Soldiers get less than N50,000 -Ndume laments security personnel poor pay

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The Senate Majority Chief Whip, Senator Ali Ndume, on Tuesday, decried the poor remuneration for security agencies, saying that recruits are paid less than N50,000 a month.

Ndume, a former Chairman of Senate Committee on  Army, asked the Federal Government to urgently review the stipends and salaries of serving military personnel.

He also said Nigeria does not have enough security agencies and personnel to handle the security challenges of the country.

“The recruits are paid less than N50,000 in some cases. How can you pay somebody money that cannot buy him a bag of rice and you expect him to go and sacrifice and put in his best?”

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Wizkid’s picture wins big at 2023 British Photography Awards

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Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, shone at this year’s British Photography Awards, BPA, held in London at the weekend.

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The Starboy’s performance picture at Glastonbury Festival earlier this year won the Event Category Award at the 2023 British Photography Awards.

The iconic picture was taken by London-based freelance photographer and graphic designer Nick Haill.

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Wizkid has now become the first Nigerian celebrity whose image won a British Photography Award.

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APC’s Ododo Defeats Ajaka, Melaye To Win Kogi Gov Election

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The keenly-contested November 11, 2023 Kogi State Governorship Election has finally produced a winner with the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Usman Ododo, clinching the much-coveted seat. 

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The State Returning Officer, Prof Johnson Urama, who is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, announced Ododo as the winner at 10:23pm on Sunday.https://www.youtube.com/embed/pq5EHHIb05Q?enablejsapi=1&amp=1&playsinline=1

“Ahmed Usman Ododo of APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected,” Urama declared in a room crowded with party agents and election observers.

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Ododo won with 446,237 votes, defeating his closest rival, Murtala Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who scored 259,052, while Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 46,362 votes.

Results from the 21 local government areas (LGAs) in the state were collated late Sunday with the APC candidate sweeping over half of the LGAs.

Ododo, an ex-Auditor General of Local Government in Kogi under Governor Yahaya Bello, was the anointed candidate of the governor who is ending his double terms of eight years.

Melaye and some civil rights groups had on Saturday, raised the alarm over “filled result sheets” in the Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of the North Central state. The PDP candidate also called for the suspension of the exercise over violence and vote buying. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) subsequently suspended election in nine wards in the local government area.

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APC Cautions INEC On Bayelsa Election Results

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against collating results of Brass, Nembe and Southern Ijaw LGAs in Yenagoa,…

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against collating results of Brass, Nembe and Southern Ijaw LGAs in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

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The APC, in two separate statements on Sunday in Abuja, by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, said it has confirmed reports that the collation of votes in Nembe and Southern Ijaw LGAs had been moved to Yenagoa.

Challenges mount as Wike battles Abuja’s decayed systems 

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, Abuja  |   01 October 2023   |   3:20 am 

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Decay in sectors like health, education, transportation, road infrastructure, coupled with insecurity, are among rising challenges faced by Federal Capital Territory minister, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, in his bid to restore sanity to the life of the nation’s capital.https://1ce1f1b3684f9b1cf2058018229ea506.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

In the last four weeks, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has been thrown into palpable anxiety as Wike, engaged the territory’s decaying socio-economic, political and infrastructural systems in serious sanity warfare.

Since August 21, 2023 when he was sworn-in, the minister had released threats and ‘songs of war’ against monsters that had crippled developments in the FCT particularly in the health, education, security and even infrastructural sectors.

The threats were extended to the removal of any structure obstructing the original masterplan of the country’s capital city. Wike didn’t spare the bureaucracy in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) as he warned against acts of sabotage. Not ready to take any chance, the minister hurriedly influenced the appointment of eight mandate Secretaries (equivalent of commissioners in the states) to oversee various departments and agencies.

But the first issues that immediately welcome Wike into office include issues of abandoned projects which have resulted in the decay of many multibillion naira road and housing projects and even the over $824million Abuja Rail Mass Transit project. Others are the poor state of water distribution in the city and the area councils.

His stern warning to contractors of the concerned projects as well as demonstration of commitment to upset outstanding payments was a major motivation that has restored activities to the sites.

The faulty contract award system including dubious variation of contracts is yet another! Condemning the development in one of his visits to projects across the territory, Wike said: “I have never seen a thing like this before in my life. What you see in the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) is shocking. Contract variation from N10bn to N120bn, from N50bn to N200bn. It is alarming and I am not going to accept it. Even the engineering service, we are going to overhaul the entire system” the minister added.

Wike further lamented that “it was unfortunate that while we went to the Ushafa-Bwari road, it was very embarrassing, and this is not what we are going to take. The job was awarded in 2017 at the cost of N20bn, in 2020 they revised the contract sum to N50bn”

Also, there are deadly security issues around the territory some of which resulted from existence of large number of undeveloped plots and uncompleted buildings that served as hideouts to criminals within the city. Wike’s first reaction to this was the revocation of all those undeveloped plots after two weeks of warning to the allottees.

The Minister became more worried about insecurity in Abuja when he was informed in a recent meeting with chairmen of the six Area Councils that quite recently, 19 persons were  kidnapped in the Bwari Area Council just as 30 persons have been killed within a week in a landslide caused by the activities of illegal miners in the Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory FCT.

In his immediate response, Wike, just last week, announced the revocation of undeveloped plots of land in some highbrow districts of the nation’s capital, after two weeks of warning.

But beyond these are issues about the rottenness in FCT’s education; gross inadequacies in the territory’s health care system; increasing criminalities and insecurity fuelled by towering unemployment; among others.

Public primary school education in the FCT which are predominantly controlled by the area councils are in a complete mess.

Despite the regular release of the monthly allocations of the area councils, issues of poor facilities in schools, non-payment of allowances and salaries of teachers are among problems that had kept the FCT chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers on industrial strike intermittently for over three years.

Checks revealed that within the period of three years, the area councils have received over N100 billion as monthly allocations.

The teachers who resumed industrial action two weeks ago throughout the FCT said their problems include non-implementation of promotion arrears from 2014 to 2018, non-implementation of 2020 and 2021 yearly increment, and refusal to upgrade qualified teachers.

They also want implementation of the 36-months old Federal Government approved minimum wage arrears.

NUT secretary, Bwari chapter, Mr. Muhammad Danjuma Jimada, told The Guardian it was embarrassing that primary school teachers in Abuja go on strike so often.

“The only reason the authorities concerned are not bothered is because none of their children is in any of those public primary schools.

Confirming the decay in primary school education, the
Department of Policy Planning Research and Statistics in FCT Education Secretariat, in a research report which findings were contained in three publications presented to the public.

The report stated that only 26 per cent of primary schools had access to safe drinking water, 44 per cent in junior secondary schools and 67 per cent in senior secondary schools, while only 27 per cent of primary schools, 65 per cent of junior secondary schools and 90 per cent of senior secondary schools have access to electricity.

In the health sector, investigations have also revealed that FCT Healthcare Centres are in deplorable condition as issues of lack drugs, manpower persist.

Sadly, most of the health centres are poorly equipped and lack adequate manpower to cater to the healthcare needs of residents, especially those in rural areas.

FCT primary healthcare centres were set up mainly to augment the services of hospitals and clinics. But so far, many of them have fallen short of that mandate.

In the FCT, though there are 239 primary health centres, only 30 are equipped.
Situations in most health centres around the federal capital territory are pathetic because in most cases, a doctor attends to more than 30 patients.

In terms of unemployment, it has been observed that the rate is so high that most youths in the FCT engage in one form of criminality or the other.

Studies have equally shown that over 40 percent of youths in the FCT are either unemployed or are underemployed.

Worried by the frightening number of unemployed youths, a Civil Society Organisations, (Plan International) recently tasked Wike to provide meaningful employment opportunities for the growing youth population.

This is just as the international organization tasked youths to be creative and engage themselves with green skills that can fetch them incomes, rather than waiting for white collar jobs.

The Director of Programme, Quality, and Influencing Plan International Nigeria, Helen Idiong, while speaking during an event to celebrate International Youth Day yesterday in Abuja said while the plans by the minister to restore the FCT masterplan is important what is more pressing is the need to look at the teaming jobless youths on the street.

She said, “We appeal to the FCT minister that even as he is putting his ideas into place to restore masterplan of Abuja back to what it used to be he should also put the youths at the forefront . Because the army of youth in the FCT not doing anything can trigger the configuration of this country.”null

Idiong stated that the theme for this year international youth day “Green Skills” is very apt, saying everyone will not be able to fit into space for white collar job so we are looking at green skills because it helps the environment and also the youths.

Decay In Transportation Sector
Another challenge to Abuja’s population is that of transportation. The Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company Limited (AUMTCO), established by the then Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, now the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in 1984 as Abuja Bus Service (ABS), and later registered as Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company Limited, under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990, was meant to serve as a vehicle to address the transportation needs of a city that was blossoming at high speed.

The outfit, among other things, was designed to provide “the best value for money and safest, most reliable scheduled and bus hire service in Nigeria. It was also to plan, develop and implement an organised environmentally friendly and sustainable Urban public transport system in the FCT for effective, comfortable, safe, regular, efficient and affordable transport service delivery.

In addition to implementing the Abuja master plan with regards to urban transportation, it was also to develop a sustainable means of funding urban public transportation services in the FCT, evolve appropriate policy framework to subsidise urban public transportation and provide adequate transport infrastructure in the territory, with particular reference to urban public transportation.

It also aspired to become the pace-setter for the provision of world-class, organised and efficient urban public transportation services in the country. The company was also charged with the responsibility of implementing the government’s vision of affordable urban public transportation and managing transport service delivery across the Federal Capital Territory.

At a time, it was the largest bus transportation company in Nigeria, with a staff strength of 518 staff members, AUMTCO took off with funds totaling over N1.3b, which were to be used for the procurement of over 500 high- capacity buses for designated routes in the FCT, including Abuja-Mararaba, Abuja-Bwari, Abuja-Kuje, Abuja-Gwagwalada, and Abuja-Suleja respectively.

Before long, the arrival of the high-capacity buses led to the ban of the popular mini buses that plied the capital city in 2013, all in a bid to make for smooth operations of AUMTCO.

But to the shock of many, it only took a few years of operations before the lofty initiative began showing signs of distress, and a good number of the mass transit buses began to disappear from the roads, one after the other.

Very poor maintenance culture, poor management, and frequent policy changes, The Guardian investigation revealed, have contributed immensely to the poor outputs of the mass transit outfit.

In a bid to address the teething problems of transportation that has crippled movements in the capital city, Wike said: “Public transportation is a major challenge that we must address comprehensively. No modern city can function effectively and efficiently without a reliable and comprehensive public transportation system.

“We are committed to establishing an integrated and efficient transport network that meets the needs of our residents,” he added.
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You Cannot Deliver Tinubu In 2027, Kwankwaso Slams Ganduje

The national leader of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and its presidential candidate in the last February elections, Senator Rabiu  Kwankwaso, has slammed his political…

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The national leader of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and its presidential candidate in the last February elections, Senator Rabiu  Kwankwaso, has slammed his political opponent, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, saying he was liability to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and cannot win election for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2027.

A statement by the NNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Yakubu Shendam, was reacting to the remarks credited to the chairman of the ruling party, Ganduje, calling Kwankwaso a serial loser on Wednesday.

“Take it or leave it, Ganduje is a liability to Tinubu, a liability to his party APC and a liability to the country, and I can bet that with Ganduje as the National Chairman,  President Bola Tinubu is going to lose the 2027 presidential election because Nigerians will not vote for him,” Shendam said.

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He added, “Tinubu will regret allowing Nigerians to see him through the face of Ganduje, for working closely with a treacherous character.

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“Let me remind Ganduje that after losing governorship primary, Sen. Kwankwaso picked him as his running mate in 2003, SA to minister of Defense, ES Chad Basin Development Commission and there in, he was picked again as his running mate. When Kwankwaso successfully ended his second term, he graciously picked him and handed over to him in 2015, yet, he betrayed him and today, no governor trusts his deputy governor to become governor but this we believe will be his last election he will ever contest and win.”

The statement further indicated that Ganduje has never won election in his entire life except the one Kwankwaso delivered for him as governor in 2015 on a platter of gold.

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“Every Nigerian knows the story behind the only election he claimed to have won in 2019. It was yet, another election he lost woefully,” the statement added.

Kwankwaso, who is the former governor of Kano State, disclosed that he has contested election 17 times and won 14 out of those times.

 The national leader of the NNPP also raised the alarm over what he described as attempt by the Ganduje-led ruling APC to thwart the wishes of the people of Kano State.

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How horror movie The Wicker Man leaves a family in tatters

How horror movie The Wicker Man leaves a family in tatters

Five years after his father died, Justin Hardy received six sacks of documents that had sat in the loft of his old family home in the Midlands for 50 years.

Among them were scripts, photos, storyboards and personal letters all relating to one film: The Wicker Man.https://cf1860d320f1f17120ac778970960adf.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

Although a dud when it first came out in 1973, the move has since gained cult status, with Empire Magazine even calling it ‘the Best British horror film ever made’. A recent re-release of the movie won five-star reviews. https://live.primis-amp.tech/content/video/amp/videoIframe.php?s=114290#amp=1

The film was the directorial debut of Justin’s father Robin Hardy, which he bluntly says “f***ed up my family.”

Set on a fictional Scottish island, the story tells of a devoutly Christian police officer (Edward Woodward), who, investigating the disappearance of a local girl, is shocked to discover a town of dancing pagans led by charismatic cult leader Lord Summerisle (played by horror movie icon Christopher Lee).

One of the pagans Willow MacGregor (Britt Ekland) attempts to seduce the officer, who has unknowingly been lured to the island for a sacrificial ceremony. 

From phallic sweets and child torture, to eerily beautiful scenery and a movie ending that still shocks to the core – it was a film made to unsettle the audience from the off.

However British Lion, the studio which had bankrolled it, hated the finished product.

They dismissed it as one of the worst movies in history and refused to promote it. In the months after it was released, Christopher Lee (Lord of the Rings, Dracula, Star Wars), who played Lord Summerisle, called critics on the phone, begging them to come to a screening, even offering to pay for their tickets.

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Now, fifty years on, Justin and his brother Dominic Hardy, are taking another look at why the film initially bombed only to end up being revered by movie buffs – and also give insight through their documentary Wickermania!, into the chaotic, heartbreaking impact it had on their family.  

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Prior to his infamous movie, Robin had already forged a successful career in advertising, Justin tells Metro. They lived in ‘a very nice house’ in Belgravia with his wife Caroline, Justin and his sister Arabella.

However, after the film’s catastrophic reception, Caroline, who had invested all her money in it, was saddled with the debts while Robin packed his suitcase and left for the US in 1974. It was reported that the director was forced to sleep on a bench in Central Park on his arrival in New York. 

Before he left, Robin came to see his son at school to say goodbye, telling Justin he was leaving and giving him a Saint Christopher, wishing him protection in his travels.

“That was rather dramatic,” remembers Justin, who now works as a historian and filmmaker. “Then he was off and that was that.”https://cf1860d320f1f17120ac778970960adf.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

With no alternative and no money, Caroline had to sell the London house and move the family the midlands. For the next four years, Justin assumed his dad was dead.

“My mother was trying to get some response from him, and eventually had to divorce him on the grounds of not having heard from him” he explains. 

“My sister had to change her name from Arabella to Joanna in order to be able to survive a Banbury comprehensive. It was a pretty big, pretty seismic, social change. All these years I have had people saying to me: “God. You’re so lucky. Your dad made The Wicker Man.” But that’s not quite how I see it.

“It was a very sad time. Because, apart from everything else, I’m going: “Well, where’s Dad? Are we going to see him tomorrow? Are we going to see him next week?” And my mother said, “I have no idea. I don’t know where he is. I don’t know how to reach him.”

“I guess it wasn’t a particularly happy childhood view of your dad, adds Justin, who lives in Oxfordshire. ‘It felt like “Where’s the protection? You’ve left my mother with all this?” And she got very ill. She did effectively turn to the bottle and died of liver cirrhosis. The f***-up of this film led to to a downward spiral for the Hardys.”  https://cf1860d320f1f17120ac778970960adf.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

Five years after he vanished, Robin returned to the UK, flying over to watch his son act in a play, clutching an article about how well the film was doing in San Francisco. 

Justin remembers: ‘I’m not even sure he gave me any notice that he was coming. He was like that. And so at the end of it, I was having my makeup taken off and this man appeared and said, “Hello. I’m your father.” I thought – I was rather glad he didn’t tell me before I went onstage.”

Was Justin pleased to see him? Did he forgive him for deserting him? ‘The psychological truth is that you would have thought a child would say” “Hey, I’m not talking to you. Where have you been all this time?But the reality is, you don’t do that.”

He says. “It’s like you have a second opportunity to meet your dad. And all you want to do is please your dad so he doesn’t go away again. So he didn’t get any pushback from me for a number of years.”

Justin learned that the movie had received a better reception across universities and American film festivals, and people began to see the movie in a new light. https://d-27655269494105202682.ampproject.net/2309151607000/nameframe.html

Soon, it was revived as a cult classic – but the damage it had already done to Robin’s family was  irreparable.

“I had to grow up with my sister with a very, very bitter and disappointed, quite heavily-drinking mother,” remembers Justin. “When she died in 1984 in some ways, it was a sort of merciful ending to what had been a sort of horrible endurance.”

Robin eventually had eight children by six different women. As Justin explains, “He had form for having a child, being married to a bit of an heiress, the money starts to run out and he moves on.”

One of these children was Dominic Hardy, who didn’t properly get to know his dad until 1969 when his mum took him to the UK from their home in Canada. 

In the subsequent years, Dominic would fly as an unaccompanied child and spend three to six weeks with Robin and his siblings at summertime or at Christmas.https://d-27655269494105202682.ampproject.net/2309151607000/nameframe.html

Dominic, a professor of art history in Montreal, remembers, “I discovered this whole family. Justin and Arabella were the youngest at the time. The summer of 1970, when seven of us were all together for the one and only time, was a mythical time for me. It had such an impact on me. I think the others felt the same way. We really sought each other out in adulthood and made up for lost years.”

Dominic’s memory of Robin was that he was a “flamboyant, charming and in many ways, admirable person. And absolutely fascinating.” 

He didn’t meet him for the first time until he was six years old, his first memory of being taken on a day trip to a planetarium, the park and being bought a train set, the pair of them together on the floor of his bedroom setting up the tracks.

“That was the only memory I had of seeing him with my mum,’ says Dominic. ‘I had a lot of admiration for him and a lot of emulation. But I’m also worried. because just before I was 11 he suffered a heart attack, which nearly killed him.”

Justin adds, “That was a big moment in our family’s history. We all thought he was going to die. He started writing letters to us all. You’re not supposed to be able to make a film if you’ve had a heart attack because you can’t get insured.” https://d-27655269494105202682.ampproject.net/2309151607000/nameframe.html

Robin was just 41 at the time, and lucky to survive to finish the film.

Dominic was mesmerised by the screening when the movie first came out. 

Just 12 years old, he was shocked by its ending and stunned by the sexualised scenes. 

Fifty years later, he has seen the film with fresh eyes, thanks to the discovery of endless paperwork left in boxes in that midlands attic. When Hardy’s house was sold, the documents remained – until lockdown, when the buyer approached Justin to return them.

Robin had died in 2016 and when Justin was offered the documents five years later, he rejected them, asking – why dredge up the past? However, following counsel from others, he eventually accepted the boxes and spent time looking through them with Dominic who flew over to the UK from Canada to help. https://d-27655269494105202682.ampproject.net/2309151607000/nameframe.html

Their findings have since inspired the pair to make a documentary. “We want to tell the story of the making of ‘The Wicker Man’ from within, from what these documents tell us,’ explains Dominic.’It’s a unique perspective.”

Justin adds, “It was a treasure trove and it took a long time to go through. It was extraordinary to see the letters from Christopher Lee saying, “I think I may have found this project.” From Shaffer saying, “I want to support you to direct your first film.” There’s an extraordinary amount of written material that pertains to every stage of the making of an independent movie.”

However, it’s been a difficult discovery.

Chicago Academic Record: Atiku files fresh suit against Tinubu

Chicago Academic Record: Atiku files fresh suit against Tinubu

Cyrus Ademola

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Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, has submitted a fresh plea to Magistrate Judge Gilbert.

In this request, he presents the reasons for supporting the District Court of Illinois’ ruling and urging Chicago State University to disclose President Tinubu’s records by October 2, 2023.

Atiku has requested the court to compel the release of the records by October 3, 2023, to enable him to utilize these documents in the Nigerian Supreme Court on October 5.

Atiku’s legal team, in a comprehensive 17-page response, presented arguments to persuade Judge Nancy Maldonado to dismiss and reject Tinubu’s objections. They requested that the court order CSU to provide Atiku with the requested documents.

Atiku is urging the court to completely dismiss Tinubu’s objections. Should the objections be overruled, he requests the court to uphold Magistrate Jeffery T. Gilbert’s order and direct CSU to produce the necessary documents by October 2, 2023. Additionally, the court should set the deposition no later than October 3, 2023, to allow for transcript finalization. Moreover, the court should require that the obtained discovery be sent to Nigeria by October 4, 2023, accounting for the time zone difference.

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The evidence should be filed with the Supreme Court no later than October 5, 2023.

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Recall that Atiku had previously obtained a court order compelling CSU to release Tinubu’s academic records to his legal team. Nonetheless, Tinubu’s legal counsel approached US District Judge Nancy Maldonado, arguing for a reconsideration of Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert’s prior decisionnull

Maldonado granted the request for a review and delayed the order until Monday.

Tinubu’s legal team contends that his academic records hold no relevance within the Nigerian court system, asserting that Atiku’s request is overly invasive.

The documents sought by Atiku, through his counsel, Angela Liu, include the record of admission and acceptance at the university and dates of attendance, including degrees, awards, and honours attained by the former governor of Lagos State at the university, among others.

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Ondo woman kills husband with pestle, flees

28th September 2023

MRS SOLOMON

By Peter Dada

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The Ondo State Police Command on Wednesday said it would soon arrest a middle-aged woman, Mrs Tayelolu Solomon, for allegedly killing her husband, Mr Felix Solomon.

 Tayelolu was reported to have hit her 67-year-old husband with a pestle on Saturday at the GRA area of Ondo town in Ondo State when the deceased was asleep.

Prior to the incident, it was gathered that the couple had been having a lingering crisis.

The son of the deceased, Ibukun Solomon, who witnessed the incident, confirmed that his mother allegedly hit the head of his father with the pestle while he was sleeping and ran away, saying the couple had quarrelled some hours earlier.https://live.primis-amp.tech/content/video/amp/videoIframe.php?s=113240#amp=1

He narrated, “My mother killed my father with a pestle in my presence and took to her heels. She used the pestle to hit his head when he was asleep.

“Earlier on the fateful day, a minor argument had ensued between them that resulted in a fight. After the fight, my father went to lie on the chair and my mother hit his head with the pestle.Related News

“He became unconscious in the process and fell down from where he was sleeping. My mother used the pestle to hit my father’s head three times and he later died.

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“When my mother saw that my father was already unconscious, she hid the pestle at the back of our house and ran away. I alerted some of the residents, who rushed my father to the hospital.

“But he later died. His corpse has been deposited at the morgue. My mother had three children for my father and I’m the last child.”

The state Police Public Relation Officer of the command, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, who confirmed the incident, said, the command would soon arrest the suspect.

She said the deceased was quickly rushed to the hospital where he gave up the ghost.

“The incident happened last week when the couple had a fight but the suspect is currently at large. We are already on her trail,” the PPRO stated.https://1a642e208faae9754666da0ae85f853f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

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