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1. There was a widespread outrage yesterday following the abduction of over 317 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSSS), Jangebe, Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State by suspected bandits. Many Nigerians have lamented the high rate of insecurity in the country.

2. Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday declared that cryptocurrency will in no distant future challenge traditional banking, therefore, called on the CBN and SEC to come up with robust regulations. Osinbajo made the remark at a one-day economic summit organised by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

3. There was pandemonium on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday when a joint team of policemen and the DSS allegedly attempted to arrest Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho. This was contained in a statement signed by a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. But the DSS later denied the report.

4. The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, yesterday, dispatched two helicopters and police operatives for the rescue of about 317 abducted schoolgirls in Jangebe, Zamfara State. The IGP disclosed this in a statement by the force spokesman, Frank Mba.

5. Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, following the alleged attempt to arrest him yesterday, said he will not be intimidated by the fresh attempt by the police, the army and the DSS to arrest him, saying any effort to arrest him on Yorubaland will fail.

6. The Osun State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Police Brutality, Human Rights Violation and Extrajudicial Killings yesterday, said it had recommended the payment of compensations to victims of police brutality in the state. The panel chairman, Justice Akin Oladimeji disclosed this to newsmen on Friday.

7. The Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Media, Salihu Yakasai, has said that the government of the APC at all levels have failed Nigerians in their duty to protect lives and property. He stated this on Friday while reacting to the abduction of over 300 students in Zamfara State.

8. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the alleged attempt by security operatives to arrest Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho. Nnamdi Kanu on his Twitter handle yesterday, warned that Igboho should not be touched.

9. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, yesterday disclosed that the Federal Government does not know exactly when the much expected AstraZeneca vaccines will be delivered to the country.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has recorded another 600 cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The total number of confirmed cases since February 2020 has now jumped to 155,076.

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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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