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Youths protest over alleged killing by JTF in Osun

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Some youths on Wednesday took to the streets of Osogbo in Osun to protest the death of a young indigene of Ofatedo community who was allegedly killed by men of the Police Joint Task Force.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the angry youths burnt tyres on some roads and blocked vehicular movements over the death of their colleague.

The situation was later brought under control by the Police, with armoured vehicle stationed at the Dele-Yes-Sir roundabout, Osogbo.

An eye witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NAN that the alleged killing by an unknown personnel of the JTF Squad led to the angry youths taking to the streets in protest.

Mr Leye Afolabi, a civil servant, also told NAN that the situation had created tension and also fear in the Ofatedo community .

Afolabi called on the state government to investigate the killing and bring to book anyone found culpable to avoid such recurrence.

He commended the call for the Police Commissioner in Osun to thoroughly investigate the root cause of the incident, adding that such investigation would help to bring the perpetrators to book.

NAN reports that the Osun Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Mrs Yemisi Opalola, had assured the public that a thorough investigation would be carried out to ascertain the root cause and to prevent recurrence. (NAN )

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN

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Youths should be drivers of innovation, creativity for a better Nigeria- Ex-VC Bell University 

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Prof. Isaac Adeyemi, the former Vice Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ogun, has charged Nigerian youths to harnessy their knowledge via the internet to be drivers of innovation and creativity for a better Nigeria.


Adeyemi gave the charge at the Mentoring and Capacity Building Summit of Shining Star Initiative International (SSII), an NGO, in Ibadan on Sunday.

According to him, the outbreak of COVID-19 is a game changer; it has changed everything and as such one should think of post COVID-19 activities and actions that will enable one to stay afloat.

“The youths are the most vulnerable to the post COVID-19 events, including the educational system.

“To position themselves for a successful career, the youths being exposed to technology should take the initiative to see to it that they use the knowledge for innovation and creativity.

‘’That will develop the economy of the country because each country is trying to design means of survival to float,” Adeyemi said.

The former VC said through collaboration with local or international agencies or organisations, some of which are online, youth can leverage and adapt knowledge to suit local situations.

“This can translate into national or state activities that can grow the economy of Nigeria and put it in the global stage.

Also speaking at the event, Prof. Seyi Osunade, Associate Professor, Computer Science department, University of Ibadan, said based on what was happening right now with the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, government and education stakeholders should do more of advocacy.

“That is creating an awareness for the youths on what the pandemic is, that it is real and people still need to take precautions.

“Though the number of infected people are dropping, people still need to take precautions and as schools are preparing to resume, people should work towards maintaining the safety protocols and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.

“Our curriculum should focus more on practical skills and expressions, that is they should teach things that our students can do here to provide local solutions to our challenges.

“Things they can develop into products, because if we can adapt the knowledge we have into a working solution it will go a long way for us.

“Technical and vocational education should be encouraged more even in our normal school curriculum,” Osunade said.

The Pioneer of SSII, Mrs Omokehinde Deji-Akinpelu said the organisation was focused on community service.

She said that the initiative started formally in 2014 with mentoring of undergraduate students at Lead City University.

Deji-Akinpelu stated that the vision of the organization was to raise purpose driven young men and women who would become world renowned in conduct, character and competence.

“We are set out to impart them with positive values and right attitude to life that will enable them become accountable and responsible adults

“You will agree with me that part of what we are facing today with our political leaders in Nigeria is lack of right mentoring.

“Some of these youths are taking wrong steps and decisions because they lack right and proper mentoring, we need to address this for a better Nigeria.”

Deji-Akinpelu further stated that youths would rather model their lives after celebrities and people they don’t even have direct access to and that had its disadvantages.

Two of the participants who spoke to NAN, Oluwatobi Oduola and Ayomide Olukorede said their passion to influence teenagers and mentor them towards greatness fueled their participation.

They identified lack of sense of direction and career choice as major challenges teenagers are faced with and the need to help as many youths to succeed in life despite all odds.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Source: NAN

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Adewopo congratulates Obaseki on re-election, seeks stability, prosperity for Edo

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The convener of the Ayombo Movement for Good Governance, MrAyoade Adewopo, has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election by the Edo people.


Adewopo, who was a 2018 Osun State gubernatorial aspirant underthe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the commendation in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , in Abuja on Sunday.

Adewopo in the statement signed by himself said:

“I write to extend warm congratulations on your well deserved re-election for a renewed four-year term as Governor of Edo State.

“This election was one of the most competitive in our country’s history.

“However, once again, the people of Edo have demonstrated their commitment to democracy by voting in a largely peaceful process.”

“I am confident that under your renewed leadership, Edo’s leading role in advancing the values and principles of democracy will continue to be strengthened.

“It is my sincere wish that Edo, under your leadership, will maintain political stability and integration, and achieve economic prosperity just like other states governed by PDP Governors.”

“Please accept my very best wishes for a successful tenure of office and my personal regards.”

Edited By: Donald Ugwu
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NAWOJ National Election: Akingbehin launches campaign Oct. 2

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Senior Editor Ayaba Omobolanle Akingbehin, who is contesting the Vice President’s seat, Zone B, of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), is to launch her campaign on Friday, Oct. 2.


The NAWOJ election is to hold on Nov. 11, in Minna, Niger State.

A statement by Akingbehin-For-VP Campaign Council, announced on Sunday in Lagos that Mrs Abosede Adelaja, the Assistant Secretary, NAWOJ, Lagos State chapter, is the Campaign Coordinator for Lagos.

It said that Modupeola Sobukonla, Chairperson, Ogun NAWOJ, would coordinate other states in the zone that comprises of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti.

It said that the candidate’s vision was to ensure that NAWOJ South-West, B-Zone, remained an indivisible entity while focusing on training and retraining of the female journalists in the zone.

“l will focus more on developmental programmes and trainings.

“When elected, l will ensure that NAWOJ South-West, B Zone, stands on truth and fairness,” the statement quoted Akingehin as saying.

She appealed to other contestants across the country to make their campaigns issue-based and avoid attack on personalities.

Akingbehin, former Secretary, FCT NAWOJ, is currently the chairman of the News Agency of Nigeria Correspondents Chapel in Lagos.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan and Ephraims Sheyin
Source: NAN

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NCDC records 189 new COVID-19 cases, total now 57,145

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced 189 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 57,145.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Saturday.

“As at Sept. 19, 2020, 189 new confirmed cases and one death was recorded in Nigeria.

“Till date, 57,145 cases have been confirmed, 48,431 cases have been discharged and 1,095 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” it said.

The agency stated that the 189 new infections were reported from 15 states of the federation.

The NCDC said that the figures also showed that Lagos, Plateau and the FCT accounted for 131 out of the 189 new cases.

“Lagos (70), Plateau (37), FCT (24), Kaduna (19), Rivers (12), Oyo (5), Ogun (4), Ebonyi (3), Katsina (3), Ondo (3), Osun (3), Imo (2), Yobe (2), Ekiti (1), Nasarawa (1),” it said.

The agency said that cloth masks provide protection when properly worn and cared for.

“Wear mask covering your nose and mouth, handle mask with clean hands and wash cloth face masks after each use.

“MaskOnNaija with other preventive measures. Learn how to make your own face mask: covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/DI… ,” it advised.

The NCDC advised older persons, especially those who were living with health conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and Hypertension, not to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TakeResponsibility and adhere to all non pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19 if you must travel,“ it said.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujini/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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