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Success’ videotape: Lady to receive N500, 000, car gift

Abuja – Stephanie Idolor, the lady who videotaped Success, an angry school pupil sent home over school non payment of school fees, is to receive N500,000.Popular comedian, Mc Jollof, recently took to his Instagram page with a video in which he revealed that the Delta state deputy speaker, Hon. Friday Osanebi, has requested for Idolor’s account number to credit her with a sum of N500, 000.Similarly, the principal secretary to the governor of Delta state, Hilary Obi Ibegbulem, has made the promise of a car to Idolor.Ibegbulem said that she was the real hero and not the little school girl.Her public outcry has also attracted the attention of Daddy Showkey who stated that she is the real hero and transferred a sum of N100,000 to her bank account.Daddy Showkey shared a video and wrote:“Without you this Success story will not be , So my dear @stephanie_idolor pls don’t regret anything, the truth is that you are an Angel and for me you are the true hero, pls send me your account.”Idolor took to social media just recently to demand compensation from the family after several Nigerians reacted positively to the sensational video which had now gone viral.According to her, if she had not recorded and posted the video on social media, the family would not be enjoying all the financial assistance and gifts they are now getting.Social media was buzzing some days ago when a video of a young primary school girl identified as Success, surfaced online. the video, Success was angry after being sent away from school for owing school fees.The video clip which had become an instant sensation in the online community had attracted the attention of celebrities and some well-meaning citizens.Toke Makinwa, AY Makun , Wale Gates and a host of others were among those who had reacted to the young girl’s plight and offered to do their bit in addressing the issue (NAN)

CAN expresses concern over incessant kidnappings, killings in Taraba

Jalingo – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba, on Monday called on the state and federal governments to take stringent measures to end the incessant kidnappings and killings in the area.Rev Fr Sunday Muke, the CAN Chairman in the area, who briefed newsmen in Jalingo, declared thatinsecurity in the area had reached a stage where people were no longer sleeping in their homes for fear of being attacked or kidnapped.“We are calling on the state and federal government to urgently address the wanton killings and kidnapping in Lau.“For the past two years, there have been records of kidnappings and serial killings. Now, religious leaders, especially Christian leaders, have become targets.“For instance, the CAN Chairman of Garin Dogo zone, Rev. Mark Jack, was kidnapped and killed on 26th Jan, 2019.“The Vice Chairman of CAN in Lau, Rev Shawulu Ishaya, was attacked and shot in his house on March 20, by armed militia and he is currently receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital in Jalingo.”Muke called on security operatives to carry out intensive surveillance around Babagasa, Lushi, Gwaire and Abbare communities where a “killer squad of herdsmen have found a safe haven and are operating freely”.Rev Ishaku Amah, the Pastor in charge of CRC-N Lau, who also spoke with newsmen, equally alleged that herders had taken overfarms and turned them into grazing fields.He called on the government to intensify efforts to ensure the return of peace in the area.On his part, Rev Jonah Shavah, said that the issue was not purely a religious issue.“The victims cut across religious divides. Of the 15 people taken hostage since the beginning of 2019, two are Muslims.“Security agencies must root out the criminals to enable the people return to their homes as the farming seasons approaches,” he said. (NAN)

Ministry doles out N20m to 4 academies

Abuja – The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, on Monday in Abuja, gave a total grant of N20 million to four national academies for publication of professional journals to boost Research and Development (R & D).Onu said that the four academies: Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), Nigerian Academy of Engineering(NAE), Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL) and Nigerian Academy of Social Science (NASS), received a cheque of N5 million each.The minister said that the grant would assist the academies to produce journals that wouldfast track information dissemination of research findings toward national development.He added that “we are making history today. It may be a small beginning, but this is a very important step to integrate all knowledge.“In the past, we supported the Nigerian Academy of Science and the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. Today, we want to expand this by bringing in Nigerian Academy of Letters and Nigerian Academy Social Sciences.“If you are solving a scientific problem, you need to also understand the environronment. You also need to understand the relationship with human behaviours.”Onu further said that the support was to demonstrate the readiness of the ministry toward supporting the academies’ future activities.He said the grant was also to ensure that the national academies no longer depend on foreign funding for their activities.He added that “we think that Nigeria has come of age to make sizeable contribution to your funding.”The NASS President, Prof. Mosto Onuoha, who responded on behalf of the accademies, thanked the minister, adding that the grant would be used well for the next production of journals.He said “on behalf of the four grant recipients, we want to thank you for your thoughtfulness and concrete action.“We want to thank you for this gesture. We will like to assure you that we will use the fund judiciously to ensure the next edition of our professional journals come out in time.” (NAN)

Funds, low quantity of feed challenges of agribusiness in Nigeria

Ibadan – Agriculturists have identified non availability of funds, low quantity of feed inputs and reduction of participants in the business as major challenges hindering the growth of agriculture.The experts in separate interviews on Monday in Ibadan also called for intensified efforts toward boosting the nation’s economy through the development of livestock Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).Dr Segun Makanjuola, a partner of Nigeria Poultry and Livestock Exposition said that the challenges in the industry range from availability of funds, low quantity of feed inputs to reduction of participants in the business.Makanjuola said that agriculturists were intensifying efforts in boosting the nation’s economy through the creation of jobs to enhance food security.“Today, many of our members import poultry intakes due to low quantity available in the country. We also face shortage of participants in the business with some now joining commercial motorcycle business.“Another challenge is non-availability of fund for the business. Our members get loans to run their businesses at high interest rates unlike what operate in other parts of the world,” he said.He said that number of investors would further increase if their members were able to attract loans at single digit interest rates.Makanjuola said that the organisation had evolved several methods toward increasing the number of investors in the industry, saying the members had in the last few months attracted big players into the industry.He said that one of such efforts was the Nigeria International Poultry and Livestock Exposition (NIPOLI EXPO) scheduled to take place in Ibadan from April 3 to April 5.Makanjuola said that no fewer than 120 experts and exhibitors in the livestock industry from across the world would be at the event to discuss the challenges of the industry in Nigeria.Mr Yekeen Kazeem, representative of Cooman Events Management Services (CEMS), corroborated Makanjuola’s claims, saying efforts must be made to ensure development of livestock SMEs in the country.Kazeem said that the NIPOLI EXPO to hold at the University of Ibadan would expose participants to new opportunities.“Attendance is free for farmers, AgroSMEs and Agriprenuer, during this edition, the organisers are expecting over 100 International and national exhibiting companies to participate in the NIPOLI EXPO 2019.“At this Exhibition and Conference, discussion will be on Agro finance and investment opportunity for farmers and even for the future opportunities in the Nigerian livestock industry,” he said.Kazeem said that the NIPOLI EXPO 2019 with the theme: ‘Innovative for Sustainable and Resilient Livestock SMEs Development in Nigeria’ is the third edition and West Africa’s largest poultry and livestock exhibition.He said that exhibition was a well tailored business-to-business avenue for agricultural sector, adding it would feature Off takers and Buyers Programme, Agro Finance and Investment Summit.Three-day event is organised by CEMS in conjunction with Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN).It is also supported by Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Oyo State Government, Lagos Business School and Access Bank. (NAN)

Demolition: Commissioner calls for vacation of marked buildings in Lagos

Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development has called on occupants of marked buildings across the state to vacate them to avoid loss of lives.Ogunleye made the appeal in Lagos on Monday as another three-storey building located on 50, Kakawa Street, Campos, Lagos Island, collapsed without any casualties.He said the advice to vacate the buildings was pending the arrival of the demolition team of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).Ogunleye said that relief materials and resettlement centres had been provided to accommodate those who would be affected.“The building in question has been identified as distressed by the officers of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA) and all the necessary statutory notices had been duly served.“It was one of the defective structures marked for removal by the agency.“Fortunately, occupants had been evacuated before the incident occurred,” he said.The commissioner also said the Lagos State Rescue Team and LASBCA was alerted to move to site promptly to check all adjoining buildings so as to evacuate the occupants to avoid any further hazards.Ogunleye disclosed that no fewer than 25 buildings had been removed by the state agency.He stated that government had stepped up measures to rid the state of distressed buildings to prevent loss of lives and properties.

Lagos Int’l Airport officials frustrated delivery of our plane — Air Peace

By Lawani Mikairulagos—Officials of Muritala Muhammed International Airport, MIAA, Lagos, have been accused of unprofessional conduct that almost botched delivery of Air Peace latest Boeing 777 to the airline.Apparently displeased, foreign pilots that brought the plane were said to have left Nigeria immediately owing to the delay.The aircraft, which was supposed to land at the MMIA, Lagos, by from Dallas, United States, was prevented from landing 30 minutes to its arrival by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, over alleged ‘no parking space’ at Lagos airport.Narrating what happened, an eye witness who does not want to be named by Vanguard, said: “The airport manager, Mrs. Victoria Shin-aba, who refused to come out to resolve the problem, asked the airline to go and park the aircraft at Enugu or Port Harcourt Airport and claimed that she was out of the office, even when she was sighted at the airport.”Cargo scanners slow Customs Airport operationsVanguard was reliably informed that it was under her instruction, FAAN’s Aviation Security (AVSEC) refused to allow journalists to go to the airside to cover the arrival of the aircraft until the head of communication of Air Peace, Chris Iwarah called the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu who intervened.According to airport officials, Air Peace did not notify FAAN in time about the arrival of the aircraft, but Air Peace confirmed that the aircraft was supposed to arrive three days earlier and the agency was aware about the delay and the subsequent arrival of the airplane that Wednesday.After negotiations between FAAN and Air Peace, the airport officials asked the airline to land the aircraft at the cargo section of the airport instead of the terminal where commercial passengers flights land and park.It took several hours of persuasion before the aircraft was allowed by the officials to be moved to the passenger terminal and by that time the captain of the flight and his co-pilot had spent two and half hours in the aircraft after it had landed.The attitude of the airport officials could be better explained by the fact that FAAN had unofficially complained to journalists that Air Peace had earlier brought Boeing 777 and parked them at the airport, but Air Peace Spokesman, Iwarah told journalists “ that the agency was aware that the aircraft were being prepared for international operations and were going through procedures with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, before they would be inducted as part of Air Peace fleet so that they would be used for international service”.Iwarah further said that the aircraft were not just parked there but were “used for demonstration flight for several hours in order to meet NCAA regulation for the airline to conduct international operations.”

Family cries foul over death at DELSUTH

The relatives of Christian Afenemo Oghoghomeh, who recently died at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, have called for a probe of the death of their loved one.Take more steps to enforce right of worship, Akhagbemeh urges FGMr. Oghoghomeh died at the hospital in the early hours of Monday 25th March, 2019 shortly after he was rushed there following severe injuries he had sustained arising from a domestic accident at his residence.According to the family the authorities of DELSUTH had referred him for a CT Scan at West End Hospital in Warri because according to them, their own machine had broken down.Lamenting further, a cousin of the diseased, Jesutega Onokpasa, a lawyer and public affairs commentator, claimed that “I have been on admission in that hospital before but it would appear that things have completely fallen apart over there.“Our brothers who rushed him there were first told that the hospital had no functioning ambulance.Soldier dies of Lassa fever in Jos, after returning from Kwara“Then it turned out they didn’t want Christian taken to West End in Warri but rather to UBTH in Benin.“Then someone said that there was an ambulance somewhere in the premises but the ambulance driver had not shown up for work that day.“Can you imagine that?“It was a macabre comedy of errors except that it was taking place in a hospital of all places, indeed a teaching hospital for that matter, with a man’s life at stake.“At the end of the day, our relations managed to secure their own ambulance only for the hospital to refuse to give them the oxygen tank without which they were fully aware he could not survive the journey.“According to them, they could not release their oxygen tank because it was not their ambulance that was going to be used to convey him to UBTH.“I mean, are these normal people at all?“In the midst of this insane melodrama, their patient needlessly gave up the ghost right there before their eyes only for them to start consoling the family.“The most tragic part is about the children Christian has left behind.“Approximately ten years ago, while they were still quite young, they lost their mother.“With, their father having now joined her in circumstances that can only be described as truly atrocious, all they have is their stepmom to cater for them all on her own.”While mourning their loss, the family vowed to take legal action against the hospital as it called on all relevant regulatory bodies and authorities to investigate the death of the diseased and probe the hospital over what it described as “an alarmingly high turnover of deaths in what is supposed to be a hospital for the training of future doctors.”Is Delta State APC jinxed?Mr. Oghoghomeh is survived by a wife, Favour Oghoghomeh and three children, Japheth, Ochuko and Joy from his first marriage with Philo Oghoghomeh, who passed on sometime in February, 2009.Until his death, he was a senior teacher, at the Army Day Secondary School. Effurun.Mr. Oghoghomeh, who hailed from Okuvo, in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State, was a son of the late Thompson Akerho Oghoghomeh, the first Okpe man to rise to the position of school headmaster, and also a cousin of the present Orodje of Okpe, HRM, Orhue I.

Adamawa Assembly polls: PDP wins 13, APC 11 seats

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won 13 seats of the Adamawa State House of Assembly.The commission said in a statement by Mrs Rifkatu Maxwell, its Head of Voters Education and Publicity on Monday in Yola, that the All Progressives Congress (APC),which is the ruling party in the state, won 11 seats.It also said that the African Democratic Congress (ADC) won one seat.”Adamawa has 25 State Assembly seats and out of these, the Peoples Democratic Party won 13 seats and the African Democratic Congress won one seat.”The ruling party, the All Progressives Congress won 11 seats,” it said.We won’t tolerate hijack of INEC’s functions by army – Ijaw youthsIt listed the PDP elected state constituencies to include Demsa,Gombi, Guyuk, Uba/Gaya, Hong and Jada/MbuloOthers are: Lamurde, Madagali, Nassarawo/Binyeri, Michika, Numan, Song and Yola North state constituencies.The commission said the 11 seats won by All Progressive Congress, include Fufore/Gurin, Fufore/Verre, Ganye, Girei and Leko/Koma.Others are: Maiha, Mubi North, Mubi South, Shelleng, Toungo and Yola South.The African Democratic party won only Mayo-Belwa state constituency, the electoral umpire added.

Buhari now reportedly favours Lawan, Gbajabiamila for Senate president, speaker

- President Muhammadu Buhar reportedly favours two APC lawmakers to lead the next session of the National Assembly- The two names are given as Ahmad Lawan for Senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila for speaker of the House of RepresentativesWhile Ahmad Lawan is from Yobe, Gbajabiamila is a representative from LagosPresident Muhammadu Buhari may have approved the candidacies of Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as the next Senate president and the speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.The Cable reports that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) also met with the newly elected APC members in the House of Representatives on Monday, March 25, over the same issue.It is learnt that the Lawan and Gbajabiamila are currently leaders of the APC caucus in their respective chambers and that both of them enjoy the support of the president to lead the National Assembly’s ninth session.READ ALSO: upgrades to a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo OlupohundaIn 2015, the duo made attempts to lead the National Assembly but their ambitions did not succeed as Lawan was upstaged by Bukola Saraki while Yakubu Dogara took over as the speaker of the House of Representatives.Dogara is currently returning to the House on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, in which case, he would be an opposition member.Lawan had earlier said concerning the next leadership of the National Assembly: “We are not in any way thinking that we will have crises; it is not what we are envisaging at all. But let me say that our party, the APC, must have learnt its lessons, and therefore, the party leadership will do something differently this time.” earlier reported that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, March 25, insisted that the party is not ready to share power with the opposition in the National Assembly.The national chairman said the APC will not allow what happened in 2015 to reoccur in 2019 as the party will need a collaborative legislature to provide good governance to the people.PAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news appOshiomhole disclosed this while meeting with incoming lawmakers on the platform of the APC.Going further, he said that the party leadership will carry out extensive consultation with the president and leadership of the party at all level to arrive at a zoning formula that will be acceptable to all members and the ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.Election not a do or die affair - Sanwoolu | Legit TV

Senator Marafa hails Appeal Court’s decision on Zamfara APC, says he was vindicated by...

- Senator Kabiru Marafa has raected to the judgement by the Court of Appeal on Zamfara APC's primaries tussle- Appeal Court on Monday, March 25, set aside the ruling of the state high court on the crisis that emanated from party's primaries in the state- The lawmaker said he and other governorship aspirants in the state were vindicated by the decision of the Appeal CourtThe chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (downstream), Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa has hailed the judgement of the Appeal Court, which set aside the ruling of the Zamfara state high court on the party’s primaries reports that the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto state on Monday, March 25, set aside the ruling by Justice Bello Shinkafi of the Zamfara state high court on the APC governorship, National and state Assembly primaries.READ ALSO: Update: Rivers state AAC deputy governorship candidate defects to PDPReacting to the Appeal Court’s decision on Monday, Senator Marafa, who was one of the governorship aspirants in the state, said the judgement has shown that truth would always prevail over falsehood, saying he and his other colleagues in the race were vindicated.He said: “I have always believed that the Zamfara state high court ruling was nothing but a black market judgement that can never stand legal scrutiny.“The Appeal Court judgement has rekindled the fact that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man. We are all living witnesses to the fact that the APC in Zamfara was unable to conduct primaries and couldn’t reach consensus due to the attitude of Yari, but the Zamfara state high court judge ruled against the truth.“The Appeal Court has today done justice by throwing the judgement of the Zamfara High Court to the trash bin, where it rightly belongs.''While commending the million of his supporters for their support, cooperation and patience, Marafa urged them to discountenance the press release from the Zamfara state government House, claiming that today’s judgement has no effect on their election.“The statement by the Zamfara government House on the Appeal Court judgement is the last kick of dying pigs, not even horses. You can’t build on nothing, APC didn’t conduct primaries, they don’t therefore have candidates in the just concluded elections,” he said.Meanwhile, had previously reported that the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto, led by Justice Tom Yakubu, has set aside the judgment of a Zamfara High Court on the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries.It was reported that the exercise produced the party’s candidates for governorship, national and state Assembly elections.READ ALSO: upgrades to a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.2019 elections: Do you still trust INEC to conduct fair elections? - Nigerians speak| - on Legit TV