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Akpabio unveils new plans for Niger Delta

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Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has declared that notwithstanding the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry under his watch has achieved milestone by completing some ongoing projects in the region.

Senator Akpabio, who assumed duty in august 2019 at the ministry made the declarations while appraising the achievements of the Ministry and unveiling new plan aimed at driving development in the Niger Delta region as mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister added that despite the obvious paucity of funds, the Ministry has worked assiduously well to ensure the completion of the 13 and 8-storey buildings housing the Headquarters of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, which according to him will be commissioned in February subject to Presidential approval.

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Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, Senator Akpabo said, “The ministry was undertaking pre-emptive steps rather than being reactive to development concerns in the Niger Delta region.

“Therefore, the Management considered plethora of issues bordering on the region, issues of development and underdevelopment, minimizing issues of corruption in NDDC, Ogoniland Clean-up, Peace and Security, completion of East-West road, encouraging Foreign Direct investment in the region.”

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The minister also emphasized on “Engaging Public Private Partnership, PPP, to complete some ongoing projects and alternatives source of funding.”

According to the Minister, “The ministry at its first management meeting held on 11th January, 2021, took a review of our activities for 2020 by reassessing the projects and programmes that we have embarked on so far, based on our budgetary provision and also evolved a work plan for this year 2021 going forward, setting timelines for ourselves.”

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The former Senate Minority Leader gave the breakdown of 52 other projects in the nine Niger Delta States ready for commissioning with emphasis on the Skill Acquisition Centre, SAC, at Agadagba in Ondo State with 38 buildings, which would be handed over to Federal Polytechnic Ile Oluji, subject to Presidential approval.

The minister added that the upcoming Train 7 of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) would benefit from the Under Water Welding Facility at SAC Ibeno in Akwa Ibom State.

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Two Police Officers Killed In Cross River

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Two Nigeria Police Force Officers were killed by unknown gunmen in Cross River State.

Confirming the incident to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, Irene Ugbo, said the incident occurred in Obubra, the central part of the state.

“We lost 2 policemen and one injured,” she said

She said an investigation is ongoing to arrest those behind the killing.

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The tragic incident happened six days after some policemen were killed in Calabar, the state capital.

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Federal University Dustin-Ma Suspends 4 Students Over In Cultism

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The management of Federal University Dutsin-ma, Katsina State have reportedly suspended four students over their alleged involvement in cultism.

The Vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi approved the indefinite suspension of the students with immediate effect following a “Security Report” signed by the Acting Chief Security Officer of the University, Tanimu Dari Atiku, and made available to the Directorate of Public Relations and Protocol.

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The suspended students are Peter Enajo, M.sc Sociology; Lukman N. Aminu, B.sc Computer Science; Musa Halidu, B.sc Sociology, and Maikasa Victor Lawal, B.sc Sociology.

Professor Bichi who described cultism as a formidable source of concern to the University Management and all meaning and law-abiding members of the University Community, strongly warned students at all levels to desist from all forms of cultism and other social vices.

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‘Get A Father Like Mine’- MC Oluomo’s Son Tells Nigerians

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The son of Musiliu Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo, the chairman of the Lagos chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), replied Nigerians who refer to his Dad as a tout.

Junior, also known as King Westt on Instagram, took to his Instastories this afternoon to tackle Nigerians who refer to his father as a tout.

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In his post, King Westt shared the qualities of his father and asked those who call him a tout to try and get a father like his.

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Lawyer Discontinues Couple Divorce Case After Husband Impregnated His Wife During COVID-19 Lockdown

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Lawyer Discontinues Couple Divorce Case After Husband Impregnated His Wife During COVID-19 Lockdown

A lawyer has revealed that he discontinued a divorce case he was handling after the husband got the wife pregnant during lockdown last year.

Sharing the interesting story on Twitter this morning, @darknbold1 wrote

”We dey court dey try to divorce you and your wife, small Covid-19 lockdown you go give her belle Life no suppose be like that nah. Lawyer to the wife says the baby is CTC of reconciliation. We are discontinuing this matter this morning. But in all, this is one of my most successful case so far. Great plot twist to bring the couple back together. Case file closed. I just told the man to name the baby “omolaja”

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Man Arrested For Stabbing And Raping 18-Year-Old Girl In Bauchi

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Bauchi State Police Command arrested Godiya Ishaku for allegedly stabbing and raping an 18-year-old girl in Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

He said the suspect was arrested on February 3, following a report made by one Prince Yohanna.

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“On 03/02/2021 at about 0530hrs, one Prince Yohanna, a Staff of National Identity Card registration Tafawa Balewa L.G.A reported that on same date at about 0300hrs, one Godiya Ishaku of same address induced one Blessing (not real name) aged 18yrs of Dot in Dass L.G.A, took her to an uncompleted building with a knife inflicted injury on her hand and raped her,” the statement says.

On receipt of the report, a team of policemen were drafted to the scene and the victim rushed to General Hospital Tafawa Balewa for medical examination.

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Wakil said the suspect was arrested afterwards while investigation is still in progress. 

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