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Eid-ul-Maulud: FG Declares Tuesday Public Holiday

Religion

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, October 19, 2021, as public holiday to mark this year's Eid-ul-Maulud celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. The declaration was made in a statement by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on behalf of the FG, congratulated the Muslim faithful for witnessing this year's celebration. He urged Nigerians, particularly Muslims to refrain from violence, and other acts of criminality, enjoining them to imbibe the spirit of love, perseverance, and patience as the Holy Prophet.

NPF To Resume Recruitment Process Of 10,000 Constables

Security

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Police Service Commission (PSC) have announced the resumption of the 2020 recruitment exercise of 10,000 constables, which was earlier suspended. This was disclosed on Saturday in a statement by NPF spokesman, Frank Mba titled, “NPF, PSC set to conclude 2020 recruitment exercise”. According to the statement, candidates are advised to check their status on the recruitment portal, www.policerecruitment.gov.ng which will be accessible from Monday, October 18 to Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture of Mompha’s Luxury Wristwatches, Others

Crime Watch

A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted an order of interim forfeiture of 11 high-end designer, which was confiscated from social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The items are five luxury wristwatches, an iPhone 8, and five luxury sunglasses which were confiscated from Mompha at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on October 19, 2019, when he was arrested by the EFCC.

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture of Mompha’s Luxury Wristwatches, Others

Crime Watch

A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted an order of interim forfeiture of 11 high-end designer, which was confiscated from social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha, popularly known as Mompha by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The items are five luxury wristwatches, an iPhone 8, and five luxury sunglasses which were confiscated from Mompha at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on October 19, 2019, when he was arrested by the EFCC.

Three Abducted Kaduna Seminarians Regain Their Freedom

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The three abducted seminarians at the Christ the King Major Seminary, St. Albert Institute, Fayit, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local government Area of kaduna State, have regained their freedom from bandits who kidnapped them on Monday night. The Chancellor, Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Reverend Father Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo, confirmed their release on Wednesday night. Recall that bandits in their large numbers on Monday about 8:00 pm, attacked seven seminarians at the school chapel. They succeeded in kidnapping three, while others escaped with injuries. They were taken to the hospital, treated and discharged. According to him, “with hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices in a symphony of praises as we announce the return of our Three Major Seminarians, who were abducted by armed persons from the Chapel of the Seminary at Christ the King Major Seminary, Fayit Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State, on Monday 11 October, 2021.”

Kidnapped Students, Staff Of FGC Kebbi Regain Freedom

Crime Watch

Reports have it that bandits have released about 90 abducted students and staff of Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri in Kebbi state after spending one hundred and eighteen (118) days in captivity. Confirming the gaining of freedom of the students and teachers, a father of one of the victims, who sort for anonymity said, they were released yesterday but are still with the authorities. They are expected to undergo some medical check-up before they are released to parents. Requested whether or not there was ransom paid earlier than the bandits launched the scholars, he stated, “I’m not going to talk on that. I hope the authorities are in the position to explain better.”

ASUU, FG To Meet This Week To Avert Strike

Education

The national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the team from the Federal Government are scheduled to meet this week towards averting another round of industrial action by the university lecturers. The Chairman, Lagos Zone of ASUU, Dr. Adelaja Oduloya, while speaking with newsmen over the weekend, said the meeting is expected to hold within the week, going by assurances from the government side. It was revealed that the date for the meeting is to be communicated to the leadership of ASUU during the week by the government team which will include officials of the Ministries of Education and Labour, the ministers and leaders of some relevant government agencies. “As a union, we are not opposed to negotiation and amicable resolution of issues. In this case, we are awaiting the government team to call us for the meeting, they said it going to be this week, we are waiting. They have not given us the date but we are waiting.

OAU Shuts Down After Protest Over Students’ Untimely Death

Education

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun State, has shut down the academic institution “until further notice” following protests that erupted following the untimely death of 24-year-old final year student of the school, Adesina Omowumi Aishat. In a statement on Friday evening, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abiodun Olarewaju, said the move was aimed at preventing the breakdown of order as the students, who were protesting over the death of a Year 4 student, Adesina Omowumi Aishat, blocked the Ife/Ibadan and Ife/Ede roads. He said the management ordered immediate closure of the school and asked the students to vacate their hall of residence before 12 pm on Saturday. “Therefore, having exhausted all necessary avenues to call the students to order and allow normalcy to return to the campus and its environs, the authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have accordingly closed down the school until further notice. This is to forestall further breakdown of law and order. The swearing-in ceremony of newly-elected Students’ Union members has also been suspended, the statement added. “In the meantime, the University management has put in place the machinery to unravel the circumstances surrounding the immediate and remote cause(s) of the crisis,” it said.

JUST IN: Prof (Mrs) Ibiyemi Bello New VC Of LASU

Education

The Wife of Tunji Bello, Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, LASU. Her appointment was announced in a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, titled, ‘Sanwo-Olu approves appointment of Vice Chancellor for LASU’, on Thursday. “Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Olusola-Sanwo-Olu has approved the appointment of Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello as the 9th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University. “Professor Olatunji-Bello was appointed following a recommendation by the Joint Committee of Council and Senate of LASU in accordance with the LASU Law, Cap 169 Vol 7, Laws of Lagos State. Olatunji Bello, a professor of medicine, had served as Acting Vice-Chancellor in the past before the elevation.

NPF To Resume Recruitment Process Of 10,000 Constables

Security

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Police Service Commission (PSC) have announced the resumption of the 2020 recruitment exercise of 10,000 constables, which was earlier suspended. This was disclosed on Saturday in a statement by NPF spokesman, Frank Mba titled, “NPF, PSC set to conclude 2020 recruitment exercise”. According to the statement, candidates are advised to check their status on the recruitment portal, www.policerecruitment.gov.ng which will be accessible from Monday, October 18 to Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Nigeria To Begin Production Of Weapons - President Buhari

Security

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, announced that Nigeria will soon begin the production of weapons to lessen over-dependence on foreign countries for supply, even as the country battles increasing security challenges in several states of the country. To this end, he has ordered the Ministry of Defense to create a modest military-industrial complex for the local production of weapons to meet some of the requirements of the country’s armed forces. The President disclosed this at the opening of a two-day Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat organised to assess progress made towards the achievement of the nine key priorities of his administration. President Buhari emphasized that the creation of the industrial complex would address Nigeria’s over-dependence on other countries for military equipment and logistics. He added that the project is being implemented under the Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), a military department responsible for arms manufacture.

#EndSARS Anniversary: Police Give Stern Warning Against Protests

Security

The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Monday strongly cautioned against any planned protest in the state. This followed a public display of interest by some individuals and groups to protest and honour the lives of those lost during the last ENDSARS protests. A statement signed by the State Police Command’s Spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, revealed that the command had received information of a planned protest to mark one year of the #EndSARS protest. The police boss promised that his officers would resist any of such protests. The statement reads: “Credible intelligence at the disposal of the Command has revealed clandestine plans by some youths, individuals, or groups to embark on protest today in commemoration of the first anniversary of ENDSARS. “Lagosians and indeed Nigerians cannot afford to relive the distasteful experience of last year's protest which caused pain, anguish, needless loss of lives, and wanton destruction of public and private property.
“In view of the volatility of the present situations in the country, and the breakdown of law and order which the planned protest might cause, the Lagos State Police Command sternly warns against any form of protest today.

Eid-ul-Maulud: FG Declares Tuesday Public Holiday

Religion

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, October 19, 2021, as public holiday to mark this year's Eid-ul-Maulud celebration in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. The declaration was made in a statement by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola on behalf of the FG, congratulated the Muslim faithful for witnessing this year's celebration. He urged Nigerians, particularly Muslims to refrain from violence, and other acts of criminality, enjoining them to imbibe the spirit of love, perseverance, and patience as the Holy Prophet.

Former Foursquare General Overseer Dies At 74

Religion

Former Foursquare Gospel Church’s General Overseer (G.O), Dr Wilson Badejo has been reported dead. Rev. Yomi Oyinloye, the National Secretary of the church made the disclosure that the former G.O of the church between 1999 and 2009 has died on Saturday after a brief illness. 

Eid-el Kabir: Muslim Faithful Urged To Embrace Unity, Peace, Progress Of Nigeria

Religion

Muslim Faithful in Nigeria on Tuesday joined their counterparts across countries in the world to celebrate the 2021 Eid-El kabir. The prayers across the nation were observed with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols. The President, Muhammadu Buhari, joined his kinsmen in Daura, Katsina State to observe the Muslim Eid-el-Kabir prayers. The prayers which took place at the Kofar Arewa Prayer ground were led by the Chief Imam of the town, Alhaji Safiyanu Yusuf. In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muslims converged on the Abuja National Eid Ground to observe the three Rak’at. The FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, who was on ground to observe the prayers admonished residents of the nation’s capital to be law-abiding, security conscious, and united. Mr. Bello also said the FCT administration will continue to stress the need for residents to observe COVID-19 protocols, especially in the face of a third wave of the pandemic. The Imam of the National Mosque Abuja, Dr Muhammad Kabir Adam, who led the prayer urged Muslims to imbibe the virtues of self-sacrifice, obedience to God, and love for humanity as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim. He urged them to share part of the meat of whatever they have slaughtered with those in need.

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