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1. The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that none of the abducted students of Government Science College Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of the state has been released. The Governor said this shortly after the Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi met with the bandits.

2. The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday called on the Federal Government to immediately implement recommendations of the All Progressives Congress Committee on True Federalism to address the insecurity in the country. El-Rufai stressed on the failure of the central security system and advocated state police system.

3. The Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Nicholas Tofowomo, has said that herdsmen in the state were still operating in the forests reserve because Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s eviction order was not backed by law.

4. The House of Representatives has received a petition alleging that the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has granted a waiver to a private equity firm, Alta Semper Capital, UK, otherwise known as Idi Holdings, to become a part owner of a popular retail pharmacy chain, HealthPlus, in Nigeria.

5.The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says the Federal Government has declared war on the people of South-East by its military operation in Orlu, Imo State. Mazi Chika Edoziem, the Head of Directorate of State for the group, said this in a statement yesterday, charging IPOB members to be ready for a fresh battle.

6. The Imo State government has said that some members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, an arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, operating in the forest of Orlu -Orsu axis, who were arrested recently, would be prosecuted for murder.

7. The government of Imo State has confiscated a multi-billion naira estate, Royal Palm Estate, allegedly owned by the wife of the former Governor of Imo state, Nkechi Okorocha. The judicial commission of enquiry on recovery of lands and other related matters, set up by the immediate past Governor, Emeka Ihedioha made this revelation.

8. The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, has said Boko Haram insurgents have eventually transmuted themselves into armed bandits and kidnappers, with the aim of overrunning the country under their unholy agenda.

9. As the Federal Government makes arrangement for the vaccination of Nigerians, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has alerted that about 55 different lineages of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is circulating in Nigeria and are also changing rapidly as of February 14 2021.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has again confirmed 877 fresh cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of recorded infections to 150,246. The public health agency made the announcement on Friday night while giving an update on its official website.

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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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