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1. Boko Haram elements from the ISWAP faction, on Friday engaged the Nigerian military in a four-hour battle to take control of Dikwa Local Government Area in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

Reports say the gun battle, which started at about 6:00pm, lasted till about 9:30pm with heavy casualty on the side of the insurgents, a member of the civilian joint task force fighting alongside the Nigerian military said.

2. COVID-19 infections in Nigeria have continued to surge as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 1114 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 128,674.

The health agency stated that the 1114 new infections were recorded in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the last 24 hours.

3. President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly fired Lai Yahaya, his Senior Special Assistant on Planning and Strategy.

He worked in the Office of the Chief of Staff. The lawyer guided the presidency on electric power initiatives. Yahaya was accused of leaking internal State House information to an online newspaper.

4. Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has reiterated that he has no hand in the land dispute between Ugondo community of Makurdi and Gwer East Local Government Areas and the Nigerian Air Force.

The Governor in a statement on Friday stressed that he has not at any time taken land belonging to the people of Ugondo and handed it to Nigerian Air Force.

5. The Appeal Court at the Hague in the Netherlands has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to pay commensurate compensation to victims of two oil polluted communities in the Niger-Delta, in 2004 and 2008, polluting several fishing communities in area.

But the international court on Friday, ordered Shell to clean up the polluted communities and restore the livelihoods of the affected victims.

6. President Muhammadu Buhari has sought the Senates’s confirmation for the appointment of the Service Chiefs

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Matters (Senate), Sen. Babajide Omoworare, who made this known in a statement on Friday said that the letter, addressed to the President of the Senate, was dated Jan. 27 2021.

8. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of new Service Chiefs.

Mohammed said Buhari made the best choices in the appointment of the new Service Chiefs.

9. The Federal Government announced that the Apapa Port railway, which is an extension of the Lagos Ibadan rail has been completed.

This was announced by the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi on Friday evening.

10. President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for Daura, Katsina State, his home town, to participate in the national membership registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Report says that the president left Abuja after performing the weekly Juma’at prayer at the Aso Rock Mosque.

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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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