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Buhari Gives Military Matching Order Against Insurgency

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, reaffirmed his administration’s commitment in the fight against insurgency and insecurity in Nigeria.

According to the President, he has given the military a marching order to ensure that all forms of insecurity is wiped out.

Buhari on his official Twitter account promised to work with neighbouring countries in the fight against insecurity

He wrote, “Nothing is more important than ensuring the security of lives and property of Nigerians. Everything is secondary when security is at stake. I will ensure that more resources are made available to the military and other security agencies to prosecute the war against terrorism.”

“As we mourn all the lives lost in Zabarmari, the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis, until we root out the terrorists.”

“We will intensify our cooperation with neighbouring countries on bilateral and multilateral levels, to ensure that there is no hiding place for the terrorists.”

“As I noted earlier, the massacre by Boko Haram in Zabarmari is nothing short of senseless, barbaric, gruesome and cowardly. It reinforces our resolve to root out all forms of insurgency and insecurity not just in Borno but everywhere across Nigeria.”

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Blood Test May Accurately Predict Alzheimer’s Disease – Study

Scientists has today said it developed a way of predicting if patients will develop Alzheimer’s disease by analysing their blood, in what experts hailed as a potential “gamechanger” in the fight against the debilitating condition.

At least 50 million people live with Alzheimer’s, a brain disease that makes up for more than half of global dementia cases.

Although the precise mechanism is not fully understood, Alzheimer’s appears to begin from the accumulation of proteins in the brain that are thought to lead to the death of neurons.

It is understood that some of the proteins are traceable in the blood of patients and tests based on their concentrations, can be used to diagnose the disease.

In Sweden and Britain, it is believed that tests can be used to predict Alzheimer’s years before the onset of symptoms.

Writing in the journal Nature Aging, they described how they developed and validated models of individual risk based on the levels of two key proteins in blood samples taken from more than 550 patients with minor cognitive impairments.

The model based off of these two proteins had an 88 percent success rate in predicting the onset of Alzheimers in the same patients over the course of four years.

They said that while further research was needed, their prediction method could have significant impact on Alzheimer’s cases, given that “plasma biomarkers” from blood tests are “promising due to their high accessibility and low cost”.

Richard Oakley, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, said the main struggle in battling the disease was diagnosing cases early enough to intervene with experimental treatments.

“If these blood biomarkers can predict Alzheimer’s in larger, more diverse groups, we could see a revolution in how we test new dementia drugs,” he said.

Musaid Husain, professor of neurology at the University of Oxford, described Monday’s research as a “potential gamechanger.”

For the first time, we have a blood test that can predict well the risk of subsequent development of Alzheimer’s disease in people who have mild cognitive symptoms,” said Husain, who was not involved in the study.

 

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Young Man Killed After Winning N15m Bet

A 27-year-old man identified as Prince Mieyebi  has been stabbed to death by three armed men in Warri, Delta State, after he reportedly won N15 million in a betting game.

It was learnt that the man was killed while he was closing the shop of his Aunt at the popular Ogbe-Ijoh market in Warri South Local Government Area of the State on November 27.

It was learnt that the murderers fled with the deceased’s mobile phone after they stabbed him on various parts of his body.

He died before he was rushed to a near-by hospital.

Confirming the incident, An uncle to the deceased, Mr. Thomas Ogisi, claimed that the deceased had played the betting game a week before he was killed, with all his predictions going through to the sum of N15 million.

It isnt clear if he was killed due to the reported N15 million win, because his account could not be accessed since the assailants made away with his phone.

The boy stays with my elder sister. On that fateful day, they were in Ogbe-Ijoh market and were preparing to close when suddenly three boys blocked him in the shop and they stabbed him. The incident happened around 6pm on Friday. After stabbing him, they collected only his phone and left. Before he was rushed to the hospital, he was already dead,” Mr Ogisi told newsmen.

The information we are hearing from his friends indicate that he was killed because he won N15 million from a betting game. He was expecting the money to be paid to him on Wednesday before he was stabbed to death on Monday. Some of his friends were aware of the money,”

“We are demanding for justice for the gruesome killing of our son. We want thorough investigation by the police. We are not also happy with the level of security at the market.” he added.

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Shema Speaks On Dumping PDP For APC

Former Governor of Katsina State, Shehu Shema, has reacted to the alleged plan to dump the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress.

Shema on Monday denied the reported plan to join the opposition party while speaking with journalists in Katsina, after the inauguration of the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus and Elders Committees.

There were speculations that he wanted to join APC when he was spotted in a picture with the current Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari.

The picture was taken during the installation of Col. Abdulaziz Musa Yar’Adua (rtd) as Mutawallen Katsina, which took place at the palace of the Emir of Katsina and has been trending on social media.

However, Shema said: “It was a picture taken at an event at the emir’s palace and that is what it is.”

“It is a picture; it has no political connotation. I have no intention to decamp to any political party.”

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2021: Governor Wike To Present N448 Billion Budget

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State is set to present the 2021 Appropriation Bill of four hundred and forty-eight billion naira to the State House of Assembly.

The development was disclosed by the Commissioner for Finance, Isaac Kamalu, while speaking with newsmen at the Government House Port Harcourt.

Kamalu who said the Rivers State Executive Council also approved the Medium Term Expenditure Framework for 2021-2023, added that the 2021 budget consideration is aimed at consolidating on the achievements of the current administration.

“Council considered the budgetary estimates for 2021. This was done taking into consideration the need to further facilitate the recovery following the ongoing economic depression and to consolidate on the myriad of development programmes that are in place across the state.”

“The budget volume for the year 2021 budget estimate is N448, 660, 773, 476.”

“This will help the Rivers State government accomplish all its ongoing projects and support and make life more meaningful for the people of the state,” he said.

The Rivers State Executive Council also approved the sum of two point seven billion naira to the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RSIEC for the conduct of Local government Council elections next year.

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Borno: Buhari’s Aide Makes U-turn, Explains Statement On Murdered Farmers Needing Permission To Farm

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has explained his earlier statement on the 43 murdered farmers failing to get military permission to return to their farms in Borno.

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.

Zambarmari is located in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

The bodies of the slain farmers whose throats were slit were on Sunday morning buried in a brief ceremony led by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State.

But the United Nations stated that over 110 farmers were actually killed and not the 43 reported in the media.

Reacting in an interview with the BBC early on Monday morning, Garba Shehu said the farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram didn’t have military clearance to be on the farm.

Shehu noted that while most of the area has been liberated from the insurgents, the military needs to give clearance/approval before farmers can return to their farms or locals resettle in the area.

His statements have drawn widespread condemnation from Nigerians on social media with former Senator, Shehu Sani blasting Buhari’s aide.

Taking to his Twitter handle to clarify his statement, Garba Shehu said his statement to BBC does not mean he lacks compassion.

He stated that he did not blame the victims for the unfortunate incident, but he was only explaining the military procedure for people.

Garba Shehu wrote: “Today, I found myself leading the trends in the social media for the wrong reasons.

“The State of Borno is essentially a military zone up till now that we are talking and much of what people do; much of where they go are governed by the exigencies of security.

“Routinely, traders, administration officials and even UN agencies get the green light to go to many of the areas to avoid trouble.

“Information from security agencies says that the Zabarmari marshlands are infested with land mines and movements in around those areas subject to military oversight.

“No one is delighted with the massacre in Zabarmari and there is nothing anybody will gain by playing blame games.

“The question I tried to answer on BBC was: did the security sign off on the area as being free of mines and terrorists? The honest answer is, no.

“I’m human with tons of compassion and empathy, and could not have said that the victims deserved their fate for ignoring security clearance.

“I was merely explaining the mode of military operations in the war zone of the Northeast. There are areas that are still volatile that require security clearance which is intended to put people out of harm’s way.

“When tragedies occur, questions arise in terms of how something happened in order to avoid future recurrence. Informing the military of our movements in an area of volatility and uncertainty is intended to preserve public safety.

“Explaining why something happened doesn’t mean I have no sympathy for the victims. I was just explaining the military procedures on the safe movement of the people and not supporting the death of the victims.”

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Makinde Reveals How LAUTECH Ownership Crisis Was Resolved

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Monday disclosed that himself and Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola had to set aside their political differences to resolve the ownership crisis affecting Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

The People Democratic Party Governor who visited Oyetola at his office noted that his counterpart acted like a statesman and put the interest of students of the institution above other considerations.

Makinde further stated that due to the crisis affecting the Institution, different groups were feeding him and Oyetola different information, but after considering all the issues, there was a need to protect the future of the students.

He took the opportunity to assure students from Osun State despite change in ownership status of the institution, that they would continue to enjoy the same privilege as student from Oyo State.

Makinde said, “I came here to thank my brother, Governor Gboyega Oyetola for the role he played which eventually led to us being able to resolve the LAUTECH issue.”

“There’s been a lot of talk and insinuations out there in the media but what we have both done is to the interest of our children that are students of that university over and above politics, partisanship, and ego.”

“Somebody said to me that in the spirit of regional integration and oneness in the region, we should have been able to manage the institution. And I said that position was well thought out, but they missed a point, the point is the joint ownership over the years has become really challenging in terms of funding and in terms of stakeholders in there.”

“When you go to LAUTECH, you have Oyo forum, Osun forum. They are coming to whisper to me, they are also coming to whisper to the governor here.”

“And in the middle of that, the institution was closed down for several years. And I said to those people that there are several ways to skin a rat. But what is important is, we want to get results. We want to get our children back to school. We want to get the university to the point that it can fulfill its original mandate which is to train children who would be instrumental to the development of the state and the nation at large. That, we are now on track to achieving.”

“Also, we have had instances when identical parties held sway in Oyo and Osun, yet this issue was not resolved. But here we are today, PDP and APC have worked together and solved the problem. So, we are all winners in this matter.”

“I came to thank Governor Oyetola because without him playing the role of a statesman, we could not have solved the problem. Generations yet unborn will continue to value the role you played in resolving this issue.”

“In LAUTECH, there is no longer Oyo Forum or Osun Forum. There is now only LAUTECH Forum. So, both Osun and Oyo states’ students in the institution will continue to enjoy the privileges of the owner states.”

“There will be no discrimination, the fee structure remains the same and we look forward to the products of LAUTECH, whether from Oyo or Osun, contributing their quota to the progress and development of our states and Nigeria at large.”

Governor Oyetola while speaking on the development noted that he had to be statesmanly and consider the interest of the students to sign off the institution.

He urged the Makinde-led government to honour the agreement between it and Osun through prompt, complete, and faithful implementation of all conditions in the Memorandum of Understanding.

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Borno Killing: Military Did Nothing Despite Knowledge of Boko Haram Attack – Survivor

One of the survivors of the recent Boko Haram attack in Borno which left 43 rice farmers murdered has claimed that villages alerted the military about an imminent attack.

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.

Zambarmari is located in Jere Local Government Area of the Northeastern state.

The bodies of the slain farmers whose throats were slit were on Sunday morning buried in a brief ceremony led by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State.

But, the United Nations in report stated that over 110 farmers were actually killed and not the 43 reported in the media.

One of the survivors of the attack who gave his name as Abubakar Salihu said despite sharing information with the military “nothing was done”, Daily Trust reports.

Abubakar Salihu stated that they envisaged the attack after they caught one member of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group.

“We informed the military beforehand that our members sighted Boko Haram in large numbers but nothing was done about it,” Salihu was quoted to have said.

“It was a sad day for us in Zabarmari; it could have been averted but the military failed to act on the information we gave them.”

But the spokesperson of the Nigerian military, Major-General John Enenche, accused some locals of refusing to share adequate information with security forces.

He said the lack of information sharing on the part of the locals in the northeast is one of the issues the military is contending within the fight against insurgency.

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BREAKING: Ekanola Elected New UI Acting Vice-Chancellor

Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola was on Monday elected the new Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI).

Naija News reports that Prof Idowu Olayinka, the former VC of the institution, tenure expired today, November 30, 2020.

Ekanola, who is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics polled 275 votes to beat four other opponents who are professors.

The four other professors include Prof A. Oluleye who got 80 votes, Prof Adigun Agbaje15 votes, Prof Gbemisola Oke 14 votes and Prof Olanike Adeyemi 13 votes.

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ICPC Discovers $919,000 Kept Since 2014 In Secret Account By Government Officials

Some officials of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State have allegedly hidden the sum of USD 919,202.07 (approximately N450 million) in a bank account.

This was alleged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

According to the Commission, it acted on a petition instituted against the officials, and has therefore obtained an interim forfeiture order on the money.

Investigators in the Rivers State office of the commission traced the money that had been hidden to an interest yielding account.

After the hidden money was discovered, the ICPC through its lawyer, Dr Agada Akogwu, filed an ex-parte motion for an interim order of forfeiture of the funds.

According to the ICPC, Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, in his ruling, granted the commission’s prayers for interim forfeiture of the said sum pending the final hearing on the matter.

The judge further ruled that the “orders of the court directing the interim forfeiture shall be published in any daily newspaper within 14 working days for any person interested in the said property sought to be forfeited to appear before the court to show cause why the final forfeiture orders are not made in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

The matter was adjourned to 14th December 2020 for reports and final forfeiture hearing.