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Illegal grazing: FCT arrests nine herdsmen, 25 cows

The Abuja Environmental Protection Board, has arrested nine herdsmen and confiscated 25 cows and 51 sheep for illegal grazing in the Federal Capital Territory.It stated that the herdsmen were penalised by the mobile court which imposed fines ranging from N3,000 to N7,000 on them.The acting Director of the board, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, who disclosed this at a press briefing on Friday in Abuja, added that 589 street hawkers were also arrested and fined by the mobile court.Responding to questions about the directive from the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye, that cattle found grazing in Abuja, should be slaughtered by the FCT Administration, Olanipekun said compliance with the directive may lead to violence.She said, “We don’t want a repeat of what is happening in other states, we don’t want loss of lives because of cattle.“We have met with the cattle rearers and they promised that they would try and get their people off the streets, but unfortunately, they did no…

BlackBerry CEO confirms they will not be making any more smartphones

BlackBerry has been getting a lot of attention today with the somewhat old news (but now official) that BlackBerry will no longer develop or design smartphones to run on its BlackBerry-skinned version of Android. The short story is that the Canadian ex-phone maker will outsource phones from other manufacturers, namely, TCL (Alcatel).In a recent video interview between BNN and CEO John Chen, confirmation arises that BlackBerry plans to release another smartphone with the legendary BlackBerry keyboard sometime in the next couple of years.The latest unannounced BlackBerry is called the DTEK60 and is physically identical to an Alcatel IDOL 4S, which is made by TCL. It’s not known which phone maker will actually build the next BlackBerry with a QWERTY keyboard, but based on current smartphones, there aren’t really any mainstream smartphones (Other than the BlackBerry Priv) that offer a full, physical QWERTY keyboard.It’s a bit funny because just a few years ago, many smartphone users were …

Lawyers shield looters from justice–NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission has described as worrisome the practice of some senior lawyers in the country who are using the platform of the fight for human rights to shield treasury looters from justice.The NHRC, which described such lawyers as pretenders in the human rights community, vowed on Thursday that it would resist and expose them.It called on civil society organisations in the country to team up with it to do so.A statement on Thursday by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project quoted the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Ben Angwe, as saying this in Lagos during the inauguration of a report put together by SERAP.The report, entitled, “Health in Decline: Human Rights Impacts of Corruption in Nigeria’s Health Sector,” was put together by SERAP in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.Angwe, who was represented by Mr. Wahab Oyedokun, identified corruption as a direct violation of the fundamental rights of the masses.He said those who looted the nation’s…

Terrorists threaten to bomb University of Ibadan before October 1

There was tension in the University of Ibadan on Friday as a threatening message that purportedly emanated from a group, al-wilayat al-Islamiyya Gharb Afriqiyyah, was circulated among some staff of the institution and on social media platforms.According to the message, the group threatened to bomb the school before Independence Day on October 1, 2016, saying that students and staff were their targets.When contacted, The Director of Communication, UI, Olatunji Oladejo, dismissed the threat, saying it was the handiwork of mischievous individuals who wanted to cause commotion in the school.Our correspondent gathered that while some lecturers got the mail through their institutional e-mail addresses, others were copied through social platforms such as Whatsapp.In the mail, the group described the university as an embarrassment to Nigeria for bringing western education.It was observed that security arrangement was strengthened at the school gates with scanning devices deployed while stop …

Economic Recession: Massive Withdrawal Of Students Hits Nigeria’s Private Schools

Nigeria’s current economic downturn has taken a toll on the country’s institutions of learning, from secondary school to institutions, as many parents and guardians have been forced to withdraw their wards from private secondary schools. As private institutions resumed for the new academic session nationwide, many proprietors in the federal capital, Abuja, saw that their hitherto filled classrooms had become considerably sparse. Officials at some of the schools told our correspondent that parents had decided to move their children to more affordable public schools. Many of the private schools, primary, secondary and university, charged fees that ranged from N200, 000 to one million naira per session. In addition, some of the private schools insist on collecting school fees in dollars, not naira

Our correspondent reported that various private schools in Abuja spoke of significant reductions in their student body. One school proprietor, who sought anonymity, described the development as…

Rusticated Students Were Punished For Breach of Regulations, Not Protest, University of Lagos Says

Olorunfemi Adeyeye and other University of Lagos students who were recently rusticated by the institution were not punished for their participation in a public protest, the institution explained on Saturday.  In a statement signed by T. O. Adebule, Deputy Registrar (Information), the institution said while it does not wish to trade issues with a rusticated student, Mr. Adeyeye was specifically found to have breached its Social Misconducts and Penalties Regulations of University of Lagos as clearly stated in the 2015-2016 Students Information Handbook.
orunfemi Adeyeye and other University of Lagos students who were recently rusticated by the institution were not punished for their participation in a public protest, the institution explained on Saturday. It said the institution was aware that of Mr. Adeyeye’s posts on Facebook and other social media, one of which was titled:  “The Senate of the University of Lagos, a conglomeration of Academic Ignorami.”  It noted in them; he made uns…

Customs seize rice worth N597bn

You wonder where all the rice were...here they are.
The Nigeria Customs Service said it seized rice worth N597.7bn brought into the country through the borders between January, 2016 and August, 2016.The Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Wale Adeniyi, in an interview in Abuja on Tuesday, said the worth of the commodity confiscated during the period was higher when compared with N330.5bn worth of rice seized in the same period in 2015.He said the increase in the seizures was an indication that the customs would not in any way allow illegal importation of rice.Adeniyi said the service’s rapprochement with its counterpart in the Republic of Benin also facilitated the spate of confiscation of rice along the borders between both countries.“Our seizure on rice from January to August was N597.7 billion as against N330.5 billion during the same period in 2015; this shows a huge increase.“The number of seizures from the statistics shows that smugglers now know that it is no longer prof…

Natural headache remedies

Life can get pretty busy and stressful, and the “common” headache is sometimes overlooked or masked with a painkiller (which, especially when overused, can sometimes cause more serious health issues.A headache is a good indicator that your body is missing something – maybe you need to take a breather, drink some water or change the way you eat. You may have a vitamin or nutrient deficiency or a food sensitivity that is causing this built-up tension.Headaches can be triggered by stress, fatigue, allergies, eyestrain, poor posture, alcohol or drugs, low blood sugar, hormones, constipation, and nutritional deficiencies. Your body is telling you that something needs to change, so begin to heed those signals and use these headache remedies to overcome headaches in a natural and healthy way.Stay hydratedThe dehydrating effects of coffee, sugary drinks and alcohol can certainly leave us with a killer headache. Most people aren’t getting enough water, which in itself can relive headache pain…

UK upholds Ibori’s conviction

The convictions of jailed former Delta State governor, James Ibori, remain valid despite evidence that a British police officer took bribes during the investigation of his case, Reuters quotes Britain’s state prosecution agency as saying on Thursday.Ibori, who as governor of Delta State from 1999 to 2007, was one of Nigeria’s most powerful men, and is currently serving a 13-year sentence in a British prison after pleading guilty in 2012 to 10-count charge of fraud and money-laundering.He is the most senior Nigerian politician to have been held to account for the corruption that has blighted Africa’s most populous nation for decades, and his jailing was hailed as a high point in the international fight against graft.But the case has become an embarrassment for Britain since one of Ibori’s associates, convicted money-launderer Bhadresh Gohil, alleged that the judicial process was tainted because prosecutors had covered up evidence of police corruption.Authorities initially denied every…

Father hangs daughter for having extra marital afair

A Pakistani mother-of-three and the man she was allegedly having an affair with were hanged from a tree on Thursday, with police blaming her husband, brother and father for carrying out the killings.The grisly murders occurred in the village of Chak 56 around 55 kilometres (33 miles) northeast of the central city of Multan.Hundreds of so-called “honour killings”, in which the victim, normally a woman, is killed by a male relative or relatives for bringing shame to the family are carried out in Pakistan every year.“A woman and her alleged boyfriend were hanged to death by the woman’s father, brother and husband after the woman was caught on a date with her boyfriend in the backyard of her house,” Sardar Afzal Dogar, chief of the local police station told AFP.The victims were named as Khalida Bibi, who was in her late twenties, and Mukhtiar Muhammad, who was around 19.He said all three suspected murderers were arrested and had confessed to their crimes, adding the woman’s husband had b…

Man claims he was seduced by a 4 year old girl

A former city mayor who admitted to raping a four-year-old girl has claimed she was a ‘willing participant’ who initiated sex, reports have said.Richard Keenan served as mayor of Hubbard, Ohio, in 2010 and 2011. He faces multiple counts of rape and attempted rape of a child.According to the Youngstown Vindicator, Kenaan who confessed to a social worker and family members said his abuse of children spanned over three years but claimed his four-year-old victim ‘initiated sex’.He has checked himself into a psychiatric clinic. Nonetheless, A judge must now decide if his confessions are admissible in court.Keenan is due to stand trial in April next 2017.

Patience Jonathan’s cash: Houseboy, driver’s names used to open $15m accounts

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested four domestic servants, including a driver and a houseboy, whose names were used to open bank accounts for Mrs Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Sources within the anti-graft agency said on Sunday that the companies’ accounts were opened at Skye Bank. The companies are Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited, Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited, Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Globus Integrated Service Limited. The four companies’ accounts, which have since been frozen by the EFCC, have a balance of about $15m while another account, which bears Patience Jonathan’s name, has $5m. Mr. Sammie Somiari, who deposed to an affidavit on behalf of the ex-President’s wife, said the former First Lady was the owner of the money in the accounts. She had revealed that she gave millions of dollars to the then Special Adviser to the President on Domest…

Born again student confesses to cheating in WASSCE, withdraws from University.

Authorities of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State on Sunday said that they had accepted the voluntary withdrawal of a student, Jephtaph Abolarin, from the institution.Abolarin, a 300-Level Sociology student, had written to the university confessing to cheating during his West African Senior School Certificate Examination.Abolarin, who claimed he had become a ‘born again’ Christian, said continuing his university education, using an unmerited certificate was unjust and immoral.He wrote the letter to the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Sidiqat Ijaiya, on August 5, 2016.According to him, he wanted to withdraw from the school because he got his WASSCE through examination malpractice.Reacting to the letter on Sunday, the university Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun, confirmed the withdrawal of the student.Akogun, who noted that the Senate of the university had accepted the withdrawal letter, added that the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Amb…

Emirates bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on its planes

Civil aviation authorities in the Emirates have banned the use of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on all its national carriers because of the risk of batteries exploding in the “phablet” smartphone.“The General Civil Aviation Authority has banned operating, charging and carrying in bags the Samsung Note 7 on board national carriers’ flights,” it said in a statement carried by the official WAM news agency on Saturday.Samsung last week suspended sales of its latest flagship smartphone and announced a recall of 2.5 million units already sold, after faulty batteries caused some handsets to explode during charging.
Since then, airlines or air safety agencies around the world have warned passengers against using them on flights.On Friday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission urged Note 7 owners to stop using it.
Dubai’s Emirates Airline, the largest Middle East carrier, said it will comply “immediately” with the instruction from civil aviation.“This measure is to avoid the possibility of these…

We also feel the pangs of recession –Senate President

Senate President Bukola Saraki says he and other leaders in the country are also feeling the pain caused by the current economic recession.Saraki said this on Friday while addressing State House correspondents after observing the Jumat prayer with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.While urging all Nigerians to continue to pray for the success of the government, he wished Nigerians, especially the Muslims, a happy Sallah celebration.The Senate President said, “Once again, as a country in this period, we will continue to pray. On Sunday, the day of Arafat, we offer prayers for our leaders and the President so that we can do what is right, because we feel the pain.“We know what the country is going through because there is no Nigerian with blood flowing through his veins that will not know that things are difficult now; and we pray that with God’s guidance, He will see us through.”He, however, promised Nigerians that with their support, the country would overcome a…

Note 7 sales halt, due to battery issue...

In what appears to be a business blunder, Samsung has hit the bed rock this time. We all remember how Note 7 was released just a few days back. Looking like another hit from Samsung, but the phone itself has caused a massive sales halt for Samsung Courtesy: “explosive batteries”. Yes you read it right there is a major defect in Note 7’s big powerful muscular battery.Not even few weeks have passed and this major issue has hit Samsung hard. According to source reports that many first lot phones have suffered from this volatile battery issue which causes the phone to explode randomly. Samsung says that there have been a total of 35 such incidents reported across the globe. If you do a little math (which we at our offices did I assure you), there have been 24 such defective pieces for every million sold. The issue is not just about utility but about public safety as these devices are literally exploding. To avoid any further injuries and accidents major carriers like Verizon, Sprint and …

Crime: Police charge ex-Gov Audu’s son on the complaint of his uncle

There was a mild drama and disbelief at the Chief Magistrates’ Court 11, Lokoja, Kogi State on Thursday when Mohammed, the eldest son of a former governor of Kogi State, the late Abubakar Mohammed Audu, was charged with armed robbery.Mohammed was arrested on Wednesday night when he honoured the invitation of the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad at the “A” Division Office of the Nigeria Police Force in Lokoja and he was subsequently detained.The police charged him to court on Thursday.Apart from armed robbery, other charges in the First Information Report filed by the police against Mohammed were criminal conspiracy, causing mischief and grievous hurt as well as attempted culpable homicide, all contrary to sections 97 (1), 248, 327, 298 and 229 of the Penal Code.In the said FIR, Mohammed’s uncle, Alhaji Yahaya Audu, who was the complainant in the case, alleged that he was attacked by some hoodlums in his home at Ogbonicha on August 30.Yahaya said it was by sheer miracle that he es…

Change Begins with me: President ask citizen to change

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the change his administration promised during its campaign begins with all Nigerians.
The President, who stated this on Thursday in Abuja at the inauguration of the national re-orientation campaign entitled, ‘Change Begins With Me’, said the change Nigerians were seeking must begin with all citizens of the country.But an anti-graft organisation, BudgIT group, has questioned the sincerity of Buhari ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign.BudgIT, which advocates transparency in governance, said in a Facebook post on Thursday that the President could not demand  change from Nigerians when his government had failed to promote change through transparency.Buhari stated that one of the cardinal objectives of the All Progressives Congress was “change” and urged all Nigerians to support the national re-orientation campaign.The President added, “Our citizens must realise that the change they want to see begins with them, and that personal and social reforms are not a…

Apple launches water resistant iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with two cameras and all-new headphones

Apple has launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, along with the Apple Watch Series 2 and a set of wireless headphones called AirPods. The new phones come in two sizes, a 4.7-inch screen and a 5.5-inch "Plus" model, and feature several changes including water and dust resistance, a major upgrade to the camera with a “dual lens” system on the iPhone 7 Plus that allows for improved long-range photos, and a redesigned pressure-sensitive home button.Apple has removed the headphone jack in favour of earbuds that connect through the phone’s charging port. It also unveiled a set of wireless headphones called AirPods that can be purchased separately at extra cost.The iPhone 7 will start at £599 in the UK for the 32GB model, which makes it £60 more expensive than the iPhone 6s. Here are the best features of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Key things to know Stereo speakersWater and dust resistantLonger battery life: Apple says the 7's battery will last two hours longer than the 6…

Jonathan’s N700m almajiri schools too expensive to run – Adamawa govt

The Adamawa State Government has said the multi-million Almajiri schools established by former President Goodluck Jonathan have yet to become operational because they are too expensive to run.This was made known in Yola, the state capital, by the Chairman of the Adamawa State Universal Education Board, Dr. Mohammed Toungo, while appraising the success of the educational initiative of the American University of Nigeria, targeting almajiri children between the ages of six and 17 years. Corroborating Toungo, the Permanent Secretary, Adamawa State Ministry of Education, Alhaji Mahmud Abubakar, also explained that the state government was finding it difficult to put the almajiri schools into use because of financial constraints.Toungo spoke at an event organised by the Technology Enhanced Learning for All project to commemorate the World Literacy Day on Wednesday.The USAID-funded initiative, which utilizes radio and information technology to reach vulnerable children, has helped improved …

N’Korean president executes official for not sitting correctly at meeting

North Korea has executed its education minister, Kim Yong-Jin, 63, because of his ‘bad sitting posture’ in parliament, according to reports.Before his execution in July, a south Korean official said topofficial  was interrogated and found to be an ‘anti-revolutionary agitator’ .South Korea ’s unification ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said: “Vice premier for education Kim Yong-Jin was executed.”He added: “Kim Yong-Jin was denounced for his bad sitting posture when he was sitting below the rostrum.”

Man dies while trying to burn wife alive

A man who was having serious problem with his ex-wife has died after he tried to burn her alive by setting her home on fire. The said man, a refugee in a German shelter died Thursday while trying to set his wife on fire, leaving the woman seriously injured and part of the building ablaze, police said.The 45-year-old man, whose nationality was not given, was previously known to police, said authorities in Ruedesheim on the Rhine river in the central state of Hesse.The woman, who had previously separated from her husband, was taken to hospital by helicopter, police said.Two other people were injured in the fire in the shelter that houses 14 people.Germany took in around one million asylum seekers last year and expects about 300,000 arrivals this year.The mass influx has forced Germany to accommodate the newcomers in hostels, sports halls and army barracks, where crowded conditions have at times sparked violent clashes.AFP