Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020



In the wake of the ongoing global emergency of the Covid-19 pandemic, educational, social, and religious activities have been widely paralysed across the world, and in our dear country, Nigeria; The need to protect humanity at all cost, is dawn on us. As much as heroism has been attached to STEPPING OUT to the rescue, the dynamics of this moment is to become a hero by STAYING INDOORS. 

I will first establish that this is not the end of the world. The history of pandemics could be traced to the Athenian Fever of 430BC, which took 66 percent of the population at that time. The world has faced several other pandemics, like the Black Death of 1350, Spanish Flu of 1918, HIV/AIDS of 1981, and now Coronavirus. After the emergence of each pandemic, there has always been a need for re-adjustment in lifestyle. This time around, STAY AT HOME is the mantra.

I charge Nigerians, particularly great Nigerian students, to remain calm and adhere to the NCDC's directives on personal hygiene and strategic moves to contain the virus.
The lockdown and stay at home order are essential to protect our lives and that of the world through avoidance of the spread of the virus. It is for the greater good.

However, I recommend the following;

1. On Education:
E-learning should be adopted by higher institutions nationwide.
Some institutions have mechanisms in place already for e-learning, while the other, which don't, should be encouraged to. Religious bodies are already in an online way because they find religious activities as very important. I believe education is also very important and should not be left to completely paralyse in the face of this pandemic, to an effect where we have alternative measures to it, without physical contacts of the students.

2. On Economy.
Acts similar to the Defense Production Act of 1950, of the US, should be adopted in Nigeria to control market prices of essentials like sanitizers, nose masks, hand gloves, et cetera.

3. On the Population.
a) Localized sensitization should be adopted. This means that bulk SMS that aims at illuminating Nigerians on how to win against the virus should come in different major local languages, to reach out to our dynamic population effectively.

b) Social distancing should be enforced, and localities that require absolute isolation should be marked.

4) Corporate Organizations/Companies.
a) Network Providers and National dish networks should reduce the prices of their services in order to offer incentives for staying at home.

b) Power/electricity distribution companies should be charged with more efficiency.


In my rather little capacity, alongside my team, we reached out to some communities in a South Western State, where I presently reside, to distribute essentials like nose masks and gloves, and also sensitize them, while maintaining the social distancing approach.

In all, the fight against the spread of coronavirus is our responsibility. We only win in the spirit of solidarity. I therefore, encourage everyone, especially the great Nigerian students, to remain calm and respect the national stay at home order, to conquer coronavirus.

Viva Aluta!!

– Comrade Olaseinde Adeyinka Williams (SIR NEWTON)
The Rebirth Agenda.
March 31, 2020

COVID-19: Ahmed Tinubu, Nigerians Expectations By Comr. Fapetu

"Baba" Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu as always refers to you in most of my articles, you are a leader with high degree of respects as accorded to you by most politicians.

It sadden my heart as I heard your humanity gesture to Nigerian government in reliefing the less privileged in the society at this hard time.

 It's easy to note that few amidst rich man in Nigerians love the less privileged wholeheartedly, the current happenings now shouldn't be treated  in the conventional ways of transacting with the society voteing and receiving money in return syndrome God has blessed you not doubt  about that let others enjoy and benefited from your wealth.

If you give Nigerian government billions naira to add up to their palliative plan baba your capacity goes beyond that, I appreciate  the followings Alhaji Dangote, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Mike Adenuga, Mama Amalia, Emeka Ofo, Pastor E.A Adeboye and others for their contribution so far.

In developed countries you can only measured people's wealth via the charity extended to the less privileged in the society,
it's not until election time that you come around the people in the society with 5000 to10000 naira. This is the best time you are needed most. Service to humanity is the best works of life.

Comr. Fapetu D. V
Congress Of Young Intellectual (CYI)
Ondo State Cord.
March 31, 2020


Olanrewaju Oyebade Foundation "OOFUND" a non -Governmental Organization (NGO), donted bags of rice, vegetable oil, and other relief materials to the less priveldge across Ondo West Local Government of Ondo State.

The Non Governmental organization felt concern for the less privileges as regards their sustainanace in this period of Corona Virus pandemic.

The founder, Mr Olanrewaju Oyebade Babatunde, during the mission to assist the less privileges today addressed the old ones to remain calm and trust in God, that it's only God that can help them scale through this period.

Also, As pertaining to his (5) fingers agenda, which Olarewaju had promise to take care of the students, young and older ones beyond the covid 19 period, He stated.

Reporter By:
Adesuyi Alex Mayowa

More Pictures below:

Sunday, March 29, 2020

March 29, 2020



1. Fellow Nigerians,

2. From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.

3. The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis.

4. Nigeria, unfortunately, confirmed its first case on 27th February 2020. Since then, we have seen the number of confirmed cases rise slowly.

5. By the morning of March 29th, 2020, the total confirmed cases within Nigeria had risen to ninety-seven.

6. Regrettably, we also had our first fatality, a former employee of PPMC, who died on 23rd March 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this very difficult time. We also pray for quick recovery for those infected and undergoing treatment.

7. As of today, COVID-19 has no cure. Scientists around the world are working very hard to develop a vaccine.

8. We are in touch with these institutions as they work towards a solution that will be certified by international and local medical authorities within the shortest possible time.

9. For now, the best and most efficient way to avoid getting infected is through regular hygienic and sanitary practices as well as social distancing.

10. As individuals, we remain the greatest weapon to fight this pandemic. By washing our hands regularly with clean water and soap, disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas, coughing into a tissue or elbow and strictly adhering to infection prevention control measures in health facilities, we can contain this virus.

11. Since the outbreak was reported in China, our Government has been monitoring the situation closely and studying the various responses adopted by other countries.

12. Indeed, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was one of ten global health leaders invited by the World Health Organisation to visit China and understudy their response approach. I am personally very proud of Dr Ihekweazu for doing this on behalf of all Nigerians. 

13. Since his return, the NCDC has been implementing numerous strategies and programs in Nigeria to ensure that the adverse impact of this virus on our country is minimized. We ask all Nigerians to support the work the Federal Ministry of Health and NCDC are doing, led by the Presidential Task Force.

14. Although we have adopted strategies used globally, our implementation programs have been tailored to reflect our local realities.

15. In Nigeria, we are taking a two step approach.

16. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.

17. To date, we have introduced healthcare measures, border security, fiscal and monetary policies in our response. We shall continue to do so as the situation unfolds. 

18. Some of these measures will surely cause major inconveniences to many citizens. But these are sacrifices we should all be willing and ready to make for the greater good of our country.

19. In Nigeria’s fight against COVID-19, there is no such thing as an overreaction or an under reaction. It is all about the right reaction by the right agencies and trained experts.

20. Accordingly, as a Government, we will continue to rely on guidance of our medical professionals and experts at the Ministry of Health, NCDC and other relevant agencies through this difficult time.

21. I therefore urge all citizens to adhere to their guidelines as they are released from time to time. 

22. As we are all aware, Lagos and Abuja have the majority of confirmed cases in Nigeria. Our focus therefore remains to urgently and drastically contain these cases, and to support other states and regions in the best way we can.

23. This is why we provided an initial intervention of fifteen billion Naira (N15b) to support the national response as we fight to contain and control the spread.

24. We also created a Presidential Task Force (PTF) to develop a workable National Response Strategy that is being reviewed on a daily basis as the requirements change. This strategy takes international best practices but adopts them to suit our unique local circumstances.

25. Our goal is to ensure all States have the right support and manpower to respond immediately.

26. So far, in Lagos and Abuja, we have recruited hundreds of adhoc staff to man our call centers and support our tracing and testing efforts.

27. I also requested, through the Nigeria Governors Forum, for all State Governments to nominate Doctors and Nurses who will be trained by the NCDC and Lagos State Government on tactical and operational response to the virus in case it spreads to other states.

28. This training will also include medical representatives from our armed forces, paramilitary and security and intelligence agencies. 

29. As a nation, our response must be guided, systematic and professional. There is a need for consistency across the nation. All inconsistencies in policy guidelines between Federal and State agencies will be eliminated.

30. As I mentioned earlier, as at this morning we had ninety-seven confirmed cases. Majority of these are in Lagos and Abuja. All the confirmed cases are getting the necessary medical care.

31. Our agencies are currently working hard to identify cases and people these patients have been in contact with.

32. The few confirmed cases outside Lagos and Abuja are linked to persons who have travelled from these centres.

33. We are therefore working to ensure such inter state and intercity movements are restricted to prevent further spread.

34. Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.

35. All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.

36. The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.

37. We will use this containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases. We will ensure the treatment of confirmed cases while restricting further spread to other States.

38. This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution. 

39. Furthermore, commercial establishments such as;
a. food processing, distribution and retail companies;
b. petroleum distribution and retail entities,
c. power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and
d. private security companies are also exempted.

40. Although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.

41. Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.

42. All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.

43. Furthermore, all vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country will also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.

44. Accordingly, the Hon. Minister of Health is hereby directed to redeploy all Port Health Authority employees previously stationed in the Lagos and Abuja Airports to key roads that serve as entry and exit points to these restricted zones.

45. Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. Special permits will be issued on a needs basis.

46. We are fully aware that such measures will cause much hardship and inconvenience to many citizens. But this is a matter of life and death, if we look at the dreadful daily toll of deaths in Italy, France and Spain.

47. However, we must all see this as our national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus. I will therefore ask all of us affected by this order to put aside our personal comfort to safeguard ourselves and fellow human beings. This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice.

48. As we remain ready to enforce these measures, we should see this as our individual contribution in the war against COVID-19. Many other countries have taken far stricter measures in a bid to control the spread of the virus with positive results.

49. For residents of satellite and commuter towns and communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihoods will surely be affected by some of these restrictive measures, we shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks. 

50. Furthermore, although schools are closed, I have instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with State Governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding program during this period without compromising our social distancing policies. The Minister will be contacting the affected States and agree on detailed next steps.

51. Furthermore, I have directed that a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect.

52. I have also directed that a similar moratorium be given to all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.

53. For on-lending facilities using capital from international and multilateral development partners, I have directed our development financial institutions to engage these development partners and negotiate concessions to ease the pains of the borrowers.

54. For the most vulnerable in our society, I have directed that the conditional cash transfers for the next two months be paid immediately. Our Internally displaced persons will also receive two months of food rations in the coming weeks.

55. We also call on all Nigerians to take personal responsibility to support those who are vulnerable within their communities, helping them with whatever they may need.

56. As we all pray for the best possible outcome, we shall continue planning for all eventualities.

57. This is why I directed that all Federal Government Stadia, Pilgrims camps and other facilities be converted to isolation centers and makeshift hospitals.

58. My fellow Nigerians, as a Government, we will avail all necessary resources to support the response and recovery. We remain committed to do whatever it takes to confront COVID-19 in our country.

59. We are very grateful to see the emerging support of the private sector and individuals to the response as well as our development partners.

60. At this point, I will ask that all contributions and donations be coordinated and centralized to ensure efficient and impactful spending. The Presidential Task Force remains the central coordinating body on the COVID-19 response.

61. I want to assure you all that Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with a role to play in the outbreak response are working hard to bring this virus under control.

62. Every nation in the world is challenged at this time. But we have seen countries where citizens have come together to reduce the spread of the virus.

63. I will therefore implore you again to strictly comply with the guidelines issued and also do your bit to support Government and the most vulnerable in your communities.

64. I will take this opportunity to thank all our public health workforce, health care workers, port health authorities and other essential staff on the frontlines of the response for their dedication and commitment. You are true heroes.

65. I thank you all for listening. May God continue to bless and protect us all.

President Muhammadu Buhari
29th March 2020.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

March 28, 2020

Uncle Kills Seven-year-old Twins For Rituals In Delta, Flees (pics)

The joy heralding the birth of a child is usually indescribable let alone arrival of twins . That was the feeling seven years ago when Chiagozie and Chidalu Agwunobi, were welcomed to the Oliseh clan in Oko Ogbele Community , Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State . They were a bundle of joy to their parents as they grew up happily in months and years .

Few days ago , that joy was blown away like a candle in the wind when they went missing and their dismembered bodies later found in a bush . They were cruelly killed by their uncle , Onuwa Oliseh , who is still at large .

Onuwa reportedly lured the seven -year -old male twins to the bush within the neighbourhood on Friday , March 6 , after they returned from school and butchered them . He was said to have removed some of their body parts for money rituals and dumped the remains .

Investigation by operatives of the Inspector -General of Police Intelligence Response Team in the state led to the arrest of Onuwa ’s accomplice, Kelvin Uzor , who is also a relation of the twins .

“ Police got information that on March 6 , the twins were missing from their parents’ house . Their bodies were later found in the bush on March 8 with some parts of their bodies mutilated . Their eyes, hands and private parts were missing . Police began investigation and generated enough intelligence that led to the arrest of Uzor . He confessed that they were a three - man gang and wanted to do money ritual with the body parts ,” a senior officer told Saturday PUNCH.

Our correspondent learnt that Onuwa ’s younger brother , Iweka , who attended the same school with the twins , told the police that the suspect asked him to lure the deceased from the school.

“ I am a primary four pupil of Ekeanya Primary School. On March 6 , at about 6 .30 am, my elder brother Onuwa Ajei Oliseh , asked me if I would go to school and I told him yes. He asked if I can help him bring out the twins from the school before the school closes that day and I told him no because their teacher would not agree.

“ That day when I came back from school, I saw my brother place a cutlass on the table where he was eating while I went to the backyard . It was later I heard that the twins were missing and their dead bodies were found in the bush, ” he told detectives .

The twins ’ father, Agwunobi Oliseh , stated that Onuwa visited his house that Friday in the morning and asked him if they ( the twins ) would go to school. He said he responded in affirmative, unknown that Onuwa was plotting to kill his beloved kids.

The 52 -year - old farmer said when his children returned from school , Onuwa came back and asked them to follow him to the stream in the community .

He said, “ I am a traditionalist and a farmer . I ’m married with seven kids . My twins were seven years old . On March 6 in the early morning , Onuwa came to my house and inquired if my late children would go to school and I said yes. I later learnt he told his younger brother , Iweka , to help him take my children out of the school premises . He said he wanted to go somewhere with them .

“ Later in the day , he went to their school and tried to take them out but he was chased away by their teacher . As soon as they came back , he came to my house and asked them to follow him to the stream . I think they were on their way when he brought out a cutlass and killed them .”

The distraught father , who noted that he and his wife were not around when Onuwa took the twins away , said he was told the suspect ran home with bloodstains .

“ According to his brother , he ran back home with his hands stained with blood. He then asked the brother to pour water on his hands while he washed the machete with which he killed the twins . He left for Uzor ’s house and both of them went to one Anam .

“ It was when I came back later in the day with my wife that I realised the twins were missing. While I was running around , Iweka told me that it was Onuwa who took my children . Onuwa ran away but we were able to find Uzor who told us where their bodies were dumped . We went there and found their mutilated bodies. Their eyes, tongues and hands were removed, ” he added.
Uzor , in his statement , admitted the twins were killed for rituals but denied partaking in their murder.

He said one of his friends, called Chukwudi, told him of a traditionalist in Anambra who could help them to perform money rituals with children not above age 12 .

The 18 -year - old primary school leaver stated that he informed Onuwa, who agreed to the plan .
He said, “ I stopped schooling after my primary school education because my parents did not have money. I worked for a farmer called Egwiyo . I served him for many years and he promised to give me money this year . Chukwudi told me there was a place where we could do money rituals in Anambra and he asked if I was interested .

“ We later told Onuwa who agreed to do it . I told them I was not interested but if they want to do it , they could go ahead . I told them I would be happy if they succeeded. I was sleeping when Onuwa called me and said he had killed the twins . He said he took their bodies to one native doctor in Delta but the man told him he wasn’t into money rituals.

“ He later called me when the heat was much and told me where he dumped the bodies. Now, police said I was the one who killed the twins . Onuwa took the body parts to a herbalist in Aguleri , Anambra .’’

Uzor said immediately he learnt about the twin’s murder, he ran to Anambra where he was tracked down by the police . He added that he gave tacit support for the crime in the hope that he would be given money to buy a car and build a house if it worked out .

He said, “ I wanted to become a young chief because most of the young men I know did not work as hard as I did and now they are millionaires . I am a farmer and hardworking but I was not making enough money . I have no savings. That was why I somehow agreed to be part of the plan .

“ Onuwa convinced me it was the fastest way to make money and that most of our colleagues made money through that means . My greatest mistake was that I did not inform my family when Onuwa suggested that we should use the twins
“ I love the twins so much and their parents are nice. I cautioned him but I don ’t know that he would still go ahead to kill them . They normally went to his house to play; so it was easy for him to take them out without anyone being suspicious . I was not in the bush when he killed them .”

Uzor revealed further that the initial plan was to use an elderly woman in the community for the money ritual but he prevailed on the gang to spare the woman because she was generous .

“ Initially , they wanted to use one old woman known as Nne Amaka , but I pleaded with them to leave her because she is nice . If I passed by and begged her for water , she would give me water and even food.

“ I feel bad because he betrayed me . I am appealing to young men that money ritual does not pay . I am a hard working man and well known . Even when my name was mentioned in the crime , a lot of people came out to defend me . I am sorry . I want the family to forgive me , ” he added .

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the remains of the twins had been deposited at the General Hospital , Igbuzor while IRT detectives led by DCP Abba Kyari had launched a manhunt for the fleeing suspects.

Source: The Punch
March 28, 2020

What You Need To Know About Akure Explosion, Akeredolu

In less than 9hours, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has visited the site of the Explosion that happened in Akure, the state capital for assessment.

The Governor gave report of the event via his twitter handle after he was briefed by the security chiefs.

In his tweets:

 "I have been briefed by the security chiefs that in the early hours of Saturday March 28th, a vehicle in a convoy transporting explosives to a storage facility in a neighbouring state developed a fault while in transit along the Akure Owo Road about 2km from the Akure Airport."
"Security personnel and other individuals transporting the ordinances noticed smoke from the vehicle. After several attempts to extinguish the resulting fire failed, the vehicle and its consignment ignited causing a massive explosion that was felt in Akure and its environs."
"Presently, efforts are being made to ascertain if there are casualties. Following my visit to the scene, I have directed that the area be cordoned off to allow the explosive ordinance department/bomb squad to extricate the vehicle buried underground because ...it is unclear if there are still explosives that are yet to be detonated . Everything is under control and I will be updating the public on any new developments."

More pictures below:

March 28, 2020

House Of Representative Buying Of Cars During CODVID-19 Outbreak Causes Outrage

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the House of Representatives have started getting some of the 400 Toyota Camry 2020 as earlier decided by the lower legislative chamber.

Although the decision to buy the vehicles was taken on February 5, 2020, the timing of distribution of the cars has attracted criticisms from different quarters.

Apart from keeping the cost secret, the angst against the lawmakers was fuelled by the complacent display of the cars at the parking lots of the National Assembly.

An angry critic, Frederick Odorige, said: “These legislators finalised plans to buy these vehicles during a closed door session on 5 February 2020 when COVID-19 was already spreading and other countries were planning and taking concrete actions against the deadly virus.

“Nigerian politicians are very wicked and insensitive. Does it mean that they were trekking to the legislature or they had no personal vehicles before now? Did they swear an oath never to make a sacrifice for Nigerians?

“They just approved N50 billion to be given to some Nigerians as loans because of Covid-19, which will attract interest. Not palliative measures. It means that Nigerians who are not in government can never enjoy from the country.

“Sensible parliamentarians are currently donating their salaries in other countries. The ones in Nigeria receive the highest in the world and will continue to receive the same amount even as they stay at home because of the virus.”
March 28, 2020

Coronavirus: Nigeria Confirms 11 New Cases, Total Now 81

Eleven new cases of #COVID19 have been reported in Nigeria, 8 in Lagos, 2 in Enugu & 1 in Edo State

As at 11:55 pm 27th March there are 81 cases of confirmed #COVID19 reported Nigeria. 3 have been discharged with 1 death.

As at 11:55pm 27th March, there are

81 confirmed cases
3 discharged
1 death

For a breakdown of cases by states in real time, please see https:///zQrpNeOfet

Lagos- 52
FCT- 14
Ogun- 3
Ekiti- 1
Oyo- 3
Edo- 2
Bauchi- 2
Enugu- 2

TOTAL - 81.

March 28, 2020

Coronavirus: U.S Overtakes China, Italy With 84,400 Confirmed Cases, 1093 Deaths

The United States on Thursday overtook China and Italy in confirmed coronavirus cases with over 82,000 in all, a grim milestone reported by Johns Hopkins University researchers.

As the U.S. surged up to 82,404 confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, it took the number-one spot from China, which has 81,782 cases, followed by Italy with 80,589 cases. The U.S. now has accounted for about 14.9 percent of cases worldwide.

It came as many states have mobilized widespread testing for the virus. Around 519,338 coronavirus tests have been administered in the U.S.

However, some analysts have advised against giving China's reported statistics much weight. Chinese leader Xi Jinping touted a dip in new coronavirus cases, but foreign affairs analyst Gordon Chang told Fox News, "For China, the truth has always been a casualty."

The U.S. still remained number-six in the world for most deaths with 1,093, behind Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France respectively.

New York state has accounted for nearly half of the country's cases with 37,258. The state has faced 385 coronavirus-related deaths, up 100 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Globally, 526,044 cases have been confirmed, with 23,067 deaths.
March 28, 2020

Video: Explosion Rocks Akure

No fewer than 100 residential buildings, school, churches were destroyed by an explosion suspected to be bomb blast in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Saturday morning

The blast which occurred in the early hours of Saturday cut off the ever busy Akure /Owo road while many people were said to be injured.

The incident which happened less than a kilometre to Akure Airport, affected many residents of Eleyowo community, destroying completely a church and a school in the area.

Many people who lived with in the the church premises were said to be injured while some were rescued by the people of the community.

The school with boarding facilities was destroyed beyond repair with roofs of all the buildings blown off.

The spot at which the the bomb or blast happened cut off the road, hindering vehicular movement.

Watch video below

Thursday, March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020

Groomers Private School Wins Community Gist Spelling Bee

A private school situated at Akute, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State known as Groomers Private School has emerged winner of the 3rd edition of the annual Community Gist Spelling Bee tagged Community Inter-Schools Spelling Bee. The event which was organized by a leading community media organization known as Community Gist and sponsored by a giant automobile and garage equipment company in Africa known as Garu Technologies Nigeria Ltd was held on Saturday, 14th of March, 2020 at The Community Hall, Matogbun.

The Publisher and Founder of Community Gist, Azeez Ramon in his welcome address appreciate everyone present and Almighty God for giving them the opportunity to witness the historical event. Part of his speech reads:

“We gather here today to contribute our quota to community development in particular and national development in general by bringing together future leaders within and outside our community to hone their spelling skills, interact and to inculcate the habit of learning in them. It is not about who emerges as the winner but to interact, network and learn from one another.

“You will all agree with me that spelling skill is declining in great proportion among our pupils/students, even adults as most of us now rely heavily on technology such as auto-correction on our mobile devices in order to make simple sentences. We see this as a great menace and challenge to our educational system, which is the reason why we are putting together an event like this as we believe and optimistic that with this pupils/students spelling skills will improve tremendously as teachers and school owners present will work on grey areas they identify.”

Azeez also calls on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations to support the program in order to make it bigger and better. ” At this junction, we are calling on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations who are passionate about educational development to partner with us to make this event bigger and better as we are determined to motivate and courage pupils/students to do better academically.” He added.

Azeez rounded up his speech by appreciating those who contributed one way or the other to the success of the event. “Finally, I will like to express my profound gratitude to the management and staff of Garu Technologies Nigeria Ltd, the sponsor of this momentous event, particularly the CEO of the company, in person of Alhaji Lukman Garu for his love for education and believing in this vision. I also appreciate members of the organizing committee who have been working round the clock to ensure this event is successful. My sincere appreciation goes to Mrs. Theresa Moses (Editor, Gatmash Blog), Mr. Sunday Akeju (Proprietor, Aksund International School), Mr. Basit Ayobami, Mr. Seun Oguntoyinbo, Mr. Shola, Mr. Akinyele Noah aka Dovero, Mrs. Rukayat Akintoye, Mrs. Temitope Otepola, Mr. Olaniyan Joshua, Mr. Ibrahim Opeyemi, Coach Lanre, Mr. Yusuf Akinlotan (Producer, Moving On, VON), Mr. Ganiu Bolaji, and other people I couldn’t mention.

“My sincere appreciation also goes to our partners; Petdavella Nigeria Ltd., Shautech Nigeria Enterprises, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN, Ifo LGA chapter), Alpha Initiative For Development, Wholelife Initiative For Development In Africa (WID – A), Agrotrends Nigeria Integrated Service, Youth For New Nigeria (YNN), Kosofe Post, Platform Times, Community Development Youth Service Initiative (NACOYSI) as well as Unit of Beauties. I also appreciate Matogbun Area CDC for given us the opportunity to use the Community Hall.”

The CEO of Garu Technologies Nigeria Ltd, Alhaji Lukman Garu in his speech commended the schools in attendance for participating in the competition and the organizer for a well-done job and pledged his continuous support for the educational programs adding that he is passionate about children education, particularly in the rural communities as there are countless opportunities in the community. He said he is looking forward to seeing the programs becoming great whereby multinational companies and organizations will be supporting the programs.

CEO, Garu Technologies Nigeria Ltd, Alhaji Lukman Garu during his speech

Schools in attendance are; God’s Time Academy, Spontaneous Global Academy, Wammy B Private School, Mowaiz School, and Tolmag Private School.

Others are; Morkaz Oriola School, Dammiz Academy, Golden Top College, Aksund International School, Za’amah Integrated School, Groomers Private School as well as Graceway School.

At the end of the competition, there was a tie between Tolmag Private School and God’s Time Academy for the third position as both schools had 17 points. There was also a tie between Aksund International School and Groomers Private School for the first and second positions as both schools had 18 points. So the Pronouncer called out one word to the Spellers to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position. At the end of the additional round, Groomers Private School from Akute won with 19 points, Aksund International School from Maidan took the 2nd position with 18, while Tolmag Private School from Matogbun took the 3rd position with 18 points.

The winning school, Groomers Private School got twenty – five thousand naira (#25,000) plus consolation prizes, 2nd, Aksund International School got nineteen thousand naira (#19,000) plus consolation prizes, while the 3rd, Tolmag Private School got thirteen thousand naira plus consolation prizes.

In attendance are; Shaykh Kamil Garu (CEO, Sawtul Akyaar Dawah Communication), Alhaji Adedokun Ibikunle (Chairman, Matogbun Area CDC), Alhaji Ademola Adeagbo (Chairman, Maidan United Group of CDAs), Mrs. Maria Ojo Taiwo (National Coordinator, NAYCOYSI), Chimere Hope (Founder, Wholelife Initiative For Development In Africa) as well as Miss Abigail Odelade (Founder, Unity of Beauties).

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March 26, 2020

Governor Akeredolu Tests Negative For Coronavirus

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has tested Negative to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Governor disclosed the result of the test sent to him by Ondo State Commissioner for Health today via his twitter account after submitting himself to be tested yesterday.

Governor Akeredolu wished everyone affected by the virus a speedy recovery.

In his tweets: "Good morning sir. The result is negative. Congratulations your Excellency"
I just received the above text from the Commissioner for Health regarding my #Covid19 test results. We give all glory to God. Wish everyone affected speedy recovery.
"Our fight to protect the lives of our citizens continues. Huge thanks to all front line key workers fighting to protect our people. #CovidNGR @DigiCommsNG"

March 26, 2020

Anthony Joshua Self-Isolating After Contact With Prince Charles

Anthony Joshua Self-Isolating After News Prince Charles Has Coronavirus
IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight world champion met the Prince of Wales on 9 March at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey where The Queen was also in attendance, but is said to be ‘fit and well’ at home
Jack de Menezes @JackdeMenezes
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Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua is at home in self-isolation after the news that Prince Charles has contracted coronavirus, with the two meeting 16 days ago at Westminster Abbey.

Joshua was in attendance at the Commonwealth Day service on 9 March alongside Prince Charles, 71, as well as The Queen, and a spokesman for the British boxer confirmed that he is “fit and well” while remaining at home following the UK government’s coronavirus lockdown.

It was announced on Wednesday morning that the Prince of Wales had become the highest member of the British establishment to test positive for coronavirus, with Clarence House confirming that he had shown mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”.

An official spokesman said that Joshua has not shown any signs of coronavirus and has spent this week self-isolating at home regardless due to the government’s enforced lockdown.

“AJ is at home following government guidelines, he is fit and well,” a spokesman said. “He wishes everyone affected a speedy recovery and a huge thank you to all the front line key workers.”
March 26, 2020


I am a bit concerned as a party member that our party seems to be falling into a clandestine trap perpetrated by our own members from within the party in their pursuit for inordinate ambition. How can a party leader and someone who has been given the privilege of leading an entire region be orchestrating and financing very divisive interests within his own party? I must ask as a student of the Agagu school of politics, would our late leader and former governor be proud of what his lieutenant has become?

The following questions becomes very important and demands prompt answers from Dr. Eddy  Olafeso our National Vice Chairman, South West region and a national officer of the party.

(A) Why was the National Vice Chairman keen on ensuring that the local government and state congresses of his own party were postponed?

(B) Why has the Zonal Vice Chairman kept his position even when he is aspiring to contest as a gubernatorial aspirant of the party? Is he not expected to resign?

(C) Can he be seen to be fair and impartial where he is expected to provide unbiased leadership in the face of the challenges of his party faces?

(D) It has been alleged that the National Vice Chairman has kept all forms for national  offices zoned to Ondo state. If true, does that not call for clarification from the national office and the zonal chairman?

(E) Why has the zonal chairman kept financing and promoting issues of Old PDP vs New PDP dichotomy within a party he seeks to lead as governor?

(F) Peradventure, the National Vice Chairman wins the candidacy of the party, what happens to the Zonal Vice Chairman slot which is zoned to Ondo state?

(G) Why has Dr. Eddy Olafeso refused to call a meeting of his own state leaders to declare to them the slots allocated to our state?

These questions demand immediate answers from our states BOT members Bode Olajumoke PhD, Chief Segun Adegoke and Ambassador Omolade Oluwateru and all leaders of the party.

The party must immediately clarify these allegations as I am of the opinion that all party members working hard towards us winning the next gubernatorial election, must demand this answers from our national vice chairman.

All members of our party, must demand answers to these questions because the issues shows to me that we are probably being sold from within the party to the opposition, considering that the request by the APC government to our party to cancel our congresses was celebrated by the National Vice Chairman.

Olanrewaju Oke writes from Okitipupa Local government

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020

How Hand Sanitizers Are Made In Lagos Market, Ojota - Video

A lady shares her experience in a Lagos market where people were mixing chemicals and selling in large volumes as hand sanitizers.

This is really sad to see how desperate men could get risking the health of those who are trying to protect the same health.

According to Thecreativeherbalist:

I finally found out the magic behind the sudden influx HAND SANITIZER MANUFACTURERS today... Ojota Market ni. #SwipeLeft
After a few days of staying indoors, I had to step out because I needed to get materials to make dish/clothes liquid soap from the market. With #3000 you can make a 25litre keg of soap, learnt this 2 years ago. With the imminent 'full stay at home order' I decided to make some because na 4 clothes my housemate dey wear per day.
On my way to the store after I got into the market, I noticed a lot of mixing was going on in almost every shop that sold 'chemicals' which was very unusual, and one thing they had in common was the color which was white/translucent.
Upon getting to the store, while waiting to collect my purchase it final dawned on me that they were all making HAND SANITIZERS. To confirm my fear, a lady seated in the store who also happened to be another customer was presented with a 5 litre keg full of liquid, next thing she did was to bring out sticker and slapped it on the container. Ready to be sent to the buyer I guess.
I saw people buying in litres for personal use while some bought in 50 litre kegs, to resell I guess. The market rate was #1000 for a litre.
So all they have to do is buy in bulk, get containers from the same market, get labels printed and resell.
Like a said a few days back, know who you are buying from. Making money DURING a pandemic is different from making money FROM a pandemic.
My fears:
1. I doubt the formulation is right. Things can go wrong, there are reports of people having peeling/burnt hands already on social media after purchasing some sanitizers.
2. I doubt the efficacy of the sanitizers as well. Make e no be say na ordinary gel you dey rub
Anyway, I am back in the safety of my home, I had a full scrub down with soap. Everything I brought back was sprayed with IPA (isopropyl alcohol), my outfit went straight into the washer. I am currently drinking a hot cup of lemon and ginger water
May God save us all
PS: Stock up (Not Hoard) your homes o. The news going round now is that the Lagos markets are scheduled for lockdown soon
March 25, 2020

Coronavirus: What Abba Kyari Did In The Last 10 Days

Malam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to president Muhammadu Buhari, who returned to Nigeria from Germany on March 14, had participated in several state functions and unofficial engagements that attracted prominent personalities.

He tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19) yesterday. He had attended events involving President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, many governors, ministers and other top government functionaries before the result of the test.

It was gathered that yesterday’s confirmation that Kyari tested positive to COVID-19 necessitated the subsequent test on President Muhammadu Buhari, which turned out to be negative.

Shortly on his arrival on March 14, Kyari attended the wedding of the son of the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu.

Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari (3rd left) and Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman (2nd right) with Siemens officials, during their visit to Munich in Germany on March 9. Other shots show Kyari consoling Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State over the death of his mother and in attendance at the last Federal Executive Council meeting on March 18 and the Progressive Governors’ Forum meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on March 16 (File Photos)

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote were among top dignitaries that graced the wedding.

At the meeting of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) with President Buhari on March 16, Kyari was also there and group photographs were taken.

The meeting was attended by 16 out of the 20 governors of the ruling party, including Babagana Zulum (Borno), Babajide Sanwo Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Mohammed Sani (Niger) and Simon Lalong (Plateau). Others were Rotimi Akeredolu ( Ondo), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano),  Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Hope Uzodinma(Imo) and Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe).

Before the NEC meeting, Kyari had an encounter with the embattled National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

On Tuesday, March 17, the chief of staff led a delegation to the Bello family compound in Okene to commiserate with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State over the death of his mother, Hajiya Hauwa’u Ozoho.

Members of the President’s delegation included the Minister of Special Duties, Senator George Akume; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani;  Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubair Dada and the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

The same day, he attended a briefing session by the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) led by Professor Doyin Salami and took pictures with them.

The PEAC chaired by Prof. Salami is made up of Dr. Mohammed Sagagi, who is the vice chairman, Prof. Ode Ojowu, Dr. Shehu Yahaya, Dr. Iyabo Masha, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Dr. Bismarck Rewane and Dr. Mohammed Adaya Salisu.

President Buhari’s chief of staff was also in attendance at last week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on March 18. Inside the council’s chambers, his seat was not far from that of Boss Mustapha and Osinbajo.

On Thursday, March 19, Kyari attended the inauguration of the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) chaired by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq and also took some photographs.

Members of the committee co-chaired by the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) are the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, ministers of defence, interior, justice; and minister of state budget and planning; Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Inspector General of Police, as well as governors of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

Also on the committee are the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Permanent Secretary, FMHADMSD (Secretariat), Chairman, Non-Governmental Organization Forum, among others.

Kyari was sighted after Juma’at prayers on Friday, March 20, but was not seen at the Presidential Villa from Monday.

He is reportedly on self-isolation at his residence at the Defence House, Maitama, but sources said he might be moved to another facility for extensive medical care.

Friday, March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

Buhari: I Ran To TY Danjuma Due To My Shock At IDPs Camps

President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken of his experience at camps holding people displaced by Boko Haram, saying he saw “pathetic scenes” that were “really terrible” he could not return there.

Mr Buhari said he saw children who neither knew their fathers nor where they came from.

He said after Mr Danjuma, a former defence chief and now a billionaire, said he could not take up the role he wanted him to due to his advanced age, he took a decision to set up a ministry with the sole mandate to oversee humanitarian issues in the country.

“I went only three camps and since then I have not gone back because I couldn’t stand it, it’s really terrible,” the president said.

He spoke Thursday in Abuja at the inauguration of the government’s humanitarian coordination committee.

Read part of the president’s comment below:

“As a digression, I will like to make some comments based on my visit to some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps. The pathetic scenes I saw pushed me to ask one of the most respected generals we had in the military, Gen. T. Y. Danjuma, initially to head this organization.

“Because, what we receive from NGOs sometimes does not permeate; it does not go down to the people there. If you see the children, they don’t know their fathers not to talk of where they come from. So I had to go and beg General Danjuma to please come and be in charge of that so that our resources are properly utilized, because some Nigerians are really reckless.

“There don’t care whose money it is they will put it in their own pockets. So I had to get General Danjuma. But when he told me that age was not on his side, I got documents from intellectuals so that we could set up a ministry so that it will coordinate the activities of NEMA and others; so that the sources can be properly accounted for.

“This is the reason the ministry was set up so that the minister will account to the executive council and make sure that the resources are properly utilized.

“I went only three camps and since then I have not gone back because I couldn’t stand it, it’s really terrible. I hope you will give your patriotic support so that they will properly get the advantage of the contributions made by the country and the NGOs and international bodies.”
March 20, 2020

Pastor Jeremiah Godman Iziduh Impregnates Widow's 2 Daughters

A cleric, Pastor Jeremiah Godman Iziduh, of House of David Full Gospel Church, located at No. 13 Jemede Avenue off Giwa Amu, GRA Benin City, Edo State, is now in Police net for holding a widow and her five daughters, impregnating two of them while claiming that they were sowed as seeds to his Church by their late father.

P.M.EXPRESS gathered that the 44-year old Pastor Iziduh forcefully took the widow, Mrs Olulu Akika, as his wife and started sleeping with her. But when he realised that the widow will not be able to bear a child, he started sleeping with her daughters and impregnated two of them remaining three others.

He also said to have collected every documents and property left behind by their late father and claimed that he also sowed them to his Church as seed.

Pastor Iziduh is currently in Police detention undergoing interrogations for the alleged criminal acts and immoral activities perpetrated on late Henry Akika’s family.

This followed a petition written to the Commissioner of Police by the eldest daughter of late Henry Akika, Mrs. Maureen, through her lawyer, Barrister Francis Okanigbuan.

In the petition dated 27th February, 2020, titled Criminal and Immoral activity of Pastor Iziduh, the petitioner alleged that after the death of their father, Pastor Iziduh hypnotized her mother and five children and moved them from the family house to his own house while instilling fear into them with fake vision and prophecies.

The petitioner stated that Pastor Iziduh impregnated two of her sisters; one of them was forced to divorce her husband and come back to Iziduh, who impregnated her and she had two children for him while also impregnating the second one, who is heavily pregnant for him. The three other sisters were said to have been hidden in an undisclosed location, where he may likely defile them because he did not allow them to go to school but only engaged them as Church workers.

The petitioner pleaded with the Police to intervene and rescue the other victims and bring Iziduh to book for his conduct.

This was confirmed by Mrs. Maureen, who said that Pastor Iziduh has been claiming that their late father used his property including one of his children to sow seed to the Church and he decided to take all of them including their mother.

Police sources said that Iziduh was arrested following Court order obtained by the Police to investigate his activity, which will last for two weeks before he will be charged to Court.
March 20, 2020

Why We Can’t Sell Petrol At 125/litre – Marketers

Private fuel marketers have yet to reduce the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit ( petrol ) , while retail stations belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation have started selling at N 125 per litre .

The PUNCH correspondent, who visited several filling stations including Oando, Mobil and Capital Oil and Gas on the Lagos - Ibadan Expressway as well as Total at Ikosi -Ketu , on Thursday morning , observed that the private marketers were selling at N 145 per litre of petrol.

“ What we are asking the government is that : who is going to pay us between the old price and the new price on our old stock? And without them verifying our old stock and telling us what they will pay us and when they will pay us, we will not load, ” a top official of one of the fuel marketers’ associations told our correspondent on condition of anonymity.

He said marketers would continue to sell the product at the old rate pending when the issues would be resolved.

“ Marketers are holding their strategy session . We will have a common front . The GMD ( of NNPC ) has invited us for a stakeholders ’ meeting , which should have been done before the announcement of the new price . By the end of today, we will have a clearer picture of how they are going to involve us,” he added.

The Federal Government had noted on Wednesday that the drop in crude oil prices had lowered the expected open market price of imported petrol below the official pump price of N 145 per litre .

“ Therefore, Mr President has approved that Nigerians should benefit from the reduction in the price of PMS which is a direct effect of the crash in global crude oil prices ,” the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources , Chief Timipre Sylva, said in a statement .

He said the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency would subsequently issue a monthly guide to the NNPC and marketers on the appropriate pricing regime .

The NNPC , on Wednesday , directed all its retail station to change the retail pump price to N 125 per litre from N 145.

The Group Managing Director , NNPC , Mallam Mele Kyari , said the corporation had reviewed its ex -coastal , ex- depot and NNPC retail pump prices in compliance with the directives of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources , Chief Timipre Sylva, on the pricing of PMS.

He said , “ Effective March 19 , 2020 , NNPC ex -coastal price for PMS has been reviewed downwards from N 117. 6 /litre to N 99 .44 / litre while the ex -depot price is reduced from N 133 .28 / litre to N 113. 28 / litre.

“ These reductions will , therefore , translate to N 125 / litre retail pump price . Despite the obvious cost implication of this immediate adjustment to the corporation , NNPC is delighted to effect this massive reduction of N 20 / litre for the benefit of all Nigerians .”

March 20, 2020

Zenith Bank Commiserates With Sanwo-Olu On Abule-Ado Explosion, Donates ₦100M

Zenith Bank Plc, Nigeria’s leading financial institution, has donated N100 million to the Emergency Relief Fund set up by the Lagos State Government for the victims of the Abulo-Edo explosion.

The Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu made the pledge on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, when the Management of the Bank visited the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the State House, Marina, Lagos to condone with him and the good people of Lagos State on the unfortunate incident of March 15, 2020 which led to the loss of lives and properties at the Abule-Ado area in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking during the visit, Mr. Onyeagwu said: “For us in Zenith, we share in the concerns and the very traumatic experience that Lagos state is passing through. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, those who lost their lives and those who are still in the hospitals, recovering. We can only but pray that God will comfort the families. We are also very impressed with the fact that the response from the Lagos State Government was quick, rapid and immediate. There is nothing you can do to quantify the loss of lives. The only thing one can do is to ameliorate the sufferings, the pains and the discomfort of those who have been terribly impacted. So, we would like to let Mr. Governor know that we share with him at this moment. We are aware that you’ve also set up a relief fund account and we are willing to make an immediate contribution of N100 million”.

On his part, the Lagos State Governor expressed his sincere appreciation to the Management of the Bank for taking time out of their busy schedule to embark on the sober visit and stand with the State Government in this trying moment. While thanking the bank for the N100 million donation to the emergency relief fund set up by the State Government for victims of the explosion, he also expressed his delight at the bank’s acceptance of the offer to co-house the fund.

Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Monday while speaking with stakeholders and journalists at the explosion site, disclosed that a N2 billion Abule Ado/Soba Emergency Relief Fund had been set up for the victims. He said the state government have donated N250 million to the fund and solicited for support from all Nigerians including the private sector.





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