New Nigerian Newspaper NNN Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:43:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 100775232 Tegbe Donates N1m To Oyo NUJ Journalists Support Fund Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:43:17 +0000 *says journalists deserve better welfare

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election in Oyo State and The Founder of Tegbe Foundation, Engineer Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe on Saturday kicked off the launch of Journalist Support Fund, with a N1million donation.
Engineer Tegbe while announcing the donation for the Journalist support fund which is an initiative of the Demola Babalola-led Executives of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, Oyo State Council advocated for improved welfare for journalists in the State.
The APC Chieftain stressed in his address at the annual Press Week of the Oyo state NUJ that as ” the famed fourth Estate of the realm, the role played by the press in the establishment and deepening of democracy and development is well documented and deserves to be celebrated”. 
According to Engineer Tegbe, “the challenge of development continually requires the contribution of all, and journalists play an important role in this. In this age of increased misinformation”
“It is important that journalists live true to their creed, and their responsibilities as the watchdog of the society and convey news without falsehood and without fear”, he said.
Engineer Tegbe added, “conclusively, I must note that our journalists deserve better welfare. I am committed to support the Oyo State Chapter in this regard. To kick-start the Journalist Support Funds (an initiative of the Demola Babalola-led Executives), I am making a donation One Million Naira. We will continue to support the media in our own way.Congratulations and have a productive week ahead”,

Speaking, the Oyo NUJ Chairman Comrade Ademola Babalola said the initiative was part of his executive’s gesture towards ensuring better welfare for journalists in Oyo State.
The Oyo state NUJ Chairman lamented that the COVID 19 crisis is still affecting many journalists with some sent package by their organisations, others placed on half salaries while many others were owed months salaries thereby making it difficult to meet their needed financial obligations.
Comrade Babalola stated that with the initiative which was one of his cardinal campaign points during the electioneering period, Oyo NUJ will be in a better position to offer financial assistance to the needy members in the form of soft loans.

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Nigeria’s COVID-19 Update: 110 New Cases, Total 67,330 Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:37:49 +0000 By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos

Ten states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja were infected with 110 new cases of Novel CoronaVirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday November 28, 2020.
Details of the COVID-19-attacked states are: Lagos 26, FCT 23, Kaduna 20, Katsina 11, Ogun 7, Ekiti 6, Plateau 5, Rivers 4, Kano 3, Nasarawa 3 and Niger 2.
On Saturday, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on its twitter handle that as of 11.14 p.m. on 28th November 2020 Nigeria had been infested with a total of 67,330 confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic since the index case occurred in the country.
Out of the total, 62,819 persons who tested positive for the worldwide disease had been treated and discharged from the nation’s COVID-19 isolation centres, while 1,171 people had lost their lives to the virus during the period under review.
The virus did not kill anyone in Nigeria on Saturday.
In furtherance of its COVID-19 update yesterday, the Nigerian disease control agency said: “Our discharges today include 70 community recoveries in Lagos State managed in line with guidelines.”

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Unilag Alumni election: Akinloye’s Supporters Reject Olawale Cole-led Election Committee Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:31:24 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

Supporters of Dr. Aaron Akinloye has protested his purported disqualification from contesting as National Secretary of Alumni Association of the University of Lagos in the upcoming election.

Akinloye, who is seeking another three-year term as the body’s National Secretary, has challenged his disqualification by Chief Olawale Cole-led election committee, saying the move was borne of deceit to favour a rival contestant for the same post.

Director-General of Dr. Akinloye’s re-election campaign, Prince Ola Seriki, explained the list of those screened and qualified to contest the election which they received had excluded Dr. Akinloye, prompting the protest to declare their rejection of his exclusion.

Said he: “We got a release yesterday, showing us the list of already screened and qualified candidates. Unfortunately, Dr Aron and about two other people were among those said to be disqualified based on what they termed ‘constitutional provisions’ which we don’t understand. We implore our distinguished electoral candidates to come and explain further what they meant by constitutional provision.

“Obviously, we were told that it was based on a particular subsection in the constitution. But I put to you that same constitution that made Dr Aron Akinloye a two-time Assistant Secretary, the same constitution gave him the current office he occupies as substantive secretary,” Seriki said.

He spoke while leading a protest within the environment of the campus, insisting what the election committee termed ‘constitutional provision’ upon which it hinged Akinloye’s disqualificationwas deceitful and treacherous, urging the Cole-led election committee to reverse itself for the sake of probity, decency, fairness and accountability.

Seriki clarified that Akinloye had contested election and won two times as Assistant National Secretary and once as National Secretary, based on the same constitution upon which Chief Cole-led election committee had now disqualified him (Akinloye).

“Let me state that Akinloye had contested with the same Chief Ogundipe and history is repeating itself. Tomorrow, both of them are still going to be contesting together and the same candidates that contested under the same constitution, that same constitution is now being misinterpreted to disqualify Dr. Aron for a reason we cannot understand. This smacks of deceit. It is unacceptable.

“Olawale cole is a former Alumni President and now the chairman electoral committee who is bent on imposing his stooge Mr Michael Adebisi against all odds as the next National Secretary Of the Association. He disqualified the incumbent National Secretary who’s a PhD holder and lecturer within the university system, Dr Aaron Akinloye who, before assuming office as the incumbent national secretary, had served as the Assistant National Secretary for two terms before winning the National Secretary Election.

“We are hereby calling on Dr. John Momoh, because we know he is a man of integrity; we are calling on the University management; and on the vice Chancellor. Unilag has witnessed more than enough violence,” Seriki said.

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PDP Will Win Bakura Constituency Zamfara Bye Election, Matawalle Assures Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:24:46 +0000

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State has expressed optimism of winning Bakura State House of Assembly bye election.

Governor Bello Matawalle declared this on Saturday in Bakura town while addressing thousands of PDP supporters at the grand PDP campaign for Bakura Constituency bye election.

Matawalle said PDP is optimistic of winning the election considering the strong grassroots support of the party in the Bakura Local Government’ Area.
Matawalle represented by his deputy,  Barrister Mahadi Aliyu Gusau commended people of the area for supporting the PDP and assured them that his PDP led administration will continue to bring dividends of democracy to the people particularly those of the rural areas.
The governor urged the electorate in the Bakura constituency to vote for the PDP candidate Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur for good representation at the Zamfara State House of Assembly.
Matawalle enjoined the people of Bakura local government to shun thuggery and all forms of negative vices that can cause confusion or disharmony in the area and state.
“I urged you to avoid violence and political thuggery as development can only be achieve in peace and security,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman campaign planning committee, Senator Lawali Hassan Anka said the turnout of thousands of PDP supporters in the area is an affirmation that the party has strong grassroots base in the local government area.
Senator Anka who is the Senator representing Zamfara West Senatorial District called on the electorate to come out on 5th December to cast their vote for the PDP candidate whom he described as best for the constituency.
“I want to assure you that with Ibrahim Tukur as the representative of this constituency there would be tremendous development as he is a person who have passion for this local government area and would be doing his best for the development of this area,” he said.
The Senator appealed to the PDP members particularly the youths to avoid thuggery and violence during and after the bye election.
The state PDP Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Danfulani commended the PDP leaders and supporters in Bakura local government area for supporting the party.

“We should come out enmass and vote for PDP candidate on Saturday to enable him emerge victorious for the development of the Bakura local government area,” he said.
The PDP candidate, Alhaji Ibrahim Tukur commended the party members for electing him as the candidate of the party.
He promised not to betray the confidence reposed on him if elected to represent the constituency in the State Assembly.

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Nigerian Journalists Dump Coverage Of EndSARS Protests For Likes Of CNN To Do Inciting Series – Lagos Commissioner Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:20:39 +0000

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso  on Saturday said that Nigerian journalists seem to have abandoned the coverage of stories on the aftermath of EndSARS protests.
Delivering the 2020 Oyo NUJ Press Week lecture entitled  “JOURNALISTS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT’,  at the opening of the press week held at the NUJ Press centre in Ibadan, the former Editor of The Nation Newspapers lamented that the coverage was abandoned for “the likes of CNN to do inciting series that have done so much damage to the memory of those who died in the riots that followed the unseen massacre at the Lekki Toll Plaza”,  
Represented by the Director, Social Media, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Olajide Atansuyi, the Commissioner stressed thatNigerian journalists have not done well in the coverage of the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests. 
Mr Omotoso pointed out that the situation on the coverage of aftermath of EndSARS protests was not as it was during the COVID-19 pandemic  lockdown as a result of CoronaVirus when Nigerian journalists played critical role when the journalists like other professionals joined the battle against COVID- 19 
“Has there been a reversal of the gains? Not quite. But it is important to state that we as journalists have not done well in the coverage of the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests. We seem to have abandoned the story for the likes of CNN to do inciting series that have done so much damage to the memory of those who died in the riots that followed the unseen massacre at the Lekki Toll Plaza. The notable news channel had a montage of social media videos that had been largely discredited and an eyewitness whose recollection of the events of 0ctober 20 was more of drama than reality to claim that a massacre had occurred in Lagos.” he said
Mr Omotoso added, “it kept on playing with facts and figures, which are sacred tools in this trade, to ram it down our ears and eyes that indeed a massacre had occurred. At the end of the day, CNN said one person was confirmed dead and, in fact, retracted a tweet in which it quoted Amnesty International that 38 people had died.”
“Till date, discerning viewers are querying why CNN would run those videos instead of investigating the incident, visiting the scene of the protest, talking to doctors who treated the injured and interviewing families and friends of those who it said had died – or their enemies.”      He noted that “while this was going on, many were asking: where are our journalists? ” and, “in fact, in some circles, CNN was accused of planning to set Nigeria on fire. It had no interest in the six soldiers and 37 policemen who died in the protests. Their families are mourning. “
Reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic period, Mr Omotoso said journalists in Nigeria deserved medals and awards like other frontline workers, saying,  journalists should be praised like other frontline workers like nurses and doctors for critical role they play during the lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic. 
“The truth, as I had earlier hinted, is that things are changing rapidly in the society. Almost every part of our national life is experiencing a decline in hitherto revered values. Being an integral part of the society, it seems journalists are not insulated from this breakdown in societal norms and ethos.  Is this enough to see them as agents of the underdevelopment we are experiencing? No.”
The opening of Oyo NUJ 2020 Press Week was attended by a member of Federal Character Commisioner, Professor Joseph Olowofela, Deputy Executive Secretary (Services) UBEC Abuja, Dr. Isiaka Kolawole and Engineer Joseph Tegbe. 

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Ghana Election: Obasanjo Urges NPP, NDC To Ensure Peace, Stability Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:16:00 +0000


Ahead of  December 7, 2020 general elections in Ghana, former Nigeria’s President,  Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has urged both the NPP and NDC to ensure the peace and stability of the West African country.

Obasanjo who was also former Chairman of African Union (AU) made this appeal in a letter he personally signed and made available to newsmen by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi  in Abeokuta on Saturday.

The former President  sought for building efforts aimed at enhancing mutual trust and confidence among themselves in the relevant national institutions and in the electoral process.

He therefore prayed and wished that the country should be a winner irrespective of the party that wins the election,
noting that, with his humble voice, the region and the continent would count on their patriotism during and after the election.

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Sanwo-Olu, CBN Gov, Other Dignitaries Attend CIBN 55th Annual Bankers Dinner Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:12:29 +0000 From left: President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Olugbemi; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; and the Managing Director/CEO, Sterling Bank of Nigeria, Mr Abubakar Sulaiman, during CIBN 55th annual bankers dinner, held at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. November. Photo: AKINOLA ARIYO

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Kano LG Polls: Dawakin Tofa APC Delegates Elect Flag Bearers Sun, 29 Nov 2020 06:08:20 +0000


The congress that brought candidates vying for  various positions  in Dawakin Tofa Local Government' Council has been described as fair and successful where the local government council chairman and his 11 councillors were elected in an orderly manner.

Speaking to  our correspondent  after the occasion, some delegates disclosed that the election was fair because all the candidates were selected on merit in which many of them has been tested in their first tenure where they spent three years in office.

The election which was held at Sheik Nasir Kabara Housing estate Tumfafi was attended by the Kano State Governor, Dr, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who hails from the local government and other top government officials and  members of the committee that was constituted to hold the election.

In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said that " APC is the best political party in Nigeria, and it has good plans for the progress of the country especially at present when the globe is witnessing changes in every sector, and i call on the electorates  to vote for APC in the forthcoming local government council election that is scheduled to hold 16th February, 2021". He concluded.

Similarly, the chairman of Dawakin Tofa Local Government' Council, who was also reelected to contest for the second tenure, Alhaji Ado Tambai Kwa said that they would continue to serve for the provision of more infrastructure that would benefit the people of all categories, and thanked the delegates that converged and elected them to contest for the second time.

Alhaji Abdullahi Yahaya Dungurawa, who was reelected to contest as Gargari Ward Councilor for the second term,   said that the election was done in accordance with democratic recommendations where all the delegates accepted their respective candidates based on merit, and thanked all the delegates who showed maturity by electing best candidates.
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Kanu Calls Attention Of World Over Alleged Arrest, Air Lifting Of Suspected IPOB Members To Northern States Sun, 29 Nov 2020 05:58:45 +0000

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has called the attention of the world over the alleged arrest and air lifting of suspected supporters of the IPOB to states in northern Nigeria for possible execution without trace.
Kanu in a statement to journalists in Awka Anambra State, accused Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, security agencies and Nigerian government of conspiring to arrest Jewish worshippers praying inside a synagogue and citizens of Obigbo Local Government Area of the state.
He said, “IPOB intelligence unit discovered how Nigeria Army in collaboration with  Gov Wike was picking anybody suspected to be IPOB or supporter of IPOB in Obigbo Rivers State.  
“Our intelligence revealed that the Nigerian Army and police abducted over 300 innocent people out of Rivers State and took them to Army barracks in some Northern States including Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and Kano with the intention of keeping them incommunicado from their people before taking them to abbatoir where they will slaughter them without the knowledge of the public.
“It is also at our disposal that the Nigerian Government, Gov Wike and the Army slaughtered over 500 innocent people and arrested more than 1,000 persons in Obigbo LGA Rivers State during the EndSARS protest in Nigeria.
“We are equally aware of those scattered in so many barracks particularly the 300 innocent youth detained  in Obinze Army Barracks in Imo State and other army barracks in Biafraland. Nigeria government and her partners in crime , the security forces are abducting youths of Biafra from Rivers State and airlifting them to the Boko Haram territories for possible executions.
According to him, the group is putting the global community, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, civil society organizations, the international media the , CNN, BBC, Reuters and others on notice of the caliphate’s plans going on against unarmed and Peaceful people of IPOB at Obigbo Rivers State with the instructions of Rivers State Governor. 
While accusing the Nigerian Army Headquarters of secretly removing innocent Jewish worshipers and Christians from Biafraland to dungeons in the Islamic Northern part of Nigeria, Kanu called for those spearheading the atrocities to be held accountable.

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One Dies In Multiple Auto Crash In Anambra Sun, 29 Nov 2020 05:54:09 +0000


A yet to be identified middle-aged man has lost his life in a multiple fatal crash near Tarzan Junction along Onitsha- Awka express way in Anambra state.

The accident which reportedly occurred on Friday night, involved four vehicles: a Toyota sienna with registration number SE 482 JJT, a Volkswagen bus with registration number NNE 336 ZK, a Toyota hiace bus with registration number FST 635 XV and a Toyota Hilux pick up with registration number ABN 16 XP.

It was gathered that four people consisting of three male adults and one female were involved in the crash.

The State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Andrew Kumapayi who confirmed the incident said, “A total of four people consisting of (3) male adults and (1) female adult were involved in the crash.

“The corpse of the dead victim, a male adult was taken to Iyenu hospital and deposited at the morgue by FRSC rescue team from Nteje Unit Command after doctor’s confirmation.

“Road obstruction is being cleared to ensure free flow of traffic along the route while investigation to unravel the cause of the crash has commenced.”

He condoled with the deceased family, and urged motorists to be safety conscious and always abide by stipulated speed limits.

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