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EXPLICIT CONTENTS: Gunmen attack Nasarawa deputy gov’s convoy, kill four

Three policemen and a civilian lost their lives on Tuesday when suspected armed robbers attacked the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Emmanuel Akabe.
Akabe was on his way to Abuja when the robbers struck few kilometres from Akwanga at about 6:00pm.
Spokesperson for the police in the state, ASP Usman Samaila, confirmed the incident during a chat with journalists in Lafia, the capital.
Meanwhile, one of those in the convoy, said the armed robbers opened fire on the convoy before fleeing.
The bodies of the victims had been deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital in Lafia, it was revealed.




The operatives of the Nigeria Police IRT have re-arrested the notorious kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume. He was re-arrested in the late hours of yesterday, 19th August, 2019 in his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State.

It would be recalled that the Police had been on the massive manhunt for the suspect, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume since 6th August, 2019 following the unfortunate incident in Ibi, Taraba State which resulted in the brutal murder of three (3) Police Officers and two (2) civilians, and injury to five (5) others. The suspect, who was appropriately restrained at the time of the incident, was subsequently released by his “rescuers” after they had destroyed the restraining handcuffs.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni  while commending the Police operatives for their perseverance and painstaking efforts, has expressed his profound gratitude to all Nigerians for their unparalleled show of love and empathy to the Force and the families of the officers and patriotic civilians who paid the supreme price in the service of their fatherland. It is his belief that the re-arrest of the suspect, Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume, will no doubt, help in bringing answers to the numerous but hitherto unanswered questions touching on the incident and the larger criminal enterprise of the suspect.




SAD: Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) Loss Lecturer.

The Nasarawa State University (NSU) has lost one of its academic staff, Augustine O. Ogaraku.

Ogaraku, a professor of Plant Pathology died after a brief ilness on Monday, August 19.

The deceased was a lecturer with the department of Biological Sciences (PSB). He taught both undergraduate and post graduate students.



Sircidy multimedia present the final list of all its nominees names and categories for the soon coming event,
Upcoming stars award night (USAN)

1. Radio presenter of the year

* Steve Shammah
* Dickson yan de matter
* Amos Atingi NBS lastborn
* Tony Rein
* Deeohsee
* Engr Precious Bashayi
* Miss May

2. Personality of the year

* Egon barnie
* Deeohsee
* Steve Shamah
* Daddy best
* Mikky best
* Mc Rolex
* Asher Jacos

3. Mc of the year

* Mc steve dee
* Nbs last Born
* Mc kure
* Mc Ben Auta
* Mc kingz
* Mc doyourthing

4. Comedian of the year

* Mc Nappy
* Mc Dan Gwari
* Mc Emperor
* Mc kure

5. Graphics designer of the year

* Dator Graphics
* Movak designz
* Zeeky designz
* Saintz designz
* Clemzy Boss graphics
* Ducheez imagery

6. Blog of the year


7. DJ of the year

* Dj Mack Johnpaul
* Dj Lomz
* Dj X
* Dj Starboi
* Dj mesh
* Dj Gutus

8. Beauty Queen of the year

* Face of Nasarawa
* Face of Akwanga
* Face of Naspoly
* Face of Tresh
* Miss Nasarawa
* Miss Unity
* Miss Independent
* Miss Democracy

9. Best Dance crew of the year

* Prime Access
* Eminent dance crew
* D Sword
* Ultimate Guru Dancers
* Supreme Dancers

10. Female Artist of the year

* Asheazi Aga
* Ashanti
* Tima Giwa
* Miz Tinted
* Tessy
* Tyna

11. Producer of the year

* Genesis of Ryymes
* 9 Plus
* Joe Dee
* J bradas
* L.Y
* Dabz on the beat

12. Cypher of the year

* Blaq Cheque Blood Arean ll
* Spoce G cash and cheque
* Yungswag C4R cypher
*SB Lekeetah Naspoly cypher

13. Lycris on the roll

* Numba 9 - Obsession
* consistent tha Lp - Good Rap
* Ace Alaba - high vibes
* Lyrical jozzy - Project

14. Video of the year

* Shekz - Dangote
* Ozee - Rebirth
* Micman - Do Again
* Elbo - Kece
* Raven - Super star

15. Best male performance of the year

* IQ Billah Bangz
* Allen Jackxon
* Micman
* Ace Alaba
* Suspi

16. Cover of the year

* Shekz - Dangote
* Nas T breed - Anybody
* Ozee - Brown skin girl
* Mac fab - Believe
* Blaq cheque - fvck you

17. Afro song of the year

* I Q billah Bangz - For you
* Kriss Berry - whu i be
* Wale Makama - Nawah oh
* Mac fab - Lie

18. Raggae/Dancehall song of the year

* Suspi - Bakudi
* Elbo - Bambanchi
* Numba 9 - dance on the floor
* Yungswag - Rush us
* Nas T Breed - Mai Awara

19. RnB song of the year

* Jahbro - Am Sorry
* G Trace - Cry
* Mac Fab - Why
* Ozee - brown skin girl

20. Indigenous Artist of the year

* Aren Fufu
* Viktero
* Raven
* Ak Faree
* Baba G
* Elbo

21. Next Rated Artist

* Baba G
* Rapmantex
* Seth Icon
* Cyk Dee
* SB Lekeetah
* Sembixo xli
* Ablinks
* Golden Boi
* paper Slimzy
* Cent Olly

22. Collabo of the year

* Kriss Berry ft Erigga - Angela
* Seth Icon ft IQ - Ina Sonki
* Lyrical jozzy ft  A Kashe
* YoungSmart ft Yungswag x Suspi
* Genesis of Rymes ft Allen Jackxon - Alomo
* Wale Makama ft Allen Jackxon - I go Slim

23. Song of the year

* Allen Jackxon - Na Scam
* Suspi - Ba Kudi
* Shekz - Taba
* IQ billah bangz - For you
* Seth Icon - koka

24. Rap song of the year

* Ace Alaba - Monster
* Numba 9 - worth it
* Micman - Do Again
* Raven - Buran Uba
* Ak Faree - Hustle
* Nas T Breed - Rappest
* Consistent tha LP - best girl

25. Artist of the year

* Shekz
* Suspi
* Allen Jackxon
* Nas T Breed
* IQ Billah Bangz
* Ace Alaba

26. Best comedian outside Nasarawa

* Pastor Nicodemus - Benue
* Mc Mama - Kaduna
* Mc Hopedee - Kogi
* Mc Real - Abuja
* Mc Ashawo - Jos

27. Artist of the year outside Nasarawa

* Bustle - Kaduan
* Eunik - Jos
* Fortune tone - Abuja
* Pimpsee - Osun
* Eltee - Benue

28. Best Rapper outside Nasarawa

* Juboil - Lagos
* Teddy bagg - Kaduna
* 6string - Jos
* kidda - Taraba
* Dj Slamz - Kaduna
* Gunz - Abuja

All nominees are to send their pictures via
Whatsapp 08064663109 from 20-31 August


Sequel to the Armed Forces Selection Board interview which was held from 24 June - 10 August 2019. NDA wishes to announce the release of the list
of succesful candidates for 71 Regular RC intake. All succesful candidates are to report to NDA RIBADU Campus on Sunday 1 September 2019. Any
candidate that does not report by Tuedady 3 September 2019 would forfeit his or her place to the candidate in the Reserve list.
2. Candidates on the Reserve list are NOT to report to the Academy until they are invited.
3. Selected candidates MUST come along with the ORIGINAL copies of their credentials which include First School Leaving, Primary School
Testimonial, Original NECO/WAEC, NAPTEB, NABAIS, Senior Secondary Testimonial, Birth Certificate/Declaration of Age and Letter of State of Origin.
Any candidate who fails to present originals of the stated documents will not be accepted into the Academy. In addition, successful candidates are to
come along with the following items:
Brigadier General
Academy Registrar
a. Two pairs of black trousers
b. One lounge suite (dark colour).
c. Two belts (preferably black).
d. One pair of black cover shoes.
e. One pair of white canvas shoes.
f. Two pairs of white shorts.
g. One pair of white trousers.
h. One Spike Shoes/Foot ball boot
i. Hockey stick
j. Two pairs of blue shorts and white round neck vest.
k. Two white shirts (long sleeves).
l. Four pairs of white socks.
m. One black rubber-strapped digital quartz wristwatch.
n. Black polish, brushes, shaving kit and toiletries.
o. Two white bed sheets and pillow cases for 8 spring bed.
p. Black swimming trunk/shirt.
q. Individual Barbing Clipper clearly labelled with name
r. Two Black civil belts
4. Female candidates should come along with the following items in addition:
 a. One pair of black low heel cover shoes.
 b. Two lounge skirts (dark colours).
 c. Four pairs of black or blue short tight.
 d. Two pairs of trouser suits.
 e. Four Brown Stockings
5. Selected candidates are not allowed to receive visitors and will not leave the Academy for the first four months of training. Selected candidates and
their parents are to please note the above for strict compliance.
6. Every selected candidate must come along with Branded Laptop Computer minimum of core i3, 4GB of RAM, 500 GB HDD, 2.1GHz Processor
7. Selected candidate must come with Bank VerificaƟon Number (BVN)
9. Enquiries and further information could be sent to the Email address or call 09058093934
8. All successful candidate will be subjected to Toxicology (Drug) Test on resumption. Failing the test will be automatic disqualification.


Inside sex scandals rocking Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU)

Teenaged student raped by HIV-positive lecturer. 

Lecturers arrested, sacked Despite punitive. 

Measures being taken by the management of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, many students are battling to overcome the trauma of sexual harassment and abuse by their lecturers. Daily Trust Saturday takes a look. Asabe (not real name) was excited to secure admission into the famous Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. She has however never envisaged that her life would be ruined while in the course of pursuing knowledge. To her chagrin, one of the people responsible for training her in character and learning, forcibly had carnal knowledge of her, in his office.

incident took place in the Faculty of Education: “The security unit of the university handled the case before it was taken over by the police. Every one of us was disturbed when it was discovered that the man was both HIV and hepatitis positive.”

It was learnt that the alleged victim is a 100-level student. The source added: “When such incidents happen, we subject both the victim and the suspect to various tests. It was after the tests that this man was found to be both HIV and hepatitis positive. This aggravated the case, where the police completely took over the prosecution. We are all not happy, because this is cruel, for somebody who knows that he is carrying serious diseases, to rape an innocent girl.” The case of Asabe is presently being handled by the police in Kaduna. Daily Trust Saturday gathered that the father of the girl is close to top government officials, which is why the case is receiving prompt attention. Investigations by Daily Trust Saturday revealed that many lecturers – and even students – who were caught over sexual harassment were dismissed by the university, with some even prosecuted. However, the disturbing trend is yet to subside. 

A recent case involved a lecturer in one of the departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The lecturer, according to findings, has been failing one of his female students in a 300-level course he teaches. A Security Unit source said: “He plainly told the girl she can’t pass the course without submitting herself to him. Left with no option, she came here to the Security Unit and reported. We set a trap for him by asking the girl to play along. He went and booked a hotel room, and we arrested him while he was attempting to have sex with the girl. “We have learnt a lot of lessons, after one of the professors sacked over sexual harassment was reinstated by the Supreme Court. We now make sure that we get both audio and video evidence. The university is doing its best in ensuring that all those arrested are punished appropriately in accordance to the statue of the institution and the laws of the country. This is why the cases are reducing drastically.” However, findings showed that there are many cases of sexual harassment now under investigation in ABU. 

There is one in the Faculty of Agriculture where a lecturer is accused of raping his student. Two cases are now ongoing in the Faculty of Social Sciences, one involving a professor. Again, in the same faculty there is a case of sexual harassment where a lecturer is accused of sexually assaulting one of his male students. Another case is that of a professor in the Faculty of Education, who was accused of sexually harassing a lady who was his student few years back. The professor in question was said to have had sexual advances on the student, who is married, and the lady alerted her husband where he was tricked and arrested at a hotel room in Kano. He was alleged to have invited the student for sex in the hotel room. However, after receiving his sack letter from the management, the professor went to court to challenge the termination of his appointment. “The Supreme Court ordered for his reinstatement. They argued in court that the lady was his supervisee therefore she was at his hotel room to submit the Chapter Three of her project for his vetting. Of course, the court confirmed that the lady was indeed his supervisee by the records available at the university. You know, the court would work on evidence, and he was acquitted. This is why, as I said earlier, the security unit of the university deploys other strategies. We use evidence that even in a court of law, these people would not escape justice.” But Chief Security Officer of ABU, Colonel Tukur Jibril (rtd), declined to comment saying that “there is no need to publicise these issues since the university is effectively dealing with them.” However, the head of ABU’s Public Affairs Unit, Dr. Sama’ila Shehu, said in a large environment like that of ABU’s, sexual harassment and other issues are bound to happen. But, according to him, the most important issue to consider are the proactive measures being put in place by the relevant authorities to curtail the trend and punish anyone caught. He said: “What I want to say here is to call on parents to sensitise their wards to report any case of sexual advances. In this age of technology, there are many ways that a girl can generate her evidences. With those evidences, there are units responsible for handling such cases. The security and SERVICOM units are there to serve our students and the general university community.” Shehu also said: “We, as parents, are taking solace in the fact that the university management is up-and-doing in taking decisive action on anyone involved in such acts. However, while the university is trying its best to ensure that our children get the best protection, parents are to also play their part, which is giving proper enlightenment to their children.”




The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board, CDFIPB, has announced the commencement of recruitment into the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
A statement signed by the Secretary of CDFIPB and posted on NSCDC Facebook page said the recruitment would be in six categories.

It directed applicants to commence their online registration from 10th August 2019 to 7th September 2019.
The statement also directed qualified candidates on how to apply.
The statement entitled: “Recruitment into the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps” reads in full:
The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Board (CDFIPB) is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for full time appointments to fill existing vacancies in the following positions in the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps;
*CATEGORY A: Superintendent Cadre*
Superintendent of Corps (SC) Medical Doctors, CONMESS 02
Superintendent of Corps(SC) Dentist CONMESS 02
Superintendent of Corps(SC) Optometrists CONMESS 02
Applicants must be holders of M.B.B.S; M.D; M.D.S; or equivalent from recognized universities.
*CATEGORY B: Inspectorate Cadre*
Inspector of Corps (IC) Nursing CONHESS 07.
Applicants must be registered Nurses (RN), Registered Midwives (RM) or Registered Nurses/Midwives (RNM) obtained from recognized institutions.
Assistant Inspector of Corps (AIC) CONPASS 06.
Applicants must be holders of Diploma in Community Health, Medical Records, Pharmacy, Food and Nutrition, Health Education, Health Information Management, Laboratory, Environmental Technician and other Health/Medical related fields.
Applicants must be holders of Certificate in Community Health, Medical Records, Pharmacy, Food and Nutrition, Health Education, Health Information Management, Laboratory, Environmental Technician and other Health/Medical related fields.

*CATEGORY A: Superintendent Cadre*
Assistant Superintendent of Corps II (ASCII) CONPASS 08
Applicants must be holders of first degree from recognized Universities in the following areas:
Humanities, Social Science, Psychology, Estate/ Town Planning, Public Health, Food Sciences, Social Works, Security, Criminology and Operational Research etc.
*CATEGORY B: Inspectorate Cadre*
i. Senior Inspector of Corps (SIC), CONPASS 08
Applicants must be holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) Certificates obtained from recognized institutions.
ii Inspector of Corps (IC)
Applicants must be holders of NCE or its equivalent in any field from recognized institutions or holders of Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Nurses/Midwives (RNM) obtained from recognized institutions.
*Assistant Inspector of Corps (AIC)*
Applicants must be holders of National Diploma (ND) obtained from recognized Polytechnics/institutions, or holders of certificates in Community Health, Pharmacy and Health Education.
*CATEGORY C: Assistant Cadre*
i. Corps Assistant (CAII) CONPASS O4
GCE Ordinary level, SSCE/NECO or their equivalents with minimum of five (5) credits in not more than two (2) sittings, which should include at least English and Mathematics.
ii. Corps Assistant (CAIII) CONPASS 03
Applicants must be holders of GCE ordinary level, SSCE/NECO or their equivalents with a minimum of three credits in not more than two (2) sittings, which include at least English or Mathematics or Trade Test Grade III. (Artisans, Motor Driver, Mechanics, Auto Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Masons, etc).
“Assistant Cadre:-*
Corps Assistant (CAII) CONPASS 04
Applicants must be holders of Trade Test Grade II. ( Motor Drivers, Mechanics, Auto Electricians, etc).
Corps Assistant (CAIII) CONPASS 03
Applicants must be holders of Trade Test Grade III. (Motor Drivers, Mechanics, Auto Electrician, etc )
Note: National Driver’s License is required for all prospective drivers.
Assistant Cadre:-
Corps Assistant (CAII) CONPASS 04
Applicants must be holders of Trade Test Grade II. (Artisans, Plumbers, Carpenters, Masons, etc)
Corps Assistant (CAIII) CONPASS 03
Applicants must be holders of Trade Test Grade III. (Artisans, Plumbers, Carpenters, Masons, etc)

Inspector of Corps (IC)

Qualification: NCE / Nurses / Midwives 

Job Field Medical / Healthcare  

Department: General Duty
Cadre: Inspectorate


Applicants must be holders of NCE or its equivalent in any field from recognized institutions or holders of Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Nurses/Midwives (RNM) obtained from recognized institutions.
Application must be Online.
Candidates are expected to log into the website ,fill and submit the application form online. Candidates are advised to print out the Referee forms which must be duly completed for submission during screening.
Candidates should NOTE that multiple applications will automatically be disqualified.
Applications should be submitted online within four (4) weeks from the date of this publication from 10th August 2019 to 7th September 2019.
Applicants must be Nigerian by birth.
Applicants must possess the requisite qualifications and certificates. Any certificate or qualification not presented and accepted at the recruitment center shall not be accepted after the recruitment.
Applicants must be fit and present certificate of medical fitness from recognized Government Hospitals.
Applicants must be of good character, and must not have been convicted of any criminal offence.
Applicants must not be members of a secret society, Cult or Drug Addict etc.
Applicants must not have been involved in any financial embarrassment.
Applicants must be between the ages 18 and 30 years
Applicants height must not be less than 1.65m for males and 1.60m for females.
Applicants chest measurement must not be less than 0.87 for men.
Computer Literacy will be an added advantage

All applications are expected to be completed and submitted within four (4) weeks from the date of publication.



NDLEA 2019 Recruitment Exercise || Click To Apply Now

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency invites suitable applicants for recruitment. The available vacancies in the agency are as follows:

  1. Narcotic Officer Cadre
  2. Job Type: Permanent Position
    Location: Nation Wide
    Employer: National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
    Role Specific Requirement:
    • Candidate applying for Narcotic Officer Cadre shall be of age not less than Twenty two (22) years and not more than Thirty (30) years.
    • Candidate applying for Narcotic Officer Cadre must possess a minimum of first degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) from an institution of higher Learning recognized by the Federal Ministry of Education
    • The Candidate applying as Lawyer and Doctor must in addition to the first degree possess Professional Certificate in the relevant field.
  3. Narcotic Assistant (Nass) Cadre
  4. Job Type: Permanent Position
    Location: Nation Wide
    Employer: National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
    Role Specific Requirement:
    • Candidates applying for recruitment into the service for the rank of Narcotic Assistant (NASS) shall be of age not less than Eighteen (18) years and not more than Thirty (30) years of age.
    • Candidates applying for the rank of Narcotic Assistant (NASS) must have completed Secondary School


A candidate applying for recruitment into the Agency must fulfill the following conditions:
  • All applicants must fill in the application form provided on the website, upload passport and print out the application slip which would be used throughout the process of the recruitment.
  • Candidates shall be literate and must possess such educational qualifications as specified below for the position.
  • A Shortlisted candidate must be certified physically and mentally fit for recruitment by a medical officer from a Government Hospital before final selection.
  • All prospective candidates must be individuals with good character and must not have been convicted of any criminal offence save road traffic offence.
  • All prospective candidates must be free from any kind of financial insolvency or bankruptcy.
  • Candidates will be required to download two (2) referee forms to be filled by two (2) persons of reputable standing in the society.
  • Successful candidates will be required to fill further vetting forms.
  • All successful candidates will be subjected to random illicit drug use test throughout their service in the Agency.
  • Only shortlisted applicants shall be invited for further examination and interview.
Note: The Candidate applying as Lawyer and Doctor must in addition to the first degree possess Professional Certificates in the relevant field.
How to apply

Interested candidates should sign up and apply on (You must be signed up to apply). Deadline for submission of completed application is Thursday, August 29, 2019. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the next phase.

Download  Referee Form Here



Gubi collapsed bridge: Buhari reacts to death of ATBU students

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of the students of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ABTU), Bauchi State, who lost their lives following the collapse of a bridge at its Gubi Campus after a downpour on Monday night.
DAILY POST reported earlier of palpable tension in Bauchi following the death of some students of the University who were reportedly killed following the collapse of a bridge linking the University.
Reacting, Buhari in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday, described the incident, as “tragic, sad and unfortunate’.
While condoling with the management, staff and students of the university, President Buhari called on the university authorities to prioritise the safety of students under their care.
He regretted that “these future leaders and potential family benefactors met such an untimely end.”
Buhari prayed almighty God to console the bereaved families and university community, and grant speedy healing to the injured students, and rest to the souls of the departed.




In the early hours of Tuesday morning; some students of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi Gubi Campus were reportedly injured while some lost their lives.

The ugly incident occurred within the hours of 12:30am and 1:00am on Tuesday. This was caused as a result of  the bridge failure that connect the students hostel and the school premises. The students were said to have been returning from their classrooms where they were reading in preparation for their exams which started a week ago. It was added that the collapsed metal bridge was in a bad state and there was not any effort by the school to build a befitting bridge especially during this raining season.
Some of the victims and deceased belongings like phones, bags, handouts and so on were found at the bank of the stream.
Some bodies are yet to be recovered while the survivals are still battling with their lives in the hospital.

Presently exams are been put on hold as students were said to had protest.

Details later...




Sowore’s Arrest: Buhari’s Government Behaving Like Abacha’s – Prof. Soyinka Opens Up

The Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has condemned the arrest of activist Omoyele Sowore.
Mr Sowore, a presidential candidate in the last election, was arrested on Saturday for calling for a revolution against poor governance.
“Beyond the word ‘revolution, another much mis-used and misunderstood word, nothing that Sowore has uttered, written, or advocated suggests that he is embarking on, or urging the public to engage in a forceful overthrow of government,” Mr Soyinka said.
He compared the actions of the security agencies that arrested Mr Sowore to what happended during the tenure of the late dictator, Sani Abacha.
“We underwent identical cynical contrivances under the late, unlamented Sani Abacha, when he sent storm-troopers to disrupt a planning session for a similar across-nation march at Tai Solarin School, Ikenne,” Mr Soyinka wrote in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES.
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Deployment of alarmist experessions such as “treason”, “anarchist”, “public incitement” etc. by Security forces have become so predictable and banal that they have become meaningless. Beyond the word ‘revolution, another much mis-used and misunderstood word, nothing that Sowore has uttered, written, or advocated suggests that he is embarking on, or urging the public to engage in a forceful overthrow of government. Nothing that he said to me in private engagement ever remotely approached an intent to destabilize governance or bypass the normal democratic means of changing a government. I therefore find the reasons given by the Inpector-General, for the arrest and detention of this young ex-presidential candidate totally contrived and untenable, unsupported by any shred of evidence. His arrest is a travesty and violation of the fundamental rights of citizens to congregate and make public their concerns.

This is all so sadly déjà vu. How often must we go through this wearisome cycle? We underwent identical cynical contrivances under the late, unlamented Sani Abacha, when he sent storm-troopers to disrupt a planning session for a similar across-nation march at Tai Solarin School, Ikenne. This was followed up by a personalized letter that was hand delivered by the State Security Services to me under their ummons, at their Abeokuta so-called ‘Annexe’ with near identical wording to the threats contained in today’s release from the desk of the Chief of Police. At least, I was summoned, not subjected to a terrorist midnight arrest. Some irony!

The same pattern Pavlovian conduct manifested itself under yet another supposed democratic ruler who personally declared that the gathering of civilians to deliberate on, and propose a constitution for the nation was ‘high treason’, and would be resisted by the full rigour of state power if we persisted. The Inspector-General of Police mobilized his forces and issued inflammatory proclamations, but PRONACO went ahead despite all the thundering from Aso citadel. Can the police ever learn anything also their tear-gassing and brutalizing of grieving mothers who marched peacefully to protest the deaths of their children in a plane crash inferno? Their mission, under that same regime, which was simply to deliver a letter to government house in Lagos, demanding greater safety in airline operations, yet such a rational intent, born of traumatic circumstances, was quashed on the sidewalks of a supposed twentieth century nation.

And yet again, even a faceless cabal under yet another civilian regime refused to be left out of the insensate play of power. A march on Aso Rock calling for an end to governance by a ghostly entity was slated to be crushed, but fortunately, a conflicting balance of interests decided in favour of a reduced trajectory of protest. And so on and on and on, in a nation which continues to speak at once through both sides of the mouth, spewing out the same Treason monotone, as if this was a magic incantation that could substitute for the venting of mass feelings, even as collective therapy!

May I invite the Inspector-General to wade through the daily journals of the past few weeks and months, read and digest the calls by numerous sectors of society – across professions and national groupings – for demonstrations against the parlous conditions of society, all identifying ills to which attention must be drawn, and urgently, through mass action? Demonstrations and processions are time honoured, democratic ways of drawing not only the attention of government to ills, but of mobilizing the public towards a proactive consciousness of their condition, and thereby exhorting civil society also to devise means of ameliorating their condition through their own efforts? Religious bodies have urged such remedies, so have civic associations. The ready recourse to arrests, incarceration and threats to civilians are ultimately counter-productive. They alienate the citizens, erode their confidence in governance responsiveness, and thereby advance the very extremist nightmare that security agencies believe they are acting to thwart.

If we cannot learn from the histories and experiences of other societies, let us at least learn from ours. Freedom is not so glibly qualified. It cannot be doled out like slops of charity from soup kitchens. Let the Police stick to their task of protecting and managing protests, not attempt to place their own meaning and declaration of intent on bogey words like – revolution!



Minimum Wage: Oshiomhole Sends Strong Message To Nigerian Workers Urged Them To Challenge Political Leaders

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has called on the organized labor to challenge political leaders to ensure that state resources meet the needs of workers and other Nigerians.
Oshiomhole made the call in Abuja at a reception in honor of the Director-General, International Labour Organisation (ILO), Mr. Guy Ryder, NAN reports.
He expressed concern over the nonchalant attitude of leaders towards improving the lives of Nigerian workers and said the organized labor must adopt aggressive engagements to change the status quo.
“We have to do things differently about minimum wage,” he said, noting that whereas prices of goods and services had gone up astronomically in the country, workers wages have remained static.
“So if every other cost are changing, and labor cost is constant…, somebody is being squeezed.
“Rising crises, stagnant wages, a very miserable lifestyle, and you have to fight for that.
“And we now see in Nigeria the difference between signing an agreement and the challenge of translating those laws, and even the contradiction of signing laws first before getting consultants to tell us how to implement these laws.
“Just to tell you that from inside, I am much more convinced that unions should not only exist but should have the capacity and ruthlessly deploy that capacity to ensure that the resources of states are dissipated in favor of working people and working families,” the former NLC president said.
While commending the ILO for its focus on Youth Employment and Social Justice, Oshiomhole said attention should also be on aging population and underemployment of young persons.
He said Nigeria ought to do something about it’s population growth which was at 3 percent annually, as against 2 percent national economic growth.
“With population at 3 per cent, poverty must be endemic, it is not rocket science, so we so need to have conversations on various aspects of society, particularly at what we do differently to get the youth busy.”
Oshiomhole urged young people to collaborate to fight poverty by pushing those in government to create the environment for them to think and change the narratives.
Earlier, the ILO DG, Mr Guy Ryder, said Nigeria trade union movements have made great impact in defence of basic fundamental rights in line with the provisions of the organization.

Air Force gives honest personnel, Umar Bashir who returned missing €37,000 to owner double promotion

Umar had on July 7, returned €37,000 he found at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano while performing his routine duties. 

- The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Thursday, July 25, promoted Umar from aircraftman to corporal
The Nigerian Air Force has given a special recognition to Aircraftman Bashir Umar who returned a missing 37,000 Euros to the owner.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Thursday, July 25, promoted Umar from aircraftman to the rank of corporal at headquarters of the Air Force in Abuja.
It was gathered that Corporal Umar was flown into Abuja alongside his parents in an aircraft belonging to the force.
In his opening remarks at the special decoration ceremony for Umar, Air Marshal Abubakar, said he was moved by the exemplary conduct exhibited by Umar as a non-commissioned officer.
He said ACM Umar’s display of uncommon act of integrity by returning €37,000 he found at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano to its owner on July 7, while performing his routine duties portrayed the good values that are held in high esteem in the Nigerian Air Force.
He said: "It is my pleasure to welcome you all as we gather to witness a high point in the career of ACM Bashir. I am also particularly thrilled to be part of another history being recorded here today, by the exemplary conduct of this non-commissioned officer.
"In this vein, a key driver of my vision which is to promote and inculcate the core values of integrity, excellence and service delivery, readily comes to mind. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to say that we have found in ACM Bashir the rare qualities we stand for in the Nigerian Air Force.
"The special promotion of ACM Bashir to the rank of corporal today, apart from serving as a reward for good conduct is also to serve as motivation to other airmen/airwomen to aspire for such elevation. I am therefore delighted to see a cross-section of the gathering of members and friends of the Air Force family for an event that triggers happiness and self actualization."
Air Marshal Abubakar added that ACM Bashir has earned the rank of corporal by good conduct and as part of the desire to reward uncommon good deeds and excellence, the force chose to have him decorated in front of his friends, peers and family.
"Having said this, let me sincerely thank our invited guests for finding time to come and share in the joy of this occasion. My particular thanks go to the parents of ACM Bashir for the support they have been providing him all these years. He will continue to need this support, perhaps even more now than ever. I commend them for grooming him with the values that have earned him this accolade," he said.



Federal Government sacks 2,525 N-Power beneficiaries, warns against acts of indiscipline, others

The Federal Government has approved the disengagement of 2,525 beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme for absconding from their primary place of assignment.
It also warned that acts of dereliction of duty, indolence, absenteeism and indiscipline on the part of volunteers would continue to be dealt with decisively and in line with the rules of engagement.
The N-Power Programme was introduced in 2016 by the President Buhari Administration as a job enhancement scheme aimed at imbibing the learn-work-entrepreneurship culture in Nigerian youth between 18 and 35 for graduates and non-graduates.
About 500,000 youth, spread across the 774 Local Government Areas of the country are currently enrolled in the programme and have since been deployed to teach in public schools, act as health workers in primary health centres, as agricultural extension advisors to smallholder farmers in the communities and also as community tax liaison officers.
Beneficiaries under the graduate category take home N30,000 monthly for their services.
Confirming the development, the Communications Manager, National Social Investment Office, Justice Bibiye said that 18,674 other beneficiaries of the initiative have voluntarily resigned, having secured permanent employment.
He said, “It had earlier come to the notice of the Federal team that some of the N-Power beneficiaries had either absconded from their primary places of assignment or gained permanent employment subsequent to their commencement on the programme.
“The Federal team has continued to encourage feedback from the states from existing monitors, whistleblowers and members of the public through it’s existing call centre and has acted swiftly by initially placing such beneficiaries on suspension for a period of 45 days.
“Unless such beneficiaries are able to provide proof from their primary place of assignment and the state focal person that they were actually present, or absent with reason, their participation in the programme is terminated after the period of suspension.

“So far, 2,525 beneficiaries have been delisted, following reports garnered from the various avenues, whilst 18,674 have voluntarily resigned, having secured permanent employment.”
He said in a statement that reports from a few states, however, showed that some beneficiaries of the programme are said to have stayed away for long periods of time from their primary places of assignment, adding that this has led to the need for continued action against those who are seen to be undermining the smooth implementation of the Federal Government social intervention initiative.
To ensure seamless execution of the programme in order to achieve the set goals, he said the NSIO has increased the number of monitoring partners.
This, he noted, would help to enhance supervision and the strengthening of monitoring, for effective and efficient service delivery of all components of the NSIPs.
“Beneficiaries must understand that N-Power is not a charity program and, therefore, everyone captured under the scheme is expected to justify his/her engagement by demonstrating diligence, hard work and commitment to duty at their PPAs.
“Acts of dereliction of duty, indolence, absenteeism and indiscipline on the part of volunteers shall continue to be dealt with decisively and in line with the rules of engagement,” he added