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‘Soldier’ who attacked veteran musician Baba Fryo arrested

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:47

The attacker was arrested by military police in Lagos.

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'Boko Haram Spread Under Your Watch', Lai Mohammed Blames Obasanjo

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:45


The Federal Government has passed the blame of rising insurgency and widespread killings in the country to former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo had blasted the Federal Government for failing to acknowledge the magnitude of the situation at hand and allowing insurgency spread.

He said: “They have both incubated and developed beyond what Nigeria can handle alone. They are now combined and internationalized with ISIS in control.

“It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African fulanization, African Islamization and global organized crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change.

“Yet, we could have dealt with both earlier, and nip them in the bud, but Boko Haram boys were seen as rascals not requiring serious attention in administering holistic measures of stick and carrot.

Reacting to the comments on Tuesday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture faulted the former president for his role in allowing Boko Haram spread.

He said described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and ISWAP as deeply offensive and patently divisive, saying such indiscreet comments are far below the status of an elder statesman.

"Since the Boko Haram crisis, which had been simmering under the watch of Obasanjo, boiled over in 2009, the terrorist organization has killed more Muslims than adherents of any other religion, blown up more mosques than any other houses of worship and is not known to have spared any victim on the basis of their ethnicity.

“It is therefore absurd to say that Boko Haram and its ISWAP variant have as their goal the ‘Fulanisation and Islamisation’ of Nigeria, West Africa or Africa.

"Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of.

"That explains the massive degrading of Boko Haram, which has since lost its capacity to carry out the kind of spectacular attacks for which it became infamous, and the recovery of every inch of captured Nigerian territory from the terrorists.”

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Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda is dead

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:36

Lauda is the only man to have won the drivers’ title for both Ferrari and McLaren.

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Judge’s absence stalls fraud trial of Fayose

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:30

Mr Fayose's trial will resume on the next adjourned date.

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300-Level Medical Student Commits Suicide 'For Failing MBBS Examination'

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:16


Uzakah Timi Ebiweni, a 300 level medical student of the Niger Delta University (NDU), has allegedly committed suicide in Bayelsa state.

According to reports, Ebiweni took a plunge into a river close to the university campus, Amassoma located in the Southern Ijaw area council of the state after failing his examination.

About 50 students, out of the 169 who sat for the  Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) exam, failed the examination.

SaharaReporters contacted the police public relations officer in the state, SP. Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident but said there was no official report yet.

Ndoni Ingezi, public relations officer of the university who spoke to SaharaReporters said: "Eniweni took his own life after news that he was part of 22 students shortlisted to be withdrawn from the college came out.

"You know it is a general practice that every student pass the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) exams before progressing to the next level of academic pursuit.

"But Ebiweni and 21 others failed beyond the level that they could be placed on academic probation for another academic year so they had to be withdrawn.

"So in their usual practice, they do not break the news to the student until they are invited for counselling.

"When Ebiweni was counseled and informed about the fact that he will be withdrawn from college, on that day, he accepted the decision of the college in good fate and left.

"Only to for the University to hear afterwards that the young man took his own life.

"His body has however been recovered and deposited at the Sabageria mortuary."

 

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Caster Semenya to run 3,000m in Prefontaine

BBC NEWS AFRICA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:11
Caster Semenya will race in the 3,000m at the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic on 30 June without having to lower her testosterone levels.

Former First Bank Dispatch Rider Implicated In N355 Million Fraud Accuses First Bank Staff Of ‘Being After His Life’

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:45


Mr. Omeli Humphrey Darlington, a former dispatch rider at First Bank of Nigeria Plc has accused some staff of the bank for attempting to kill him.

Darlington, who worked with Iganmu Branch of First Bank between October 2010 and December 2013, was implicated in a failed N355 million naira fraud by two staff of the bank, Mr. Abimbola Jaiyesimi, Mrs. Mojisola Majasan.

After the attempt to divert the money was exposed, being the only junior staff aware of the fraud, he was accused of attempting to unilaterally defraud the bank. See Also CRIME How Dispatch Rider Was Imprisoned And Tortured For A N355m Fraud 'Committed By First Bank And Olam Nigeria Staff' 0 Comments 2 Months Ago

In a letter to the Lagos State Police Command exclusively seen by SaharaReporters, Darlington informed the command of an attempt by Jaiyesimi and Majasan to kidnap and kill him.

He stated that there have been multiple attempts to kill him forcing him to abandon his home and go into hiding.

Darlington said that both Jaiyesimi and Majasan have employed the service of gunmen and sometimes accused him fabricated offences in bid to get him arrested and sent to prison.

“The first time it happened was on September 27, 2013, when I was arrested by Jaiyesimi and Majasan, I was smuggled into Lion Building Police Station and was there for three days. I was granted bail, Mr. Abidemi, one of the head at the security department called and offered me to enter the bank’s official van,” he explained.

He continued, “When I entered, I met Mr Okon, staff of First Bank, spy police and a mobile police carrying a gun. Immediately I entered, they seized my phone and they started hitting and punching me.

“The driver began to move to an unknown destination and it dawned on me that my life was in danger. I struggled with them and was able to stop the car, which attracted passers-by who rescued me and took me to Ikoyi Police Station.

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“When I was also released and went home, gunmen stormed my house several times but I was lucky to escape. This made me flee from my house and went into hiding.”

Darlington urged the Lagos State Police Command to intervene and ensure he is not killed.

“I am compelled to appeal to the Nigeria Police Force now because of the several attacks over my life on different occasions by criminal, which has forced me to relocate into hiding in fear of my life.

“Even if I was to be a criminal, the Nigeria constitution does not permit extra-judicial killing, unless pronounced guilty by a law court of competent jurisdiction,” he appealed to the Police.

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Illegal Dismissal: Sacked soldier closes case against Nigerian Army

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:39

Mr Suleman and 37 others were forcefully dismissed in 2016, without due process by the army.

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Saraki denies ordering stringent guidelines for journalists, pledges probe

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:34

The new guideline for covering the National Assembly sets tough benchmarks on newspaper sales, internet audience, experience, tax clearance and others.

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NGE, NUJ condemn new guidelines by National Assembly for journalists

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:28

The management of the legislative chamber on Monday released a lengthy guideline for correspondents and media organisations covering the National Assembly.

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NASS Management, Saraki Move To Gag Journalists, Issue Stringent Guidelines For Press Accreditation

SAHARA REPORTERS - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:09


The National Assembly management has issued  new guidelines for the accreditation of journalists covering both senate and House of Representatives. 

The guidelines, issued by the Director of Information, Emmanuel Agada on Monday and circulated among the journalists, stipulated  that all media organisations seeking accreditation must submit evidence of tax returns for the last two years prior to their request.

This is coming barely three weeks to the expiration of the 8th National Assembly and the Proclamation and inauguration of the 9th Assembly as well as election of Principal Officers.

The stringents conditions attached to the new guidelines have been described as draconian and attempt by the management to muzzle and stifle the press.

A journalist who preferred to remain anonymous said that the new guidelines were in contrary to the provisions of section 22 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.  

Section 22 stipulates that  " The press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this chapter and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people " 

He said that the guidelines are an affront to  press freedom adding that journalists across the country will resist such guidelines. 

 It was gathered that the leadership of the Senate are also privy to the new guidelines  with view to limiting  the access of the media in the coverage of the inauguration of ninth National Assembly. 

 Findings revealed that senate President, Bukola Saraki has thrown his weight behind Senator Ali Ndume one of the contenders for the office of Senate President. Though he has not made it public.


A source said that the National Assembly leadership is up to a game plan on the election of the principal officers of the nation's number one law making body.


The new guidelines as obtained by our correspondent:


NEW GUIDELINES FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF MEDIA ORGANISATIONS, JOURNALISTS/ CORRESPONDENTS COVERING THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY


1.0 Number of journalists/correspondents to be accredited for prints, electronic and online media for Senate and House of Representatives respectively.


1.1 Television – 1 Reporter and 1 Cameraman

1.2 Radio 1 Reporter

1.3 Independent Producers – 1 Reporter and 1 Cameramen

1.4 Online Media 1 Reporter and 1 Photographer


CLASSIFICATION OF ACCREDITATION

2.1 Permanent Accreditation 2.2 Temporary Accreditation

2.3 Foreign/lnternational Media Houses 2.4 Freelance


3.0 REQUIREMENT FOR PERMANENT ACCREDITATION OF JOURNALISTS/CORRESPONDENTS FOR PRINT, ELECTRONIC AND ONLINE MEDIA ORGANISATIONS


3.1 Evidence of certificate of incorporation of the media organisation.

3.2 Evidence of membership of professional bodies for media organization.

3.3 Proof of membership of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) with registration number.


3.4 Code of certification from the National Library for the media organization.


3.5 Functional Bureau in Abuja (Staff Strength not less than 5 Editorial staff and daily circulation of 40,000 copies for the print media with evidence to support the claimed circulation figure.


3.6 Media Houses must be publishing daily and on weekend (Applicable to Online Media).


3.7 Re-certification form must be signed and endorsed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Media organization Bureau Chief, City Editor as the case may be.


3.8 The Media organization concerned must have experience of covering proceedings of the National Assembly for at least two (2) years before applying for permanent accreditation.


3.9 All media organization will submit a copy of its income tax return for the last two years.


3.10 All online media must have at least 5000 viewership per day, the site must have been in operation for 5 years and provide satisfactory evidence to this effect with clippings of the news utilized (especially parliamentary news).


3.11 Only television stations with national coverage and specific independent producers with current running programme on the National Assembly will be allowed access into the Chambers on a permanent basis (All the production crew will be accredited as entity).


3.12 All correspondents must attach photocopy of letter of appointment of the media organization on whose behalf request has been received for grant of accreditation.


3.13 All freelance journalist seeking permanent accreditation must show evidence of not less than 5 years coverage of the National Assembly proceedings/full editorial focus and publication on parliamentary reportage.


4.0 It is only Journalists and correspondence whose media organisations meet the above requirements for Permanent accreditation that will be entitled to carry National Assembly Identity Card/Membership of the respective Press Corp


5.0 All other media organization who do not meet the above requirement will be captured under the Temporary accreditation status and they will not be entitled to carry National Assembly Identity Card/Membership of the Press Corp of the Senate and House of Representatives.


6.0 All Temporary accredited media houses, journalists/correspondents shall be allowed permit into the National Assembly for specific coverage not exceeding one (1) week in the first instance and not more than twice in a month.


7.0 All foreign/international media houses seeking accreditation shall abide by all the Diplomatic Protocols established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for foreign media organizations, the Code of Ethics for Nigerian Journalists and security clearance before accreditation will be considered upon the recommendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


8.0 All permanently accredited journalists/correspondents shall submit recertification letter from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of their media organization on a sessional basis failure to which accreditation shall be withdrawn forthwith.


9.0 All accredited media organization will be considered as a single entity in the issuance of passes irrespective of their membership of Senate and House of Representatives Press Corp.


10.0 This new accreditation guidelines shall come into effect from June 11 2019.

Nigerian Guild Of Editor's React

The Nigerian Guild of Editors has branded as “draconian, vexatious and disrespectful” the new accreditation guidelines for media houses that wish to cover activities of the National Assembly.

The National Assembly had asked that any media organization wishing to be accredited for NASS activities should “submit a copy of its income tax return for the last two years, presentation of evidence of certificate of incorporation of the media organization, evidence of membership of professional bodies for the journalists, maintenance of a functional Bureau in Abuja (staff strength not less than five editorial staff) and daily circulation of 40,000 copies for the print media with evidence to support the claimed circulation figure”

Rejecting the criteria, the Editors body stated that the move is a scurrilous attempt to gag the press while avowing that the decision cannot stand.

Mary Atolagbe, General Secretary of NGE, in a statement noted that the guidelines also negate the constitutional principle of freedom of expression and is contrary to the African Charter on fundamental rights and the right of the people to know.

Atolagbe said, “These guidelines run contrary to the grains of reason, democratic ideals and they are a clear affront on the letter and spirit of the Nigerian constitution which empowers journalists to freely practice their profession without any gag, muzzling and restriction.”

Atolagbe also asserted that the guidelines issued by the NGE would serve no public good but only the myopic interest of its chroniclers.

She said that the NGE outrightly reject the criteria while urging all media houses to rise up and rebuff the “medieval intrusion into the media space” in a democratic country like Nigeria where the “media doggedly fought for and for which some journalists paid the supreme price.”

The guidelines issued by the authority of the NASS is due to become effective from June 11, 2019.

 

 


 

   

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May 29, June 12 will be public holidays – Minister

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:08

Since Nigeria returned to civil rule on May 29, 1999, the country had observed its democracy day on May 29.

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Nigerian govt attacks Obasanjo over comments on Boko Haram

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:57

The information minister questions Mr Obasanjo's characterisation of the terror group.

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Kidnappers of FRSC officials demand N1 million ransom

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:42

The FRSC officials were kidnapped on Monday.

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Asamoah Gyan quits Ghana national team over captaincy

BBC NEWS AFRICA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:38
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan retires from international football after being removed as captain of the national team.

Three Nigerians jailed for drugs smuggling, firearms offences in UK

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:26

The sentences follow a proactive operation by the Trident and Area Crime Command, working with Border Force.

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ALTON, SystemSpecs, IXPN drum support for DigitalSENSE Forum on Internet Governance, IPv6 Roundtable 2019

THE CITIZEN ONLINE - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 09:21

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) and the leading financial technology solutions provider, SystemSpecs have thrown their weight behind the 2019 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Africa Forum (NDSF) on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable, slated for Thursday, June 20, at the Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Lagos. This is ...

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Operators fault MTN Nigeria listing

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:59

“Up until now, no prospective shareholder can tell you this is what MTN Nigeria stands for."

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After being brutalised, allegedly by soldiers, Baba Fryo seeks justice

PREMIUM TIMES NIGERIA - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 08:04

Baba Fryo starred in the Nigerian music scene in the early 90s alongside the likes of Daddy Showkey and Mighty Mouse.

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