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February 22, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: TROOPS REPEL ELECTION DAY BOKO HARAM ATTACKS


Early morning attacks on Maiduguri metropolis by Boko Haram insurgents were repelled by Nigerian troops on Saturday, the day Africa’s biggest democracy is going to poll to elect a new president.
Another set of the insurgents also attacked a Yobe town around the same time, Reuters reported.
“The situation seems to have been contained by the Nigerian troops. Hopefully people will be assured to go out and cast their votes,” said Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have the knowledge, to a large extent, on the workings of the different factions Boko Haram in Nigeria’s northeast.
February 22, 2019

BREAKING: INEC EXCLUDES APC FROM RIVERS STATE ELECTION

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it does not recognize the candidates of the All Progressives Congress in Cross Rivers States for the rescheduled general elections taking place on Saturday.
Resident Electoral Commission in Cross River State, Dr Frankland Briyai, declared the names of all candidates submitted by APC in the state would be removed.
His word:”I have an instruction from Abuja to make public to all Cross Riverians in a letter with a heading ‘Forwarding of Commission’s’ decision in pursuant of order Court suit no: FHC/CA/CS/731/2018, Hon Godwin Etim John VS APC and others. 
“The commission has directed that the names of candidates submitted by APC for governorship, Senatorial, House of Representatives, and State House of Assembly for Cross River state be removed from the list of candidates for elections in compliance of the said order. 

“However the logo and names of the party shall be retained, pending the submission of the list of candidates from the Godwin Etim John led state executive and the National Working Committee of APC in compliance with the above order. You are requested to update your records with respect to the above order and the list of candidate earlier forwarded to you,” he stated . 
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February 22, 2019

2019 POLLS: SECURITY OPERATIVES NAB MAN WITH 2000 PVCs IN EDO STATE

Barely few hours to the rescheduled general elections, security agencies in Edo State, have apprehended one Mr. Edwin Edosomwan in Iyekogba axis of Oredo Local Government Area for being in possession of 2000 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).

The PVCs, it was learnt, was
purchased from residents in Iyekogba, Oredo Ward 2, as the man, nabbed on Thursday evening, allegedly claimed he was a mobiliser for one of the candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) contesting in Saturday’s elections. The development is coming less than 24 hours after a Benin-based research group, Edo Socio-Political Research Group, released findings of a study on PVC collection in the state, which showed that some candidates of the PDP had engaged in ‘systemic rigging.’

In the study, it was discovered that there was a dubious rate of PVC collection in Oredo and Ovia North East, areas where the PDP candidates in the state would vote. The research showed that the two local councils were outliers in the rate of PVC collection, while the trend seemed normal in the 16 other local councils. Mr. Edosomwan was caught in Oredo local council, one of the councils that the Edo Socio-Political Research Group had raised the alarm of a possible plot of ‘systemic rigging.’ Speaking to reporters while being paraded by security operatives, Mr. Edosomwan allegedly claimed to be a member of the ‘Operation Show Your Result’ team, a support group for the candidate of the PDP for Oredo Federal Constituency, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide Ihama. He said he was mandated to get as many PVCs of eligible voters as possible within Oredo Federal Constituency with the aim of buying over their votes.

He added that he bought the PVCs for as low as 5000 naira per PVC, noting that he and members of his campaign group have been instructed to deliver their units at all costs. Mr. Edosomwan was later taken in by law enforcement agencies for further interrogation.

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DEFORESTATION: EDO COMMISSIONS 39 MOTORCYCLES FOR FOREST MONITORING
February 22, 2019

DEFORESTATION: EDO COMMISSIONS 39 MOTORCYCLES FOR FOREST MONITORING

As part of efforts to restore the integrity of her forest assets and preserve them in line with global practices, the Edo State Government has commissioned 39 motorcycles for her Forestry Department to penetrate hard-to-reach sections of its lush forests and guard against encroachment.

The Edo State Commissioner for Environment and Sustainability, Dame Omoua Oni-Okpako Esq., said the newly commissioned motorcycles will aid in the patrol of the interiors of the state’s forest reserves, especially sections that are inaccessible to vehicles.

 The commissioner, who was represented by Director, Administration and Supply, Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, Mr. Clement Agatha, said that the new development would help check the removal of forest assets produced by concessioners. She said the state government was committed to reversing the depletion of her forest resources as a result of indiscriminate tree felling among other activities.


According to her, “Edo State is experiencing serious and accelerated decline in her forest resources due to illegal and indiscriminate felling of trees, invasion of the high forest by cocoa migrant farmers, de-reservation of forestland by individuals, corporate bodies and communities for expansion, as well as wood waste from poor harvesting and conversion at stump site with power chain saw across the state.” She continued, “we have to strive to bring nature back to its original state so our focus now is on planting trees and conserving the remaining existing ones. Noting that the ministry will not tolerate any form of illegalities that further degrade the state’s forests and jeopardise the ecosystem, she enjoined forest officers and Edo residents to help the state government preserve endangered species in the forests by reporting unlawful activities in the forest. She said, “For effective forest sustainability, community leaders, corporate bodies, individuals and other stakeholders in the state should form a part of the process of protecting the forest. The total forest estate has been so depleted that much of the flora and fauna species are being endangered and others have gone extinct.”

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NO RELIGION, FAITH WILL BE IMPOSED ON NIGERIANS – BUHARI
February 22, 2019

NO RELIGION, FAITH WILL BE IMPOSED ON NIGERIANS – BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that no particular religion or faith would be imposed on Nigerians as he swore to defend the constitution of the land.


President Muhammadu Buhari has said that no particular religion or faith would be imposed on Nigerians as he swore to defend the constitution of the land.

The President in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in Abuja on Friday, said that “some unscrupulous Nigerians are again falsely and wickedly claiming that the administration has an agenda to impose Islam on Nigeria.”
Adesina in the statement claimed that the objective of those making the allegation was to stoke up religious division for political gains.
He said, “Some of these same persons made these devious and fabricated claims ahead of the 2015 election. They failed woefully.
“The President strongly affirms the oath he took before the Nigerian people to faithfully defend the Constitution of Nigeria. That Constitution guarantees freedom of worship for every Nigerian.
“It is this guarantee that enables all Nigerians to practice their faiths or religion without hindrance.

“President Buhari further affirms his commitment to freedom of religion and worship for all Nigerians, and that under no circumstance will any religion or faith be imposed on any Nigerian.
“It is dangerous, deceptive and ungodly to play politics with religion.”

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February 22, 2019

NCC IS NOT IN SUPPORT OF GOOGLE'S FREE WI-FI


While some Nigerians continue to be excited by the idea of Google’s free Wi-Fi across the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has taken step to frustrate the global internet firm’s agenda.
The NCC, which regulates the telecoms industry in Nigeria, recently issued a complaint to the Federal Government arguing that Google’s free Wi-Fi offer is tantamount to an “evasion of regulatory oversight”.
According to the complaint which was issued to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), Google’s seeming generous offer of free Wi-Fi in the country, could be illegal and obscured by conditions that do not grant the NCC supervisory rights.
The NCC further argued that Google’s continued in-road into Nigeria has continued over the years, even though the internet company is not even licensed to do business in the country.
“GOOGLE IS OPERATING IN NIGERIA WITHOUT BEING LICENSED BY THE COMMISSION WITH THE IMPLICATIONS THAT IT DOES NOT PAY APPLICABLE FEES, LEVIES AND TAXES THAT ARE PAID BY OTHER PLAYERS IN THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR.
“THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER IRREGULARITIES IN THE STRUCTURE UNDER WHICH GOOGLE PRESENTLY PROVIDES ITS FREE PUBLIC WI-FI FOR WHICH THE COMMISSION REQUESTED IT TO PROVIDE INFORMATION THAT WILL CLARIFY CERTAIN ISSUES THAT HAVE CROPPED UP IN THE COURSE OF TRYING TO STREAMLINE ITS USAGE OF SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE (SMS) FOR USER AUTHENTICATION. GOOGLE HAS TILL DATE FAILED TO PROVIDE THE REQUESTED INFORMATION, WHICH HAS STALLED EFFORTS TO RESOLVE THE ISSUES.”
The NCC also alleged in its complaint that Google has refused to settle some of its licensed local partners, even as the company allegedly keeps dealing with some illegal companies that provide illegal SMS services in the country.
Google is one of the world’s biggest internet companies, whose services are essential to 21st Century living.
However, the company is also notorious for constantly violating Governments’ regulations in Europe and elsewhere.
The company has also come under attack for its alleged violation of users’ privacy due to inappropriate management of data.
In 2017, the company was fined the sum of $2.7 billion by the European Union’s antitrust officials. This was punishment for the company’s alleged offence of unfairly favouring some of its own services over those of rivals.
February 22, 2019

UNIABUJA ADMISSION LIST FOR 2018/2019 OUT ON SCHOOL PORTAL


UNIABUJA Admission List for 2018/2019 academic session is now available on the school portal. All candidates who applied for admission into the university are advised to proceed to check their admission status and proceed with the registration process. The details on how to check the admission status are given below;
How To Check UNIABUJA Admission List
  • Candidates are to kindly log on to UNIABUJA admission status checking website via https://portal.uniabuja.edu.ng/index.php/new/Checkadminstatus.
  • Enter your JAMB registration number in the required column.
  • Finally, click on ‘Check Admission Status’ button to access your UNIABUJA 2018/2019 admission status.
All newly admitted students are to accept their admission offer on JAMB CAPS Portal, Print their Admission Letter Online and proceed with the Online Registration exercise for 2018/2019 academic session.
February 22, 2019

JAMB ENDS 2019 UTME SALES OF FORM


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB has said that the sales of forms and e-PIN for the 2019 UTME has closed. However, registration for candidates who already have purchased the e-PIN continues until further Notice. This was disclosed by the JAMB's head of media, Dr fabian Benjamin.According to him, JAMB would avail candidates who earlier bought e-pins for the exams but were unable to register before to register now.
He said the board cannot say the exact number of candidates that have registered for the 2019 UTME as the portal for registration is still open and registration is still going on.
Concerning the new date for the Mock examination and the possible new date for the main exam if happened to be postponed also as a result of the election, Benjamin said that the board was yet to decide on a new date but would give updates as soon as possible.
February 22, 2019

EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OF 16 DRAW


Arsenal will play Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League while Chelsea will face Dynamo Kiev.
Chelsea will have home advantage in the first leg against the Ukranian side, while Arsenal will travel to France first on March 7.
Europa League round of 16 draw
Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev
Eintracht Frankfurt v Inter Milan
Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica
Napoli v Salzburg
Valencia v Krasnodar
Sevilla v Slavia Prague
Arsenal v Rennes
Zenit St Petersburg v Villarreal
First legs will be played on March 7, second legs on March 14.

February 22, 2019

CHELSEA GIVEN TRANSFER BAN


Chelsea have been banned from signing players for two transfer windows after being found guilty of breaching rules about signing minors by FIFA.
The Premier League club have also been fined more than £460,000, while the FA face a £390,000 sanction. The FA will appeal the fine, citing "concerns" with FIFA's disciplinary processes.
The club were found guilty of 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.
FIFA have given the club 90 days to rectify the situation concerning the players signed.
Chelsea say they "categorically refute the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision".
The appeal will be heard by FIFA Appeal Committee, while the club can also appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FA statement

The FA has co-operated fully with FIFA’s investigations, although we have raised some concerns with FIFA regarding its disciplinary processes. The FA intends to appeal the decision. We will however continue to work with FIFA and Chelsea in a constructive manner to address the issues which are raised by this case. As this is an ongoing legal process it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.
One of the main contentious signings was that of Bertrand Traore in 2013. Chelsea also twice breached regulations relating to third-party influence, article 18bis, FIFA said.
Chelsea will be able to sell players, but not register any new signings.
"This ban applies to the club as a whole - with the exception of the women's and futsal teams - and does not prevent the release of players," FIFA said in a statement.
The transfer of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea should not be in danger as the player was registered in FIFA's Transfer Matching System (TMS) in January, according to Sky Germany.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

February 21, 2019

NAVY FOIL VANDALS ATTEMPT TO EXPORT 35, 000 LITRES SIPHONED PETROL

Operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship NNS Beecroft, Apapa, Lagos, have foiled an attempt by vandals to escape with 35,000 litres of petroleum product siphoned from the Atlas Cove.

Vandals stormed the Atlas Cove jetty which is a major petroleum product supply and distribution, to other Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation depots within the western part of the country at the wee hours. They channeled the flow into to jerrycans that were in a wooden Cotonou boat. However, on their way out, a team of NNS Beecroft personnel on patrol sighted them, thereby forcing them to escape in a smaller outboard engine boat, abandoning the boat with the siphoned products. Briefing journalists on the arrest, the Commander, NNS Beecroft, Rear Admiral Okon Eyo, disclosed that 1400 (25 litres) jerricans filled with the siphoned product were recovered inside the boat.


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Eyo, who was represented by the Executive Officer, NNS Beecroft, Captain Hassan Dogara, said the arrest was made at Akaraba water side, following intelligence report on activities of the vandals. He said, “The boat has 1400 jerry cans of 25 litres of suspected PMS, 27 empty drums and 5 by 75 HP outboard engines. The estimated volume of this product is about 35, 000 litres and it is valued at N5, 075,000 million while the boat and outboard engines are valued at N15 million. “It is very important to state that the Atlas Cove is very strategic to the country for its refined reception of petroleum product and distribution to other NNPC depots in Ore, Shagamu, Ibadan, and Mosimi areas within the Western part of the country. Consequently, the facility has become very attractive to vandals who go there to steal the product and pirates alike. “This latest arrest represents a very important achievement of our constitutional mandate and a set back to the logistic requirements of the criminals. The Base will continue to dominate the nation’s waterways in order to prevent the theft of our commonwealth”. He informed that the recovered products and boat would be handed over to the relevant agency for further investigation, adding that the Navy would always be a step ahead of vandals and sea robbers.

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ELECTION POSTPONEMENT: I WON'T RESIGN, SAYS INEC CHAIRMAN
February 21, 2019

ELECTION POSTPONEMENT: I WON'T RESIGN, SAYS INEC CHAIRMAN

Against the backdrop of calls by some aggrieved partisans for his resignation, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has said he would not resign but would rather focus on conducting the general elections. This was as the INEC boss said the collection rate Permanent Voter Cards PVCs ahead of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections now stand at over 72.7 million out of a total voter population of over 84 million.

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He was speaking Thursday at the commission’s daily briefing ahead of Saturday polls. “The commission has operated on the policy that no citizen can vote without the PVC issued by the commission. Having announced the total number of registered voters and the distribution by age, gender and occupation, citizens serve the right to know how many PVCs have been collected across the country. “The last date for the collection of PVCs was was Monday 11th February 2019. Out of 84, 094, 84 registers voters, the total number of PVCs collected stands at 72, 775, 585 which represents 86.3 percent of the total PVCs produced”, he stated. He said over 11 million PVCs remained uncollected out of which over 7 million where carried over from the 2014 and 2016 registration exercises while over three million PVCs are from the last Continuous Voter Registration exercise held between April 2017 and August 2018. ” All the uncollected. Arda have been deposited at the various branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN across the federation for custody. The commission will take custody once more of the PVCs after the collection to make them available for collection by citizens. At that time we hope the continuous registration of voters will resume”, he added. In percentage terms, the breakdown of PVC collection rate showed that Katsina recorded the highest rate of 98.69%, while Adamawa recorded 90.66%. President Muhammadu Buhari hails from Katsina while his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP hails from Adamawa. However, when it comes to raw collection figures, Lagos state has 5.5 million PVC holders, followed by Kano with 4.6 million. I won’t resign “I am not under any pressure. I see no reason to even contemplate resigning. There is no reason whatsoever to even contemplate resigning. We will stay focused as a commission, we will do the job that is there for us to do”, he state. Some major players and parties in Nigeria’s political scene had come down hard on the INEC Chairman in the wake of his postponement of the elections last weekend, asking him to resign his appointment. He also restated the fact that the Nigerian Police remained the lead agency for election security, saying soldiers are not expected to be involved at the polling units except where there is a breakdown of law and the police by it’s own assessment of the situation decides to invite the military for a back up.

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February 21, 2019

WE'RE NOT PART 50% TRANSPORT FARES SLASH – LAGOS TRANSPORT OPERATORS

Some transport operators in Lagos State on Thursday said they were not part of the arrangement with the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to reduce transport fares during the Feb. 23 elections.

The operators, including including Primero Transport Services Limited, operator of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA),  spoke with newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.

According to them, instead, what we agreed on is to make our services available during the elections in line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the electoral body. Reports have it that NURTW had on Feb. 20 announced a 50 per cent reduction in transport fares on all routes for passengers that would be travelling for the elections. Commenting, Mr Oluwadamilola Emanuel, the Managing Director, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), said that there was no slash in the fares of both boats and ferry services. “This is a private business owned by individuals; we are only regulating their operations to maintain the laid down standard. “But, we will ensure there are availability of boats to convey people on election duties to their various locations during the elections,’’ he said.

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Also,  Mr Role Odukale, the Chairman, Bus Rapid Transport Association of Nigeria (BTAN),  said that the association was not involved in the fare slash for the elections. “We don’t want to be partisan, but the plan is on to make our services available to those on election duty,’’  Odukale added. Commenting, Mr Fola Tinubu, the Managing Director, Primero Transport Services Limited, Operators of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), told NAN that the organisation was not involved in the 50 per cent slash of fares for passengers. “We are non-partisan and we will not be involved in such exercise. “We will continue to provide a world class services for Lagos residents,’’ he said. Also, Mr Jerry Oche, Lagos Railway District Manager (RDM), said that  there would be no slash in its fare for passengers travelling by train during elections. Oche said that the corporation has no such plan of reducing fares during the elections. “There is no plan by the corporation to slash the price of the train, but we will give effective service to those that will need our services,’’ he said. According to him, the corporation has cancelled the Lagos-Kano trips as the Federal Government had declared Friday as public holiday.

In a related development, the Lagos State Council of NURTW, said that the 50 per cent reduction in transport fare for passengers travelling outside the state for elections was part of its social responsibility. Its State Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede, said the union  members plying inter-state routes have been directed to implement the 50 per cent discount to travellers. “Our members have been directed, especially those plying inter-state routes, to give a 50 per cent discount to those travelling out of Lagos for the elections,” he said at end of the union’s State Executives Meeting. The NURTW chairman said the directive was to cushion the effect of last weekend postponement. He said it would encourage people to travel to their various destinations where they were registered to exercise their franchise. “To enjoy the 50 per cent discount, a prospective traveller is expected to show his/her Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to the driver before he/she would be allowed to enjoy the discount. “This is the directive from the national headquarters of our union. “It will be carried out in all inter-state parks in the country which is part of our contribution to the electoral process,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Arik Air has also reduced its flight fare to N16, 000 to ensure that eligible voters travelled to cast their votes.

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February 21, 2019

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

February 20, 2019

ELECTION: I STAND WITH BUHARI ON BALLOT BOX SNATCHING – TINUBU

Less than 58 hours to the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has reaffirmed support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on any person involved in ballot box snatching during the Saturday, February 23rd, polls.

Buhari,  while addressing a meeting of APC Caucus in Abuja, Monday, before the discussions went into a closed-door session, had ordered security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections. The President said he had ordered security agencies to prepare to crack down on potential trouble makers during the rescheduled elections.


Tinubu, at a large stakeholders’ meeting, Wednesday, held at the Lagos State chapter of APC, Secretariat, Acme, Ogba, ahead of the Saturday polls, explained that APC in Lagos and South West is behind Buhari on the warning against box snatching and other electoral violence, saying it is in the interest of protecting the nation’s democracy from mischievous elements and enemies of democratic principles who were bent on scuttling it. Tinubu, who rent the air with a tract from one of the popular Juju Musicians record, which expressed superiority and victory over enemies and oppositions, urged members and electorate not to be deterred by the Independent National Electoral Commission’s postponement of the election, and propaganda from political opponents, but be resolute and go out en masses and vote for PMB and other APC candidates on Saturday, in order to “bury” PDP finally from Nigeria political space. He stated: “We all heard what PMB directive on political thuggery, ballot boxes snatching, violence to the security personnel. He is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I’m not. Women, please warn your children, brothers not cause any form of trouble on election day as the security will be ruthless against such act. It will do everyone good to obey than to disobey. “I stand with President Muhammadu Buhari on his statement on ballot box snatching. “Ballot box snatching is similar to robbery, and even worse, hence, it must be condemned in all its entirety by everybody. We must not allow it. Anybody caught snatching ballot boxes must ruthlessly be dealt with.” “It’s done in our best interest to protect our Nation’s democracy from being truncated by enemies of progress. “Let your Permanent Voter’s Card be your army, we must go out and elect Buhari and our other candidates on Saturday, February 23 and subsequently, governorship candidates and state House of Assembly. “If you (members) have any problem at all go and see the leaders of the party in your council and wards.” While recalling the manner and speed his administration as governor of Lagos State in 2002, responded to the sad incidence of Ikeja Cantonment bomb explosion, as well as the corresponding care shown to the affected victims, Tinibu said that’s the way APC and Buhari care about residents of Lagos and even more. On chances of APC in S’W, middle belt The APC National Leader, apparently, exuding confidence in winning the Presidential and National Assembly polls, boasted that, “We (APC) will defeat Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the general polls. They don’t have our strength in the South West and middle belt, so how are they going to defeat us (APC), its absolutely, impossible. Take your PVC, go and vote for APC and we will win. “ He said the party was at war with the PDP, expressing optimism that the APC would be victorious in the elections. Tinubu stressed that the PDP had already been “defeated and buried”, a statement he expressed literally in Yoruba language, “Ati sin oku iyawon”. However, he further enjoined the party leaders, members and the people to accommodate any defecting PDP members and other parties, who wished to join the “winning ruling APC”, which according to him is taking the country to the next level. Tinubu also urged them to welcome them with forgiving heart as they join the winning, progressives party. Expresses confidence in INEC ability on free, fair polls He said the party was at war with the PDP and not INEC, expressing optimism that the APC would be victorious in the elections. Reacting to the elections postponement, Tinubu said INEC, should be pardoned for throwing the nation into confusion provoked by the late announcement, stressing that “nobody is above error”. “We have confidence in INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections on Saturday and subsequent elections. There is no institution or country without their challenges. During turbulent hour in flight, the plane shakes, pilot shakes, passengers shake and later it stabilize and land safely. INEC will surely, land safely. . While knocking the electoral umpire for the late resolve to postpone the polls, a resolution that damped the zeal of many, Tinubu, however, urged the people to forgive INEC and come out en masse to vote the candidates of the party at all levels. He also appealed to Igbo indigenes in Lagos to vote for APC en masse as Lagos does not discriminate against any ethnicity in the state, saying, “We do not discriminate against paying of WAEC’s fees, NECO and even up to tertiary institutions. So this is a pay back time for APC. Wherever one resides in the country is your state.”

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February 20, 2019

SAD!! SUPER SAND EAGLES ASSISTANT COACH IS DEAD

Chukwuma Agbo, Assistant Coach, Beach Soccer national team, the Super Sand Eagles, is dead.
His death came barely 10 days after the demise of Taiwo Ogunjobi, who passed on, on Monday, Feb. 11.
Agbo, former Rangers International and Delta Force Head Coach’s death was confirmed on Wednesday by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In a tweet via its official Twitter handle (@thenff), the NFF said Agbo’s death was sad:
“Yet another painful loss! We are sad to hear of the passing of Assistant Coach of our Beach Soccer National team, the Super Sand Eagles, Chukwuma Agbo.
‘‘Our prayers are with his family at this time. May his soul rest in peace,” the NFF said.

The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that Agbo died on Wednesday after a brief illness.
The late Agbo, who resigned as the head coach of Delta Force in January, led the club to the Nigeria National League, NNL Super 8, where they ended fourth in Group B.


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February 20, 2019

BARCELONA DEFENDER PIQUE CLAIMS REFEREES FAVOUR REAL MADRID

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has claimed Real Madrid benefit from refereeing decisions.
Madrid’s basketball team tasted disappointment on Sunday, when they were downed 94-93 by their arch-rivals in the Copa del Rey final.
The aftermath of that game, was dominated by Madrid accusations that Barca had benefited from several questionable calls, which led to their victory.


But Pique pointed out that in scenarios where the Merengue receive a perceived advantage from officials, like February’s VAR-dominated 3-1 derby victory over Atletico, no comment is made.
“[Madrid’s complaints] happen in football, it happens in basketball, at least they don’t have any other sports because we’d have to suffer it in hockey and handball too.
“Then they go to the Wanda, the referees help them and then they shut up and don’t complain.
“There were mistakes [in the Copa final] in Madrid’s favour first and then in Barca’s favour. And well, later we had this whole show from Madrid with the referees.
“In the end if the referees hadn’t been wrong Barcelona would have won. In the end it is all noise to cover up the usual issue, that Barcelona are champions, and to hide the merits of the players who lifted a cup in Madrid.
“I am very proud of these players,” Pique told reporters, when asked on the Copa final, following Barca’s 0-0 Champions League draw against Lyon on Tuesday night.

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February 20, 2019

2019 POLLS: FG ORDERS IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF SALARIES

The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed the immediate payment of February salaries to enable workers wishing to travel for Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly election to do so without any difficulties.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council.
The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria observed that federal workers usually received their salaries between 25th and 30th of each month.

But, the minister disclosed that already the relevant authorities had been directed to commence the payment of the salaries to the federal workers from February 19.
According to him, this is to enable the civil servants planning to travel for the elections to do so before Saturday.
“On the part of the Federal Government also, we decided that to make it easy for those who will want to go back to vote, salary payment started yesterday (Tuesday) as opposed to the normal 25th of every month.

“This is just to ease the burden of people who want to go back and cast their vote,’’ he said.
The minister added that the council deliberated and reviewed some of the palliatives put in place to help people return to cast their votes.
He said the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, with a membership of about 50,000 had agreed to cushion the effect of the 
postponement by reducing the price of petrol from N145 to 140 from February 21 to 25.
The minister said the National Union of Road Transport Workers with about two million members and operates motor parks in all the 774 local government areas across the country had offered to provide a discount to travellers.
“This discount is also to encourage voters who would have normally been disenfranchised as a result of INEC’s postponement. This discount is also valid between February 21 and 25.
“Arik and Aero airlines have also thrown in their own incentives. Aero contractors have offered a 50 per cent discount to all travellers who present their Permanent Voters Card at the purchasing point.
“Arik will be selling their one-way ticket at N16,000 to any destination across the country. This is to support Nigerians looking to travel to cast their vote. The discount is valid between the 18th of February and the 11th of March.
“All these are aimed at encouraging voters who might have been disenfranchised by the postponement,” he said.
NAN reports many who travelled to their voting destinations were forced to return to their bases following the postponement of the general elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had on Saturday, shifted the Presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23.
NAN

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

February 19, 2019

EFCC ARRESTS EX-JAMB STAFF FOR ALLEGED N10M FRAUD

The Economic and 
Financial Crimes 
Commission, 
EFCC, 
Ibadan Zonal 
Office, 
has arrested one 
Kola Al-Amin, a 
former staff of the 
Joint Admission 
and 
Matriculation 
Board, JAMB over 

alleged forgery 
and   
obtaining money 
by 
false pretences.
His arrest followed 

petition alleging 
that sometime

 in November,
 2010 Mr 
Al-Amin who 
operates under 
the 
name of “Cool 
Technologies 
Consult Limited” 
with office located 
at No.4/900, Taiwo 
House, Second 
Floor, Yemetu 
Total 
Garden, Ibadan, 

Oyo State 
approached the 
complainant, a 
microfinance 
bank 
(name withheld) 
with a Local 

Purchasing Order 
(LPO) for the 
supply 
of internet 
hardware 

which he 

claimed was

 from JAMB 
headquarters, 
Abuja.


He requested the 
microfinance 

bank to 

advance him a 
loan of

 N10 million 

only to finance the 
LPO.
The petitioner 
further alleged 

that 
Mr Al-Amin 

was granted 

the loan 
with the 
agreement 
that the proceeds 
of 
the LPO from 
JAMB 

will be paid 
directly into

 his account 
with the 
microfinance 
bank. 

but 

that at maturity 
time for 
repayment, 

he allegedly 
disappeared and
 on 
verification of 

the LPO in 

JAMB 

headquarters, 
Abuja, it was 
discovered that 

the 
LPO provided 
by the suspect was 
forged and that he 
was no longer 

a staff of the 
organisation.

Additional 
investigation 

revealed that the 
suspect has been 

involved in several 
other fraudulent 
deals under the 
same guise of being 

a JAMB official.

He will be charged 
to court upon 

conclusion of 
investigations.


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