Russian troops appear to be also withdrawing from the northern part of the Kharkiv region in the wake of a successful Ukrainian counterattack.
Residents of the village of Kozacha Lopan, 30 kilometres north of the metropolis of Kharkiv, have hoisted the Ukrainian flag, according to media reports.
This comes after Russian units reportedly left the village, about four kilometres from the Russian border and which was occupied at the beginning of Russia’s invasion at the end of February.
Moscow had announced on Saturday it was withdrawing troops from strategic towns in the south of the Kharkiv region.
Officially, Moscow justified the withdrawal by saying that units in the neighbouring Donetsk region should be reinforced.
However, many experts assume that the Russians have recently come under so much pressure from the Ukrainian advance in the Kharkiv region that they have decided to flee.
Since the beginning of September, Ukrainian troops have retaken more than 3,000 square kilometres as part of a counteroffensive, according to their own statements.
According to previous figures, Russian troops occupied about 125,000 square kilometres in Ukraine, one fifth of the country’s territory, including the Crimean peninsula.
Ukrainian soldiers have recaptured more territory in five days than Russian troops have occupied in total since April, according to US experts.
“The liberation of Izyum would be the most significant Ukrainian military achievement since winning the Battle of Kyiv in March,” the Institute for the Study of the War (ISW) said in its situation analysis on Sunday.
This means that Russia’s planned advance on the Donbass from the north has failed, the experts said.
“A successful encirclement of Russian forces fleeing Izyum would result in the destruction or capture of significant Russian forces and exacerbate Russian manpower and morale issues,” the institute said.
The Washington-based think tank has been publishing regular analyses of the fighting in Ukraine since the beginning of the war.
Sunday marks the 200th day of the Russian war.
Meanwhile, following the rapid advance of the Ukrainian military in the north-east of the country, not all Russian troops have managed to withdraw, according to Kiev. “In the Kharkiv area, enemy units from the 20th Army’s 3rd Motorized Rifle Division are cut off from supply routes and are in a panic,” the Ukrainian general staff said in its situation report on Sunday.
Casualties were high on the Russian side, with 400 killed in one day.
The information could not be independently verified.
“Over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian forces have continued to make significant advances in the Kharkiv region,” British intelligence said in its latest situation report on Twitter.
After the heavy defeats around Kharkiv, Moscow is again holding out the prospect of negotiations with Kiev. “Russia does not reject negotiations with Ukraine, but the longer the process is delayed, the harder it will be to reach an agreement,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on state television.
The talks, which began shortly after Russia launched its war against the neighbouring country on February 24, have been suspended for months.
Moscow blames Kiev for the halt in negotiations, but at the same time sets tough conditions for peace, including heavy territorial losses.
At the same time, Ukraine continues to demand tanks and weapons from the West to keep the pressure on Russian troops high.
After a meeting with his counterpart Annalena Baerbock in Kiev, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stressed that German Leopard 2 tanks are urgently needed.
Baerbock initially expressed restraint during her second surprise visit to the war-torn country.
Other leading politicians in the German coalition have spoken out in favour of more deliveries, such as the Leopard 2 tank.
Also on Sunday, Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant was completely disconnected from the power grid and shut down.
“It has been decided to put reactor unit number six in the safest state – cold state,” the Ukrainian nuclear authority Enerhoatom announced on Sunday, referring to the station’s final reactor.
Despite international warnings, Europe’s largest nuclear plant has been under fire for weeks, and Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the escalation of the situation around the facility.
According to Enerhoatom, the embattled plant had already been operating in “island mode” for the last three days, meaning that it was only producing electricity for its own supply, since all lines connecting it to Ukraine’s power grid had been broken by shelling.
On Saturday evening, a line to the power grid was restored.
It was then decided to supply the nuclear power plant via this line and to shut down the last functioning reactor unit and cool it down to a safe cold state.
The plant had already seen an emergency shutdown in August after the site was shelled.
Both sides have traded blame for this.
Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe, has urged politicians in the country to shun campaign of calumny and play politics with utmost fear of God, maturity and decorum.
The Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State council of Traditional Rulers, stated this during a special prayer marking his 70th birthday and 19 years on the throne at his Wadata Palace, Bida on Sunday.
He underscored the need for all Nigerians, irrespective of religious, political or ethnic affiliations to put national interest above self interest.
This, he said, was the only way to ensure free, fair, credible and peaceful conduct of the forthcoming polls and the peace, uniy socio economic prosperity of Nigeria.
“The country must exist first, harmony must thrive amongst citizens only in such environment we all will be able to pursue our various endeavours, including politics.
” he said.
Similarly he urged youths in the emirate, state and the country at large to shun thuggery during the campaigns.
Abubakar also called on his people at home and in the Diaspora to be united wherever they were resident.
The Etsu Nupe, who was overwhelmed by the mammoth crowd from within and outside the country who came to felicitate with him, told the people to co-exist peacefully with their neighbours.
He said such act would attract the desired progress within the Nupe kingdom, Niger state and indeed Nigeria.
” I want to appreciate all and sundry who have come to rejoice with me during 70th birthday anniversary, may celebration be our lot always” he said.
Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello was represented at the ceremony by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso; the APC governorship candidate, Mohammed Bago and the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba.
Others were representatives of emirs of Agaie, Lapai, Lafiagi, Patigi, commissioners from the state, House of Representatives member, Saidu Musa Abdul, all traditional title holders of kin Nupe, among others.
The of the Africa Region Headquaters of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Dr Tivlumun Ahure, says the commission will support the African Businesses in Diaspora awards (ABID).
A statement from the commission made available in Abuja indicated that the awards will hold in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, on Nov. 11. According to him, the event is organised by African Businesses in Diaspora Network in collaboration with Ikeja Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
He said that the commission had also given notice to the structures of the African Union (AU) on the upcoming event.
Ahure commended the organisers of the award event and the IHRC Human Rights Radio for the roles they played to make the awards successful.
He explained that three committees had been inaugurated for the purpose of promoting the essence of the awards and other matters.
He said that the heads of the committees are Mr Ato Terngu, for the IHRC Working Group of Experts on Peoples of African Descent and Mr Isaac Baba for the IHRC Committee on Indigenous Populations while Dr Valentine Akpati would president over the Committee on African Indigenous Religions.
He emphasised that “the IHRC’s apex committees are to honour, celebrate and pay homage to black people building synergies to contribute in the emancipation of Africa.
“The mandates of the committee members will henceforth include the recognition of those of African origin, both within the continent and Diaspora, who have made a significant contribution to the development of African culture.
“The intention is to inspire our youth, and then to empower them to holistically reach their full potential”.
Ahure said that the committees would pursue total emancipation of Africa and discover those abroad who have earned a good image overseas for Africa through developments in diverse fields.
“The mandates of the committee members will henceforth include the recognition of those of African origin, both within the continent and Diaspora, who have made a significant contribution to the development of African culture in Africa and around the world.
“ABID awards 2023 allows brands the opportunity to be naturally associated with the highest levels of Africa and international success, thereby maximising their exposure in the market space.
“The IHRC Africa Region Headquarters is sending a delegation to the event to contribute in the deliberations that will aim to empower the African youths to become holistically developed.
“It is our conviction that they will become so by aspiring to something not only good, but bigger than themselves,” Ahure stated.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a 25-year old pregnant woman with 82 pinches of methamphetamine in Auchi, Edo state.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the suspect, Haruna Favour who was arrested on Friday was also caught with other various quantities of Loud, Arizona, Colorado variants of cannabis and codeine based cough syrup.
He said attempts by drug cartels to export 7.805 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to the U.
S. and Australia have been thwarted by NDLEA operatives attached to some courier companies in Lagos.
Babafemi said that the consignments were concealed in the linings of local fabric, wooden statutes, printer cartridges, handle of travel bag and cassava flakes.
“In another development, One Hundred and Nineteen Thousand (119,000) tablets and capsules of tramadol, D5 and Exol5 were recovered from two drug dealers in Gombe state.
“Nasiru Abubakar, 22, and Umaru Bayero a.
k.a Hadiza were arrested when NDLEA operatives raided their stores at the Gombe main market on Tuesday Sept., 6 ” he said.
Babafemi said that a suspect, Paul Ali, 47, was arrested along Okene-Abuja highway, in Kogi, with 1,404 bottles of Codeine based syrup weighing 190.94kg.
He said that 2,040 ampoules of pentazocine injection coming from Onitsha to Sokoto was also intercepted.
“A follow up operation in Sokoto has also led to the arrest of the receiver of the consignment on Tuesday Sept., 6.“A raid at the cannabis plantation camp in Emure forest, Owo LGA, Ondo State has led to the arrest of Monday Onoja, 20; Daniel Kehinde, 25; and Obinna Okechukwu, 35.“Sixteen (16) bags of the illicit substance weighing 179.5kg were seized from them, ” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as reacting to the arrests and seizures, commended the officers and men of the MAKIA, Kano, Kogi, Edo, Ondo and Gombe Commands for their resilience.
Marwa charged them and their compatriots in other commands to remain focussed and vigilant in their areas of responsibility.
Washington DC-based online university, Nexford, has urged the youth to embrace remote work and learning to be better positioned for success in today’s world.
Mr Fadl All Tarzi, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Nexford University, gave the advice at the graduation of 400 students of the institution at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 400 students are from the Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) Class of 2021 and 2022, and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Class of 2021.Tarzi said that remote work and learning had become a major part of the modern global society and economy.
“The future is truly global and all of you, and the African continent, will certainly play a major role in the future of our planet; so, those of us who embrace this new paradigm will be better positioned for success.
“The better prepared you are, the better your chances of success.
“You all know that the world has changed tremendously over the past few years, including how we learn and work,” he said.
Tarzi said that he was excited at the accomplishments of the university, particularly how it prepared the graduands with tools to compete globally.
According to him, the most successful people will be those who will embrace the fact that one’s physical location, gender or race will no longer determine whether one can move up in his career.
“As remote work continues to grow in importance, mastery in the art of storytelling will be a vital skill in your professional journey.
“We all have stories to tell, but telling your story in this new remote work paradigm will only be possible if you have plenty of perseverance,” he said.
Dr Joe Abah, Vice-President and Country Director of DAI Global (a global development international company), in a keynote address, advised the graduands to translate knowledge gained into practical benefit to the society.
According to him, the best education one can have is the one that can be brought to bear for the good and development of the society.
He advised the graduands to seek to upgrade their profiles to compete effectively.
“You need to put in your time, efforts, sacrifices and sweat to distinguish yourself.
“Four Nigerians work in my U.
S.-based company, we are recruiting more, and the management has been impressed with the quality coming from Nigeria and they have decided to recruit additional six,” he said.
Mr Adetayo Bamiduro, Chief Executive Officer of Metro Africa Express, urged the graduands to use knowledge they acquired from Nexford University to contribute their quotas to Nigeria’s growth.
“What you have now is what you need, you’ve got all it takes to improve yourself and particularly the society; so, I encourage you to leave your comfort zones and make adequate use of the knowledge you have acquired,” he urged.
Mrs Olamidun Ogundoyin, Country Director of Nexford University, said that the graduation was a milestone.
“It is a clear illustration that we are living up to our mission here, in Nigeria, to provide high-quality, accessible and affordable education, and positioning learners in front of unique, uplifting career opportunities.
“It is a big one for us to admit a number of students ranging to thousand to an online programme in Nigeria, that is very unconventional.
We are graduating 400 students today.
“Meanwhile, we have enrolled over 3,000 in Nigeria, you can earn a global degree through Nexford University here,” she said.
According to her, a Bachelor’s Degree programme takes about three years in Nexford University to complete, while MBA runs for about 18 months.
“Since launching Nexford in Nigeria back in 2019, we’ve enrolled over 3,000 learners in Nigeria alone, partnered with over 50 organisations, graduated over 600 and enrolled over 700 full or partial scholarships recipients, she said.
Ogundoyin noted that Nexford is an American university accr
Victor Baribote, a former chairman, Nigeria Premier League (NPL), has thrown his weight behind the Federal Government’s directive on the withdrawal of the League Management Company’s (LMC’s) operational licence.
The Federal Government had on Friday advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to immediately withdraw LMC’s licence as operators of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
A statement by Ismaila Abubakar, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, awakened stakeholders to this development early Friday.
Abubakar said government was constrained to withdraw its recognition of the LMC as the operator of the NPFL with immediate effect.
This, he said, was in view of the several unpleasant incidents regarding the management of the football league in the country.
Baribote who spoke with NAN on Sunday in Abuja, described the LMC as an illegal conception aborted by legality.
He wondered why some group of people were crying foul over the federal government’s directive and lamented the fact that Nigerians were not good students of history.
“Why all these noise about LMC?
Some of us are not good students of history.
I think the question we should ask ourselves is how did the so-called LMC come into existence?
“An elected Board of the NPL was unconditionally removed in the middle of the night when responsible Nigerians were sleeping by a group of people who gathered in the name of purported Congress.
“This they did without any of the Board members present and the Minister masterminded the Coup and heaven did not fall against this illegality of the highest order.
“Today if another Minister seeing the realities on ground decided to put a stop to an act that is not known to the laws of the land I don’t see anything wrong with such an action,” he said.
He argued that it was wrong for one to use an instrument of government to source for funds and still be the one to spend such funds in running his private company registered under the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).
Baribote who is also a one-time Second Vice president of the NFF, pointed out that government reserves the right to say it doesn’t recognise the LMC as a body under the Federal Ministry of Sport.
“Bear in mind that the LMC is not one of the five members of the NFF as clearly stated in Article 10. 1 of the Statutes of the NFF 2010 as amended .
“The Minister for Sports is only exercising his over sight function over Sports, including but not limited to the NFF in consonance with Article 1.1 of the NFF Statutes for ease of reference reproduced here.
“The NFF is a private organisation of an associative nature in compliance with the laws of Nigeria it is register for unlimited period” and this provision is approved by FIFA.
“Who over see sports as contained in our constitution which the NFF have willingly submitted themselves and APPROVED by FIFA?
of course the sports Minister,” he said.
He stressed that it was within the purview of the Sports Ministry not to recognize the LMC and so direct the NFF to withdraw the license that was wrongly contracted to the LMC.
“Again take a look at page 3 of the NFF Statutes second to the last paragraph “ NPL” means “ Nigeria Premier League “, the body subordinate and dully recognised by NFF and responsible for the organisation of Premier League Football in Nigeria “ “Furthermore, Article 78 sub(2) also states: “ The Executive Committee may delegate to NFF’s subordinate Leagues the authority to organize competitions.
“The competitions organised by the Leagues shall not interfere with those competitions organized by NFF.
Competitions organized by NFF shall take priority” “Even the Court cannot but help one to enforce an illegal contract.
“It is therefore within the purview of the Sports Ministry not to recognise the LMC and so direct the NFF to withdraw the license that was wrongly contracted to the LMC.
“So why are we making a heavy weather out of nothing?
,” Baribote said.
A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Mr Olukayode Ehinlanwo, has called for the review of the law establishing the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC).
Ehinlanwo, who is the PDP Candidate for Ilaje Constituency 1 seat in the Ondo State House of Assembly, made the call in a statement in Akure on Sunday.
He said that a review of the OSOPADEC law would ensure better use of the 13 per cent derivation fund in the mandate area.
He also said that the non-location of the OSOPADEC headquarters in its mandate area had alienated the commission from the people it was established to serve.
“Citing OSOPADEC headquarters in the mandate area will not only change the geographical outlook of the area, but will facilitate the socio-economic cohesion development in the area.
“I want to state here that the legislation that gave birth to OSOPADEC is obsolete and can no longer sustain a modern day intervention body, hence the need to drastically purge and review the existing OSOPADEC law for a better oil producing mandate area.
“The people also want a drastic review of the employment quota of the commission to reflect an appreciable 75 per cent allocation for the mandate area, while the rest make-do with the remaining 25 per cent.
“Because for OSOPADEC to work, it must be owned by the people whose suffering it was created to ameliorate,” he said.
Ehinlanwo promised that if elected as member representing Ilaje Constituency 1, he would vigorously pursue the popular agenda of reviewing the OSOPADEC law for the relocation of the commission’s headquarters to the mandate area.
“I will also pursue the 75 per cent employment quota in the commission for indigenes of the mandate area.
This is sacrosanct,” he said.
The Nigerian Red Cross Society, Lagos State Branch, on Sunday felicitated with the family of the Queen of England over her demise while extolling her service to humanity.
Mrs Adebola Kolawole, Chairman of the branch, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on the occasion of the branch’s Annual Retreat.
The retreat held at the Cheery Manor Hotel, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11 and had 48 members in attendance.
NAN reports that UK’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died at Balmoral at the age of 96, after reigning for 70 years.
Kolawole said that British Red Cross brought Red Cross to Nigeria in 1917 which was then called the British Red Cross Nigerian Central Branch but became Nigerian Red Cross after the independence.
“All this while the Queen has been there supporting every of the British Red Cross humanitarian activities and she has been promoting them.
“Nigeria Red Cross presently is benefiting from the support for the British Red Cross especially through it’s Disaster management programmes focusing on flooding.
“In December 2021, the British Red Cross supported us through this programme where the sum of N33 million was shared as cash transfer to support over 600 families in Kosofe LGA,” she said.
The chairman said that there was no way people could close their eyes to the impact of the Queen through the British Red Cross to the Nigerian Red Cross Society.
According to her, Lagos is where the story started and for this reason believe it will spur many to support what the Queen started and did until she passed on.
“She has done so much for humanity and as a result of her demise, the Red Cross Society would play active roles in her burial activities.
“This will give us more projection globally in the international community because Red Cross is already involved with the Queen’s mourning process,” she said.
Also speaking, Mr Olakunle Lasisi, Branch Secretary of the society said that the humanitarian services carried out in Kosofe LGA were precisely done in Odo-Ogun, Agboyi 1, Agboyi 2 and Agboyi 3 communities.
“The beneficiaries collected their cash, and also, a pedestrian bridge linking communities together was erected by the Nigerian Red Cross in Odo-Ogun and it has been commissioned,” he said.
Lasisi said that the society recently conducted their second and third quarter review of British Red Cross programme in Abuja where three branches were beneficiaries; Lagos, Imo and Abuja.
“They made us know that there will also be cash transfer to continue to support our programmes before the end of the year.
“I believe that as time goes on, the British Red Cross is likely to extend to more communities so that we can make more impact in the society,” the secretary said.
Meanwhile, Mr Andronicus Adeyemo, Director of Programmes, National Headquarters, Nigerian Red Cross said that the essence of the retreat was to catalogue the achievements recorded so far by the “Also, to assess whether we were able to achieve the plans set out for 2021 and where not, what can be done to ensure that our plan is achieved before we set the pace for 2023,” Adeyemo said.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 21 more cases of monkey pox in the country within the past seven days.
The NCDC via its official website announced on Sunday that the disease could be spread by close contact and exposure to an infected person’s respiratory droplets, skin lesions or bodily fluids.
The agency also reported that Nigeria recorded six monkey pox related deaths between January and August and that six states in the country had recorded one death each from the disease.
It listed the six states where monkey pox deaths occurred as Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Taraba and Kogi. According to the NCDC, monkey pox symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, fever and a rash that may initially be mistaken for chickenpox or a sexually transmitted disease, if in the genital or anal region.
“Between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21, Taraba and Kogi States recorded two deaths,” the agency added.
It said that the total number of confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country had also risen to 241, with 21 new cases reported in one week between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21. The NCDC said that the 21 confirmed cases were reported from 12 states.
It listed the states as Lagos – seven, Adamawa – two, Ebonyi – two, Imo -two, Akwa Ibom – one, Anambra – one, Edo – one, FCT – one, Katsina State – one, Kaduna State – one, Kogi – one and Ondo State – one.
“Of the 241 confirmed cases of monkey pox in the country, Lagos State has the highest burden of the disease, with 42 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year.
“This translates to 17.4 per cent of the total burden of the disease in the country.
“Overall, since the re-emergence of monkey pox in September, 2017 to August this year, a total of 1,116 suspected cases have been reported from 35 states.
“Of the 1,116 suspected cases, there have been 467 (41.8 per cent) confirmed (309 male, 158 female) from 32 states.
“In addition, from September, 2017 to August, 2022, a total of 14 deaths have been recorded, with a case fatality rate of three per cent, in 10 states.
“The states are: Lagos – three, Edo – two, Imo – one, Cross River – one, FCT – one, Rivers – one, Ondo State – one, Delta – one, Akwa Ibom – one, Taraba – one and Kogi – one.
” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that monkey pox is an infection, caused by a virus similar to the now-eradicated smallpox virus.
It has been common in some African countries but outbreaks have occurred in other parts of the world from time to time.
In 2022, the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency after the spread of monkey pox to many countries through social interactions and intimate contacts.
Monkey pox may be most severe in young children, especially if they have poor nutritional status.
In previous years, fatal cases have occurred primarily among children in Africa.
Vaccines can prevent monkey pox, but vaccines are currently in short supply worldwide.
When widely available, the vaccine may also be used to protect at-risk populations, including men having sex with men, bisexual people, commercial sex workers and others who engage in behaviours that put them at risk.
The infection continues to spread but because transmission requires close personal contact, the rate is much slower than that of SARS-CoV-2 virus (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19).