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Presidency Speaks On Buhari Receiving N12.5m Ogun Money From Amosun

Presidency Speaks On Buhari Receiving N12.5m Ogun Money From Amosun

The Presidency has debunked reports that former Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, transferred N12.5m from the state government account to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Naija News reports that Peoples Gazette, an online newspaper, had revealed documents showing that the Ogun State Government transferred the money to the First Bank Account of the president.

Reacting to the report in a post on social media on Thursday, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, clarified that the money in question was transferred to the “PMB Estate.”

He stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari Estate in Abeokuta belonged to the state government and was only named after the President.

“Fake news industry at work. A certain document showing the transfer of N12,500,000 from the coffers of Ogun State to a ‘PMB Estate’ is being circulated to tarnish the image of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Shehu wrote.

“The PMB Estate is owned by the Ogun State Government, which honoured the President by naming it after him. Of course, that does not confer the ownership of the estate on President Buhari.

“The gossipy online newspaper peddling the falsehood that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the tried and tested anti-corruption fighter is the beneficiary of this cash transfer should be ignored.”

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Olufemi Peters Elected New VC of NOUN

Olufemi Peters, a professor of Chemistry, has been elected as the new Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Naija News reports that this was made known in a statement on Friday by the institution’s Director of Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Sheme.

Peters, 64, emerged on Thursday, after beating six other candidates in a keenly contested race at the nation’s Open and Distance Learning institution.

Peters, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, has a track record of academic excellence spanning three decades, including many competencies in the area of ODL.

The newly elected VC, who is of Ogun state origin, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from University of Ibadan (1979), a Masters’ degree in Polymer Science and Technology from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, (1982) and a PhD in Degradation and Stabilisation in Polymers from Victoria University of Manchester, UK (1988).

Peters is a member of the Chemical Society of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Society as well.

He will take over from the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, whose five-year single tenure elapses on February 10, 2021.

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Kenyan Man Who Rose From The Dead Has Died Again

Barely two weeks after he was presumed dead for the first time, Peter Kigen, a middle-aged man from Kenyan has died again.

Naija News learnt that the 32-year-old man ‘rosed’ from the dead a few moments after he was pronounced dead by doctors at a hospital where he was receiving treatment after he slumped at his home in Kibwastuiyo, a community in Bureti.

It was revealed that Kigen was rushed to Kapkatet hospital in Kericho county following the fall at his house, and was confirmed dead on Tuesday, November 24.

However, he left the hospital staffs in shock after he suddenly roke up in pain as an incision was made on his right leg in the Morgue. Naija News understands that Kigen had suffered from a chronic illness for a while.

Reacting to his situation, Kigen while on his treatment bed a week ago said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

He said, “I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?”

Kigen declared his interest to embark on evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital. He said: “I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,”

On his part, the hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot reported that Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought to the hospital. According to him, his relatives presumed he was dead and were the ones who took him to the mortuary without waiting for certification of death

“His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own,” Dr. Cheruiyot revealed.

However, Kigen’s relatives have now confirmed that he has passed on. They said he died on Thursday afternoon at Kericho County Hospital after being transferred to the health facility from Kapkatet.

“Kigen was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kericho County Hospital where he was being transferred to from Kapkatet for further treatment and management,” Hezbon Tonui, the family spokesman told reporters.

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Borno Killing: Boko Haram Interacting With Farmers – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has revealed fresh facts on the killing of rice farmers in Borno State by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Speaking to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, Major-General John Enenche, spokesperson of the Nigerian military, hinted that the number of farmers killed may be more than the 43 earlier reported by the DHQ.

General Enenche revealed that the rice farmers were interacting with the insurgents before they were killed.

He said: “I want to say that the armed forces we have now and security agents is normally determined by the people,” he said.

“It’s not in our powers or to say yes or no. It is the kind of force package …each time I brief, talk to you here, I say Air Force will make an enhanced force package of fighter jets, helicopter gun-shooter then take out opposition.

“The same thing with the army; the same thing with the navy. So, for every government it is what you want. It is not for the military to begin to join issues or begin to contest.

“From the testimony we got from a credible source who escaped, part of them said that they[Boko Haram] called about 70 of them. They invited them to come.

“And when they were going they thought it was the usual interaction they used to have. That brings a lot of things. That brings a lot of things for all of us to learn.

“That means they were having interactions with them [Boko Haram] under some arrangements or whatever subject to further confirmations. We are still working on that.”

Naija News recalls that Boko Haram Terrorist group on Saturday beheaded 43 farmers in Zabarmari, less than 20 km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The United Nations who earlier stated that 110 farmers were actually killed and not the 43, described the killings as the “most violent attack” targeted at civilians in 2020.

In a video on Tuesday, Abubakar Shekau, leader of a faction of the Boko Haram sect, claimed his group was responsible for the killing and said at least, 78 farmers were killed in the incident.

Giving reasons for the massacre, he said the farmers were killed because they handed over a member of the sect to the Nigerian army.

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Teenager Shoots Himself Dead During Online Class In California

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s have commenced investigation on the death of a young boy who committed suicide at their home during an online class with his schoolmates.

Naija News understands that the teenager whose name is revealed as Adan Llanos murdered himself using a gun on Wednesday, December 2 at their apartment in Califonia.

The tragic event reportedly happened during an online Zoom class which involved the deceased and his other classmates from his Woodbridge Elementary.

It was, however, unclear till this time how the child obtained the gun and from whom he obtained it from.

Given details of the incident, the Sheriff office noted that Llanos’s system camera and microphone were both turned off at the time the incident happened. Meanwhile, Llanos’s sister was said to be in another room in the apartment also attending the online class when her brother shot himself.

She rushed out to report the incident to their neighbour and her teacher who called for help, Naija News understands.

A few moments after receiving the report, Sheriffs arrived at the house located at 300 blocks away from Sterling Street in Woodbridge and found the child with a head injury.

The child, however, died a few minutes after arriving hospital as a result of the self-inflicted injuries.

Reacting to the incident, the Sherrif’s office in a post on their Facebook page said: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected by this tragic event.’

On its part, while reacting to the demise of the 11-year-old child, Lodi Unified School District took to their Facebook page also and wrote: “We are deeply saddened to share that a student from Woodbridge Elementary School passed away today as a result of a gunshot wound.”

“Today was a very difficult day for our family. We just lost our nephew from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His name is Adan Llanos and was only 11 years old,” said the boy’s heartbroken aunt.

“I know Aron and Mirna are such great parents, i can’t even imagine what they are going threw. I’m doing this go fund me to be able to help my family with the funeral expenses. I don’t want to go into details. Thank you very much our family will appreciate it,” she added.

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Breaking: EFCC Produces Maina In Court

Breaking: More Trouble For 'Fleeing' Maina As Lawyer Applies To Quit Case

The former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, has been brought before the Federal High Court in Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Recall that Maina who is under prosecution on N2bn money laundering charges jumped bail and fled to the Republic of Niger.

He was, however, extradited to Nigeria on Thursday weeks after the court revoked his bail, ordered his arrest and also noted that his trial would proceed in his absence pending when security agencies would produce him.

The anti-graft agency produced Maina in court at about 8.27 am ahead of the proceedings scheduled to commence by 9 am on Friday.

He sat in between two EFCC operatives in the courtroom.

Maina last attended court in July and has subsequently missed up to six court sessions since September 29.

His trial has since proceeded in his absence following the court’s order of November 18, 2020, which the judge, Justice Okon Abang, issued following the defendant’s repeated absence from court.

Recall that his surety, Senator Ali Ndume, was imprisoned by the court for been unable to produce him but later granted bail after spending five days in detention.

Details later…

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Arik Air Sacks 300 Workers

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The management of Arik Air on Friday announced the relieving of 300 staff members of their appointments.

Naija News reports that in statement to newsmen titled “Arik Air management declares 300 staff redundant”, the airline blamed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for the sacking.

Arik Air explained that a redundancy package would be provided for the affected workers with the help of the aviation unions.

The statement read in part, “Arising from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the constrained ability of the airline to complete heavy maintenance activities and return its planes to operations, stunted revenues against increasing operational costs, the management of Arik Air (In Receivership) has declared 300 staff members redundant to its current level of operations.

“The leadership of the impacted unions have been contacted to negotiate a redundancy package for the affected staff.”

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Woman Cycles Naked To Create Suicide Awareness, Raise Fund For Charity – [Photos]

A London woman has taken upon herself to go shirtless and braless in other to raise fund for mental health charity Mind.

Naija News understands that Kerri Barnes rode around the streets of London on her bicycle with just tiny underwear following the death of her cousin who killed herself.

It was said that Barnes was motivated to carry out the fundraising having witnessed the shocking statistics around suicide in the city. According to her while interviewed, the idea of riding naked on the bicycle was from her roommate.

She noted that she had wanted to do something really different in the year to create awareness on suicide and as well raise some money for the mental health charity Mind, but that she ran out of idea until her roomie suggested the bicycle ride.

Naija News understands that Barnes’s target was to raise a least more than £8,000. To achieve this she faced the cold of the day and cycled round on Sunday, Nov 29, wearing nothing but underwear.

“I really wanted to do something this year to shine a light on raising awareness of suicide prevention and to raise some money for Mind – because they’ve just experienced their biggest increase in calls, since the second lockdown began,” Said Kerri while speaking to LADbible.

She added, “Unfortunately, a very close relative made a few attempts on their life in the first lockdown and one of my cousins did kill herself about nine years ago.

“So, I wanted to do something and I thought I’d do something a bit ridiculous – then my housemate suggested the naked bike ride.”

“I think because everybody seems to have suffered in some way with their mental health this year – I think it’s made people very empathetic towards mental health problems.”

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In another news, Naija News reports that a Nigerian activist identified as Ayo has demanded that gay marriage is legalised in Nigeria just the way crossdressing is ‘accepted’ without hatred.

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Nigeria Will Cease To Exist Without Traditional Rulers — Alaafin

Alaafin of Oyo Writes President Buhari

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, on Thursday disclosed that Nigeria will cease to exist without traditional rulers.

The monarch in his statement recalled how he and the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, fought with the federal government to ensure that five per cent of the allocation forwarded to local governments are enjoyed by traditional rulers.

Oba Adeyemi stated this when he was visited by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero.

The Alaafin said: “I have written a lot about the roles of traditional rulers and why the traditional people must be allowed to convene for the greater good of this country.”

“I am happy with your late father; we fought a battle and won the five per cent allocation that every local government must set aside for traditional rulers from its allocation from the federal government.”

“I will continue to do my best to fight for the institution of traditional rulers. We are the bedrock of society. If you take away traditional rulers from Nigeria, there will be no Nigeria again.”

He added that traditional rulers in the country are finding it difficult to understand how the country is been managed.

The Alaafin pointed to the statement credited to the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, claiming that insurgents have been dictating happenings in many communities in the North East.

The Emir of Kano said, “It is an honour to visit the Alaafin as we visit the Southwest for the second time since ascending the position of our forefathers.”

“We have come to Oyo to continue a very ancient relationship that was cultivated and nurtured by my late father. We have come to Oyo to seek the wisdom and blessings of your majesty. We have come to Oyo to demonstrate to our people that we are all tied by a thread of common destiny.”

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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is About To Enter The Market

Next week the Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine will hit the United Kingdom market as the UK Government approves the launch of the first and most effective vaccine provided by Pfizer and BioNTech.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed the effectiveness of the vaccine based on information provided by the country’s drug safety watchdog

Mr Hancock also said that next week the 800,000 pre-ordered vaccines would arrive in the UK.

The UK is the first country in the world to approve the introduction of COVID-19 vaccine produced in the United States.

The government last Wednesday approved the drug, which is being developed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNTech.

Naija News reports that a Nigerian doctor, Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu, has been instrumental in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine provided by Pfizer in the United States.

The US Embassy in Nigeria in a statement posted on its Twitter account on Monday, November 23, 2020, said the vaccine is the most effective and the first developed in the United States for COVID-19.

“Nigerians have made a significant contribution to the world in many ways and we are grateful to Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu for helping to develop the COVID-19 vaccine,” the office said.

Pfizer and BioNTech, which developed the vaccine developed by Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu, say it was the first to produce COVID-19 and cured 90% of its victims.

The vaccine has been tested on 43,500 infected people in six countries and appears to pose no health risk.

Pfizer says it will provide 50 million vaccines by the end of 2020, and 1.3 billion by the end of 2021.