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1. The Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Barrister Bawa Wuse and the Clerk of the House Mohammed Kagara have gone into self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

The lawmakers and principal staff, it was learnt, have gone into quarantine as the second wave of the pandemic hits the State.

2. The organized labour in Imo State has ordered the commencement of eight-day warning strike in the State.

The warning strike which begins today, Monday, December 21, 2020, according to a press release signed by the Labour’s state Chairman and the Secretary, Austin Chilakpo and Ken Onwuemeodo, respectively, was to press home their demand on the issue of accumulated salary arrears, staggered payment and underpayment of salaries and pensions.

3. The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government was responsible for terrorist in Nigeria.

HURIWA, a frontline Rights group, alleged that Buhari’s attempt to appease terrorism was responsible for the upsurge in the fortune of terrorism in the North.

4. The Kaduna State Government, on Sunday, directed all workers below Grade Level 14 to work from home as from Monday, December 21 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the state prepares for a second wave of the pandemic.

A statement by Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser on Media and Communication to Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna on Sunday, noted that the workers could be summoned to the office by their supervisors who may require their presence in the office.

5. Three persons, including the leader of a vigilante group, Mallam Isyaku Alhassan, of Madaka, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State have been allegedly killed by bandits today (Sunday) in the area.

The other victims included the son of the leader of the vigilante, Abdulhamid Isyaku and one other person whose name is could not be ascertained at the moment.

6. A Nigerian doctor, Benjamin Okigbo on Friday, murdered his wife Theresa Okigbo before killing himself at their Greatwood home.

Chief Eric Robins, Sugar Land Police Department, who Texas confirmed the incident on Sunday, said the couple were found around 10:05 am at the Greatwood Subdivision in the 1500 block of Brookstone Lane in what seemed like an apparent murder-suicide.

7. The interim Chairman, Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, Mr Femi Falana ( SAN ), says over 70 corpses of persons killed in Lagos during the #EndSARS protests are yet to be claimed.

Falana said so far, only about 20 families had come forward to claim bodies, adding that many people did not know that their relatives had been killed, while some others might have left the “ matter to God.”

8. A Police sergeant in Rivers State has killed a staff of Onne-based Intels over demand for ‘bail money’, despite police authorities saying ‘bail is free’.

The trigger-happy cop was said to be attached to Elelewon Police Divisional headquarters at Obio-Akpor LGA of Rivers State.

9. Following the recent comment made by the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, on behalf of his South-East counterparts, distancing themselves from the recently launched security outfit of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and claiming that the outfit is non-existent, the group has maintained that nobody can stop it from functioning.

In a statement by the media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful, it described the comment as a ‘shameful display of their irredeemable enslavement and loyalty to their caliphate slavemasters who in the first place appointed them Governors.’

10. The Director General of the National Institute for Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru Jos, Prof. Habu Galadima, is dead.

The Secretary and Director of Administration of the Institute Retired Brig.-Gen. C.F.J Udaya, announced the development in a statement on Sunday in Jos.

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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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The Political Future Of Femi Fani-kayode, a Man Who Has Married 5 Times 

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Femi Fani-kayode’s marital life speaks more about his philosophy of life than anything else, 9jaflair observed

His recent decamp to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and his meeting with President Buhari even after he had insulted President Buhari severally, left many Nigerians in shock.

But on systematic observation of his marital life, one can predict that Femi Fani Kayode who is lacking in endurance and steadfastness will dump the APC if he sees a better opportunity elsewhere.

The short-fuse man, as he had once called himself is presently in his fifth marriage after leaving unsettled misunderstandings in his previous marriages.

Below is a list of the women he has married.

1- Saratu Attah (1987-1990)
2- Yemisi Adeniji now Yemisi Wada- (1991-1995)
3- Regina Amono (1997-2002)
4- Precious Chikwendu (2014-2020)
5- Nerita (2021-)

 

 

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Kanu weeps as Popular human rights lawyer admired by Biafra activists dies.

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Jonathan Cooper, an international human rights barrister has died.

Cooper, who was admired by supporters of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and some other Biafra separatists died suddenly on Saturday whilst walking in Scotland with his husband, Kevin.

Cooper was ubiquitous in his influence – fighting for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights; lecturing throughout the world on human rights; fighting for the Human Rights Act; championing the European Convention on Human Rights; editing the European Human Rights Law Review and working to defend the Rule of Law and the independence of judges and advocates in places as diverse as Turkey, Belarus, Albania, Africa and throughout the Caribbean.

His work in challenging discrimination against same sex couples was very high. Together with Tim Otty QC, Cooper was the moving force behind the Human Dignity Trust which successfully challenged laws criminalising gay sex throughout the Commonwealth.

Biafra agitators, mostly IPOB members, are filled with sadness and send their condolences to his family and Kevin. Since the late activist raised his voice in support of the Biafra cause earlier this month (September), many Biafra agitators immediately loved him.

Kanunta Kanu wrote on his social media accounts on Monday: “Dear Jonathan Cooper OBE, today you are no more, your death shocked most of us and Biafrans that has worked closely with you since 2017 till your last day on this earth.
“You looked for the best in others and gave the best of what you had”. Biafrans will always remember you.”

Solomon Egbo, on Monday, wrote on his Facebook page with crying emojis: “I am shocked, heartbroken, shattered and completely devastated for the sudden death of my brother, good friend and mentor, Barrister Jonathan Cooper OBE. He is a very good man, I don’t want to use was because I still can’t believe Jonathan is no more, gone from us forever. Rest In Power my dear Jonathan, mentor and good friend. May you find rest where you are now. I missed you and will forever miss you Jonnie…”

Samuel Okwonkwo wrote on Facebook on Monday: “Sad And Shocked To Hear About The Death Of Jonathan Cooper OBE. We Met In 2019 At The United Nations. You Worked Very Hard For IPOB And Also Fought Passionately Before The International Body For Biafrans Who Were Killed, Tortured, Dehumanized And Arrested By The Nigerian Government. Rest In Power Sir. We Biafrans Will Miss You!”

 

Ilechukwu wrote on Facebook on Monday: “Sad News”
RIP JONATHAN COOPER (OBE).
IPOB mourns your exit.
This generation of BIAFRANS will never forget your good work for us.”
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