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10 things you need to know today Monday 19/07/2021

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1. Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said bullets and other forces of arms alone cannot stop armed robbery, banditry and other forms of criminality in the country. He said this on Sunday in Abuja at the 50th birthday reception of a former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka.

2. Bandits have killed one villager and abducted 7 persons, including three women at Birnin Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State. The State Police Command is yet to comment on the incident as the Public Relations Officer, ASP ‎Jalige Mohammed, promised to get details from the area before commenting.

3. Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said the north is the problem of itself. In an interview he granted to DW Hausa in Gusau, the state capital, Matawalle tackled those calling for his removal over his defection.

4. Five gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, were at the weekend, burnt to death along the Afuze-Uokha road in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State. The state police command’s spokesperson, Kontongs Bello, confirmed the incident.

5. A suit instituted by 12 detained associates of Yoruba nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, against the Department of State Services and its Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, will come up for hearing on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, (Sallah day) at the Federal High Court, Abuja, one of the counsels for the applicants, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has said.

6. Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked Kurar Mota community, in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers. A statement by a media aide of Governor Bello Matawalle, Yusuf Idris Gusau, confirmed the incident.

7. Following a recent claim by Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Mathew Kukah over the alleged killing of Christians, the presidency, on Sunday said it is unfortunate, and disappointing, for citizens of Nigeria to bear witness to one of their Churchmen castigating their country in front of representatives of a foreign parliament. This was contained in a statement by Garba Shehu, a senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.

8. Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, yesterday, called on the Nigerian elite to be more supportive of the Federal Government by avoiding unpatriotic conduct which casts the country in bad light. The governor stated this in a statement by his Director General, Media, Abdul Labaran Malumfashi.

9. The Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Sunday declared its support for the Southern governors on rotational presidency. Jareh Ajayi, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere made the group’s stance known in an interview yesterday.

10. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has debunked a report of a military air crash in Kaduna State on Sunday. The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet who spoke to reporters on Sunday evening, said there was no plane crash in Kaduna.

 

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BREAKING: Hon. Risikat is Dead, King Sunny Ade’s wife.

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Hon. Risikat Adejoke Adegeye,a former member of Lagos state house of Assembly, Amuwo odofin constituency 1 and former commissioner has passed on.

Hon. Adegeye was one of the wives of veteran Juju Msician, Chief Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye also known as King Sunny Ade. Details of late Hon. Adegeye’s death is still sketchy as at the time of filing in this report.

She reportedly died in the early hours of Tuesday. The cause of her death was not known as at the time of filing this report

May her gentle soul rest in peace

 

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BREAKING: Troop of soldiers in Abia as court hears Nnamdi Kanu’s suit against FG

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Security has been tightened up at the Abia State High Court located at Ikot Ekpene Road Umuahia, the state capital, as the suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, comes up for hearing today.

Recollect that the secessionist, had through his special counsel, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor, sued the Federal Government of Nigeria over his extradition from Kenya few months ago.

The suit is demanding that Kanu be returned to Kenya where he was allegedly extradited from and subsequently to Britain where he was residing and N5 billion is also demanded from the Federal Government over alleged violation of his fundamental rights.

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Olatunji Bello, the new LASU VC Assumes office.

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Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji Bello Monday, the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), pledged that the welfare of the staff and students will be uppermost in her administration, adding that the management would create more opportunities for their advancement.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello, who assumed office assumed office amid fanfare, was welcomed into the Ojo main campus of the 37-year-old institution as early as 8a.m, with songs and dance in a carnival-like reception by students, who were adorned in a purple t-shirts with the inscription “31st LASUSU welcomes Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, 9th Vice Chancellor of LASU.”

The appointment of Olatunji-Bello was disclosed last week by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso following the approval by the Lagos State Governor and Visitor to the university, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Olatunji-Bello, a Professor of Physiology succeeded Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, a Professor of Environmental Law and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), whose five-year single tenure expired on January 11, 2021.

The new Vice-Chancellor, who was received at the Iba Gate and escorted to the Babatunde Raji Fashola Senate Building by the happy students and other members of the LASU community, promised that the new administration would ensure that the learning environment is conducive and competitive with provision of relevant infrastructure, equipment and facilities.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello was received at the foyer of the Senate Building by the university’s management, led by the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oyedamola Oke, who was appointed on January 11, 2021 to avoid a vacuum created by the inability of the university to name a substantive Vice-Chancellor to take over from Prof. Fagbohun.

“Your welfare is important to me. We will also ensure the University Scholars Award is revamped. All university scholars will get a 50 per cent refund of their school fees yearly. We will also provide studentship employment opportunities,” the Vice-Chancellor said amid loud ovations from the students.

While addressing members of staff, Prof. Olatunji-Bello, however, sought their support and cooperation for her administration, even as she called for peace and stability to reign foremost in the university.

She said: “I want to thank you for giving me this warm welcome. I promise that your welfare will be paramount to me and you will get whatever is due to you. All your allowances will be paid. However, I want to seek your support and urge that we all allow peace to reign for the good of our university.”

The Vice-Chancellor after addressing the staff later commenced meetings with various stakeholders of the university, including staff and students’ unions.

 

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