The National Examinations Council (NECO) has rescheduled its examinations scheduled for Oct. 22, 23, and 24 to November, owing to insecurity and curfew imposed by some states.

Mr. Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division (NECO) said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday. Sani said that the affected papers were now scheduled for Nov. 17, 18, and 19.

This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the National Examinations Council (NECO) has been constrained by circumstances beyond its control, to reschedule the papers meant for Thursday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24.

The affected papers are now scheduled for 17th, 18th and 19th November 2020. The examination time table for these papers will be made available subsequently. 

These changes were due to the security challenges, which led to the imposition of curfew and closure of schools by some state governments in order to safeguard lives and properties,’’ he said. 

Sani said that the development became difficult for the council to move examination materials across the country. ”The Council prays that the examinations will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 27, all things being equal, with the papers as originally scheduled in the examination time table,’’ he said.

The former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has faulted the shooting of protesters demanding police reform and advised President Muhammadu Buhari to “restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force as a way of ending the crisis.”

Mr. Obasanjo said this Wednesday afternoon, a day after soldiers shot at unarmed protesters in Lekki, Lagos.

The incident has been condemned by many Nigerians including Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who has pledged an investigation into the shooting. The exact casualty from the incident is yet to be confirmed although Mr Sanwo-Olu said no one died while over 12 people were injured including two in intensive care.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday promised extensive police reforms following days of protests against police brutality.

According to Mr Buhari, “The disbanding of SARS is only the first step in our commitment to extensive police reforms in order to ensure that the primary duty of the police and other law enforcement agencies remains the protection of lives and livelihood of our people,” he tweeted.

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The Kaduna state government has announced the appointment of the new Emir of Zazzau, following last month’s death of Shehu Idris.

The new Emir, Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli was announced on Wednesday. He was said to be Nigeria’s ambassador to Thailand from 2017 to 2020.

He also held the title Magajin Garin Zazzau, which means Lord Mayor of Zaria, and is the second most senior royal for Zaria Emirate Council.

Another explosion occurred in Baruwa community, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State. 

Eight persons have been killed in the gas explosion which reportedly emanated from the Best Roof Cooking Gas,  around 5.45 am on Thursday

The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the agency’s emergency response unit had been deployed in the area, adding that the explosion razed houses, shops and a primary school.

He said, “The explosion occurred and the agency activated a response plan. Initial disaster assessment is as follows: casualties still being assessed but eight fatalities have been identified so far. 25 houses that are mostly bungalows, 16 lock-up shops and one primary school have been affected.

Firefighters and rescue workers are operating at the incident scene. The gas emission has been identified and curtailed. Damping down is ongoing.

Post-disaster assessment will be carried out and further updates provided.”

Four people lost their lives while another four have been hospitalized due to the multiple fatal crashes which occurred at Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, on Monday.

It was gathered that the accident occurred around 11.30 am near a slaughterhouse in the area, which involved a red 911 M/Benz, a Toyota Camry car, and a white Toyota Hiace bus. Eyewitnesses attributed the crash to break failure.

Acting Sector Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kamal Musa confirmed the incident.

A multiple fatal crashes as a result of brake failure and loss of control involving a red 911 M/Benz with registration number JJT 168 XG, a Toyota Camry car with registration number FST 122 DQ and a white Toyota Hiace bus belonging to Izuchukwu Motors with registration number ABN 430 YN was recorded at Obosi slaughter near Obosi police division along Onitsha- Owerri road. A total of Thirteen (13) people (8) Male adults and (5) female adults were involved in the Crash. Two (2) Male adults and (2) female adults who sustained varying degrees of injury were rushed to Unit Hospital Obosi, by FRSC rescue team from Oraifite Unit Command and Corpses deposited at the Mogue after they were confirmed dead by the Doctors in the hospital. The road obstruction is being cleared to ensure the free flow of traffic. The Sector Commander, Andrew Kumapayi prayed for God to grant the deceased families the fortitude to bear the irrevocable loss and the injured victims quick recovery,” 

He further admonished motorists to embark on regular maintenance of vehicles and ensure their vehicles meet the minimum safety standards before putting it on the road to avoid undue crashes on the road.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Yakubu Mahmood, has made known on Monday, that INEC has replaced manual voting with an automated voting system.

He assured Commission has taken another decisive step towards the full automation of the electoral process.

“After extensive discussion and review, the Commission took the decision to invite original manufacturers of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) around the world for a virtual or practical demonstration of the machines. Over the years, the Commission has been automating the critical pillars of the process. The biometric register of voters has been updated continuously. At the moment, the INEC register of voters is the largest database of citizens in Nigeria. In addition, the combination of biometric voters’ cards commonly known as the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and the Smart Card Reader (SCR) has revolutionized the accreditation of voters during elections. More recently, the introduction of a number of portals has facilitated the seamless nomination of candidates for elective offices by political parties as well as the accreditation of observers and the media. Most significantly, the Commission now uploads polling unit level results in real-time on Election Day to a portal for public view. These are significant innovations that have deepened the transparency and credibility of elections and the electoral process in Nigeria,” he explained.

Mali’s state television has announced that the interim President Bah Ndaw has named a new civilian prime minister.

Former diplomat Moctar Ouane, 64, who  served as Mali’s foreign minister between 2004 and 2011 was appointed to the position. 

Ndaw was sworn In on Friday before Mali’s Supreme Court with junta chief Colonel Assimi Goita as his deputy, placing Goita in charge of defence and security issues.

In a bid to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Zimbabwe has welcomed a team of 10 Chinese doctors, the local media reports.

It was gathered that they will be stationed at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for the next 12 months.

The head of the team, Dr Luo Weiqiang, was quoted as saying the doctors will also promote Chinese traditional medicine.

A famous Zambian musician David Phiri, popularly known as Daev Zambia, died on Sunday in a road accident.

The Zambian police spokesperson Esther Katongo made it known in a statement that the musician, who was driving, was severely burnt in the accident. 

Three passengers also died in the accident while one person survived with serious injuries.

The Emir of Zazzau In Kaduna state, Shehu Idris has passed on. He was one of Nigeria’s traditional rulers.

It was gathered that the Emir, aged 84 died on Sunday in 44 Military Hospital Kaduna after he a brief illness. 

Mr. Idris spent 45 years on the throne after being installed on 16 February 1975.

A Nursing mother was confirmed dead yesterday alongside many others that were trapped after a building collapsed in Obosi, near Onitsha, in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State,

However, the deceased’s six-month-old baby was reportedly rescued alive while others were rescued with injuries.

Police spokesperson Haruna Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said the deceased had been deposited at a morgue.

“On Sunday, a one-story building suddenly collapsed at Umuota village, Obosi town in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State. The scene was visited and cordoned off by the police attached to Obosi Division and other security agencies in order to prevent hoodlums from gaining advantage to loot while efforts are ongoing to rescue other victims suspected to have been trapped in the building. One person, a woman of about 40 years, whose name is yet to be ascertained, was confirmed dead by a medical doctor and her baby is responding to treatment. The body (of the woman) has been deposited at St. Edward’s Mortuary for preservation, and the case is under investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident,” he explained.

The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan has disclosed that they have sacked a lecturer, Kelani Ajadi Omotoso, for alleged sexual misconduct.

This was made known in a statement by the institution’s Registrar/Secretary to the Council, M. T. Fawale. It was stated that the lecturer was sacked for his involvement in acts of misconduct which resulted in embarrassing and tarnishing the image of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, his employer. The sacked lecturer is of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

“You will recall that you were engaged in inappropriate behavior and a poorly managed relationship with your former student. These resulted in embarrassing and tarnishing the image of your employer, The Polytechnic, Ibadan. You will also recall your responses and appearances before the investigation panel and senior staff disciplinary committee that looked into the above matters. After careful consideration of the issues above, the Governing Council found you guilty as your actions and activities amount to misconduct. The Governing Council, therefore, approved the immediate termination of your appointment with effect from Friday, 11th September 2020. “You are to hand over all properties of the institution in your possession to your Head of Department,” the statement read.

Eight people were on Saturday night burnt to death in a crash that occurred at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Ahmed Umar, briefed reporters on Sunday in Abeokuta, stating that the accident occurred at about 8:45 pm near Saapade bridge.

Mr. Ahmed Umar added that 11 people were involved in the accident made up of three male adults, one female adult, one child, and six unidentified persons.

“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX was tyre burst, which led to the loss of control before the bus somersaulted, bursting into flames,” he said. 

Umar explained that the FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for a joint rescue operation. He said three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, while the Health Department of Remo North Local Government was contacted on the burnt victims.

Umar advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and ensure that their tyres were in good condition.

Late last night, President Muhammad Buhari had a closed-door meeting with the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

This was made known by the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, on his Twitter handle at about 11:36 pm on Sunday.

“President @MBuhari receives Ghanian President H.E. @NAkufoAddo tonight in his official residence at the State House, Abuja,” the tweet read.

Although Mr. Ahmad did not elaborate on the purpose of the meeting, he however posted a picture of both presidents on a walk.

However, there were indications from Presidency sources that the meeting might be in relation to the recent diplomatic row between Nigeria and Ghana.

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Marvelous Heness, a six-year-old boy who was stolen by traffickers has been found and reunited with his parents in Abia State.

The boy was stolen from his parents in Port Harcourt, Rivers State home, and was with his abductors for two months before he was rescued with the help of the Abia State government.

During his handover in Umuahia, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Ukachi Amala said the boy’s rescue was miraculous.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has disclosed that a total of 13 persons has lost their lives in two separate accidents on Thursday on the Oloru-Bode Saadu Road, Kwara State.  

The FRSC Sector Commander in Kwara, Jonathan Owoade, confirmed the casualty figure, saying that crashes resulted from   drivers’ loss of concentration, speeding, and tyre burst.

Owoade said the first crash involving a bus and a truck occurred at about 4.00am at Aiyekale community.

“Out of 19 passengers, 11 persons died on the spot; one died in the hospital while seven sustained injures,” he said.

While two persons died in the second crash.

The Gombe State police force has disclosed the arrest of an SS3 student on the charges of being a courier of illicit drugs.

The suspect was paraded on Thursday by the state police command.

The schoolboy who was identified as Babayo Yahaya, 21, was reportedly caught with 107 packs of banned Tramadol capsules and 59 sachets of other illicit tablets.

Commissioner of Police Maikudi Shehu told journalists in Gombe that the suspected drug peddler, a student of Bolari East Secondary School, offered his men an N1million bribe, which they refused.

Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday, made it known that Nigeria is currently in talks with the Russian Government and other countries producing reliable vaccines for a possible supply when they are developed.

Ehanire made this known during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Thursday in Abuja.

With regards to the conversation we had with His Excellency, the Russian Ambassador, there was no memo. We requested to know about the development of their vaccines, how far they have gone, and what they have done so far. His Excellency came with a memoir, which is a document explaining how far they have gone and giving us contact information of their scientists, particularly the research centre where this development was going on. At the meeting we had with the Ambassador, we also had our own side present – who asked questions and were given a website to contact the scientists at the research centre. That conversation is going on as I speak and I haven’t got a report yet. We are in conversation and our own is to look at all countries who are producing reliable vaccines, and ways of collaborating with them in obtaining vaccines or manufacturing other licence if possible or whatever kind of collaboration that is possible. The Federal Government has a vaccine company that is just beginning to work – Bio Vaccine Nigeria Limited. The Federal Government has a share. The chairman was at that conference also that we had with the Russian Ambassador. They are also following up I’m sure to find opportunities of collaboration. I don’t rule it out that one day they may be invited to visit to look at how far they have gone and what we can learn from them,” he explained.

A tipper driver on Thursday night crushed a commercial motorcyclist to death in Mmiriele, along Ozubulu road Nnewi, Anambra State.

Eyewitnesses say that the crash occurred as a result of excessive speeding leading to loss of control.

Acting Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kamal Musa confirmed the incident.

At about 1920hrs on Thursday 17th September, 2020, a fatal Road Traffic Crash RTC involving a Green/Black M/Benz 911 with registration number XH 712 PHC and a Blue/white Honda Motorcycle without a registration number was recorded at Mmiriele along Ozubulu road Nnewi. The crash also involved three male adults, including the motorcyclist who allegedly died on the spot and was taken to St. Felix Okolo hospital Nnewi, by the FRSC rescue team from Nnewi Unit Command. The corpse was deposited at the morgue after he was confirmed dead by the doctors in the hospital. The Sector Commander, FRSC, Andrew Kumapayi prays for God to grant the deceased family the fortitude to bear the irrevocable loss. He also warns motorists to desist from over speeding and drive in line with the speed limits stipulated by law,” he stated.