Senate Mourns Death Of Two Nigerians Killed In Ethiopian Airline Crash

The Nigerian Senate today, 19th March 2019 mourned the death of two Nigerians who died in the Ethiopian airline crash of 10th March 2019. The Senate equally resolved on the need for Nigeria to protect its airspace from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 Series while also ensuring that all aircrafts’ operating within Nigeria are air worthy in order to keep Nigerians safe at all times.

The Senate resolution flowed directly from a motion titled “The Sad Demise of two illustrious Nigerians in the recent Ethiopian Airlines Crash of 10th March, 2019 and the need for Nigeria to protect its airspace from the Boeing 737 Max 8 series pending the determination of its Air worthiness”. The Motion was sponsored by Distinguished Senate Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East in the Senate and Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport.

Ashafa moved the motion expressing sadness that Nigeria lost two illustrious citizens in the crash. He was quoted as saying thus “Notes with great sadness that two illustrious Nigerians were among the 157 people who lost their lives in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight ET – 302, which went down near Bishoftu a community roughly 60 kilometers southeast of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Notes that the said late distinguished Nigerians aboard the flight were Ambassador Abiodun Bashua, a former United Nations and African Union, Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan and Professor Pius Adesanmi, a Professor of Literary Arts in Carleton University, Ottawa Canada, and a popular advocate for good governance”

The Senator went on further to intimate the Senate that the two Nigerians who lost their lives were no ordinary citizen as the two of them distinguished themselves in their various fields and till their death were worthy Ambassadors of Nigeria in the Diaspora.

Ashafa observed that it was not the first time that a Boeing 737 Max 8 series aircraft had crashed under similar circumstances. He thereafter commended the Minister for Transportation (Aviation) Senator Hadi Sirika for the restriction placed on the use of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 series aircrafts within the Nigerian airspace pending the outcome of the investigation of the plane crash.

In their contribution to the Motion, Senator Mao Ohuanbunwa and Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi expressed their sadness over the death of the two Nigerians, while also commending the Minister of State for Transportation for the restriction on the use of the Air craft. Both Senators agreed on the need for Nigeria to own its own National Airline to be able to monitor and regulate its use.

The senate along with the resolutions made observed a minute silence in honour of the two deceased.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Senior INEC Staff In Jigawa

A senior staff of the Independent National Electorate Commission (INEC) in Jigawa state has been kidnapped in the state last Friday.

The kidnapped staff identified as Mr. Mahadi Hassan, is a Pension Desk Officer of the Commission in Jigawa State INEC office.

It was gathered Hassan was picked by gunmen along Gwiwa road Gwiwa local government area in the state.

The INEC Head of Department voter education and Publicity Mr John Kaiwa confirmed the incident.

He added that the kidnappers were yet to contact the commission or the victim’s family on any amount of ransom.

When contacted, Jigawa Commissioner of Police Bala Zama Senchi? said the command was yet to receive any report related to the kidnap of INEC staff in the state.

“As I am speaking to you, we have not received any report in relation to the kidnap of any INEC staff. I just heard it for the first time from you,” he said.

The commissioner promised to contact all people related to the matter and get back with updates.

The Nation

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House Urges Security Agents To End Kaduna Killings

The House of Representatives has called on the Security Agents to urgently bring to an end the spate of Killings and attacks in Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State.

This resolution followed a motion on incessant Attacks and killings by armed bandits in Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State.

In the motion by the Minority Whip of the House, Mr.Yakubu Garde, the House mandated its Committees on Security matters to carry out a thorough investigation on these crises with a view to unravelling the fundamental issues responsible for the unrest and proffer solutions for lasting peace in the area.

The House urged the National Emergency Management Agency to urgently move to the Communities with relief materials in order to alleviate the sufferings of the displaced families.

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Customs Distributes Seized Items To IDPs, Orhanages In Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Monday began the distribution of seized items to the internal displaced persons (IDPs) and orphanages in Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi States.

Briefing journalists at the NCS Area Command headquarters in Sokoto on Tuesday, the chairman of the committee set up by the Comptroller General of Customs Yakubu Salihu said President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), to distribute seized items which are perishable to IDPs and orphanages to ameliorate their suffering.

According to Salihu, the committee has finished the distribution of the items in zone A for phase one, which comprised Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti and Osun States.

The committee was in Sokoto Tuesday to commence distribution for zone B. He added that the distribution would continue till the committee goes round the four zones of the country.Salihu said the criterion for the distribution is to screen and accredit genuine or registered orphanages with the administrators of those orphanages or IDPs would come forward for collection.

He warned people to beware of unpatriotic elements who went around deceiving people that they were mediating between the committee and the recipients, stressing that there is no third party in the distribution process.

He further urged the media to sensitise the people about the distribution process.Salihu said so far, over 300 jerrican of vegetable oil, 450 bales of used clothes, 2,675 used shoes, 155 cartons of tomatoes paste, 56 cartons of soaps/detergents, 45 cartons of spaghetti, and 65 cartons of mosquito coils have been distributed.

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Ekiti Court Sentences Two To Death For Armed Robbery

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced two people Adedayo Oluwayemi and Daramola Seyi to death by hanging for armed robbery.

In his judgement the trial judge, Justice John Adeyeye held that the suspects were guilty of the two-count charge of armed robbery and conspiracy preferred against them having violated Section 516 of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Laws of Ekiti State..

Justice Adeyeye however discharged and acquitted the third accused person, Ogunleye Ige on the grounds that evidence before the court showed that there was no link between him and the incident.

The accused people reportedly stormed a popular club located at Irewumi, opposite Bawa Estate, Ado Ekiti on the 4th of August, 2018 with dangerous weapons and robbed many victims of their belongings

They were arrested at the point of selling the stolen items particularly the laptops and phones days after the incident.

Prosecution counsel, Mr Felix Awoniyi, called six witnesses and tendered exhibits including the two laptops to prove his case against the suspects.

Defence counsel, Mr Toyin Oluwole, did not call any witness to defend the convicted people.

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Lagos Police Command Arrest Three Suspected Cult Members

The Lagos State Police Command have arrested three suspects following a raid on cultists and ritualists’ hideout.

The Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He also said that the raid, which took place on Monday almost led to a serious attack on Imota Police Station in Ikorodu, during which two policemen were injured.

“On March 18, at about 5:30pm, following a tip-off, a team of policemen on surveillance at Adama community, Ikorodu, raided a den of cultists who specialise in ritual murder and kidnapping for ritual purposes.

“On sighting the police, they opened fire and equally used some of their hostages as human shields.

“During the operation that lasted for about one hour, two police officers were injured and three suspects were arrested namely, Ahmed Hassan, Daniel Enyin and Olaniran Alium.

“One Hadiyat Sikiru an SS1 student was hit by a stray bullet. Attempt by other members of the deadly gang to attack our police station at Imota was met with stiff resistance by the gallant officers on duty.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni, has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Criminal Investigation, Panti, to take over the case for further investigation,” he said.

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ICPC Moves To Seize N4.8b Properties From 30 Firms

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) is moving to seize plots of land and buildings worth N4.8 billion from 30 companies.

The commission’s spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, in a statement, listed the items 22.9 hectares of undeveloped land, a plaza as well as a block of six two-bedroom flats located in Wuse, Zone 1.

She said the decision followed a petition by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) accusing the firms of owing N288.2 million in taxes.

The spokesperson cited Section 37 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 which empowers the agency to seize assets alleged to be subject of an offence under the law and Section 48 that allows it apply to a high court for an order of forfeiture within 12 months from the date of the seizure.

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PTAD Boss Wins Africa Pension Award

The Executive Secretary of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor has been announced the winner of this year’s Africa Pension Personality of the year.

Sharon Ikeazor won the Africa Pension Personality of the year, CEO Leadership Caegory-Gold, due to her immerse contributions, legacy of integrity, passion for service and humanity.

She introduced efficient payment platform, painstaking I.T driven verification with empathy and anti-corruption crusade with the inauguration of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit.

The Executive Secretary of PTAD has been able to restore hope to pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme.

She was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate by the President Muhammadu Buhari on the 26thof September 2016.

Barr Sharon Ikeazor is expected to receive the prestigious awards at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos.

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INEC Insists No Certificate Of Return For Okorocha

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that it will not present a certificate of return to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

INEC’s National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, said this, yesterday.

He said the electoral body took the decision because the returning officer for Imo West senatorial district election said he declared governor Okorocha as the winner “under duress.”

Asked whether the commission investigated the claim and confirmed that it was true, Okoye said “Yes.”

“We’ve made it clear on why we didn’t present any certificate of return to him (Okorocha).

“If you look at our website, we said the declaration and return were made under duress and that we are not going to give any certificate to any person  who procured a return under duress.”

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2019 UTME: JAMB Approves 708 CBT Centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has approved the use of seven hundred and eight Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country for the conduct of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede made this known in Abuja at a meeting of critical stakeholders on strategic planning and preparations for supervision and Conduct of the 2019 UTME

Professor Oloyede said the board has also introduced  a system that monitors the activities the centres.

He said a separate indicator had also been created for the deaf to differentiate them for special attention at the examination centres stressing that efforts were also on to provide option of special centres or mainstreaming for the blind.

The JAMB Registrar warned candidates expected to sit for its examination to ensure their biometrics were taken and verified or risk sitting for the examination.

He called on candidates to comply with the rules of engagement governing the registration and examination of the UTME.

The registrar added that the use of email and password would not be allowed by cyber cafe operators as it had now been classified as an offence for cyber cafe to ask for password before rendering services.

He said items prohibited at exam centers are wristwatches, recorders, earpieces, mobile phones, Bluetooth devices, smart lenses, erasers, smart buttons and spy reading glasses, among others.     

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Dele Momodu Lied In His Representation Of Facts – US Newswire

Facts from US based Empowered Newswire Management has revealed that the founder of Ovation Magazine, Mr. Dele Momodu lied in his Op-Ed titled, ‘An Open Letter To Pastor Laolu Akande’.

The newswire formed by Mr. Akande in 2004 said it was aware of what transpired between Mr. Momodu and Mr. Akande in 2010, stressing that, the Ovation Magazine founder deliberately misrepresented facts from their encounter.

“In paragraph two of his Op-Ed, Mr. Momodu said he called Mr. Akande, it was not Mr Akande that called him,” the newswire said.

“Mr. Momodu initiated whatever happened, he called because he needed help after Temisan Aduayi, his US reporter left Ovation to start his own magazine called Trendy Africa. At this point, Mr. Momodu was afraid that he would lose all his US market to Mr. Aduayi and so therefore sought a bigger name in the US.

“He called Mr. Akande that he was attending the Nigerian Reunion Meet in Maryland but Mr. Akande told him he could not leave New York for Maryland, so he asked that they met in New Jersey which is closer to New York.

“At the time, he desperately needed Mr. Akande’s name and reputation in the US and the former Guardian North America Bureau chief obliged him.

“As a matter of fact after Mr. Akande agreed to help him stabilise his US work, he played it big in the next edition of the Magazine celebrating Mr. Akande to high heavens because he and the paper truly needed that kind of person at that time.

“Mr. Akande never asked for a job with Ovation. That is not his kind of publication anyway.

The newswire also stated that because Mr. Akande never saw his time at Ovation Magazine as a job, he never included it in his Résumé. “Mr. Akande never put Ovation Magazine in his CV because he saw it as a favour to Mr. Momodu. He never considered it a job opportunity.”

The newswire then said Mr. Momodu told outright lies when he said Mr. Akande expressed difficulties. “Mr. Akande had taught in two US colleges for 15 straight years before his current job. At the time, he was the only and still the only Nigerian journalist to ever interview a US President in the White House.

“He worked with Philadelphia Inquirer, the 7th largest US newspaper, then with Newsday of New York.

“Then with the UN as Communication Consultant, then started his own news wire called Empowered Newswire and then became a Pastor in high brow Long Island New York, then became Executive Director of Christian Association of Nigerian Americans CANAN,” how could he have expressed difficulties?, the newswire quizzed. “The truth is Ovation Magazine was struggling for relevance after the US Bureau chief acrimoniously left. Mr. Momodu sought a bigger name to fill the post in the interim and that’s why he reached out to Mr. Akande,” Empowered Newswire Management said.

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Aftermath Of Akande’s Right Of Reply: Nigerians Mock Dele Momodu For Blocking People On Twitter

It is hypocrisy at its peak.

Dele Momodu has been mocked by many Nigerians for blocking them on Twitter after calling him out for fake news and lies that he peddles regularly.

It appeared that some Nigerians had had enough of the veteran journalist and were not going to allow him to continue to deceive people on social media anymore.

On Sunday Momodu, who has often been criticized and corrected for spreading fake news said he would block those who called him out for peddling lies against Mr. Laolu Akande, spokesperson to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“My main tweet of the day… why do trolls get angry when you block them; they come on your TL, like mannerless people, rain insults at you, and expect you to say “thank you for abusing me…” Jokers!!!” he tweeted before going on a blocking spree.

Reacting to Mr. Momodu blocking him, Tracy Chels wrote, “Dele Momodu is PDP 100%. This is one of the characteristics of PDP members, blocking anyone who speaks the truth.”

Kemisola Adekunle tried to make Mr. Momodu see reasons why blocking people is not the most idealistic thing to do. “How would you get feed backs on your posts when you block people that don’t support your views? I’m sure those ones you block are those who don’t submit to your views.”

Ibn Hanbal says Mr. Momodu should act more upright. “It is so sad Dele that you block people. With your civility and education, I expect you to correct him.

“Perhaps he may live in future to be a version of you. Give people opportunity to learn from you. Don’t block them because you famous. Fame is a gift,” he said.

David Olatunde posed a question to Mr. Momodu. “How many people would he block? He doesn’t need to block anyone.”

There were others who blasted Mr. Momodu because he built his career on criticizing people and he was not blocked.

“The man is a joke, he should not be taken seriously at all. He has insulted a lot of respectable people in the past and was never blocked. He has lost any integrity he had left.”

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