Crashed marriage of Ooni of Ife and Olori Wuraola

Olori Wuraola, estranged wife of the Ooni of Ife, has confirmed that her marriage to the monarch, Adeyeye Ogunwusi 11, has crashed.

The Olori has also reverted to her maiden name Zaynab Otiti Obanor.
She disclosed this via an official statement on her official Instagram page @hhzynab wednesday.

Her post partly read: “What I can confirm is that the Ooni and I are no more. I inhale love and exhale gratitude.

“No matter how much time you’ve invested, no matter the use of media to silence & manipulate, no matter the circumstance, slander, embarrassment, threats and lies: Get out and seek immediate help!

“My journey continues as a humanitarian aiding women and victims of domestic violence and abuse with the United Nations.

The revelation has confirmed media reports in recent times that the Oni marriage’s to the Benin-born queen was having crisis.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the Ooni got married to his ex-Edo bride at an elaborate society traditional marriage held in Benin, the Edo State capital on March 16, 2016.
Although the monarch was not physically present, he was represented by his father, Oluropo Ogunwusi.

ASUU: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo now to lead the FG negotiation team with the union

To find a lasting solution to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is now to lead the Federal Government’s negotiation team with the teachers.

ASUU has been on strike since August 13 over the failure of the government to implement an agreement it reached with the union in 2009.

Another ritualists’ den uncovered in Lagos

Two people on Wednesday were killed by an irate mob in the Mushin area of Lagos State over suspicion of involvement in kidnappings and ritual killings.

PUNCH Metro learnt that while one was butchered and set ablaze on the road, the other, who had been beaten to a stupor, died at the police station after rescue.

The incident happened at Challenge bus stop, Mushin.

On August 9, two people were set ablaze by a mob in the Obadeyi-Ijaiye end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway for allegedly operating a ritual den in the community.

On August 11, a man was also killed at the Ile Zik bus stop, Ikeja Along end of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, over a similar allegation.

Our correspondent gathered that the lynching of the two suspects in Mushin started after a vulcaniser sighted a ‘mad’ man discussing with another person in a tunnel at the Challenge bus stop around 6am.

The vulcaniser was said to have raised the alarm as residents gathered around the scene.

However, only the ‘mad’ man was seen, as his interlocutor had fled.

The ‘mad’ man, who was tortured by the residents, allegedly confessed that his gang had been operating in the tunnel for the past three months.

Some members of the Oodua People’s Congress were said to have led a search team into the tunnel and found hundreds of syringes. The tunnel reportedly linked different parts of the community.

When our correspondent visited the scene, some of the syringes allegedly used by the suspects were seen on the ground.

A resident, Mr. Sulaiman Adio, said the ‘mad’ man disguised as a woman when he was first sighted by the vulcaniser.

He said, “When the youths of the community tore his clothes, they discovered that he was actually a man. He was wearing a woman’s bra and wig to disguise. The discovery came to us as a surprise and the policemen came and took him to their station at Olosan.”

PUNCH Metro learnt that the police, after rescuing the suspect, smoked the tunnel around 6.15am and a suspected ritual killer came out.

He was reportedly hijacked by the youths, beaten and set ablaze.

The mob was later dispersed by some soldiers.

A woman, who identified herself as Lady Gold, said four Automated Teller Machine cards and three phones were recovered from the ‘mad’ man.

“We don’t know that we are living in the midst of ritual killers. The state government should act fast on the ritual killers’ dens discovered across the state.

“The ‘mad’ man told us before the police took him away that they used the syringes to incapacitate victims they dragged into the tunnel before butchering them,” she said.

A source at the Olosan Police Station confided in our correspondent that one of the suspects brought to the station died due to the severity of his injuries.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who condemned the resort to jungle justice by residents, said five suspects had been arrested for taking the law into their own hands.

The CP said there were three suspected kidnappers involved in the actual incident, adding that they were arrested with ATM cards and mobile phones.

He said, “One of the suspects was lynched, but the other two are in custody. Five suspects, who took part in the indecent act of jungle justice, were also arrested.”

ASUU gives FG new conditions to end strike

University teachers have presented six new conditions for calling off their two-week old strike.

But the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, yesterday pleaded with the lecturers to embrace peace for the sake of innocent students.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) is to discuss today the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and chart the way forward.

Two Notorious ritualists arrested in possession of Human head

On Saturday, August, 26, 2017, at about 9pm, following a sustained monitoring by IGP Special Tactical Squad attached to Niger State Police Command, two notorious ritualists were arrested in possession of the head of one Hassan Abubakar of Bakajeba Paiko L.G.A.

ASUU: FG to resolve the lingering strike by the union

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, will on Tuesday (today) meet with the President and executive members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in Abuja to resolve the lingering strike by the union.

Eid-el-Kabir: FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Friday, September 1 and Monday, September 4, 2017 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), made the declaration on behalf of the government in a statement on Monday in Abuja by the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Rufa’i Attahiru.

Man arrested for allegedly murdering his close friend

A 40-year-old man, Hassan Lawan, has been arrested for allegedly murdering his close friend, Zilani Yusuf, 35, who lent him N50,000 in Bari, Kano State, after the deceased asked him to repay the loan.

To actualize his aim, Lawan invited Yusuf to his house on July 16, 2017, on the pretext that he would pay the money. 

ASUU may meet with FG this week

There are indications that the Academic Staff Union of Universities may meet with the Federal Government this week over the ongoing strike by the union.

The ASUU strike which started on Sunday, August 13, 2017 was announced by its National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, at a meeting of the National Executive Council of the union in Abuja.

JAMB defend the fix of 120 as minimum cut-off marks

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has defended the pegging of 120 as minimum cut-off marks for university admission.

The decision, which was reached at a stakeholders’ policy meeting in Abuja, has generated controversy with many universities rejecting the marks.

JAMB’s Head of Information Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the board would not be deterred and would continue to support policies that would bring Nigeria’s education out of the woods.
He explained that previous cut off marks were never strictly followed by most institutions.

Dr. Benjamin said most universities failed to fill their admission quota in the last 10 years.

The statement reads: “The much trending controversy over the just released cut off marks for 2017 admission exercise by stakeholders at the policy meeting is quite unnecessary.

“All Heads of tertiary institutions were requested to submit their cut off benchmark to the board which will then be used for the admission. And these benchmarks once determined cannot be changed in the middle of admission exercise.

“Again, it is necessary to explain that the 120 mark does not in any way suggest that once you have 120 then admission is sure for you. Institutions will admit from the top to the least mark.

“We are now starting the actually monitoring of adherence to admissions guide lines, cut off marks inclusive. The cut off marks being branded by the public as previous cut off marks were never strictly followed by most institutions.

“The board will equally ensure that it correct all anomalies existing, especially as regards the powers of institutions to make pronouncements on admissions and other related matters affecting the institutions.”

According to him, institutions in the past went behind to admit candidates with less cut-off marks, while also accusing some institutions of admitting candidates without JAMB results.

“Institutions were going behind to admit candidates with far less with others admitting candidates who never sat for JAMB. This act to say the least is very distasteful and damaging to our national data and identity.

“Unfortunately, the public has been kept away from this fact for such a long time and now that we are saying it the way it is and working to address it, the public is criticising us using non existing parameters that were only announced and not followed.

“In years past, admissions were done with worst cut off marks. We are determined and ready to correct all these with the 2017 exercise. The Board has designed a Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to check back door admission and other unwholesome practices associated with admission.

“We are sure that the system will bring out the good in us as it will also make provision for candidates to track their admission. This empowers them to raise queries if a candidate they have better scores and other prerequisites are admitted which CAPS will not allow anyway. This is the inclusiveness and transparency that education needs,” he added.

JAMB should stop conducting exams into universities - Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, has faulted the decision of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to reduce the cut off mark for admission into Nigerian universities to 120 and says it was like running a race from top to bottom. 
According to her, the exam body has outlived the purpose for which it was established.

Ezekwesili speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday, also suggested that rather than conduct entrance examination for university admission, JAMB should only be made to play a regulatory role while universities are granted autonomy to conduct their own entrance examinations.

“I will say no and there has to be much more intensity in determining hat the qualification attribute should be and once we do that, it will set us way back to early child education,” she said.

“When I see society screening about this cut off mark they have done, I say you are wasting tears on a symptom.

“You need to go to the root of the problem and that means we need to go back to the first phase in education which is early child care, basic education and secondary education which ultimately determine the readiness of our children to university education.

“What you then have to look at is, does it continue to be relevant as a standard setting mechanism to actually determine who gets to what university and how? I would say not anymore.”

BREAKING: Sultan of Sokoto declares Sept. 1, as Eid-el-Kabir day

The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared Sept. 1, 2017 as Eid-el-Kabir day.

This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sokoto Sultanate Council.

FG May consider increasing workers’ remuneration package - OSINBAJO

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government may consider increasing workers’ remuneration package, especially bonuses of certain government agencies, instead of increasing wages across board.

According to a transcript made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President spoke during a session titled, ‘Conversation with the Vice-President’ at the 2017 Nigerian Bar Association National Conference held in Lagos on Monday.

Osinbajo said though the issue of better pay for workers was a good suggestion, the government was “in a bind of sorts.”

He said at the moment, the government was spending 70 per cent of its revenues on remuneration and overheads, leaving less than 30 per cent for capital expenditure.

He said while it was correct that the country needed a more efficient civil service that would be paid more, there was also the need to increase revenues.

Osinbajo said, “Sometimes, it is a chicken and egg situation because in order to increase revenues, we need to increase remuneration.

“I think that what we are probably going to end up doing is what we have done with some of the parastatals; in other words, identifying certain government services that must be remunerated differently in order to increase efficiency.
One of the revenue generating agencies, for instance, is the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

“Improving remuneration, especially bonuses, would do a lot of good. That we saw happen in Lagos with the Lagos Inland Revenue Service, where because there were bonuses, there was improvement in revenue and reform. 
People were able to do better, even in our judicial system. Because we paid better; we remunerated better, people were able to improve.”

The Vice-President said the commitment of the present administration was to leave Nigeria with all the resources that could be brought to the table.

He said it was also the desire of the administration to leave the country with transparency and efficiency in all aspects.

Meanwhile, Osinbajo has called on the management of ECOWAS Investment Bank to increase agricultural funding in order to reduce the level of poverty and unemployment in the sub region.

He said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the 15th Annual General Meeting of the board of governors of the bank.

He said the need to boost funding to the agricultural sector became imperative as it held the key to unlocking the growth and prosperity of the continent.

He said the current situation where economies of various countries were facing falling government revenues on the account of commodity price slumps, declining economic growth and the challenge of creating jobs necessitated the need for the bank to step up its intervention in member countries.

The VP said the economic challenges had put greater pressure on governments of the member states to urgently diversify their economies.

He said, “The population of the sub region is a youthful one, 70 per cent of our population is under 35 (years) with all the implications for providing education and livelihood.

“So, the challenges of today call for greater creativity, and foresight in supporting and making investments in our member countries.

“So one of the crucial issues today, which would decisively impact the future is how the bank can make a difference in the lives of our young people.”

Osinbajo acknowledged the support of the bank, but noted that there was a need to galvanise more resources to enable it to effectively achieve its mandate.

The President of the Bank, Bashir Ifo, in his speech at the event, said during the 2016 financial year, 11 projects amounting to $121.5m were appraised.

JAMB: Cut-Off Marks Fixed For Tertiary Institutions

Candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria now have cause to smile as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed the minimum cut-off marks for 2017, despite the ongoing strike by the academic staff union of universities.

At a policy meeting on the 2017/2018 admission exercise in Abuja, the Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, announced 120 as the minimum cut-off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria.

I'm pleased to be back in the country - BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is pleased to be back in the country among his “brothers and sisters” after his medical vacation in London.

The President in a nationwide broadcast on Monday in Abuja said, “I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers.

22-year-old barber, jailed for stealing shirts

Masaka Chief Magistrates’ Court in Nasarawa State, on Thursday, sentenced a 22-year-old barber, Emmanuel Antenyi, to one month imprisonment for stealing two pairs of shirts.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Victor Manga, sentenced the convict without giving him an option of fine.

FG to find lasting solution to ASUU strike

Sen. Mohammed Hassan (PDP-Yobe) has called on the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the incessant strikes in the country’s tertiary institutions.

Hassan said on Thursday in Abuja that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities was not healthy for the nation.

The lawmaker decried the situation that Nigeria was still grappling with developing its human resources while other nations have moved ahead in modern human capacity building.

According to him, the recurrent strikes sets students back by several steps, thereby affecting their capacity after graduation.
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“The Federal Government should find a way of nipping this in the bud by identifying the issues and resolving them.

“The capacity of our citizens keeps going down and it is not good for us because of our human development index, which education is part of, is not encouraging,’’ he said.

On the lack of political will by major stakeholders to help tackle the problem, the lawmaker said while stakeholders’ intervention was necessary, the onus lied on the Federal Government.

Hassan called for quick resolution of the ongoing strike to prevent the negative effect of exposing young people to criminality because of idleness.

Ban on Varsities Post-Utme Conduct Lifted

The Federal Government has lifted the ban on the conduct of examinations usually organised by universities for admission seekers after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

Minister of Education Adamu Adamu said in Abuja that universities, polytechnics and other institutions were free to organise post-UTME screening as a pre-condition to gaining admission into public institutions.

Police Discover Human Part in Church

Pastor Samuel Babatunde, 77, has been arrested by the Police in Ogun State, in connection with suspected human parts buried in his church. He was arrested alongside with one suspected serial kidnapper, Jeremiah Adeola (32) and a 43-year old herbalist, Haruna Afolabi.

The cleric is said to be the founder of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Itedo Isinmi, Ayo Parish, Egan Road, in Iyesi Area of Sango-Ota. The State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said that the discovery followed the arrest of Adeola, last Sunday.

Osinbajo: Impact of Daddy Adeboye's in my political ambition

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday gave an insight into the roles played by Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye in their political lives.

The pastor of the influential Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) gave them the advice that influenced their decisions to accept public office, they revealed.

The two leaders spoke at the Youth Centre of the RCCG on Kilometre 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday during the presentation of a book Pastor E. A Adeboye; His Life and Calling.

Declaration of a state of emergency in Nigeria’s education sector.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu on Tuesday called for declaration of a state of emergency in Nigeria’s education sector.

The lawmaker spoke in Lagos while reacting to the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) nationwide.

N50m worth of pirated movies apprehended

Three suspected pirates have been arrested by the newly inaugurated task force on uncensored and unclassified movies by the National Film and Video Censores Board.

The suspects identified as Ndu Celestine, Okechukwu Ikuagwu and Austine Ugogkwe was arrested for running a N50-million worth of film piracy syndicate at the Alaba International market in Lagos.

My governorship ambition not a joke – Kcee

Nigerian pop singer, Kingsley Okonkwo, popularly known as Kcee has maintained that his bid to contest the Anambra governorship election holding in November is not a joke.

Recall that last week, the singer announced his intention to join the gubernatorial race with the sharing of a campaign banner that bears “Peace and enjoyment for all” as slogan

Following his announcement, several celebrities have towed the same path, making many question the seriousness of any of them.

But Kcee insists that he’s keen to run.

In a chat with HIP TV, he said: “My campaign manager said I should not speak much about it and that’s what I’m going to stand on. I’m going to be making official statement about it but trust me it’s not a joke.

“I think the youth has to speak up and that’s what I’m saying right now.

“And I think you have what it takes to do it and I have what it takes so if you believe in yourself, make it rain.”
The singer, who further explained his decision to venture into politics, said he was interested in making an impact on the lives of the masses.

couple cut daughter’s finger for ritual

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a couple, Nasiru Adeyemo and Idayat Adeyemo, for allegedly cutting off the finger of their daughter, Abibat, and abandoning her in a bush.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects tied up the seven-year-old in a white sack to stop her from escaping before disposing of her in the bush.

After about two days in the bush, some residents were said to have noticed the sack and called the attention of policemen from the Owode Egba division to it.

CAC remove 44,000 companies and registered 1.5 companies

No fewer than 44,000 companies have been remove from the database of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

The commission has also registered over 1.5 million companies.

Registrar General of the CAC, Bello Mahmud, said this in a chat with the Economic Confidential in Abuja.

ASUU Commence Indefinite Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite strike across the nation, beginning Sunday August 13th, 2017.

According to ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, the lecturers took the decision to declare the strike after deliberations at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the University of Abuja during the weekend.

In a document titled: “Strike Bulletin No.1”, which was signed and issued by Ogunyemi, ASUU said the strike action was to be a total, comprehensive and indefinite action whereby no form of academic activities including teaching, attendance of any meeting, conduct and supervision of any examination at any level, supervision of project or thesis at any level should take place at any of the nation’s universities.
The union recalled that it had to embark on a six month strike between July and December 2013 and the strike was suspended when government signed an MoU with the union.

“Of all the items contained in the MoU, only the N200b out of a total of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalization (Needs Assessment) fund was released.

“The union also embarked on a one week warning strike in November 2016 to press for the implementation of 2013 MoU. However government did not implement the understanding reach between the union and Federal Government base on the intervention by the leadership of Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The union has also met with the 2009 Agreement Implementation Monitoring Committee, IMC, and had written several letters press releases and communiques on the outstanding issues to no avail.

“The National Executive Council, NEC, of ASUU then met at the University of Abuja on August 12 2017 to consider the result of a referendum from all branches in a bid to ascertain ways of convincing government to implement outstanding aspects of the 2009 and the MoU of 2013”.

ASUU further listed the outstanding issues with the Federal Government to include: payment of fractions/non-payment of salaries; non-payment of earned academic allowances, non-release of operational license of NUPEMCO; non implementation of the provisions of the 2014 pension reform act with respect to retired professors and their salaries, removal of universities staff schools from funding by government and funds for the revitalization of public universities.

No Money, No Sex - Actress Felicia Fred

‘I can’t be interested in sex when there’s no money’ -Actress Felicia Fred

Nollywood actress, Felicia Fred, who has featured in over eight movies and bagged an endorsement deal with an energy drink, recently had a chat with a Vanguard correspondent, where she talked about sex, money and love.

Prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ - Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on Christians to prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ, as the end is near.

Obasanjo, speaking at the Apostolic Faith Church during the 2017 Camp Meeting Concert, also said he would love to make heaven where he would sing with the angels.

“You have to be fully prepared for the second coming of our Lord, there is no compromise.

ASUU set for strike over 2009 agreement

University teachers are set for another strike over the controversial 2009 agreement they reached with the Federal Government among other issues.

A meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of ASUU will hold today in Abuja ahead of the action.

Yesterday, all chapters of the union nationwide held a congress as directed by its national body to decide whether or not to go ahead with the planned strike.

45-year-old man rapes 9-yr-old boy to death in Kebbi

Kebbi State Police Command has arrested Dantani, a 45-year-old man, for allegedly raping a nine-year-old boy to death in Zauro town of the state.

Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim M. Kabiru, disclosed this yesterday at a media briefing.

NUC approves Tech-U academic programmes

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved 14 programmes at the Technical University (Tech-U) in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

A statement by the Media Office said the approved courses would be run in the seven departments and two faculties of the institution.

SIM swap to end e-fraud

Telecom subscribers who want to swap their subscriber identification module (SIM) cards will need to secure bank approval that will include biometric verification, it was learnt at the weekend.

It is all part of a new regulation initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) to tackle SIM-swap related e-fraud.

CBN extends BVN enrollment for Micro-finance Banks and other financial institutions

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has said that with effect from January 1, 2018, all customers without Bank Verification Number, BVN, linked to their account should no longer be entitled to debit operations.

CBN also extended the BVN enrollment for Microfinance Banks and other financial institutions to December 31, 2017.

Man Caught Having Sex With Donkey

A 49-year-old man, Everett Lee Compton has been arrested in Arkansas, USA after he was caught sneaking into a farmer’s yard to have sex with a donkey.

Compton allegedly brought carrots to try and get close to the animal.

Prostitutes offer free sex at thief’s funeral

Commercial sex workers in Mbare district in Zimbabwe have declared a two-day sex galore at the funeral of a notorious thief identified as Masiyas Mesiyas.

According to Harare Metro newspaper, the prostitutes treated mourners at the funeral to free sex in honour of the deceased whom they described as a sex maniac.

AMCON, EFCC set to storm banks

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are set to storm banks whose officials violated internal processes that led to the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio.

AMCON Managing Director, Ahmed Kuru, and the EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, jointly made the announcement yesterday in Abuja.

AMCON had acquired debts from 22 banks worth N3.7 trillion and provided financial accommodation to 10 banks of about N2.2 trillion.

MMM is back with new strategy

Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM), that collapsed months ago, has launched a weekly promotional stunt, obviously aimed at wooing old and unsuspecting new ‘investors’.

A letter displayed on the pages of participants of the scheme urges them to invite new members. Members must invite new participants and register them as referrals to qualify for the contest.

NIMC:Age limit for National Identification Card Registration

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that minors cannot obtain the National Identification Cards (NIC), until they are 16 years.

The Head, Corporate Affairs of the commission, Mr. Loveday Ogbonna, told reporters on Wednesday in Abuja, that they could only be issued with National Identification Number (NIN).

Lady arrested for stealing bag of condoms in Lagos

A young lady identified as Mary Johnson has been arrested and arraigned before a court for stealing a handbag full of condoms which she mistook for cash. The bag was stolen from a nightclub in Lagos State.

The 29-year-old lady was charged before a Lagos court and was remanded in prison custody.

NUC gets 240 applications for new varsities

The National Universities Commission has said it is currently processing applications from 240 individuals and organizations to establish private universities in the country.

The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said this on Tuesday while meeting with bursars from about 40 federal universities in Abuja.

Man commits suicide after beating mother to death

A 28-year-year man identified as Ekene Ezeogo on Monday allegedly committed suicide, three days after beating his mother to death in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The incident occurred at the residence of the deceased at No. 24, Agbaja Street in Abakaliki.

Our correspondent learnt that after Ekene had allegedly beaten his mother to death last Friday, he drove his motorcycle to the Central Police Station, Abakaliki, where he reported the matter.

N-Power releases centers for device collection

N-Power has released list of device collection centers across the country for its volunteers.

The scheme, which had earlier announced that the assessment test for N-Power Agro applicants will end August 1, advised participants to visit the centers to collect their devices.

Generator smoke kills family of 4 in Kogi

Obajana area of Kogi State was weekend thrown into mourning following the discovery of the decomposing bodies of a man, his wife and two children in their building.

The man was identified as Mr John Oluwasegun Ayodele.

The family of four was suspected to have been killed by smoke from a power generator mounted in the house.

The late Ayodele was reported to have been last seen on Friday 28th July, 2017.