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The remains of late actor and broadcaster Sadiq Abubakar Daba has been laid to rest according to Islamic rites.

The late Daba was buried at a cemetery in Agege, Lagos State, on Thursday.

The burial took place hours after the actor was announced dead on Wednesday evening.

Daba had a prolonged battle with leukemia and prostate cancer before breathing his last.

The late Daba came to prominence in the late 1970s where he featured in a TV series, Cockcrow at Dawn.

Edith Oteri, 41, appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, for allegedly sending a fake bank credit alert of N30,000 to another.

The police charged Oteri, with fraud and theft under Sections 314 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

However, she pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Eruada alleged that the defendant collected N30, 000 from the complainant, Temitope Adebisi with a promise to pay her back.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Victor Eruada, told the court that Oteri committed the offense on Feb. 8 at 3.18 p.m., at Berger, Isheri, Lagos, while stating that the defendant sent a fake bank credit alert to the complainant, notifying her of the payment.

Adebisi later got to know that the credit alert was fake and the defendant was arrested after an investigation,” the prosecutor said.

Chief Magistrate, T.O Tanimola admitted Oteri, to N50, 000 bail and one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until March 16, for further hearing.

The People’s Republic of China has promised more strategic partnership with Nigeria to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, deepen infrastructural cooperation and help accelerate the process of industrialization.

The Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of China in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Yong made this known at the weekend during a symposium on the 50th anniversary of China- Nigeria diplomatic relations on the Main Campus of the University of Abuja.

In a statement by the Head, Information and University Relations at the University of Abuja, Dr Habib Yakoob, Yong stated that in the past 50 years, the relationship between the two countries enjoyed mutual respect, trust, and support.

The bilateral relationship between China and Nigeria has entered a new phase. China is ready to make joint efforts with Nigeria to further strengthen the anti-pandemic cooperation until the pandemic is completely defeated; deepen the Belt and Road cooperation; speed up the construction of key projects so as to help Nigeria accelerate the process of industrialization; explore the cooperation in the areas of digital economy and green economy; expand military and security cooperation with a view to enhance Nigeria’s capacity of safeguarding national security, and closely coordinate with each other on regional and international affairs to safeguard the common interests of developing countries,’’ Yong said.

Veteran broadcaster and Nollywood actor Sadiq Daba has died. It was gathered that he passed on Wednesday evening at a Lagos hospital.

Recall that the ace broadcaster went public with his illness in November 2017, where he revealed that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. 

This was coming barely months after he was hospitalized for months due to leukemia.

Ghana’s Supreme Court has dismissed all allegations of irregularities in the December presidential election and upheld Nana Akufo-Addo’s victory. 

Recall that opposition candidate, and former President John Mahama, had filed a petition asking the court to annul the results of the elections and order a rerun because of alleged irregularities.

However, the court ruled that Mr. Akufo-Addo had obtained more than 50% (51.295%) of total valid votes and that the electoral commission’s corrections of the declared results did not significantly impact the outcome.

According to the court, the declaration of the results was therefore legal and represented the will of the people.

NorthEast Governors’ Forum (NEGF) has asked the Federal Government to seek assistance from neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon to end insurgency in the country.

Speaking yesterday at their fourth meeting in Bauchi, they promised to float a regional security outfit in line with the 1999 Constitution and guidelines from the service chiefs.

Borno State Governor and Chairman of NEGF, Prof. Babagana Zulum said: “I call on the Federal Government to seek support from our neighbours, especially, Niger, Chad and Cameroon with a view to providing a joint action that will assist in ending the insurgency.”

He said “Furthermore, the Federal Government has to explore the possibility of involving mercenaries with a view to ending the crisis, because it seems there is no commitment. Therefore, if we must end the insurgency, we must be totally committed.

We must seek external support and ensure that mercenaries are hired to end insecurity. On our part, in addition to the logical, logistics and financial support we have been rendering to the armed forces in their fight against insecurity in the sub-region, we should also look into the possibility of forming a security outfit within the ambit of constitutional precedence and professional possibility.”

He said protection of schools was an urgent matter, adding: “Particularly, at this period, the provision of urgent security in our schools has become a compelling necessity.

And this is in view of the current trend in which secondary school children have now become targets of choice to bandits and insurgents –particularly in the Northern parts of the country.

We should, therefore, deploy appropriate strategies and explore options to provide effective and sustainable security and protection in our educational institutions, especially boarding schools.”

If we cannot provide proper security for whatever reason, the affected boarding institutions should be converted to day schools to reduce the vulnerability,” Zulum said.

The security situation is the greatest test of our leadership. If we must be honest, public opinion is that we have failed. That many of our compatriots have adamantly resorted to self-help. We must accept the fact that the over-centralised security arrangement is obsolete in tackling the life and death scenario in our country, especially in our region,” he stated.

Before the Local Government election in Ogun State, Comrade Olaposi Oginni, the State Chairman of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Thursday, made his concerns known over a supposed plot by the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, to manipulate results in favour of its candidates

It was gathered that Oginni warned the ruling party to allow the will of the people at the poll rather than using allies as electoral officers. He said, “it’s high time Ogun State got it right. We can’t fold our arms again and allow local government administration to continue in shambles”

Oginni who is also the Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in the State also extended the warning to the State Electoral Committee nominees (OGSIEC) that the upcoming LG election won’t be business as usual.

He advised them to resolve to be neutral and impartial in the course of the exercise. He said “This time around, unlike what was obtainable during previous elections, we wouldn’t allow manipulation of results in favour of the ruling party. The New Nigeria People’s Party has come to make sure the will of the people counts. Gone are the days when a state electoral committee would rely on the strength of the ruling party to overturn the decision of the good people of Ogun State.”

He said “Ogun State has always been at the forefront of good leadership, so, our party, NNPP, is going to make sure Ogun becomes an enviable template for other states in terms of functional local government administration”,

Nura Dahiru Magal, the son of renowned Katsina billionaire businessman and founder of Max Air, Alhaji Dahiru Mangal has reportedly died in a ghastly power bike accident.

The 30 years old director of Oando oil was involved in the accident while riding his power bike along Dutsimma road, Katsina. The incident reportedly happened not too far from Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic. A source close to his family said that he died when his bike crashed along Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic around 4pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

He was rushed to the Katsina General Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

It was gathered from a family source that a funeral prayer for the deceased would hold by 10 am on Thursday at the Mangal Mosque, Kofar Kwaya, in Katsina.

On Wednesday one person died and two were injured when security forces shot live ammunition at people gathered outside the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe. 

The crowd was said to have gathered to catch a glimpse of some of the students kidnapped last week, who were reunited with their families inside the building. The group was trying to enter into the school when the police shot to disperse them. 

Due to the situation, the government of Zamfara state announced a curfew due to the situation. 

The Federal Government has urge civil servants from GL 13 and below to keep working from home till the end of March

Head of Civil service of the Federation , Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan made the announcement in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, NAN reports.

All public servants on GL12 and below have been directed to continue working from home till the end of March 2021.

This new directive is in adherence to the advice of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The coronavirus downward trend needs to be maintained, therefore, the need for the extension of the work-from-home directive,” the statement said.

Yemi-Esan emphasised the need for all public servants to continue to ensure strict compliance with the existing guidelines on the prevention and spread of the pandemic.

She urged all Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers to bring the content of the circular to all concerned and ensure strict compliance.

The Senate has told the committee in charge of the Abadigba-Egwume Power Project in Dekina Local Government of Kogi State to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power for the completion of the power project.

The conclusion of the upper chamber followed its consideration of a motion titled: “Need for immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwume Power Plant Project in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State” sponsored by Senator Jibrin Isah (Kogi East).

Senator Isah in his lead debate urged the Senate to note that sometime in 2007, the Federal Government embarked on a power plant project at Abadigba-Egwume in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State to light up Kogi East Senatorial District, against the backdrop of the persistent poor power supply in the area.

He noted that the project advanced with the installation of various equipment, including three giant power plants and two transformers, in readiness for connection with Geregu Power Station at Ajaokuta.

He added: “Concerned that the project has become one of the abandoned projects in the country as no effort has been made to complete it in line with the laudable intentions of the government, thirteen years after initiating it.

Senator Isah said “Worried that this continued abandonment of the project has led to the destruction of some of the connecting wires and cables due to bush burning, in addition to vandalization by criminals, thereby occasioning avoidable losses to the government.

Informed that the project is at 70% completion stage, according to information from engineers, and only requires minimal additional resources to make it functional”

U.S. President Joe Biden reached out to Africa onThursday after more than a month in office and a flurry of phone calls to American allies around the world. His first call to an African leader last week, apparently choosing not to speak to Nigeria’s President Buhari.

 Mr Biden telephoned 19 global leaders in six days of his election, and as of Tuesday, had spoken to 17 leaders since taking office on January 20. The calls were made to close allies such as the United Kingdom and to those with security concerns such as Iraq and to rivals like Russia.

He spoke to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, while Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday.

Mr Biden had earlier spoken to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in November 2020, days after his election.

The obvious sidestepping of Nigeria, long seen as an influential regional leader, has not gone unnoticed.

“It’s an indication that the United States government doesn’t think too much about our performance as a country right now. It’s as simple as that,” said Jide Osuntokun, professor of History and International Relations at the Osun State-based Redeemer University.

He said “Many governments outside Nigeria are worried about the future of our country. So it’s an indication that you have to do something or the world will pass you by.”

He also said that many global leaders traditionally view engagements with their American counterparts, either through telephone calls or visits, as a gauge of their countries’ strategic interests with respect to the foreign policies of the world’s most powerful nation. They also pay attention to the timing of those interactions.

The Nigerian government on Tuesday instituted a no-fly zone above Zamfara State as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges being witnessed in the state. 

He said Zamfara State is a no-fly zone due to strong suspicion that choppers are being used to transport arms to bandits.

The Senior Special Assistant to The President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu told newsmen on Wednesday that the move was taken to boost security in the state. 

Speaking on the ban, he also banned mining activities in the state, the presidential aide noted that there were strong suspicions that gold was being swapped for arms by criminal elements operating in the state. He said, “Even in Zamfara, there is a strong suspicion that some of those choppers are being used to ferry arms for bandits and also to evacuate gold and illegally smuggled out of the country, so the country loses everything in the mining.

He said “As you are aware, the Nigerian gold market is a big business and the government wants to do two things at the same time by doing this; end banditry and economic sabotage through the smuggling of gold.”

However, the state governor, Bello Matawalle, had kicked against the no-fly zone order, expressing doubts that the Nigerian government understood the issues surrounding insecurity in his state. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

In the early hours of Wednesday, unidentified gunmen killed two police officers in Cross River State.

The police spokesperson, Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the incident said the attack occurred in Obubra, in the central part of Cross River State.

We lost two of our policemen, one is being hospitalized,” said Ugbo, a deputy superintendent of police. Early this morning, the CP has deployed men, so our tactical team is there, we are waiting for the outcome of the operation. The information we got was that during the operation (attack by the gunmen), the bad boys would shout one particular thing – IPOB and all that,” she stated.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has on Tuesday fined the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) 50 Million for damages against the defendant, Babatunde Morakinyo, who was unlawfully re-arrested by the commission’s operatives last year.

The judge, Inyang Ekwo, ruled that the anti-graft agency abused its powers by re-arresting Morakinyo after he was granted bail by another judge of the court, Ahmed Mohammed, on March 19, 2020.

Ekwo ordered the commission to publish a public apology to Morakinyo in two national dailies within 14 days for trampling on his rights when he was re-arrested on the court premises in Abuja shortly after he was released on bail.

The commission had claimed that Morakinyo was rearrested for another charge filed against him in the Lagos Division of the court. But Ekwo dismissed the commission’s excuse for the rearrest.

Some unknown gunmen attacked passengers along the Osogbo/Ibokun road in Osun State on Tuesday night, killing one and abducting several others.

The incidents happened around 7:30 p.m at Aje Bamidele village in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun.

A witness, who preferred not to say his name for fear of a reprisal attack on the community, said many vehicles plying the road during the gunmen attack made a U-turn.

He said “There were different gunshots last night and we saw many vehicles plying the road turning back. After their operation, we realised that one person was killed while many cars were seen without passengers or their owners. The gunmen have kidnapped them.”

Amitolu Shittu, the Field Commander of Osun State Amotekun Corps, confirmed the incident. He said the number of passengers abducted by the gunmen is yet to be ascertained. He said “Also, we saw pellets of AK-47 used at the scene of the crime”

Yemisi Opalola, the police spokesperson said the kidnap report is yet to be ascertained. He said “We have not ascertained the kidnap incident but one person was killed by the gunmen. The police have taken his body to (the) morgue and also, we saw two people injured, who have now been taken to hospital for treatment.

Opalola said “We cannot ascertain if people were kidnapped or not. But there were many vehicles on the road without owners or passengers in them. Some persons said they were kidnapped while we sensed that they might have run into the forest themselves for safety.”

Ari Mohammed Ali, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, has deployed 8,292 officers for March 6, 2021 local government elections taking place across the 25 council areas of the state. 

He warned those he referred to as ‘troublemakers’ against any breakdown of law and order during the council polls, Ali, said the command will not hesitate to deal decisively with such persons.

The acting State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), DSP Bright Edafe in a statement, said Ali also warned officers deployed for the exercise to remain professional as anyone found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted.

Edafe told the general public that the police would provide adequate security for residents and the electorate all through the period of the exercise. “Following the forthcoming local government elections to be held in the state on the 6/3/2021 in the 25 local government council areas, the CP Ari Muhammed Ali, FCIA, Psc+ assures all residents that the Delta state police command is committed to ensuring the security of everyone in the state by the deployment of its officers to all the polling units and also some speculated hot spots to maintain peace and calm all through the electioneering process.

He also warned that no police aide or security agent will be allowed to escort their principals or any important personalities (VIPs) to polling units or on any movement while the elections last, noting that any security aide violating this directive will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

The Rwanda government has announced the arrival of its first batch of Covid-19 vaccine doses from the UN-backed Covax distribution initiative which it will use to immunise people identified as priority risk groups.

The health authority say the country received 240,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, with 102,960 doses of Pfizer vaccine expected to arrive later in the day.

The ministry said doses of the two vaccines would be used to immunise a total of 171,480 starting from Friday.

Rwanda expects to receive the total of 1,098,960 doses of both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

Our target is to vaccinate 30% of our population by the end of 2021, and 60% by the end of 2022,” Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said.

Five people, including a pregnant woman, have been killed in Burkina Faso when the ambulance they were travelling in hit a landmine.

The ambulance was carrying the woman, her husband, a girl and two other women.

Officials say the incident happened in Gaskindé, close to the border with Mali. it is said to be an area that has seen repeated attacks by militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

On Wednesday, a section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos caught fire.

Newsmen said that the incident occurred at the departure hall of the Kenyan airways at exactly 6:58am. The hall was filled with smoke and this caused panic among the passengers and workers at the airport as it is the  busiest airport in Nigeria.

Firefighters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), however, promptly responded to put off the fire.

The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command,  Alabi Joseph confirmed the incident. He said “Good morning, please there was a minor fire outbreak near Kenyan airways’ office at International Airport building (MMIA) Lagos. The fire has since been put off by the airport fire service”