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President Buhari has reacted to the recent abduction of about 300 female students of GSS Jangebe in Zamfara state by suspected bandits.

The abduction happened early hours of Friday, February 26, few days after Kagara students were kidnapped in Niger state.

According to reports, about 300 female students of GSS Jangebe in Zamfara state were kidnapped by the gunmen.

Confirming the incidents, the state commissioner for information, Hon. Suleiman Tunau Anka said the gunmen stormed the school around early hours of Friday morning and abducted the students.

However, he stated that the number of student abducted are yet to be identified by the state government.

Reacting to the kidnap in a recent statement released by Garba Shehu, President Buhari sent out a strong warning to the bandits.

He explained that the only reason security agents haven’t attacked them was due to fear of heavy causality of civilians who might be used as human shield.

See statement below;

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the latest abduction of hundreds of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State as inhumane and totally unacceptable, sending out a strong warning to bandits and their sponsors.

Reacting to the incident on Friday, President Buhari said that “this administration will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments.”

According to the President, “no criminal group can be too strong to be defeated by the government,” adding that, “the only thing standing between- our security forces and the bandits are the rules of engagement.”

“We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where' they operate, but our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages who might be used as human shields by the bandits,” he said,…

…stressing that “our primary objective is to get the hostages safe, alive and unharmed.”

President Buhari noted that “a hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience in order to protect the victims from physical harm or even brutal death at the hands of their captors.”

He warned the bandits: “Let them not entertain any illusions that they are more powerful than the government. They shouldn’t mistake our restraint for the humanitarian goals of protecting innocent lives as a weakness or a sign of fear or irresolution.”

The President appealed to state governments “to review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles, warning that the policy might boomerang disastrously.”

He also advised states and local governments to be more proactive by improving security around schools and their surroundings.

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the latest abduction of hundreds of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State as inhumane and totally unacceptable, sending out a strong warning to bandits and their sponsors.

— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) February 26, 2021

 
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education disclosed this on Friday via Twitter.

The tuition fee for the Lagos State University, LASU has been reduced by the Lagos State government on Friday, January 29.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Education disclosed this on Friday via Twitter.

The tweet read “Flash: Lagos State government reduces tuition fee for students of Lagos”


A Twitter user has shared photos of the damage rats did to his pot after he came back to school.

The pots were reportedly left in the kitchen during the eights months ASUU strike as many student travelled home.

How rat go chop pot fgs 😭💔

Metal pot oh pic.twitter.com/tgjbLS8lgV

— 𝐊𝐡𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐧 🥀 ✝️ (@khay_szn) January 25, 2021

Some university students have also shared the state of their room after they came back to school.

A Twitter user @doctorfrosh shared video of his shoes he left in school which was eaten by rats

pic.twitter.com/1rzbKeX6YM

— Diplomatic_ogb__ (@docfroshchuma) January 25, 2021

The photos and video has since gone viral as many wonders wether it’s possible for a rat to eat a pot.

Another Twitter user @Chibuokem shared video of another pots which was eaten by rats.

so i finally got to meet/see the pots that were devoured by rats💀💔😂

omo the hunger and suffering too reach their side oo😂💔 pic.twitter.com/pqHdMg9oya

— callme_jiGGy💀✨ (@_chibuokem) January 26, 2021

The actress questioned the precautionary measures that have been taken ahead of schools reopening.

As Nigeria battles with the second wave of coronavirus, Nollywood actress, Annie Idibia has raised concerns about the resumption of schools in the country.

The actress who reposted a screenshot of singer Seun Kuti Instagram post in which he asked if the kids of those who made the decision for schools to resume attend the schools asked to resume, stated that she is not sure if she wants her children to resume school.

Annie Idibia also questioned the precautionary measures that have been taken ahead of schools reopening.

She Wrote;
"Still very disturbing ooo Honestly I am not sure I want my kids to go back to school “NOW” with this 2nd wave of COVID!! It’s really out there! I am so SCARED!! How many parent let their kids off to school today ?Pls tell me how u did it ? And do you TRUST the schools enough to know where' the teachers, assistants, cleaners , school chef , security, even the students , where' they have been for the last 2weeks? Have they encountered anyone with COVID ? Knowing or unknowingly??Has every single staff taken the COVID test before resuming to take care of our kids personally I don’t trust n can’t account for the above Won’t these kids hug each other ?? After missing their friends from d long break? I know pple close who caught COVID n still healing from it ! That even watched pple drop in isolation centers . Please let be wise with the decision we make in the lives of our kids." Students who took part in the 2020 National Examinations Council, NECO can now check their results.

Results for the 2020 Senior Secondary School Examination, SSCE conducted by National Examinations Council, NECO is out.

The NECO Registrar, Prof. Godswill Obioma, announced the release during a press conference at its Headquarters in Minna, Niger State.

According him, the examination witness a two per cent increase of candidates who made five credits and above in all subjects.

The Registrar also disclosed that about 12 schools had been deregistered over their involvement in exam malpractices.

The schools, he said, are four schools in Adamawa State, two in Kaduna State, two in Kastina State, two in Niger State, one in Taraba State and one in FCT.

Mr Obioma added that 24 supervisors were blacklisted for various offences, ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting, connivance with non-candidates to write answers on chalkboards. His cousin, Kesh Umoh, who took to Facebook to seek justice for the deceased, alleged that his rotting body was discovered full of matchet cuts by the pastor.

The family of final year student of civil engineering of the University of Uyo, Emmanuel Bassey Edward who was found dead in his apartment, has pointed fingers at a Winners Chapel pastor, Prince Emmanuel, accusing him of being behind the murder.

According to the family, Edward was killed on Monday, December 21, but his body was not discovered until Saturday, December 26.

His cousin, Kesh Umoh, who took to Facebook to seek justice for the deceased, alleged that “His rotting body was discovered full of matchet cuts.

Neighbors saw a Living Faith Church AKA Winners Chapel Pastor leaving the compound with blood stains on him on that same Monday. When asked he said he fell down and bruised himself. The young man had issues with the Pastor.

The Pastor's name is said to be Pastor Prince Emmanuel of Winners Chapel Ifa Ikot Okpon. He macheted Gabriel and killed him.”

A Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Lovén shared before and after photos of a young boy rescued in Akwa Ibom on December 2019 after he was branded a witch and left to die.

The young boy was labelled a witch in Akwa Ibom and left to die after testing positive for HIV.

According to reports, the child’s condition was so critical that they feared he won’t survive but one year after his rescue, Saviour Udem’s transformation has been amazing, despite being a HIV patient.

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“Exactly a year ago exactly we were called to look at a serious case. A young boy had been spotted along the road and he was in a life-threatening condition,”

”It was just before Christmas and we were all busy decorating Land of Hope for our big Christmas party and suddenly we had to rush and prepare for a rescue mission.

“When we found Saviour he was in serious pain. I was not even sure if he would survive. When I made the update on the day of his rescue I wrote “his condition is critical” and that was because what we worried later turned out to be the case.

Saviour was tested positive for HIV and when infected, most children in Africa die within one year because of the lack of treatment. Nine out of 10 children aged 0-19 years living with HIV are in Africa and one of the best ways to fight stigma and empower HIV-positive people is by SPEAKING OUT openly and honestly.

For many years we have educated our children about AIDS and they know that HIV does not make people dangerous and together with our staff they are at the forefront in school to enlighten their fellow students not to discriminate people who are HIV-positive. As Nelson Mandela said: “Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because that is the only way to make it appear like a normal illness”.

Saviour was rescued in time and the urgent treatment we gave him saved his life. Today, one year after his rescue Saviour is a very strong and happy child. He loves to go to school and to play football

Saviour is so much enjoying his new life at Land of Hope where' he is constantly surrounded by love, care and protection thanks to all for your amazing support.


Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, says no group or association is yet to make contact with the state government regarding the abduction of the students kidnapped from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara over the weekend.

The governor disclosed this when he received the Minister of Defence Gen. Bashiir Magashi (rtd), who led service chiefs to the state on a mission to rescue the 333 pupils said to still be in the den of the abductors.

“The school’s pupil population is 839 and so far, we are yet to account for 333. We are still counting because more are still coming out of the forest.

We are still searching for those missing because as a government, no group or association has contacted us or made any claims till date.’'he said


The Presidency has countered Governor Bello Masari on the number of boys abducted from Government Science Secondary School in Kankara community of Katsina State.

Masari in a statement released on Sunday December 13, said that 333 boys were still missing after bandits struck at the school.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu however told BBC Hausa Service that only 10 boys were abducted by the bandits.

The BBC Hausa bulletin read;

“The Government of Nigeria has said its security forces have surrounded the location where' gunmen have kept schoolchildren abducted from a secondary school in Katsina State.

“Spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, told the BBC only 10 children were remaining in the hands of the gunmen according to their colleagues who escaped from the gunmen. The number is below figures released by school authorities at the beginning. Garba Shehu said the school children who escaped said 10 of their friends were still with their abductors.”


President Buhari has strongly condemned the bandits’ attack at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State in the early hours of Saturday, December 12, charging the army and the police to go after the attackers to ensure that no student gets missing or harmed.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says the President urged the school authorities to carry out an audit of the population of the students following shootings in and around the school that sent hundreds of them fleeing and scrambling over perimeter walls.

He also urged parents who rushed to the school and removed their children and wards to notify the school and police authorities in order to have a full account of the school population.

“I strongly condemn the cowardly bandits’ attack on innocent children at the Science School, Kankara. Our prayers are with the families of the students, the school authorities and the injured,” said President Buhari while pledging to continue to support the police and military struggle against terrorists and bandits.

According to the statement, the President has been receiving a briefing from Governor Aminu Bello Masari, and the Army Chief of Staff, General Tukur Buratai, and the military. The statement adds that the bandits’ enclave at Zango/Paula forest in Kankara have been located and there has been exchange of fire in an ongoing operation.

The statement adds that the police said so far, there has not been reported any student casualty.

The statement pointed out that the President has directed the reinforcement of security of all schools in line with the safe schools' policy of the administration.

Bridget Bema is already an internet sensation at the age of 9, and the Kenyan child comedian is already making waves across the continent.

A skit centered around the character of Bridget Bema, is going viral on social media platforms, as many have likened her to Nigerian comedian, Emanuella Samuel.

With the video trending #1 in Nigeria, social media users have reacted with some calling Bridget Bema a “true hooligan” and others saying she is “Marlian”.

In the video, pupils had gathered outside their classrooms for morning devotion when their teacher brought out a list containing names of students who committed different offenses.

He called the names and their offenses one after the other, and Bridget’s name came up several times.

In the video, she kept on moving from one line to another as her name was continuously mentioned in all the lists of rule breakers in the school.

Who is Bridget Bema and all you need to know about her

Bridget Bema is a Kenyan content creator and child comedian who is also the younger sister of rising Kenyan comedian, YY.

Born on November 10, 2011, the adorable 9-year-old often appears in comedy videos with her brother.

Talking about her brother, Oliver Otieno AKA YY The Comedian, played the School Administrator in the viral video where' Bridget‘s name was reeled for varying misdemeanors ranging from late-coming, to noisemaking and bullying.

Bridget Bema is now an internet sensation after she was called out several times for breaking all the rules in school.

The comedy skit has since gone viral, currently trending #1 in Nigeria.

The student identified as Bridget Bema was apparently guilty of breaking all the rules in her school in Kenya.

The pupils had gathered outside their classrooms for morning devotion when their teacher brought out a list containing names of students who committed different offenses.

He called the names and their offenses one after theother, and Bridget’s name came up several times.

In the video, she kept on moving from one line to another as her name was continuously mentioned in all the lists of rule breakers in the school.

A legendary child character she is indeed turning outto be.

Watch the viral video below;


Reality show star, Leo Dasilva has waded into a conversation centered on men refusing to date women who are not financially stable.

A lady who disclosed that she's a student, had tweeted;

I’ve seen tweets from guys saying they can’t date a girl that’s not financially stable. I’m a student. But never, like never have I felt attacked by such tweets. What’s actually up with some guys on Twitter? What I want must not make sense to you. It’s choice boo

Reacting to this, Leo stated that it's a smart choice for young men to refuse to date jobless women. He added that guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs.

He tweeted in response;

Guys should have their own preference just as women have theirs. Dating someone that’s not working or doesn’t have adequate allowance is a burden. Nigeria, the poverty capital of the world, if a young man trying to come up refuses that burden, I think it’s a smart choice.

It's a smart choice for a young man to refuse to date jobless women - BBNaija's Leo Dasilva


Seventeen year old Nigerian girl, Chisom Chukwuneke, who made straights A’s in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination is dead.

Chisom was one of the brilliant student who got 7 A1s in WAEC. She also emerged as the best student from her school, Graceland college in Enugu and was inducted in to the school’s hall of fame in 2019.

A Facebook user, Michael Okoli shared the sad death of Chisom. He revealed that Chisom lost her life following an undisclosed sickness which started off as a leg pain but became severe over the year.

He also said that the deceased parents flew her out of the country to South Africa for treatment in other to safe her life but unfortunately she didn’t survive the sickness.

He wrote;The Parents of Chisom Chukwuneke, the best student from her school with 7 A1 in WAEC exams last year are deep in mourning.

The parents lost their daughter who scored 7 A1 in her WEAC Examination last year. The young girl whose name is Chisom Chukwuneke, was the best graduating student in her school last year. She won many awards in her school, and now death has caught short the life of this Young girl.

He wrote; “The father of the Girl who is a Professor, shared a very touching story of how his daughter died. He shared the story on his Facebook account. According to what he posted, the young girl started complaining of having a pain in the leg. And just like every father that desires the best for their child, he decided to fly her to South Africa because he didn’t have trust in the medical system of this country.

“At first, they were happy with her recovery rate, but they never knew it was going to end like this. They started treatment there in South Africa, and they were fighting the sickness that started as a leg pain, and later grew into something else for over a year. The father talked about his late daughter’s character, and how she was strong and did her best to fight the sickness. He even talked about the gift his daughter promised him before his birthday, he didn’t know that the gift will be her death.

A delegation of the Nigerian High Commission on Tuesday, November 17, met Meghalaya Prison Minister, Alexander Laloo and sought his intervention for the release of 12 nationals arrested for illegally crossing into India from Bangladesh.

Recall that dozens of Nigerians were arrested in 2019 for illegally crossing into India from Bangladesh.


Betrand Tochukwu Ikwuka, the All India Nigerian Students and Community Association (AINS&CA) Vice President, said they have been sent by the Nigeria Embassy in Delhi after receiving information about the 12 Nigerian nationals who are still serving jail time even after completing their terms since March 28, 2020.

"The arrested Nigerians are languishing in prisons in Meghalaya even after completing their six-month jail terms," said Mr Ikwuka.


Six Nigerians including two females are lodged in Shillong District Jail while six males were sent to Jowai district prison, he added.


“Eight months have passed since March and our friends are still languishing in jails here. We are waiting for orders from the Meghalaya government or the Ministry of External Affairs,” he told PTI.


A first-class magistrate in East Jaintia Hills district had on February 13, ordered that the Nigerians be deported to their country and a copy of the order was also sent to the chief secretary and the DGP, Ikwuka said.


Urging the state government to follow the international human rights protocols, he said, “India and Nigeria have a good relationship and we don’t want anything to spoil that,"


The Nigerian government does not support the crimes committed by them and is unaware of how the accused persons crossed the international border, said Ikwuka.

Asserting that he is not trying to defend the Nigerian nationals, Mr Ikwuka said they deserve to serve jail term if they had attempted to enter India through Bangladesh without a proper visa.

"All of them should have applied for a proper visa through the Nigerian Embassy if they wanted to come to India, They were first-time travellers and did not know where' Bangladesh ended and India began,” he said.


In his response, the Minister assured that he will take immediate steps to release the 12 Nigerian nationals if they have completed their jail terms.

Prison Inspector General M Kharkrang gave assurance for a comprehensive report on the matter, he said, adding that the delay in their release was because the Home Department has to follow due procedures which also involves the Political Department.


The Ministry of External Affairs will be informed for taking necessary action for deporting the Nigerians to their country, the minister added.


A businessman based in Onitsha has revealed how operatives of the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS killed his brother and made them bury him without his corpse.

The man identified as Obiora Akabike revealed this before the Anambra State panel of inquiry on Police brutality, extra judicial killings and other related matters on Tuesday.

Akabike said his 24 year old brother, Ekene Akabike was killed by the State Anti-Robbery Squad SARS in 2004The deceased, according to the brother, hailed from Ifitedunu, Dunukofia local government area of State and a Final Year student of Statistics at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Unizik AwkaHe said the victim was arrested in 2004 when the defunct unit of police allegedly came to arrest one Chinedu.

According to him:
“they told me they arrested him when they came to arrest the son of the owner of the lodge where' he lived at Awka while schooling at Unizik.
“I am living at Nkpor in Onitsha. They didn’t tell me why he was arrested. I demanded to see him.
“And they told me ‘we have wasted the young man.’ When I demanded to see his corpse, they refused to release it to me till date.
“We have to conduct a funeral for him after waiting without reply from SARS. Here is the condolence register signed by sympathisers.”

“After a source confided to the family that Ekene died under SARS custody on 3rd June 2004, we in accordance with custom of Igbo land, printed posters and conducted his funeral rite on July 2004 although his corpse was not found.

He added that the death of Ekene, who according to him was their last child, caused their mother an undisclosed ailment which equally led to her untimely death.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos zone has tackled the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, over the claim that the Federal Government cannot afford the conservative N110 billion for the revitalisation of universities.

The union- in a statement issued on Sunday by Lagos Zonal Coordinator, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, urged parents, students, and the general public not to be persuaded by the statement made by Ngige.

ASUU which had been on strike for seven months faulted the federal government for paying bail out funds to the private sector and failed to pay the revitalisation fund for the universities.

The union- zonal coordinator while reacting to the recent comment made by Ngige on a live TV programme.

Sowande said, “The statement is laced with the hidden fact that the MoL&E and his team have no intention of ending the ongoing strike this year.

“The Nigerian public should be appalled that government team, after having a series of meetings
with our Union, is just collating pertinent data required to engage our Union.

“Consequently, the government has deliberately been wasting the time and resources of our Union on meetings and engagements it was not prepared for.

“It is therefore not surprising that Dr. Chris Ngige led government team has not been able to return to negotiating table since the last engagement with our Union on November 4, 2020.”

On the claim that the federal government cannot afford the revatilisation fund, the union- lamented that “only recently, government-approved N5 billion bailout fund to operators in the aviation sector to ameliorate the harsh realities of COVID-19 on their business operations.”

It also raised the concern that over the years, the Nigerian government has spent over N1.5 trillion to bail out power generation and distribution companies to keep their business afloat
despite privatisation of the power sector.

“If the government could bailout private businesses for ‘Business Good’ then Nigerian public Universities deserved to be bailed out for ‘Public Good’,” he added.

The results of the students were reportedly withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice

                            

 

                            

WAEC

WAEC Withholds SSCE Results Of 215,149 Candidates

The result of 215,149 candidates who sat for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Nigeria has been withheld by The West African Examinations Council.

The Council said the results of the candidates representing 13.98% of the total number of candidates who wrote the examination are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.

The Head of WAEC Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, made this know at a briefing in Lagos while announcing the official release of the results of this year’s WASSCE.

He said, “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools.”

“81,718 candidates, representing 5.31% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors on the part of the candidates. Efforts are, however, being made to speedily complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released, subsequently,” Areghan added.

He further explained that “the analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the 1,538,445 candidates that sat the examination, 1,338,348 candidates, representing 86.99%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics;

“1,003,668 candidates, representing 65.24%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

“Of this number 497,139 i. e. 49.53% were male candidates, while 506,529 i.e. 50.47% were female candidates.

“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2019, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 64.18%. Thus, there is a marginal 1.06% improvement in performance in this regard.”

Areghan noted that the “certificates of candidates whose results have been fully processed and released will be ready within the next 90 days, counting from today.”

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