Ferdi Moolman the CEO of MTN Nigeria as released an official statement on the Xenophobia attacks going on in South Africa.
The Multinational Joint Task Force in collaboration with the national Air Task Force on Sunday destroyed and neutralised equipment and terrorists of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in parts of Borno and Chad Republic.
The Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Col. Timothy Antigha, who disclosed this in a statement from its Headquarters N’Djamena – Chad on Monday said that the terrorists’ weapons, ammunition and logistics were destroyed in Tumbum Rego during the weekend.
Antigha explained that air interdictions conducted by MNJTF and national Air Task Force successfully attacked and killed several fighters and knocked out equipment on Saturday.
According to him, the attack was launched as the terrorists prepared to launch an offensive on troop’s location.
Antigha said that the battle damage assessment had indicated that the air interdiction had a devastating impact, as pockets of ISWAP build up, adding that logistics hidden under trees in Tumbum Rego were destroyed.
He added that ISWAP assets in Mallam Zuberu and Alagarno were also targeted and neutralised.
According to him, improvised explosive devices planted by ISWAP operatives in Layi Koura area of Nguigmi in Niger Republic were also discovered and defused by troops.
“It would be recalled that in the past couple of weeks, ISWAP suicide bombers struck in Kaiga – kindjiria; a rural community in the Republic of Chad as well as Gubio in Borno.
“This was in an effort by ISWAP to revamp its dream of establishing a caliphate in parts of Northern Nigeria and other areas of the Lake Chad Basin.
“This blow by the MNJTF will further plunge the leadership and followership of ISWAP into more despair,” he said.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has taken a swipe at the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, for what they called his mere rhetoric and political statements without action.
The university teachers said they doubted the ability of the Minister to transform the education sector and scored him low in his first tenure in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
ASUU spoke against the backdrop of a statement credited to the President Buhari, that he would use education to end poverty. Describing it as a political statement, the union said the president lacked the commitment to use education to solve the challenges of poverty in the country.
“The minister is not different from his employer (the president). Nigerians do not need the president to tell them what has been proven by serious countries as a way to edge out poverty.
“Beyond uttering such statement, President Buhari and his team through their education policies have shown hatred to fund and offer Nigerians qualitative education,’’ ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof. Deji Omole, said in a statement.
Omole noted that Adamu had made several political statements in his first term which he never acted on, recalling that the minister had promised to declare a state of emergency in the sector without action. He insisted that the country will and cannot develop beyond the quality of education offered by the government to its citizens. Omole said:“He (Adamu) is back to a familiar terrain. We are also in that same terrain.
He spent more than three years in his first term and made so many political statements which were never implemented. “One of such statements was the fact that they were going to declare state of emergency in the education sector and till he left office in his first term that was not done.
“In fact, there was no attempt towards that direction. Rather than moving towards declaring state of emergency, what we saw was further reduction in the budgetary allocation to education.
“I don’t think anyone should expect any radical change from what happened to education in his first term and from what is going to happen. “The administration has demonstrated its hatred for education by constantly reducing the budgetary allocation to education. Most of their policies are anti-university. “For example, in UI today, it is almost impossible to recruit new staff, meanwhile people are dying as a result of excess work and people are retiring and you are not employing new people.’’
The statement added:“So I don’t expect sharp departure from what it used to be. He does not need to tell us. We all know. All the developed world have been able to solve their problems through education and that is why we have always been engaging different governments that the only antidote to poverty is putting adequate attention to educating the masses.
“No nation can ever grow beyond the quality of education given to its citizens. Nobody will come from America to develop Nigeria.
“Nigeria can only be developed by Nigerians themselves and they can only develop if they have quality education to grow the economy. So it is not enough to make a political statement, you must follow it up with action.”
The Niger State Police Command has paraded one Bose Isaac for selling an abducted baby boy for N300,000.
The suspected child trafficker was planning her escape at the time of her arrest following a missing person complaint made by the father of the victim, Gambo Shua’ibu of Cikin-Gari village on August 24.
Niger state Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar said the suspect was arrested by a team of policemen attached to the Kagara Division. According to him, Bose Isaac confessed to abducting the boy and taking him to a woman in Ogun State who promised to give her the sum of N300,000 in return.
The suspect who claimed that she needed the money to sort out “family problems” said the buyer is yet to fulfill her own side of the bargain.
“I abducted and sold the little boy for N300,000 to a woman in Ogun State, who was desperate to have a child of her own,” she told Punch.
Asked why she sold another person’s child, she said, “It was the work of the devil and poverty in the land that made me find myself in this hopeless situation.”
The Police spokesperson further added that police is working tirelessly to arrest the buyer of the abducted boy while concluding its investigation to arraign the suspected trafficker in court.
There was pandemonium in Abakaliki on Wednesday as traders at the Abakpa main market clashed with revenue officials over Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which allegedly led to the death of one person.
Incensed by the death, the traders rioted and were on the verge of vandalising shops of some the market leaders allegedly working with the government when Police intervened to disperse them.
A source at the market narrated that trouble started when the Special Adviser to Governor David Umahi on IGR, Martin’s Okwuegbu and the Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Emegha led some youths to collect the IGR from some traders in the market.
The youths it was gathered, were members of Ekubaraoha Youth Assembly (EYA).
The source alleged that the ‘revenue collectors’ were using the IGR collection as cover to close down the shops of some traders who took the state government to court over the leadership dispute in the market.
According to him, the traders had gone to court to challenge the removal of the market leadership before the expiration of their tenure and imposition of a new interim leadership on them by the state government.
“They came to the market and were taken to the shops of the traders that took them to court and they started closing their shops accusing them of not paying IGR”.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 153 stranded Nigerians from Libya.
The Director-General of NEMA, Mr Mustapha Maihajja, represented by Mr Slaku Lugard, an official of the agency, received the returnees on Wednesday in Lagos.
Maihajja said that the Nigerians arrived in the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 3:45a.m.
According to him, the returnees are brought via Al Buraq Air Boeing 737 aircraft with flight number UZ 189 and registration number 5A-DMG.
He said that the Nigerians were brought by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union on the platform of the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.
He also said that the returnees comprised 59 female adults, four female children and seven female infants as well as 78 adult males, three male children and two male infants.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the agencies which received the returnees included the Nigeria Immigration Service and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
Others were the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Edo Task Force on Anti-Trafficking.
In July 2018, NEMA announced that it received a batch of 160 Assisted Voluntary Returnees from Libya who were stranded in failed attempts to reach different European countries.(NAN)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has shifted the date for the Bayelsa governorship primary from Thursday, August 29 to Saturday, August 31, 2019.
This was contained in a terse statement on Wednesday by the National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu.
“The party has also adopted the Direct mode of primary in line with the written request of the Bayelsa State chapter and majority of the stakeholders”, it said.
“This is in compliance with the decision of the APC National Executive Committee (NEC), which grants state chapters and majority of party leaders in a state the right to decide on the mode of primary they wish to adopt.”
Meanwhile, the APC has upheld the reports of the screening and appeal committees for the Bayelsa Governorship aspirants.
Of the total of seven governorship aspirants that were screened, six were cleared to participate in the governorship primary in Bayelsa state.
They are: Mr. Aganaba Preye Steven, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, Prince Ebitimi Christopher Amgbare, Ms. Diseye Nsirim Poweigha, Mr. Lyon David Pereworimini, and Engr. Prof (Mrs.) Ongoebi Maureen Etebu.
Meanwhile, Dr. Briyai Oyeins Frankland was not cleared to participate in the Party’s governorship primary.
The Federal High Court in Abuja has turned down the motioned filed by Omoyele Sowore who happens to be the convenor of #RevolutionNow, disputing his 45 days detention by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Justice Nkeonye Maya forwarded the case back to Justice Taiwo for further hearing on Wednesday after denying all the applications.
Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, filed the applications on behalf of his client, Mr Sowore.
Falana, who had asked the court to set aside the ex-parte order granted by Justice Taiwo, also applied for bail orally when Justice Maha rejected the earlier application.
Sowore has been in the custody of the DSS since August 2.
Justice Taiwo had on August 8 ordered his detention for 45 days at the instance of the DSS to enable the secret police carry out and conclude its investigation on allegations levied against him.
Though not seeing, Jibrin Isah Diso rose through the academic ladder to become a professor. He is the first man in the country with such impairment to read his way through to the enviable position of a professor.
Professor Diso is the first visually impaired professor in Nigeria. Legit.ng gathered that the academic was born blind but he never allowed that to get in his way of achieving success.
The professor has being a role model with his rich profile to both people living with special needs and normal people. He is said to have more than 10 publications to his credit at the faculty of education, Bayero University, Kano.
Mus Aris bin Syukur was convicted over the rape of nine young girls between 2015 and 2018 in Mojokerto, Indonesia has been sentenced to chemical castration by the court, a judgement which some persons have considered harsh
He will become the first person in his country to be chemically castrated in a landmark court ruling declaring harsher punishment for sex offenders especially pedophiles
He was sentenced at a court in East Java under the Presidential Regulation In Lieu of Law.
The law has since enabled judges to enact the death penalty and chemical castration for convicted paedophiles.
The court ruling read: “We hereby give the additional sentence in the form of chemical castration to the convicted.”
Indonesian President Speaks
President Joko Widodo said at the time of ratification: “This regulation is intended to overcome the crisis caused by sexual violence against children.
“Sexual crimes against children are extraordinary crimes, because they threaten the lives of children.”
Doctors are reluctant, say they are not executioners, delay execution of judgement
The judgement cannot be implemented in the country yet as doctors have refused to perform the procedure.
Indonesia’s medical practictioners has insisted the practise goes against their ethics and violates a 2016 edict by the Medical Ethics and Honors Council. As a result, the punishment date has not been set.
DI chairman Ilham Oetama Marsis said in an official statement in 2016: “Don’t involve doctors as executors of the additional punishment”.
“Chemical Castration will NOT deter Rapists”, doctors say
The head of medical doctors in Indonesia continues: “Based on scientific evidence, chemical castration does not suppress perpetrators’ desire for sexual violence.”
What is chemical castration?
It involves the use of anaphrodisiac drugs via injection or tablets, to reduce libido or sexual activity. The effects are reversible after the person stops taking the drug. Castration can also be surgical. Wikipedia says: “Unlike surgical castration, where the gonads are removed through an incision in the body, chemical castration does not remove organs, nor is it a form of sterilization.
It is generally considered reversible when treatment is discontinued, although permanent effects in body chemistry can sometimes be seen, as in the case of bone density loss increasing with length of use of DMPA”.
Countries that that constitutionally castrate Rapists
Countries which use chemical castration include Argentina, Australia, Estonia, Ukraine, Khazastan, Israel, Moldova, New Zealand, Poland and Russia.
Moldova legalised the practice in 2012 as a punishment against those convicted for child sex crimes.
Chemical castration is gaining popularity in the US
Earlier in June this year, Alabama signed a law requiring child sex offenders with victims younger than 13 to undergo castration as a condition of parole.