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1. Following a report by the National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno, that the newly appointed Service Chiefs did not meet the funds approved for the procurement of arms upon their resumption of office, the former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai yesterday, said he was not involved in diverting any funds while in office. Buratai made the clarification in a statement signed by his lawyer, Osuagwu Ugochukwu.

2. President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday issued a stern warning to would-be terrorists and bandits targeting schools, saying the country will not allow the destruction of the school system. The President said this yesterday in a statement signed by his Spokesman, Garba Shehu.

3. The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday, assured Nigerians that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine procured by Nigeria is safe. Prof. Baba Issa, Kwara NMA Chairman, gave the advice while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin on Saturday.

4. Some soldiers of the Nigerian army were feared ‘critically’ injured when terrorists belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) sect, yesterday, ambushed their convoy in the North East.

5. Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday said that his administration would no longer negotiate with or grant amnesty to criminals in the state. The governor stated this at the burial of Dr. Terkura Suswam and his aide, Solomon Tanor at Anyiin, Logo Local Government Area of the State.

6. The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, arrived in Nigeria yesterday and pledged the support of her organisation for the growth of the country’s economy. While briefing newsmen in Abuja shortly after her arrival, she stated that she would work to see how Nigeria can adequately benefit from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

7. The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday spoke on the farmers-herders crisis, urging state governments to convert unoccupied public land to ranches for herdsmen.

8. Reddington Hospital Lagos, Saturday produced the medical records of some of the patients it treated following the Lekki toll gate ‘shootings’ of last year. One of the hospital’s trauma and orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Babajide Lawson, presented the case files to the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Restitution for Victims of SARS and the Lekki toll gate Incident.

9. The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday, insisted on the continuous use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after several European countries suspended vaccination over blood clot fears. WHO spokeswoman, Margaret Harris, stated this on Saturday while addressing reporters at a briefing in Geneva.

10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has confirmed 205 fresh cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The health agency gave the report on Saturday night as part of its daily updates via its official website.

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2023 Presidency: Zoning can’t stop Tinubu – Ex-Minster

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A former Minister of Works and National Chairman of South West Agenda for 2023, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has restated that the truth that the quarter has produced the president withinside the beyond won’t forestall it from clinching the presidential price price tag if the All Progressives Congress zoned the price price tag to the South.

The former Minister opined that former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, remains the best and the right man to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari after bowling out in 2023 based on experience and political networks.

Adeyeye spoke in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday during the official launching of the South West Agenda (SWAGA) 2023, a political platform rooting for the presidential aspiration of the former Lagos State Governor.

Adeyeye added that the APC leaders must respect the zoning of lresidency to the South in 2023, as a mark of respect for the silent agreement within the party at inception in 2013.

Adeyeye said: “And if the ticket comes to the South, the fact that the Southwest had produced the President before won’t prevent the Yoruba race from getting the APC ticket.

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“You could all remember that the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was from Katsina State and when the ticket went back to the North in 2007, they picked President Muhammadu Buhari from Katsina. They didn’t say his state had produced President before.

“What we need in Nigeria is someone like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who knows everybody. Someone who has planted and nurtured people across all the zones. Someone, who believes in making stars to unite Nigeria,” Adeyeye said.

Also , the former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Senator Tony Adeniyi, alleged that members of SWAGA in Ekiti were being harassed and intimidated by APC members loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi , saying these barrage of embarrassment must stop in the interest of APC.

“Before SWAGA was formed, we had ‘Tokan Tokan’ and original ‘JKF’, which are outfits loyal to Governor Fayemi.

“Is it an offence to associate with one of the foremost Nigerians like Tinubu? We are being treated here in Ekiti like orphans in the Sahara desert . We are being intimated and harassed by people who had contributed nothing to APC.”

Also, in his short lecture at the event, a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos , Prof. Yemi Oke, said he came to fraternise with the group as a Yoruba man , who believes in the Southwest agenda for the 2023.

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In his speech entitled: ‘Nigeria at a Crossroad, What Option for the Southwest Geopolitical Zone’, Prof. Oke, described Tinubu as the most qualified to lead Nigeria after President Buhari, so that all the faultlines and cleavages can be amended for national unity.

Commending Tinubu for working hard to sustain the country’s democracy, the Chairman, Inter-party Advisory Council in Ekiti, Hon. Ife Iyaniwura, said Tinubu has become a strong political stakeholder that people respect in the country.

“Asiwaju has been a phenomenon. He has shown it.”

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Open Grazing: I’m a herdsman but I ranch my cattle – Benue Varsity lecturer

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A member of the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU Benue State chapter, Dr Ogi John has declared support for ranching of cattle in the country.

Recall that following the incessant clashes between farmers and herders across the country, many prominent Nigerians called for a ban on open grazing.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State in May 2017, signed the Open Grazing Prohibition Bill into law as a measure to tackle the farmers and herders crisis in the state.

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Similarly, governors in the Southern part of the country unanimously opted for ranching in a bid to end the insecurity in the region.

John Ogi, a senior lecturer in the university made his stance known in a post on his official Facebook page after visiting one of his farm in Anuja.

He said ranching remains the global standard of rearing cattle.

The post reads, “I am 100% in support of ranching, that’s the global best practice. I own cows and I ranch them, cattle business is a private business and cow owners must learn to protect their animals from destroying other peoples farm.

“Sunday visit to one of our farms in Abuja, part-time civil servant, full-time agro businessman”.

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Students of Rivers State College of Health block major roads, protest poor amenities

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Students of the Rivers State College of Health Sciences and Technology on Tuesday, blocked the mile four axis of the Ikwerre street in Port Harcourt in protest towards bad simple services withinside the institution.

The protest prompted a heavy gridlock across the area, forcing motorists to apply opportunity routes. The college students who defied an early morning downpour to level the protest are disturbing for the availability of water and energy of their hostels through the institution’s control. Some of the leaders of the protest, who spoke with us additionally decried “non accreditation of a few guides presented withinside the institution,”leaving them jobless after graduation.

A protester said,, “have a take a observe the building, it’s far simply pleasant out of doors however whilst you cross in, its rubbish. The region is water logged, there has now no longer been mild for over weeks now not to mention water”. “So college students are sincerely stranded. Just to wash and feature their garments ironed has been a massive problem. “So we’re calling at the Rivers State authorities to return back and assist us.

The control of the college has failed us. “We are paying a massive quantity of costs right here however you can not see the impact withinside the control of the college”.

The college students threatened to hold the protest till their needs are met. Efforts to attain the institution’s provost proved abortive as his cellular strains had been unreachable.

 

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