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10 things you need to know today Saturday 04/09/2021

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1. Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom on Friday, instituted a N60 billion suit against Minister of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume at the Makurdi High Court. Governor Ortom is seeking N50 billion as general damages for libel and N10 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages.

2. The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Friday declared Valentine Ozigbo as the validly nominated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State. A three-member panel, presided over by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, unanimously upheld the two appeals filed by Ozigbo and the PDP (CA/AW/223/2021 and CA/AW/234/2021).

3. Some suspected bandits have again attacked Nahuche district in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State in the wee hours of Friday. The Zamfara State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Shehu Muhammad confirmed the incident.

4. The Department of State Services yesterday evening, released two more aides of Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho. The secret police released Tajudeen Irinloye and Uthman Adelabu on Friday after over 60 days.

5. A father, Abdullahi Benda, and his 23-year-old son, Jibrin Abdullahi Benda, were on Friday, abducted at Yangoji village in Kwali Area council of Abuja. The spokesman of the FCT police command, ASP Daniel Y. Ndiparya, confirmed the kidnap incident, saying the command was making efforts to ensure the kidnapped victims are rescued alive.

6. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Kano Zone is set to institute legal action against the Department of State Service (DSS) over an alleged assault of one of its members. Chairman of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) chapter of the union, Prof. Rabiu Nasiru, made the declaration at a news conference he addressed on Friday in Zaria, Kaduna State.

7. The Federal Road Safety Corps yesterday, said drivers who make or receive calls behind the wheels with AirPods, EarPods or any form of wired or wireless earphones and handsfree mode risk six months in jail. FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, in an interview on Friday, said driving requires total concentration and road users should not take any risk on their lives.

8. A United States district judge, William M Ray II, Thursday sentenced Bamidele Muraina, a 34-year-old Nigerian hacker to five years and ten months in prison. Muraina was sentenced for hacking into multiple tax preparation and accounting firms located in several states, including a Brunswick, Georgia-based accounting firm, between January 29, 2018, and April 2020.

9. Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State yesterday, said the demolition of Oginiba abattoir in the Trans Amadi area of Port Harcourt was not targeted at ethnic or religious group. Wike who spoke when he inspected the ongoing demolition of the market on Friday, said anyone giving religious or ethnic coloration to the demolition does not mean well for the state and the country.

10. Schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will commence first term for the 2021/2022 academic session on September 19, 2021. A statement by the acting director, Department of Quality Assurance of the Education Secretariat of the FCT Administration showed that while boarders will resume Sunday, September 19, day students shall resume Monday, September 20.

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Rotimi Amaechi uncovers biggest obstacle to Nigeria’s development

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has indicted ethnicity for the inactive tempo of development in Nigeria.

Amaechi, in an opinion on Friday, revealed that rail projects around Nigeria were built for the improvement of the country’s economy rather than racial biases.

The former Rivers State Governor recognized what he called politicising of railway development as one of the main challenges thwarting the government’s effort to boost the economy.

The minister, who was speaking as a guest lecturer at the Annual Public Lecture of the Department of Economics at the University of Lagos, commented that transportation as a criterion involved logistics.

Ameachi said, ”It’s a key element in driving the development of economies all over the world and it creates possibilities for other sectors; therefore, you cannot even create employment if you don’t create logistics.

“Nigerians are too ethnically conscious. You think first of your ethnicity before you think as a Nigerian.

”Ethnicity is putting pressure on the economics of railway construction. What you hear is, ‘I am a Yoruba man, I am a Hausa man, I am an Igbo man.”

“Railway is fuelled by economic activities, it is not fuelled by tribes.

“Ethnicity isn’t the way to go. Those who flare the embers of ethnicity are those who were profiting from the government in the past, but are no longer profiting from the government.” He added.
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Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing 

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Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.

The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.

The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.

The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .

 

According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.

“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.

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Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits

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Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.

The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.

The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.

“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.

“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.

“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.

“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.

“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.

Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”

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