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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Yemi Osinbajo seeks collaboration among entrepreneurs

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said collaboration and co-creation among entrepreneurs will support economic growth and job creation.

Osinbajo, who spoke at the Access-Venia Co-working Conference in Lagos on Thursday, described co-working and co-creation as major determinants of the progress and output of a nation.

According to him, co-working is an economic and social phenomenon that brings about efficient work and quantum leap in terms of progress.

He said, “If division of labour defined the productive genius of the industrial revolution, then the concept of co-working must be the defining idea of work, where and how we work in the knowledge economy, and indeed the fourth industrial revolution.

“The point I am making is that, in the 19th and 20th centuries, the division of labour was what defined progress and that whole revolution. In this age of knowledge economy, it is co-working and co-creation that will define the way we work, progress and our output.

“But let us first understand that the deconstruction of the conventional work environment, important as it is, is the least profound of the implications of co-working. In order words, the mere fact that we are sharing working space is the least profound of the effects of co-working and co-creation.”Osinbajo added that there was a need to prepare for the creative disruption of this phenomenon, noting that it would redefine teaching in schools, how students learn and to some extent, the content of learning in schools.

 “The truth of the matter is, the knowledge economy is bound to change everything, co-working is bound to change everything, how we learn and work,” he stated.

The vice-president encouraged entrepreneurs to continue in the spirit of hard work and innovation, saying, “The more ideas we are able to bring about by thinking collaboratively and working together, the greater we are not just as individuals, but as a group.”


Oyo State-owned college staff insist on strike until payment of salaries

The staff of an Oyo State-owned college of education have insisted on not going back to work until the school management of the school pays them, in full, the 16-month salary arrears owe to them.

Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, was among six state-owned tertiary institutions that went on strike in November 2017 over the inability of the schools to pay salaries.

The governing council of the school had offered to pay 70 percent of the salaries owed. But the staff said only the implementation of an agreement reached between them and the College management in January would suffice.

There was “an agreement that 100% salary will be paid and sustained from January 2018,” said Oyewumi Samuel, the chairman of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union chapter of the college.

A source told The Guardian that the problem started when the state government slashed the subvention to schools by 50 percent in 2016. And later to 25 percent.

To meet their financial needs, the schools would need to raise school fees and/or reduce staff strength.

Samuel said in the case of the Emmanuel Alayande College, the management has been unable to come up with its own part of the funds needed to pay salaries.

“The inability of the College management to adequately augment the percentiles being released by the government to pay staff 100% monthly salary has led to the present situation of the fractional payment of the salaries whereby staff are owed approximately 13months salary arrears up till December 2017, followed 30% of April 2018, 100% of May and June 2018 respectively, which accumulated to 15months of unpaid salaries,” he said.

Human rights activist Femi Aborisade said in a statement that the policy of the state government to reduce subvention to its tertiary institutions would have an adverse impact on education in the state and urged other unions to support the strike actions of the schools’ staff.

“The authorities in individual institutions have issued circulars threatening mass sack if they fail to resume work,” Aborisade said.

“In other situations, queries are being issued to union leaders in their personal capacities for roles they play in their capacities as union leaders. Indeed, some of the queries are based on absolute falsehood and fabrications.”

Government to revisit 13 per cent derivation for development in Niger Delta -President Buhari

President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja pledged that the Federal Government would revisit the constitutional 13 per cent derivation benefit to the Niger Delta region to ensure even spread of developmental projects that meet the needs of the people.
He made the promise during the visit of the Isoko Traditional Rulers Council in Delta State to the Presidential Villa in which a long list of demands including establishment of gas plant, rehabilitation of federal roads, upgrade of Ofagbe Technical College, setting up of Federal Polytechnic, appointment of Isoko indigenes as ministers and ambassadors, among others, were presented to the President.

High Chief Iduh Amadhe, who led the delegation of the royal fathers from Delta State, appealed to the President to direct the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu to call on the Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) and SPDC to immediately commence production in Isoko Section of OML 28-Uzere East to increase revenue to government and development of the area.

Similarly, the monarch who is the President General and mouth piece of Isoko people asked the government to direct the oil companies operating in Isoko land namely; NPDC, Heritage, SPDC and AGIP to create an enabling environment for investors to convert the gas flare to electricity and for the existence of a modular refinery.

The traditional ruler noted that about 15 oil wells in Isoko Section of OML 28 have been locked up since November 29, 2011 by SPDC, thereby depriving the country of daily production of 19,000 barrels of crude oil, which is a huge financial loss.

He said Isoko land is a major oil and gas producing area with eight oil fields but lamented that the wealth generated from the area has been used to develop other parts of the country at the expense of the people, even when they have remained peaceful.

“It is on record that the Isoko people have not only remained peaceful but had always thrown their weight behind the government, we are not known for pipeline vandalism and no Avengers in Isolo land.

“The Isoko Nation has been grossly marginalised in allocation of projects by this Ministry. It will gladden our hearts sir, if you may graciously direct the Ministry to remember Isoko in its activities including projects, skill acquisitions centers and other related programmes. 

“The management of NDDC should also be directed to execute projects advertised for award and completion since March 2 and give special attention to Isoko Ethnic Nationality because of our peaceful nature.

“In addition, our Isoko Riverine Communities in Sagbama Local Council of Bayelsa State should be given special attention in the area of land reclamation.”

The Council Chairman said the exclusion of the youths in the area, despite directives to the Amnesty Office to include them, might send a wrong signal that to be peaceful is a crime.

He further demanded for a Federal Institution to be cited in Isokoland, particularly a Federal Polytechnic, as none exists in Delta State at the moment.

“We shall be very grateful if the State-owned Ozoro Polytechnic can be converted to a Federal Polytechnic.

“It will be appreciated also, if you consider the Ofagbe Technical College in Isoko North Local Government Area, be converted to a Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC) since we have only two in Delta State instead of three.

“Since the civil war, two Federal Roads have been abandoned in Isoko Land Emede – Oteri – Igbide – Uzere Road, and Ofagbe – Awa – lyede Ame Onogbokor – Umuoru Road.

It is our fervent appeal that you use your good office to direct the NDDC or Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to take over the construction of the above roads.

“With the Isoko Nation’s Oil Fields and Flow Stations the Isoko people will be happy if Mr. President will graciously approve the location of a modular refinery in the area to help boost the economy.

It will be beneficial to the Nigerian nation and create employment opportunities that equally engage our teeming youths in the area.

“Since 1975 when the late Chief Dr. Benard Mafeni was appointed minister for Agriculture and National Resources, no lsoko man has been made Minister or Ambassador of the Federal republic. We will be most glad if you can break this jinx as one way of recognizing the Isoko people for their peaceful disposition.

“We join other well-meaning Nigerians on the appeal to set all machineries in motion to curb the incessant killings in some states in the country.

The menace is creating negative image for the country and we believe that stemming the trend quickly before the 2019 elections will be the best for the government and the nation at large,” the monarch said.

Responding, President Buhari emphasised that the constitutional provisions for Niger Delta development would be carefully studied for inclusiveness, especially in the prioritization of Federal Government projects.

“I have listened attentively to your address and I will still update myself with details of development in your area as it relates to oil and gas, and lack of infrastructure.

“I will look at the constitutional 13 per cent derivation and what previous governments have done, in order to know what we can do,’’ the President said.

President Buhari said the Isoko kingdom has very qualified citizens that have distinguished themselves in various professional and entrepreneurial skills in the country, expressing surprise that the domain was not adequately captured in Federal Government appointments.

“I will revisit your address and ask for clarification. I will do my best on this issue,’’ he added.

Meanwhile, the former President of the Ijaw National Congress, Professor Kimse Okoko, has described the promise by President Buhari to review the 13 percent derivation as a mere political statement in an election year.

Okoko described the issue bothering on 13 per cent derivation a constitutional matter, and since the president’s relationship with the National Assembly is sour, it was not feasible for him to achieve any form of upward review of the derivation principle.

“It is a political promise. I will certainly not take it serious. On his own he cannot change the 13 per cent.

It is a constitutional issue. For him to make that promise, I won’t take him serious.

Only the gullible will take him serious especially in this election period.

Let him tell the people how he intends to work with the National Assembly. Let’s be more serious please,” he said.

When contacted the spokesperson of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, said the group would review the president’s promise.

''APC will lose in Benue if it fields Samuel Ortom as its governorship candidate'' - Oshiomhole

Days after Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, defected from the ruling APC to PDP, the chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomole, says Ortom has no electoral value and would have caused the party a great loss if he was presented as their governorship candidate in the 2019 election.

Oshiomole made this known in an interview with newsmen at the party headquarters in Abuja yesterday July 27th.

The APC chairman said that leaders of the party in Benue state have given him and the national leadership, cogent reasons why Ortom was a colossal failure and his defection should be celebrated.
Oshiomhole said apart from his failure to pay salaries, despite receiving billions of naira as bailout from the Federal Government, he was also trying to gain political capital from the Fulani killings in his state.

“From the point of view of our leaders in Benue State, their position was clear. They believed that fielding Governor Ortom on the APC platform in the 2019 governorship election could only lead to electoral defeat for a number of reasons. They reminded us that in spite of the allocations accruing to the state and in spite of the bailout, amounting to over N20bn, which they had received in two instalments of N10bn each, and in addition to the huge sums of money that the state collected from the Paris Club Refund, Governor Ortom has not, and is not paying salaries to workers as and when due.

Oshiomole added that the Ortom had the habit of recruiting people that have been linked to killings in the state.

For any man of honour, if an appointee of government is involved in heinous crimes, including killing, that should be enough for a governor to worry. Instead, Governor Ortom played up the ethnic dimension of criminality, whereas in truth, some of those who have been killed were not killed by Muslims; they were killed by Christians of Benue State origin, including those he employed. So, Ortom’s incapacity to manage it and even his willingness to seek to make political capital of the death of the Benue people is most unfortunate because I believe that even in politics, there should be a level of morality.”

Friday, 27 July 2018

Rising Team GB snowboarding star Ellie Soutter has died suddenly aged just 18

Rising Team GB snowboarding star Ellie Soutter has died suddenly aged just 18.

Team GB released a statement confirming the news on Thursday, a day after her 18th birthday.

The teenager, whose birthday was on Wednesday, was considered a rising star in the sport, having won bronze at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Turkey last year.

Her father paid tribute to his daughter on social media.

He said: “This cruel world took my Soul mate and "Bessie" from me yesterday on her 18th birthday.

“I was so proud of the beautiful young woman she had turned into. Ellie I will miss you more than you could have ever imagined. Rest in peace you little Champion!”

Soutter, who grew up in Surrey before moving to the Alps, was due to return to snowboard cross competition next month after being selected in the British team for the Junior World Championships in New Zealand.

She was also an inaugural member of the British Europa Cup snowboard cross programme, which got underway earlier this year.

The sportswoman had a promising career to look forward to and had been tipped for a place at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The statement said: “The British Olympic Association is saddened to hear of the sudden passing of snowboard cross athlete Ellie Soutter, 18.

“Ellie claimed Team GB’s only medal at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey last year.

BOA Chair Hugh Robertson and BOA Athlete Commission Chair Ben Hawes described Ellie as an “incredibly popular and well-liked member of the team”.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.” 

British Ski & Snowboard, the governing body for snowsports in the UK, also shared a statement describing her as "one of the country’s best up-and-coming snowboarders, competing in both snowboard cross and freeride".

"A bronze medallist in snowboard cross at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey, Ellie claimed Team GB’s only medal of the event," the statement said.

"She spent the 2017/18 season competing on the Freeride Junior Tour, but was due to return to snowboard cross competition next month after being selected in the British team for the Junior World Championships in New Zealand. She was an inaugural member of the British Europa Cup snowboard cross programme which commenced earlier this year.

"The thoughts and condolences of the British Ski & Snowboard community are with Ellie’s family, friends and teammates."


Thursday, 26 July 2018

APC shocked over Samuel Ortom’s sudden defection to PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said it was stunned by the defection of Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
APC National Publicity Secretary Bolaji Abdullah said: “The governor had left the (reconciliatory) meeting saying he was satisfied with the assurances given by party leaders. We are still working on giving effect to the resolutions from the meeting. Therefore, we are somewhat surprised by Governor Ortom’s decision.

“The party reiterates its earlier position that it respects the rights of every citizen to chose their political affiliation but expresses hope that those who have left the party will rescind their decisions.

“Even with this development, we don’t think it is too late for reconciliation. We have to continue to talk.

As long as people keep their minds open and have the courage to put the real issues on the table, reconciliation is still possible.

“We once again call on members across the country to remain calm as the party leadership continues to work hard to position the party strongly for the next general elections.”

A wave of defection in the National Assembly on Tuesday robbed the party of 14 senators and 37 members of the federal House of Representatives.

In what seemed a desperate move to stop the revolt, President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly held a meeting last night with all APC senators.

Ortom last week had declared that the APC handed him a “red card”, prompting the party’s national chairman Adams Oshiomhole to engage the governor in peace overtures.

But as he left Government House for Abuja yesterday to honour another leg of the peace parley, his convoy was blocked by hundreds of placard-carrying youths protesting his continued romance with the ruling party.

The youths, led by one Dave Ogbole, swore the governor must abort the mission or run over them.

They threatened that if he attended the meeting, he would be voted out in next year’s general election.

Ortom’s plea for passage and promise to consider their interests were rebuffed. He conceded, turned around and returned to base. Shortly after, he announced his defection.
At a meeting with the state’s 13 local government chairmen and 276 councilors in Makurdi, he said: “I have formally resigned from APC to PDP and have presented my letter of resignation to the party chairman of my ward.

The chairman and other officers of my ward also indicated their interest to join me in my new party. I am too young to retire from politics.

“I was in PDP and I discovered that my interest was not protected. That was why I left the party.

Now, I am in APC and I discovered to my dismay that my interest and that of my people are not being protected in the APC. The party has been hijacked and is being robbed by one man who is behaving like a dictator.

“But now that the PDP is rebranded and a lot of reforms are going on to ensure that the true tenets of democracy are observed, I feel that if I return to the party I will be able to add value to my people.

I intend to consult widely with other aspirants, most of whom are my brothers.

I do not have issues with them resisting my coming back to the party. The more the merrier. And I think we are stronger together.”

Ortom regretted that aggression against him persisted despite efforts by the national body of the APC to broker peace between him and some party members in the state.

He expressed dismay at alleged smear campaigns against him by the same people that endorsed him for a second term during the state’s party congress.

“I was the one that advised them to allow other people to contest for governorship with me, in line with the tenets of democracy.

They said they endorsed me because I performed creditably.

I wonder why the same crop of people are now criticising my administration.”

In separate remarks, the leader of the Councilors’ Forum, Tom Hanmaikyur and chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Anthony Shawon, pledged on behalf of their colleagues to follow the governor to any party he picks.

They also promised to support the actualisation of his political dreams.

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu meanwhile has opened up on one of the events that preceded Tuesday’s mass defection.

He had been invited to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for questioning over alleged charges.

“I agreed to follow them but they were not eager to let me answer the invitation,” he told reporters.

According to him, the action was a ploy to keep him away from presiding over the widely anticipated defection.

Senate President Bukola Saraki was also stopped from honouring a police invitation but managed to evade the blockade.

He described the incident as a “decline in our democracy” and a “dangerous development”.

Also, the PDP and Social Democratic Party (SDP) have jointly criticised the current APC administration, saying Buhari is a common enemy who must be unseated in 2019.

SDP’s spokesperson Princess Goldba Tolofari told her PDP counterpart Kola Ologbondiyan when she paid a courtesy visit: “They (APC) are not democrats.

That is why things are deteriorating and we cannot watch and see things going the way they are.”

Ologbodinyan said the mission to rescue Nigeria was already on. He welcomed Ortom to the PDP and urged others to follow suit.


British family return to UK to find an immigrant stowaway who hid on their motorhome for FOUR DAYS

A British family were stunned to find an immigrant had been clinging to their motorhome for four days after they returned from their tour of France.

The young immigrant from Sudan claimed he had been balancing on the rear axle underneath the 25-foot-long vehicle as it travelled back to Colchester in Essex.

Lisa Patterson, husband Mick, both 50, and daughter Summer 17, spent two weeks touring France in their luxurious motorhome when they headed home.
The Patterson family were stunned when they discovered the immigrant when they returned home to Colchester in Essex (SWNS)

The Patterson family were stunned when they discovered the immigrant when they returned home to Colchester in Essex (SWNS)

The stowaway managed to balance on the top of the 25-foot-long vehicle’s rear axle (SWNS)
But after parking on the driveway of their home in Colchester, Essex, they spotted the young man emerging from the bottom of the motorhome and walking away.

Lisa stopped the stowaway, believed to be aged 17, before offering him mini cheddars and a bottle of Orangina.

She then called the police, who came to fetch the man and he was handed over to the Home Office.

Lisa said: ‘My first reaction was ‘Oh my God, where on earth have you come from?’ and he pointed to underneath the car.

‘I asked him if there were anymore people under there and he just shook his head and in broken English, said ‘no, only one.’

‘We had toured down the middle of France towards Spain, and then back up along the coast.’

The family spotted the young man emerging from the bottom of the motorhome and walking away (SWNS)
Lisa believes that the man had snuck under the motor home near Caen Ferry Port shortly before the family boarded the ferry home.

While they were parked at a supermarket nearby, she says that another man had tried to get in the the vehicle.

However the young man later insisted he had clung to the underside of the Auto-Trail Arapaho motorhome for four days.

The family had spent two weeks touring France in their luxury motorhome (SWNS)
When she called the police, Lisa said the man happily waited for them to arrive and didn’t try to escape.

She said she is in shock that he managed to travel under the vehicle for so long without being spotted.

Lisa added: ‘I can’t believe how we got through border control. There were police standing around but they didn’t pull anyone over.’

The man was taken away by police and passed into the care of social services (SWNS)
A spokesman for the Home Office, which deals with immigration, said: ‘Immigration Enforcement was contacted by Essex Police. A male who claimed to be from Sudan was arrested for immigration offences.

‘He was subsequently age assessed as a minor and passed into the care of social services. His case will be progressed in accordance with immigration rules.’


Kwankwaso's supporters set brooms ablaze in celebration of his defection to PDP in Jigawa State

Supporters of former Kano State governor in Jigawa State, Rabiu Kwankwaso yesterday, set ablaze the emblem of APC in celebration of his defection to the opposition PDP

Dasuki and the rule of law

It is most troubling and highly embarrassing that the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari now considers the executive arm of the government an appellate court to the judgements of competent courts of law.
It is unfortunate that despite court orders that the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki be granted bail, the Federal Government which controls the powers of coercion and under the obligation to execute court judgements without delay has refused to release him.
There is no doubt, that the continuous incarceration of Dasuki by the Federal Government poses serious threat to our democracy and it also shows the lack of integrity on the part of the government of the day.The government has continuously proven that it would only submit itself to the judgments of the law courts that suits the whims and caprices of the President while acting against rulings that do not go in accordance with the wish of the President.
The continuous gross violations of court orders on the part of the executive arm of the government and the use of the instruments of the state to silence opposition raises serious questions of governance as we are gradually descending into dictatorship.
It is just so calamitous that our entire life has been swallowed up as a people in this frenzy and support for the Buhari administration, as to even justify the clampdown on the rights of the people by the government in a supposed democratic government birthed under the rule of law, human rights and freedom.
It is annoying and a collective insult on administration of justice and the rule of law for a Chief Law Officer of the Federation, a Senior Advocate of the Federation who is expected to be the defender and upholder of the Constitution and rights of the people to justify the continuous and unjust incarceration of Dasuki by stating that “reports have shown that there was massive mismanagement of funds meant for military hardware which the military could not access and that led to the death of many, embezzlement of the funds and because of that many people have lost their lives. Obeying the court is not the issue per say.
Are we going to take the issue of an individual more important than that of the people?
The government’s main responsibility is for and about the people. The essence of governance is to better the lives of its people.
So, you have to weigh it based on that; the rights of an individual or the rights of the people.”
The above statement credited to the Attorney General of the Federation does not only raise constitutional and democratic questions but portray our democracy in bad light and signal a greater danger to our existence as a people.
It is troubling that the rights of Nigerians are being seriously threatened under President Buhari as the ‘innocence of the accused’ is no more guaranteed making an accused to be automatically guilty of offence(s) levied against them.
Ironically, the major selling point of the re-elect Buhari Movement is in terms of the rule of law but it’s so embarrassing that Buhari flagrantly disobeys court orders and continuously act against the rule of law, which he swore to uphold in good faith.
It is noteworthy that Buhari was not under duress when he swore to an oath to discharge his duties in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which serves as the grundnorm on which the Nigerian society is built.
However, the continued disobedience to court orders to free an individual and the continued incarceration of El-Zakzaky and Abiri Jones both of which have been serially denied access to their family members, their lawyers without being charged to a law court cannot be justified in so far we are still operating constitutional democracy which makes the constitution superior.It is so ridiculous that the elected representatives of the Nigerian people in the National Assembly are mute on the flagrant disobedience to court orders and the rule of law by the executive curiously the judiciary also appears weak and helpless in this ugly and sad scenario, which appears to be a serious misconduct and breach of the constitution.
The deafening silence of the Nigerian Bar Association on serious constitutional matters we are faced with is treacherous as they are expected to fight for the supremacy of the rule of law, obedience to court orders and respect for separation of powers.
President Buhari needs be told that corruption cannot be fought outside the cubicles of the rule of law and that illegality cannot be used to fight illegality when there is an existing process to be followed and strictly adhered to by those concerned.
Buhari must be made to understand that we are in a civilised and democratic society where no one reserves the right to set aside the basic institutional frameworks of government at his whims and caprices.
It is my utmost belief that the civil societies, the human rights communities, the students’ movement and the National Assembly should rise in defense of democracy that was fought for by the people.
We must always remember that it is a duty we owe this generation and generations unborn to bequeath to them better days so that they won’t see the present abnormalities as the norm.
Democracy cannot be nurtured on tyranny and dictatorship.

Lady who claims to be a student of Novena university caught stealing in Uniben

Lady who claims to be a student of Novena university caught stealing in Uniben

A lady who claims to be a student of Novena university, Delta State, was, this morning, nabbed inside a female hostel in Uniben, Ekenwan campus.

According to reports, there have been many recent cases of theft in the hostel. Just three days ago, a student reported that her laptop and phone were stolen, overnight, from her wardrobe. .
However, this morning, laptops, phones and a hand bag got missing inside three different rooms and an alarm was raised. That was when a student said she spotted a girl with tinted hair, leaving the rooms.

The gate to the hostel was promptly locked and a search was initiated. The suspect was eventually found inside the common room and apprehended. She later confessed to the many thefts.

According to the hostel occupants, the suspect, who claims to be a student of Novena university, goes around telling people that she’s a fresh student of Uniben with no hostel space to stay and that they should please accommodate her for the night. .

Once taken in, she strikes by going to surrounding rooms, very early in the morning, to steal, especially when the occupants have gone out to have their bath. She is currently at the security office at Ugbowo, Uniben.

Nigeria and most other parts of the world would experience blood moon tomorrow from 6:44pm to 9:21pm’

Tomorrow, Friday July 27, 2018, is a going to be a great day.

The much expected total lunar eclipse or rather ‘blood moon’ will be here with us.

Nigerians from every nook and cranny of this country can see one of the greatest astronomical spectacles of the 21st century tomorrow.

Nigeria and most other parts of the world would on July 27, 2018 experience blood moon- a spectacular total lunar eclipse.

A ‘blood moon’ happens when Earth’s moon is in full eclipse and has no special astronomical significance, rather, the view in the sky is striking as the usually whitish moon becomes red or ruddy-brown.

According to the Science News, Nigeria will experience total lunar eclipse, which would be is fully visible in Lagos.

The total lunar eclipse is sometimes called a blood moon, as the moon turns red.

Also, reported on all eclipses worldwide from 1900 to 2100.

It noted that there would be total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018 and January 21, 2019; partial lunar eclipse on July 16/17, 2019; transit mercury eclipse on November 21, 2019; and penumbral lunar eclipse January 10, 2020.

Also, on July 27, Mars will pass closer to Earth than it has done for 15 years.

The phenomenon, known as perihelic opposition, will make the red planet appear larger and brighter than normal in the night sky.

The rare event occurs when Mars reaches its closest point to the sun as the same time as Earth’s orbit brings it directly between the two.

Although the actual point of opposition will take place on July 27, Mars will be noticeably larger for the majority of the month of July.

Perihelic opposition can be seen with the naked eye, meaning there is no need for expensive equipment for stargazers to spot the rare event next month.

The celestial events have been confirmed by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja and the United States National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA).

The space agency said Nigeria, like most of Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and the Indian Ocean region would witness a total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th of July 2018.

Head media and corporate communications of the Agency, Dr. Felix Ale, told The Guardian: “The Eclipse in Nigeria will start around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm.

The Eclipse is expected to reach its peak around 9:21pm and wane from then until the eclipse ends around 12:30am of the 28th of July 2018.

“The total Eclipse will last for about 1 hour and 43 minutes, making it the longest total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st century.

No other Lunar Eclipse will be as long as this in the century.

The moon is expected to turn reddish as against the familiar whitish appearance in the period of totality.

Hence the appellation of ‘Blood Moon’.” According to him, the moon orbits around Earth, while Earth orbits around the sun.

The moon takes about 27 days to orbit Earth and goes through regular phases in a 29.5-day cycle.

Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon when the sun fully illuminates the surface.

Ale said that not all full moon has eclipse because the moon orbits in a slightly different plane than the Earth and the Sun, pointing out that when the planes coincide and the Earth passes in between the Moon and the Sun, it cut off the sun rays from reaching the moon directly and thereby causing an eclipse.

“If Earth partially blocks the sun, and the darkest part of its shadow falls across the moon’s surface, it is called a partial eclipse.

Hence a black shadow will be seen taking a bite out of the moon.

Sometimes, the moon passes through the lighter part of Earth’s shadow, causing a penumbral eclipse and total eclipse occur when the Earth completely block Sun rays from reaching the moon,” he said.


Two died, many injured in Ogun Car Crash

Two persons died while several others sustained injuries on Wednesday night in an auto crash involving a Mack truck, Mazda bus and a tanker at Ilo-Awela Road, Sango-Ota.

Mr. Adekunle Oguntoyinbo, the Sango-Ota Unit Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the accident happened at about 9.45 p. m. on Wednesday.

The Unit Commander said that two out of 18 persons in the bus died while some others sustained injuries.
“The corpses of the victims had been deposited at the morgue of General Hospital, Ota, while those injured are receiving intensive treatment at Lead way Hospital, Ota,” he said.

Oguntoyinbo explained that a Mack truck with registration number LND 615XP that was heading to Lagos from Ilo-Awela road lost control due to speeding and rammed into a Mazda bus with registration number KSF 102XD and a tanker with registration number APP 273XP in the process of crossing the road median.

He advised motorists who are not familiar with the terrain of Sango-Ota and its environs to always drive carefully and ensure their vehicles are always in perfect condition.


Tuesday, 24 July 2018

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Tragedy averted as tree falls, seconds after kids finished playing football

What would have been a tragedy, was, today, averted, as a tree fell, less than a minute after some children ended their football match around Gloryland estate, Egbeda, Lagos.
It was gathered that the tree showed no sign of weakness before falling, as no wind was blowing and neither was it pushed. After the incident, people were seen thanking God for the safety of the kids

Police arrest 15 suspected kidnappers, rapists, robbers in Bauchi

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested 15 suspects for various offences across the state ranging from kidnapping, murder and armed robbery.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Kamal Abubabakar, while parading the suspects before newsmen in Bauchi on Tuesday at the Command’s headquarters, said that the suspects were arrested at different locations across the state.

He said that on July 10, 2018, at about 4pm, a team of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) Bauchi, who acted on credible intelligence report, arrested two suspects who were in possession of pump action gun and a cutlass.

He gave the names of the suspects as Yakubu Adamu, male, (23) and Dalha Mamman, male, (42), all of Burga Village in the Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Kamal, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said, “The suspects had on 19/02/2018, stormed the residence of one Ahmadu Adamu, male, (65) of Zungur Dutse Village, Bauchi LGA and robbed him of his phone.

“They thereafter shot him dead and kidnapped some women to Tashan Mai-Alewa mountain where they raped them repeatedly and demanded N1m as ransom before releasing them.”

He gave the names of the victims as Hajja Adama, (20), Aisha Adamu, (18), Binta Adamu, (27) and Ramatu Idris (13), all females of Zungur Dutse and Buzaye village.

The police operatives attached to Darazo Police Station, the PPRO said, arrested Abdullahi Garba, (22), Adamu Abdullahi (26), Abdullahi Galadima, (25) and Babangida Yusuf (23), all males of Darazo LGA of Bauchi State.

He said the suspects were arrested on July 23, 2018, at about 2 pm.

“On the 17/7/2018, at about 8 pm, the first suspect, Abdullahi Garba, aka Cannabaro, criminally deceived one Umar Shuaibu, male, (25) to convey him on his Boxer Bajaj Motorcycle valued at N240, 000 only to Zoro village in the Darazo LGA.

“While on their way in the bush, the said Abdullahi Garba and Abdullahi Galadima hit the victim, Umar Shuaibu with an iron rod and also stabbed him with a knife several times and as a result, he died on the spot. They then went away with his motorcycle,” he stated.

He said that the suspects confessed to the crime and were undergoing investigation.

The police spokesman informed newsmen that following a tip-off on  July 16, at about 5.30pm, operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau of the Command, arrested one Abdullahi, male, (25) at the Bayan Gari area of Bauchi State.

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Six SARS officers arrested for allegedly extorting N40,000 from twin brothers in Delta State

Six operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), led by Inspector Monday Asemota have been arrested for allegedly extorting N40,000 from twin brothers Mark and Martins on their to NYSC Camp, according to a human rights activist, Prince Harrison.

Harrison revealed that the officers hve been detained and charged for misconduct by IGP Xsquad in Delta state.

Read the full report as shared by Human rights activist, Prince Harrison:


Behind Bars Rights Initiative facilitated the arrest of Six SARS officers led by Inspector Monday Asemota for extorting N40,000 from twin brothers MARK and MARTINS on their to NYSC Camp.

They were detained and charge for Misconduct and Official Corruption by IGP Xsquad.

Mark and Martins were arrested on 22nd July 2018 on their way to Warri, Delta state from Abraka. Their vehicle was stopped and they were asked to submit their phone for searching.

The officers threatened to detained them in police cell for refusing to give consent. They seized their phones, searched their bag and discovered N70,000. The officers took them to a petrol station, counted N30,000 and handed over to them. The boys pleaded but were ignored.

They immediately informed BBI Intervention Squad (BBIS) and the officers were tracked in Ekpan Police station Warri. The N40,000 was refunded to BBI team.

We reported the case to IGP Xsquad, Delta State Police command and they immediately sent their men to Ekpan Police station.

Today, the officers were invited for interview and when asked if they extorted money from Mark and Martins, they said YES.

They have been defaulted, detained and awaiting trial.

A safe, harrased, brutalised and corrupt free Nigeria is achievable.

We are coming soon.

God bless Delta State
God bless Nigeria Police
God bless Nigeria

Gwamnishu Emefiele Harrison (GEM)
Ex Awaiting Trial Prisoner
Director General
For: Behind Bars Rights Initiative.