a wife through the Facebook, you will lose her through the YouTube. You can quote me,” he had warned.


PRAIZTIGE  drops yet another Banger to quench the taste of his fans.
This new jam titled “MAMA”  it is just too Lit.
It’s safe to say PRAIZTIGE is one of the Most Hardworking Artistes and rising multi super talented artiste the Nigerian Music Industry can boast of as of today.
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Olamide may wed his baby mama before the month ends

All things being equal, popular Nigerian street-pop rapper, Olamide , may tie the knot with his baby mama, Aisha Suleiman, before the end of the month.
According to TS Weekend, there is a big plan on ground for the wedding which is very much likely to hold in the month of April.

This source said :
     “Remember that he recently proposed to his baby mama and the only love of his life, Aisha. I can assure you that plans for marriage have reached advanced stages, and before the end of the month, both will tie the knot in a ceremony that will attract the crème de la crème of Nigerian society.”
“Olamide was very close to his mum until her death and her exit has left a vacuum in his heart. But then, his baby mama has always been there for him. In fact, fans may not know it, but they have been staying together for quite a long time now. It’s only that Olamide does not like publicising his private life. I can assure you that before the end of the month, the singer will walk down the aisle and it is going to be an explosive event.”
The lovebirds, who have been together since 2011, have a son, Maximilaino Adedeji, who was born in 2015. Recently, Olamide announced the proposal to Aisha on Snapchat @baddosneh, some hours after wishing her a happy birthday on the same platform.
There was wild jubilation across social media after the rapper announced the engagement and so many of his fans stormed his page to wish him all the best.
Read a comment below:

Congratulations🙌 baddo nla
Science wedding coming up!!
Congratulations to them. This is the only thing we’ve ever heard abt his wife unlike them social media baby mama. I respect u bukunmi
Olamide got his girlfriend pregnant, stuck with her all through and now He’s wifed her. She was there for him from the onset and stayed till now. Men and women, learn from this 💖💖


Martins for surgery in England

Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua on Thursday confirmed that their injured striker Obafemi Martins had travelled to England to undergo surgery .
“ Martins is flying to UK for surgery today. Be well soon ,” the club wrote on their Twitter handle .
The 33- year- old is set to spend about seven months on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in his right knee in Tuesday ’s Asian Champions League encounter against Kashima Antlers .
Martins , who played for Newcastle United and Birmingham City in England , was replaced after his injury. Shenhua were dumped out of the tournament after a 2 - 2 stalemate at Hongkou Stadium .
The former Seattle Sounders attacker has scored three league goals for Shenhua , who are placed sixth in the Chinese Super League.


Maize farmers to get N500m IITA incentive

The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture has said that maize farmers who use Aflasafe system in the production of the crop this year will benefit from an incentive package worth N500m.
Aflasafe is a fungus - based biocontrol product developed by IITA and cuts aflatoxin levels in maize and groundnuts by 80 per cent to 100 per cent – down to safe levels. A single application of Aflasafe by farmers protects food all the way to the plate .
The incentive package was made known by an agribusiness specialist at the IITA, Dr . Debo Akande , in an address he delivered during the ‘Year Five Implementer Induction and Training’ for farmers using Aflasafe , which was organised by the IITA in Ibadan.
The programme was put in place to train farmers in how to improve on productivity to reduce aflatoxin contamination , pre -harvest management of aflatoxin, Aflasafe application and its health benefits .


UTME centre official arrested for examination malpractice

An official of one of the centres used for the Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination in Lagos has been arrested by the police for allegedly engaging in examination malpractice in the just concluded exam .
The suspect was identified as Divine Nwamueze , who worked at the UTME centre, Digital Bridge Institute in Oshodi .

Our correspondent learnt that the woman was caught on camera assisting a candidate sitting the exam at the centre and handed over to the police.
A police source confided in ROYALPIZZLE_MEDIA CORRESPODENCE that the suspect reportedly confessed to helping the candidate because he was ill during the exam .
The source said , “ During the just concluded UTME , a woman, Divine Nwamueze , was caught at Digital Bridge Institute in Oshodi while she was aiding one of the candidates doing the exam at the centre.
“ The Registrar , Joint Admission and Matriculation Board , Prof . Ishaq Oloyede, and the state coordinator of the examination board reported the case to the police. The suspect is under investigation .”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer , SP Chike Oti, promised to get back with comment when contacted by our correspondent on the matter.
But the Head of Information, JAMB, Mr. Benjamin Fabian , confirmed the arrest.
He said several other arrests were made during the exercise , noting that the board was following up the cases with the police to ensure diligent prosecutions.
He said , “The woman has been handed over to the police for prosecution . The candidate ’s examination will be cancelled automatically. The candidate was not feeling fine. The candidate left and she went to her seat to assist . If the candidate had asked her to assist , she would have also been arrested and prosecuted. She is not working for JAMB. She is a Digital Bridge Institute staff member.”
Calls made to a phone number on the DBI website indicated it was not reachable and a text message sent to the line had yet to be replied to as of press time.


Muslim lawyers reject new FCT court dress code

The Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Nigeria has rejected the new directive given by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on how lawyers should dress.
According to MULAN, the FCT High Court had in a press release on March 28, 2018 “prohibited the use of any apparel underneath wigs by lawyers and by extension the hijab by female Muslim lawyers.”
But in a communiqué generated at the end of its National Executive Committee meeting in Benin, Edo State, on April 3, 2018, MULAN rejected the directive, describing it as “unfortunate, draconian, illegal, unconstitutional and unlawful.”
In the said communiqués signed by its President, Dr. Kamal Dawud, the body contended that the directive by the FCT High Court was at variance with Section 38 of the constitution, which guarantees citizens’ right to manifest their religion.
It added that the court’s decision was “contrary to the 2004 resolution of the Body of Benchers which allows female Law School students and legal practitioners to use head cover underneath their wigs.”
“MULAN NEC condemns the directive in the press release in the strongest term and urges the FCT High Court to reverse its decision contained in the press release forthwith,” the communiqué said.
The body of Muslim lawyers described as needless the furor generated in the legal circles over the case of Firdausa Al-Jannah Amasa, who was barred from the call to Bar ceremony for wearing hijab.
It insisted that there was no law prohibiting the use of hijab, adding that Section 38 of the constitution, which guarantees the right of individuals to manifest their religious beliefs, had “enjoyed several judicial interpretations by superior courts to the effect that this right is inalienable provided it does not go against public interest.”
“The use of Hijab in public institutions, in particular, has enjoyed affirmative judicial interpretation. For this reason, MULAN NEC wonders why this issue is generating this avoidable furor especially in the echelon of justice,” it said.
The body of Muslim lawyers, however, said it had finally resolved “to design a hijab-compliant collaret with bib for use by Muslim female legal practitioners so as to conform to the tradition of the legal profession in Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the body said it had yet to endorse any presidential candidate for the 2018 Nigerian Bar Association national election.


BREAKING: Many killed as armed robbers attack 5 banks in Offa Kwara State

There was pandemonium earlier today in Offa, Kwara state after gunmen stormed the area for a bank robbery operation.
According to reports, at least four people were killed in the course of the operation including a security personnel.
The robbery was reported to have lasted for several hours without any resistance from the police or the army.
The robbers who came with heavy weapons and dynamites which they used for the operation – carted away huge amount of money and cars before escaping through Igosun route in the area, according to reports..

An Internet user whose siblings returned home unhurt wrote;
My siblings just came back home. They were on their way back to church and caught in the cross fire, close to Zenith bank.
According to them, no military force confronted the robbers throughout the operation. They used dynamites and crazy guns.

They saw four people killed. And they would have been killed because after they finished the operation few of them opinned that they should release gun fire on them (my siblings and those close to them), but a man who seemed to be the boss told them they have little time left and had no option than to exit immediately.
Cars were burnt. Cars stolen. They exited through Igosun route. All the glory be unto God.


Comedian, AY and his brother Lanre Makun allegedly almost came to blows back-stage at AY Live

The gist going around in the Nigerian entertainment industry right now is that, Comedian Ay and his younger brother Lanre allegedly almost came to blows.

Most celebrities aren’t able to speak about it online or even wanting to be quoted in this report because of the people involved.
According to reliable industry sources who were back stage at the just concluded AY live that held on Easter Sunday, the brothers “Ayo Makun (AY) and his younger brother Lanre Makun were at loggerheads before the event and it wasn’t resolved after the event”. ‘They got into this very heated argument and were close to exchanging blows back stage because AY found out a few days before the event that Lanre had been selling or maybe even giving out tickets to people without his consent’ a source said.
“Ay was very pissed that he had to re-arrange the table settings at the last minute just to distort Lanre’s plans and this didn’t quite go down well’ the source continued.

Two days before the event, AY had taken to his Instagram page to warn people against getting free tickets from his brother saying,
His full post reads:
‘those of you calling @lanremakunevents asking for INVITES to Ay Live on Easter Sunday April 1st… No disrespect o! It is not my birthday or child dedication. It is a gatetaking event with huge investments that must be recovered. We ONLY give out complimentary tickets to direct supporters of the show and limited number of people whom have helped in building the brand over the years. Kindly bear with us. For more information of how to buy tickets for the show, see our previous posts’.


5G will boosts security of devices, applications

In this digital age, devices and applications require a wireless network access that is not only fast but also resilient, secure, and able to protect the individual’s right to privacy. The 5G system puts all this front and center.
The latest white paper from Ericsson, 5G security – enabling a trustworthy 5G system, describes the security of 5G NR and core network.

This paper provides an overview of five core properties that build the trustworthiness of the 5G system, namely: resilience; communication security; identity management; privacy; and security assurance. These properties make 5G a reliable platform that enables a range of new services to be created, such as various IoT use cases.
Like its predecessors, 5G is expected to become an integral part of a connected society.
5G security provides a level of trustworthiness that meets the requirements of use cases currently foreseen from the end user, service provider and regulatory perspectives.
This trustworthiness stems not only from a set of security features, but also from system design principles and implementation guidelines that are applied with a holistic and risk-based mindset. In short, 5G security is not an add-on, but built in from the start.
To build a secure system, it is important to take a holistic view and not only focus on individual parts in isolation. This is why various organizations such as the 3GPP, GSMA, ETSI, IETF and ONAP have jointly developed the 5G system, each covering different aspects or focusing on specific parts.
It is also crucial to understand relevant risks, and how to deal with them. The cost of threats materializing must be weighed against the cost of taking countermeasures. This is what the 3GPP does when developing the specifications that constitute the basis for the security of the 5G system.
Milestone: 5G security standardization
3GPP’s security standardization group (SA WG3) has completed the first version of 5G security standard in March 2018 (3GPP TS 33.501). Ericsson has been one of the main drivers and contributors to the 3GPP (SA WG3).
Years of pre-standardization research plus nearly two years of standardization work have resulted in this milestone. Ericsson was the rapporteur of a 5G security study (3GPP TR 33.899) which ran from June 2016 to August 2017.
The 5G system will continue to evolve beyond the current release (3GPP Rel 15) with new and enhanced features for diverse use cases such as NR vehicle-to-everything (V2X), Voice-over-NR (VoNR), and enhanced NR LTE coexistence. And 5G security will evolve in concert with – and as a vital part of – the emerging new features of the 5G system.
The 5G security white paper comes on the heels of a recent Ericsson report, The industry impact of 5G, where 79 percent of the respondents from industries mentioned “concerns around data security and privacy” as a barrier to 5G adoption. Moreover, in the 5G Readiness Survey 2017, network security was ranked as the third most essential 5G feature by service providers preparing for 5G deployment.