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1. No fewer than seven persons have been kidnapped in Kadauri, a community under Jabaka district in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State as bandits stormed the village and unleashed terror on the people, kidnapping seven and injuring one villager during the operation. According to the APC chairman of senator Kabiru Garba Marafa’s faction in Maru Local Government, Hon. Sani Gyare, the notorious bandits entered the village with many motorcycles and sophisticated weapons and left with six of his children and another person.

2. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has directed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to put the screening of 5,000 new recruits on hold. The order was contained in a statement Friday night by Dayo Apata, Solicitor General of the Federation. The AGF cited the current and alarming wave of COVID-19 pandemic across the country as the reason to suspend the exercise.

3. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State has told Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to “stop misleading the public with fake defections”. PDP accused the former Abia Governor of massaging “his dwindled ego” before the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the national level. Publicity Secretary, Fabian Nwankwo, said the building that Kalu’s acclaimed defection took place cannot contain more than 50 people at a time, wondering how thousands of people could be hosted.

4. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has reported 1544 new COVID-19 infections in the country. NCDC disclosed this via its verified Twitter account on Friday night. The health agency reported that the country sadly recorded twelve additional deaths in the last 24 hours, raising the overall total in the nation since the start of the pandemic to 1,342.

5. Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has said that up to seven SIM cards can be linked to one National Identification Number (NIN) on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Mobile App launched recently. According to him, the ministry and NIMC are working on transforming the NIN enrolment process and the subsequent linkage to SIM cards as required by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC).

6. Lagos State residents have discovered a suspected kidnappers’ den. The hideout was found at a location in Orile. The tunnel, under a bridge, connects to Lagos Island. After a search of the area, several school pupils’ uniforms, a generator set, an air conditioner, household items, among others were seen. It was gathered that a suspect apprehended was burnt to death.

7. Twitter has permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. The President was accused of using it for sedition. After the US Capitol invasion, Trump seemed to have posted tweets that tactically supported further opposition against the incoming administration. The social media platform said in the context of horrific events this week, it warned that additional violations of rules would potentially result in suspension.

8. The United Kingdom (UK) has disclosed that it spent more than £50 million to support electoral processes in Nigeria in the last five years. Sam Waldock, Head of Governance and Stability, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, spoke at a retreat of the Joint Technical Committee on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2020 in Abuja. Waldock said his country was a proud supporter of Nigeria’s democratic process.

9. Richard Barnett, President Donald Trump’s supporter, who broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, has been apprehended. Barnett posed for pictures and stole mail from the lawmaker’s desk. He was arrested on Friday in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has been charged with three federal counts.

10. Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has directed the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barr Nasara Danmalan to constitute a committee to investigate allegation of financial mismanagement against the Chairman of Shiroro Local Government, Suleiman Dauda Chukuba. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs. Mary Noel Berje, made the disclosure in an interview in Minna on Friday.

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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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