BBC News https://bbc.com.ng Thu, 23 Sep 2021 17:21:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://bbc.com.ng/file/2018/01/favicon-1.png BBC News https://bbc.com.ng 32 32 EXCLUSIVE: Names Of 45 Out Of 400 Suspected Boko Haram Sponsors Buhari Government Is Hiding From Nigerians https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/exclusive-names-of-45-out-of-400-suspected-boko-haram-sponsors-buhari-government-is-hiding-from-nigerians/ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/exclusive-names-of-45-out-of-400-suspected-boko-haram-sponsors-buhari-government-is-hiding-from-nigerians/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 15:02:55 +0000 https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/exclusive-names-of-45-out-of-400-suspected-boko-haram-sponsors-buhari-government-is-hiding-from-nigerians/ A list of 45 suspects arrested by the Nigerian government for allegedly funding Boko Haram insurgency in the country has been obtained by SaharaReporters.   SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the United Arab Emirates named and prosecuted 38 alleged sponsors of terrorism, which include six Nigerians. Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu,...

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A list of 45 suspects arrested by the Nigerian government for allegedly funding Boko Haram insurgency in the country has been obtained by SaharaReporters.

 

SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the United Arab Emirates named and prosecuted 38 alleged sponsors of terrorism, which include six Nigerians.



Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had in March 2021 said the Nigerian Government arrested 400 Bureaux De Change operators for allegedly funding Boko Haram insurgency in the country, saying the suspects were transferring money to the terrorists.











Nigerians have since been asking the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to disclose the identities of the suspects, a request the government has repeatedly ignored.













Shehu’s colleague, Femi Adesina on Tuesday said the Buhari-led government is not interested in naming and shaming the financiers of terrorism but in their peosecution.

On Wednesday, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), who is in the United States as part of Buhari’s entourage to the United Nations General Assembly, also said the government would not name and shame the suspected financiers of terrorism before they are tried and convicted.

 

“Naming and shaming of suspects is not embarked upon as a policy by the federal government out of sheer respect the constitutional rights of Nigerians relating to presumption of innocence,” Malami had said in a statement.











“It is a product of constitutionalism and the law. It is rooted in the law and the names of the suspects will accordingly be made public at the point of judicial arraignment while the.  Trials are judicial processes and not about media sensations. Naming and shaming in the Nigerian context must be rooted in constitutionalism. We must strike a balance between constitutional presumption of innocence and evidential proof of reasonable ground for suspicion in making disclosures associated with terrorism funding and financing.

 

“Where reasonable grounds are established, suspects must be naturally taken to court at which point their identity must be disclosed and the naming becomes apparent. Shaming, on the other hand, is the product of conviction at which point the public is equally judicially put on notice. In essence, naming and shaming within the context of Nigerian law are judicial functions which commence with arraignment and terminate with convictions.”

 

Though the Minister claimed 285 suspects have been charged before the Federal High Court, sources told SaharaReporters that only over 40 are being prosecuted by the government before the court based “on prima facie cases of terrorism.”

 

They include Saidu Ahmed, Ibrahim Sani Bello, Mustapha Musa Adamu, Abubakar Sadiq Garba, Hussein Adamu, Muhammed Sani Adam, Abdulrahman Ibrahim, Ghazali Yusuf, Yusuf Ali Yusuf, Abubakar Adamu Yellow, Zahuraddeen Bashir, Haruna Garba Garo, Ibrahim Aliyu Usman, Hassan Idris, Musa Emma, Alhashim Mohammed Almashim, Baba Samaila, Bulama Tahir, Abubakar Ali, Mohammed Ambare, Danlami Hassan Nadabo, Danladi Talle Inuwa, Bashir Ali, Mansur Muhammad Usaman.

 

Others are Musa Tasiu Ya’u, Auwalu Ali Alhassan, Sadi Saidu Abdullahi, Suraj Adamu, Muhammed Auwalu, Ismaila Abdullaziz Mohammed, Munzali Ashiru Gambo, Yazid Muhammad Usman, Nabil Zakari, Gambo Auwalu, Muhammed Abba, Bashir Idris Shuaibu, Mohammed Yahaya, Auwalu Ibrahim, Abdullahi Umar Usman, Dahiru Umar Mohammed, Abdullahi Mohammed, Abubakar Yahaya, Hussaini Lawali Idrisu, Ladann Ibrahim, Nurudeen Gani Aliyu.

 

SaharaReporters had in April, reported how over 400 persons were arrested by security agencies during a nationwide crackdown on the suspected financiers and collaborations.

 

They were reportedly arrested in an operation being coordinated by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), and in collaboration with the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

 

The operation was said to have been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020.

 

They were reportedly being kept in military and DSS facilities in Abuja and other places.

 

Confirming the report a few days after, Malami said the Nigerian government embarked on “a wider and far-reaching investigations” into terrorism financing after the conviction of Boko Haram financiers in the United Arab Emirates.

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As more reactions trail the controversy over the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT), the Federal Government has moved to find a permanent resolution to the disputes.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, who disclosed this on Wednesday in New York, said the government was considering taking an action at the Supreme Court.

“The Federal Government had indeed taken cognisance of the fact that where there exists a dispute between a state and the Federal Government, it is the Supreme Court that should naturally have the jurisdiction to determine the dispute between the state and the federation,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States.

“And we are taking steps to consider the possibility of instituting an action before the Supreme Court for the purpose of having this matter determined once and for all.”

In a ruling delivered in August, Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt granted the Rivers State government the right to collect VAT, instead of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), paving the way for Governor Nyesom Wike to assent to the VAT Law, 2021.

But the FIRS, which was displeased with the development, filed a motion on notice to apply for a stay of execution on the earlier judgement delivered by Justice Pam.

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Justice Pam, however, refused the application on the ground that the federal agency failed to file an application to set aside the tax law recently enacted by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

While he stated that the state law on VAT was valid and subsisting, Governor Wike directed the state’s revenue agency to fully implement the VAT law.

The FIRS later approached the Court of Appeal in Abuja with a civil motion seeking a stay of the execution of the judgement granted by the court in Rivers, pending the determination of the case.

A three-man panel of the appellate court led by Justice Haruna Tsammani then directed all parties to maintain the status quo and refrain from taking action that would give effect to the judgement delivered by Justice Pam, pending the hearing and determination of the instant suit.

In its reaction, the Rivers State government filed an appeal at the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling of the appellate court.

It sought relief of the apex court to allow the appeal, set aside the decision of the appeal court, and dismiss the oral application for interim injection made by the FIRS.

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Of Bye-Elections And The Isoko South Constituency 1 BUY-Election, By Ogaga Ifowodo https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/of-bye-elections-and-the-isoko-south-constituency-1-buy-election-by-ogaga-ifowodo/ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/of-bye-elections-and-the-isoko-south-constituency-1-buy-election-by-ogaga-ifowodo/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 08:44:20 +0000 https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/of-bye-elections-and-the-isoko-south-constituency-1-buy-election-by-ogaga-ifowodo/ On Saturday, 11 September 2023, the good people of Isoko South Constituency 1 came out to choose a new representative to fill the Delta State House of Assembly seat left vacant by reason of the sudden and sad death of Mr Kenneth Ogba, an amiable gentleman, my last recollection of...

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On Saturday, 11 September 2023, the good people of Isoko South Constituency 1 came out to choose a new representative to fill the Delta State House of Assembly seat left vacant by reason of the sudden and sad death of Mr Kenneth Ogba, an amiable gentleman, my last recollection of whom was at the reception of guests following the burial of my 107-year-old mother on the 1st of May. I gladly and proudly flew the banner of the All Progressives Congress in the bye-election. I have been seeking an elective position for public service since 2014 when I returned from my university teaching position in the United States, starting with my bid to represent the Isoko people in the House of Representatives. I firmly believe that all who are primarily motivated by public, and not self-service, should aspire to or accept any genuine post for doing so. 



Whereas in 2015, a rogue aspirant was furtively funded to snatch the ticket from me and disappear into thin air thereafter, this time I was the candidate. And it was my pleasure to visit homes, traditional rulers’ palaces, town halls and school fields campaigning, on the slogan of electing a visible, credible and nationally known advocate of democracy and good governance as the voice of the constituents. At every stop, I was humbled to know that I needed little or no introduction, the only worry being whether our toxic political culture, which prevents the election of radical progressives, would permit a different outcome this time. Boosted by the tireless efforts of the Deputy Senate President — who led leaders of the party across the state to the flag-off of the campaign and to the long closing finale through Idheze, Ivrogbo, Irri, Emede and Oleh — a groundswell of support promised a happy result. Apart from the group defections from the Peoples Democratic Party in Irri, Idheze, Ivrogbo and Emede, especially that of scores of the youth wing of the Isoko Development Union, countless others joined the APC fold singly or in twos and threes. The rain-defying rally in Oleh on flag-off day and the mammoth rally under floodlights in Emede on the last day of campaigning sent shivers down the spine of the main rival party, PDP, the dominance-without-development, power-without-progress party that has had the Big Heart state in its death-grip since 1999.

The signs of desperation were there early enough. Working hand-in-hand with the Social Democratic Party, a party without structure in the state but to which my opponent had defected at the speed of light upon losing the primary, my posters were ripped off the wall the minute our agents turned their back. Not satisfied, my erstwhile fellow party member and rival for the ticket rallied his supporters to pull down and shred my billboard banners from Oleh to Emede, Ada and Ivrogbo. I reported the vile and childish behaviour to the police, the Odio-Ologbo and President-General of Oleh, and let the matter lie. I wasn’t going to be baited into brutish behaviour.

But that was a mere precursor of what was to come: the shameful theft of the people’s will. A bye-election it was, but a massive BUY-election it became. As is its wont, the party which wears as a badge of honour its unbroken governance without transformational progress for over two decades had campaigned very little but planned well its greatest electoral heist to date. Knowing it couldn’t win on the credibility and popularity of its candidate, nor on its record of governance, PDP’s henchmen and women settled for brazen vote-buying on election day. A troubling phenomenon already with sums of N500, N1000 and when the stakes are high, N2000, for a vote in past elections, this time the party’s hierarchy betrayed its utter desperation by throwing the entire treasury of the state wide open and proffering an average of N4000 for a vote. They did not hesitate to offer up to N10,000 to some critical voters, as was widely acknowledged by grateful recipients in Emede, the centre of the money-bazaar and where the worst aspects of the electoral outrage played out. That desperation led to the cold-blooded murder of Mr Aziakpono Igweh, the APC agent at the Unit 5 polling station of Irri Ward 10.

The result: through a combination of bags and bags of the state’s money hauled in to buy votes and strategic use of violence, the bye-election which had begun on a promising note of orderly voting was subtly, at first, and brazenly, later, transmogrified into a BUY-election. What a cynical preying on the poverty and outright pauperisation of the masses! The case of the APC member who went with his mother to the polling station only for his dear mother to vote for PDP on the ground that “O be yo igho ro” — They are the ones with the money — demonstrates the deeply corruptive effect of vote-buying. It’s true that vote-buying did not start with the election of Saturday. It has been one of the cancerous ills of our politics but before the 11th of September, 2021, the practice was euphemistically styled as money for “pure water” to slake the thirst of the good citizens who stood in the sun to cast their vote. All that changed dramatically when the Delta State government abandoned all pretences for the plain bargain of a cash-and-carry election victory. Naturally, there can be no talk of a free exercise of will when such monetary inducements, capitalising on the grinding poverty of the masses, overwhelm and corrupt the voter’s mind.

And that leads to the questions: What causes a party that has been in absolute control of governance for two decades and counting to be so utterly desperate as to be prepared to bankrupt the state for a single legislative seat bye-election? If prepared to go that far for a bye-election, how much might they be more than willing, less than two years hence, to offer for a governorship vote — N20,000, N50,000? Is there a limit to the PDP’s price for absolute control of power for power’s sole sake? And what are the immediate consequences of this unconscionable draining and diversion of the state’s resources to buy an election — how many roads, schools, health centres, monthly salaries, waste disposal services, etc., will be neglected or unpaid due to this wanton profligacy? We will, of course, get no answers, because the very House of Assembly that is best placed to ask these questions has no opposition. And that was one of the reasons for the governing party’s desperation and recklessness: over their dead bodies would an outspoken, independent-minded and credible individual be allowed in the legislative house to stir things up and break the silence of complicity. Only yes-men and yes-women at all cost!

But nothing lasts for ever. In business as in politics, monopolies are an indubitable evil. Even vulture capitalists know this, hence anti-trust laws aimed at breaking up monopolies and promoting free trade through fair competition. The good news is that monopolies, or dynasties, to use a more familiar political term, create the conditions for their own eventual end or dissolution. So full of their power, they promote arrogance, hubris, narcissism and a lack of critical self-awareness. “Whether or not we govern well, whether or not you freely vote for us, we shall win” becomes the conscious and unconscious state of mind of power monopolists, as PDP which styles itself as the largest party in Africa and once boasted of ruling over Nigeria for sixty years. This ugly ethos is more harmlessly expressed in my state as “Delta is a PDP state,” as if that is a biological or natural fact, the way one might say that the earth is round! That’s what unchallenged power does, given human nature. But the desperation of two Saturdays ago shows that even the most besotted, highly-placed, members of Africa’s largest party are no longer so convinced of their political invincibility. The chink in the armour grows more visible and it is our duty as the party of progressives to widen and shatter it. 

Ordinarily, I should congratulate my triumphant opponent, and for the formality of it, I hereby do so, the forces that so darkly and dearly bought his “victory” being beyond him. But I congratulate, more heartily, the steadfast citizens who spurned the thousands offered for their votes and battled fruitlessly to the end. And, also, my non-partisan friends who “don’t normally give money to politicians” but made exceptions to support me. Party faithfuls, uncompromising citizens and independent-minded friends alike know that desperation and a willingness to bankrupt a state for dubious electoral victories will not triumph for ever. The only thing permanent is change, and soon enough — 2023, I predict — progressive change will come and Delta State will be free from the strangulating dominance of stagnating one-party rule. We must not be daunted or deterred. To restore some semblance of sanity and integrity to our elections, however, the federal government and INEC must act quickly to curtail the lethal phenomenon of vote-buying. The most important citizenship right, that of freely choosing representatives in government, must not be reduced to the banality of selling it to the highest bidder. Self-governance or democracy is one thing; the buying of yam or fish another. Democracy, even in our country where that concept is under one of its greatest trials, ought to be priceless.

 

Ifowodo was the APC candidate in the 11 September 2021 bye-election for the Isoko South Constituency 1 seat in the Delta State House of Assembly.

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Royal Navy Makes 007 Actor Daniel Craig ‘Honorary Commander’ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/royal-navy-makes-007-actor-daniel-craig-honorary-commander/ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/royal-navy-makes-007-actor-daniel-craig-honorary-commander/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 07:06:17 +0000 https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/royal-navy-makes-007-actor-daniel-craig-honorary-commander/ James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been made an honorary commander in the Royal Navy, matching the rank of the fictional superspy he plays on screen, the service announced on Thursday. (Photo by Lee BLEASE / MOD / AFP)     James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been made an...

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James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been made an honorary commander in the Royal Navy, matching the rank of the fictional superspy he plays on screen, the service announced on Thursday. (Photo by Lee BLEASE / MOD / AFP)

 

 

James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been made an honorary commander in the Royal Navy, matching the rank of the fictional superspy he plays on screen, the service announced on Thursday.

The honour comes as Craig, 53, makes his final outing as Bond in “No Time To Die”, set for its world premiere in London next Tuesday, after months of coronavirus delays.

Britain’s highest-ranking naval officer, First Sea Lord Admiral Tony Radakin, said he was “delighted” to give the honour to the actor, who has played 007 since 2006.

“Daniel Craig is well known for being Commander Bond for the last 15 years, a naval officer who keeps Britain safe through missions across the globe,” he added.

“That’s what the real Royal Navy does every day, using technology and skill the same way as Bond himself.”

Craig said he was “truly privileged and honoured” to join the oldest service in the British armed forces, and that he would use the role to support personnel and their families.

Before receiving the award, he met Lieutenant Commander Frances Bond, who works at the Royal Navy’s headquarters in Portsmouth, on England’s south coast.

“I’ve had my fair share of light-hearted banter from colleagues over being a real-life Bond but I never imagined I would actually one day get to meet the actor who played him,” the commander said.

The Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence worked with the makers of “No Time To Die”, and the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon features in the film’s trailer.

The Royal Air Force was also involved, with RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, southern England, masquerading as a NATO airbase in the film.

Members of the Household Cavalry regiment — normally seen at the Changing of the Guard at Queen Elizabeth II’s Buckingham Palace London residence — supplied troops.

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From NY To Seoul, Billie Eilish, BTS In Global Climate, Vaccine Concerts https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/from-ny-to-seoul-billie-eilish-bts-in-global-climate-vaccine-concerts/ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/from-ny-to-seoul-billie-eilish-bts-in-global-climate-vaccine-concerts/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 07:00:19 +0000 https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/23/from-ny-to-seoul-billie-eilish-bts-in-global-climate-vaccine-concerts/ NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 22: On Wed. 9/22, the reunited Fugees performed at Pier 17 in NYC in support of Global Citizen Live, a once-in-a-generation global broadcast event calling on world leaders to defend the planet and defeat poverty, airing on September 25. The show kicks off the...

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 22: On Wed. 9/22, the reunited Fugees performed at Pier 17 in NYC in support of Global Citizen Live, a once-in-a-generation global broadcast event calling on world leaders to defend the planet and defeat poverty, airing on September 25. The show kicks off the Fugees 2021 World Tour. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen/AFP (Photo by Theo Wargo / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

 

 

From Billie Eilish in New York to BTS in Seoul and Elton John in Paris, some of the biggest names in pop are uniting their star power for Global Citizen Live on Saturday, a round-the-world event to raise awareness on climate change, vaccine equality, and famine. 

Concerts taking place in London, Lagos, Rio, Sydney, Mumbai and more will be broadcast globally for the event, scheduled to coincide with the UN General Assembly this week.

The star-studded line-up will also push for action at the G20 next month and COP26 climate meeting in November.

Eilish, Coldplay and Jennifer Lopez will perform in New York’s Central Park, where Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will also be on stage.

Stevie Wonder will play in Los Angeles, while Ed Sheeran will headline in Paris alongside Elton John, Black Eyed Peas and Stormzy.

And there will be pre-recorded performances from BTS in South Korea, DJ superstar Alok in Rio, Kylie Minogue in London and Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany.

“Across six continents, artists will help rally citizens in demanding that governments, major corporations and philanthropists work together to defend the planet and defeat poverty,” NGO Global Citizen said in a statement.

It said it was focusing “on the most urgent, interrelated threats hitting those in poverty the hardest — climate change, vaccine equity, and famine”.

A slew of other artists — including Metallica and The Weeknd — are also involved, either through live or filmed performances.

Global Citizen said it wants one billion trees planted, one billion vaccines delivered to the poorest countries and meals for 41 million people on the brink of famine.

The organisation has been behind other high-profile charity events, including “Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World” earlier this year in Los Angeles.

That brought together musicians, actors, celebrities, world leaders and even the pope, in a united call for global vaccinations to fight Covid-19.

Global Citizen describes itself as a movement with a mission to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Its app uses incentives such as concert tickets to encourage users into pressuring governments on issues around sustainability and equality.

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, lent his support to the latest campaign, urging vaccine equality.

“We now face a two-track pandemic of haves and have-nots,” he said.

“We cannot disregard this gross inequity or become complacent.”

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Ondo Gov’s Wife Urges Girls to Change Gender Narrative https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/ondo-govs-wife-urges-girls-to-change-gender-narrative/ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/ondo-govs-wife-urges-girls-to-change-gender-narrative/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 19:18:08 +0000 https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/ondo-govs-wife-urges-girls-to-change-gender-narrative/ Mary Nnah Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredeolu, has expressed confidence that the female technology leaders produced by BEMORE Summer Bootcamp will change the country’s gender narrative. She said this at the Ondo State Public Service Institute (PSTI) Ilaramokin, Ifedore Local Government Area, during the opening ceremony of the...

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s wife, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredeolu, has expressed confidence that the female technology leaders produced by BEMORE Summer Bootcamp will change the country’s gender narrative.

She said this at the Ondo State Public Service Institute (PSTI) Ilaramokin, Ifedore Local Government Area, during the opening ceremony of the Ondo State edition of the 2021 BEMORE Summer Boot Camp for girls.

Akeredolu set up the BEMORE Summer Boot Camp in 2017 to aid the empowerment of the 21st-century Nigerian girl child and womenfolk in general, with the right knowledge and skill-set to impact society positively.

The governor’s wife, accompanied by the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, said the life-enhancing skills the girls acquire during the programme would enable them to become change agents.

The ongoing edition features over 350 girls. The boot camp helps participants build core competencies in teamwork, problem-solving, social and leadership skills, information and communication technology, and renewable energy.

Akeredolu said, “BEMORE has come to stay. I make bold to say, BEMORE has come to stay. Yes, we are committed to building an army of female technology leaders. Given that their minds have been re-wired to have a different orientation.”

She added, “The BEMORE girls will become a generation I had named ‘A breed without greed’. The girls will be taught to become selfless change agents by making service their watchword. In fact, with these girls, I foresee a future where females lead.”

She urged the “digital and solar girls” to do their best to listen and learn all they could during the summer boot camp.

According to her, four years down the lane, the boot camp is close to training 2,000 young secondary girls in ICT, SOLAR Technology and other life-enhancing skills.

Aiyedatiwa commended Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu and the BEMORE team for their “giant strides” to ensure girl child education and improve human capital development.

“Girls who receive an education are less likely to marry young and more likely to lead healthy, productive lives.

They earn higher incomes, participate in the decisions that most affect them, and build better futures for themselves and their families,” he noted. “Girls’ education strengthens economies and reduces inequality. It contributes to more stable, resilient societies that give all individuals – including boys and men – the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Education for girls goes beyond access to school. It’s also about girls feeling safe in classrooms and supported in the subjects and careers they choose to pursue – including those in which they are often under-represented.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Ten Killed In Katsina Community By Bandits Residents Vow Were Dropped By Army Green Helicopter https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/exclusive-ten-killed-in-katsina-community-by-bandits-residents-vow-were-dropped-by-army-green-helicopter/ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/exclusive-ten-killed-in-katsina-community-by-bandits-residents-vow-were-dropped-by-army-green-helicopter/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 18:47:14 +0000 https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/exclusive-ten-killed-in-katsina-community-by-bandits-residents-vow-were-dropped-by-army-green-helicopter/ No fewer than 10 people have reportedly been killed by bandits who were allegedly dropped by a helicopter in Gurbi village in Katsina state.   This was disclosed by residents of the village in a video exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters.  The incident occurred on Tuesday.    Gurbi village is in...

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No fewer than 10 people have reportedly been killed by bandits who were allegedly dropped by a helicopter in Gurbi village in Katsina state.

 

This was disclosed by residents of the village in a video exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters. 



The incident occurred on Tuesday. 

 

Gurbi village is in the Kurfi local government area of the state. 

 

Surviving villagers said a chopper landed at ‘Kuka Mai Zuma’ area in Gurbi village, around 5 pm; shortly after which bandits began to ransack houses and shooting people at will.

 

Mujaheed Imrana, a resident of Gurbi, further disclosed that the bandits also destroyed and burnt about 10 vehicles, including a Toyota Sienna bus and two Volkswagen saloon cars. 

 

He said about ten persons were shot and many scampered into the nearby bushes for safety.

 

Imrana disclosed that an army green coloured helicopter dropped the bandits who wreaked havoc on the village.

 

He said in Hausa, “Around 5pm, a helicopter landed around the ‘Kuka Mai Zuma’. And five minutes after, bandits invaded Gurbi and started shooting indiscriminately in the village.

 

“The attackers operated for about two hours unchallenged.

 

 

“They killed at least 10 persons whose remains are here in this hospital; with several persons yet to be accounted for.

 

“They arrived around 5 pm, aboard an army green-coloured helicopter and moved from house to house, shooting whoever they find; in an operation which lasted over two hours unchallenged.

 

“A green helicopter dropped the attackers and in less than five minutes after their arrival, they went on a house-to-house rampage.

“They either killed or carted away all the cattle in Gurbi village and set about ten cars ablaze.

 

“They also attacked other villages like Yar-Kuka, Dan-Malam, Gidan-Ibran, Makera, etc., to stop the villagers from coming to our rescue.

 

“Two persons from Makera who risked everything to help us were shot. 

 

“One was shot in the stomach and his intestines were out. The other has a fracture on his shoulder and will be taken to Katsina Medical Centre.

 

“They may have attacked more, we don’t know the number of villages attacked now as telecoms services have been shut down.”

 

When asked if he had a message for the government, he said God would judge between the villagers and the government.

 

He said, “I am confused as to what to say. But surely God will judge between us. We are being killed day in, day out, and sacked from our homes.

 

“For us here in this community, we’ll continue to curse the present government. We also know that God will judge between us the regime.” 

 

He said the helicopter landed behind Kuka Mai Zuma on the fringes of the village.

 

He stated, “We confronted them from the north, but the attackers diverted to Hanyar Gidan Sale.” 

 

He noted that the injured persons were receiving treatment at a general hospital, but many people could not be accounted for.

Another resident of the area, Annas Abdullahi said he was on the village football pitch when the helicopter conveying the attackers landed.

 

According to him, the helicopter was the same type supplying arms to bandits.

 

He said, “We were playing football when the helicopter arrived. Upon seeing the helicopter, I told all the players that we should leave. Before we got home, we heard gunshots. I went in and brought my Dane gun, but the attackers were too numerous to be challenged.

“I alerted our people that this is the helicopter that brings supplies for Fulani bandits.”

 

He added that he fired one shot and ran for safety. 

 

“They surrounded everywhere. Women may have been abducted. Government has failed us.”

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TETFund, ATBU Train Lecturers, Heads of North-East Institutions https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/tetfund-atbu-train-lecturers-heads-of-north-east-institutions/ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/tetfund-atbu-train-lecturers-heads-of-north-east-institutions/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 18:16:31 +0000 https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/tetfund-atbu-train-lecturers-heads-of-north-east-institutions/ Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, have organised a training workshop for lecturers and heads of tertiary institutions in the North-East on grant-writing skills. President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the increase of the National Research Fund (NRF), domiciled...

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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, have organised a training workshop for lecturers and heads of tertiary institutions in the North-East on grant-writing skills.

President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the increase of the National Research Fund (NRF), domiciled in TETFund from N5 billion to N7.5 billion in 2020.

Declaring open the five-day workshop held at the Command Guest House, Bauch, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro, lamented the poor performance of north-east tertiary institution lecturers in writing grant proposals for research.

The TETFund boss, represented by the DG National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, Dr. Danlami Ibrahim Mohammed, said, “For too long, we academics have been operating in our silos, clapping with one hand. That is unacceptable. No wonder we are not getting the outcome of research that solves problems of the society of technology and the economy.”

He added, “It’s for this reason that we agreed on this training at TETFund, and we spoke with the VC of ATBU just as I spoke with the VC of the University of Benin, University of Nigeria Nsukka and ABU that complacency could destroy our rating and ranking. And that is precisely why we called this meeting.”

He urged the participants to rise to the occasion by coming up with the most recognised and acceptable research and grant proposals that the North-East can benefit from.

On his part, the Vice-Chancellor of ATBU, Prof. Mohammed Abdulazeez, stated that the university is working assiduously to contribute its quota in proffering solutions to Nigeria’s problems.

“Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University is trying to solve issues. One of the issues is the insecurities of this country. People don’t even look at it, and I think as a university, we are supposed to find solutions to this issue. One of the things that we are doing is that we have gotten a centre of excellence on the diary in ATBU,” said Abdulazeez. “Our target is to show to our brothers that the best way to keep your cattle is to keep it around your house, feed it well, and you will find out that you don’t have to move around.”

Abdulazeez also thanked Bogoro for organising the workshop, noting that research and development will bring development and stability to the nation.

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Parents Urged to Guide Children to Focus on Digital Programmes https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/parents-urged-to-guide-children-to-focus-on-digital-programmes/ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/parents-urged-to-guide-children-to-focus-on-digital-programmes/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:14:53 +0000 https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/parents-urged-to-guide-children-to-focus-on-digital-programmes/ The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has urged parents to guide their children to watch only programmes that add value to their lives. Ogundipe said this at the recent graduation ceremony of a six-week 2021 summer training in coding and robotics at the university. He said,...

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has urged parents to guide their children to watch only programmes that add value to their lives.

Ogundipe said this at the recent graduation ceremony of a six-week 2021 summer training in coding and robotics at the university.

He said, “Parents should guide our children to watch more robotic programmes, rather than just any other programme.”

Ogundipe added, “We want to catch them young. We cannot afford to lag behind, and that is why today we are celebrating the future of Nigeria. What we have done is to bring these children together, which started in 2018. We also brought them together in 2019 to learn more about robotics and artificial intelligence.”

He noted that “we are trying to expose children between ages 11 and 15, especially girls,” in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence so that they will learn science and technology.

Ogundipe also appealed to public-spirited individuals to support the university with sponsorship to keep the initiative going.

He also urged the children to pay more attention to programmes focused on robotics, artificial intelligence, and programme writing.

The Coordinator, Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Lab of the university, Dr. Chika Yinka-Banjo, noted that the essence of the ceremony was to give the graduands the platform to showcase what they had learnt all through the summer.

She said a total of 56 children, especially girls enrolled on the programme, but 49 of the total number made it to the end.

”The aim is to build skills in the future generation of this country. You know if you have a skill and you understand what is going on in the area of technology in the world, you will be able to make a choice as you grow older, and you will be able to learn some skills that will help you become an independent entrepreneur,” she added.

Mrs. Funmi Anyike, the sponsor of this year’s summer camp, expressed satisfaction with what the children learnt in the short period.

”I am highly impressed with what I have seen here today, the way they are manipulating the software. It is indeed a life-changing experience for these children,” said Ayinke. ”Artificial intelligence, robotics and coding is the trend now, and we are happy. These ones have made us proud as they can compete favourably with their counterparts from other climes.”

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Bridge Pupils Get Scholarship to Rainbow College https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/bridge-pupils-get-scholarship-to-rainbow-college/ https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/bridge-pupils-get-scholarship-to-rainbow-college/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 16:13:57 +0000 https://bbc.com.ng/2021/09/22/bridge-pupils-get-scholarship-to-rainbow-college/ Funmi Ogundare For emerging tops in its entrance exam, two Bridge Nigeria pupils have received scholarships to attend Rainbow College, a top-flight secondary school with a reputation for excellence. The college offers academic scholarships to the best students in the competitive entrance examination into JSS1. The pupils are Master Christopher...

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For emerging tops in its entrance exam, two Bridge Nigeria pupils have received scholarships to attend Rainbow College, a top-flight secondary school with a reputation for excellence.

The college offers academic scholarships to the best students in the competitive entrance examination into JSS1.

The pupils are Master Christopher Inyanda, Bridge’s top performing pupil in the last national common entrance examination with a score of 195 over 200 and Iretomiwa Adewusi, who scored an impressive 175 marks in the national examination.

The duo competed for the prized secondary school scholarship with other academically brilliant pupils across the country to win the coveted award.

Speaking during the award presentation ceremony in Lagos, the Principal, Rainbow College, Mr. Adeshina Okunubi, noted that Christopher and Iretomiwa will be supported by the exceptional skills of the pastoral and academic team at the college.

Okunubi noted that “Rainbow College is committed to raising genuine, well-educated, responsible, God-fearing and strong-minded students who will go on to achieve amazing things.”

The Managing Director, Bridge Nigeria, Foyinsola Akinjayeju, who highlighted the school’s commitment to transforming lives through education that gives children a strong foundation and the gateway to their future success, said the positive impact of Bridge’s work was evident in the exceptional successes recorded by its pupils in external examinations and most recently, the national common entrance exam.

“Bridge uses an approach that leverages technology to leapfrog education, enabling teachers to succeed and children to excel. There is equity of learning for every child, irrespective of their background,” said Akinjayeju.

A parent of one of the beneficiaries, Mr. Austin Inyanda, commended Bridge for making remarkable impacts in basic education in Lagos and Osun.

For three consecutive years, Bridge pupils have performed exceptionally well in the country’s National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE), with the majority of the pupils surpassing the national average.

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