#EndSARS protests: Exercise restraint, embrace dialogue, Northern Broadcasters Owners appeal to Nigerians

⦁ Urges President Buhari to immediately address nation By Aminu Imam Amidst the unending #EndSARS protests by youths across some many cities in the nation, the current Chairman, Northern Broadcasters Owners Association (NBMOA), Alh. (Dr.) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan, has expressed the association’s concern and called on all Nigerians to exercise restraint and embrace dialogue. Dr. Ramalan, who also the owner of Liberty TV/Radio stations as well as Voice of Liberty/Muryar Yanci on-line platforms, revealed this in a press statement yesterday. According to the Chairman, “The NBMOA has noted with great…

Read More

Breaking: NECO suspends SSCE examinations, orders staff to return home

Following deterioration of the security situation in the country occasioned by the #EndSARS protests, the National Examination Council (NECO) has stopped the conduct of the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).  It was learnt that the decision to stop the conduct of the examination followed the declaration of 24-hour curfew by some state governors, especially those of Lagos, Ogun, Edo and Imo, where the #EndSARS protest had assumed destructive dimensions. The examination body had conducted the Economics paper test on Tuesday, while the Physics practical paper took place yesterday without some…

Read More

Pope Francis indicates support for same-sex ‘civil unions’

Pope Francis has said that he thinks same-sex couples should be allowed to have “civil unions”. According to the BBC News the Pope made the comments during the premier of the film ‘Francesco’, about the life and work of Pope Francis premiered as part of the Rome Film Festival. The Pope’s comments, observers say are his clearest remarks yet on gay relationships, in a documentary directed by Evgeny Afineevsky. “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family,” he said in the film, which premiered on Wednesday. They are…

Read More

#EndSARS protest: Many feared killed, as hoodlums burn, loot in Lagos, FCT, Kano Plateau, others

24-hr curfew imposed in several states  .SERAP condemns shooting at Lekki protesters  US closes Consulate in Lagos  NUJ urges Buhari to break his silence and address Nigerians   Demonstrators have continued to persist in daily protests across the country, including the FCT, for almost two weeks over widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment and extortion by a police unit otherwise known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). In Kano, youths joined the nationwide #EndSARS protests. However, hoodlums reportedly hijacked the protest, killing two women along Airport Road.  Over 15 vehicles were said…

Read More

“If dialogue fails, use any means possible to stop #EndSARS protest”- Sen. Aliero tells FG

Senator Adamu Aliero, representing Kebbi-Central, has advised that the federal government to do everything possible to stop the #EndSARS protests. The senator’s statement was made by the Kebbi yesterday while speaking on the floor of the upper legislative chamber. The Kebbi senator, who spoke while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti-South, stated thus: “I want to suggest very strongly that dialogue should be used to get the youths to suspend the #EndSARS protests. Where dialogue fails, we should use whatever means possible…

Read More

ASUU reaches agreement with FG

..May call-off strike today  There is a very strong indication that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), may call off her strike today, Wednesday and direct the varsity lecturers to resume work after months of industrial action has paralysed university academic activities.  Already, the Federal Government and ASUU had reached agreement on vital issues, leading to the assurance that the union would not overstretch its luck by calling off the strike, after reporting government’s efforts to its National Executive Council (NEC).  However, according to reports, the issue of withheld…

Read More

Local hunters join #EndSARS protest in Osogbo

The #EndSARS protest in Osun took a new dimension yesterday, as members of the Hunters Group of Nigeria identified with #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital as they joined the protest to ward-off hoodlums that could hijack the demonstrations.  It was learnt that the hunters, who are armed with guns and other weapons, stormed the protest ground at Olaiya area of Osogbo around 1:20pm and declared their support to the struggle. The leader of the hunters’ group, one Nureni Adisa and his team adorned in their uniforms who were…

Read More

#EndSARS protest: IGP deploys anti-riot policemen nationwide

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has deployed anti-riot policemen nationwide to tackle the attacks by hoodlums and criminals hiding under the #EndSARS protest. This information was disclosed yesterday in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba. According to the statement, the IGP’s directive is a response to the cases of increased attacks and arson on public facilities which have been witnessed in the last few days in many cities across the country.  The IGP has also ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen security…

Read More

Senate suspends Plenary till Nov. 24

The Senate yesterday suspended its plenary and adjourned further sitting till November 24th, 2020. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said the suspension of plenary for three weeks was to enable Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government to appear before the relevant committees to defend their 2021 budget estimates.  He said that period would also enable the Joint Senate Committees on Petroleum (Upstream, Downstream and Gas) to conduct public hearings on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which scaled second reading on Tuesday.  He warned that any MDA that fails…

Read More

FG pays oil majors $3bn long outstanding dues – NNPC

The Federal Government has reimbursed oil companies including Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell $3-billion, moving closer to clearing operating expense arrears owed since 2010. The payment is being settled through a five-year crude oil sales deal agreed in 2016, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclosed in a statement. While a majority has been paid as of August, there’s still about $1.7-billion outstanding. Exxon has got $2.3-billion, clearing all dues. Shell has received $455-million, but is still owed $917-million. NNPC operates joint ventures with producers including Exxon Mobil,…

Read More