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Plus TV Africa Launches On DStv Channel 408

MultiChoice Nigeria, the leading video entertainment provider has just announced the launch of Plus TV Africa. Starting 3 April 2020, the channel will go live on DStv channel 408 to customers on Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam and Yanga packages

Plus TV Africa is a Pan-African 24 hour TV News Channel owned by General News & Entertainment Company (GNEC) Media Group. The station provides news content targeted at modern-day African professionals as well as millennials who seek credible, cerebral, enlightening and robust analysis of African news and stories.

“We are very excited to add this channel to our repertoire, as it joins us at a most crucial time,” says John Ugbe, CEO MultiChoice Nigeria. “Plus TV Africa will cater to a special audience, giving them deep insights into news and events across Africa.”

“Plus TV Africa is delighted to join DStv, the best Broadcast Media platform in Africa, and one of the best in the world. We are geared to take the continent by storm as a broadcast News Television that tells the African stories from an African perspective. We are a team of broadcast professionals that are young, talented, creative, dynamic and passionate about Africa. The continent is in for an amazing new style of reporting, analysis and storytelling, focusing on “Big Stories” across sectors and spheres of endeavour!” says Kayode Akintemi CEO Plus TV Africa.

Catch stories that are centered on topics such as politics, economy, security, health, technology, sports and of course entertainment. In addition, all Plus TV Africa programmes are presented, produced and broadcast in English language except for the News in Pidgin.

Any content within the news that is in any other language other than English are translated and subtitled for English-speaking audience.

Visit www.dstvafrica.com for more information on the new channel and other great content. Download DStv Now to catch your favourite shows remotely wherever you are. Don’t forget to download the MyDStv App to manage your account from the comfort of your home.

NANDAS HOTELS LIMITED SAGAMU

Due to the elevation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to pandemic status, in a bid to promote public health and safety and ensure our guests are safe, we hereby announce that Nandas Hotel Sagamu will now be closed till further notice, effective immediately.

We will keep you updated and we look forward to being able to host you and offer you our special services again soon.

Thank you for all your support.

Warm Regards.

Nandas hotel Sagamu

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L-R: Managing Director, Lagos Bus Services Limited, Idowu Oguntona; 10-millionth passenger and Winner of the one-month free ticket, Uwuadileke Chinedu; Head of Corporate Services, Lagos Bus Services Limited, Adetoun Gaji; and Operations Manager, Lagos Bus Services Limited, Aluko Kayode; at the LBSL’s commemorative celebration of the 10-millionth passenger Milestone in 10 months of operations, held at Berger Station, on Wednesday March 19th, 2020

The Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL), the leading bus transport company in Lagos State has successfully transported 10 million Nigerians in 10 months of its operations.

This was made known in Lagos on Thursday 19, March 2020 by the company’s Managing Director/Chief Executive, Mr. Idowu Oguntona after a commemorative bus ride with the 10-millionth passenger of the company from the Ojodu-Berger Terminus to Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island. 

The 10-millionth commuter, Uwuadileke Chinedu, was identified before the trip commenced and was given a one–month free bus pass at a short commemorative ceremony at the bus terminus.

Oguntona, who was accompanied by senior management staff of LBSL, some commuters and guests during the trip, gave company’s scorecard and assured stakeholders that its best was yet to come.

He further assured commuters who use the Lagos Bus Services of its commitment to excellence as the gold bar of its operations by moving them to their destinations timely, conveniently, comfortably and at affordable fares.

Oguntona assured Nigerians that the company’s long term goal is to help in making Lagos a livable city where most car owners do not see the need to put their cars on the road during business hours as they can count on Lagos Bus Services to transport them to their desired destinations within the City of Lagos.

He added that;

As part of our efforts to facilitate intermodal transportation in Lagos State, we collaborate with LAGFERRY to ensure seamless movement of people, and we are ready to work with other sister organisations to ensure that the Sanwo-Olu administration’s blueprint for the transport sector is realized.

The Greater Lagos we envisage with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is a smart city where a resident can get of home, ride on our bus, get on a ferry link a train and still return home in a bus, all in a day’s journey. It is no longer a dream without a date. It is now a realisable goal in our life time.

The director further disclosed that the company has been growing organically, tripling its fleet from 50 buses in May 2019 to 150 high capacity buses by December 2019 as part of efforts to improve public transportation in Lagos State.

Additional 65 high capacity buses were deployed and seven new major routes opened in February for the use of commuters affected by the restriction order placed on motorcycles and tricycles in some parts of Lagos

Oguntona also stated that LBSL transports 80, 000 passengers daily on its 15 routes and has such has been able to achieve the significant feat of effectively transporting 10 million passengers in 10 months since 2019 while creating jobs.

He also disclosed that plans were afoot to introduce more high capacity and mini-buses into the company’s fleet to serve more commuters across the state. 

Th director, in his words explained that;

LBSL is a key player in the Traffic Management & Transportation; Health and Environment component of the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. We have created jobs for over 700 Lagosians, with about 87 per cent of the staff being bus captains, operations staff and technical staff.

We have also empowered Lagosians for employment through our driving school that successfully produced 1,969 certified high capacity bus drivers in 2019.

The MD further thanked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for government’s support and expressed LBSL‘s readiness to collaborate with more public agencies to address public transport needs of Lagosians.

Speaking against the backdrop of the recent positive access of COVID-19 in the State and the need for relevant organizations to embrace precautionary measures, Oguntona disclosed that the company is putting in place, necessary measures to minimize exposure to the virus in our buses.

In his words,

As we speak now, the use of sanitizers in allour stations is now compulsory. This is in addition to provision of Thermometer already deployed across our stations to check passenger’s Temperature before they board our buses, to contain the spread of this virus and ensure that users of LBSL are safe and protected.

He added that apart from that, they have educated their staff and extending the same information and sensitization to users on how to be safe in our buses.

Oguntona stated that;

We ensure our buses are cleaned properly and disinfected regularly and we advocate a general personal and environmental hygiene for everyone.

The lucky 10-millionth commuter, Uwuadileke Chinedu, thanked the LBSL for its kind gesture, disclosing that it was a pleasant surprise as he never knew the company intended to reward anyone on a day like this.

Chinedu while singing and dancing concluded that;

Lagos Bus Service has been a blessing since I started patronizing them. Comfortable, convenient and reliable all the time. And with this special milestone and recognition, I go dey follow you.

Fight Against Cervical Cancer

In further demonstration of commitment to Corporate Social Investment, Chain Reactions Nigeria, a leading public relations and integrated communication consulting firm, is partnering with St. Ives,  a leading multi-specialist hospital to reduce the scourge of cervical cancer in the country. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix which is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.

Chain Reactions is commemorating the Cervical Cancer Awareness/Prevention Month with an initiative titled, ‘A Smear in Time Saves My Woman.’ The initiative is infused with an awareness campaign tagged #SmearMyWoman, and an activation part: “100% Cervical FREE” that will deliver Free Cervical Screening to 100 less privileged girls and women who otherwise might not be able to afford the test. This is to enable early discovery and treatment of the disease.

Speaking about the campaign, Managing Director/Chief Strategist, Chain Reactions Nigeria, Israel Jaiye Opayemi, said: “Women are gatekeepers of life. They contribute to every part of our lives as mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, friends and colleagues offering support to men and the family. At Chain Reactions Nigeria, we celebrate our women, which is why all of us male executives are championing this cause to share their experience, to empathise with women who are going through cervical cancer. Truth is, whatever affects the women in our lives, affects every one of us” Females from the age of 14 to 65, especially when they become sexually active, can contract the disease. This puts over 50 million Nigerian women at risk of cervical cancer, which remains the number one cause of all cancer deaths in Nigeria among women of reproductive age (15 – 44).

Globally, cervical cancer kills 720 women daily; that is one woman every two minutes. In Nigeria, out of the 14,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer, about 30 of them die from the disease on daily basis, totalling over 10’000 daily.

Strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, is the major cause of cervical cancer. 95% of cervical cancer diagnosis is attributed to lack of knowledge and failure to undergo pap smear screening, hence, the reason for Chain Reactions Nigeria partnering with the St. Ives Healthcare group.

More details about the #SmearMyWoman campaign and 100% cervical free screening initiative, can be found at www.smearmywoman.com

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In an emerging world of Young Entrepreneurs, and young people disrupting the digital space with all sort of ideas changing the world is Babatunde Oluwole also referred as Worule.

With over 18 years in the world of Entertainment, Oluwole has carved a niche for himself in a highly competitive world. Starting out as a music blogger working with the likes of Kennis music back in the days. He went on to become a strong force to reckon it. Learning from the very best himself, he started to work hard in the business of Entertainment. A Graduate of The Osun state College of technology Esa Oke, Banking and finance.

Oluwole started his own music public relations and advertising agency and began to work with up and coming acts to shoot them to stardom. His tenacity and passionate attitude to this earned him a reputation amongst music stars in the country. He has worked with Artiste like Reekado Banks, Jaywon, Mode Nine, Blac Iq and so on.

Worule as he is called by friends, graduated from just Music PR to co founding a Digital music distribution company. Dixtrict Media. Through this, he has been able to contribute to the revolution in the music industry i.e using technology to ensure proper monetization of the intellectual content of Artiste in Africa.

In few years, Oluwole had moved from a struggling music blogger to creating a Media Empire with a top office in Victoria Island. Apart from the employment created, Wole has also been able to mentor several youths and has given lectures about Media Entrepreneurship development round the country. Wole has constantly showed his passion for Youth development.

To show his dexterity and diversity as a Critical Young Entrepreneur, Oluwole went out to found a Property and Agricultural company and Speaking about why he diversified into housing, Wole noted that Nigeria is far behind in terms of Housing deficit and it had become an emergency to immediately start to make the solid plans for the nearest future.

Wole has also began to prepare massive investment into Farming. Being a Man who comes from a generation that were farmers, Wole believes that Farming is the future of Africa. Farming is the first profession established by God and also the practice of our fore fathers. Thus we as Africans must return back to our first profession.

Oluwole Babatunde’s story is an inspiration to many struggling African Youths. His struggles, and determination to rise above the challenges that befell him several times in the course of his journey is something to be studied.

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The Kano State Government says it has concluded plans to integrate the Almajiri children, who constitute the over 40% of school children in northern Nigeria, into formal basic education.

The state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje said this at a three-day retreat organised over the weekend in Kaduna State, for members of the state executive council.

He decried the high rate of out of school children in Kano, while attributing it to an influx of children from other neighbouring states since the government’s declaration of free education.

He, however, reiterated that out of school children will continue to enjoy the free education policy of the state government from the primary to secondary school level.

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The Federal Government on Monday assured Nigerians of adequate fuel supply this Yuletide.

It gave the assurance during a meeting in Abuja with stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.

The meeting, which held at the Presidential Villa, was chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari.

The meeting also discussed security plans for the season and palliatives by the Ministry of Works and Housing to ensure safe journeys.

Those at the meeting were the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr Mele Kyari; the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola; the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; and heads of agencies in the oil and gas sector.

Also present were the National Association of Road Transport Owners and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers.

The NNPC GMD said, “We are here today to take stock of our readiness for the festive period, particularly in terms of supplies and distribution of petroleum products across the country, so that this festive period will be enjoyed by Nigerians without any hitch, particularly during the Christmas and New Year.

“We are very sure today we have very robust supply plan not just for Christmas but beyond. We are assuring Nigerians that the NNPC has made adequate arrangement to make adequate supply of petroleum products. If there are any issue, we have come together with other agencies of government to ensure those issues are resolved to ensure Nigerians have a very merry Christmas this year.”

Fashola spoke on the palliatives for roads, saying, “The Ministry of Works and Housing has a supporting role to play here. While construction work is ongoing on some of the routes used for moving cargo, we have met with our contractors and directed them to provide some palliatives to ease the movement of trucks and tankers.

“Some of these routes include Benin-Auchi-Okene; Warri-Sapele-Benin; Ilorin-Jaba Road; and Calabar-Itu Road.

“This is essentially to say we are giving everybody the support we can to ease the problem of moving fuel during the period.”

On the security plans for the season, the IG said adequate personnel would be deployed to beef up security during and after the season.

He said, “December is a festive period, a period when Nigerians in the diaspora will be coming to their homeland with their families. It is expected that every Nigerian is provided with adequate security for his life and property.

“For that reason, we have heightened the level of security within this period; not only the police, other security agencies are working together to ensure that the Christmas and even the New Year are celebrated without any criminal incident.”

NARTO’s National President, Dr Kassim Bataiya, said the association would support the NNPC to ensure a hitch-free Yuletide.

He stated, “NARTO, as a critical stakeholder in the supply and distribution value chain, is committed to support the NNPC and the government in ensuring availability of petroleum products from now till the end of next year.”

The National Chairman of tanker drivers, Mr Akanni Oladiti, said, “I want Nigerians rest assured that during the coming holidays and beyond, so far as the main operator of the industry, the NNPC, has assured that the products will be available and will continue to be available, we will take the products to all the four corners of Nigeria.”

The Director of Operations, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. F. O. Omoiqui, represented the Army at the meeting; while the Chief of Training and Operations, Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Tariworio Dick, represented the Navy.

Other para-military agencies, including the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, were also represented at the meeting.

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Some lawmakers in the US have expressed concern over the “clamp down” on journalists and civil society organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria. 

In a letter dated November 25 and addressed to Sylvanus Nsofor, Nigeria’s ambassador to the US, the lawmakers said the arrest of journalists and “harassment of peaceful protesters” are beginning to negatively impact the image of government. 

“We write to express strong concern about closing media and civic space in Nigeria,” read the letter signed by Robert Menedez, a senator from New Jersey (pictured), and Josh Gotheimer, a member of congress. 

“There have been a number of troubling reports about Nigerian security services assaulting and detaining journalists, using excessive force on non-violent protesters and taking other actions that inhibit freedom of expression, and otherwise prevent Nigerians from fully exercising their fundamental constitutional rights. 

“Journalists and activists such as Omoyele Sowore, Jones Abiri, Kofi Bartels, Samuel Ogundipe, and others investigating and speaking-out about politically sensitive problems like corruption or insecurity have been harassed and detained; with reports that some have even been tortured. 

“In the least one instance, the Department of Security Services has ignored a court order to release a detained activist. Restrictions and deadly crackdowns on non-violent protests since 2015 have similarly reflected a lack of apparent commitment to civic freedom which is beginning to negatively impact the image of Nigeria’s government, both at home and abroad.”

The US lawmakers said Nigeria has a critical role to play in preserving peace and stability in West Africa, and as the most populous democracy on the continent, it could serve as a shining example of how countries can best observe the rights enshrined in the African charter on human and people’s rights. 

“Failure to respect the rights in the charter and those in the Nigeria’s constitution, the congress said undermines the country’s ability to lead in the area,” the letter read. 

“We urge you to ensure that the rights and liberties contained in the constitution are observed for all citizens, and to take strong action against further closing space for journalists, political opposition, and those in civil society.” 

The lawmakers added that they will look forward to seeing progress “on this critically important issue.” 

Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement, was arrested in August over his planned nationwide protest.

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Facebook today brought together over 400 developers, startups and businesses from across Sub-Saharan Africa in a first of its kind conference dubbed “Facebook iD8 Nairobi”. As part of its effort to create opportunities for innovation, community building and education throughout the continent, “Facebook iD8 Nairobi” created a space for developers and startups to showcase and celebrate talent from across the continent, while sharing their developer journey.

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In his keynote speech, Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Global Head of Developer Programmes highlighted Facebook’s plan in partnership with Andela to train and equip thousands of developers from its Developer Circles across 10 countries in Africa with technical and non-technical skills in 2020. This follows Facebook’s successful three-month training programme with Andela across Nigeria and Kenya in 2019.

The conference featured a career fair aimed at connecting this year’s top developers from Facebook’s and Andela’s three-month training programme in Nigeria and Kenya with employment opportunities through meet ups with potential employers.

It also had the 2019 Facebook SSA Developer Circle Leads Summit which bought together 60 Developer Circle leaders, who represented 45 circles in 17 countries across the continent in a two-day networking event

Facebook iD8 Nairobi also highlighted the latest insights from Facebook, with new technologies and products for attendees to build and experiment with, and programmes to help them at any stage of their journey. There were hands-on demonstrations and discussions with Facebook product experts who provided guidance and help to unlock challenges developers face in their development process. The conference also provided an opportunity for developers and startups to learn how technology such as AR/VR, Messaging and Open Source can offer tangible solutions for businesses in Africa.

facebook-hosts-its-first-facebook-id8-nairobi-conference-aimed-at-celebrating-and-growing-the-tech-ecosystem-across-africaSpeaking at the conference Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Global Head of Developer Programs said, “We look forward to reconnecting with the ecosystem to share the latest technology , product and program updates. Facebook iD8 is a two-way dialogue where we also have a chance to hear from our developer and startup community’ about their experiences and roadblocks as well as provide an opportunity for members of our community to connect with others who share their challenges and aspirations.”

Fatma Ali a Developer Lead for a Facebook Developer Circle in Eldoret stated, “This opportunity has enabled me to connect and get mentorship to build my career while equipping me with leadership skills to work with the developer community. Through my Facebook Developer Circle I have gotten exposure and recognition in the Developer ecosystem. The experience has been enlightening and I am confident that I will have a successful career in technology.“

Sewagodimo Matlapeng a Developer Lead for a Facebook Developer Circle in Capetown concluded, “My experience leading a Developer Circle in Capetown has enabled me to advocate for the inclusion of women in the developer community in Capetown with my circle having the highest female members in Africa. Through Facebook iD8, I gained insights on how we as developers, male and female can seize opportunities and curb challenges in the developer community.”

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The Federal Government has has directed that petroleum products should not be supplied to filling stations within 20km of the borders.

Customs Comptroller General, Hameed Ali issued the memo signed by Chidi A, the Deputy Comptroller General for Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

The suspension of petroleum products to fuel stations around land borders would be carried out under the ongoing Operation Swift Response.

The memo reads, “The Comptroller-General of Customs has directed that henceforth no petroleum product no matter the tank size is permitted to be discharged in any filling station with 20 kilometres to the border.”

“Consequently, you are all to ensure strict and immediate compliance, please.”

Earlier, former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum, Maikanti Baru raise an alarm about number of filling stations springing up in border towns.

He said the filling stations are funnels for fuel smuggling to neighbouring countries.

“There is a thriving market for Nigerian petrol in all the neighbouring countries of Niger Republic, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad and Togo and even Ghana which has no direct borders with Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of border closure with neighbouring countries till January 31, 2020.

The presidential directive was announced on Sunday, November 3, 2019, in a memo, which Victor Dimka, the Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation and Inspectorate conveyed to the Sector Coordinators.

Atiku’s Lawyer In Serious Trouble As EFCC Drags Him To Court For ‘Laundering $2 Million’

According to PREMIUM TIMES, the EFCC on Tuesday re-arraigned a lawyer to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uyiekpen Osagie-Giwa, and his son, Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, before the Federal High Court in Lagos on a three-count charge of money laundering to the tune of $2 million.

The duo was first arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo on a 3-count charge bordering on the alleged offence on August 14. They both pleaded not guilty.

The EFCC said in a statement that the accused were both re-arraigned before Justice Chuka Obiozor for the first time.

The commission said the lead counsel to the first and second defendants, Ahmed Raji and Quarkers Norrison, were represented by Johnson Samuel and Olufemi Anjorin respectively.

They reportedly applied in writing to the court to adjourn the matter on the grounds that the lead counsel for both defendants were not in the court.

It added that the lawyers also informed the court that a letter had been written to the Administrative Judge of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, seeking directive to consolidate the case as same charges were filed against the defendants before both Justice Obiozor and Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke

The prosecution counsel, Kufre Uduak, however, confirmed the receipt of the ‘consolidation letter’ and the applications for adjournment.

Mr Uduak who held brief for Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that the plea was to be taken by the defendants and not their counsel, adding that, “absence of lead counsel should not stall proceedings given the fact that they are represented in court.”

“There was no concrete basis for the defence counsel to seek the administrative judge’s permission for consolidation of the case.

“The matter before Justice Oweibo is not in any way related to the case brought before your lordship, and does not require any form of consolidation,” Mr Uduak reportedly told the court.

Justice Obiozor, therefore, overruled the prayers of the defence for adjournment and ordered that the defendants take their plea.

He then held that the court cannot predetermine the decision of the administrative judge on the consolidation of the cases.

“The court has to wait to hear from the administrative judge on consolidation but, however, the defendants shall take their plea,” Mr Obiozor ruled.

The defendants then pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Mr Uduak, asked for a trial date.

Counsel to the defendants urged the court to allow their clients to continue to enjoy the bail terms and conditions granted by Justice Oweibo.

Justice Obiozor acceded to the request of the defendants.

He adjourned the case to December 5 for possible hearing as parties await the decision of the administrative judge on consolidation.

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The outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) on Thursday demanded for the release of 27 pro-Biafra agitators being held by the Nigerian Army and Police.

The group said although the detainees are not IPOB members, they deserve freedom from endless molestation by the security agents.

IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary Emma Powerful said in a statement that those carrying weapons on the streets of Southeast are not IPOB members, but herdsmen.

The IPOB reaction came on the heels of the handing over of over 27 pro-Biafra protesters to the Abia State Police Command by soldiers from 14 Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army, Ohafia.

The protesters, 23 male and four females – were arrested by soldiers in Aba by soldiers attached to the Ngwa High School Forward Operation Base (FOB) under the 144 Battalion Headquarters.

A military sources said the pro-Biafra protesters were members of the Biafran Army; an arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a claim that the IPOB spokesman, Comrade Powerful had debunked.

According to the source, members of the group were marching towards the Osisioma axis of the Aba-Owerri Expressway when they were accosted by soldiers on duty.

The source disclosed that a first aid box, charms and AK47 rifle belonging to a police sergeant who was killed in Aba last week were found in the possession of the group.

He said:

We got information from our men on the ground in the town that a group of IPOB members was demonstrating. On reaching our gate, we approached them with the aim of discouraging them from continuing with the protest.

“It was while we were talking to them that one of the soldiers sighted one of them bringing out a gun from a sack bag. The soldier fired at him and we secured the gun. One of them running away, had a pistol fell off from him which he later picked and continued running away.

“Army doesn’t prosecute. It is the duty of the police to do so. IPOB remains proscribed and its activity is illegal. So, the hand over is to enable police to continue with the investigation and possible prosecution.”

It was gathered that the pro-Biafra group members who were taken to Umuahia, the Abia State capital, in a coaster bus would be arraigned in court after police may have concluded their investigation.

Powerful, who denied that those paraded by soldiers were IPOB members, however, said it behooves the group to demand their immediate release.

He said:

“While we maintain that those unfortunate victims seen on video being molested by Nigerian soldiers are not IPOB family members, we, nonetheless, demand for their unconditional release. If the reason for this blatantly stage-managed arrest and accompanying evocative and misleading press statement by the Nigerian army is to dent the global image of IPOB, then, they have failed spectacularly.

“Those that Nigerian Army claimed they arrested are not IPOB family members. The only people moving around in Biafraland with illegal weapons such as the AK47 Buratai’s henchmen alluded to in their laughable press release are their fellow herdsmen.”

IPOB said it was very pathetic that the Nigerian Army will abandon her constitutional role of defending the borders and protecting lives and properties and  descend on those excercising their legitimate right to self-determination.

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Dr. Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa, a Nigerian-born former university professor in Philadelphia spent tens of thousands of dollars in US government money for local strip clubs and sports bars over a 10-year period, the Justice Department said.

Nwankpa misused $189,062 of government grants from July 2007 through April 2017 while working at Drexel University, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The university has agreed to pay back the money to resolve its potential civil liability in the case. Drexel said Tuesday in a statement that it takes “allegations of unethical or unlawful business conduct … very seriously,” USA Today reported.

The government’s investigation began in 2017 after Drexel voluntarily disclosed fraudulent charges to eight federal grants that it received from the Navy, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

The grants were supposed to be spent on research related to energy and naval technology, but an internal audit revealed Nwankpa used the money for personal iTunes purchases and for “goods and services” provided by Cheerleaders, Club Risque and Tacony Club.

The Justice Department said Drexel has been cooperative in the government’s investigation to determine the full scope of the former professor’s spending.

Drexel said in its statement that Nwankpa was placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

He subsequently resigned from his position, paid back the university $53,328 and was barred from federal contracting for six months. He has not been charged with a crime.

Nwankpa had been with the university since 1990, according to his Drexel faculty bio. He was named head of the university’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2015.

In the same bio description, he says he has written hundreds of refereed journal and conference papers that were supported by grants totalling more than $10 million.

“This is an example of flagrant and audacious fraud, and a shameful misuse of public funds,” said U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain.

“The agencies providing these grant funds expect them to be used towards advancements in energy and naval technology for public benefit, not for personal entertainment.”

McSwain lauded Drexel for reporting the matter but expressed disappointment that Nwankpa’s conduct “went unnoticed for so long.”

Drexel stated that the university is improving its auditing controls and training staff to recognize “financial irregularities” and report fraud.

NCIS Northeast Field Office Special Agent in Charge Leo S. Lamont said misuse of taxpayer money not only “eroded the public trust” but also jeopardized efforts to obtain the best technology and research.

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Respected economist and public affairs commentator, Mr Odilim Enwegbara has described the 2020 Appropriation Bill as “a budget of bankruptcy”.

Reacting to the Bill presented by President Buhari to a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, Enwegbara wondered if Nigeria had not “come to the point of agreeing that this business of federal government running Nigeria’s economy should be finally brought to an end?

“For how long do we have to have such a prodigious federal government, a government that can’t stop its borrowing spree?

“For how long should we allow this government to continue to borrow its oversized consumption, where less than two million government workers have directly and indirectly be responsible for 90% of the country’s annual spending?

“For how long should the federal government has to decide where and why road or water etc. should be constructed in Nigeria?”

According to him, debt service to revenue ratio is currently approaching 80% with domestic debt approaching 70% of the country’s overall debt stock. Is Nigeria heading for bankruptcy?