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UPDATE: Why Soldier Fighting Boko Haram Killed Himself In Borno—Colleague
A colleague of Akila Jimo, a soldier from 152 Battalion, Banki, Borno state who committed suicide on Saturday says the deceased was always complaining that he was not allowed to go on pass.
A pass is a written permission to be away from one’s military unit for a limited period of time.
A soldier told SaharaReporters that Jimo requested to go on pass to visit his family several times but was turned down on every occasion.
He was said to have suddenly cocked his rifle and shot himself in the head. The incident happened in Kumche.
“His name is Cpl Akila Jimo from 142 Battalion but attached to 212 Battalion in Maiduguri. He was always complaining that he was also not allowed to go on pass.
“He had already overstayed in the theatre of operation. He had started showing some signs of depression before he eventually took his life,” the source told SaharaReporters.
In March, a soldier, Bello Useni, with the Nigerian Army School of Armour in Bauchi killed himself.
In September 2020, a lance corporal attached to the Army’s 27 Task Force Brigade in Buni Gari, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state, committed suicide at his duty post.
In July 2020, a soldier in the Army’s 202 battalion in Bama, Borno state, killed a lieutenant who did not give him pass to visit his family.
In 2019, a soldier hanged himself in Abuja.
And in 2017, another soldier committed suicide after killing his superior officer.
Soldiers, especially those deployed in operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East, have always complained about poor welfare.
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JUST IN: Nigerian Government Denies Printing N60billion To Support March Allocation, Claims ‘Obaseki Lied’
The Nigerian government has denied it printed N60 billion to augument March allocation to states as alleged by Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning disclosed this on Wednesday.
Ahmed described the allegation by Obaseki as untrue and sad.
Obaseki had at the Edo transition committee stakeholders' engagement last week said that Nigeria was in huge financial trouble.
“When we got FAAC (Federal Account Allocation Committee) for March, the federal government printed additional N50-N60 billion to top-up for us to share,” he had said.
“This April, we will go to Abuja and share. By the end of this year, our total borrowings is going to be within N15-N16 trillion. Imagine a family that is just borrowing without any means to pay back and nobody is looking at that, everybody is looking at 2023, everybody is blaming Mr. President as if he is a magician.”
Ahmed said Nigeria’s debt is still within sustainable limit and efforts are on to improve revenue generation capacity.
“The issue that was raised by the Edo State Governor for me is very, very sad. Because it is not a fact.
“What we distribute at FAAC is revenue that is generated and in fact distribution revenue is public information. We publish revenue generated by FIRS, the customs and the NNPC and we distribute at FAAC.
“So, it is not true to say we printed money to distribute at FAAC, it is not true,” she said.
Edo, Oyo, Bauchi, Others Lament Poor Compliance With COVID-19 Protocols As Vaccination Kicks Off
Anumber of states, including Edo, Osun, Bauchi, Oyo, Zamfara and Cross River have expressed frustration at the poor compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols by their people.
According to the Punch, the various state governments said this had led to the increased number of COVID-19 cases recorded by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
This was as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, received their first COVID-19 vaccine shots on Saturday in Abuja.
Dr Cyprian Ngon of the National Hospital Abuja had become the first Nigerian to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria on Friday.
Nearly four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Abuja on March 2. The shipment was said to be the third and largest delivery to be made by the global COVAX initiative, which was created to ensure that low- and middle-income countries have fair access to doses.
In Edo State, the COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr Andrew Obi, while speaking with journalists in Benin City, the state capital, said it was discouraging that residents were refusing to comply with the government’s directive to tackle infection spread.
“It is quite discouraging that while the government steps up measures to protect residents against this deadly virus, some recalcitrant members of society have disregarded these orders, thereby endangering the lives of others,” Obi said.
He appealed to the people to complement the state government’s efforts at curbing the community spread of the virus by complying with the government’s COVID-19 protocols.
“We call on all residents to adhere to the compulsory use of face masks and other precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus as the government alone cannot win this battle,” he said.
In a similar vein, the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Saturday decried poor compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, urging the people of the state to adhere to them.
Oyetola said this at the special prayer session to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his late mother, Alhaja Wulaimot Oyetola, held at the deceased’s residence at Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of the state.
“I am using this occasion to appeal to our people to take COVID-19 protocols more seriously than before and stop insinuating that the virus has been eliminated.
“As we can see and hear, the second wave is deadlier, hence the need for all to adhere strictly to all the safety protocols and guidelines,” he said.
The governor described his late mother as a woman of virtue and an epitome of womanhood, adding that he was what he was today because of his parents’ teachings.
Also, in Bauchi State, the Chairman of the state Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Rilwan Mohammed, expressed worry about the people’s refusal to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
He advised that people should not see the availability of vaccines as a reason to defy the protocols.
Mohammed, who is also the Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said, “I don’t know why people are refusing to adhere to the protocols even with the fact that we are currently having a second wave of the pandemic.
“Children are already being infected in the second wave. The people should take COVID-19 seriously because it is still deadly.
“People should wear their face masks, use hand sanitisers, observe social distancing, among others. It is unfortunate that many people no longer observe the protocols. If you go to the banks and other crowded places, you will see people without face masks.”
Mohammed said even after receiving vaccination, people should still observe the protocols.
In Zamfara State, the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Yahaya Kanoma, also asked the people to keep observing the safety protocols despite the discovery of vaccines for the disease.
“People should be very careful and should not discard COVID-19 protocols simply because of the vaccines. Even if one is vaccinated, he or she should not abandon the use of face masks as well as keeping social distancing,” he said.
Similarly, the Incident Manager and Coordinator, COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre in Oyo State, Dr Taiwo Ladipo, warned about the danger of failing to comply with the protocols, saying that vaccines “are not an absolute guarantee against the virus.”
He said, “The vaccines do not prevent you from getting the virus. What the vaccine does is just to boost your immunity against getting it.
“The vaccine, therefore, is to reduce the severity of the virus. Despite the provision for the vaccine, people should adhere to the COVID-19 protocols such as hand washing, use of sanitisers, social distancing and the use of face masks. These have to be observed even when you take the vaccine shots.”
Also, the Cross River State Commissioner for Health, Dr Betta Edu, decried poor compliance with COVID-19 protocols, advising the people of the state to keep adhering to the guidelines.
“Nigerians should continue to observe COVID-19 protocols despite the procurement of vaccines as the vaccines do not provide 100 per cent protection.
“The people should continue to use their face masks, hand sanitisers and other non-pharmaceutical interventions until Nigeria attains herd immunity. Even though the vaccine provides immunity, you can still get the virus through the nostril and pass it on to someone else,” she said.
Meanwhile, in preparation for the receipt of vaccines, Edu said the state would spend over N30 million as counterpart funding for the first phase of the vaccine roll-out.
She said, “We should be spending over N30m for the first phase of the rollout, which includes e-training.
“We have built cold stores as part of the funding. We have test-run all our cold chain equipment which are supposed to receive the vaccines, and they are ready to go.”
We Are Brothers, Oshiomhole Says, Embraces Obaseki In Edo
Former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the incumbent governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, as his brother and friend on Saturday.
The two hitherto political rivals met in Auchi, Edo State, at the Centenary Birthday Thanksgiving of Msgr. Thomas Oleghe and 18th Canonical Erection Anniversary of the Diocese of Auchi.
Obaseki, who exchanged greetings with an elbow-bump in compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols, with his predecessor, said they are both sons of Edo with the interest of the state at heart.
Obaseki also said he has no personal grudges against the All Progressives Congress's former chairman but only dislikes his politics style, a statement from the governor's office said.
The governor said, "I don't have anything personal against Oshiomhole. I may not like his politics, but he has not done anything personal against me. We all are interacting with the interest of the country and the development of our community at heart."
On his part, Oshiomhole, a guest at the event, hailed his successor, describing him as "his brother and friend".
Oshiomhole said, "Once the governor speaks, the matter ends. The governor knows that pensioners here might not be able to do much; that is why he said every other thing required to complete the hostel of the Catholic School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uzairue, his government will do."
The governor, who was elected on the platform of APC in 2016, was denied the party's ticket for a second term in 2020 due to intra-party wrangling.
He later defected to the Peoples Democratic Party. He defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate and the anointed candidate of Oshiomhole and Bola Tinubu in the 2020 Edo State Governorship Election.
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BREAKING: Buhari Receives COVID-19 Vaccine In Aso Villa
President Muhammadu Buhari was on Saturday vaccinated against COVID-19.
Buhari was vaccinated by his personal physician at about 11.51 am at a brief ceremony witnessed by top government officials at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President was the first among the nation's strategic leaders to take the vaccine after some frontline health workers at the National Hospital's treatment centre, Abuja, were vaccinated on Friday.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control had early on Friday cleared the 3.924m doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday for usage.
Benin City, Edo State Bloody as Cult Engage in War
Bloody Edo : Corpse Litter The Streets Of Benin As Cult Hostilities Intensifies.
Edo State is making the headlines again, this time around for the wrong reasons.
Benin City is currently boiling as cult gangs and hoodlums have taken over major parts of the metropolis unleashing mayhem at innocent citizens.
According to our Correspondent jimoh Ogirima report that, 6 deaths were recorded yesterday alone with the bodies of the victims left on the street for all to see.
This trending video happened yesterday at Textile Mill road in Benin City, the worse aspect is that the people don’t even know what is going on, some say it is the usual crisis between the Black Axe and Eiye confraternity, others say it is an underground gang war meant to cleanse the opposing confraternity.
As at the time of reporting this incidence there is a corpse lying at Benin Lagos Express road opposite Uselu park.
This one happened about 6 am on Saturday which happens to be today.
Some who spoke off camera urged the security agencies to swing into action and bring to book all those behind these dastardly acts.
We ready for diaspora voting – INEC chief
Nigeria’s electoral umpire, INEC, will commence the registration of eligible voters by 2021 ahead of the 2023 general elections, the chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, has said.
The exercise, which will begin in January, will run for next 18 months – and stop about six months before the elections, he said.
He also said N1 billion has been budgeted for the registration exercise.
Mr Mamood disclosed this in an interview with journalists on Wednesday, shortly after his 2021 budget defence at the Senate.
“For continuous voter registration, the Commission intends to resume voter registration in the first quarter of 2021. And once we resume, it will be continuous for one and half years, at least until six months to the next general election,” he said.
“In other words, the Commission is not going to resume voter registration for a week, two weeks or a month but we are working out the details.”
The INEC boss also disclosed that the commission is ready to “roll out” diaspora voting to enable more eligible Nigerian citizens working in diplomatic missions or those permanently living abroad to vote.
He, however, said it will require amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act by the National Assembly.
“The Commission is desirous of giving Nigerians living abroad the right to vote, after all, all our neighbouring countries do so.
“But it requires the amendment to the constitution and the Electoral Act for that to happen. And we have already worked out the document. Once the law is amended today, we can roll out.
“We are ready. We have had several meetings with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) but we can’t go beyond what the law provides,” he said.
In the same vein, he called for an amendment to the Electoral Act to allow disenfranchised groups to vote. These include journalists, security personnel, INEC staff, among others.
He also sought amendment to allow Nigerians with their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to vote anywhere they find themselves.
“It’s not just those in the armed services, the police involved in election duty, journalists, INEC adhoc staff and some INEC staff don’t vote. The reason is that you are posted for election duty to places other than where you are registered, and the law says you vote where are registered.
“So, if you pass some amendments to the Electoral Act to enable people to vote, two solution perhaps, early voting, so that those involved in election duty can vote early or major reform of electoral legal framework to allow people to vote wherever they are.”
For 2021, INEC proposed a budget size of N40 billion, which is expected to cover the growing personnel cost; overhead, electoral expenses as well as litigations.
This is even as the INEC boss stated that the commission pays an average of N4.5 million to secure the service of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), a fee he said is based on a payment scale designed by the Ministry of Justice.
While he said INEC has no problem with its budget performance for 2019, the commission ,however ,encountered a few financial challenges in the budget for 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Mahmood sought the Senate’s approval to take N5.2 billion from a “Special INEC Fund”. This, he said, is to make up for the shortfall.
The INEC Fund is a provision in the Electoral Act 2010 that enables INEC save a percentage of its allocation for emergency duties and rainy days. And no withdrawal has been made from the Special INEC Fund in the last 10 years.
“The Commission cannot be independent unless it is financially independent. There are some activities that happen that are time bound or bound by some specific provisions of the constitution that the Commission has to undertake,” he told journalists.
“So, the fund was established to allow the Commission to discharge those responsibilities. It was established in 2010 but there was no cause to spend from it, and from the last five years this Commission did not spend from it.
“But what has happened now is our budget for 2020 dropped to N40 billion from N45.5 billion in 2019. And as a result of the 10 per cent COVID cut, it further dropped to N36 billion in the middle of the year when we had already made preparation for expenditure, and therefore, since that fund is made for the rainy days, I informed the committee that the rainy day has come. So we are taking part of the fund to balance our budget for this year.”
In his remarks, a member of the committee, Opeyemi Bamidele, said the Senate will address the aspect of its desired reforms ranging from funding for elections to remuneration for INEC staff.
He, thereafter, directed the INEC chairperson to, within the next three months, report back on specific issues that require legislative action and as well as improved salary structure for the commission.
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Chibok girls in the hands of Boko Haram.
It's exactly SEVEN years today when Boko Haram adopted the Chibok girls in school.....
We pray that "may this country Nigeria never experience this kind of dangerous insurgency again from now and forever".
And may the soul of those who died continue to rest in peace. 😭😭😭
May the almighty God bless the federal republic of Nigeria and keep us safe.....
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Courtouis clave en la clasificación del Real Madrid a semifinales de la Champions League - El Nacional
El Real Madrid se clasificó este miércoles para las semifinales de la Champions League pese a no poder pasar del empate 0-0 con el Liverpool.
El Real Madrid se clasificó este miércoles para las semifinales de la Champions League pese a no poder pasar del empate 0-0 con el Liverpool en la vuelta de cuartos de final del torneo continental. El equipo blanco hizo buena su renta de la ida en que se impuso 3-1 al equipo inglés en Madrid, para pasar a la siguiente fase donde le espera el Chelsea, que eliminó el martes al Oporto. Real Madrid en semifinales de la Champions League El Real Madrid vuelve a unas semifinales de la Champions League por primera vez desde 2018 cuando acabó alzando su tercera Champions consecutiva con Zinedine Zidane a los mandos del club merengue. Tras imponerse con autoridad en la ida, el Real Madrid sufrió este miércoles en Anfield ante un Liverpool que salió desde el principio por el partido. El Liverpool avisó pronto con un remate de Mohamed Salah completamente solo en el punto de penal, que sacó Thibaut Courtois con el pie (2), que volvería a estirarse para sacar un disparo de James Milner (11). El equipo inglés presionaba arriba la salida del Real Madrid, al que le costó conectar con sus distribuidores de juego Luka Modric y Toni Kroos, muy cubiertos por los rivales. #DiaInternacionalDelPortero#UCLpic.twitter.com/eT37js0kQZ — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) April 14, 2021 Courtouis, el héroe El Real Madrid llegó al descanso defendiéndose con el balón, mientras el Liverpool aprovechaba las imprecisiones y pérdidas del equipo merengue para llegar con peligro al área de Courtois, que vio irse altos dos disparos de Salah (41) y Georginio Wijnaldum (42). El portero merengue fue uno de los hombres clave de su equipo este miércoles a la hora de dar seguridad a su equipo. Nada más iniciarse el segundo tiempo, el belga tuvo que volver a lucirse tapando un disparo a bocajarro de Firmino (46). El equipo blanco siguió mostrándose muy conservador, más preocupado de no cometer errores que pudieran acabar en un robo de balón y un rápido ataque rival, que de marcar. El Real Madrid sufrió en el segundo tiempo como lo hizo en los inicios del primero, cerrando filas atrás y tapando huecos ante la presión del Liverpool, que encerró al equipo merengue en su área. Los blancos acabaron limitándose a tratar de salir al contraataque y aguantar las acometidas del Liverpool para llevarse la eliminatoria.
Viacerí Slováci podali na súd v Haagu podnet v súvislosti s testovaním - PRAVDA.sk
Desiatky Slovákov podali podnet na Medzinárodný trestný súd za vykonanie medicínskych experimentov súvisiacich s celoplošným testovaním.
Desiatky Slovákov podali v pondelok podnet na Medzinárodný trestný súd v Haagu za vykonanie nepovolených medicínskych experimentov súvisiacich s celoploným testovaním. TASR o tom v stredu informovala advokátka a bývalá dlhoroná zástupkya SR pred Európskym súdom pre udské práva (ESP) Marica Piroíková.Poda nej skupina vidí v prebiehajúcich celoploných testovaniach závané poruenie medzinárodných záväzkov SR vyplývajúcich z ustanovení Rímskeho tatútu a iných medzinárodných záväzkov. "Ich úmyselným a organizovaným konaním mohlo dôjs k takým porueniam, ktoré tvoria s najväou pravdepodobnosou dostatoný základ pre stíhanie skutkov s monou právnou kvalifikáciou zloiny proti udskosti a vojnové zloiny smerujúce voi vlastnému obyvatestvu, vysvetlila TASR Piroíková. K podnetu sa pridal aj emeritný sudca Ústavného súdu (ÚS) SR Ján Drgonec. Povinné celoploné testovania a následné zákazy im zapríinili opakované fyzické, psychické aj spoloenské traumy. Vnímam, ako je im v nesprávne komunikovanej krízovej situácii metódou strachu vnucovaná výmena ich základných práv a slobôd za faloný pocit bezpeia. Faloná bezpenos nie je a nikdy nebude spôsobilá slobodu iadnym spôsobom obmedzi, povedal alí len skupiny advokát Peter Weis. Poda Piroíkovej to nie je prvé ani posledné podanie, ktoré bolo zaslané medzinárodným súdnym orgánom. Vládne uznesenie o predení núdzového stavu pre pandémiu ochorenia COVID-19 napadla na ÚS opoziná strana Smer a jeho asti s prijatými opatreniami aj generálny prokurátor SR Maro ilinka. ÚS rozhodol 31. marca tak, e uznesenie vlády SR o predení núdzového stavu o alích 40 dní a prijatých opatreniach zo 17. marca je v súlade s Ústavou SR.
Hamáček pôjde do Ruska rokovať o Sputniku V, sprevádzať ho bude Danko - PRAVDA.sk
Český minister vnútra a zahraničia účasť Danka na rokovaní vysvetľuje tým, že využíva všetky kontakty, ktoré má vo svete, aby pre občanov Česka zabezpečil potrebné vakcíny.
eský minister vnútra a zahraniných vecí Jan Hamáek v stredu oznámil, e na budúci týde v pondelok vycestuje do Moskvy rokova o moných dodávkach proticovidovej vakcíny Sputnik V. Sprevádza ho bude slovenský politik Andrej Danko.Hamáek, ktorý po odvolaní ministra Tomáa Petíka doasne vedie aj rezort diplomacie, chce v Rusku rokova o prípadných dodávkach Sputnika V po jeho schválení Európskou liekovou agentúrou (EMA), informoval webový spravodajský portál Novinky.cz. Poda informácií eského politicko-spoloenského týdenníka Respekt bude vicepremiér hovori s ruským ministrom priemyslu Denisom Manturovom. Mám potvrdenú schôdzku s Denisom Manturovom. Bude ma sprevádza Andrej Danko, povedal Hamáek pre Respekt. Hamáek úas Danka na rokovaní vysvetuje tým, e vyuíva vetky kontakty, ktoré má vo svete, aby pre naich obanov zabezpeil potrebné vakcíny. Danko je predsedom Slovenskej národnej strany (SNS) a bývalým predsedom Národnej rady Slovenskej republiky. Dovoz a pouitie ruskej vakcíny presadzuje aj eský prezident Milo Zeman. Vládni politici vak na rozdiel od neho jednotne trvajú na nutnosti schválenia vakcíny Sputnik V zo strany EMA. Slovensko u pred asom Sputnik V od Ruska nakúpilo. Výrobca ale doteraz slovenským úradom ani po opakovaných výzvach nedodal 80 percent dokumentácie a ukázalo sa, e ide o neznámu aru vakcíny inú, ne posudzuje EMA. Pre spor o ruskú vakcínu odstúpil i premiér SR Igor Matovi, ktorý ju do krajiny priviezol napriek odporu svojich koaliných partnerov, napísal Respekt. Podobne ako na Slovensku sa aj v esku v súvislosti so Sputnikom V vedú spory, pripomína týdenník. eský premiér Andrej Babi nedávno odvolal ministra zdravotníctva Jana Blatného, ktorý nechcel v esku ruskú vakcínu pred schválením EMA povoli. Blatného nástupca Petr Arenberger je voi Sputniku V ústretovejí a rokoval o om hne po svojom nástupe do funkcie. Hamáek v priebehu stredy zárove v reakcii na rozhodnutie Dánska zastavi okovanie vakcínou od spolonosti AstraZeneca vyhlásil, e poveril vevyslanca R v Kodani, aby s dánskymi úradmi rokoval o odkúpení týchto vakcín pre esko. Zháame vakcíny po celom svete. Sme ochotní odkúpi AstraZenecu z Dánska. Dánsko oznámilo, e pozastavuje okovanie vakcínou AstraZeneca. Poveril som vevyslanca R v Kodani, aby okamite kontaktoval dánske úrady a oznámil záujem R odkúpi od Dánska vetky vakcíny AstraZeneca, napísal Hamáek na sociálnej sieti Twitter. Dánsko sa rozhodlo pouívanie predmetnej vakcíny ukoni pre výskyt ojedinelých prípadov krvných zrazenín u osôb, ktoré podstúpili okovanie proti koronavírusovému ochoreniu COVID-19. Okovacia látka, ktorú britsko-védska farmaceutická firma AstraZeneca vyvinula v spolupráci s Oxfordskou univerzitou, je jedným zo tyroch preparátov, ktoré boli schválené na pouívanie v Európskej únii. EMA tvrdí, e výskyt krvných zrazenín môe by vemi vzácnym vedajím úinkom tejto vakcíny, a povolila jej pouívanie. Rovnaké problémy zaznamenala aj vakcína od americkej spolonosti Johnson & Johnson. EMA poda svojich vyjadrení zastáva názor, e prínosy tejto vakcíny v prevencii ochorenia COVID-19 prevaujú nad rizikami z moných vedajích úinkov. Spolonos Johnson & Johnson v utorok oznámila, e sa rozhodla pozastavi pouívanie svojej vakcíny v Európe. ítajte viac Zmätky s vakcínami pokraujú. Aký Sputnik máme v skladoch?