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Crude Oil Theft: Navy Intercepts Ghanaian Vessel, Arrests 13

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The Nigerian Navy revealed that one of its ship, Beecroft, intercepted a Ghana-registered vessel, Motor Tanker Sweet Miri which was headed to Benin Republic with about 2 million litres of stolen crude oil. This was made known in a statement by the Base Information Officer of Beecroft, Lieutenant Hussaini Ibrahim, who also disclosed the arrest of the intercepted vessel’s 13 crew members, 12 Nigerians and 1 Ghanaian.

Nigerian Police Arrests Four Currency Counterfeiters In Lagos

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The Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, has arrested members of a syndicate among who are a couple, a former soldier and a printer, for allegedly producing fake currencies.The suspects Mr Oludare Olamilekan, 50; his wife Oluwayemisi, 46; Ilelabayo Johnson, 62, who identified himself as a retired Colonel and Adeniyi Quadri, 35, who were paraded by the Assistant Inspector- General of Police, AIG Olatoye Durosinmi, were discovered to have been distributing the fake currencies to Bureau De Change operators both in Nigeria and Cameroun and through POS services in Nigeria. AIG Durosinmi disclosed that the arrests were made following intelligence report about the hideout of one of the suspects, Quadri, who allegedly printed and supplied the fake currencies to other members of the syndicate.

3-Month-Old Baby For N2m- NAPTIP

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The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, in collaboration with the Ekiti State Liaison Office in Ilupeju-Ekiti has arrested two suspected baby traders in Ekiti State. The Head of NAPTIP, Ekiti Liaison Office, Oladimeji Samson, stated that one of the suspects, Ifeoma Ejide, allegedly sold a female baby to another Funmilayo Ibitoye, who allegedly bought the baby for N2 million. Samson in his statement revealed that, “My colleagues came from Abuja for a case of a woman that has a baby factory at Owo, Ondo State and the woman was arrested in Owo and from there they traced where she sold the baby.” 

SSANU Appeals For Payment Of Withheld Salaries

Education

The President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Mohammed Ibrahim has appealed to the Federal Government (FG) to release the withheld 4 months salaries of its members. Recall that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu directed that workers in public universities should be paid their withheld salaries which was halted by the previous administration’s ‘No work, No Pay’ policy as result of the industrial strike embarked by universities’ unions in 2022.

FG Commences Payment Of ASUU’s Withheld Salaries

Education

The Federal Government (FG) has commenced the payment of withheld salaries of public university lecturers under the aegis the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Multiple sources within the academic sector confirmed the development on Monday, stating that several members of the Union have began receiving credit alerts of 2 months withheld salary out of the outstanding 8 months.

Osun State Commences Recruitment for Teachers

Education

The Osun State Government as of 19th February 2024 officially opened a portal for two weeks to the public for immediate recruitment of eligible teachers in Public Primary and Secondary Schools. This step is in the quest to enhance quality education in the state. Prospective applicants are advised to visit the official recruitment portal at http://jobportal.osunstate.gov.ng to access the application form, and a non-refundable fee of Two Thousand Naira (2,000) only in the course of the process.

UK Based Nigerian Researcher Innovates AI Tool to Identify Terrorists

Security

A United Kingdom-based Nigerian researcher, Yunusa Jibrin, has revealed his newest innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool having the capacity to recognize terrorists irrespective of their location in Nigeria. Jibrin stated that if his findings are been adopted by the federal government, would help to direct the efforts of the military toward identifying and eliminating bandits wherever they may be hiding in the country. Being a Master’s degree graduate in computer science from the University of Sussex, Jubrin in an interview with Vanguard on Sunday that he leveraged AI-driven image synthesis to generate thousands of visual representations depicting bandits in desert environments.

Hard-Time: Tinubu Solves South-East Problems – Umahi

Security

Residents of Southeast region will not participate in the economic sabotage by some sacrosanct s in other region to protest against the high cost of living in Nigeria, as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has relatively resolved insecurity ravaging the zone.

Only 5% of People With Boko Haram Ideology Still Exist – Borno State Govt

Security

The Borno State government has revealed that more than 95 per cent of people in the state whom were holding the ideology of Boko Haram , especially the founding members are either dead or have gave up on the ideology.  Special Adviser to the Borno State Government on Security Affairs, Brig. Gen. Ishaq Abdullahi (Rtd) disclosed this during an interview with Daily Trust in Maiduguri yesterday Sunday. The retired Army General said the leadership of the deadly group has become frenzy as only about 10 of the founding members might still be alive and on the run.

Same-Sex Marriage: Nigerian Catholic Bishops Junks Pope Stance

Religion

The Catholic Bishops in Nigeria in an accord junked off Pope Francis on the blessing of same-sex couples. Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji disclosed this at the formal opening of the 2024 First Plenary Assembly of the CBCN on 18th February, 2024, at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja.  The gathering states that, the statements or declarations from the Holy-See should promote unity and communion on matters of doctrine, morals and liturgy, but unfortunately, Fiducia Supplicans did otherwise; but rather impairing the unity and catholicity of the Church.  The statement read, “We must sincerely admit that the Declaration, Fiducia Supplicans (On the Pastoral Meaning Blessings), issued on 18th December, 2023, by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, has added to our pains.” 

As Israeli Hamas War Thickens, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Jets To Greece, Rome

Religion

Following the Israeli verses Hamas war, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Reverend Yakubu Pam, has revealed that the Nigerian pilgrim contingent has chose to heads to Greece and Rome instead to visit biblical sites for its religious rituals. The Reverend father stated this in Abuja yesterday while addressing journalists, saying that safety of the pilgrims has always been a priority to the NCPC.

Federal Government Approves Airline Carriers For 2024 Hajj Pilgrimage

Religion

President Tinubu has granted approval to three airlines to serve as exclusive carriers for the 2024 Hajj pilgrimage. The Assistant Director, Public Affairs, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Fatima Sanda-Usara, made the above public in a statement on Friday in Abuja. The airlines selected were named as Air Peace Ltd, FlyNas and Max Air.Max Air, which has the highest allocation, is responsible for the conveyance of pilgrims from Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Oyo, Taraba, Kaduna, Armed Forces, Gombe, Jigawa and Plateau states. Similarly, Air Peace is scheduled to transport intending pilgrims from Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, FCT, Imo, Kwara, Ondo and Rivers states.

SSANU Appeals For Payment Of Withheld Salaries

Education

The President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Mohammed Ibrahim has appealed to the Federal Government (FG) to release the withheld 4 months salaries of its members. Recall that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu directed that workers in public universities should be paid their withheld salaries which was halted by the previous administration’s ‘No work, No Pay’ policy as result of the industrial strike embarked by universities’ unions in 2022.

UK Based Nigerian Researcher Innovates AI Tool to Identify Terrorists

Security

A United Kingdom-based Nigerian researcher, Yunusa Jibrin, has revealed his newest innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool having the capacity to recognize terrorists irrespective of their location in Nigeria. Jibrin stated that if his findings are been adopted by the federal government, would help to direct the efforts of the military toward identifying and eliminating bandits wherever they may be hiding in the country. Being a Master’s degree graduate in computer science from the University of Sussex, Jubrin in an interview with Vanguard on Sunday that he leveraged AI-driven image synthesis to generate thousands of visual representations depicting bandits in desert environments.

Hard-Time: Tinubu Solves South-East Problems – Umahi

Security

Residents of Southeast region will not participate in the economic sabotage by some sacrosanct s in other region to protest against the high cost of living in Nigeria, as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has relatively resolved insecurity ravaging the zone.