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Inmate masterminded multi-million naira fraud from Kuje Prison – Police

An inmate of the Kuje Maximum Prison, Abuja, Ifeanyi Ezenwa, has been accused of coordinating series of frauds, which netted members of his syndicate millions of naira.According to the Inspector-General Police Special Intelligence Response Team, which burst the syndicate, the members of the gang specialised in defrauding their victims, especially businessmen through the use of fake bank alerts.

“North Korea prepared to respond to any nuclear attack”

North Korean leader, Kim Jong-unNorth Korea is prepared to respond to any nuclear attack by the United States in kind, the country’s number two official said Saturday.“We’re prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and we are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks,” Choe Ryong-Hae said in a speech at a ceremony before a large military parade started, which was broadcast live by the North’s Korean Central TV.

Easter: Ogun police beef up security

The Ogun State Police Command says it has put in place a formidable security arrangement to forestall any breach of security in any part of the state during and after the Easter celebration.The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the command had tactically deployed personnel from its various arms to the length and breath of the state to ensure a hitch-free celebration.He said the command was not oblivious of the fact that the state hosts the headquarters of various religious bodies

Easter: Trust me to change Nigerian story, says Buhari

urged all Nigerians to keep faith in his administrations commitment and ability to change the Nigerian story for good.Buhari made the appeal in his Easter message made available to journalists.He said he wasdetermined to continue with the fight against terrorism and insurgency;sustain the peace in the Niger Delta and restore peace and stability in other parts of the country.
fight against terrorism and insurgency;sustain the peace in the Niger Delta and restore peace and stability in other parts of nigeria

Wike, NIA fight over ownership of N13bn seized by EFCC

A national daily had earlier reported that the money belonged to the NIA.Sources at the agency confirmed to one our correspondents late Friday that the money belonged to the agency and that it had written a formal letter to President Muhammadu Buhari to claim ownership of the money.Saturday ADEWORLD,learnt that the NIA, which is Nigerias foreign intelligence service,explained that the money,which was found on the seventh floor of the building,was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Exam malpractice: Five principals demoted to classroom teachers

Five principals in public secondary schools in Ebonyi State have been demoted to classroom teachers for allegedly aiding examination malpractices in their schools. The State Commissioner for Education, Prof John Eke, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday, while monitoring the 2017 West African Examination Council examination. The demotion of the principals followed reports of their conduct during the 2016 WAEC examination in their schools.

UTME registration: Reps give JAMB registrar 48 hours to appear

The House of Representatives on Tuesday gave 24 hours ultimatum to the Registrar,Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB),Prof Is’haq Oloyede to appear before it over the reported hitches being faced by applicants of this years Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).The House equally mandated the Committee on Basic Education to direct JAMB to extend the one month deadline by at least another month,for the registration of candidates for the UTME in order to create more space for candidates

UNILAG disowns 13 detained students.

The University of Lagos, on Tuesday, said the thirteen students remanded in prison “for unlawful invasion and disruption of activities” at TVC station in Lagos, are not students of the school.The students were protesting the recent rustication of a visually impaired student, Lawrence Success, as well as those earlier suspended for the roles they played in a protest that led to the closure of the institution last year for three weeks.However, a statement issued by the Deputy Registrar (Information).

Collapsed Synagogue building had many structural defects ―COREN engineer

A structural engineer, Oreoluwa Fadayomi, on Thursday told an Ikeja High Court sitting in Lagos that the collapsed guest house owned by the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) which killed no fewer than 116 people mostly South Africans, collapsed due to structural defect.The structural engineer made the revelation while giving testimony as the 7th prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of the Registered Trustees of SCOAN alongside two engineers who were involved in the construction of the collapsed.

Corps member donates health centre to Abuja community.

A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Dr Iroabuchi Nwanneka, on Friday, donated a primary healthcare centre to Gishiri community in the FCT.Iroabuchi said the initiative came when she visited the community in search of accommodation that was close to her place of primary assignment — Maitama Hospital.She added that during her search for a place to live in the community, she discovered that the people were facing acute lack of basic amenities and sought to find out what they needed most.

Ambode promises to pay $15.01m Lekki Free Trade Zone counterpart funding.

GOVERNOR Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Friday said that the state would fulfill its outstanding counterpart funding of 15.01million dollars to the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) to improve infrastructure and boost development there.Ambode said this during an assessment tour of the zone.“We will accelerate a quick clear of our outstanding counterpart funding for the zone.“In essence, we expect that in the next six months, we should be having an investment of over 60 million dollars.

Doctor accused of negligence as NYSC member dies in Akwa Ibom

The Batch A Stream 1 of the one-year mandatory NYSC was earlier in the week thrown into mourning as one of its members slumped and died during a football match.Witnesses claimed the corper, known simply as Abraham, was rushed to a hospital where he lost his life after the medical doctor on duty allegedly refused to attend to him over a payment of N1, 500.According to a Facebook User, Comr Dokubo the incident happened last Thursday at the Government Technical College (GTC) in Abak.

Panic in Warri as gas plant’s explosion injures one

There was a mild pandemonium at about7:00p.mon Mondayin Warri when a gas plant exploded and injured one person identified as Ohis Eruaga.The gas plant, identified as RMC Cooking Gas Plant, is located at Ileleji Street, off Fani-Kayode road in the heart of Warri.It was gathered that but for the swift efforts of men of the Delta State Fire Service who salvaged the situation at about7:30pm, much human and material damage would have been incurred.

Justice delivery: Lagos begins data gathering on criminal suspects

Lagos State government on Monday commenced the process of building up data on criminal suspects to aid in gathering important intelligence that would eventually assist in tracing defendants and providing accurate bio-data to the courts during prosecution of criminal cases.To this end, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, has handed over 750,000 criminal suspect forms to the Lagos State Police Command.

MTN, Garmin boost health and fitness with wearable technology.

Health and fitness activities in Nigeria have received a huge boost as global leaders in wearable technology and lifestyle products, Garmin,has partnered with MTN to introduce a range of world class health and fitness devices to help boost fitness level of Nigerians.The devices include a range of smart watches which enables users to track,monitor and record daily health activities and on selected devices pair with smartphones to receive current weather conditions, weather forecasts,voice call/text messages.

$1.72b Etisalat debt: More telecoms operators face liquidation

The current crisis rocking Etisalat Nigeria, the fourth mobile telecommunications operator in the country, arising from the 1.72 billion dollars about (N541.8 billion) debt it owed a consortium of some foreign and Nigerian banks,including Guaranty Trust Bank, Access Bank and Zenith Bank,may not be limited to the operator alone if feelers emerging from the industry are anything to go by.According to investigations by the Nigerian Tribune, almost all the operators, including the so-called big four are facing.

2017 World water day: Nigeria to harness waste water for sustainable development

NIGERIA at the 2017 World Water day, set to harness the goldmine in waste water for sustainable development, the Federal Government on Monday stated.World Water Day is an annual global event usually celebrated on March 22 every year to create awareness on Water Resources Management.It is also a celebration to evaluate the activities of the water sector and its partners.In a statement issued by the Director, Press Unit, Mrs Margaret Umoh in Abuja, she explained that Nigeria will join the rest of the World.

EFCC hands over Amosu’s $2.15m hospital to Air Force

A hospital with medical equipment worth about $2.15m which was seized from a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), has been handed over to the Nigerian Air Force, The PUNCH has learnt.The hospital,St. Solomon Hospital,which is located on Adeniyi Jones Avenue,Ikeja, Lagos,is said to have state-of-the-art equipment including a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine which costs well over $1m. A reliable source at the EFCC told our correspondent that the EFCC could not manage the properties.

Naira falls at official market, CBN supplies $180m

The local currency closed at 307 to a dollar last week at the official market from the 305.50 level it had traded since last year. It was quoted at 445 at the black market, firmer than the 450 a dollar it closed on Friday.The Central Bank of Nigeria on Monday said it offered a total of $180m to meet bids for forwards, which includes requests for invisibles such as medicals, school fees and personal travel allowances valued at $80m, through the interbank window.

ASUU rejects pay cut in varsities, threatens strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (Abuja zone),has rejected what it described as“ugly and worrisome unilateral drastic cut"by the Federal Government in the personnel cost allocations to federal universities throughout the country.The organisation warned of dire consequences, including“a breakdown of industrial harmony”, should the Federal Government continue to cut salaries of workers.
“This singular action of the Federal Government is a recipe for the death of public university education in Nigeria

Alleged Wike’s bribe: 23 INEC officials trial in Rivers unsafe, says FG

The Federal Government has said it cannot prosecute the 23 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, accused of receiving N360m bribe from Governor Nyesom Wike, in any court in Rivers State.It cited security reasons for choosing to charge the defendants before the Federal High Court in Abuja and not any court in Rivers State.The prosecution stated this in an affidavit it filed along with the charges which it instituted before the Federal High Court in Abuja against the 23 INEC officials.

Ile-Ife riot: Afenifere kicks as police parade 20 suspects in Abuja

The pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, on Monday, faulted the arrest and parade of suspects involved in the riot at Ile-Ife on March 8, saying no Hausa/Fulani was arrested.The Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, in an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja, said the parade of the suspects in Abuja showed “undue sectional deployment of federal might.”The police had, on Monday, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, paraded 20 suspects, including a traditional ruler, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi.

Dino Melaye in first degree certificate scandal

The senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye’s first degree in Geography from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna, has become a subject of controversy.An online medium,SaharaReporters,in a series of tweets on its Twitter handle,@SaharaReporters,on Monday claimed that Melaye did not graduate from ABU.It further claimed that Melaye allegedly bribed his Head of Department, “who assisted him to forge his transcript.”

NNPC breaks silence on missing 130m litres of petroleum product.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it had taken measures to recover 130 million litres of petrol from two downstream oil operators over operational infraction.The NNPC’s Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Mr Henry Ikem-Obih, made this known in Abuja in a statement by the Corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr Ndu Ughamadu.
Ikem-Obih said that the 130 million litres would be recovered from facilities of two indigenous operators (names withheld).

Fire outbreak at Lagos airport, NAFDAC office.

ANOTHER fire outbreak occurred, on Saturday, at the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, but it was quickly quelled.The incident which broke out at 11:30 a.m., started from the ticketing office of South African airways very close to Etihad airways office, a floor after the departure hall.The timely intervention of the fire men of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), saved the airport from catching fire in view of the thick smoke that had already enveloped the terminal.

I can’t marry a woman who only twerks – Kiss Daniel

Popular singer, Oluwatobiloba Anidugbe, aka Kiss Daniel, speaks about his career, the opposite sex and other issuesHow did you come about the name Kiss Daniel?The name was actually given to me by a girl. Though I was a bit sceptical about it at first, I later liked the idea and decided to stick with it.When was the first time you knew you wanted to become a singer?I think I was about seven then. I used to write a lot and when my father noticed my passion, he encouraged me to do more of it.

There are traitors in the music industry – Lil Kesh

Shoki singer, Lil Kesh, has said that there are a lot of sly people in the entertainment industry. The former YBNL-signee said that not everyone who comes around you to smile and hang out really wants the best for you.He toldSunday Scoop, “There are lots of fake people in this industry. When they see you doing well, they would come around you. But what they are really after is the fame and the fortune they think you have and they wouldn’t think twice about betraying you. I have seen a lot of such people.

Unlicensed marketers dispensing fuel at Kaduna airport – Oil marketers

Barely two weeks after the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and subsequent movement of all flights to Kaduna International Airport, major oil marketers selling aviation fuel to local and foreign airlines in the country have raised concerns over the aviation fuel being dispensed by airplanes at the airport.The Federal Government had in December 2016 announced that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport would be closed between February and March this year in order to carry out.

Paternity mess: I’m not doing another DNA test, vows Davido

From all indications, the latest paternity scandal that pop singer, Davido, is enmeshed in wouldn’t be abating anytime soon.This is because the singer still insists that the baby, Aanuoluwapo, by an Ibadan-based girl, Ayotomide Enitan Labinjoh, is not his. He also stated that he would not agree to another DNA test.On Saturday,Sunday Scoopspoke with Davido’s manager, Asa Asika, who said, “Davido is not the father of the baby.”
spoke with Davido’s manager, Asa Asika, who said, “Davido is not the father.

Buhari may back Customs boss against Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari may take sides with the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), in his ongoing face-off with the Senate over his failure to wear his uniform,SUNDAY PUNCHhas learnt.Senators had on Thursday attacked Ali for honouring their invitation without wearing a uniform.
They, therefore, asked him to return on Wednesday in the complete Customs uniform.But one of our correspondents gathered on Saturday that the position of the Presidency on the disagreement

Secret report bombshell: Cash-strapped PDP plans to sell party membership, ministerial slots

A high-powered committee set up to revamp the fortunes of the Peoples Democratic Party has submitted a report that may throw the fractious party into a new crisis. Among others, the committee advised the party to sell its membership and also restrict senior government positions and other perks to the highest bidder.Reliable sources within the party toldSUNDAY PUNCHthat the plan had been accepted by the leadership of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction, which also set up the committee.

Nigerians to Buhari: Tell us how much you spent abroad on medical treatments

It would be recalled that President Buhari came back to the country on 10th March, 2017 after almost 50 days medical leave abroad.However, having spent almost a week after his return without disclosing his medical bills abroad, some Human Right experts have cited the Freedom of Information Act as a basis, demanding the President to tell Nigerians how much it cost him to get the treatment he got in London.

Etisalat may leave Nigeria over $1.2bn loan default

Stanley Opara with agency reportAbu Dhabi telecoms group, Etisalat, may sell its stake in Etisalat Nigeria, which has defaulted on a $1.2bn loan, but wants the company’s debt restructured before it does so,Reutersquoted two sources as informing it on Monday.The Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Communications Commission on Friday agreed with local banks to pursue a default deal rather than a receivership for Etisalat Nigeria so as not to deter investors and to avoid a wider debt crisis.

Buhari charges traditional rulers to be vanguards of anti-corruption war.

WUKARI(Taraba),March 17,2017(NAN) President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday called on traditional rulers to form a strong vanguard in support of his fight against corruption in the country.Buhari made the call at the celebration of the Aku Uka of Wukari Dr. Shekarau Angyu’s 40th anniversary as the Jukun paramount ruler in Wukari,Taraba.
Represented by the Minister of Youth and Sports,MrSolomon Dalong,the President urged the traditional rulers to strip politicians and others found to be corrupt of their community

NURTW boss escapes robbery attack in Ibadan Community

South West chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde (Fele) was on Thursday night in Ibadan attacked by suspected armed robbers.Speaking with Tribune Online, Oyerinde who is also the Chairman of NURTW Oyo State chapter disclosed that he was attacked by men who came in two Audi cars around 8:33pm, adding that the quick intervention of the police officers attached to him saved the situation.
, Oyerinde who is also the Chairman of NURTW Oyo State chapter.

NAFDAC shuts down fake, unregistered wine shops in Abuja.

The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shut down some wine shops worth N100 million in Wuse market, Abuja, for selling fake and unregistered products.Mr Shaba Mohammed, the Deputy Director, Investigation and Enforcement, NAFDAC, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said this on Friday in Abuja during an operation.Mohammed led a team of NAFDAC officials on enforcement to the market in continuation of a renewed global anti-counterfeiting fight against counterfeits.

Trump wiretap claims ‘nonsense,’ British intelligence agency says.

THE Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) on Friday called allegations that they helped to wiretap U.S. President Donald Trump “utterly ridiculous.”The intelligence agency was drawn into the controversy when Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano reported that GCHQ had aided former president Barack Obama in surveilling Trump’s calls.
“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then president elect.

Chinese vice premier skirts territorial disputes in Philippine visit.

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on Friday stressed the need for the Philippines and China to focus on common interests than differences arising from territorial disputes in the South China Sea.Wang was the highest Chinese official to visit the Philippines since a row between the two countries escalated with Manila filing an arbitration case against Beijing in 2013.
In a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, he reiterated China’s commitment to help to boost trade and investment in the Philippines.

Minister seeks tariff, tax incentives for steel operators.

MINISTER of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi,on Friday called on state governments to grant tariff and tax incentives to operators in the steel sector,to enhance industrialisation in the country.Fayemi made the call at a Town Hall meeting organised by his ministry for stakeholders in Abeokuta,Ogun. The minister noted that such a gesture would encourage private sector participation in the industry and subsequently contribute to the industrialisation agenda of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile as camp toll rises

A Yemeni rebel missile was intercepted over Saudi Arabia late Friday, a Saudi-led coalition said, as the death toll from a rebel attack on a Yemeni army camp rose to 32.The rebels’ Saba news agency said the missile was aimed at offices of Saudi oil giant Aramco in the town of Jizan.The coalition, which has been fighting the rebels in support of government forces for the past two years, said the missile was intercepted without casualties or damage.

I swallowed 66 wraps of heroin to help my dying son – Computer teacher

When 43-year-old Anukaenyi Bob-Manuel Ogochukwu was caught on the suspicion of being a drug courier at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport,Lagos on Wednesday,he initially denied having anything to do with drugs.NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport,Ahmadu Garba,said the suspect was apprehended during the inward screening of passengers on an Ethiopian Airline flight from Nairobi.
NDLEA Commander at the Lagos airport,Ahmadu Garba,said the suspect was apprehended during the inward screening of passengers

Toyin Aihmakhu never threatened me Over ex-husband –Seyi Edun

For a while now, there have been stories of a sizzling romance between fast rising actress, Seyi Edun and Toyin Aihmakhu's ex-hubby,Adeniyi Johnson, but neither of them have spoken about it.In fact, some weeks back it was reported that the duo were engaged already but if you ask either of them about their relationship, all they say is,“I don't want to talk about it."
Many believe that the reason they are both discreet about the alleged romance is because star actress Toyin Aihmakhu had threatened Seyi Edun.

Senate can’t compel Ali to wear Customs uniform – Falana

Human rights lawyer,Mr. Femi Falana (SAN),has said that the Senate lacks the power to compel Hameed Ali to wear Customs uniform.Falana,in an interview withSaturday PUNCH,said there was no law stipulating that the Comptroller-General of Customs must wear the Nigerian Custom Services uniform.He added that, although Ali was the Comptroller-General of Customs,the retired military officer was not a member of the service.
Falana said, “With respect to the customs service, its officers are required to wear uniform

Davido in another paternity mess

Just last week, news made rounds that popular singer, Davido, impregnated a 24-year-old Georgia University undergraduate named, Amanda. This week, the young lad is in another paternity issue as another young lady, Ayotomide Labinjo, has stepped forward alleging that the ‘Dami Duro’ singer is the father of her daughter, three-year-old Aanuoluwapo.
Ayotomide alleged the pop singer had abandoned her and the baby and has refused to take up the responsibility of “taking care of our child."

Pressure on Buhari to disclose medical bills

Dayo Oketola, Lekan Adetayo, Ifeanyi Onuba, Gbenro Adeoye and Eric DumoPresident Muhammadu Buhari is under Pressure to disclose the amount of money spent on his medical treatment in London, the United Kingdom.Though many Nigerians showed gratitude to God for the President’s safe return to the country on Friday, March 10, 2017, after spending 49 days on medical vacation, they said it was still important for the citizens to know the cost of the President’s medical treatment abroad.

Fear of pregnancy stops me from enjoying sex

I have a problem that has been worrying me ever since my relationship with myboyfriend became physical. We’ve been together for six months.I’m 22 and he is acouple of years older, but since we started having sex, I constantly worry aboutbecoming pregnant. We use condoms, but I can’t enjoy sex as the fear of pregnancy is always on my mind.
iven that you have not been a couple for long enough to know each other’s sexual history, it would be wise to add to your fear of pregnancy the equally real fear of sexual

Court adjourns Dasuki’s trial till 16 May over irregularity on witness’ list

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday adjourned the trial of the immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd) and four others till 16, 17 and 18 May.The former NSA is the first defendant in the case in which a former Director of Finance and Administration, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Shuaibu Salisu; former General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Babakusa and two firms: Acacia Holdings Limited.

Civil servants appeal to government to remit pension deduction

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) on Friday urged the Rivers Government to remit deductions made from salaries of workers under the Contributory Pension Scheme.Mr Bashir Lawal, Secretary General of ASCSN, said in a statement in Lagos that the monies deducted should be remitted to the Pension Funds Custodians (PFCs).Lawal said that the workers would not hesitate to shut business activities in the state, if it continued with its anti-labour practices which have been causing problems.

NIMASA partners UK over sea time training for 400 Nigerians

THE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has again struck a new partnership with the South Shield Marine School at the South Tyneside College, South Shield, Newcastle in the United Kingdom, to provide sea time opportunities for about 400 cadets of the agency’s sponsored Nigerian Seafarers Development Program (NSDP).According to a statement signed on Thursday by NIMASA’s Spokesman, Isichei Osamgbi, the institution which has so far about 502 Nigerian students being trained.

Paris-London club: Buhari orders fresh refund to states

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to immediately release the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds to the states, in order to ease their financial hardships.He, however, insisted that states must pay outstanding salaries and pension liabilities of their workers.The first tranche of N388 billion was paid to the states in December.

Coca-Cola products manufactured in Nigeria safe – Health ministry

The Federal Government has reassured Nigerians that the Coca-Cola products manufactured in Nigeria were safe for consumption.The explanation followed a stakeholders meeting summoned by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to address related issues on the recent court judgment on the case filed by Fijabi Holdings against the Nigeria Bottling Company and NAFDAC.
Adewole explained that both benzoic acid and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) were ingredients approved by International Food Safety regulators.

400 Nigerians in South African prisons, Dambazau says

Interior Minister, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd) on Friday said 400 Nigerians are serving jail terms for various offences in South Africa.Dambazau said this at a joint news conference in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the visit of Nigerian delegation to South Africa.Dambazau and his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, had on Monday led a delegation to South Africa over the incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living there.

SSANIP urges FG to release NEEDS Assessment Report, fund Polytechnics

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics on Friday urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, release the report of the NEEDS Assessment of Polytechnics.Rev. Sunday Sabo, National President of the union said this at the 52nd National Executive Council meeting at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu.“The release of the report is essential to improve the education and working standard of the institutions.

373 illegal pharmacies, patent drug stores shut in Ogun

No fewer than 373 pharmacies and patent drug stores have been sealed by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria in Ogun State for various offences.The Director, Inspection and Monitoring of PCN, Mrs Anthonia Aruya, revealed this on Friday in Abeokuta, while briefing journalists about the activities of the council.She said 15 pharmacies and 358 patent drug stores were affected, while giving the breakdown.
She said 15 pharmacies and 358 patent drug stores were affected, while giving the breakdown.

NUT begs Amosun to reinstate dismissed teachers

The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has again appealed to Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun to reinstate three of its members dismissed in October 2016.Mr Michael Olukoya made the appeal at a news conference at the NUT Secretariatin Abeokuta on Friday.Olukoya said that the NUT believed in dialogue and would not engage the state government in any litigation on the matter.Olukoya said that the NUT believed in dialogue and wouldn't engage the state government in any litigation on the matter

Malaysia expels North Korea ambassador over Kim murder

Malaysia has expelled North Korea’s ambassador, giving him 48 hours to leave the country in a major break in diplomatic relations over the airport assassination of the half-brother of Pyongyang’s leader.Kim Jong-Nam was poisoned February 13 with deadly nerve agent VX. North Korea has not acknowledged the dead man’s identity but has repeatedly disparaged the murder investigation, accusing Malaysia of conniving with its enemies.
“The ambassador has been declared persona non grata” after Malaysia demanded".

Sudan jails rights activists over alleged fake reports case

Khalafalla Al-Afif, Midhat Hamdan and Mustafa Adam were arrested on May 23 last year after security agents raided their office in Khartoum.The three men worked for the Centre for Training and Human Development (TRACKS), a group providing training in human rights issues.At a packed hearing attended by Western diplomats and many other rights activists, a judge found the three guilty and gave them each a one-year prison term, an AFP correspondent reported.

3.67 million Nigerians lost their jobs in one year – FG report

The harsh economic situation currently facing the country may have forced about 3.67 million Nigerians into the unemployment market within a one-year period covering October 2015 to September 2016, figures obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics have revealed.According to an analysis of the unemployment report for the period, which was obtained by our correspondent in Abuja, the number of unemployed Nigerians rose from 7.51 million in the beginning of the October 2015 to 11.19 million at the end.

Ban on importation of poultry products has increased productivity ― farmers

Poultry farmers in Ilorin have commended the Federal Government for banning importation of poultry products,which has increased productivity and availability of markets.The farmers, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Sunday expressed their delight as demand for chicken and other poultry products increased following the ban.
A poultry farmer,Mr Samuel Ishola,whose farm is located in Olunlade,a suburb of Ilorin, told NAN that he witnessed a rise in demand.

Gani Adams to YPM: Remain resolute, don’t allow moneybags to derail you.

NATIONAL coordinator of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, has urged leadership of Yoruba Patriot Movement (YPM), a non- political movement, to stay resolutely on the set goal and objective of the group and not allow moneybag politicians to derail them.Adams made this call on Wednesday while speaking with theTribune Online, shortly after he hosted the leadership and members of YPM, led by Chief Oladosu Oladipo, who had come on a visit to his Omole Phase 2 residence in Lagos.

JAMB scraps awaiting result, introduces 4th choice institution

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced that students awaiting their O’level results will no longer be able to secure admission into higher institutions.In a statement by its spokesperson, JAMB also announced the introduction of fourth choice of higher institution during application by candidates.

FG inaugurates Committee on Children Accident Prevention Project.

The Implementation/Technical Committee was set up by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu to implement the terms and conditions of the collaboration between the Ministry and Children Accident Prevention Initiatives (CAPI) on the project.Speaking during the inauguration on the Permanent Secretary, Dr Jamila Shua’ra, described the initiative to provide safe environment for school children between ages 4 and 14, using the roads as apt and timely.

US:Working globally to improve water security—Salzberg

Special Coordinator for Water Resources, Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science Affairs, Aaron A. Salzberg, recently had a teleconference with journalists across some African regions on transboundary water issues and the Water for the World Act, among other germane issues. DOYIN ADEOYE, who was among journalists gathered at the US Consulate, Victoria Island, Lagos, writes.Although a lot of progress has been recorded in the global water challenge.

FG proposes global dialogue to save drying Lake Chad

The Federal Government FG has called for a global dialogue to save the Lake Chad Basin from drying up.Minister of Water Resources,Engr Suleiman Adamu, made the call when the UNESCO delegation led by the Assistant Director-General paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.He stressed the need to draw international attention to the drastic drying up of the Lake in order to save the over 47million people living around the lake who depend on it for farming, fishing and livestock production as well as good water supply

Buhari condoles Katsina’s Emir on mother’s death

THE Presidency said on Sunday that President Muhammadu Buhari has placed a telephone call from London to the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Usman, over the death of his mother, which occurred on Saturday.A statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said Buhari condoled with the traditional ruler, urging him to take solace in the fact that Hajia Aminatu Mai Babban Daki lived a good life, devoted to serving Allah and humanity.

Abortion, bribery scandal rock Lagos Police College … senior police officers, abortion syndicate squeeze cadets for cash

A police syndicate collected money and secretly carried out abortions for female cadets at the Police College, Lagos, to falsify pregnancy tests,OLALEYE ALUKO, who went undercover to the police hospital for two days, reportsA major scandal is brewing within the heart of the nation’s best-known police college, the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos. Tinuola Akande, a former cadet, is one of the individuals caught in the web of this scandal. The other characters in the drama, which started earlier this year.

Rivers LG election: 50 suspected thugs arrested, INEC staff kidnapped, released.

A group of boys numbering about 50, suspected to be political thugs have been arrested by security agents in Ulakwo Ward 13 for allegedly trying to disrupt the election.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the boys were seen sitting on the ground on Saturday, surrounded by some military men and policemen, and they were said to have been arrested from different units of the Ward.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Saturday that one of its staffers kidnapped.

Troops smash illegal refineries, destroy 1,750 tons of crude oil, others in N/Delta

Operatives of the Operation Delta Safe (OPDS) in the Niger Delta said they have destroyed 1,750 tons of crude oil and impounded 170 tons of illegally refined diesel.Coordinator, Joint Media Campaign Centre, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, disclosed this in a signed statement made available to journalists on Saturday in Warri, Delta State.Although, the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, had stated recently that government planned to incorporate modular refineries into the nation's oil production line.

N/East: Donors pledge $670m aid to Nigeria at Oslo summit on food crisis.

The United Nations and hosts of Friday’s Oslo Humanitarian Conference on North-East Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region have expressed appreciation to donors for their pledges aimed at addressing the humanitarian crisis brought about by years of Boko Haram insurgency.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that donors pledged more than $670 million at the UN-backed conference hosted by Norway in conjunction with Nigeria and Germany to support aid operations in the region.

Fayose berates DSS over Lagos PDP ex-gov aspirant arrest.

Ekiti State governor and chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Governors Forum,Mr Ayodele Fayose,has condemned the arrest and detention of a former governorship aspirant of the party in Lagos State,Babatunde Gbadamosi,by operatives of Department of State Security (DSS),describing the action as a continuation of the tyranny and barbarism of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government.
The governor,who decried the unwarranted arrest of Nigerians for merely expressing themselves on social medias

Governor Obaseki commends FG for releasing $1.5m intervention fund

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has commended the Federal Government for releasing 1.5 million dollars “Save a Million lives” intervention fund to the state, noting that the fund, geared towards improving maternal and child health, would be well-spent.The governor, who gave the commendation when he received the Minister of State for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at the Government House in Benin, on Saturday, said the state had set up a contact group to ensure that the programme achieved its aims.

How much has President Trump achieved so far? From US & Canada

Donald Trump came into office promising to change the face of American politics and transfer power "back to the people".After four weeks in the White House, he said "incredible progress" had been made, having signed some two dozen executive actions and put his signature to several bills.
After four weeks in the White House, he said "incredible progress" had been made, having signed some two dozen executive actions and put his signature to several bills.He also fired his scandal-hit national security adviser

Half of the $48bn squandered by Jonathan could have fixed Lagos-Kano-Calabar rail projects – Amaechi

MINISTER for Transportation,Mr Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi,in this interview, talks about the challenges faced by the President Buhari administration and assures that the tide will turn for Nigerians.He also bares his mind on the issues that made him and former President Goodluck Jonathan part ways.He also tackles the Rivers State governor,Mr Nyesom Wike,over allegations levelled against him (Amaechi)while he was at the helm of affairs in the state.You have been in office as Minister of Transportation for long.

Man bags 2 years imprisonment for impersonating Peace Corps commandant.

A magistrate court sitting in Obubra, Cross River State has sentenced one Mr. James Ochiche to two years imprisonment for impersonating the state Commandant of Nigeria Peace Corps.In a two count charge in suit number MC/779C/2013, Ochiche was accused by the state command of the organization of impersonating as a deputy commandant as well as collecting N5000 to N8000 from unsuspecting members of the public as service charge for recruitment into the service.
The presiding Judge, Adome Etaba in his judgment.

Police to recruit 10,000 personnel annually ― IGP

Mr Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General of Police, says the force will henceforth recruit no fewer than 10,000 personnel annually to enhance its operations.Idris disclosed this in Sokoto on Friday when he addressed officers and men of Zone 10 of the force in Sokoto, comprising: Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara state commands.He said, “The yearly recruitment will be based on local government basis to reflect federal character and equity. The communities will be engaged meaningfully in the exercise in tune.

Dogara congratulates Gov. Akeredolu

THE Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu on his swearing in as the sixth democratically elected Governor of Ondo State.In a letter issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Turaki Hassan, the speaker described the new governor as “a learned colleague, whose dedication, commitment, determination and dogged spirit eventually earned him victory at the polls.”
In a letter issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Turaki Hassan

Zuma urges S. Africans not to blame all criminal activities on foreigners

South Africa President Jacob ZumaSouth African President Jacob Zuma on Friday appealed to the country’s citizens not to blame all criminal activities on non-nationals.“Many citizens of other countries living in South Africa are law abiding and contribute to the economy of the country positively,” Zuma said amid a new wave of xenophobic violence that is gripping some townships.
It is wrong to brandish all non-nationals as drug dealers or human traffickers, Zuma noted.

Kogi collaborates with traditional rulers to combat insecurity

THE Kogi State government has sought the collaboration of traditional institutions in the state in its quest to fight crimes and make the state free of criminals.Apart from this, government also said it would renovate/rehabilitate the palaces of the five first class monarchs in the state to make them compete with others in the country.The special adviser to the governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Ohere, said this at the maiden meeting of the state council of chiefs in 2017

Borno gov in Norway, optimistic of support from UN donour conference

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State says he is optimistic of getting support from donour agencies towards tackling the devastation caused by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.The governor said this in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau on Wednesday in Maiduguri.
“Shettima has arrived Oslo in Norway where he is expected to speak, as the United Nations and Government of Norway, Germany and Nigeria host a two-day donour conference.

The truth about Mimiko’s administration

ONDO State closed a chapter in history as Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s eight-year tenure ended and the baton of power changed hands.Time is thus ripe to subject the closed chapter to critical but truthful analysis lest the truth be subsumed in lies through rumour mongering and orchestrated media attacks.When Mimiko became governor eight years ago,he definitely had no illusions about the difficult task ahead of him,especially with the attendant dismal and gloomy situation that characterised almost every sector

Army officer imprisoned for molesting civilian

A private in the Nigerian Army,Suleiman Olamilekan,has been sentenced to a 28-day Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL)for molesting a female civilian and forfeiture of his salary for the same period.This was after he was charged, tried and found guilty by the 6 Division Garrison for allegedly molesting his victim,Miss Ebere Ohakwe on January 30,2017.
According to Deputy Director of the Nigerian Army, 6 Division,Colonel Aminu Iliyasu,the trial and subsequent imprisonment of Olamilekan was in accordance to NAF

UNICEF increases Benue support funds to N175m

THE United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) country team leader, Dr Dorothy Ngacha, has said that the UN body has increased its donation to Benue State to about N175million.Dr Ngacha disclosed this in Makurdi when she paid a courtesy visit on the wife of Benue State governor, Dr Eunice Ortom.The country team leader of the UN body explained that Mrs Ortom’s HIV initiative was one of the major reasons for the rise in the UN body assistance to the state.

Mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission to end in Kaduna in 2020 —UNICEF

THE United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed confidence that Kaduna State would soon end all new cases of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS .UNICEF’s Chief of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Dorothy Nbori-Ngacha, stated this shortly after she and her team met with the state’s Executive Council at Government House, Kaduna.
Nbori-Ngacha explained that to achieve the target, the state intended to reach 90 per cent coverage, where all pregnant women in the state had access to preventive services.

Flight diversion: 24-hr surveillance begins at Kaduna Airport, environs

THE chairman, Ministerial Security sub committee on the movement of Abuja International Airport Operations to Kaduna, Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG (operations), Alkali Baba Usman, has said 24 hours security surveillance will be mounted around Kaduna airport and environs for protection of live and property.AIG Usman, who declared the Kaduna and its Airport safe to receive flights diversion from Abuja,said the repair and fixing of equipment was 95 per cent complet.

Nigeria needs point of entry tourist visa policy —Publisher, Come to Nigeria Travel pulse and M.I.C.E

A diaspora tourism advocate and promoter of Nigerian rich cultural heritage and , Mr Oladimeji Adisa has called on the Federal Government to see tourism as the alternative economic solution to unprecedented recession facing the country.Adisa who is also the publisher/editor-in-chief of Come to Nigeria magazine disclosed this in an interview with Travelpulse&MICE in Ibadan on Tuesday.

Kidnappers abduct sand dredgers in Ibeju Lekki

Two sand dredgers have been abducted by suspected kidnappers in the Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State.One other worker was hit by stray bullets from the rampaging gunmen, who reportedly shot sporadically.Meanwhile more policemen and soldiers have been deployed to lIgbodu and communities in the EOE Farm Settlement.It was gathered that a gang of gunmen had early Wednesday invaded Ibeju Lekki, where they went away with two of the dredgers in a speedboat.

UniAbuja graduates 13, 218 students at 21 convocation

THE authorities of university of Abuja will on Saturday graduate a total of 13, 218 students from its regular and sandwich programmes at its 21st convocation ceremony.While about 44 students would be presented with pass certificates, a total of six students would be conferred with First Class degrees and 5830 Third Class.Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Michael Adikwu, who addressed newsmen on Thursday on activities lined up for the convocation ceremony.

Police nabs suspect with N8.9 million fake currency in Nasarawa

THE Nasarawa State Police Command has arrested and paraded one Wale Lawal who was in possession of N8.9 million fake currency in Lafia, the capital of the State.Speaking to journalists during the parade, the State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq Bello, said the suspect is believed to belong to a syndicate group that specializes in distribution of counterfeit drug currency across the country.
He explained that the suspect was arrested by his men in Omogbolo hotel in Bukan Sidi.

Over 1,000 Kenyan health workers down tools in Mombasa

More than 1,000 clinical officers,nutritionists, laboratory technicians, mortuary attendants and other 13 cadres of health workers went on strike on Thursday in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, demanding allowance harmonisation.The health staff left their work stations complaining that the national government awarded nurses a quantum service allowance increase last December and forgot other health workers in the deal.
According to Xinhua, they said they are being discriminated against and treated as outside

Herdsmen: Stakeholders support Dickson’s decision on grazing site

The Chairmen of the Restoration Caucus in the 8 local government areas of Bayelsa State have thrown their weight behind Governor Seriake Dickson over the designation of the land around the Bayelsa palm area as a grazing site for herdsmen and their cattle.Speaking shortly after a closed-door meeting with the Governor,the chairmen led by Chief Thompson Okorotie,described the designation of the area for grazing activities,as a strategic security move to enable the government restrict the activities of herdsmen

Southern Kaduna: IGP deploys special Forces to fish out killers

Following the renewed attacks on communities in Kaura and Jema’a Local Government Areas, in the Southern part of Kaduna State, Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has ordered immediate deployment of Police Special Forces to the area.This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday and signed by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh.The statement noted that the IGP had directed that the Special Forces must as a matter of urgency ensure that they flush out perpetrators.

Ondo police arrest notorious armed robbers , recover stolen Benz

Two notorious armed robbers, Olajide Olayato and Amonimo Johnson known as Akebaje, have been arrested by man of the Ondo state Police Command.The two suspects and two others, now at large invaded the home of Kolawole Emiola in Abusoro area of the state capital and forcefully made away with his Mercedes Benz C240 with Registration Number Abuja KUJ 700 KZ and three of his mobile number.
Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner of Police, Hilda Harrison, said his men swung into action.

LASIEC now in possession of voter register from INEC, set for LG poll ― Phillip

Chairman, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Hon Justice Ayotunde Phillips (retd), saidon Tuesday that the commission is set for the elections into the 57 LGs and LCDAs in the state holding in June having received the soft copy of the register of voters for the State from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Philip made this disclosure while speaking at the Civic Populace Stakeholders' Forum organised as part of the continuous civic education programme of the Commission.

NECO releases Nov/Dec 2016 SSCE results

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the November/December 2016 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted for private candidates. Of the 47,118 that partook in the exercise, 28,530 got five credit passes and above in English Language, Mathematics and other subjects.
The Registrar/Chief Executive,Professor Charles Uwakwe, who announced the results yesterday at the council’s headquarters in Minna, Niger State, acknowledged an improved performance.

Crude tanker market hit hard by OPEC’s output cut

VesselThe predicted influx of new tonnage, combined with the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) production cap and lower levels of refinery throughput are hitting hard on the crude tanker vessel market.Latest report by Maritime Strategies International (MSI), said the crude tanker market is set to go through a testing time over the next six months, and perhaps longer, if OPEC is successful in extending production cuts beyond the first half of 2017.

Police say shops belonging to immigrants looted in South Africa

At least 20 shops possibly belonging to immigrants were looted in South Africa’s capital overnight, police said on Tuesday, but they could not confirm if the attacks had deliberately targeted foreigners.Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from locals and getting involved in crime.
Responding to similar incidents in Pretoria at the weekend, Nigeria's foreign ministry said it would summon

Police say shops belonging to immigrants looted in South Africa

At least 20 shops possibly belonging to immigrants were looted in South Africa’s capital overnight, police said on Tuesday, but they could not confirm if the attacks had deliberately targeted foreigners.Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from locals and getting involved in crime.
Responding to similar incidents in Pretoria at the weekend, Nigeria's foreign ministry said it would summon

Benue Cargo airport will be completed in 2019.

Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Cargopolis Development Consortium (CDC), Dr Daniel Tarka, has said that the proposed Benue Cargo airport is on course and would be completed as scheduled 2019.Tarka who spoke during the interactive session with representatives of Benue state and staff of federal ministry of transportation, said that the project was in line with the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement would contribute 15 per cent to the construction cost payable, on completion of the project.

CBN directive on FX sales at airports a temporary solution, says expert.

An economist, Mr Femi Awoyemi says the directive by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to banks to open Foreign Exchange sales point at airports was a temporary solution to ease dollar demand.Awoyemi, who is the the Chief Executive Officer of Proshares Nigeria Ltd., Lagos made said this in an interview with the News Agency (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said that the directive would not permanently bridge the wide exchange rate between the official and parallel market.NAN reports that to ease the burden of travel

Ogun chiefs drag Alake to Court over chieftaincy tussle

By Daud OlatunjiOGUN — THE Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has been dragged before an Ogun State High Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta over the chieftaincy title.The four Chiefs, who dragged the Alake to the Court are; the Oluwo of Kemta, Chief Abayomi Rotimi; the Odofin of Kemta,Chief Ayinla Bankole;Sakotun of Kemta, Chief Zachaeus Alatise and the Are Ombo Kemta, Chief Rilwan Oresanya.
*Oba Michael Adedotun GbadeboThe complainants in their motion on notice filed against the Post

Updated: Don’t expect me back any time soon, says Buhari to Nigerians

By Levinus NwabughioguABUJA-President Mohammadu Buhari has said that he needed a longer period of time to rest in London, United Kingdom where he had gone on medical vacation.The import of this is that the president should not be expected back to Nigeria any time soon.
The president said the need to further rest in London was necessitated by the series of medical tests he had run.He however expressed gratitude to Nigerians who have been praying for him, saying that there was no cause for alarm.

FG to spend Diezani, Yakubu loot to feed the poor.

Eniola AkinkuotuThe Federal Government is set to invest some of the recently recovered funds on its social intervention programmes.A top government official told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that the $9m recovered from a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Andrew Yakubu and the $153m forfeited by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, would be immediately used to fund the welfare scheme for the poor.

Inside poor community where former NNPC GMD, Yakubu, hid over N3bn

Avisit to the poor community in Kaduna State where operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission found over N3bn in a house allegedly belonging to a former General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum CorporationWhen 30-year-old Ibrahim Alfa first heard that over N3bn was discovered by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in a house somewhere in Kaduna State,he rolled his eyes in disbelief. When he was later told the said sum was found in a house located in the area

I don’t want to go back to the bottom –Olamide Bado

Adewole,Talented rapper, Olamide, is undoubtedly one of the hottest artistes in the country at the moment. He ended 2016 with the release of his sixth album,Glory,and a concert in Lagos which was a sell-out success.Even though the Bariga-born star has a son named Batifeori Maximilliano, not much is known about the woman in his life.
Sunday Scoop, theDurosokerapper offered some insight into his love life. With a smile lighting up his face, he said,“I've actually been in a relationship for about 17 years.

How childbirth changes vagina, affects sex life

The vagina is a muscular tube, it has many folds which allow it to expand during sex and childbirth.Physicians say there are very few changes to the internal vaginal structure after birth, as it’s designed to stretch and return to its original state.However, many women are worried about tightness and some new mums have opened up with searing honesty about the effects of childbirth on their vaginas.
“While the process of the baby coming down the birth canal should cause no lasting damage or structural change

Muslims organise special prayers for Buhari’s health

Muslims in major state capitals and towns in the northern part of the country,on Saturday, held marathon prayers for a quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari.SUNDAY PUNCHcorrespondents in Nasarawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Kwara States reported that the special prayers were held at the various Eid prayer grounds across the states.
Muslim faithful across the 13 local councils and the 18 development areas of Nasarawa State converged on the states’ central prayer ground and held a special prayer session

Nigerians face fresh attacks in South Africa-Adewole mansour

A cross section of Nigerians living in South Africa narrowly escaped death on Saturday during attacks on their lives and property in South Africa.Several of them, who spoke toSUNDAY PUNCH, relived their encounter with locals who assailed them in their apartments in various parts of Pretoria with machetes, knives, metal rods and guns.Worried by the development, members of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations, sought more dialogue between Nigeria and the authorities in South Africa.

ONDO: How Akeredolu can succeed as Governor – Olatujoye, Ex-CBN Director

In-coming Ondo State governor,Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has been advised to keep faith with his electioneering promises in order to gain support of the people.Giving this advice,a former Director of Legal Services, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,Prince Anthony Olatujoye, implored Akeredolu to accord delivery of democracy dividends top priority.
What is your advice to the Ondo State governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, on how to succeed in office?To succeed, the cardinal thing the governor-elect must put in place

JUTH to become West Africa’s training centre for cochlear implants.

The West Africa Post-Graduate College of Surgeons has selected Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), as the regional centre for the training of doctors on cochlear implants.A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged part of the inner ear (cochlear), to provide sound signals to the brain.
Unlike hearing aids, which make the sounds louder, cochlear implants restore the lost activity of the affected part and naturally remove the impairment so as to restore.

NAPS want end to HND/BSc dichotomy - TribuneTribune

National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) has appealed to the National Assembly and all concerned government parastatals involved in ongoing process aimed at enacting a law to back abolishment of HND/BS.C dichotomy to expedite action on the matter.

India arrests Nigerian Okonkwo with ingested cocaine

India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has recovered 1.3 kilograms of fine quality Colombian cocaine stashed in 90 capsules from the stomach of a Nigerian , who had come to Delhi from Lome, Togo.According to The Times of India, the accused was taken to hospital where an X-ray confirmed the presence of foreign bodies in his stomach. He was kept in the hospital for two days during which he expelled 90 capsules containing 1.3kg cocaine.
The Nigerian was identified as Monday Tony Okonkwo. He arrived IGI airport

NSCDC rescues 15-year-old student from kidnappers in Maiduguri

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on Sunday disclosed that it’s operatives rescued a student of El-kanemi Islamic Collage of Theology, Maiduguri from kidnappers.The Borno Commandant of the corps, Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, on Sunday said Abdulkarim Garba, 15, was abducted by suspected kidnappers and dumped at Njimtilo area in Maiduguri about 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Abdullahi said that the victim, who is from Yobe, resides at Kasuwar Grain area in Potiskum.He said, “At about 14:00 our personnel on routine

North Korea missile: United States behind Japan, says Trump

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday, drawing a strong response from US President Donald Trump who vowed “100 percent” support for key ally Japan at a press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.The missile, the first test since Trump became president, was launched around 7:55 am (2255 GMT Saturday) from Banghyon air base in the western province of North Pyongan, and flew east towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea), the South Korean defence ministry said.
It flew about 500 kilometres (310 miles)

Ex-FCT minister, son to forfeit 10 properties to FG

Eniola AkinkuotuTwo high courts in Abuja have ordered that the immediate past Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, and his son, Shamsudeen, temporarily forfeit 10 properties to the Federal Government.The courts also barred the suspects from selling anything found in the properties, including luxury cars, jewelleries and other valuables.
The courts also barred the suspects from selling anything found in the properties, including luxury cars, jewelleries and other valuables.

Rivers rerun: Police panel hunts for N238m bribe cash balance

Fidelis SoriweiandAdelani AdepegbaThe police panel, which investigated the violence that characterised the December 10, 2016, legislative rerun polls in Rivers State, has intensified its efforts to recover the balance of the N350m bribe, which the panel alleged was given to officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The committee alleged that the cash was given to about 23 officials of INEC by officials of the Rivers State Government in order to ensure that the election was rigged.

National reserves 8,000 tonnes can’t solve food crisis — Officials

OKECHUKWU NNODIMThe quantity of food items stored in the 23 national reserves across the country are extremely low and cannot effectively address the rising prices of food in Nigeria, various officials at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and operators in the sector have said.According to them, Nigeria’s store houses for food have the capacity to take over one million tonnes of agricultural produce but the reserves currently have only about 8,000 tonnes of food valued at N1.5bn.

What Buhari’s aides told Nigerians about his condition should be enough — Yakassai

Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, a former political adviser to ex-President Shehu Shagari, in this interview with TED ODOGWU,defends the Presidency's decision not to publish details of President Muhammadu Buhari's medical status during his vacation abroad Whatis your reaction to the indefinite postponement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s return to Nigeria?
Initially, the President indicated that he would be away on vacation and carry out a checkup. Also, he had said he planned to come back and resume work (last week)

NYSC, CBN, other banks to give loans to corps members.

The National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), says it will partner the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other commercial banks to provide soft loans to corps members across the country.The Sokoto State Coordinator of the scheme, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, disclosed this on Saturday at the permanent orientation camp in Wamakko, headquarters of Wamakko Local Government.
Abubakar spoke during the NYSC cultural carnival and exhibition of wares produced by the corps members under the 2016, batch ”B” stream.

Osinbajo in Bayelsa, promises new dawn for Niger Delta.

Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday promised a new era and new dawn for the people of oil-producing communities in the Niger Delta, saying plans were underway for the rapid development of the area.Osinbajo, who was in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital,in continuation of his engagement visits to seek opinions on the way out of the Niger Delta impasse,said he was in the state as an emissary of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, to propose a new vision that would signpost unity

Trump considers issuing new travel ban. From US & Canada

Donald Trump is considering a new executive order to ban citizens of certain countries from travelling to the US after his initial attempt was overturned in the courts.Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a "brand new order" could be issued as early as Monday or Tuesday.It comes after an appeals court in San Francisco upheld a court ruling to suspend his original order.
It barred entry from citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries.It is unclear what a new US immigration order might look like.

Trump considers issuing new travel ban. From US & Canada

Donald Trump is considering a new executive order to ban citizens of certain countries from travelling to the US after his initial attempt was overturned in the courts.Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a "brand new order" could be issued as early as Monday or Tuesday.It comes after an appeals court in San Francisco upheld a court ruling to suspend his original order.
It barred entry from citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries.It is unclear what a new US immigration order might look like.

Soldiers imprisoned, forfeit ranks for brutalising cripple

Olaleye Aluko and Tony OkaforTwo soldiers, Corporal Bature Samuel and Corporal Abdulazeez Usman, who brutalised a wheelchair-bound man along New Market Road, Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday, have been sentenced to 21 days imprisonment with hard labour.
The two soldiers of 82 Provost Company also lost their ranks.According to a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the soldiers’ ranks have been reduced from corporal to privates, coupled with the 21 days Imprisonment.

$20bn NNPC fraud: EFCC discovers Diezani's $37.5m Lagos mansion