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The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:

NEWS

  • Gov under fire for backing herders carrying AK47

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Friday drew flak from different parts of the country after defending the right of herders to go about with AK 47. Leading the charge was his fellow governor, Samuel Ortom of Benue State, who challenged Mohammed to cite the law that allows herders to carry assault guns.

Mohammed had said “They (herders) have no option than to carry AK47 because the society and the government are not protecting them,” the Bauchi State governor had said on Thursday while reacting to recent comments and actions against suspected criminal herders in parts of the country. He berated his colleagues in the South-West and South-East for the manner in which they are handling the herders’ crisis and claimed they are not accommodating people from other ethnic groups.

Hitting back at Mohammed on Friday, Governor Ortom wondered how much the Bauchi governor knew about alleged atrocities perpetrated in parts of the country by herders. Ortom in a statement said while he would not want to join issues with his counterpart, he found it shocking that a colleague who took the oath of office as he also did, to protect and preserve the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, now takes the lead in violating provisions of the same constitution by calling for lawlessness.

  • NIN mandatory for bank accounts, voter registration – FG

The National Identity Number is mandatory for transactions such as the opening of bank accounts, payment of taxes, voter registration, the Federal Government said on Thursday. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, said this in Abuja while hosting the newly elected National Executive Council of the Association Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria.

Pantami urged operators in the sector to work with the government in ensuring that all citizens in Nigeria had the NIN. He insisted that the number would benefit the country economically, as the contributions of the telecoms sector to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product would further increase.

  • #EndSARS Protest Aftermath: Court Orders CBN To Unfreeze Promoters’ Accounts

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to unfreeze the bank accounts of 20 #EndSARS promoters. Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the ruling following the agreement reached by parties in the suit to amicably resolve the matter.

The Judge while commending counsel to the CBN, Mr Michael Andoaka, and lawyer to the defendants, Mr. Femi Falana, ruled that “all processes filed in respect of the case are hereby deemed to have been withdrawn.” Justice Mohammed then, set aside the November 4, 2020 order and ordered that all the accounts of the affected persons “be immediately defreezed.”

  • Nigerians Threaten Fresh Protests Over Reopening Of Lekki Tollgate

Following the move to reopen the Lekki Tollgate, many Nigerians mostly youths, have taken to social media threatening to stage another protest. Youth representatives at the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Saturday had opposed the reopening of the Lekki toll gate arguing that reopening the toll-gate at this time would be hasty and premature.

Reacting to this decision, many Nigerians took to Twitter calling out the panel for approving the release of the toll gate when investigations into the Lekki shootings are still ongoing. According to those threatening to stage another protest come Saturday, February 13, no thought of reopening should be heard at the moment, not when no one has been held accountable for the killing of unarmed protesters, who marched against police brutality on the night of October 20.

  • BUA buys 1m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for Nigeria

BUA Group, one of Nigeria’s largest business conglomerates, has paid for one million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for the country, with a commitment to buy additional four million doses – all to be distributed to Nigerians at no cost. The vaccine purchase is being undertaken through BUA-CACOVID-AFREXIM partnership, a coalition of private sector operators helping governments and championing the fight against the pandemic.

The first batch of one million doses of the vaccine, which is expected to be delivered by next week, will be the first delivery of inoculations to Nigeria since the COVID-19 vaccines became available. Philanthropist and Founder of BUA Abdul Samad Rabiu said the vaccines will be distributed free to Nigerians at no cost.

  • North’s governors declare open grazing outdated

The days of open grazing by herdsmen are now numbered. Governors in the North on Tuesday described open grazing by herdsmen as obsolete. It should end, they declared. This decision was the outcome of, a meeting of Northern Nigeria Governors Forum, held virtually. The decision is in line with the position of Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who said herders should embrace ranching and stop herding their cows from the North to the South is search of pasture.

The Senate has warned that should the farmers-herders conflict be allowed to fester, it could lead to ethno-religious war and famine. Consequently, the Forum resolved to aggressively sensitise herdsmen”. They appealed to the Federal Government to support States with grants to directly undertake pilot projects of modern livestock production that will serve as springboard and evidence for breaking resistance to the full implementation of new methods of livestock production.

  • Killer Herdsmen: Anyone Caught With Illegal Arms Should Be Tried, says Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on the issue of killer herdsmen is that anyone caught with illegal arms should be arrested and tried, spokesman Femi Adesina said on Tuesday. Mr. Adesina in an interview, was reacting to recent comments made by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. Mr. Ortom had said the President was silent over the issue of armed herdsmen causing havoc across the country.

However, when asked how many herdsmen have been arrested in recent times, Mr. Adesina said “I don’t have that figure at my fingertips . . . but I know that a lot of people are awaiting trial.” Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, recently suggested that ranching was the solution to the phenomenon of herdsmen moving across the country with cattle. Reacting to the Governor’s suggestion, Mr Adesina said all suggestions should be discussed.

  • Ex-Lagos governor, Lateef Jakande, dies at 91

Former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead. He reportedly died on Thursday at the age of 91. Jakande, aka Baba Kekere, brought a lot of development to Lagos as governor between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983, in line with the five cardinal programmes of the Unity Party of Nigeria founded by a former Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, confirmed the passage of the elder statesman in a statement. He wrote,“Baba Jakande’s record of service as a journalist of repute and a leader of remarkable achievements as governor of Lagos State will remain indelible for generations to come.

  • Any Violence In The Name Of #EndSARS Will Not Be Tolerated This Time – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has warned those planning a fresh protest at Lekki Toll Gate to shelve their plans as violent protests will not be tolerated.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, who gave the warning while addressing journalists on Thursday, in Abuja, said every Nigerian has the freedom to protest but violence in the name of protests will not be condoned.

Mohammed said based on Intelligence there are high chances that the protest which is planned to take place on February 13, 2021, at the Lekki Toll Gate will be hijacked by hoodlums. He also noted that the government is watching the roles being played by social media platforms on the planned protest and that security agencies have been placed on red alert to stop the violence. “We therefore strongly warn those who are planning to re-occupy Lekki Toll Gate on Saturday to desist.

ECONOMY

  • Petrol price may hit N190 as oil nears $60

Marketers have said with the current realities in the global crude oil markets, the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) in Nigeria should be between N185 and N200 per litre, unless the government wants to subsidise the product.

The upturn in global oil prices last week has again brought to the fore marketers’ concerns over the non-implementation of the full deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector as the pump prices of petrol have been left unchanged for more than two months.

The Federal Government on Tuesday hinted at likely hike in the pump price of petrol. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva urged Nigerians to be ready to bear the pains of increased petrol price as crude oil price climbs above $60 per barrel.

  • Naira overvalued at official market, IMF tells CBN

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the naira was overvalued by 18.5 per cent at the official market. The Fund called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to establish a more transparent and market-based exchange rate policy to instil confidence in the market. The advice was contained on IMF Article IV Consultation with Nigeria, released on Monday.

The IMF Executive Board, which visited Nigeria, released its findings on Nigeria’s economy to the Federal Government. It recommended establishing a market-clearing unified exchange rate with the near-term focus on allowing greater flexibility and removing the backlog of requests for foreign exchange. The Fund said Nigeria’s long-running policy of a stable exchange rate has produced limited benefits.


POLITICS

  • Makinde Denies Dumping PDP

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has denied dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another party. The governor, in a statement issued on Monday by his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, described reports of his defection as “a concocted falsehood from purveyors of fake news, who are bent on maligning the governor at all cost.”

The governor clarified his position on the rumour, saying he had no plan to defect to another party. Makinde explained that he has remained a strong pillar of the PDP for many years and is already leading the mission for its resurgence in the South-West. While denying moves to join the Advanced Democratic Congress (ADC), the Oyo governor vowed not to be distracted by the ridiculous lies being circulated by those he described as enemies within and without.

HEALTH

  • Time To Wear A Better Mask, Experts Say

As new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus spread, experts say it’s time to consider using a medical-grade respirator, or wearing a surgical and cloth mask together.

Scientists have agreed for some time the main way the virus is spread is through the air, rather than surfaces, and there’s growing evidence that small droplets from ordinary breathing and speech that can travel many meters (yards) are a common mode of transmission.

Added to this is the greater contagiousness of emerging variants, like B.1.1.7, which takes a smaller viral load to cause symptomatic Covid-19 compared to the more common strain.

  • NCDC donates Infectious Disease Centre, molecular lab to Taraba

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has established and equipped an Infectious Disease Care Centre (DCC) and molecular laboratory at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Jalingo, Taraba State; noting that this is in line with its mandate to support states in strengthening health security.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, several states in Nigeria had limited capacity for the management and detection of infectious diseases. In response to this, NCDC has been supporting states in establishing treatment centres and molecular laboratories. In the last eight months, four IDCC have been commissioned across states.


EDUCATION

  • FG’s Meeting With University Workers Ends In Deadlock

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), has ended in a deadlock. It is the second meeting that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige is holding with the striking university workers, in an attempt to resolve the issues leading to the labour unrest in the universities.

At the meeting with the Federal Government, the striking university workers said the government had failed to address their critical demands, which included unpaid earned allowances of members, delisting of members from the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and the arrears of the new minimum wage.

  • Strike: FG threatens to stop salaries of SSANU, NASU members

The Federal Government has threatened to stop the salaries of non-teaching workers of universities for embarking on an indefinite strike. Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige noted that Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) statutes permit the government to stop the salaries of workers when they are on strike.

He warned the government would not hesitate to invoke the laws if the unions fail to observe the rules guiding social dialogue. Ngige said that the ongoing strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU), contravened Nigeria’s labour laws and the statutes of ILO.

WORLD

  • 130 countries yet to administer a single vaccine dose – WHO, UNICEF

Almost 130 countries are yet to administer a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine to a significant population of 2.5 billion people, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have declared. The global bodies are dismayed that out of 128 million vaccine doses, more than three-quarters of vaccinations are ongoing in only 10 countries.

They urged world leaders to look beyond their borders and employ a vaccine strategy that can actually end the pandemic, and vaccine manufacturers to allocate the limited vaccine supply equitably. UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a joint statement, said “We need global leadership to scale up vaccine production and achieve vaccine equity. Covid-19 has shown that our fates are inextricably linked. Whether we win or lose, we will do so together.”

  • Ukraine Bans COVID-19 Vaccines From Russia

Ukraine has banned coronavirus vaccines produced in bitter rival Russia despite struggles to launch its vaccination campaign. A resolution passed by the government on February 8 and posted on its website Wednesday banned the registration of vaccines from “aggressor states”, a designation Ukraine has applied to Russia since 2015. Ukraine’s pro-Western leadership has repeatedly rejected calls from pro-Moscow politicians to approve Russia’s Sputnik V jab, denouncing the vaccine as a geopolitical tool.

The ban on Russian vaccines came despite criticism of President Volodymyr Zelensky for failing to source Western-made jabs. Not a single dose of any vaccine has yet to arrive in the ex-Soviet country.

  • Women Launch Their Own #MeToo Movement In Kuwait

Women in Kuwait are defying conservative norms and a culture of “shame” to speak out against harassment for the first time, in a social media campaign sparked by a popular fashion blogger. Dozens of testimonies about being stalked, harassed or assaulted have emerged online, focused on the Instagram account “Lan Asket”, Arabic for “I will not be silent”.

Kuwaiti fashion blogger Ascia Al Faraj, who has more than 2.5 million social media followers, said in an explosive video uploaded last week that there is a “problem” in the country. Faraj’s video sparked a nationwide movement in a country where the #MeToo campaign that took off in the United States in 2017 did not make much of an impact.

Radio and TV shows have hosted activists, lawyers and academics to discuss the issue of harassment, and the US embassy in Kuwait also threw its weight behind the women. Activists have also emphasised that foreign women who make up a large portion of the Kuwaiti population, many in menial roles, are among the most vulnerable to assault and abuse.

  • Facebook Ramps Up Efforts To Curb COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation

Facebook on Monday said it is ramping up efforts to stem the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, spread facts, and figure out who might be wary of getting the jab.

The move includes banning groups that repeatedly spread misinformation and debunked claims about the virus and vaccines in general. Facebook has been highlighting health advice from reliable agencies and removing COVID-19 misinformation for months and on Monday expanded that initiative.

Facebook also says that it is consulting with health organisations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), to expand the list of false claims that it will remove to include additional debunked claims about the coronavirus and vaccines.

  • Heineken To Cut 8,000 Jobs As Virus Takes Fizz Out Of Sales

Dutch brewing giant Heineken said on Wednesday it would cut around 8,000 jobs worldwide as the coronavirus pandemic kept much of the hospitality sector closed. Heineken, the world’s number two brewer, said it recorded a net loss of 204 million euros ($247 million) in 2020, a 109 percent fall in profits from the year before.

Heineken CEO Dolf van den Brink said it had been “a year of unprecedented disruption and transition” for the company. Sales fell by 17 percent to 23 billion euros with bars and cafes closed in many countries, the company said. Heineken had announced in October that restructuring was needed to reduce personnel costs but gave no figure for layoffs at the time. This included including cutting jobs at the head office in Amsterdam while other layoffs would depend on local circumstances, it added.


ENTERTAINMENT

  • Jazz Legend And Fusion Pioneer Chick Corea Dies Of Cancer

Chick Corea, the American jazz composer and electric keyboard trailblazer whose visionary fusion work stretched the traditional boundaries of genre, has died of a rare form of cancer. He was 79. Corea’s illness “was only discovered very recently,” read a statement posted on his Facebook page Thursday. “I want to thank all of those along my journey who have helped keep the music fires burning bright,” read a message the 23-time Grammy award winner left prior to his February 9 passing, which his team released in the statement.

The dynamic composer and bandleader, whose compositions-turned-jazz standards included “Spain,” “500 Miles High” and “La Fiesta,” was among a select group of talent that also featured Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, who all emerged as some of the 20th century’s most influential pianists.
Over his more than half-a-century-long career Corea established himself as a revolutionary of the 1970s jazz fusion era, experimenting with rock and electronic sounds to shake the genre into contemporary times.

  • Taylor Swift To Release Re-Recorded Hit Album ‘Fearless’

Taylor Swift, making good on her vow to re-record her first six albums so she can control their rights, on Thursday announced plans to release the new version of her second record “Fearless” in April. In addition to the 20 tracks originally on the 2008 album “Fearless” — which includes the hits “You Belong With Me” and “Fifteen” — Swift said she was including six more “never before released songs from the vault,” a fresh take on the album set for release April 9.

In the summer of 2019 Swift began publicly sparring with industry mogul Scooter Braun over his company’s purchase of her previous label, which gave him a majority stake in the master recordings of her first six albums. The heated feud and her bold promise to re-record those works ignited discussion over who keeps the keys to an artist’s work, and the conditions under which young musicians sign contracts. The owner of lucrative masters — one-of-a-kind source material used to create vinyls, CDs and digital copies — is able to dictate how songs are reproduced and sold.

  • Ikorudu Bois bag Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award

Nigerian social media stars, Ikorodu Bois have been nominated for the Favourite African Social Media Star category at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. The Ikorodu Bois is a Nigerian online comedy group that recreates and mimics multi-million dollar music videos, Hollywood movie trailers and epic pictures.

Last year, Ikorodu Bois drew the attention of the producers of the Hollywood movie, Extraction 2, the Russo Brothers, following the remake of the movie trailer which features Chris Hemsworth. In a tweet by the Russo Brothers, they expressed excitement at the remake and invited the Ikorodu Bois to the world premiere of their Netflix action film sequel.


SPORTS

  • Tokyo 2020 Boss Resigns Over Sexism Row, But Successor Unclear

Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori bowed to mounting pressure and resigned Friday over sexist remarks, but his replacement was not immediately clear after opposition emerged to his favoured successor. The resignation and the leadership vacuum left by the controversy add to the woes of organisers struggling to win over a sceptical public less than six months before the virus-delayed Games.

Mori, 83, sparked outrage by claiming last week that women speak too much in meetings, with officials, sports stars and Olympic sponsors slamming the remarks as inappropriate. On Friday he announced he would step down, effective immediately. “My inappropriate statement has caused a lot of chaos. I would like to express my sincere apologies,” he told a meeting of Tokyo 2020’s executive board and council called to discuss his remarks.

  • Klopp Unable To Attend Mother’s Funeral In Germany Due To COVID-19 Restrictions

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp On Wednesday revealed his mother died last month and he is unable to travel from Britain to attend the funeral in Germany because of Covid-19 travel restrictions. According to reports, Elisabeth Klopp died on January 19 at the age of 81. She was from Glatten in the Black Forest region. “She meant everything to me” Klopp told local newspaper the Schwarzwaelder Bote. “As a devout Christian, I know she is in a better place now,” he added.

“The fact that I can’t be at the funeral is due to these terrible times,” said 53-year-old Klopp. “As soon as circumstances allow, we will hold a wonderful memorial service befitting her.” Liverpool’s official Twitter account offered condolences by posting the message “You’ll Never Walk Alone, Jurgen” accompanied by a photograph of Klopp and a heart.

  • FG Postpones National Sports Festival For Fourth Time

The Federal Government has postponed the 20th National Sports Festival for the fourth time since its original date of March 21 to April 2020. The event, which was scheduled to begin on February 14, was again shifted to a yet to be confirmed date in April 2021.

This decision was reached on Monday after the emergency meeting of the National Council on Sports convened by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who is the chairman of the council. This recent postponement was occasioned by the second wave of the pandemic and the paucity of funds. The National Council on Sports did not provide an exact date in April when the games will take place and that confirms the growing uncertainty and harsh reality of Covid-19 pandemic on sporting activities in Nigeria.

  • 20-Year-Old Nigerian-Born Marvin Park Gets First Real Madrid Start

Real Madrid’s Marvin Olawale Akinlabi Park – who is of Nigerian origin – was on Tuesday handed his first senior start for the club as the Los Blancos defeated Getafe 2-0 in a Spanish La Liga match. Coach Zinedine Zidane named the 20-year-old born to a Nigerian father and a South Korean mother in the lineup as the multiple European champions moved within five points of league leaders, Atletico Madrid.

The fleet-footed right-winger had before now impressed for the team’s youth sides and did not disappoint in his first start for the club. He made his debut for the Spanish giants in their 2020/21 league opener against Real Sociedad, coming on as a 70th-minute substitute. The midfielder caught the former French legend’s eyes in a friendly against Getafe in September 2020.


METRO PLUS

  • Quit Notice: Ogun Youths Give Seven-Day Ultimatum To Killer Herdsmen

Youths in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State under the aegis of Yewa-North Patriotic Forum have issued a seven-day ultimatum to suspected killer herdsmen in Yewa-North Local Government Area to vacate the state. The youths gave the ultimatum on Friday, in a statement signed by the President of the group, Sanni Omobolaji, 24 hours after suspected Fulani herdsmen allegedly killed five persons in Owode-Ketu, Egua in that council area.

Some killer-herdsmen had allegedly invaded Owode Ketu community and Egua on Thursday around 5:00 am and killed about five persons whose dead bodies were reportedly found in nearby bushes and in the Egua River. The youths called on the state government to immediately deploy a coalition of security agencies to seal off borders with neighbouring countries either through the bushes or through designated routes.

  • Suspected Herdsmen Kill Farmer, Vigilante Officer In Ondo Forest

Two persons: a farmer and a Vigilante Officer in Ondo State have been reportedly shot dead by suspected herdsmen at Ago Sanusi along Ute Road in Owo, the headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of the state. It was gathered that the herdsmen had laid an ambush for the Amotekun men in the forest.

A source disclosed that the attack took place at about 2:00 am on Wednesday, with the suspects fully armed with dangerous weapons, including AK 47 riffles. A farmer whose name was given as Lanre who had earlier been abducted in the area was found dead in the forest. Also, a member of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria was also shot dead. The Commander of Amotekun Corps in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye confirmed the death of the two men to newsmen.

  • NDLEA Seizes Cocaine Worth Over N32bn At Lagos Port

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has continued its offensive action against drug barons and cartels in Nigeria with the latest seizure of 40 parcels of cocaine weighing 43.11kilogram (100.05pds), with an estimated street value of over N32 billion. The consignment containing the illicit drug was put under surveillance by operatives of the Tincan Command of the NDLEA for some days until two clearing agents showed up on Monday, February 8, 2021 to clear it.

According to the Commander, Tincan Port Command of the NDLEA, Sumaila Ethan, the two clearing agents were promptly arrested and the consignment, which was brought into Nigeria from Bazil on board a vessel marked MV SPAR SCORPIO, properly searched. The Tincan port seizure is coming on the heels of similar ones at the Lagos and Abuja airports as well as from the FCT, Edo, Katsina, Nasarawa, and Benue state Commands in the last three weeks.

  • Three Politicians In Zulum’s Convoy Die In Borno Auto Crash

Three politicians accompanying Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, have died in an auto crash on their way back from Mafa, the governor’s hometown.
The governor had returned to his local ward in Mafa on Tuesday from where he flagged off the membership revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former governor of the state, Senator Kashim Shettima, the Party’s caretaker chairman, Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly and other party faithful were among those in Zulum’s motorcade from Maiduguri to Mafa for the event. Witnesses told newsmen that the vehicle lost a tire, swerved off the road and began to somersault, killing three occupants, one of whom was the Chief of Kanuri people in Lagos, Mai Masa Mohammed.

  • EFCC Arrests 14 For Internet Fraud In Lagos, 9 Others Arrested In Benin

Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 14 persons following series of intelligence on their alleged fraudulent activities. They were arrested at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, February 4, 2021. According to the antigraft agency, the suspects have been interrogated and will soon be arraigned in court.

Similarly, operatives of the EFCC in Benin, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, arrested nine suspected internet fraudsters in an early morning operation in Benin City, Edo State. The suspects were arrested following intelligence received by the Commission. Items recovered from them include laptop computers, mobile phones, a Toyota Camry car, and a Luxus Jeep. The suspects are said to have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

  • Ondo Polytechnic Student Macheted To Death

There was pandemonium on Wednesday at the Ondo State-owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, in Owo, Ondo State, as a yet to be identified student of the polytechnic was macheted to death. The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Samuel Ojo, confirmed the incident to newsmen.

The cause of the death of the student is, however, yet to be known. The incident also coincides with the Students Union Government election of the polytechnic. But the PRO dismissed rumours that the killing might be connected with the SUG election, saying there was no evidence for that and that the killing happened outside the polytechnic campus.

  • Customs Intercept Illegal Drugs Worth N819m In Imo

The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri has intercepted 1,024 cartons of contraband drugs with duty paid value of N819 million. According to the Area controller of customs FOU Zone C, Yusuf Lawal, the drugs which were Intercepted along Ofosu-Benin expressway were identified as Colcaps Medicament, illegally shipped into the country from India without NAFDAC certification.

While also displaying some other seized items like bags of foreign rice, vehicles and second-hand clothing, Controller Lawal said the men of the Nigeria Customs Service FOU Zone C are readily prepared to fight the menace of smuggling in the zone. He advised smugglers to look for other means of livelihood and desist from economic sabotage.