Sour Romance: Jilted man allegedly poisoned Amala meal, kills 5 persons

Sour Romance: Jilted man allegedly poisoned Amala meal, kills 5 persons

By Hameed Oyegbade, Osogbo |

Death toll from the poisoned Amala meal in Ibokun, Obokun Local Government area of Osun State has risen from 2 to 5 and fresh facts have emerged on how a young man identified as Rasaq allegedly poisoned the food because he was dumped by his girlfriend, Esther.

Daily Trust reliably gathered that Esther who was dating Rasaq, popularly known as ‘fine boy’ suddenly decided to quit the relationship but Rasaq who is a commercial motorcycle operator was not happy with her decision.

Rasaq was said to have connived with one of Esther’s female friends to poison the food meant for the whole family. After eating the food, Esther and her mother, Mrs Kehinde Fasanya who was a staff of Obokun Local Government died instantly.

Efforts to save the lives of other people that ate from the food failed as three among the four persons that were taken to Wesley Guild Hospital of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ilesa eventually died.

The Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr Rafiu Isamotu said he was aware of the death of additional two persons out of the four persons taken to hospital in Ilesa and that he has not been updated about the death of the third person.

“Two out of the four persons that we took to Wesley Guild Hospital in Ilesa could not make it. They are dead. Four persons lost their lives so far to the best of my knowledge. I have not been told about the death of any of the remaining two persons,” Isamotu said.

The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Fimihan Adeoye in a chat with Daily Trust on telephone confirmed that Rasaq has been arrested and that he was being interrogated. He assured that the matter would be diligently investigated.

Lagosians storm governor’s office, ask Ambode to  stop demolitions

Lagos indigenes storm governor’s office, demand end to demolitions

Oziegbe Okoeki

Scores of Lagosians on Tuesday stormed the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa which houses the Governor’s Office and the Lagos State House of Assembly demanding an immediate end to all demolitions in the state.
The protesters who came under the aegis of the Federation of Informal Workers Association of Nigeria (FIWON), frowned at what they called illegal and deliberate demolition of buildings and markets occupied by struggling people in the informal sector of the economy.
According to them, any government that fails to recognise the roles played by people in the informal sector in governance, and chooses to embark on the demolition of their houses and businesses, is sowing the seed of failure both in the short and long run.
The group which comprises mechanics, market traders, and farmers, among others, was led by the General Secretary of FIWON, Mr Gbenga Komolafe, who accused the Lagos State government of using the state’s megacity dream as an avenue to rob hapless residents of their lands, markets and businesses.
“The Lagos State government has been trespassing on the rights of the informal sector. They use officers of the state’s task force to intimidate law-abiding residents who are going about their normal businesses,” he said.
“They harass and lock them up in prisons. Now, we understand that due to lack of space at Kirikiri, those arrested are now taken to Badagry. Sadly, when they come back from these prisons, most of our people do so in vegetative states, and some have even died,” he added.
Speaking further, Komolafe challenged the state government to build a megacity that would conform with the all-inclusive vision of the United Nations, rather than its current moves of “creating a city for a few.”
However, in his reaction, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Mr Olanrewaju Elegushi, promised to convey the message of the protesters to the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
He stated that the Ambode-led government was a government with a human face, and as such would not do anything against the law, and neither would it do anything that would undermine the well-being of residents of the state.
“Everything you have said has been taken note of, and it would be channelled to the appropriate quarters. I can assure that your complaints and plights will be critically looked into, and very soon, you will hear from the government,” he said.
Source: The Nation

PDP calls for impeachment of Buhari over Babachir,  Oke affairs 

PDP seeks impeachment as Buhari sacks SGF, NIA boss

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh and Terhemba Daka, Abuja

• Wants ministers fired over Maina
• Mustapha replaces Babachir Lawal
• APC caucus meets at Presidential Villa

After many months of dillydallying, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday sacked the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke.

Buhari said the decision to sack the duo, who were ‎earlier suspended over allegations of fraud levelled against them, followed his acceptance of the recommendation of the panel to terminate their appointment.

And swiftly, the president announced the appointment of Mr. Boss Mustapha as the new SGF. The appointment takes immediate effect.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, yesterday said the president also approved the setting up of a three-member panel to, among other things, look into the operational, technical and administrative structure of the NIA and make appropriate recommendations. The three-man committee included the National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno, and the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who headed the Presidential Committee which investigated the allegations against Lawal and Oke, had told newsmen that only President Buhari would determine the fate of the duo.

Osinbajo who gave the indication after he submitted the report of the panel in August was, however, silent on the recommendations in the two-volume documents he made available to Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Lawal was grilled by the panel over the N220 million meant for the welfare of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in North-East while Oke was suspended over the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, to which NIA has made a claim.

In December last year, the Senate called for the resignation of Lawal after its committee on the humanitarian crisis in the North-East indicted him for corruption.

There was public outcry over the refusal of the president to take action on the resolution of the upper legislative chamber.

In its reaction to the sacking of Lawal and Oke yesterday, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) called on the National Assembly to immediately initiate impeachment processes against President Buhari for allegedly violating his oath of office through the twisting of the law against perceived opponents and in favour of his supporters.

In a statement by its spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, in Abuja, the PDP expressed dismay that the president could simply replace Lawal with Mustapha without subjecting him to prosecution.

“The statement on the sack of Lawal and Oke is a slap on the face of Nigerians. It is an insult to the-collective intelligence of our people who have waited patiently for the president’s reaction on the humongous act of corruption by two of his principal aides and this is totally unacceptable.

“First, we had disagreed with the president last year when he decided to set up the panel to investigate the matter because we thought that was the wrong course of action to take. Ordinarily, cases of corruption or alleged cases of misappropriation of funds are supposed to be referred to institutions that are saddled with the responsibility to investigate and prosecute such matters which is the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the EFCC if there is any prima facie case against them.”

In the statement, the PDP lamented that “it appears not all animals are equal under the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration. Some people are treated with kid gloves while others, particularly those in opposition are subjected to all manner of harrowing experiences. One of the senators of the APC, Shehu Sani of Kaduna State succinctly put the matter when he said that this administration uses deodorant to fight corruption when it comes to some APC members and President Buhari’s kitchen cabinet and insecticides when it involves members of the opposition and those in the National Assembly.”

PDP lamented that “it took the president almost one year to attend to this matter while the culprits were having a field day at home and enjoying themselves. Whereas, in the case of the opposition, especially the PDP members, even when the evidence is flimsy, they will be visited with multiple harassment and intimidation for months and weeks without proper trial.

“We cited the case of Sambo Dasuki who has been in detention for over two years and running. Even when many courts in Nigeria and the ECOWAS Court have ordered his release, the president has fragrantly disobeyed these court orders which again are a violation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is an impeachable offence. The president cannot just sack Oke and Lawal and expects us to be clapping for him.”

Condemning alleged disregard for the rule of law, the PDP said: “We believe that we are operating under a democracy and a constitution that governs our affairs. To have subjected these people to different sets of rule and treatment is totally unacceptable. Nigerians are the same under the law and Lawal and Oke should not be tried by the presidency while others are hounded by the EFCC and ICPC.

“These actions of Mr. President are therefore a breach of his oath of office which he swore to defend. It is also a violation of the constitution because he swore to be fair and just to all Nigerians without any discrimination whatsoever. The action of the president is a gross violation of his constitutional oath and therefore constitutes a veritable ground for impeachment.”

PDP described the sudden sacking of the SGF and the NIA boss as a consequence of the Abdulrasheed Maina saga. “Up till now there’s no answer to the pertinent questions we have asked on the Maina saga. The government cares less about the feelings and opinions of Nigerians. This kind of arrogance is unprecedented in the history of this county. We again call for the arrest and investigation of the two ministers involved in the return of Maina into the civil service, that is, the Minister of Interior, Bello Dambazau and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Malami.”

At press time yesterday, a caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was underway at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with President Buhari in attendance. Others at the meeting were leadership of the National Assembly, APC governors, state chairmen and chieftains of the party from across the country.

The agenda was not known, but sources said it was not unconnected with the situation in the party that has thrown it into disarray.

Source : The Guardian 

Buhari asks EFCC to proceed with investigation of Babachir Lawal, Oke

Buhari asks EFCC to proceed with investigation of Babachir Lawal, Oke

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night said he was aware of the investigation of two sacked officials by anti-corruption agencies, saying the investigation should continue.

Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in a statement said “the position of the President therefore is that investigation agencies which have already commenced the investigation of the two officers removed from office will go on with their work of investigation without any interference or hindrance.”

Mr. Shehu added that the president “who is fully conversant with the provisions of the constitution will not stop the investigation of anyone because he has no such power under our laws. This is a decision of the Supreme Court.”

The spokesperson was reacting to criticisms that trailed the sack of Babachir Lawal and Ayodele Oke, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and former head of the National Intelligence Agency respectively.

President Buhari had ordered the sack of both men earlier on Monday following a review of a panel report that investigated allegations against them. The panel was headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Many Nigerians, though commended the dismissal of both men, asked that Mr. Buhari order their arrest and prosecution.

Mr. Shehu, however, indicated that the two men were already being investigated by the anti-corruption agencies.

“Based on his wish and desire for a strict observance of the law, the President expects the EFCC, ICPC and such agencies to proceed with ongoing investigations,” the spokesperson said.

“When and where they have reasonable grounds to charge former or serving officers to court under our laws, they do not require the permission of the President to do so,” he added.

The spokesperson for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for comments about the status of the investigations.
However, the panel headed by Mr. Osinbajo found Mr. Lawal culpable in a slew of allegations that included questionable diversion of funds meant for the internally displaced persons in the North-east.

Consequently, the investigative committee, which included Attorney-General Abubakar Malami and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, recommended termination of Mr. Lawal’s appointment, the presidency said in a statement.

Mr. Oke was the head of NIA when the EFCC found N13 billion belonging to the foreign intelligence office in an apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos, on April 12.
As with Mr. Lawal, Mr. Osinbajo’s panel recommended Mr. Oke’s dismissal after looking into the circumstances surrounding the cash haul.

The panel submitted its report on August 23, but Mr. Buhari did not act on it until Monday. Another presidential aide, Femi Adesina, told Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ Monday evening that the president was being painstaking with the content of the report.

Before their appointments were ultimately terminated, Messrs. Lawal and Oke had been placed on suspension since April 19. They appeared before the panel on several occasions during its 14-day, closed-door sitting.

While welcoming their sack on Monday evening, a civic rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, admonished Mr. Buhari to reassert his anti-corruption posture by calling for a thorough prosecution.

“This is a positive development in the fight against grand corruption, although this decision is coming rather late,” SERAP said in a statement signed by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale. “Buhari now has to go a step further by making sure that both Lawal and Oke are promptly brought to justice in fair trials.”
“What the government needs at this time is a revolutionary approach to the fight against corruption if Buhari is to show his commitment to ‘kill’ corruption before corruption ‘kills’ Nigeria.
“Without effective prosecution of high-ranking public officials charged with corruption, this government’s fight against corruption may sadly turn out to be all motion and no movement, and this will eventually undermine the legitimacy of the anti-corruption efforts,” Mr. Adewale said.

The group also reminded Mr. Buhari to pursue criminal charges against the fugitive former head of presidential task force on pension reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Mr. Maina was revealed by PREMIUM TIMES penultimate Friday as having sneaked back into the public service four years after he was sacked for alleged pension fraud.

Mr. Buhari ordered Mr. Maina’s dismissal with immediate effect and called for an investigation into how he was recalled.

“Buhari also has to move swiftly to publish a report of the investigation into the secret reinstatement of the fugitive former civil servant, Abdulrasheed Maina, and without delay identify and bring to justice anyone suspected to be involved,” SERAP said.

While President Buhari did not authorise the immediate arrest of Mr. Lawal and Oke, he has ordered arrests of persons indicted of corruption in the past.

When Mr. Buhari received the reports of the presidential arms probe panel in 2015, he ordered immediate arrest or former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and other officials of the last administration who were indicted.

Mr. Buhari raised the Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces on August 24, 2015, in furtherance of his “determination to stamp out corruption and irregularities in Nigeria’s public service.”
The panel submitted its interim report on November 17, 2015, finding Mr. Dasuki culpable in the award of “fictitious and phantom contracts to the tune of N2,219,188,609.50; 1,671,742,613.58 dollars and 9,905,477.00 Euros,” amongst others.
Soon after receiving the report, Mr. Buhari “directed the relevant organisations to arrest and bring to book, all individuals who have been found complicit in these illegal and fraudulent acts,” according to a State House statement on November 17, 2015.

Source: Premium Times 

​News Headlines Oct 31 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Oct 31 2017. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch

The Punch
Nigerians to Buhari: Sacking Lawal, Oke not enough, prosecute them
Buhari aware of Maina’s reinstatement, I warned him —HoS in leaked memo
Federal Govt to pay civil war victims N50bn
Subpoena: Jonathan asks Metuh for N1bn traveling expenses
Panama papers: Lawyers’ ethical dilemma  
Agriculture and the future of Africa
Nollywood is demonising the Nigerian culture
Taraba govt under attack over police attack on players
Kanu, Diouf to raise funds for IDPs
Joshua promises Sagamu youths
Carpenter dismembers friend, reports self to residents
Policemen kill 55-year-old during attack on Lagos market
Soldiers storm Ibadan community, mark 49 houses for demolition
26 injured in crash on Enugu-Abakaliki road
Five arrested for selling two babies for N1.1m
Air Peace: Suspected burglar confessed, stole N1m – Police
SEC launches development fund for capital market
FG accused of denying N’Delta N1tn gas flare penalty
NAMA hires 40 new air traffic controllers
Carpenter dismembers friend, reports self to residents
Policemen kill 55-year-old during attack on Lagos market
Mother of electrocuted undergraduate seeks N10m compensation from PHED
Policeman arrested over alleged rape of girl, 14
For first time ever, Saudi women allowed to enter stadiums
Chidoka wants technology used for Anambra poll
Buhari presides over APC national caucus meeting
2019: INEC considers disabled persons
Buhari presides over APC national caucus meeting
Babachir’s sack: We’ve been vindicated, says APC
Hand Lawal, Oke over to EFCC, SERAP tells Buhari
UPDATED: I won’t discuss Buhari’s re-election -Tinubu
Edo Assembly approves reduction of 2017 budget
Buhari appoints Boss Mustapha as SGF
Israeli firm to secure Nigeria’s maritime space
Rising foreign loans risky for exchange rate – IMF
FG to begin crude oil tracking next year
AfDB cancels $400m loan to Nigeria
Buhari condoles with Goje over wife’s death
Joshua apologises to frustrated fans
Uzoho, Nwakali get Eagles chance, Rohr recalls Onyekuru
University to honour Odumosu
UNIBEN student wins international essay contest
Workers in Oyo institutions to protest over unpaid salaries
UniUyo to inaugurate projects ahead of convocation
Federal University Birnin-Kebbi gets new VC
Spacey under fire over teen ‘sexual advance’ claim
Hollywood star, Kevin Spacey comes out as gay
Experts make sanitary pads from banana tree fibres
Bayelsa allays fear of fresh outbreak of monkey pox
Health Ministry, MTN Foundation partner to tackle maternal, infant deaths
A woman’s fight with depression
Five ways to maximise your mobile data usage
Digital technology can reduce capital expenses –Experts
Editorial: Issues from Southern governors’ forum
Agriculture and the future of Africa
 Nollywood is demonising the Nigerian culture
Nigerian politicians at their game


Tinubu: Alleged Rift with President is Fake News
• Ahead of APC Caucus, NEC meetings, protesters demand Oyegun’s ouster
Boss Mustapha is New SGF, Babachir, Oke to Face Prosecution
FG Agrees to Pay N88bn as Compensation to Nigerian Civil War Victims
Heineken Unveils First Africa Inspired Fashion Collection
IMF: Debt Service Becoming Burden to Nigeria, Others
Alison-Madueke Moves to Compel Court to Join or Delete Her Name from Criminal Charge
ECOWAS Court Orders FG to Pay N88bn Civil War Damages
APGA: Obiano Remains Our Authentic Candidate
Fowler: VAIDS Has Yielded N18bn in Four Months
FG Engages Israeli Firm to Police Nigeria’s Territorial Waters
Newswatch:  Jimoh Ibrahim Wins in Appeal Court
Kachikwu: IOCs Interested in Investing over $15bn in Nigeria
Businessman in Court over Importation of Fake KILIT Insecticide
Nestle Grows Nine Months Profit to N23bn, Recommends N15 Interim Dividend
Police Arrest 200 Cows in Yola
‘Emulate Otti’s Politics Without Bitterness’
House C’ttee Probes Activities of Telecoms Operators, Banks, Others
NSCDC Deploys 1,000 to Rid Hotels in Kwara of Strippers
Elumelu Joins Obama, World Leaders in Chicago
Ijebu-Igbo Residents Angry over Killing of RTEAN Member
Two Female Suicide Bombers Killed in Maiduguri
Senate Mourns Danjuma Goje’s Wife
Ambode Congratulates New UNILAG VC, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe
FG: No Definite Date for National Census
Hope Democratic Party Sues Buhari, AGF, Three Others over Abuses by EFCC
CSO Accuses FG of Withholding N1tn Gas Flare Fines
Policeman Arrested for Allegedly Abducting, Raping 14-year-old Girl
FCT Minister Confers Honorary Citizenship on Ivoirian President
Ekiti Pensioners mourn Death of Seven Members in Two Weeks
Abdulsalami: Nigeria Has Lost $13.7bn in One Year to Farmers/Herdsmen Clashes
Ayade Presents 50 Vehicles for Security Operations
Uzodimma Calls for Abolition of State of Origin Clause, Referendum on Restructuring
Police Invitation, Ploy to Malign, Frame Me, Says Omisore
DHQ Debunks Culpability of NAF in Deaths of Army Officer, Eight Soldiers
APGA Chief: Obiano Will Win Anambra Election With 85% of Votes Cast
Obaseki Tasks Financial Institutions on Unbanked Population
DBN Begins Lending with N5bn to 20,000 MSMEs
NCCN: Nigeria Has Gender Problem in the Workplace
Report: Nigeria, Others Cut $133bn Capex from 2015 to 2020
TCN Utilises Capacity of In-house Engineers to Cut Costs
Abuja Disco: Electricity Tariff Should be N65 Per Kilowatt Hour
Politics Frustrating NDDC’s Interventions in Akwa Ibom
Council Elections Reopen Old Wounds in Kwara
Ciroma Endorses Adeniran as PDP National Chairman
Oba of Benin Commemorates First Anniversary
‘Why SANs Are Rolling Out the Drums to Celebrate’
Teams Muller, Civil Defence Cement S’final Places
Rohr Fortifies Eagles with Youngsters
Neymar Regretting Exit from Barcelona
Champions League: Conte Hopeful Kante Fit for Roma Clash
Kwesé TV Thrills Anthony Joshua Fans in Sagamu
Atletico at Risk of Early Exit from UEFA Champions League
The Monkey Business They Call Governance
Adoption: Knots and Bolts


The Nation

Queen of Netherlands visits Nigeria
Buhari hands over Lawal, Oke to anti-graft agencies
Tinubu: I’ve confidence in Buhari
AfDB calls off proposed $400m loan to Nigeria
Buhari presides over APC caucus meeting in Aso Villa
Jonathan urges court to void Metuh’s request to compel him to testify
Protesters demand Oyegun’s removal
Mixed reactions trail Fed Govt’s sack of Lawal, Oke
Buhari, Ouattara meet over Togo, Liberia, other issues 
FIRS rakes in $50m through VAIDS
Mayhem at Ijebu-Igbo over killing of RTEAN member
Police nab undergraduate for fraud
Ibadan community accuses Army of threats to demolish homes
Policeman arrested for allegedly defiling minor
Civil Defence uncovers prostitutes’ recruitment centre
Ambode hails Ogundipe’s appointment as Unilag VC
FUBK gets new Vice Chancellor
ISIS Names Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar as Next Target
Odumosu set for induction into University of South Alabama Hall Of Fame
Rohr calls up 18-year-old Uzoho, Mikel, 22 others for Algeria, Argentina games
NFF directs Committee to submit road map for Russia 2018 World Cup
Kanu, El-Hadji Diouf, Apiah, Amokachi , others to light up Kano
ATB Stadium gets new turf after 18 years
NFF dissolves standing Committee
Falegan: Imposition ‘ll not stand in Ekiti
Why power must shift in Ekiti, by aspirant
PDP aspirants eyeing Buhari’s job
Cossy Orjiakor gets new butt
More prospects for film business as AFRIFF 2017 opens in Lagos
I’m back, says Prince Umukoro
Lawyer charged with ‘forgery’
School driver arraigned for ‘robbery, rape’
DPO after my land, says businessman
Lawmaker to empower 300 with ICT skill
Solar-powered vehicles, tricycle launched in Nigeria
Why embrace entrepreneurship?

The Sun

As Buhari sacks Lawal, Oke, Nigerians press for their prosecution
 Junaid, SERAP, Yakassai, Fayose, PDP, APC react
EFCC tracks Maina to Dubai, US, UK –Magu
APC national caucus meets in Aso Rock
Clvil war landmines: FG, 10 states agree N88bn settlement
Forensic audit exposes more fraud at National Arts Theatre
Newswatch: Jimoh Ibrahim wins at Appeal Court
Ikpeazu, Abaribe  know Nnamdi Kanu’s  whereabouts –Pan-Igbo youth group
I’ve no friction with president, says Tinubu
Avoids question on Buhari’s second term
FG rejects Diezani’s application for trial in Nigeria
Massive restructuring underway in DPR, NCDMB, others –Kachikwu
Agony, pain at Ikoyi passport office
Competence exam: War in Kaduna over 21,780 teachers’ sack
25,000 to replace sacked teachers
Anambra: PDP rallies for APGA
Presidential re-run: Kenya’s election commission declares Kenyatta winner
My victory ’ll be tested -President Odinga to announce “way forward” today
Bezos world’s richest person, again
Saudi Arabia to let women enter sports stadiums in 2018
To change Nigeria’s situation, more women needed in leadership, says Masi-Garba
Anambra: PDP treading familiar path
Anambra guber : Enugu-Onitsha expressway: How Nwoye got Fashola to order contractors back to site
Electricity pricing: Senators to meet Fashola 
  …Abaribe advocates zero-billing for vulnerable
Banking&Finance: Exchange rates take centre stage at CIBN investiture
Banking&Finance: Credit to high risk sectors may weigh down banks –
Russia 2018 W/Cup qualifier : Mikel leads 23 others for Algeria, Argentina clash
Kanu, others storm Kano for IDPs
NFF technical committee gets 3-day ultimatum
Banking&Finance : Top 10 sources of retirement income
Banking&Finance: SEC inaugurates Capital Market Development Fund
Banking&Finance: External reserves surge to $34bn
FG realises $50m from VAIDS, 2 months after –Fowler
EDITORIAL: Revisiting the Malabu oil scam

Ten things you need to know about new SGF, Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha

10 things you need to know about new SGF, Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha

President Muhammadu Buhari and new SGF
By Opeyemi Kehinde

Bar. Boss Gida Mustapha, new SGF.
Here are ten things you need to know about the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari today:

1. Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, as the Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) on June 23, 2016. His appointment then was announced by the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal, via a statement signed by the Director of Press (OSGF Office) Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi.
2. Mr. Boss G. Mustapha is a Christian from Adamawa state, just like the sacked SGF, Babachir Lawal.
3. He was a Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), one of the legacy parties that formed the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
4. He graduated in 1979 from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and earned his Barrister at Law (B.L) from the Nigeria Law School, Lagos in 1980.
5. He served as a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member with the Directorate of Legal Services at the Army Headquarters from July 1980 to August 1981 and was in charge of the review of Court Marshall proceeding.
6. He started full legal practice in 1983 as a Counsel in the law firm of Messrs Onagoruwa & Co. in Lagos and was later appointed Principal Counsel in the law firm of Messrs Mustapha & Associates where he served from 1984 till 2000. He later joined Adriot Lex & Co. law firm as a Principal Consultant from 2000 to 2006.
7. He was the National President of Gongola State Student’s Union between 1978 and 1979 and later elected Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Yola Branch between 1986 and 1988.
8. He was at one time the State Chairman of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Gongola State between 1990 and 1991 and later the Gubernatorial candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) for Adamawa State in 1991.
9. He was appointed as a member of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF), serving meritoriously from 2000 to 2007. He was also a member of the National Political Conference held in 2005.
10. He is a Member of the following professional associations: Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), African Bar Association (ABA), Commonwealth Lawyers Association, International Bar Association (IBA), Human Rights Institute (HRI) and also a member of the religious body, the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI).

OAU student commits suicide over poor grade

OAU student commits suicide over poor grade

A 16-year old 100-level student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mercy Afolaranmi, has committed suicide due to poor grade

According to the school’s Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, Miss Afolaranmi, poisoned herself.

Students and a neighbour close to the deceased also said she killed herself due to poor grade.

“We got a call that one of our students took poison,” Mr. Oyatokun said. “We got to hospital to realise that she mixed rat poison. She gave us the contact of her parents but before they arrived, she already gave up due to the effect of the poison she took.”

A neighbour, Bimpe Oni said Miss Afolaranmi, who lived off-campus at Sabo area of Ile-Ife, died on Thursday, after she took “rat poison mixed with battery extract.”

Mrs. Oni said the late student committed suicide because of “emotional pressure.”

A student, Aisha, who was Miss Afolaranmi’s colleague in the Faculty of Science, said the deceased had ‘E’ in CHM101 (Chemistry for first year students), a reportedly dreaded course for year one students in the science and technology related faculties.

“Mercy often isolated herself in class and looked depressed,” said Aisha. “She told me she had ‘E’ in CHM101 and has been going around unhappy before this incident.”

Another student in the Faculty of Student, Opeyemi, said “she took poison because of result.”

Before her death, on October 10, she posted on Facebook that: “Above all other things, I just wanna see God, see what He looks like, speak with Him face to face. I don’t wanna miss heaven. LORD HELP ME.”