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Parents of Yusuf Mohammed, one of the three students killed by falling trees in Cameroon have requested that his remains should be buried in Cameroon.

Mohammed and two other students were killed when trees fell on them during an ill-fated research trip at the Bouba Njidda National Wild Life Park in Cameroon.

The dead students were all 400 levels students in the Department of Biological Science in the Taraba State University, Jalingo.

The Deputy Register, Information and Publication of the university, Malam Sanusi Sa’ad, told reporters on Thursday in Jalingo that Mohammed’s parents communicated their wish on the burial of their son to the authorities of the university on April 17.

According to him, the wish has already been communicated to Cameroonian authorities.

Sa’ad said that the management of the university had also concluded plans to send some officials to Cameroon to bring back the remains of the two other students for burial.

Sixteen other students and the Head of Department, Dr Robert Houmso, who sustained injuries during the rainstorm are currently receiving treatment at the Garoua Hospital in Cameroon.

(NAN)



Two militants of the Taliban insurgent group have been killed after an Improvised Explosive Devices they were planting along a road detonated prematurely, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

According to a statement from the ministry, the incident occurred on Wednesday in Durrahi Shir Khan Bandar, a locality in northern Kunduz province.

Read also: NAF destroys Boko Haram vehicles in Lake Chad

Taliban militants and Islamic State fighters have been using IEDs to make roadside bombs and land mines for targeting security forces.

The ministry also said that the bomb disposal teams of the Afghan National Army found and destroyed 20 rounds of IEDs across the country within the past 24 hours.

The Taliban militant group has yet to make comment.

(Xinhua/NAN)



Some Nigerian politicians have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that Nigerian Youths are lazy.

President Buhari on Wednessday during a panel discussion at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, London, said that many Nigerian youths are uneducated, not ready to work and dependent on revenue from oil to survive.

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose and Minister representing Bayelsa East constituency, Ben Murray Bruce have differed on the subject matter.

According to Atiku, Nigerian youths are very creative people who against all odds have defined means to survive and have used the entertainment and the ICT as tools for propelling the economy.

Atiku wrote, “Our youth are charting new frontiers; creating a huge tech industry on their own! Their entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and creative abilities are things of pride and should be applauded, encouraged and nurtured.

“I’ve always said oil is not Nigeria’s greatest asset. Our greatest asset is our youth who created Nollywood out of nothing and an entertainment industry that is second to none in Africa.

“Our youth are charting new frontiers; creating a huge tech industry on their own! Their entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and creative abilities are things of pride and should be applauded, encouraged and nurtured.”

The Ekiti State governor on the other hand aired view that Nigerian youths are hardowking, intelligent and enterprising despite the fact that the older generation has not made it easy for them.

READ ALSO: We are not lazy, Nigerian youths reply Buhari

Fayose said, “Shamefully embarrassing that for the first time since 1999, the National Assembly was invaded by thugs and the Senate Symbol of Authority taken away. Only thugs with Presidential backing could have carried out that treasonable act & those involved must be treated like coupists.

“Nigerian youths are hardworking, intelligent and enterprising. Their future was mortgaged by past leaders like President Buhari, who had everything at their beck and call as youths. I imagine the youths of today having half of the opportunities available in the 50s and 60s…

“At 19, President Buhari left Secondary School to join the Army. At age 21,he was commissioned a second lieutenant and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Where can our youths get such opportunity today?”

The common-sense senator Bruce said anyone who calls Nigerian youths laz has not seen things correctly.

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He stated “Whoever says Nigerian youths are lazy should just buy a mirror and he or she will see the real definition of laziness! I have over 1000 Nigerian youths in my employ and not one of them is lazy.”

See their tweets below:

 

 



The photo of a senator who appeared calm while the Senate was in uproar during the mace theft of Wednesday has become a Twitter sensation.

Attention was first drawn to what appeared to be the calmness of the unidentified senator by Twitter User, KVNG, who tweeted a screenshot from the viral mace theft video and wrote; “My goal is to be unbothered as this man in life.”

Several reactions have followed that tweet.

READ ALSO: Shock, anger as thugs invade Senate, escape with mace

See some of them below:



Alexander Okere, Benin

One person was on Thursday killed when a truck rammed into a commercial car at Obarenren community in the Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State.

It was learnt that the accident occurred along the Benin-Siluko Road about 1am.

It was also learnt that the deceased, who was the driver of the car and identified as one John Inebiomanor, died instantly while a passenger was injured.

It was gathered that the driver of the truck, marked Edo DEG 908 XA and loaded with concealed items, lost control of the vehicle as he attempted to avoid a pothole on the road.

The truck was said to have collided with the car, marked Edo BEN 539 JN, in the process and caused the car to somersault.

It was learnt that the body of the deceased driver was removed from the mangled vehicle by some residents in the area.

A source in the area, who did not want to be named, wondered why the truck driver could not avoid the pothole, since he was a regular user of the road.

The source said, “The driver of the truck is supposed to be very familiar with the road because this is where he takes every week when returning from Lagos.”

When contacted, the spokesman for the Edo Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. George Otoaviokhai, said that he had yet to be briefed on the incident.



Miracle and Alex, two of the five remaining contestants in the Big Brother Naija reality show have won N1 million and Close-Up products worth 50 thousand naira in the Close-Up toothpaste task.

On Wednesday, Big Brother asked the housemates to create groups, prepare and make presentations on the task in the groups.

The narration titled, “The Teeth Drama”, should highlight the benefits of the Close-Up toothpaste. Each Housemate was to participate in two of the presentations and four jingles.

 

Interestingly, Big Brother was impressed with Alex and Miracle’s group and pronounced then winners of the contest.

This is the third win for Miracle in the ‘Double Wahala’ house.



A gold medalist at the just-concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games, Odunayo Adekuoroye, has said that her next target is to win gold medal at the upcoming World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary in October.

Adekuoroye made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

The mats woman, who missed out from becoming the first African female world champion in Paris in 2018, said her performance in Gold Coast, Australia, was a major-boost ahead of the championships.

She added that she would prepare better ahead of the event.

“My target now is to become a world champion and I am looking forward to the tournament in Hungary to achieve my objective,’’ the 2017 world wrestling championships silver medalist said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adekuoroye clinched a consecutive gold medal in Australia, after grabbing her first in the 53kg category in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.

She went on to affirm her supremacy in the category in the Gold Coast Games by defeating India’s Pooja Dhanda 7-5 in the Women’s Freestyle 57kg in Gold Coast.

The 24-year-old added that she was not surprised at her remarkable performance at the Commonwealth Games.

“I am not surprised I won. I had prepared very well and all I had in mind was to duplicate the gold I got in Glasgow.

“My opponents’ from other countries are very good, but God and hard work kept me outstanding,’’ she said.

It will be recalled that Team Nigeria won 24 medals, made up of nine gold, nine silver and six bronze, and was placed ninth on the medals standings of 71 countries that participated in the Games.

(NAN)



The Southern Nigeria Peoples Mandate, an Enugu-based political pressure group, has urged the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the role of security agents in Wednesday’s invasion of Senate and theft of the mace by hoodlums.

President of the group, Mr. Augustine Chukwudum, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Thursday.

SEE ALSO: We are not lazy, Nigerian youths reply Buhari

He said that the IGP must particularly investigate the roles played by policemen serving at the National Assembly in the incident.

Chukwudum said that after a careful study of the situation, it was clear that there was a security compromise in the issue.

He noted that a careful and painstaking investigation would reveal the officers whose action or inaction led to the hoodlums having unhindered access in and out of the hallowed chamber of the Senate.

“The matter should not be treated in the usual Nigerian way because anytime this kind of thing happens, you only hear of condemnation and no action.

“The matter must not be treated as a partisan affair; it must be thoroughly investigated and must not be swept under the carpet.

“The IGP and Director-General of Department of State Security must not just arrest but prosecute those involved, to serve as a deterrence to others out there thinking to act in similar way,’’ he said.

According to Chukwudum, prosecuting the perpetrators through the instrumentality of the Attorney-General of the Federation would prove that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration does not support impunity in any form.

(NAN)



The National Association of Nigerian Students has urged senators and other prominent Nigerians in sensitive public positions to be role models to the youths.

NANS spokesman, Bestman Okereafor, said this in a statement in Enugu on Thursday.

Okereafor reacted to Wednesday’s invasion of the Senate chamber and snatching of its Mace by suspected hoodlums.

He noted that the Senate invasion was a mockery of Nigeria’s democracy and a bad precedent for Nigerian youths.

“The leadership of NANS received with dismay the news and video currently in circulation about the invasion of the Nigeria upper chamber and subsequent snatching of the Senate’s mace and symbol of authority.

“NANS see this as a pure mockery of the nation’s democracy and no doubt a disheartening precedent for Nigerian youths at a time when the youths are gathering momentum to take up leadership positions at different levels in the country.

“NANS is calling on the present senators to serve as role models to Nigerian youths by consistently conducting themselves in a manner expected of good leaders.

“Senators should not conduct themselves in a manner capable of destabilising the democracy been enjoyed in the country,’’ he added.

“NANS is, however, calling on appropriate authorities to as a matter of urgency look into the circumstances surrounding the invasion and unbiased persecution of anyone linked to the invasion,’’ he said.

He said that despite the high number of security operatives attached to the national assembly such embarrassing action was successfully achieved without challenge and possible apprehension of any of the suspected hoodlums.

 

(NAN)



Friday OLOKOR, Jos

Four persons have been confirmed dead during a fresh attack on workers at a construction site at Nche-Tahu close to Rafi Bauna in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

After the incident launched by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday morning, one of the masterminds simply identified as Shagari was arrested by security agents.

The attack came barely one week after a woman had been reportedly hacked by same terrorists in the area.

The spokesperson for  Miango Youth Development Association, Lawrence Zongo, called on security agents to beam their searchlight on Rafi Bauna, where, he alleged, “is a hideout for Fulani terrorists.”

According to him, security agents should investigate the community, mop up arms in that area and as well make series of arrests.

Read also: Herdsmen slay four policemen, 32 villagers

He said, “It was another sad day in Irigweland as gunmen suspected to be Fulani shot and Killed four Irigwe youths at a sand excavating site at Nche-Tahu close to Rafi Bauna by 10am. These innocent Nigerian youths were killed by the Fulani terrorists as they went to look for their daily bread. One of the Fulani terrorist named Shagari was arrested by the police.

“The Fulani herdsmen have vowed to wipe out our people through their terrorist acts. Just last week Sunday, we lost a woman and again we lost four persons despite all efforts by the government to restore peace through a reconciliation committee set up by the chairperson of Bassa LG, Sarah Bali.

“We are calling on the authorities to arrest the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and Ardors of Bassa for questioning. This very place call Rafi Bauna is a hideout for Fulani terrorists. If only the security agencies are not colluding with the Fulani, they should go and investigate the community, mop up arms in that area and as well make series of arrests.

“We don’t know if we will farm this year as Fulani herdsmen continue to destroy farm produce belonging to our people and the same Fulani continue to stone commuters daily.”

The Public Relations Officer of Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who confirmed the incident, said efforts were on to arrest the perpetrators.

He said, “On April 18 2018 at about  1100hrs, Police Division at Bassa LGA received an information that at about  1000hrs of the same date, the following persons namely, Adam Sunday aged 38, Jatau Akus 39, Chohu Awarhai and Marcus Mali, all male Jebu – Miango village, while fetching construction sand with a tipper truck at Angwan Rogo – DTV Area, Jebu-Miango, Bassa LGA were attacked by unknown gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

 



Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

The Senate has confirmed receipt of the snatched mace, which was recovered and returned by the Police.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, made the confirmation in his opening address at the plenary on Thursday.

SEE ALSO: Police recover stolen mace under Abuja flyover

Ekweremadu said the Senate would insist on the arrest and prosecution of the suspects, saying that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, would be invited to brief the lawmakers next week on thier investigation of the crime.

The Deputy Senate President wondered how the thugs crossed the gates, beat the security operatives on duty, and successfully made away with the mace.

Details later…



Alexander Okere, Benin

Unknown gunmen have abducted a Catholic priest in the Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of Edo State.

It was gathered that the priest, identified as one Fr. Edwin Omorogbe, was kidnapped around Egba junction on his way to Benin, the state capital on Wednesday evening.

SEE ALSO: YouTube video reunites man with family after 40 years

The abductors were said to have taken Omorogbe to an unknown location as he was returning from Uromi, in Esan North-East Local Government Area of the state.

Although the identity of the cleric could not be ascertained as of the time of filing the report, it was learnt that he was a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin.

Efforts to speak with the Director of the Archdiocesan Communication Centre, Very Rev. Fr. Stephen Okojie, were unsuccessful.

Calls put across to his mobile lines indicated that they were busy. He had yet to respond to a text message sent to him.

But the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on Thursday.

Kokumo said that operatives of the command had begun a search to ensure the safe release of the priest.

He stated, “Yes, we are already in the bush. You will have to call me back for the details.”



An Indian man missing for 40 years was to be reunited with his family on Thursday after a YouTube video of him singing a popular Hindi film song went viral.

Khomdram Gambhir Singh was 26 when in 1978 he left his home in Imphal, in the remote northeastern state of Manipur, and never returned, according to reports.

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For four decades his family heard nothing. Then a clip showing a grey-bearded man singing a Bollywood song on a Mumbai street 3,300 kilometres (2,000 miles) away appeared online.

In it the singer identifies himself as Khomdram Singh of Manipur. A viewer brought the video to the attention of a local association in Imphal who informed Gambhir’s family.

They recognised him as their missing relative and contacted Imphal police who spoke to their counterparts in Mumbai. Officers then tracked Gambhir down to the suburb of Bandra where he was living rough.

“He was making money as a beggar signing old Hindi songs,” Firoze Shakir, who shot the video and uploaded it to YouTube in October last year, told AFP.

Shakir, a street photographer, said Gambhir, now 66, had told him that he had been a construction labourer but had suffered a couple of accidents and turned to drink.

Shakir used to see him around a lot so one day decided to film him singing. The video has been viewed 55,000 times and has helped trace the missing man.

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“This is something that has happened accidentally but I am hoping this video touches hearts,” Shakir told AFP.

On Wednesday Imphal officers flew to Mumbai to take Gambhir back to his family. They departed Mumbai on Thursday and were due to arrive in Imphal in the afternoon.

The Times of India reported that Gambhir, an ex-army officer, had separated from his wife following a brief marriage shortly before he left Imphal.

“This story is a ray of hope. If a video can change a man’s life there can be no bigger miracle than this,” said Shakir.

AFP



Nigerians have taken to the social media to counter the statement made by President Buhari on Wednesday who accused youths of loving freebies above hard work.

Some youths accused the president of passing on the blame as usual, while others gave instances of their colleagues doing well without government support.

They also urged the president to fulfil his campaign promise to create jobs.

READ ALSO: Nigerian youths like freebies, says Buhari

See some reactions below:

 

President Buhari at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminister on Wednesday said, “We have a very young population and our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. The 60 per cent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country and therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free,”