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 YABATECH STUDENTS PROTEST

Students of Yaba College of Technology (Lagos) had on Thursday staged a protest against the continuous increase of their tuition fees by the institution’s authorities. Students were seen scattered all over the premises despite the heavy down pour yesterday.

Ganiyu Abdulkareem, an official of the Students’ Union Government, said the demands of the students are the immediate reversal of tuition fees to N19, 200 and N52, 750 for full-time and part-time students respectively. Some of the students who spoke said they are suspending all activities till the management hosts a meeting.

 

OSINBAJO VISITS BOMB BLAST VICTIMS IN MAIDUGURI

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo was received by the Borno state Governor, Hon. Kashim Shettima at the International Airport, Maiduguri on Thursday for a one day official visit. Although his visit came few hours after the Boko Haram sect invaded the state, he interacted with victims of the bomb blast.

Gov. Kashim Shettima thanked the Acting President for the visit and for all the support they have been rendering to the state government and the people of Borno in general.

 

CHIDOKA OPENS UP ON YAR’ADUA’S CABAL

A one-time Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, has opened up on power play in Nigeria during the administration of late President Umaru Yar’Adua. He said that a cabal existed in that Government. He made this statement during a public lecture organised by the youth development centre of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Ogun state.

The former minister explained further that he was suspected to be among the ‘Obasanjo boys’ who were allegedly plotting to discredit Yar’Adua’s administration. He claimed the story of the existence of a plot against Mr. Yar’Adua were all symptomatic of ideological differences between the two parties.

 

ASARI DOKUBO ADMITS BEING A BIAFRAN

Alhaji Asari Dokubo, ex-leader of Niger-Delta militants has said that anyone in the South-South and South-East region of the country, who denies Biafra and its struggle, is only doing so for fear of death or being incarcerated.

The ex-militant commended the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for taking a stand in the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra. He further added that when success has beenachieved, those denying Biafra will come back to claim it.

 

APC RELEASES NAMES OF CANDIDATES CLEARED TO CONTEST IN THE LAGOS LG POLLS

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the names of candidates cleared to contest in the council elections in Lagos on July, 22 2017. The party said it submitted the names of the candidates for the chairmanship a councillorship positions to the state Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

Members of the party in the state were engaged in free-for-all over alleged attempts by some of the leaders of the party to return 18 local government chairmen as unopposed candidates in the forthcoming local government polls.

 

TUFACE PROMISE TO SUPPORT IDPS

Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tuface has pledged to donate 60 per cent proceeds from his song to assist Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). He made the pledge on Thursday when he visited the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Abuja.

Tuface said that the song, which would be launched in commemoration of the World Refugees Day on June 20, is part of his contribution to raise the hope of the IDPs. In a remark, Mrs. Bridgette Mukanga-Eno, Deputy Representative, Protection, UNHCR, Nigeria appreciated Tuface for supporting the North-East.

 

UN REACTS TO AREWA GROUP’S THREAT AGAINST IGBO

The United Nations resident coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, in a statement on Thursday called on different ethnic tribes and groups in Nigeria to be more tolerant to ensure unity and peace in the country.

The coordinator urged cultural and religious leaders to play their part in guiding the youth to settle differences peacefully. He advised that the national peace committee be set up to help address the issue at stake.

 

NIGERIANS SHOULD BE GRATEFUL TO BUHARI’S ADMINISTRATION – PRESIDENCY

The special adviser on media and publicity to President, Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina has urged Nigerians to be grateful that the current administration is pulling the country out of economic recession after one year rather than throwing tantrums at the president.

On the president’s state of health and his absence in the country, Adesina said, “It is only a man who is alive that can administer a country and nobody is immune to ill health. He advised that Nigerians should wish the president speedy recovery.

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT COMMITS SUICIDE IN BENUE

A junior Secondary school two (JSS 2) student of Lady Celina Academy, Aounduver Terunm, was found hanged in his parents’ chicken pen. The lifeless body of the 13-year-old was discovered in their private residence behind Federal Pay Office, Nyima, Makurdi Benue state.

The deceased’s mother, Veronica Terunm said she was still in shock and could not comprehend what led her son to hang himself. However, the police in the area confirmed the incident, saying the matter is under investigation.

 

SENATE APPROVES TWO-YEAR JAIL FOR INSINCERE WITNESSES

The Senate on Thursday passed for third reading, the Witness Protection Bill that recommends a two-year jail term or N500, 000 fine for any insincere witness in court. The Bill seeks to protect witnesses and render stiff punishment for anyone who pulls out of any ongoing case he’s standing in a witness.

Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy Senate President who dedicated the bill to the memory of Adeleke who died in April, said ‘ This is one of our contribution to that process. He stressed that those in the prosecution process will have it easy to securing witnesses and are sure of protection.

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