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Flood Sweeps Away Junior School Student In Ondo

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A Junior Secondary School student in Ikare Akoko, the headquarters of the Ikare Akoko Local Government Area of Ondo State, identified as Motunrayo John, has reportedly been swept away by a flood.
Though comprehensive details are yet to be released, report has it that the incident happened on Tuesday in the Semusemu area of the town.

An eye witness report revealed that the girl was playing with erosion when she mistakenly slipped into the water and was carried away.
Though a search operation has been launched, the only thing that has been found as of now is her mathematical set.

The Divisional Police Officer in Ikare Akoko, Olatujoye Akinwande, confirmed the incident.

Nigeria Rejects Medical, Dental Degrees From Ukraine

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The Nigerian Medical and Dental Council, MDCN, has said that Nigeria will not accept medical and dental degrees from Ukrainian universities obtained from 2022.

The council which regulates the medical profession in Nigeria announced that Medical and Dental Degree Certificates issued by Medical Schools from Ukraine from 2022 will not be honoured by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria until normal academic activities resume.

The council noted that the decision was arrived at because of the ongoing war in Ukraine that has seen many of its higher institutions stop physical classes.
Noting that many of the institutions are holding online classes, the council said it is against the operations of the medical and dental programs.

Therefore, the council advised students currently studying medicine or dentistry in Ukrainian medical schools to seek transfer to other accredited institutions in other countries to complete their programs.

Court steps down Osinachi husband’s case due to multiple counsel

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The homicide suit in a Federal Capital Territory High Court against Peter Nwachukwu, the husband of late gospel singer, Osinachi has been stepped down to allow his lawyers align themselves to represent him.

When the matter was slated for hearing before Justice Njideka Nwosu-Iheme came up, the Prosecution Counsel, Aderonke Imana, informed the court that the matter was for hearing and that they were ready to proceed.

The counsel that represented the defendant during his arraignment, Victor Abakpa, however, prayed the court to adjourn the matter til tomorrow, as another lawyer from a different chamber just informed that he was taking over the case.
He further stated that he has equally served additional proof of evidence in the court just before the court started the day’s proceedings.

JAMB Registrar Rebukes Politicians Who Bought N100m Form

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The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Is-haq Oloyede, has chided Nigerian politicians who he said preferred to spend as much as 100million naira to buy the nomination forms of their political parties instead of equipping health institutions with such money.

Oloyede spoke during the presentation of medical equipment to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Ilorin.
The presentation is part of JAMB’s ongoing presentation of medical equipment to 12 tertiary health institutions selected from the six zones in the country.

Ahead of 2023: Makinde’s deputy dumps PDP for APC

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On Sunday, Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress.
Rauf announcement came after weeks of speculations that he was going to leave the party because of the frosty relationship between him and his boss, Governor Seyi Makinde.
There were reports that Makinde had dropped Olaniyan as his running mate for the 2023 governorship poll, but no official statement had been issued.

The deputy governor had in 2020 complained to the Dr. Saka Balogun-led committee to reconcile aggrieved PDP members, that Makinde had sidelined him for a long time.

2023: Olu of Warri counsels Delta PDP on picking gov candidate

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The Olu of Warri Kingdom, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III, has cautioned the Delta Central Senatorial District (DC-23) lobby group within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the State to guard against sentiments and corruption in their ongoing bid to select a credible governorship candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Giving the advice while playing host to members of the lobby group led by its national chairman, Ighoyota Amori, at the royal palace in Warri, the monarch expressed delight at the group’s show of unity and prayed that when the time comes, they will match that show of unity with commitment.

The visiting team comprised, among others, DC-23 leaders and members, including the Deputy National Chairman Olorogun Solomon Ighrakpata; National Secretary, Dr. Chris Oharisi; Assistant National Organising Secretary, Christian Onogba; and Assistant National Publicity Secretary, Sunday Apah.

Ogiame Atuwatse III told the visitors that his sincere prayer was for God to guide the group in the process of selecting the candidate for the 2023 governorship election.

“I pray for all of you that will participate in that process to ensure that it produces the best, because Delta State deserves the best.

“It is our prayer that when that decision time comes, you will close your eyes against any sentiment that will corrupt that process and you will all speak with one voice.

“I am highly impressed with your show of unity today and I pray that when the time comes, you will match that show of unity with more commitments, if not surpass it.

“On our part as a nation, we will also meet and come up with our collective decision and resolution to complement and contribute to the development of Delta State,” the monarch averred.

The group’s leader, Amori, had explained the objectives of the DC-23 lobby group, noting that its nature and role was not different from that of the G-3 of the Delta South Senatorial District that was formed to drive the process of electing the immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.

Constitutional crisis looms, INEC worries over South-East elections

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THE Independent National Electoral Commission says it is “deeply concerned” about the situation in the South-East especially as it concerns threats to disrupt the elections in the zone.

INEC also explained that there could be constitutional crisis if it (commission) was unable to conduct general elections in the region.

It said it was clear that election would not be organised under chaotic conditions.

The Chief Press Secretary to the commission’s chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, disclosed this in an interview with our correspondent on Friday.

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra had threatened that no election would hold in the entire South-East zone (Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Abia states) till it achieved its agitation for secession from the Nigerian state.

Simon Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader, had also said the governorship election in Anambra State slated for November 6, 2021, would not hold.

Ekpa, in a tweet on his Twitter page, said a no-election order would be activated by members of IPOB.

Oyekanmi, however, said INEC had been engaging with security agencies on the platform of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.

He said the commission and the security agencies had been discussing and comparing notes on the security situation across the country generally.

As regards the South-East and particularly Anambra State, he expressed the hope that through collaboration, the security situation in the region would be brought under control.

Oyekanmi said, “The commission is deeply concerned about the security situation in the South-East. It is an established fact that INEC cannot carry out electoral activities under chaotic conditions.

“God forbid that INEC is unable to conduct such elections at the appointed time because this will lead to a constitutional crisis. The constitution did not envisage that such elections will not hold.

“With regard to the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 6, we are aware of the various efforts by the security agencies on the one hand, and all the men and women of goodwill in the region on the other, to calm things down.”

Wike berates NASS over President’s fresh loan request

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RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed sadness that 61 years after independence, Nigeria is still grappling with leadership challenges.

The governor said as a result of this leadership failure, Nigeria needed God now more than at any other point in its history.

Wike said this during the Interdenominational Church Service organised to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, on Sunday.

The governor noted that there was hardly anything for Nigerians to celebrate as the country marks its 61st Independence anniversary, “because its leadership continues to entrench hatred, mediocrity, and promote ethnicity and religion.”

His remarks were contained in a statement titled, ‘Nigeria suffering from leadership failure’ signed by his Media aide, Kelvin Ebiri.

The governor noted that perhaps the only thing Nigerians could boast of celebrating is the existence of the name Nigeria.

Wike said, “We cannot do the right things. Other countries are talking about how their elections will be transparent, we are talking about how we will rig the election in 2023.

“Simple thing; transmit election results electronically to show transparency, that really, the person you’re declaring won the election but we are afraid.

“Where is the legislature? A legislature that you’ll close your eyes, anything they bring, about borrowing, you say borrow. A legislature that cannot say that ‘this money we are borrowing, where is it? Where are you applying? You have no confidence to ask questions.”

Congresses: PDP extends deadline for forms submission

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THE Peoples Democratic Party has granted a nine-day extension for the submission of already completed nominated forms for state congresses.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘PDP Extends Submission Deadline for Already Completed Nomination Forms for State Congresses,’ signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Sunday.

It read in part, “The National Working Committee of the PDP has extended the submission deadline for already completed nomination forms for State congresses from the earlier announced date of Friday, September 23, 2021, to a new date of Friday, October 1, 2021.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the affected states are Adamawa, Borno, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, and Oyo. The decision of the NWC is pursuant to its powers under the Constitution of the PDP 2017 (as amended).

“All critical stakeholders and members in states where state congresses forms have not been concluded are hereby guided accordingly.”

Fashola, Akpabio disown groups promoting ministers’ 2023 campaigns

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has distances himself from political support groups campaigning for him, urging Nigerians to disregard them.

A press statement titled, ‘2023 Elections: Fashola distances self from the antics of unsolicited support groups,’ by the Special Adviser to the Minister on Communications, Hakeem Bello, on Sunday, said this.

The statement reads partly, “The Media Office of the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has urged well-meaning people to disregard the invitation of some Groups, operating under The Nigeria Project 2023, purportedly to the inauguration of a Support Group for the Minister and the Governor of Borno State over the 2023 elections.”

It added, “The social media was awash at the weekend with a poster from the Group allegedly presenting the Honorable Minister and the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum as Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates respectively of an unnamed political party.”

According to the statement, no individual or group had contacted the Minister for or on behalf of The Nigeria Project 2023, while adding that the individual and groups cited as promoters of The Nigeria Project 2023 were unknown to the All Progressives Congress and the Minister.

The statement further said that the minister “urges members of the public to be wary of the antics of unsolicited individuals and Support Groups whose real intentions remain questionable.”

Also, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has cautioned individuals and groups campaigning and urging him to contest for any public office in 2023, saying “their activities are capable of causing undue distractions in the polity.”

A statement by Akpabio’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Jackson Udom, on Sunday and titled, ‘Calls for political office in 2023,’ reads partly, “The attention of the minister has been drawn to calls by individuals and groups that he contests for any political office in 2023.

“The minister realises that in a democracy, as hard as one may try, you cannot suppress whatever opinions others have of you, whether about leadership or governance.

“The minister already has a mandate and that is steering the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, which is his main preoccupation today and to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve his agenda for the people of the Niger Delta Region in particular and Nigeria in general.

“It is very obvious that he is not yet done with that national assignment, to now start something afresh.”

It added, “We totally object to the insinuations that he has any link to the group of volunteers, many of whom he has never met in life. It is also unfair to the minister that, given his experience in politics and governance, he would start a campaign before it becomes legally permissible to do so.”