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We Have Eliminated Boko Haram Terrorists In Sambisa, Nigerian Airforce Claims

The claim is coming less than 24 hours after Boko Haram suicide bombers detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) at a viewing center in Mandarari ward, Konduga local government area of Borno state on Sunday evening.

The Nigerian Airforce has said that it launched an air strike which eliminated Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa Forest, Borno state.
NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said air strikes were conducted on specific targets in the forest.
The claim is coming less than 24 hours after Boko Haram suicide bombers detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) at a viewing center in Mandarari ward, Konduga local government area of Borno state on Sunday evening.
Ibikunle said:” In continuation of its sustained air strikes against terrorists’ targets in Borno State, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has severely degraded another Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) hideout in the Sambisa Forest.
“The operation was executed yesterday, 16 June 2019, after persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions revealed heavy presence of BHTs at a new camp with several structures hidden under the thick foliage of the Forest.
“Accordingly, the ATF dispatched an Alpha Jet to attack the location.
” Its bombs hit the target area, with devastating effects on several of the camouflaged structures, neutralizing their BHT occupants.”




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Buhari vs Atiku: Tribunal Reserves Ruling As INEC Denies Having A Server

The presidential election petitions tribunal has reserved ruling in the application filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, in the February 23 presidential election.
PDP and its candidate Atiku had earlier moved a motion seeking for access to inspect the server and data of smart card reader used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the presidential election.
The chairman of the panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, reserved ruling in the application shortly after counsels in the case argued their briefs in the suit.
The PDP earlier asked the court to grant the order in the interest of justice; fair hearing and neutrality to enable the petitioners to maintain their petition.
Responding to the application, counsel to INEC, Mr. Yunus Usman asked the tribunal to refuse the request of the petitioners.
"The PDP said we should bring something we don’t have,” Usman told the court.
In opposing the application, counsel to President Buhari, Mr. Wole Olanipekun filed a motion with two exhibits which include an ex parte motion filed by the PDP seeking to inspect election materials.
While exhibit two is the ruling of the appeal court of March 6, 2019, for the application filed by the PDP and asked the tribunal not to grant the application nor overrule itself.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) through its counsel, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi aligned himself in asking the tribunal to dismiss the application of the PDP.
In urging the tribunal to dismiss the application the court should be wary of making an order which is incapable of being enforced as INEC has said they do not have what the PDP is asking for.
He adds that there is no concrete material before the tribunal to prove otherwise.
Tribunal, therefore, adjourned to June 24, for the continuation of the pre-trial hearing.

SHOCKING: Gorilla Swallows N6.8M In Kano Zoo

A gorilla has been accused of swallowing the N6.8 million in the Kano Zoological Gardens, according to BBC.
A finance officer at Kano Zoological Gardens has claimed that a gorilla swallowed N6.8 million that went missing under their watch.
The finance officer, according to radio station in the state, Freedom Radio, said the gorilla “sneaked into their office” and carted away the money before swallowing it.
The money was generated from tourists who visited the zoo during the Eid celebrations. The managing director of the zoo, Umar Kobo, confirmed that the money is missing and that the issue is being investigated.
“The issue is under investigations for now and I don’t want to say anything on the matter, many journalists have come to meet me but I don’t want to talk anything. What I can confirm is that money is missing,” he told the BBC Pidgin.
“Yes, it is true that money from five days of Sallah festivities is missing from the Kano zoo,” Abdullahi Haruna, police spokesman in Kano told BBC, adding: “As at now, we have arrested 10 members of staff of the zoo including the security man and those working in the finance unit.



The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is undergoing Institutional
Reform and currently engaged in the implementation of a series of critical and strategic
To this effect, ECOWAS Commission and its sister institutions (Parliament, Court of Justice,
GIABA, and WAHO) are in the process of recruiting qualified and capable nationals from its
fifteen member-states to fill vacant positions available in the new Organogram.
Therefore, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the official website of the ECOWAS
Please note that the vacant positions are progressively uploaded on the ECOWAS website
and are open to ECOWAS citizens below the age of 50 years.
This announcement is available in French, English and Portuguese.

Man steals chickens to buy fuel for his N140m BMW car

A wealthy farmer from China’s Sichuan province has been arrested for allegedly stealing chickens and ducks from several villages in Linshui county in order to buy gas for his “thirsty” $290,000(about N140 million) BMW car. Police in Linshui had been getting reports of chickens and ducks getting stolen from several villages in the county since April, but never expected the culprit to be one of the richest farmers in the area, a man who happens to live in a multi-story villa and drives a N 140 million luxury BMW. Apparently, it was the latter that pushed Qiang (pseudonym) to a life of petty crime, as after running into financial woes, he found it tough to afford gas for his gorgeous BMW. So he started stealing people’s domestic birds, breeding them on his farm, and selling them off for gas money.

After receiving multiple complaints, police opened an investigation into the poultry thefts. After checking surveillance tapes, they noticed someone riding a motorcycle with no license plates at late hours of the night. They started monitoring the roads 24/7 and eventually spotted that same suspicious motorcycle. After following it from afar, the cops saw the bike pull into Qiang’s home, but they didn’t have enough evidence to connect the man to the thefts, so they decided to place his home under surveillance. The Chengdu Business Daily reports that chicken dealers were often spotted at Qiang’s villa, but police concluded that they were not complicit in the thefts. They were just there to buy birds that they assumed the farmer had raised himself. After gathering enough evidence, authorities decided to bring Qiang in for questioning, They tried pulling him over in traffic, but somehow the poultry thief realized something was wrong and used his powerful BMW to get away.

He was driving a luxury car, and it was much faster than hours, so we couldn’t catch up to him on the highway,” Zhang Hua, director of the Yuan City Police Station, told reporters. Luckily, Qiang didn’t know his house was under surveillance, so he didn’t expect the cops to be waiting for him. When they searched the premises, they found the bike that showed up on the surveillance as well as a bunch of stolen chickens and ducks. Confronted by the police, the 50-year-old farmer admitted to the thefts, explaining that his BMW was really “thirsty” and because his financial situation wasn’t very good at the moment, he turned to stealing and then selling chickens and ducks to subsidize his monthly fuel expenditure. Qiang has been detained and faces charges of theft. His story got a lot of attention on social media, with many poking fun at the man for turning to petty crime just so he could drive a luxury car.



Senator Ahmed Lawan emerges new Senate President

Senator Ahmed Lawan has been elected the Senate President of the 9th Senate, as he defeated his opponent, Senator Ali Ndume.
At the end of counting, Lawan polled 79 votes to defeat Ndume, who scored 28 votes.
Lawan, who represents Yobe North Senatorial District, won the contest by a landslide as he got 73.83 percent of the vote cast by the lawmakers.
Lawan’s victory was announced by the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, who added that 107 senators cast their votes.
He was immediately sworn-in by the clerk of the National Assembly.
Ndume had refused to step down for Lawan despite pleas by the party leadership. He vowed to go on with his ambition.
The APC was not ready to get it wrong this time around as it did in 2015 when Dr. Bukola Saraki emerged winner to become the Senate President in the 8th Assembly.
Earlier, there was commotion at the Senate as lawmakers disagreed on what form of voting system should be adopted to elect principal officers of the upper chamber.
Trouble started when the Clerk of the Senate, Mohammed Sani, read President Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation letter to members of the Senate, and announced that open ballot would be used for voting exercise.
This led to commotion as those who supported the idea and those opposing it engaged in a shouting match.

Air pollution: Institute proposes ban on old vehicles

The Nigerian Institute of Environmental Engineers has proposed a ban on vehicles older than 10 years from plying the country’s highways.
It also urged the Lagos State Government to consider the reassignment of officials of the Vehicle Inspection Service to roads to check rickety vehicles that could constitute environmental nuisance.
The institute said its proposals were due to emission of toxic chemicals into air by such vehicles, a situation it decried had led to the death of many Nigerians.
NIEE also said it would continue to partner relevant government agencies at the federal and state levels to address the menace of noise pollution and its attendant risks on the people.
According to a statement on Sunday, the chairman of NIEE, Mr Monsuru Yinusa, spoke during a press briefing in Lagos to commemorate the 2019 World Environment Day with the theme, ‘Air Pollution: Utilisation of Green Technology to Improve Air Quality in Communities.’
Yinusa said air pollution had been described as a major global health epidemic, causing one in nine of all deaths.
He said, “Air pollution kills seven million people each year from exposure to polluted air, both indoors and outdoors.
“The biggest killers attributed to air pollution are: stroke, heart disease, lung disease and cancer.”
Yinusa said report showed that across the world, nine out of 10 people breathed air that had been polluted by vehicle and industrial emissions, hence proposing a ban on vehicles that are older than 10 years from plying the roads.
“Lagos State Government should also consider the reassignment of officials of the Vehicle Inspection Service to the roads to check rickety vehicles that could be constituting environmental nuisance,” he said.
He also encouraged the government to urge residents to embrace vehicle-sharing to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
Also speaking, the Vice-Chairman of NIEE, Mr Olalekan Ajani, called for the sustenance of the tree planting culture in the state and urged other states to embrace the idea.



I have no regrets, Saraki tells Buhari as 8th National Assembly tenure ends

The outgoing Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday reflected on his four-year tenure as the head of the nation’s legislature and urged his colleagues to be wary of the transient nature of power.
He also reviewed the relationship between the executive and the legislature as well as his travails and concluded that he had no regrets in an apparent response to criticisms of the National Assembly by the executive, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari.
Explaining why power is transient, Saraki said, “This I know: whatever the capacity, we should always do our best to serve the interest of the people. We should also have it at the back of our minds that power is transient.”
He also took exceptions to the allegations that he and the outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were not patriotic in the handling of affairs of the National Assembly in the last four years.
He maintained that the frictions between the executive and the legislature would not end with the Eighth National Assembly for as long as the former held the belief that it could always interfere with the affairs of the parliament, especially on the issue of budget.
He said, “It is important that I make some comments about Legislature-Executive relations. My own take is that if the Executive sees the National Assembly’s work on the budget as interference despite the provisions of the constitution, then there will continue to be problems between both arms of government.
“If the Presidency refuses to have engagements and consultations with the leadership of the National Assembly before the President submits the budget to the legislature, then there will continue to be frictions.
“If the Executive sees the failure of a few of its appointees to secure confirmation by the Senate as a disagreement, then the relationship will not improve.
“If the Executive encourages its appointees who fail to secure Senate confirmation to remain in office, then there will continue to be disagreement.
“If the Executive believes the Legislature is a rubber stamp without the right to question its actions, then it will be a subversion of the Principles of separation of powers and checks and balances.
“My advice is that both arms of government have a role to play in our quest for good governance and their leadership should work for cooperation and fruitful engagement.
Saraki, who described his last day in office as victory for democracy, commended his colleagues for their show of support and solidarity during his travails and trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
He said, “That I am here today, that you are here today, is a victory for democracy. It is a testament to what people can do when they come together for the greater good.
“This is also one of those occasions when the Supreme Creator reminds us, once again, that power does not reside in any one person.
“When I think of the many trials and tribulations we have faced as an institution, and my own personal travails particularly at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, I am humbled, because none of our achievements would have been possible without the support and cooperation of the entire members of this chamber.”
Assessing the Eighth Senate, Saraki said, “We can define ourselves by the record number of bills passed, motions cleared, resolutions adopted, petitions treated. We can also define ourselves by the belief that we fought for democracy, held government to account and made personal sacrifices. For some of us, sacrifices are still being made, owing to the fallout of some of the decisions taken. I have no regrets because, as first among equals, we bear collective responsibility for those decisions. As a leader, however, I take responsibility. The buck stops with me.
“In doing all that we did in this chamber, we always used to believe that poverty knew no party, religion, tribe or region. We came together in response to the needs of Nigerians as a whole, and we got the job done. It will be said of us that we were truly representatives of all our constituents. As we conclude the last plenary and the few more days of the 8th Senate, therefore, we should nurture the relationships we have built.”
The senators observed a one-minute silence in honour of their departed colleagues in the last one year including the late senators Ali Wakili (Bauchi South), Isiaka Adeleke (Osun West) and Bukar Mustapha (Katsina North).
Insecurity, calls for concern – Dogara
Speaking in a similar vein, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, expressed concern over the future of Nigeria because of the alarming rate of insecurity across the country.
He declared that the Eighth National Assembly held the record as the most persecuted and harassed parliament in Nigeria’s history.
Dogara at the valedictory session lamented that the Eighth Assembly had been a huge success with unprecedented records set in legislative business.
He expressed appreciation to all the leaders and members of the House for the confidence reposed in him by electing him Speaker of the Eighth Assembly.
He also thanked them for the cooperation the leadership enjoyed throughout the four unbroken years he was in charge.
On the state of insecurity in the country, he stressed that it was only when a leader threw out politics and partisanship out of the window and gave full rein to the best human and material resources to confront these menacing challenges “and unites to confront this very danger that the needed progress will be seen.”
He said, “It appears we are losing the fight against violence and as if that is not bad enough, the situation is so dire that known statesmen are becoming petrified and speaking up in ways that may further rend our national fault lines.
“It is like we refused to hear the whispers and now the screams are threatening our eardrums.
“This is a national problem that we can only solve if we pull ourselves together and not apart; regardless of political persuasions or creed. The challenge is to get the leadership that throws out politics and partisanship out of the window.
“Leadership that reins in all our best human and material resources to confront these menacing challenges. Yet, instead of uniting to confront this very danger, all one hears are sermons of divisiveness and permutations for 2023 elections. I wonder daily if this is not how the bottom looks like.”
We‘re the most persecuted and harassed, outgoing speaker
Dogara, who described the Eighth House of Representatives as the most persecuted in the history of the country, noted that but for the cooperation of members, nothing would have been achieved.
He said, “This wonderful cooperation, no doubt, enabled us to have a very stable and peaceful Eighth House of Representatives and to set records that have no parallels in our history of law-making as a nation.
“The 8th House holds the record as the most persecuted and harassed Parliament, ever in Nigeria’s history. Some of our members bear the scars of reckless deployment of institutional prerogatives.
“We witnessed sieges and invasion by state operatives. Some members suffered witch-hunts, house arrests and false accusations. We are also witnesses to barrage of uncharitable criticisms and assessments bandied on a daily basis in the media by hired mercenaries who masquerade as analysts.
“Most of these analysts are ignorant of the fact that the parliament was not designed to be an altar of praise for the Executive but a co-equal branch to serve as a check on executive power.”
Buhari dissolves Eighth Assembly, issues proclamation for Ninth Assembly
Meanwhile, the President on Thursday pronounced the dissolution of the eighth session of the National Assembly and announced the proclamation of the ninth session of the federal parliament billed to commence on Tuesday, June 11.
The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani Omolori, confirmed this while addressing journalists in his office on Thursday.
He said, “I want to confirm that I have received proclamation from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The first is on the dissolution of the Eighth National Assembly while the other one is on the convening of the first session of the Ninth National Assembly.
“The proclamation of the dissolution of the Eighth National Assembly takes effect from 12 midnight of June 8.
“By implication, from 8th of June by 12 midnight, the Eighth National Assembly stands dissolved. Similarly, the Ninth National Assembly will be inaugurated and first sitting will be held on Tuesday, 11th of June, by 10a.m. in the National Assembly complex.”
NASS management gives outgoing senators three days to handover office keys, equipment
Also, the management of the National Assembly has given outgoing senators three days to hand over office keys and equipment in their possession.
The announcement was made by Saraki on Thursday at the beginning of the valedictory session of the 8th assembly at the National Assembly, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the announcement was the fourth agenda on the Order Paper of the day.


Congratulations to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The National Universities Commission (NUC) has released its rankings for all Universities in Nigeria, both private and government owned, and the rankings showed quite curious results.

According to the ranking, out of over hundred (100) ranked Universities in Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria came out top, beating University of Lagos, and Obafemi Awolowo University to second and third places respectively.

At the 4th position is University of Ibadan. The only Non-Federal University in the top ten ranking, National Daily gathered is Covenant University, Ota which also emerged as the best Private University in the ranking on the 6th position in the National Ranking.

Lagos State University, (LASU), Ojo is the best ranked State University at 16th position. Other Universities at the top include: University of Ilorin at 5th, University of Nigeria, Nsukka at 7th, while University of Benin, University of Abuja and University of Port Harcourt occupy the 8th, 9th, and 10th position respectively.

Sitting at the bottom of the ladder are: Crescent University, Abeokuta at 108th, Rhema University, Aba at 109, Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo State at 110th and lastly Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa ranked 111th.

Meanwhile three universities were unranked. They are: Pan African University Lagos, Adamawa State University Mubi and Plateau State University.

Here is the full List of Ranking:

1 Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State
2  University of Lagos,  Akoka-Lagos
3  Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State
4  University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State
5  University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State
*6 Covenant University Ota, Ogun State*
7  University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State
8  University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State
9  University of Abuja, Abuja, FCT
10  University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
11  Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State
12  Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State
13  University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State
14  Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
15  Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto
16  Lagos State University, Ojo
17  Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State
*18 Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State*
19  Bayero University, Kano, Kano State
20  American University of Nigeria,  Yola, Adamawa State
21  Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Osun State
22  Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State
23  University of Jos,  Jos, Plateau State
24  Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State
25  Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State
26  University of Uyo,  Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
27  Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University,  Bauchi
28  Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
29  Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu
30  Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt
31  Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko
32  Benue State University, Makurdi
33  Redeemer’s University, Mowe
34  Kwara State University, Malete
35  Veritas University,  Abuja, FCT
36  Osun State University, Oshogbo
37  University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State
38  Nasarawa State University, Keffi
39  African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, FCT
40  Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti
41  University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State
42  Kogi State University, Anyigba
43  Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State
44  Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State
45  Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
46  Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ndufu-Alike
47  University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Borno State
48  Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University,  Katsina
49  Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, FCT
50  Bowen University,  Iwo
51  Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State
52  Delta State University, Abraka
53  Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State
54  Abia State University, Uturu
55  Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State
56  Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State
57  Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State
58  Imo State University, Owerri
59  Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State
60  Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State
61  Kaduna State University, Kaduna
62  Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State
63  Akwa Ibom State University, Uyo
64  Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State
65  Paul University, Awka, Anambra State
66  Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State
67  Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo Town, Oyo State
68  Lead City University, Ibadan, Oyo State
69  Bingham University, Auta Balaifi
70  Baze University, Abuja, FCT
71  Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State
72  Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
73  Joseph Ayo Babalola University,  Ikeji-Arakeji
74  Madonna University, Okija
75  Crawford University, Faith City
76  Cross River University of Technology, Calabar
77  Caritas University,  Enugu, Enugu State
78  Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa
79  Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State
80  Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State
81  Elizade University,  Ilara-Mokin
82  Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State
83  Caleb University,  Imota
84  Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil
85  Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State
86  Sokoto State University, Sokoto
87  Fountain University, Oshogbo, Osun State
88  Adeleke University,  Ede, Osun State
89  Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State
90  Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State
91  University of Mkar, Mkar, Benue State
92  Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife, Osun State
93  Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike
94  Taraba State University, Jalingo
95  Obong University,  Obong Ntak
96  Yobe State University, Damaturu
97  Renaissance University, Enugu, Enugu State
98 Salem University,  Lokoja, Kogi State
99  Wellspring University, Benin City, Edo State
100  Al-Qalam University, Katsina,   Katsina State
101 Novena University, Ogume
102  Western Delta University, Oghara
103  Gombe State University, Gombe
104  Kwararafa University, Wukari, Taraba State
105  Bauchi State University, Gadau …
106  Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero
107  Tansian University, Umunya …
108  Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State
109  Rhema University, Aba, Abia State
110  Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo State
111  Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa
Unranked – Pan African University, Lagos
Unranked – Adamawa State University, Mubi




The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of 4,536 candidates earlier withheld by the board.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made this disclosure in a statement last week Friday in Lagos.
He stated that the release became necessary following facial match recognition carried out by specialised software and Information Technology (IT) experts.
“Following the consideration of the Committee on the 4,760 candidates whose results were 
withheld due to multiple facial matches with different names during the 2019 Unified 
Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) registration exercise, the Joint Admissions and 
Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of 4,536 absolved of complication.
“The release became necessary following facial match recognition carried out by specialised 
software and IT experts,” the statement said.



AYL Introduces "War Against Drug Abuse" Social Media Campaign. (Read Full Details)

Africa Young Leaders (AYL) War Against Drug Abuse is a social media campaign that is meant to showcase and educate the youths on the dangers associated with inappropriate usage of drugs.

It has become a common phenomenon for youths, both males and females, to be taking drugs, thinking they are eliminating their stress and worries. However, this habit they have adopted is very harmful to their health - mentally, physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, educationally, financially and otherwise.

Africa Young Leaders (AYL) would embark on a one week campaign from 19th June in order to fight this dreaded habit. Everyday during this campaign week, we shall be posting news and stories that would educate the youths not to be taking drugs. These stories and posts would be followed with the hashtag #WarAgainstDrugAbuse.

The AYL social media campaign week would end on 26th June, which is generally known, regarded and celebrated worldwide as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

UPDATE: The Nigerian Navy is set to release the 2019 successful list

Editorial board: Based on the circumstances of things, our editorial board breaks down the factors which may foster the release of the 29AK Shortlisting

The Nigerian Navy is set to release the names of the successful candidates who participated in the last Aptitude test very soon (probably, before the middle of this month, June).

Some of the the events that hindered the release of the results include; firstly, Following the passing out parade of batch 28AK which came up on the 18th of April, secondly the Nigerian Navy 63rd anniversary and thirdly the Eid Fitr Sallah celebration which are the major impending factors for the release of the shortlisting.

Therefore, beware of dubious people claiming to be the Nigerian Navy personnel, asking you for money before helping you. The Nigerian Navy would not ask for money from any of its candidates.

 When the list is out, it will be posted on the official website of the Nigerian Navy portal as pdf or you'll receive an official text message for notification.

Wish you all the best.



BREAKING: You will now submit your social media handles when applying for US visa

The United States State Department says you will now have to submit your social media usernames when applying for a visa into the North American country.
According to BBC, the new regulations also require that people also submit five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers.
This is part of the state department’s plan to ensure national security in the country.
“National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications, and every prospective traveler and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening,” the department said via an initial proposal in 2018.
“We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”
More to follow…



Court of Appeal sacks Regina Daniels husband, Ned Nwoko as PDP senator-elect

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has nullified the emergence of Ned Nwoko as the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District.
The court in a decision on Thursday said the case instituted at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court which resulted in the recognition of Mr Nwoko as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission was wrongly filed.
The appellate court ruled that the matter ought to have been brought at the lower court before the expiration of 14 days from the time of the incidence that birthed the suit.
It further ruled that the failure of the applicant at the lower court to file the case before the expiration of 14 days meant that the case had become statute barred and the lower court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter in the first place.
“As at the time the matter was instituted at the Federal High Court, the case was statute barred. We set aside the decision of the Federal High Court and strike out the case,” the court ruled.
INEC had withdrawn the certificate of return it issued to Mr Nwoko’s contender Peter Nwaoboshi, following the FHC decision.
With the appeal court decision, Mr Nwaoboshi will now be recognised as the senator-elect for the district.
Messrs Nwoko and Nwaoboshi are both of the PDP and had contested for the ticket of the party in the primaries. The PDP later won the senatorial election in the district with Mr Nwaoboshi as its candidate.
After the initial high court ruling, INEC withdrew the certificate issued to Mr Nwaoboshi and presented same to Mr Nwoko; a decision that would now be reversed based on the appeal court ruling.






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Recently, NNPC has sent a notification email across to all candidates that applied for it's recruitment and the screening test which will be CTB is scheduled to take place in 1st June 2019. For this reason, we have decided to help candidates with the NNPC past question and answers to help them know the nature of the examination. If you do not want to be stranded in the examination hall, we advise that you get this past questions and study them alongside other texts.

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After pocketing over N62bn, 161 Reps are yet to sponsor a bill.

At least 161 members of the House of Representatives are yet to sponsor a bill more than three years after assuming office, Daily Trust findings have shown.

Of the 360 members in the House, only 199 have sponsored at least a bill since their inauguration on June 9, 2015.

They have spent 46months out of their 4-year tenure of 48months, with only 1month left. Within the period, the 161 lawmakers pocketed at least N62.503billion in allowances and salaries, investigation by this newspaper has revealed.

Each lawmaker gets N7.6 million as running/overhead cost and additional N660, 000 as salary monthly, which amounts to N8.26m monthly.

In the 47 months they have spent so far, each lawmaker has pocketed about N388.22m each, totalling N62.503billion

There are over 1066 before the House, with 53 of them coming from the Executive arm, and 23 forwarded from the Senate.

*Members without bills*

Official records of lawmakers without bills obtained by Daily Trust showed that the North West has the highest where 60 of its 91 members have not turned in any bill.

Of the 72 members from the South West, 32 have no bills to their names.

The North East has 48 members, 25 members of whom have no bills, while out of the 55 lawmakers from the South South, 19 failed to sponsor a bill.

Similarly, the North Central, with a total of 49 members, 16 members fail to sponsor a bill, while only 8 members out of 43 from the South East do not have a bill in their name.

Only one member out of the two from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sponsored bills.

The breakdown showed that Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa from Kano State, who is the leader of the North West Caucus in the House, has no bill in his name.

Others from Kano are Ibrahim Sani Umar, Abdullahi Mohammed Gaya, Garba Umar Durbunde, Nasiru Baballe Ila, Suleiman Aliyu Romo, Sani Mohammed Rano, Munir Babba Dan-Agundi, Nasiru Ali Ahmed, Shehu Usman Aliyu, Musa Ado Tsamiya, Mustapha Bala Dawaki and Badamasi Ayuba. Only 11 members out of 24 have bills from the state.

In Katsina State, there are 12 members without bill. They are Saidu Sani Fago, Kabir Shuaibu, Danlami Kurfi, Ahmed Dayyabu Safana, Murtala Isa, Ibrahim Murtala, Amiru Tukur, Muntari Dandutse, Suleiman Salisu, Babangida Ibrahim and Mansir Ali Mashi.

Jigawa is next where nine members out of 11 have no bill. They are Adamu Mohammed, Magaji Aliyu Da’u, Abubakar Hassan Fulata, Yuguda Hassan Kila, Rabiu Garba Kaugama, Usman Ibrahim Auyo, Mohammed Gudaji Kazaure, Mohammed Gausu Boyi and Ibrahim Abdullahi Dutse.

In Kaduna State with 16 members, seven lawmakers namely: Lawal Mohammed Rabiu, Sunday Marshall Katung, Yakubu Umar Barde, Simon Arabo, Muhammad Musa Soba, Mohammed Abubakar and Yusuf Bala Ikara have no bills.

The lawmakers without a bill from Sokoto State are Hassan Bala Abubakar, Aminu Sani Isa, Kabiru Marafa Achida, Bashir Isa Salihu, Mohammed Sa’adu and Shehu Aliyu. There are 11 members from the state.

There are six lawmakers from Kebbi State out of 8 without bill. They are Aliyu Danladi, Bello Dantani, Suleiman Hussaini Kangiwa, Abdullahi Hassan Suru,  and Mohammed Dantani.

Only one member from  Zamfara State has sponsored a bill.The six without bills are Lawali Hassan Anka, Abdulmalik Bungudu, Aminu Sani Jaji, Yahaya Chado, Ibrahim Isah and Lawal Mu’azu.

In the South West, Lagos has the highest members without bill, 10 of them out of 24. They are Joseph Adebayo, Diya Babafemi, Olufemi Adebanjo, Taofeek Abiodun, Abiola Olatunji, Bolaji Ayinla, Raji Olawale, Tajudeen Obasa, Abayomi Danda Kako and Nurudeen Akinwumi, a new comer who replaced late Adewale Elijah who had a bill before his demise.

In Ondo State, six members have no bill out of nine. They are Afe Oluwookere, Babatunde Kolawole, Olemija Friday, Akinfolarin Samuel, Akinlaja Joseph, Baderinwa Bamidele.

The same thing obtains in Oyo State where six out of 14 members, namely: Adedapo Lam-Adesina, Segun Ogunwuyi, Olasupo Abiodun, Olugbemi Samson, Ayoade Olugbenga and Sunday Adepoju have no bills.

Five out of the nine members from Ogun State have no bills. They are Akinlade Adekunle, Adekoya Adesegun, Ojugbele Olusola, Mukaila Kazzim and Williams Olusegun.

There are three out of six lawmakers from Ekiti State, namely Akinyele Awodumila, Thedeous Akinola and Agboola Emmanuel Kehinde, without a bill.

Osun has two out of 10 without a bill. They are Akintayo Gafaru Amere and Albert Abiodun Adeogun.

In the North East, seven members out of 10 from Borno State have no bill. They are Mahmud Lawan Maina, Jibrin Santumari, Mohammed Nur Sheriff, Mukhtar Betara, Mohammed Sanda, Mallam Bukar Gana and Abdulkadir Rahis.

Bauchi has six out of 12 without bills, namely Tata Omar, Halliru Dauda Jika, Adamu Gurai, Isa Hassan, Aliyu Musa and Lawal Yahaya Gumau.

Also, out of the six members from Taraba State, four, namely: Danladi Tijo, Aminu Malle, Garba Hamman Julde and Danjuma Usman Shiddi have no bill.

The same thing obtains in Yobe State where four out of six members have no bill. They are: Ismaila Ahmed Gadaka, Sabo Garba, Sidi Yakubu Karasuwa and Abdullahi Kukawa, who, last year, replaced Khadijah Bukar Ibrahim, now a minister.

In Gombe State, two members out of six have no bills. They are Ismaila Hassan and Yaya Bauchi, both of whom replaced Barambu Kawuwa and Khamis Mailantarki respectively.

Also, two lawmakers out of eight from Adamawa State have bill, namely: Gutuwa Philip and Talatu Yohana, who replaced Laori Bitrus last year.

In the South South,Barry Barinada Mpigi 13 from Rivers State have no bill. They are  Barry Barinada Mpigi,
Dagomie Abiante, , Blessing Ibiba, Randolph Brown, Boma Goodhead, Jerome Amadi,, Chidi Wihoka Maurice Pronen and Etc.

Of the 10 members from Akwa Ibom State, four do not have a bill. They are Owoidighe Ekpoatai, Iboro Ekanem, Emmanuel Ukoete and Michael Enyong.

Similarly, out of nine members from Edo State, three members, namely Omosede Igbinedion, Aisowieren Patrick and Johnson Oghuma have no bills. Oghuma was sworn in last February, replacing Philip Shuaibu, who became deputy governor of Edo State.

Bayelsa, Cross River and Delta have one member each without bills and they are Jephthah Foingha, Christopher Ngoro and Julius Pondi respectively.

In the North Central, six members out of 10 from Niger State have no bill. They are Abubakar Lado, Abubakar Chika Adamu, Muhammad Bala Faruk, Umar Rofia, Abdullahi Garba and Salisu Shadafi.

Benue and Kogi have three each, namely Hassan Saleh, Adamu Entonu and Adaji Ezekiel (Benue) and Kabir Ajanah, Abdullahi Bello and Ikani Benjamin (Kogi).

Kwara and Nasarawa have two each, namely: Tope Olayonu and Olufunke Adedoyin (Kwara), Abubakar Sarki Dahiru and Mohammed Jafaru (Nasarawa). Jafaru replaced late Musa Onwana mid last year.

All the eight members from Plateau State have sponsored at least a bill.

In the South East, of the 11 members from Anambra State, four, namely: Okechukwu Eze, Anayo Nnebe, Chris Azubogu and Anohu Chukwuemeka have no bills.

Three members out of the six from Ebonyi have no bills. They are Anayo Edwin, Nwazunku Chukwuma and Ogbee Lazarus.

Only Nkole Ndukwe out of the eight members from Abia State has no bill, all the members from Imo (10) and Enugu (8) have sponsored different bills.

Similarly, Zakari Angulu from the FCT has no bill to his name.

The highest bill sponsors
Lawmakers with the highest number of bills on regional basis are Rep Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP, Abia/South East), 50 bills; Rep Ossai Nicholas Ossai, (PDP, Delta/South South), 46 bills and Edward Pwajok, (APC, Plateau/North Central) 41 bills.

Others are Gideon Gwani (PDP, Kaduna/North West), 20; Femi Gbajabiamila, (APC, Lagos/South West), 14.
Mohammed Tahir Monguno from Borno State (North East) has nine.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara has 10 while his deputy Yussuf Suleiman Lasun has one.

*Lawmakers lack capacity - CISLAC*

The Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, told Daily Trust that the lawmakers’ inability to sponsor bills was because they lack capacity.

“It’s unfortunate that they will spent 4years collecting tax payers’ money. They should be accountable for all they have collected. Part of the reason for their being inactive is because they didn’t prepare for the job, so they lack the capacity. They don’t also understand the legislative work and they’re not ready to learn.

“They’re just in the legislature for their personal interest and not to make laws. Nigerians why entrusting your mandate into the wrong hands .
Daily Trust .




Buhari Signs Executive Order Banning The Use Of Licenced Guns

Days after the Niger Delta Militants threatened to declare Niger Delta Republic on June !st, President Muhammadu Buhari signs an executive order to remove, revoke, banish all firearm or shotgun certificate or license in Nigeria.
The order takes effect from June 1st, the day the Niger Delta Militants are threatening to declare their Republic.
With this, no body in Nigeria is allowed to carry prohibited or licensed weapon in the country.
Though it is not clear whether the order was targeted at the Militants, it appears that the order is a blanket one, which will automatically make their activities difficult. Only the Military and the police, this Magazine gathered, are expected to carry firearms. Even the Civil Defense are not allowed to carry arms.
But reactions on Social media over the executive order was rather anger and condemnation.
“Is Buhari Evil Or Ignorant?”, says Chidi Calli, a well Known Social Commentator and Itinerant Buhari critic. “Why Disarm Nigerians and Allowing Herdsmen, Militias, Boko Haram to Keep Their Weapons?
Is There plans to Destroy M/Belt & The South?”
It will be recalled that the security situation in the country has worsened in recent times with bandits and Boko Haram trying to outdo themselves in killings and abductions. They reportedly brandish the latest weaponry, including the notorious AK 47 assault rifles. Only recently, the Police paraded some kidnappers with sophisticated weapons in Zamfara state.
Nnanna Ehiribe, in his own reaction, said that Buhari is disarming the south and Middle belt for the bandits and Boko Haram to have a field day.
“Executive order; ‘all firearms licences revoked’. Disarm the (Middle) belt and South for Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen & ISIS to finish”, he wrote.

There has been allegations of Islamic State has infiltrated Boko Haram, and using them for their expansion in the West African sub region.