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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September 28, 2022

APC Advises Gov. Wike To Sell Returned Private Jet To Fund Critical Sectors In Rivers

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has advised the state government to immediately dispose the “legacy jet A-600” aircraft and invest the money into refurbishing all abandoned primary and secondary schools.

The APC said the fund that will be realized could also help in the “resuscitation of the moribund primary healthcare system, pay off all outstanding salaries owed teachers of demonstration secondary schools and also wrongfully dismissed lecturers of Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic”.

In a statement by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Darlington Nwauju, the APC said funds from the sale of the aircraft could also be used for the payment of the “five years salaries of RSSDA staff, payment of pensions, and gratuities, student’s bursaries and many more unresolved obligations of the state government”.

Darlington said there is “no economic benefit” from the private jet to the people of Rivers state when the world is facing an “economic meltdown”.

The statement also questioned where the state government will get fund to pay for “the landing cost of the aircraft, daily parking fee, navigational charges per flight, monthly salary for Pilot, engagement of a ground crew, maintenance engineers, cleaners, security, Maintenance, observation and repairs amongst other issues involved”.


September 28, 2022

NSCDC mourns as escort biker dies performing stunt

An official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, identified only as Dickson, has died after crashing an escort motorbike of the Commandant-General of the agency, Ahmed Audi, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Our correspondent gathered that the deceased was leading Audi’s convoy when he ran into a culvert and died on the spot.

 An NSCDC source said, “The commandant-general had just closed from work on Tuesday evening and was heading home when the incident happened at an intersection close to his official residence in the Federal Capital Territory.

 “Dickson was said to have attempted a stunt near a major intersection before Mr Audi’s residence at Asokoro Extension. After passing the intersection and attempting a U-turn to join the rest of the convoy, he missed the brakes and ran into a concrete culvert while on high speed.”

 The corps spokesperson, Mr Shola Odumosu, described the incident as unfortunate.

He said, “It was an accident and we hope never to experience such again as we mourn Dickson’s demise.”


September 28, 2022

Controversy surrounds death of Lagos restaurateur, family, friends mourn

The co-founder and Executive Director of Bhukka Hospitality Limited, owners of a restaurant chain, Bukka Hut, Laolu Martins, is dead.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Martins died on Wednesday in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

A source told one of our correspondents that two narratives had been trailing the circumstances surrounding the death.

 According to the source, the first narrative indicated that Martins, who was suffering from depression, committed suicide.

 He said the second version stated that the businessman suddenly slumped and died while being rushed to a hospital for treatment around 3am.

 During a visit to one of the restaurants on Herbert Macaulay Way, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos State, one of our correspondents observed that normal business activities were ongoing on the premises.

 A worker at the restaurant, who spoke on condition of anonymity over fear of losing his job, said, “Yes, we learnt about his death, but I am not aware of the cause and no official statement has been given concerning it.”

 Bukka Hut, in a statement posted on its official Twitter handle, @BukkaHut, expressed sadness over the incident.

 The Managing Director of the company, Rasheed Jaiyeola, in the statement, described Martins as a strong pillar in the business.

The statement read, “With a heavy heart we regret to announce the demise of one of our directors and co-owners, Mr Olaolu Martins, who was until his death a key contributor and strong pillar to our business from inception to date. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. May his dear soul rest in perfect peace.”

Also reacting to the development, the deceased’s family, in a statement, appealed to the public for privacy as they mourned his death.

 The statement read in part, “Our kind request is that you support the family – wife, children, aged mother and father and his siblings with your prayers at this difficult time. Further announcements will be made by the family.”

Until his death, Martins was also an investment banking expert, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute Stockbrokers, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Association of Investment Advisers & Portfolio Managers.

He was said to have served as an independent member of the Investment Committee of Skye Financial Services Limited.

 The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said the command had yet to get a report of the incident as of the time this report was filed.


Monday, September 26, 2022

September 26, 2022

Man expresses concern as his cleaner who has two children professes love for him

Young man in his 30s is struck with confusion as his 40+ cleaner who has two children professes her love via a romantic text.

A Twitter user identified as Toba Adeyeye took to the micro-blogging platform to emphasize the shock of such a gesture.

According to Toba, he had been extra nice to the woman particularly because of her struggles of raising two kids alone.

In a lengthy note via Twitter, he wrote;

“My craziest experience in a longtime. Earlier today, I got this text from my house cleaner who happened to be a widow with 2 children and should be in her 40s.

I was and still am confused, I thought I was helping her by;

1. providing her with the job 

2. Paying her extra 

3. Not complaining when foodstuff, fruits, & drinks go less in the kitchen after cleaning, & in most cases, she asks if she can take it, especially for products that are about to expire. 

4. Solving her minor problems like adding to kids Sch. Fee or extra cash during the festivals

I guess na me fckv up. Being nice can be stupid in most cases. At this point, I agree that I need a wife. at least my next cleaner will know that madam is in the house.”


September 26, 2022

Nigeria Is Experiencing The Worst Flooding In Decades, 300 Dead - NHSA

Nigeria is battling its worst floods in a decade with more than 300 people killed in 2022 including at least 20 this week, as authorities said the situation is “beyond our control.” The floods in 27 of Nigeria’s 36 states and capital city have affected half a million people, including 100,000 displaced and more than 500 injured, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency said. 

The disaster has also destroyed thousands of hectares of farmland, worsening fears of a disruption of food supply in Africa’s most populous country. Since 2012, “this [the flood-related deaths] is the highest we ever had,” said Manzo Ezekiel, a spokesperson for the disaster management agency.

Nigeria sees flooding every year, often as a result of non-implementation of environmental guidelines and inadequate infrastructure. 

Authorities are blaming the floods this year on water overflowing from local rivers, unusual rainfalls and the release of excess water from Lagdo dam in neighbouring Cameroon’s northern region. The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency predicted more floods in 2022 than last year due to “excessive rainfalls and contributions from external flows” such as the dam in Cameroon.


Saturday, September 24, 2022

September 24, 2022

Don’t de-register ASUU, NLC warns FG, writes Ngige

The Nigeria Labour Congress has warned against reported moves by the Federal Government to withdraw the registration licence of the Academic Staff Union of Universities over non-submission of its audited financial returns for over five years.

While dismissing the claims that ASUU had not submitted its audited financial returns to the Registrar of Trade Unions for over five years as required by the law, the NLC insisted that the union had submitted its financial reports up to 2021.

Reacting to media report that the Federal Government may withdraw ASUU’s registration because of the alleged infractions, the NLC alleged that ASUU submitted its financial reports twice, but were deliberately rejected.

In the letter to the Registrar of Trade Unions and copied the Minister of Labour and Employment, NLC President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, warned against moves to deregister or withdraw ASUU’s registration licence.

The NLC in the letter dated September 2022, said, “We understand that ASUU has responded to your query to submit its Annual Financial Report and Audited Accounts within 72 hours. ASUU responded to the query through their letter dated September 9, 2022.

“In the letter, the union posited that it had submitted the Annual Financial Returns and Audited Accounts for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. ASUU also averred that the union has now rendered the account for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 as at September 9, 2022.

“We understand that due to disruptions occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the union was unable to fill these reports immediately the financial documents were prepared and available for filing. We also understand that regardless of the COVID-19 disruptions, the union had paid for statutory required filling fees.”


Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities to respect the ruling of the Industrial Court which directed its members to go back to work pending the determination of the suit.

The North-East, Zone E, Zonal Coordinator of NANS, Alhassan Adam, made the appeal while speaking to journalists on Friday at the NUJ Secretariat in Bauchi, the Bauchi State capital.

He, however, called on the Federal Government to immediately pay the lecturers their outstanding seven months’ salaries so that academic activities could go back to normal.

Adam, who was accompanied to the press conference by other zonal and state officials, said: “We are here today Friday, the 23rd September, 2022 to address you in Bauchi State regarding the court judgment between ASUU and Federal Government.

“After a seven month stand-off between ASUU and the Federal Government, just last Wednesday, the Industrial Court made a judgment between the Federal Government and ASUU.

“The Federal Government won the case against ASUU; indeed, the judgment is a win-win to Nigerian students under the leadership of the new President of NANS, Comrade Usman Umar Barambu.

“Based on that, the leadership of Nigerian Students (NANS) deemed it very necessary to call on ASUU to please respect the judgment of the court in good faith, so that our students can return back to classes after seven months of deadbeat staying at home.”


September 24, 2022

Smugglers shoot Customs officers, abandon stolen petrol

The Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, of the Nigeria Customs Service said that suspected smugglers shot severally at officers of the service in an attempt to smuggle 81,425 liters of Petroleum Motor Spirit at Badagry area of Lagos State in the early hours of Thursday.

A statement by the unit quoted the acting Customs Area Controller in charge of the unit, Deputy Comptroller Hussein Ejibunu, to have said that despite the shooting, the officers were able to seize the products.

Ejibunnu said that the PMS was parked in jerrycans and sacks, adding that the officers were attacked by the smugglers using Dane guns.

He said the seizures were results of painstaking intelligence and perseverance on the part of officers of the unit who are committed to protecting the national economy.

“When my men got there at exactly 1:30 pm, we were shot at with Dane guns. And you know that there is a difference between Dane guns, pump action guns and assault rifles like AK-47.

“They fired their Dane guns a few times and ran away, and since it was their terrain, they knew all the nooks and crannies to use for escape. We took possession. I moved in with 18 Hilux vehicles loaded with officers who were armed to the teeth because I was ready and knew what could come up.

Ejibunu described perpetrators of trans border fuel smuggling as saboteurs that must be stopped as they don’t mean well for the country

He decried a situation where the Federal Government spends huge amount of money to subsidise fuel for the benefit of Nigerians only for a few persons to be smuggling the subsidised fuel out of Nigeria for selfish gains.

“The seizure is a result of serious intelligence. We have been monitoring them since last week, and the information came to me that some people are using sacks to smuggle petroleum products out of Nigeria.

“We put a close tab on them and their cup became full. What baffled me is the manner of loading, which I consider highly ingenious.

“For someone to think that instead of carrying drums like the ones we intercepted a few days ago from Ayegun border where they brought in about 60 drums containing PMS about to be moved from Nigeria and hid them in a bush, it was where they went to secure trucks that we swooped on them.

“The only difference in this new one is that they used sacks to conceal the product and put them close to a creek, from where they will be ferried out.

According to him, “The implications to the economy are multifaceted. Firstly, our country subsidized petroleum products for us for our own use, yet some recalcitrant people who believe that that is the way they can always survive still believe it is to shortchange the nation as well. And it is criminal, because it is our collective patrimony, yet some people now believe that they can smuggle it to make gains.”


September 24, 2022

Airstrikes neutralize bandits’ kingpin, 45 others in Zamfara, Katsina

The Nigeria Air Force operating in Zamfara State has killed a bandits’ leader, popularly known as Dogo Rabe and over 45 members of his gang in Zamfara forests.

The Nigeria Air Force operatives bombed the bandits’ camps located within communities between the Zurmi and Birnin Magaji areas in Zamfara State, and Jibia in Katsina State, according to a security source.

DAILY POST reported that some days before the bombardment, a similar attack was carried out in the camp belonging to another bandits’ kingpin, Bello Turji in the Fakai community of the State, where no fewer than 22 bandits were neutralized, while Turji escaped.

According to a source in the area, Abdulbaqi Aliyu, the recent attack killed no fewer than 40 bandits in the Birnin Magaji area of the State.

“The Nigerian Air force launched an attack at Sabon Birini Dan Ali forest, in Birini Magaji Local Government Area, which resulted in the killing of over 40 of the bandits”, he said.

The attack occurred when the gangs were said to be loading rustled cattle.

“It was not clear how many people were killed in that operation because the bandits gathered at Dan Karami’s house for a meeting. It is unclear if he was among those killed,” the source said.

There has been no official statement from Abdul Olaitan, the Air Force spokesman in Katsina State as he didn’t pick calls from newsmen.


September 24, 2022

Belgian filmmaker Thierry Michel accused of plagiarism by DRC

Belgian filmmaker Thierry Michel is being sued by in the Democratic Republic of Congo by documentary making partnership, the Balufu brothers.

Gilbert Balufu Mbaye and Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda accuse Michel of plagiarising their 2015 film “The Silence of Forgotten Crimes.”

It follows the release of Michel’s 2021 film, “Empire of Silence.”

“What he has done is plagiarism,” said Gilbert Balufu. “Plagiarism is making the same thing as someone else. He used the same narrative structure, as well as the technical cutting and even the synopsis.”

Michel’s “The Empire of Silence” tells the story of war crimes in DRC over two decades.

In the film he suggest war criminals are more likely to be rewarded than convicted and he calls for an end to impunity.

But the Balufu brother have claimed there could be as many as 80 elements of comparison with their film.

"We asked for the comparison of the two films,” said Balufu. “From the comparison we can remove the doubt, we can see who is right and who is wrong but Thierry Michel does not want to put the film at the disposal of justice, so it is already an admission of guilt.”

Michel denies the accusations and says it is an attack on freedom.

"The objective is to ban the film, to seize it and to sentence me and the producer to 1 to 5 years in prison,” he says.

“Of course this film is disturbing, there are many people that this film disturbs who are in power in positions that they have acquired through crimes … predation"

Independent analysis carried out at the request of the international society of authors, SCAM shows there are only four images common to both films but the Belgian filmmaker faces up to five years in prison in the DRC if found guilty.


Friday, September 23, 2022

September 23, 2022

NCC Offers Advice As It Reveals New Ways Attackers Exploit Zoom

The Nigerian Communications Commission’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (NCC-CSIRT) has advised users of videotelephony platform, Zoom, to install the latest update of the software from its publisher’s official website following the discovery of vulnerabilities that allows a remote attacker to exploit the app.

In an advisory issued on Wednesday, NCC-CSIRT reported that the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) found several flaws in the Zoom product.

The videotelephony platform became popular for virtual meetings in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic with more than 300 million daily users.

According to the NCC-CSIRT advisory, “A remote attacker could exploit the vulnerabilities to circumvent implemented security measures and cause a denial of service on the targeted machine.”

It noted that “These vulnerabilities exist owing to incorrect access control implementation in Zoom On-Premises Meeting Connector MMR prior to version 4.8.20220815.130.

“A remote attacker could exploit these flaws to join a meeting they were not permitted to attend without being seen by the other attendees.

“They can also access audio and video feeds from meetings they were not permitted to attend, as well as interrupt other sessions.”

Successful exploit of these vulnerabilities could allow an unauthorized remote authenticated user to bypass implemented security limitations on the targeted system.

The Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) is the telecom sector’s cyber security incidence centre set up by the NCC to focus on incidents in the telecom sector and as they may affect telecom consumers and citizens at large.

The CSIRT also works collaboratively with the Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT), established by the Federal Government to reduce the volume of future computer risks incidents by preparing, protecting, and securing Nigerian cyberspace to forestall attacks, and problems or related events.


September 23, 2022

Lagos: CCTV captures physically-challenged man stealing actress phone

A physically-challenged man, identified only as Okeoma, on Wednesday, stole an iPhone 12 Pro-Max valued at N670,000, belonging to an actress, Genevieve Anaele, at the Proof Hotel and Lounge, Oniru, in the Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Anaele accompanied her friend, Sophia Brown, to attend a salsa dance class in the hotel when the incident happened.

 The actress, who spoke to our correspondent on Thursday, said, “I went with a friend for a salsa dance class at the Proof Hotel and Lounge. Around 9.47pm, I was charging my phone with a power bank when I dropped it on the chair to dance.

 “While dancing, my friend, Sophia, stood up to record me with her phone. Immediately she stood up, this guy (Okeoma) picked my iPhone 12 Pro- Max; I bought the phone for N670,000.

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 “So, immediately I found out that my phone was missing, I alerted the management of the lounge and they assured me that they would get me the CCTV footage.

 “When they got the CCTV footage and sent it to me, it revealed how the guy stole the phone and I reported the case at the Maroko Police Station.

 “As of this morning, my line was still ringing but I can no longer track it. There is this stuff on iPhone called Find My Phone; we were able to use it to track my phone to Alli Street, Bambose, Lagos Island. But I can’t track it anymore.”

 Brown, during a conversation with our correspondent, said after the phone could no longer be tracked, “we went online to do some research about the suspect and saw a story in 2018 and 2020 about the same guy.”

 Another friend of the victim, Joseph Ose, said the online research was based on a physically-challenged thief, adding that similar cases, including video clips, showed Okeoma was notorious for stealing property at social gatherings.

 He said, “After playing the video in the cases found online, I realised it was the same person in the CCTV video clip supplied to my friend yesterday. The guy’s name is Okeoma. The guy limped in both video clips.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said he would get back to our correspondent but had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed.



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