Military Releases List Of 55 Wanted Boko Haram Suspects

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, has released a banner containing photographs and names of 55 suspected Boko Haram terrorists wanted for various attacks and terror activities in the northeast where the military is currently prosecuting a war
against the insurgents.

He launched the latest batch of the terrorist suspects on Monday in Maiduguri, bringing the total number of those declared wanted by the military since last year to 155.

The Army had late last year published the first set of 100 suspected members of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram wanted by the Nigerian state, and another batch early this year when the launched the Motorbike Battalion in Damboa, Borno State.

“I urge all to facilitate the tracking down the suspects for the good and development of the country,” the defence chief said while releasing the banner at a brief event at the headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maimalari Contonement of the Nigerian Army Maiduguri.

“With this launching of an additional list of wanted terrorists, it is hoped that the public will collaborate to identify the wanted Boko Haram wherever they are,” he added.

He however, urged Boko Haram members who wish to surrender their arms and embrace peace to do so in time so as to benefit from the military Operation Save Corridors programme for repentant terrorists.

Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, noted that the army first published a wanted lists of Boko Haram late 2015, adding that it released the second later.

Buratai said the fresh lists which contained the name and photograph of Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, was the third list released to the public.

He said the military published the list for the purpose of emphasis, urging the people to provide useful information regarding the Boko Haram men. He promised that such information will be treated with secrecy.

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#SpankingNew: 2Baba Releases #HateWhatYouDoToMe Music Video

Nigerian ace singer/ artist, 2Baba, drops the official music video to his song, “Hate What You Do To Me”  and it is definitely taking over screens.

Although the song dropped with his “Ascension” album back in 2014, it feels brand new and buttresses the timelessness of the legend’s music.

Ekiti Govt Signs Peace Pact With Herdsmen, Releases Seized Cattles

As parts of efforts at ensuring seamless herdsmen operation in Ekiti, the state government and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) yesterday signed a peace pact after fine-tuning grey areas in the enforcement of the Anti-Grazing Law in the state.

This came as governor, Ayodele Fayose, ordered the release of nine cows of the member of the group seized by the operatives of the recently inaugurated Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshals for contravening grazing law.

The governor stated that the move became necessary so as to cement the relationship between the government , crops farmers and the Fulani herdsmen in the state.

He however,however maintained that the approved grazing period 7am to 6pm as stipulated in the law stands and that anyone who contravenes this will be dealt with.

At a stakeholders’ meeting held at  the government house with the leadership of Miyetti Allah in Ekiti and the southwest , traditional rulers and the Fulani community on Thursday, the governor also directed that all cattle rearers operating in the State are to register with the traditional rulers of their host communities.

He further stressed  that the free registration must be done within the next 14 days, after which the registered names would be forwarded to the state government for data keeping.

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Fisherman Discovers Giant 14-Pound Lobster, Releases It Back To Sea

Fisherman Tristin Loescher from the Sanctuary Marine in Bermuda was fishing for grey snapper one night after Hurricane Nicole lashed the area, and instead, discovered an enormous, 14-pound lobster.

“Never in my life have I seen anything this big,” Loescher, who has been lobster diving for about 15 years, told “I think never in my life will I see one this big again.”

FG Releases N3.9tr To MDAs- Finance Minister

Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said that at the end of September, N3.9 trillion out of the N6.1 trillion budgeted for the year has been released.

Mr Mohammed Dikwa, Director, Special Projects in the ministry, who represented the minister, made the statement at a stakeholders’ forum on reducing the cost of governance in Abuja.

In a paper entitled: ‘Public Sector Financial Management Reforms as a Strategy for Cutting Cost of Governance in Nigeria’’, Adeosun said only 18 per cent of the releases was for capital expenses as against 82 per cent for recurrent expenditure.

She, however, said that the releases to the productive sectors of the economy remained the highest in recent times.

She added that Nigeria’s inability to finance most of its development projects had been largely attributed to high cost of governance in the form of large recurrent expenditure.

“In order to grow the economy and fasten the rate of growth and development, there is the need to reverse the trend,’’ the minister said.

She stated that it was important to ‘’allocate through the budgeting process, a larger proportion of funds for massive investment in infrastructure and other capital projects.’’

Adeosun said in the last two decades, costs associated with the running of the government in Nigeria had increased dramatically.

She added that there was a decline in the proportion of the budget allocated to recurrent expenditure.

Adeosun said that from 60 per cent in 1990 to 36 per cent in 1998, the budget increased to 80 per cent in 2003 but dropped to 74 per cent in 2016.

She said that the rising cost of governance had been a vexed issue in economic discourse in Nigeria.

“Reasons for rising cost of governance in Nigeria are issue of inflation, misuse of public funds and corruption, increase in population, extra-large NASS, extra-large public bureaucracy and need for accelerated growth and development.

“Others are lack of economic efficiency and lack of well-defined rules and regulations,’’ Adeosun said.

She said it showed that all tiers of government in Nigeria spent far more than they earned such that between 2011 and 2015, Nigeria had a consistent annual deficit of over N1 trillion in budget execution.

Adeosun also said that the country’s external and domestic debts amounted to over 30 per cent of national revenue during the period

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FG Releases N350bn To Reflate Economy

Moves to steer the country out of economic recession has received a boost with the decision of the Federal Government to pump the sum of N350 billion into the economy in the next few days as capital allocation to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

The implementation of the N5,000 monthly stipend social intervention programme of the government is also billed to commence at the end of this month with the release of N60 billion.

Addressing journalists on these developments and government’s plan for the economy yesterday, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said: “We are releasing another N350 billion. There will also be the funding of about N60 billion in the social intervention programme, and that is very important in terms of putting money into people’s pocket.”

The finance minister stated that when the N350 billion is released and cash backed in a few days from now, it will bring the total amount released by the Federal Government to N770 billion for capital projects from the N1.8 trillion budgeted in 2016.

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Simone Biles Releases Statement On Twitter Following The Russian Drug-Testing Hack

A group of Russian hackers broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency’s database earlier this week and released the private medical records of multiple Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams.

According to E! News, all three of the superstar athletes had been “given medical exemptions to use banned drugs” for various reasons, and Simone had tested positive for one of WADA’s banned substances prior to the 2016 Summer Games. In response, Simone took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain her side of the story, and to further emphasize that she did not misuse any drugs or cheat.

“I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid,” she wrote. “Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me.”

“Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of [and] nothing that I’m afraid to let people know,” she continued.

WADA later released a statement on the matter, condemning the cyber-attack and to state that they believe it happened as a result of email phishing. They also believe that the attack happened in response to the Russian doping scandal at this year’s Olympics.

“WADA deeply regrets this situation and is very conscious of the threat that it represents to athletes whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act,” Director General Olivier Niggli said. “We are reaching out to stakeholders, such as the IOC, IFs and NADOs, regarding the specific athletes impacted.”

“Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia further to the outcomes of the Agency’s independent McLaren Investigation Report,” he continued.

Meanwhile, the team behind the cyber-attack — which goes by the name Fancy Bears — has released a statement on their website saying that they “stand for fair play and clean sport” and intend to keep releasing information from the WADA database.

“We will start with the U.S. team which has disgraced its name by tainted victories,” they wrote. “We will also disclose exclusive information about other national Olympic teams later. Wait for sensational proof of famous athletes taking doping substances any time soon.”

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Sia Releases New Music Video, A Tribute To The Victims Of The Orlando Massacre (WATCH)

After releasing her new song “The Greatest” with Kendrick Lamar on Monday, the singer released an accompanying music video starring her favorite dancer, Maddie Ziegler — and this time, the 13-year-old had backup.

Featuring 49 dancers in total, “The Greatest” is reportedly a tribute to the 49 victims of the horrific Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub earlier this summer. In the beginning of the video, the text “#WeAreYourChildren” flashes on the screen before Maddie uses her fingers to paint rainbows on her face. What follows is five minutes of gorgeous and emotional dancing, including a heartbreaking ending where all 49 dancers appear to shake in place before falling to the ground, revealing a wall with bullet holes in it.

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SSS Releases Ahmad Salkida

Ahmad Salkida, the Nigerian journalist taken into custody on Monday, weeks after being declared wanted by the army, has been released.

Sources said Mr. Salkida was released on Tuesday evening by the State Security Service, more than a day after he was arrested at the airport in Abuja.

Mr. Salkida was declared wanted on August 14 alongside two others. The two turned themselves in the second day and were subsequently granted administrative bail.

Mr. Salkida was accused of aiding Boko Haram. Authorities also raised issues about the way he was sourcing video recordings from the sect.

He, however, denied the allegations when quizzed by SSS officials. He was released without conditions, our sources said. All documents and devices confiscated from him were returned.



Polio: FG Releases N9.8bn For Polio; To Immunise 56m Children

The Federal Government yesterday said it would release N9.8 billion for polio vaccines and other related activities, even as it unveiled plans to immunise over 56 million children by November 2016.

The N9.8 billion to be released is exclusive of the N6.5 billion approved by the Ministry of Finance when the polio crisis started. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, who disclosed this at a briefing in Abuja, said the money would be used to execute the polio response plan developed by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and its partners.

Adewole, however, raised alarm that there was high risk of further spread of the virus due to population movement within and around the states. The response plan, according to the Minister, include five rounds of polio campaign, three of which will be focused on 16 northern states and two to be conducted nationwide.

The campaigns, he noted, would be synchronized with the affected regions and provinces in Chad, Niger and Cameroun.

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FG Releases Fee Schedule For Unity Schools (SEE LIST)

The Ministry of Education has released a new schedule of fees for all Unity Schools in the country.

The announcement was made since June 2016, contrary to the claim by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, that there was no raise.

The disclosure by parents that the government had increased fees from N25,000 to about N70,000 per term, sparked controversy last week.

In a memo sent by the education ministry’s department of basic and secondary education, to all principals of unity schools, the government specified the approved fees for SS1 students totalling N65,000.

The memo, signed by Anne Okonkwo, shows that while the tuition fee is free, boarding students are pay N15,000 per term and N14,000 per set for uniforms.

The full list of fees are as follows:

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Edo 2016: INEC Releases List Of Parties, Candidates

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday in Benin, released a list of 19 political parties that would participate in the Sept. 10 governorship election in Edo.

The list signed by INEC’s Head of Legal Services, Mr Mathew Ugwuocha, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also contained the names of candidates being fielded by the parties.

The list contains 19 male governorship candidates, 15 male running mates and four female running mates.

The governorship candidates with female running mates are Mr Thompson Osadolor, KOWA; Adviser Nowamagbe, UPP; Ishaka Ofemile, AA and Ukonga Frank, NNPP.

The running mates are Nancy Ewemade, AA; Florence Okundaye, KOWA; Okosun Davis, UPP and Emodogo Eweha, NNPP.

Others governorship candidates include Osagie Ize-Iyamu, PDP, with John Yakubu as running mate and Godwin Obaseki, APC, with Philip Shaibu, member of House of Representatives, as running mate.

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UN Releases $13m For Life-saving Assistance To 250,000 People In North-east

The United Nations on Monday released 13 million dollars from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to 250,000 people in the North-east area of Nigeria. Mr Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, issued the release.

According to the UN, the destruction of crops and looting of livestock have left many people unable to support their families. “No fewer than 50,000 people need seeds and tools for the upcoming planting season and CERF funding will help them to rebuild their livelihoods.”

O’Brien said that a significant number of women and girls, and also men and boys, have suffered or witnessed terrible abuses. The CERF funds, he said, would enable humanitarian partners to provide critical psychosocial support and protection services.

“People have experienced unspeakable suffering due to the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram. We now have better access finally, and a chance to help them. The international community must take advantage of this opening to reach people with essential services and build on the CERF allocation to scale up the response,” he said.

The fund, he added, would support the provision of food, cash for food purchase, special child nutritional supplements, protection and health services to the most vulnerable people in the newly accessible areas through disbursements to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Others are through the UN Department for Safety and Security, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF and World Food Programme.

The UN says the humanitarian Response Plan for Nigeria was revised upwards by 51 million dollars in June. The UN is also calling for additional 279 million dollars for the humanitarian plan in Nigeria. To date, the UN said that the plan is only 22 per cent funded.

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FG Releases List Of Recovered Loot

The Federal Government on Saturday released the highly anticipated list of recovered loot. In a statement by the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the government revealed the recoveries were made between May 29, 2015 and May 25, 2016.

The government gave the breakdown of the loot as N78, 325,354,631.82; $185,119,584.61; £3,508,355.46  and €11, 250.

A conversion of the funds using the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria, the amount adds up to N115,792,760,499.

The Muhammadu Buhari-led government added that a separate amount of cash and assets worth over N2tn had also been seized. However, the properties and cash are under legal contention.

The assets and cash seized under interim forfeiture totaled: $9bn, N126bn, £2.4m and €303,399.

A conversion of the worth of assets and cash seized based on the official CBN exchange rate totaled: 1,918,113,864,063.

The government added that funds awaiting return from foreign Jurisdictions total $321,316,726.1; £6,900,000 and €11,826.11.

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Nigeria Releases Census Of Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Other Livestock In Country

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh on Thursday released a census of livestock in the country.

Mr. Ogbeh spoke at a news conference in Abuja.

He said the 2011 National Agricultural Sample Survey indicated that Nigeria was endowed with an estimated 19.5 million cattle, 72.5 million goats, 41.3 million sheep, 7.1 million pigs and 28,000 camels.

Accordingly, the minister said the country had 145 million chickens, 11.6 million ducks, 1.2 million turkeys and 974, 499 donkeys.

Mr. Ogbeh said this impressive statistics which had made Nigeria number one in livestock in Africa had not met the national demand of animal protein or contributed to the GDP over the years.

He decried the low milk production in Nigeria as a cow produced one litre of milk a day while a cow in Saudi Arabia or Brazil produced 30 to 40 litres.

“Saudi Arabia produces 4.7 million litres of milk daily while Nigeria imports about 1.3 billion dollar worth of milk annually to make up deficit.

The minister said of all the enterprise in the livestock sector, only the poultry industry had achieved an appreciable level of commercialization.

 Mr. Ogbeh said other industries in the livestock sector were predominantly in the hands of subsistence farmers with pastoralist system of production contributing over 90 per cent of cattle production in the country.

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US Releases Gory Report On Nigeria

The United States has released yet another gory and nauseating detailed report on Nigeria, accusing the government at all levels of injustice, brutality and inflicting pain on poor Nigerians.

The report, which was released by the United States Department of States, accused the Nigerian police, DSS and the military of gross abuse of power which include citizens brutality, arbitrary detention, bribery among other scandals.

It also revealed that 69 percent of persons in prison across the country are awaiting trial – blaming the situation on lack of judicial capacity and corruption.

While explaining that the insurgency in the Northeast has rendered many hopeless, US accused the Boko haram militants of committing pogrom in which more than 20,000 people have been killed and maimed with permanent injury.

“The most serious human rights abuses included those committed by Boko Haram, which conducted numerous attacks on government and civilian targets that resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries, widespread destruction, the internal displacement of an estimated 1.8 million persons, and the external displacement of 220,000 Nigerian refugees to neighboring countries”, the report said.

It pointed out that in response to Boko Haram violent attacks, and at times to crime and insecurity in general, “security services perpetrated extrajudicial killings, and engaged in torture, rape, arbitrary detention, mistreatment of detainees, and destruction of property”.

“The country also suffered from widespread societal unrest, including ethnic, regional, and religious violence. Other serious human rights problems included vigilante killings; prolonged pretrial detention, often in facilities with poor conditions; denial of fair public trial; executive influence on the judiciary; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights; and restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and movement.

There were reports during the year of official corruption; violence against women and children, including female genital mutilation/cutting; infanticide; sexual exploitation of children; trafficking in persons; early and forced marriages; discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; discrimination based on ethnicity, regional origin, religion, and disability; forced and bonded labor; and child labour”.

The report pointed out that impunity remained widespread at all levels of government; saying “although President Buhari’s administration began initial steps to curb corruption, authorities did not investigate or punish the majority of cases of police or military abuse”.

“Boko Haram perpetrated numerous attacks, often directly targeting civilians. The group, which recruited and forcefully conscripted child soldiers, carried out bombings–including suicide bombings–and attacks on population centers in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, Plateau, and Yobe States. In some cases, the group employed women and children as suicide bombers. The government investigated these attacks but prosecuted only a few members of Boko Haram”.

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Brazil VP ‘Accidentally’ Releases Post-Impeach Speech

Brazil’s vice president — who would take over if Dilma Rousseff is impeached — on Monday accidentally released the speech he’d give to the nation if she were forced to stand aside, reports said. The appearance online of the 14-minute speech in which Vice President Michel Temer addresses “the Brazilian people” was immediately interpreted by Rousseff supporters as evidence for their claims that impeachment proceedings are a coup plot in disguise.

Temer’s office told Folha newspaper that the vice president, who turned on Rousseff to become an opposition leader, was just practicing “on his cell phone and it was sent by accident.” In the leaked speech, Temer states that his “great mission from now is the calming of the country, the unification of the country.”

He calls on all parties to join “to pull the country out of crisis.” Temer would automatically assume the presidency if the Senate votes to put Rousseff on impeachment trial for allegedly illegal government accounting tricks. But for that to happen, the lower house first needs to vote in about a week’s time, with a two thirds majority required for the Senate to take up the case.

The Senate would then have to vote to start the trial. With Rousseff fighting hard to defeat the motion in the lower house, the outcome remains far from sure. Despite the assurances that the recording was just a precautionary measure sent out by accident, some saw darker motives. Rousseff’s Workers’ Party tweeted that Temer’s premature speech to the nation reveals preparations for “a brazen coup plot.”

And the bizarre twist in an already complex fight over Rousseff’s future prompted lively exchanges on social media. Some questioned whether the release of the presidential-style speech, which was quickly given widespread media coverage, really was accidental. Others made fun of Temer, who according to a recent poll would only get one to two percent of the vote in a presidential election.

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INEC Releases Five Additional Results In Rivers

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday night released five more results of the March 19 rerun elections.
Three federal and two  state constituency seats were released by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Aniedi Ikoiwak, at the commission’s head office in Port Harcourt.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidates cleared the three federal seats.
In Port Harcourt Federal  Constituency 1, Kenneth Chikere (PDP) won by polling 18,904 votes, to defeat Igo Aguma (APC), who scored 6,035 votes.
In Port Harcourt Federal Constituency 2, Blessing Nsiegbe (PDP) scored 6,968 votes to defeat Collins Owhondah (APC), who polled 3,154 votes.
For Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Kingsley Chinda of PDP scored 27,895 votes, while the APC candidate, Anthony Okocha, got 9,514 votes.
Also, the APC candidate, Benibo Anabraba,  clinched the state constituency seat for Akuku-Toru 2 by scoring 2,970 votes to defeat the PDP candidate, Tonye Alalibo, who was disqualified.
Adoki Smart of the PDP in Port Harcourt Constituency 2  scored 15,244 votes to beat Mrs. Irene Inimgba of the APC, who polled 2,844 votes.
The PDP has clinched 3 federal  seats and  10 state seats, while the APC got two seats from the results announced so far.

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Rivers Re-Run: INEC Releases Statement On Election Results


Pursuant to the Orders of the Court of Appeal, the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) conducted elections into various seats in both the National and the Rivers State House of Assembly yesterday, the 19th of March, 2016.
Rather unfortunately, some of these elections witnessed the disruption of the process, including the barricading of some of the INEC Local Government offices and Registration Area Centres(RACs) used for the distribution of Electoral materials which led to the late commencement of the exercise in some places and consequently, its smooth take off.
Of more serious concern was the level of threats, violence and intimidation of election officials and voters by well armed thugs and miscreants allegedly acting on behalf of some politicians, which marred the elections in some areas. There were reports of numerous attacks resulting in fatalities, kidnappings, ballot snatching, diversion of officials and materials, amongst others, which necessitated its suspension in 8 Local Government Areas.
Regrettably, such deviant behaviour has continued today. Several permanent and ad hoc staff engaged have been attacked, again resulting in fatalities, while some have been forcibly abducted and taken to presently unknown destinations.
Under such difficult circumstance, the Returning Officers were only able to collate and declare results in 1 Federal and 9 State constituencies where the disruption and malpractices were not so widespread.
Having reviewed the situation, the Commission is compelled to suspend all further action concerning the exercise in all the other constituencies in the State pending the receipt of a comprehensive report from its Field Officials and Monitors. For the avoidance of doubt, it should be noted that the suspension does not affect the constituencies where the exercise has been completed and the results declared by the Returning Officers.
Oluwole Osaze- Uzzi,
Director, Voter Education and Publicity, INEC

CBN Releases Exposure Draft On Bank Charges

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released the exposure draft of the revised guide to bank charges upholding zero commission on turnover and the newly introduced one Naira per mille maintenance fee.

According to a circular signed by the Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Mr Kevin Amugo, the review aims to ensure that the provisions of the guide is in line with current realities.

The apex bank also says the review will address complaints from depositors, requests for clarification on the provisions of the guide and absence of a tariff regime for other financial institutions.

The exposure draft proposes 50 naira monthly local debit card maintenance fee per annum against the current 100 naira per annum being charged while foreign currency denominated cards are to be charged 4,200 naira per annum.

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JAMB Releases 200,000 Results As Minister Expresses Concern

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Tuesday released results of 200,000 candidates who had written the examination even as the test continued.

The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, disclosed this during the monitoring of the exercise in Abuja and its environs.

He explained that over 200,000 candidates’ results had been released since the examination commenced on Saturday.

Ojerinde spoke just as the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, expressed concern over the plight and difficulties faced by non-computer literate students sitting for the examination.

The minister expressed his reservation when he visited some centres in the FCT to monitor the on-going Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) being conducted by JAMB.

Adamu, however, said though he was satisfied with the conduct of the CBT mode of the examination, he was glad the board had addressed most of his concerns and other Nigerians.

He said: “I seem to be very comfortable and happy with what they are doing. But my question has not been answered; that there may be people who are not computer literate, so, what do you do with them. I do not have reservation about CBT but I have sympathy for those who are not computer literate and there are many of them.”

Notwithstanding the minister’s reservation, Ojerinde urged candidates who had sat for the examination to visit the JAMB’s website and check their respective results.

According to him, “More than one million, eight hundred and fifty thousand candidates applied to take the examination nationwide in 2016.

“The figures however recorded a slight increase of 113,673 candidates who applied for the examination in 2015.”

JAMB kick-started full Computer Based Testing (CBT) in 2014 after eliminating the Paper Pencil Testing (PPT) system within that same period.

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Zaria Massacre: Nigeria Shi’a Group Releases 705 Names, Photos Of Missing Members

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria has released 705 names and photographs of people it said are its members missing since December 12 and 13, 2015, when Nigerian soldiers carried out raids on the sect’s bases in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The raids took place after members of the sect barricaded a road, stopping the convoy of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
The Army said it used force as the blockade was an attempt on Mr. Buratai’s life. The Shi’a group denies attacking Mr. Buratai.

After killing a sizeable number of the sect’s members on Saturday afternoon, the Army, witnesses said, returned to the Hussainiyyah base of the Shiites, as well as the resident of group’s leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in Gyellesu, also in Zaria.

Altercations that followed led to the death of more members of the group, witnesses say.

Human Rights Watch said in its report at least 300 members of the Shi’a group were killed. The organisation also said hundreds of victims were secretly buried by the army.

The army has not given an official figure of deaths.

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WAEC Releases November/December 2015 Results

The West African Examination Council on Friday released the November/December 2015 General Certificate Examination result.

The Head of National Office of the Council, Isaac Adenipekun, who announced the result in Lagos, said results of 235,542 out of the 237,154 candidates that sat for the examination were fully processed and released.

He also said 1,612 candidates (0.68%) had some of their subjects still being processed as a result of some errors.

Mr. Adenipekun, said 79,490 candidates (33.51%) got six credits and above while 113,573 others (47.88%) obtained five credits.

Mathematics and English were among the subjects, he said.

A total of 146,253 candidates (61.67%) obtained credits and above in four subjects, 175,718 others (74.09%) got credits and above in three subjects and 200,304 candidates (84.46%) obtained credits and above in two subjects.

Mr. Adenipekun praised the supervisors, invigilators, custodians, security agencies and other ad-hoc personnel for their role in the conduct of the examination.

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Khloe Kardashian Releases Her Book, “Strong Looks Better Naked”

The “Fat Kardashian”… I mean Khloe Kardashain… who is no longer big as she was often referred to, worked her butt off to look like the hot Khloe we see today.

Her fitness book, “Strong Looks Better Naked” is about to be released and she shares her excitement on Instagram. See post below:

Army Releases 182 Boko Haram Prisoners

Nigerian Army has released 182 Boko Haram suspects from Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State.

This was disclosed by the army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, who said that the “joint intelligence community investigated and authorized the release of these prisoners.”

He added that the release was part of Nigeria’s National Army Day, which was held on July 6, to commemorate the first shots of Nigeria’s Civil War at Garaken, Cross River State.

The 40 boys, 24 women, 100 adult men and 18 children prisoners were reportedly released to the state governor.

In addition to the prisoners release, Colonel Usman said that the army was celebrating the opening of a new military centre. He revealed that the army would provide two days of free medical treatment for Borno State residents, and award Purple Heart and Operation Zaman Lafiya medals to soldiers fighting Boko Haram. All these events were tied to Nigeria’s National Army Day.

Meanwhile, the military has confirmed that more people detained for alleged links with the Boko Haram sect will be released after being cleared by its joint intelligence cell.

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I6 Persons Abducted From Chibok Again, Community Releases Names

The Chibok community has identified and released the names of the 16 persons abducted from the community on Sunday and called on the federal government and the security operatives to go into action and rescue them before their case becomes like that of the Chibok girls.

Speaking at the #BringBackOurGirls group sit-out yesterday, the chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Hosea Abana said that their people back home confirmed the attack on the community and identified some men and woman, who were taken.

Part of the message sent noted that on September 20, at about 5am, some people, believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect attacked Kuburyivu village in Chibok LGA of Borno State, killing three persons and took away, in captive, 16 young men and women.

The statement added that those killed include Yaga Allaji, Ayuba Nkeki and Fali Mingla; while those abducted included Ngwaladu Muta, Bindu Mallum, Grace Watsai, Noami Yohanna, Ali Muta, Mohammed Sadiq.

Others are Lawan Sadiq, Lugwa Lalai, Mary Yohanna, Nkeki Ishaya, Glory Maigali, Patuma Dibal, Kwatuwa Dibal and Saraya Dibal.

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Unilag Releases Post UTME Results

The University of Lagos said a total of 17, 935 candidates of the 31,955 that sat for its 2015 Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) recently, passed the screening exercise.

This is contained in a statement signed by the institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information, Mr Olagoke Oke in Lagos.

It would be recalled that 31,955 candidates who scored 200 marks and chose the university as their school of first choice participated at the recent 2015 JAMB-organised UTME.

The statement explained that 26, 732 of the candidates registered for the post UTME screening for admissions into University of Lagos for the 2015/2016 session.

“A total of 17,935 candidates passed the screening test with a minimum score of 40 per cent…”

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AIB Releases Crashed Bristow Chopper Manifest

Nine days after the Sikosky S76 C+ chopper belonging to Bristow Helicopters marked 5N-BGD crashed into Lagos Lagoon at Oworonshoki area of the Third Mainland Bridge, Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, yesterday released the flight manifest to the public.

The manifest confirmed that 12 souls were on board the ill-fated flight, including two crew members. AIB in its statement did not, however, clarify names of the survivors, but Bristow Helicopters in an earlier statement confirmed that the two crew members, Capt. Joseph Wyatt and co-pilot, Peter Kayode Bello, did not survive the crash.

Online statement signed by spokesman of AIB, Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, gave names of those on board as Mr. Ita Ekpeyong, Joshua Emekeme, Dolu Ebiejuara, Onoriode Onojete, Chukwuma Erise and Solomon Udeh.

Others are Chidi Ukwunta, Iniala Opaimi, Chris Abua, Chukwudi Onah, Joseph Wyatt (captain) and Peter Kayode Bello (co-pilot). It was, however, learnt that the survivors are Joshua Emekeme, Dolu Ebiejuara, Onoriode Onojete, Solomon Udeh, Iniala Opaimi and Chukwudi Onah.

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ISIS Releases Gruesome Video Showing What They Do Best, New Execution Style

ISIS terrorist group has released a new gruesome video showing the execution of ten Afghan tribesmen, allegedly for cooperating with the Taliban militant group and Pakistan’s intelligence agency.

The footage, claimed to be filmed in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, was released on Monday by the terror group’s members in a region, which the ISIS calls Wilayat Khorasan, comprised of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and nearby areas.

The tribesmen were accused of cooperating with the Taliban and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, and giving them information about ISIS members.

The video shows the notorious terrorists using a new way to kill their victims by digging holes in the ground and planting explosive materials in them. The victims are then forced to sit on the holes before the materials are detonated using a remote control.

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Flood: NEMA Alerts Communities As Cameroon Releases Water From Lagdo Dam

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has alerted state governments and communities along River Benue of possible flood following information from Cameroonian authorities on plans to release excess water from Lagdo Dam.

In a release yesterday, Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, said the Cameroonian authorities in Garuoa have indicated that between now and November 2015, there would be routine release of water from the Lagdo Dam due to excessive amount of water presently contained in the facility.

Sidi said the authorities have also warned “all those living around the dam and along River Benue in Garoua up to Nigeria side to be at alert and be ready for evacuation in case of possible flooding.”

He called on the frontline state governors, state Emergency Management Agencies, first responders and relevant authorities to alert the communities at risk, prepare safe locations for possible evacuation and adequate preparedness. The DG NEMA said the agency has dispatched the alert to the affected state governors and is following up with appropriate advocacy.

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Boko Haram Releases New Video

Militant Islamists have released a new video on the insurgency in Nigeria, with Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau again failing to appear in it, reports BBC on Monday.

His continued absence has increased speculation about his fate. He was last heard from in March, when he released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group.

Soon thereafter, Nigeria’s military said it had recaptured all towns and cities from Boko Haram. The military said on Sunday that it had freed 178 people held captive by Boko Haram in north-eastern Borno state, and had killed a commander following airstrikes on its bases.

In the eight-minute video, an unidentified young man speaks in the name of the Islamic State in West Africa calling on people to be patient: “We are still present everywhere we had been before.”

The video shows the militants attacking a security checkpoint, seizing weapons, and slitting the throat of a man dressed in a police uniform.

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NEMA Releases Official Report On Jos Bomb Attacks, Contradicts State Govt’s Report

The Director in charge of the North-Central zone of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Abdulsalam, has put the number of deaths in Sunday night’s bomb attacks on Jos at 44.

Mr. Abdulsalam also told journalists via telephone on Monday morning that 48 others were badly injured, and are currently hospitalized in various hospitals in the Plateau state capital.

But the Plateau state government insisted that only 18 people died in the incidents, with 18 others injured.

A statement by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Emmanuel Nanle, quoted the state government as condemning the attack, and calling for calm.

The statement also urged security agents to intensify checks and patrol across the state to avert reoccurrence.

The spokesperson for the Plateau State Command of the police, Abuh Emmanuel, confirmed the explosions Monday, but declined to disclose casualty figure.

Mr. Emmanuel said the data on victims were still being collated, and that no arrest has so far been made.

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