Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Enugu Requires N5Million To Tackle HIV

The Enugu State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDs (ENSACA) said it would require N500 million annually to tackle the spread of the virus in the state.

ENSACA’s head Mrs Obioma Ugwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Monday that the money was necessary for the prevention and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

Ugwu stressed the need for the state government to be committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS as development partners had withdrawn their support.

“Today, the HIV/AIDS programme project (HPDP) II sponsorship has ended.

“All the development partners’ assistance, including the World Bank support for HIV/AIDS, ended today Nov. 30.

“We are looking for a way for the state government to take ownership of the project for sustainability.

“Some of the PLWHA are now stranded because they cannot afford the Anti Retroviral Drugs.

“If nothing is done, the prevalence will begin to rise,’’ she said.

Ugwu expressed delight that the prevalence rate had reduced drastically following intervention from development partners.

The ENSACA head urged the public to know their status, adding that it was the best way to combat the virus.

She said the committee was determined to ensure that the virus was reduced to the barest minimum.

Ugwu said that Enugu State was among the first few states in the country that passed the anti-discrimination and stigma law.

She said that the committee had commenced distribution of printed copies of the law in the state.

NAN reports that the theme for the 2015 World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero HIV Infection, Zero AIDs Related Death and Zero Discrimination’’. (NAN)
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PHOTOS: Ex-Traffic Warden, Others Arrested For Posing As Tinubu, Owoseni, DSP

Four persons, including a former warden have been arrested for allegedly impersonating All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni and a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).

They are Lucky Adieze, 24, John Ogunnowo, 23, Obinna Collins, 21 and Afoke Adetolani, 58.

Parading the suspects yesterday, Owoseni said their arrest followed tip-off from the public on how criminals were using the Facebook, a social media and police uniform to dupe people.

Adieze who impersonated Tinubu said: “I am a hip hop musician and I opened a Facebook account with Tinubu’s picture to attract people. I think it was the person who gave me his account number that made police to find me and arrest me two weeks ago.”

John Ogunnowo, 23 who gave Adieze his account number said: “I work in an health organization but when I lost my job, I was trying to look for money to enable me go back to school. I only gave him my bank account number not knowing that he had bad intention that will end up putting me in trouble.

“When I went to the bank to collect money, I was told that my account was zero and in an attempt to know why, police arrested me.”

Collins, who claimed to be National Diploma II Electrical Engineering Student said: “I opened a Facebook account using CP Owoseni because it is only way to attract victims. Once they see CP, they would believe everything I tell them and I would get the money I wanted. This particular woman, Mrs Ronke, a business woman is the only victim. I was chatting with her and she ended up paying N20, 000 into my account. I initially told her that I had boys whom I am training in higher institution and I have a foundation that is taking care of it.

“Surprisingly Mrs Ronke told me to come and meet her at Conoil, Ikeja to collect something she wanted to give me as a hard working Commissioner of Police. I asked her whether she knew the size of my shoes and she said it does not matter that what she wanted was to have fun with me.

She however insisted that she wanted me to collect the shoe and iPad as a remembrance of our love. She said she had been nursing the idea of having fun with me and that was what she wanted for her life.
“Unfortunately for me, when I came to collect the golden shoe and the Ipad, I was arrested by the police.”

Adetolani, a former traffic warden inspector known as yellow fever, impersonated DSP.
He said: “I was dismissed because my colleague who stole a tyre from a parked exhibit vehicle in police station said that I planned it with him. I tried to defend myself but they insisted that we did it together and both of us were dismissed.

“To help myself and my family, I decided to do something smart. I first bought this uniform and later bought the DSP rank and ID card and uniform for N15,000. I was dismissed from Surulere division in 1984. They framed me up and dismissed me.

“I bought a bus for commercial purpose but my offence is that I hanged this uniform in my bus so that police, LASTMA, KAI, road safety and other law enforcement agents will not disturb me on the road. You can see that the name I used is my real name. I was stopped at Oshodi by police and I told them that I am a police DSP and they paid me my compliment but told me that they still wanted to investigate me.

“It was that investigation and interrogation that gave me up. I tried to bribe them yet they refused and told me that police have changed and that it was no more business as usual. But one thing is clear; I did not rob with it.

I only used it to get respect and easy passage whenever I meet law enforcement agents. Please tell police to forgive me, it is due to the hardship I was passing through after my dismissal.”
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Pastor’s 17 year old son rapes,murders 14-yr old girl in Delta

A 17-year-old son of a pastor has allegedly killed a 14-year-old girl after raping her, while her nine-year-old sister escaped with wounds inflicted on her by the suspect at Sapele, Sapele Local Government Area, Delta State.

According to Vanguard ,the incident occurred at Oduduru Road, Sapele, same street where a kidnap gang shot dead a young pastor, Great Oduduru, last week.A source said worshipers at the suspect’s father’s church were shocked at the conduct of his son, which they described as unbecoming of cleric’s son. .
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PHOTOS: Men Eating Wedding Food From Waste Packer

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PHOTOS: Policemen Kill Suspected Hoodlum, Arrest Another During Robbery Operation In Lagos

Men of the Lagos Police Command stormed the scene of an armed robbery incident on Sunday Nov 29, around Akiode area of Ojodu in Lagos after a distress call was made that men of the underworld were on rampage. The two hoodlums who were involved were stopped by the security operatives -not after one was killed and another arrested.


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PHOTOS: Governor Olusegun Mimiko Administers Drugs To Children In Ondo State

Governor of Ondo, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko was seen administering Vitamin A supplement to children at  November 2015 Maternal, New-born and Child Health Week (MNCHW) in the Ondo.

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PHOTOS: Shi’ite Islamic Group Procession After Boko Haram Attack Their Member

Shi’ite Islamic Movement members trekked from Kaduna to Zaria after losing about 20 members in a bomb blast attack last week. The bomb blast happened during the group procession from Kano to Zaria on Friday.
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PHOTOS: Buhari, Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed at UN Climate Change Conference

President Buhari and Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed pictured discussing at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris today November 30th. More photos after the cut...

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PHOTO: Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed poses for Vogue magazine

Amina J Mohammed, Environment Minister of Nigeria (former Special Advisor to the UNSG on 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, was among one of the 13 women who posed for Vogue magazine who are fighting climate change at the Cop21 in paris.
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Arms Contract Scandal: Senator Saraki Blackmailed CBN Officials

SaharaReporters has learned that Senate President Bukola Saraki blackmailed officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to hand him N250 million as “hush” funds after the senator had found out that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan had illicitly approved N60 billion for the former National Security Advisor (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, to purchase “arms.” A source, who is a senior CBN official, disclosed that bank officials paid the sum to Mr. Saraki, who was not the Senate President at the time, to ensure that he and other senators kept silent about the irregular withdrawals by the NSA and the Jonathan administration.

Our source also revealed that some officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria had quietly resisted several attempts by officials of the Jonathan administration to carry out large-scale theft of funds from the national treasury in the name of fighting Islamist insurgent group, Boko Haram insurgents.

A CBN whistleblower made available to our correspondent a hurriedly typewritten document that detailed how ex-NSA, Mr. Dasuki, requested tranches of dollars from the bank after obtaining approval from former President Jonathan between February and March this year.

According to the document, in third week of February 2015 the former NSA requested for $250 million from the CBN, but got $200 million. In the fourth week of February, the NSA put in a request for $150 million but received $125 million.

In the first week of March 2015, with Nigeria’s postponed elections a few weeks away, the NSA made a request for another $250 million, but only got $204 million. In the second week of March, Mr. Dasuki again called for $250 million, but the CBN provided $104 million and N3 billion.

According to the whistleblower, Abbas Umar Masanawa who was appointed as the Executive Director in charge of Finance and Strategy at the Nigerian Minting Company by the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele as soon as he resumed as CBN governor in 2014 played a major role. Our source said Mr. Abbas then oversaw “the printing of an unprecedented amount of naira by the Mint,” adding “the printed cash was passed on to President Jonathan.” Masanawa was key aide of Mr. Emefiele while he was the MD of Zenith Bank before he got appointed to the Mint.

The source told SaharaReporters that Mr. Jonathan and former NSA Dasuki withdrew close to $600 million from the Central Bank of Nigeria within a period of three to four weeks. He said the funds were mostly used for election purposes.

Yesterday, a news website, TheCable, published details of the illegal withdrawal of N60 billion from the CBN as well as the theft of public funds from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). TheCable alleged that a Nigerian senator, on learning about the illegal withdrawals, threatened CBN officials that he would reveal the questionable payments unless they gave him N5 billion. The site, which did not name the senator in question, stated that he was now a principal officer of the Senate.

But a source at the Nigerian Presidency told SaharaReporters that the person in question was then Senator Bukola Saraki, who is now Senate President. Although TheCable did not disclose if the senator got paid the hush funds or not, SaharaReporters learned that, as recently as May 2015, Mr. Saraki received N250 million from CBN officials. The cash transfer was deemed part of the hush payment to ensure that Mr. Saraki keep quiet about the questionable withdrawals ostensibly meant for arms purchases.

Our Presidency source suggested that Mr. Saraki got wind of the illegal transactions through a CBN staff loyal to the ousted CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Mr. Sanusi, who is now the Emir of Kano, is a close friend of Senator Saraki with whom he attended school. During the period in question Saraki had become a fierce opponents of President Jonathan haven dumped the PDP and with attempts made by the regime to kick him out of the Senate.

Our source also stated that Mr. Saraki’s blackmail of CBN officials also included a demand that the CBN approve Heritage Bank’s takeover of Enterprise Bank as recently as August 2015. Senator Saraki has significant equity stake in Heritage Bank.

Apparently basking in his ability to compel the CBN to do his bidding, Mr. Saraki urged the bank’s top officials to remove the National Assembly from the Treasury Single Account policy, even after President Muhammadu Buhari had explicitly refused to allow that exclusion. In an apparent attempt to force the hand both of the CBN and President Buhari, one of Mr. Saraki’s closest allies, Senator Dino Melaye, raised an alarm accusing the government of stealing N25 billion from the TSA via a remittance fee charged by a third party company that had been hired by President Jonathan’s administration.

But when the Senate set up a probe committee to look into the alleged fraud, it could not find proof that any money was missing.
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Queen Elizabeth, Buhari, 20 Governors & Ministers To Attend Ooni’s Coronation

Her Majesty the Queen of England, Elizabeth Alexandra; President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); and governors from at least 20 states, ministers and other dignitaries are expected to attend the coronation of the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II.

The Chairman, Media Committee of the coronation, Mr. Biyi Odunlade, said this at a press conference that started a series of activities lined up for the coronation scheduled to hold on December 7.

Odunlade, however, explained that the queen might be represented at the ceremony. He added that guests from many nations of the world had been invited for the ceremony.

The Ooni also said he was ready to fast-track the development of Ife with a series of policies, which he said, would make the Yoruba people proud anywhere they found themselves.

The monarch, who was represented at the press conference by his elder brother, Prince Adegboyega Ogunwusi, said he would do everything possible to address the problem of youth unemployment in the town.

Ogunwusi, who donated 50 transformers to some communities in Ife before he emerged as the new Ooni, said he would donate additional 50 transformers within the next 30 days to boost electricity supply in the ancient town.

He noted that this gesture would make small scale businesses in the town to thrive because power problem would have been reduced.

He said, “Let me acquaint you with what I have done in less than 70 days. I have given out over 20 electricity transformers worth about N250m.

“I donated 50 transformers when I was a prince.
I will buy another 50 transformers within the next 30 days to further enhance electricity distribution. With this, small scale businesses of welders, tailors and others will naturally witness improvement.

“Providentially, I know the core investor and the Chairman, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Tunde Ayeni, personally and very well. I have engaged him and his team to make this a reality and work has commenced in earnest. We will witness this transformation by the very special grace of God.”

“To revamp the stadium, I have already opened discussion with the Osun State Government on this. I will set up a football academy and we will have 16 clubs in Ife.”

The new monarch also promised to establish a football academy.

While the press conference was going on, the new Ooni and other guests were at an inter-religious service held at Enuwa Square.

One of the religious leaders, who spoke at the service, Apostle Joshua Fagbule, urged the people of Ife to rally round Ogunwusi in order for him to bring about meaningful development to the town.
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PHOTOS: PMB Vs GEJ With Queen Elizabeth At CHOGM

President Buahri was one of the leaders that attended CHOGM recently in Malta.While at the summit,he met Queen Elizabeth 11.Similarly when Goodluck Jonathan was Nigerian president,he attended Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting(CHOGM) at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Western Australia on 28 October 2011.He also met Queen Elizabeth 11 at the meeting.Between Goodluck and Buhari,who looks more confident as a leader during the meeting with Queen Elizabeth?

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No Political Will To Prosecute High Profile Corruption Cases - Chief Justice

The blame game between the Judiciary and Executive arm of government continued yesterday, with the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, decrying what he termed “lack of political will to prosecute high-profile corruption cases.”

The CJN, who bared his mind during a meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, in his conference room, said the lacklustre attitude of government towards the prosecution of such criminal cases, “especially those involving politically exposed persons or political party family members,” was a major factor that has stalled trial of so many corruption cases.

A statement issued by media aide to the CJN, Mr. Ahuraka Isah, revealed that the meeting took place on November 24. Among those in attendance included Supreme Court Justices as well as heads of other federal courts.

President Muhammadu Buhari had while flagging-off the 2015 All Nigeria Judges’ Conference, slammed the judiciary, accusing it of sabotaging his effort to prosecute high-profile corruption cases.

Buhari, who was represented at the event by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, lamented that “allegations of judicial corruption have become more strident and frequent,” noting: “There is both local and international dissatisfaction with the long delays in the trial process. In the past few years, this has become especially so for high-profile cases of corruption, especially where they involve serving or former political office holders.”

In what appears like a direct response to the attack on the Judiciary, the CJN said the Federal Government should be blamed for the delays, noting that in some cases, it recruits unseasoned lawyers to prosecute cases.

Lack of political will
The CJN said: “Experience within the Judiciary shows that there is abject lack of political will to prosecute some of those cases pending before our various courts almost a decade in some instances.

“It is not because there are no special courts, but mostly for reasons of political expedience and other ancillary considerations.

“I would likewise wish to encourage you (AGF) to display a greater resolve than your predecessors in tackling outstanding cases before the courts. In times past, the Attorney General of the Federation would often lead teams of legal counsel in high profile cases so as to demonstrate the resolve of the government to enshrine the rule of law.

“Sadly, recent Attorneys-General have become less inclined to do this. I would certainly like to see you, as the Attorney General, appear before us especially in cases of important national purport.

“There is the need for seasoned prosecutors to prepare and file charges before courts of competent jurisdiction so that criminal matters are timeously determined.
Quality of prosecutions must be improved upon.

“The quality of prosecutions presented in courts by our prosecutorial agencies must be improved upon, as they are sometimes of a standard that will never found a conviction in any court anywhere, yet, a well prepared prosecution can see to the determination of criminal matter within a month.

“Of course, no competent prosecutor who has filed valid charges would permit an accused to mount an interlocutory appeal, to the extent of going forth and back, sometimes twice or more to the Supreme Court, since such lapses could be injurious to the dispensation of justice.”

Reform of justice sector
Besides, the CJN, advised the AGF to recruit more lawyers who should be adequately trained to handle more cases on behalf of the State, saying it would create a reservoir of highly trained, public spirited lawyers to feed the Bench and the Bar.

The CJN equally tasked the Executive to actively reform and revamp the justice sector, which he said would include strengthening the capacity of investigation units by providing facilities like a well equipped forensic and ballistics laboratories throughout Nigeria, saying it would not only help in evidence gathering, but also reduce delays in trial of cases.

The CJN further enjoined the AGF to always attend meetings of judicial bodies such as the Body of Benchers, Legal Practitioners Privileges’ Committee (LPPC), Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute and others of which he is a member by statutory provisions.

He stressed that attending such meeting would help the AGF to keep abreast of developments within the Judiciary and the legal profession in general.

With that, “the AGF can adequately brief the Federal Government with facts on issues in the Judiciary rather than press coverage and opinions of some lawyers often echoed at public events,” the CJN stated.

Funding for the judiciary
On the issue of funding for the judiciary, the CJN said the Judiciary welcomed the idea of zero budgeting as against the incremental style budgeting that often resulted in insufficient resources for the Judiciary to operate.

“Indeed, the Judiciary can now properly make its demand before the National Assembly for an appropriate budgetary figure, rather than proposing N150 billion and be appropriated with less than half of it,” he said.

Judicial officers’ emoluments’ll be enhanced —AGF
In his response, the AGF said the administration of President Buhari is focused on its agenda to curb corruption in Nigeria.

He said the Federal Government was concerned about the working condition of judicial officers whose services are required to achieve the goal.

The AGF assured the CJN that emoluments of Judicial officers and court staff will be enhanced, even as he proposed the setting up of an ‘’Interface Committee” comprising members of the Executive and the Judiciary for the purpose of preparing Executive Bills for constitution amendment, drawing up workable policies and proposing reforms that will be jointly pursued by the executive and judiciary arms of government.

More so, the AGF, said he would publicly support the Judiciary and ensure that legislation against false accusation of judicial officers is put in place.

Other Supreme Court Justices that attended the meeting were Justices Walter Onnoghen, I. T. Muhammad, M. S. Muntaka-Coomassie, John Afolabi Fabiyi, Suleiman Galadima, Bode Rhodes-Vivour, Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta, Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili, Olukayode Ariwoola, Musa Dattijo Muhammad, Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, Kumai Bayang Aka’ahs, K. M. O. Kekere-Ekun, J. I. Okoro, among others.
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Rivers University Expels Student For Having Speech And Hearing Challenges

The student opened the letter she was clutching in her hands and felt the walls around her crumble.

As Jane Ottah stood outside her departmental office at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, the reality of what she had just read began to gradually sink in.

“What I saw in the letter was the shock of my life,” said Ms. Ottah, 28, who was in her first year in the Department of Educational Foundation.

“This was a thing I will never believe, this was the one thing that could have taken away my life if it wasn’t for the help of my friends‎ who were there when I was about to faint.”

‎On January 30, 2015, the university terminated Ms. Ottah’s admission over claims of speech and hearing challenges.

“I am directed to state that during your recent medical examination in the Health Services Department, it was observed that you are medically challenged and have hearing and speech difficulties,” read the letter signed‎ by C.M Ewhorlu, Principal Assistant Registrar (Senate) of the university.

“I am further directed to state that as a result of these difficulties our team of medical personnel found it impossible to communicate with you.

“Since the University ‎does not have special communication facilities, the Vice-Chancellor has directed that you be de-registered on health grounds. I am in the circumstance, directed to inform you that you have been de-registered on health grounds with immediate effect.

“You are therefore advised to hand over all University property(ies) in your possession to your Head of Department and thereafter leave the campus.”

A ‘Special’ Student?

‎Despite the university’s claims that she was a special student, Ms. Ottah insisted she had no such challenges.

After initially applying to study Business Administration at the university, Ms. Ottah was offered an admission to read Educational Foundations in September 2014.

When the school reopened a month later, she joined other fresh students for the admission formalities, which included a medical check-up at the institution’s medical centre.

“As soon as I went there and I was asked what is wrong with my voice, I told the doctor that I have a voice problem, that I can talk but at times my voice is somehow,” Ms. Ottah told PREMIUM TIMES during a Whatsapp chat.

“I was not with my hearing aid the day I went there., and she (the doctor) didn’t understand me very well but the other younger doctor was there as well who was asking me questions about what happened to my voice and I decided to tell her about my hearing problem as well‎.

“And she asked me some questions like how did it happened and I told her. She seemed to understand me a bit but the elder doctor didn’t‎.

“And she asked about my eyes just because I was putting on glasses‎. And I told her that I do have eyes problem‎ and she checked my eyes and put it down on a book‎.

‎”And she asked me if I was sick as a kid because of my hearing loss. I told her no. It just happened in a way that one can’t tell.

“So she asked about my secondary school, if it was a deaf school. I told her no‎, it’s not a deaf school I went to‎‎.”

According to her West African Examination Council result made available to PREMIUM TIMES,‎ Ms. Ottah‎ finished from Hallel College in Rumuogba, Port Harcourt, with three distinctions and five credits.

At the university medical centre, Ms. Ottah said she overheard the doctors discussing the possibility of her coping with the academic rigours.

“From that day, nothing was bad. I was busy with assignment, project, test, and planning for my first semester exams in February,” she said.

The school went on Christmas break on December‎ 22, 2014, and resumed on January 5th, 2015.

Everything seemed fine for Ms. Ottah.

Until the first semester examination began.

“On the first paper, there was a paper that the lecturer will give you to sign if your name is there, and if you see your name on the list you have to sign there and I did mine,” she said.

Ms. Ottah said she signed against her name during her second and third‎ papers.

However, on the day of the fourth paper, trouble surfaced.

“I didn’t see my name on the list to sign and I was worried that I asked my course mate and she direct me to go to the ICT centre to check,” she said.

“I went there with two of my course mates and we were told that they couldn’t find my name on the list but my name was there and that they‎ couldn’t see the course I requested, and I was told it was from the medical centre. They blocked me from there.

“And I went with my course mate and met with the doctor, crying with a shaky voice which made her not to understand what I was talking about and I decided to call my friend to speak on my behalf. For example, I will talk to her and she will tell them what I am saying‎.

‎”As soon as we were done talking, the doctor said she once one told me that day I was in her office that I should come the other day but I didn’t. I was so busy that I forget about it. She sent me to my Department Office.”

It was at the Department Office that a lady delivered the letter which bore the shattering news to Ms. Ottah.

“‎In school, no one ever knew about my hearing problem, it was just my voice they knew,” she said.

Embarrassed dad

Benedict Ottah, her father, described the letter as a “serious embarrassment”.

“I drove to the school, met the HOD, unfortunately, she didn’t attend to me in a way that she should,” Mr. Ottah told PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone.

“And I put up a letter demanding her (his daughter’s) instant recall. They refused. All of a sudden the HOD sent me back to the Medical Board. Only to be informed by the Medical Board that I should write a letter to the VC.

“I later wrote a letter to the VC, copied the Medical Board, the HOD, and the registrar who wrote the letter.”

‎In his letter to the Vice Chancellor, Mr. Ottah appealed for his daughter’s re-registration, noting that she had been taking her lectures and doing her class assignments without stress or complaints.

“I wish to state that on 2nd March, 2015, in the office of the HOD of Technical and Science Educational Foundations, Jane Ihuoma Ottah demonstrated clearly to the witness of the HOD her hearing and responding ability different from what was stated in the above letter,” Mr. Ottah wrote in the letter dated 2nd March, 2015.

“This demonstratio‎n was made possible while she wore her hearing aids. The same demonstration repeated again when she was referred to meet the Medical Director, Medical Services on same 2nd March 2015 in the office of the Medical Director himself.

“However, Jane Ihuoma Ottah did not attend the medical observation with her hearing, ear-aids the day she was scheduled. Furthermore, I wish the Medical Services may conduct another examination that she should be allowed to use her hearing aids. I am optimistic that this report will be put to rest.”

‎About two weeks after he wrote to the university, Mr. Ottah said he returned to the school only to be told by the head of her daughter’s department that the letter was “infuriating to her”.

‎”I told her what transpired in her office was exactly what I communicated, and then you are blaming me. All of a sudden she demanded that I should leave her office. Honestly I was seriously embarrassed,” he said.

“Only to go back to the VC secretary, I was being turned up, come back today, come back tomorrow. I ended up ‎without no response up till date. They did not respond to my letter.

“The university has just denied her the opportunity to be in school. I know my daughter has a problem‎ but she had every opportunity up till today.”

When contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Blessing Didia, said he had never heard of Ms. Ottah’s case.

“The matter happened in January as you said. I came from the University of Port Harcourt to become VC here in August,” Mr. Didia, a professor of medicine said. “This is the first time I have heard about the case.”

When asked whether he would review the case now that he is aware, Mr. Didia said, “They don’t admit deaf and dumb here. And if what you said really happened, the vice chancellor then must have seen reasons why she could not be taught here.”

‎Efforts to reach the school’s Registrar were unsuccessful and an e-mail sent to the school’s official mail address was not replied.

Ms. Ottah said she had remained at home since her dismissal – weeping over her misfortune and praying – while her friends are now in 200 level in the school.

“I never thought that Rivers State University of Science can send me away like this,” she said.

“‎Discrimination needs to stop. Everyone has the right to be educated no matter the conditions one is facing.”

The International Ford Fellowships Alumni Association Nigeria (IFFPAN), which first brought the student’s ordeal to the attention of this newspaper, has condemned the action of the University.

Speaking through its president, Faruk Sarkinfada, a professor, it said, “It is regrettable that a University in Nigeria in the 21st century can discriminate against any citizen on account of her disability.

“Her right to Education has been breached. The aspect of her life that must be telling her she is not wanted in our society will unfortunately impact negatively on her whole being.

“The university should review its decision and reinstate her, so that she can acquire tertiary education like her contemporaries.”
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Army Arrests Many Dislodged Boko Haram Suspects In Lagos

As the war against terror intensifies in the North-east, many dislodged Boko Haram terrorists fleeing into Lagos have been arrested, interrogated and sent for profiling by the Nigerian Army in Lagos.

The General Officer Commanding, 81 Division Headquarters, Major General Isidore Edet, made this disclosure on Monday evening at the decoration of 12 officers to the ranks of lieutenant-colonel, colonel and brigadier-general.

While seven senior officers were promoted to the rank of brigadier-general, four others were promoted to the rank of colonel and one other person to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

In an interview with THISDAY afterwards, the GOC said, "We are in war time. The Nigerian Army is at war; so the leadership in time of war is what is expected of a newly promoted officer especially the one star general.”
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Today Is World AIDS Day


World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.


Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.


World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV. Wearing a red ribbon is one simple way to do this. Find out where you can get a red ribbon.

World AIDS Day is also a great opportunity to raise money for NAT (National AIDS Trust) and show your support for people living with HIV. If you feel inspired to hold an event, such as a bake sale, or simply sell red ribbons, visit our fundraising page. If you’d like to see events that others are holding please visit our events page.


Although World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to talk about HIV, it is important to keep the momentum going all year round. Sign up to NAT's newsletter which will keep you up to date with all the new developments in HIV and the work of the National AIDS Trust, or visit our website, HIVaware, for more information.

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Photos From Massive Procession Of APC Faithfuls In Port Harcourt

If you think Rivers State is a pdp state, you better rethink because the federal government backed APC is warming up to take over the state and their popularity was put to a test today and result is obvious.

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PHOTOS: Dangote's Daughter Visit Kano State Governor

The daughter of Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Executive Director of Dangote Foundation, Hajiya Halima Aliko Dangote, led executive directors and management staff of the Foundation on a courtesy call on the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Friday, November 27.

She briefed the governor on the diagnostic and laboratory complex which the Dangote Foundation is going to built free of charge at Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital at the cost of N7billion. The Governor received a model of the diagnostic and laboratory complex.

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PHOTOS: RRS Patrol Vehicles Stationed In Strategic Points Across Lagos

Today Monday 30th of November 2015 , as seen in Lagos state , after the previous commissioning of over 4.6 Billion Naira security project by the Governor of the state Gov Ambode , Newly commissioned and rebranded Rapid Response Squad patrol vehicles stationed in strategic points across Lagos for effective policing, see Photos below.

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Kogi 2015: Faleke To Drag APC To Court, As Party Confirms Yahaya Bello

Following the confirmation of Yahaya Bello(Fairplus) as replacement for late Prince Abubakar Audu as the Kogi APC guber candidate, Audu's running mate Hon. Abiodun Faleke has dragged the All Progressives Congress(APC).

 Faleke made this known via his Twitter account earlier: "APC maintained their stance in substituting my late principal with Yahaya Bello but I've made it clear to them that I will not be part of it.Since the party has said they will not change their stance, I have decided to protect the mandate given to Audu/Faleke in court.

I will not be participating in the supplementary election because am already the governor elect. Therefore the party can't pair me with Bello. Am not alone in this decision, it's a collective stance between myself, Muhammed Audu & the entire Audu/Faleke Team." In a related development, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received the request by APC to replace the late Abubakar Audu’s name with that of Yahaya Bello for the December 5 supplementary governorship election in Kogi State.

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Boko Haram Strikes Again In Adamawa, Burns Down Military Artillery

Rampaging Boko Haram militants on Sunday night engaged Nigerian troops in a fierce battle in their new bid to take over Gulak, the administrative headquarters of Madagali in northern part of Adamawa State.

Security and local sources say the insurgents, who came in three vehicles brandishing guns, burnt down a military base as they also burnt down three artilleries and carted away guns.

“They came around 7 p.m. and started firing on the soldiers during which all the soldiers ran away.

“There was pandemonium, people scampered for their lives, many slept in bushes, they killed one soldier during the fierce battle.

“Our local vigilantes had tried by staying back, until another troops were deployed from Madagali town and Shuwa, they engaged them, if not they would have recaptured the town for the second time,” said James Ularamu, former chairman of Madagali.

The former Council chairman, and a local vigilante who did not want to be named, said there were heavy gun battles.

The local vigilante, who couldn’t say whether there were casualties from the Boko Haram side, said “after we chased them away they fled to the nearby Sambisa area.”

Efforts to get the army spokesperson were futile, but a member representing the area at the house of Representatives, Adamu Kamale, confirmed the attack.

He, however said he did not have “much details for now”.

The state commissioner of information, Ahmed Sajo, said additional troops had been deployed to the area.
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INEC Confirms Yahaya Bello's Nomination As Audu's Replacement By APC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received the request by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to replace the late Abubakar Audu’s name with that of Yahaya Bello for the December 5 supplementary governorship election in Kogi State.

Mr Nick Dazang, INEC Deputy Director, Publicity, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.
Dazang, however, did not disclose when the commission received the request.

"They have sent the name of their replacement candidate, the second runner-up in their primaries, that is Yahaya Bello, to the commission," Dazang said.

The deputy director also told NAN that the commission was much ready to conduct both Kogi supplementary and Bayelsa State elections scheduled for Saturday, December 5.

"The commission is committed to conducting the two elections. That is why in respect of Kogi, in spite of what happened, we came out with public notice which invites the APC to submit its replacement candidate for the election," he said.

Dazang said that as part of the commission’s preparation for the Bayelsa poll, INEC would be holding stakeholders’ forum in the state on Tuesday.

The deputy director added that INEC had concluded the distribution of non-sensitive materials for the Bayelsa poll.

He also said that the commission would be going to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to collect sensitive materials for onward distribution for the Bayelsa election on Wednesday.
"After the stakeholders’ forum, the commission will immediately on Wednesday commence the distribution of sensitive materials in the state.

"We are inviting the representatives of political parties, their agents, observers, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the media to witness the distribution of sensitive materials," he said.
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PHOTOS: Faleke & Bello Supporters Clash At APC Headquaters Abuja

Supporters of James Faleke and Yahaya Bello, both of the All Progressives Congress, are currently engaged in a violent face-off, at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

Faleke and Bello are the favourites to replace the deceased Audu Abubakar, as the party’s candidate’s in the Kogi governorship supplementary election of Saturday, December 5.

Bello was the second runner-up to the late Audu, in the party’s primary election while Faleke was Audu’s running mate in the governorship election of November 21.

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EFCC Arrests Former Minister And Others Over Alleged $2billion Arms Deal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, and a number of top officials from the office of the National Security Adviser over the controversial arms procurement scandal surrounding former NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

Multiple sources at the EFCC told PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Yuguda was arrested Monday afternoon and was currently being quizzed by detectives.

Our sources said a huge amount of money; “running into billions” was allegedly traced to the former minister from funds meant for arms procurement.

“The funds were directly transferred to him from the NSA office and he has been unable to explain the rationale for the transfer,” a source said.

“The transfers were made to his account between December 2014 and May 2015.”

Also arrested over the same matter, according to our sources, are some senior officials at the NSA office, including the director of finance.

“The suspects are being grilled by crack detectives and may not be allowed to go home soon,” one source said.
The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said he was yet to be briefed on the arrests.

“I’m aware that our detectives are looking into the case but I’m not sure who and who has been taken in,” Mr. Uwujaren said on telephone.

He promised to revert as soon details become available.
A presidential investigations committee into arms procurement under the Goodluck Jonathan administration had said in its interim report that it found extra-budgetary spending by the Jonathan administration to the tune of N643.8 billion and an additional $2.2 billion in the foreign currency component.

But Mr. Dasuki has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying all contracts and accruing payments on arms procurement were made based on the approval of Mr. Jonathan, adding that due process and military procurement regulations were followed in all the transactions.

“Nigerians should note that all the services generated the types of equipment needed, sourced suppliers most times and after consideration by the Office of the NSA, the President will approve application for payment,” Mr. Dasuki in a recent statement.

Mr. Jonathan however said in Washington last week that his government never awarded any contract in the range of $2 billion dollars.

“I did not award any $2 billion contract for procurement of weapons,” Mr. Jonathan said, querying, “Where did the money come from?” and repeating emphatically that “I did not award a contract of $2billion for procurement of weapons”.
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PHOTOS: Rapid Response Squad Deploys Surveillance Drones To Monitor Crime In Lagos

The Surveillance drones handed over to Lagos RRS
(Rapid Response Squad) police by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode have been deployed to different parts of Lagos. The drones were first spotted in Ikeja in the wee hours of today and later spotted in different parts of the state few hours later. Check out another photo

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