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NEWS

  • Buhari Approves Appointment Of Usman Alkali As Acting IGP

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of DIG Usman Alkali Baba as acting Inspector General of police. He immediately replaces Mohammed Abubakar Adamu. The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi disclosed this to State House correspondents on Tuesday.

The president had on the 4th of February, extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector General of Police for three months out of which the erstwhile police boss spent two months and three days. According to the minister, Baba’s appointment was carefully made, after the president considered issues of professionalism, competence, and numerous years of service.

  • Osinbajo Decorates Alkali Baba As New IGP

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday decorated Usman Alkali Baba with the rank of Inspector-General of Police (IGP). The decoration ceremony was held at Vice President Conference Hall at the State House in Abuja.

Present at the event were: former IGP, Mohammed Adamu; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu and in the office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande. Alkali Baba in his speech vowed to restore the primacy of the Police. He called on citizens and other residents to work with the Police towards restoring internal security in the country.

  • Acting IGP Appoints Inuwa As Force Secretary, Retains Frank Mba As Police PRO

The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has appointed an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Hafiz Inuwa, as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team. The new force secretary takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters in Abuja.

He also reappointed a Commissioner of Police (CP), Frank Mba, and Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively. Mba, who served as spokesman for the police twice before his latest reappointment, disclosed the developments in a statement on Friday.

  • Agbaje, the Nigerian ‘Social Satirist’ Who Fights Injustice With Art

When in 2019 Nigerian painter Julius Agbaje depicted President Muhammadu Buhari as the Joker, he never imagined that a year later his portrait would become a symbol of youth protest. His image, “Joke’s on You,” showing Buhari with a red nose, white makeup and a terrifying smile, was the emblem of demonstrations against police brutality that rocked the country last October. The young artist picked up his brushes again when last year’s youth protest movement was brutally suppressed. From this “trauma” and “this anger” three paintings were born. Far from his caricatures, they are perhaps his most successful, at least his most poignant.

With a blood-red background, one of them shows a shirtless black man raising his fist. In place of his face, the artist painted a shooting range target riddled with bullets. On the ground, upturned barricades recall those of the Lagos tollgate booth where the army allegedly opened fire on peaceful demonstrators.
These are the “evils of his society” that the young painter wants to fight with his art. Among his influences, Agbaje cites the Nigerian performer Jelili Atiku, who denounced extrajudicial executions for years, leading to his arrest in 2016.

  • About 6 Million Illicit Weapons Circulating In Nigeria – Abdulsalami

Former Head of State and Chairman of the National Peace Committee, Abdulsalami Abubakar on Wednesday said there are an estimated six million illicit weapons circulating in Nigeria. He spoke during a meeting of the NPC with the Nigerian Guild of Editors. The meeting was focused on proferring solutions to insecurity in Nigeria.

According to Abdulsalami, the proliferation of illicit arms has contributed greatly to the current insecurity climate in the country. Billionaire industrialist and a member of the NPC, Aliko Dangote suggested more funding for security operatives. The NPC is a nonprofit founded in 2014. Its members include the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, among other eminent Nigerians.

POLITICS

  • South-west PDP apologises to NWC over Makinde’s threat

The South West Zonal Caretaker Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has apologised to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) over threat and insult by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde over the zonal congress. In a statement by Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Daisi Akintan, Governor Makinde’s threat that there would be dire consequences if the South-West zonal congress was not held on Saturday April 10, 2021, was described as unfortunate and unbecoming of someone who used the party’s platform to become governor despite being inconsistent as a member.

Members of the caretaker committee said the NWC members and other stakeholders of the party should not see Makinde’s vituperation as representing the position of the PDP in the South-West. The caretaker committee members said it was laughable that Governor Makinde could insinuate that members of the NWC were compromised just because they choose to obey the rule of law. They said the governor lacked moral justification to threaten PDP with defection to another party, having worked against the party in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

  • PDP shifts date, venue of South West congress

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shifted the date and venue of the Southwest congress. The exercise will now hold on April 12 as against April 10 the exercise was initially billed for.

The venue of the congress was also shifted from Ibadan, Oyo state to Osogbo, the Osun state capital. The PDP, in a statement on Thursday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the shift in date and venue was part of the resolutions taken by the party leadership to resolve the festering crisis in Southwest PDP.

  • PDP takes Makinde, Fayose to Saraki panel

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and ex-Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose to the Bukola Saraki-led Reconciliation and Strategic Committee. The move followed festering disagreement between the governor and the former governor over the control of the PDP in the Southwest.

The disagreement caused a hiccup in the planned congress in the Southwest, forcing the PDP leadership to put the exercise on hold. A statement by the PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the legal tussle by the two camps loyal to Makinde and Fayose had stalled the exercise.

HEALTH

  • NAFDAC alerts Nigerians as US places sanitisers on watch list

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians that the US has placed all alcohol-based hand sanitisers, manufactured in neighbouring Mexico, on its watch list. The information is contained in a public alert signed by NAFDAC Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye on Monday. The public alert with No: 001/2021 stated the US Food and Drug Agency (USFDA) had placed all alcohol-based hand sanitisers from Mexico on a countrywide import alert to help stop product falsification.

According to the alert, the products appear to be in violation of rules from entering the US and that until the agency is able to review the products’ safety they will be on the watch list. “Methanol or wood alcohol is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and life-threatening when ingested.
Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient in hand sanitiser or other drugs. The alert said that all persons using these products on their hands were at risk of methanol poisoning.

NAFDAC implored importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to exercise caution and be vigilant to avoid the distribution, sale and use of methanol alcohol-based hand sanitisers. It also warned those in possession of methanol alcohol-based hand sanitisers to discontinue the sale or use and to submit the stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.

  • Bird flu hits Kano, Kaduna, Benue, four other states

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said Kano, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states have reported confirmed human cases of Avian Influenza H5N1, also called “Bird flu”. NCDC Director General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, announced this on Tuesday while giving highlights of the epidemiological situation and response activities in Nigeria. Avian Influenza has strains of the influenza virus that primarily infects birds but can also infect humans.

The NCDC boss said official notification about the outbreak had been conveyed to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as required by the International Health Regulations (IHR). Also, the national multi-agency cholera Technical Working Group (TWG) at the NCDC is monitoring situation in eight states where there are reports of suspected cholera cases.

  • Avoid non-essential travels – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has re-emphasised the need to avoid non-essential travels during the Easter and Ramadan celebrations to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Its Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said that it is very important to adhere to public health and social measures required to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.

Ihekweazu also emphasised the need for sustained testing as an effective public health response to detect, isolate and treat cases of COVID-19. He noted that it is, therefore, important that Nigerians to utilise these resources to enable control of the spread of COVID-19. The NCDC boss, therefore, urged Nigerians to get tested.

  • NARD Strike: Fed Govt offers to pay salary arrears of doctors

As part of steps to end the on-going strike that has paralysed many hospitals, the Federal Government has directed immediate payment of salary arrears of over 450 medical doctors. Those affected are mostly House Officers, who are being owed for three months.

Also, government said it has started discussing with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and other health associations on the review of the Hazard Allowance for all workers in the sector. It acknowledge N5,000 Hazard Allowance per head as paltry and pledged to review it. The government appealed to doctors to abide by their Hippocratic Oath by calling off the strike in the interest of Nigerians. Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige made the disclosures in an exclusive interview with newsmen.

  • Fed Govt gets 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccine from India

The Federal Government on Tuesday formally received the 100,000 doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine promised by the Government of India. The Covishield vaccine, which is the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by Serum Institute of India, and certified safe and effective by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has a 63 per cent effectiveness rating against the virus.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on covid-19 Boss Mustapha said Nigeria received 3.92 million doses of the COVID-19 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on 2nd March, 2021. These vaccines represented the first tranche of about 16 million doses allocated to Nigeria through the COVAX facility, aimed at vaccinating an initial 20 per cent of the population. The Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Shri Abhay Thakur, said the consignment was delivered to the NPHCDA by the High Commission of India.”

  • Lagos to close Ikeja road for 15 months

The Lagos State Government will be diverting the traffic on Adegbola Street from Sunday 11th April, 2021 for 15 months. This is to enable the construction of Ikeja Overpass for the Red Line Project of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit.

Commissioner for Transportation Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, in a statement, explained the diversion was in line with the need to preserve and protect motorists and other road users against any form of accident during the stipulated construction duration. Oladeinde also added that traffic advisory board will be placed at Ikeja under bridge area, Simbiat Abiola way Junction and Adebola/Balogun Junctions to serve as a guide and reminder for motorists that ply these corridors frequently.


ECONOMY

  • AFDB, IFAD say Ogun most suitable for special agro-processing zone

Ogun State has been described as the most suitable location for the African Development Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development (AfDB/IFAD) Special Agricultural-Processing Zone (SAPZ) programme. Both bodies expressed this when they were received by the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, in Abeokuta. About 74 per cent of the landmass in Ogun is arable, and the state is the largest producer of poultry, cassava and a host of other produce.

The AfDB/IFAD teams were on a pre-appraisal mission for development of Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone, led by Dr Chuma Ezedinma. In his remark, the Country Director, IFAD, Dr Patrick Habamenshi, noted that Nigeria as a country has the potential to achieve greatness through agriculture. While stressing that the development of the sector is paramount to IFAD, Habamenshi urged the governor to support the team with the necessary logistics that might be required towards the successful implementation of the project.

Abiodun noted that with the earmarking of 20,000 hectares of land including advance level brown field activities, the state has taken the AfDB SAPZ initiative to a higher level, emphasising that the commencement of the Cargo Airport, whose first phase would be delivered in 2022, would complement export opportunities and nationwide supplies. According to him, the state was happy to be chosen as one of the benefitting states in the country, saying the project was in line with the administration’s economic agenda.

  • IMF excludes Nigeria from debt relief

Nigeria has been excluded from the list of 28 countries granted debt pardon by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Board has approved a third tranche of grants for debt service relief for 28 member countries under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT).
In a report released on Monday, the Fund said the approval will enable the disbursement of grants from the CCRT for payment of all eligible debt service falling due to the IMF from its poorest and most vulnerable members from April 14, 2021 to October 15, 2021, estimated at SDR 168 ($238) million.

The beneficiaries of previous CCRT tranche are Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and The Gambia. Others are Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Togo and Yemen.

EDUCATION

  • WAEC releases 2021 WASSCE results

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates, 2021 – First Series. Head of the Nigeria National Office, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, told reporters on Tuesday the examination was primarily designed to help candidates seeking admission to tertiary institutions to reduce the waiting time for results and beat admission deadlines.

The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates shows that out of the 7,289 candidates that sat the examination: 2,938 candidates representing 40.31 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects (with or without English Language and/or Mathematics; while 2,195 candidates representing 30.11 per cent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

  • ASUP begin indefinite strike

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics on Tuesday declared an indefinite strike to demand the implementation of a new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers. The union is also demanding payment of salaries and promotion allowances owed lecturers by some state governments.

The union also said in spite of the industrial action, which kicked off on Tuesday, the union will be open for dialogue with the Federal Government to resolve the issues raised.

  • Ibadan polytechnic shuts as ASUP begins strike

The Polytechnic in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, has been shut by lecturers as the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) began the enforcement of its indefinite strike on Tuesday.

The development is a result of a declaration of industrial action by Anderson Ezeibe, national president of the union. ASUP listed one of their demands as non-implementation of NEEDS Assessment report of 2014 in the sector nor release of any revitalization fund to the sector despite assurances since 2017.


WORLD

  • Queen Elizabeth II’s Husband Prince Philip Has Died

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip has died at age 99, according to a statement by Buckingham Palace. Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history after getting married to Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen,

The Palace announced the death of the late monarch via its official Twitter handle on Friday afternoon. He was due to turn 100 in June. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. The palace added that further announcements would be made “in due course”.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signs law allowing him to stay in power till 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday approved a legislation that allows him to hold office for two additional six-year terms, which could mean he will remain on the post till 2036. The 68-year-old Russian leader, who has already been in power for more than two decades, had proposed the changes last year as part of constitutional reforms. The changes were backed in a public vote in July 2020.

The law, signed by Putin, limits any future president to two terms in office, but resets his tenure. It also prevents anyone who has held foreign citizenship from running for the Kremlin. Critics of Putin have termed the legislations as a “constitutional coup”. Putin has ruled Russia for more than 20 years.

  • 73-Year-Old Djibouti President Set To Extend 22-Year Rule

Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh is expected to extend his two-decade rule of the tiny Horn of Africa nation as the country heads to the polls Friday.
Guelleh, 73, is facing political newcomer Zakaria Ismail Farah, his only rival after traditional opposition parties decided to boycott the election.

A businessman specialised in the importation of cleaning products, Farah, 56, is seen by observers as unlikely to pose a significant challenge to the strongman who has been in power for 22 years. Djibouti is a largely desert country strategically situated on one of the world’s busiest trade routes and at the crossroads between Africa and the Arabian peninsula, a short distance from war-torn Yemen.

  • Merkel Approves ‘Short National Lockdown’ To Curb Virus

Chancellor Angela Merkel is in favour of tightening virus restrictions in Germany for a short period to stem rising case numbers, her spokeswoman said Wednesday. Merkel backs calls for a “short national lockdown”, Ulrike Demmer said, noting that the country’s health system was under growing pressure.

Germany has been in some form of shutdown since November but has struggled to bring case numbers under control in recent weeks with a surge in the British variant of the virus. At their last meeting in March, Merkel and the leaders of Germany’s 16 states agreed national rules including strict shutdowns and possible curfews in areas with more than 100 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days.

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Rap Legend DMX Dies At 50

DMX, the hardcore hip-hop star whose ominous, snarling raps chronicled the violence and struggles of the American street, has died. He was 50 years old. The rapper’s longtime lawyer confirmed DMX’s death to AFP, after a statement from his family widely shared on social media said the artist born Earl Simmons died after nearly a week on life support following a heart attack. The family said information on a memorial service was forthcoming.

The agitated rapper — who reigned over the late 1990s and early 2000s with hits including “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” and “Party Up” — was among hip-hop’s darkest stars, laying his inner demons out for the masses in gritty, hard-driving anthems that gained him commercial and critical acclaim.

Even after he achieved celebrity for his artistry, DMX continued to have run-ins with the penal system, with charges including drug possession, animal cruelty, reckless driving, failure to pay child support, and tax evasion. But while his colourful criminal record made headlines, it was his blunt, confessional raps delivered with his singular deep-throated growls that left an indelible mark on hip-hop’s sound in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

  • Hollywood Actor Arrested For Alleged Multi-Million-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

American actor Zach Avery was arrested by FBI agents in Los Angeles on Tuesday for allegedly masterminding a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of hundreds of millions of dollars, US authorities said. Avery, whose real name is Zachary Horwitz, told investors his company 1inMM Capital would buy film distribution rights and license them to Netflix and HBO but in fact had “no business relationship with either company”.

Instead, the 34-year-old operated the company as a Ponzi scheme, using money from new investors to pay older ones. The SEC said his scheme had raised more than $690 million. The Department of Justice said it began in 2015 and that $227 million put in by victims was yet to be repaid.

Horwitz, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a small-time actor”, failed to find success as an actor. He starred in the critically panned 2020 film “Last Moment of Clarity”. He allegedly used money from the scheme to fund a lavish lifestyle, which authorities said included trips to Las Vegas, buying a house worth $6 million, and paying a celebrity interior designer.

SPORTS

  • FG Insists National Sports Festival Will Continue Despite Shut Down Threat

The Federal Government on Thursday said the 20th National Sports Festival currently ongoing in Edo State will continue as planned despite shutdown threats by the Local Organising Committee. The LOC on Wednesday had said the Federal Government was yet to redeem its pledge to support the host state financially for the cost of postponements, which has left it with no option but to end the games at noon on Thursday.

But the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said it was not aware of any officially documented move to shut down the games. The festival was officially flagged off on Tuesday after several postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Kevin De Bruyne Extends Contract With Man City

Kevin De Bruyne has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Manchester City until 2025, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The Belgium international, whose existing deal was due to expire in 2023, is 30 in June and now looks set to see out most of the remainder of his career at the Etihad Stadium.

De Bruyne has had a glittering spell since joining the club from Wolfsburg in 2015, winning seven major trophies, which could rise to 11 by the end of the season if City are successful in their hunt for the quadruple. City director of football Txiki Begiristain hailed De Bruyne as one of the best players in world football.

  • FIFA Suspends Pakistan Football Federation

FIFA suspended Pakistan’s membership Wednesday and ordered an unrecognised committee to vacate the national football federation’s headquarters in the country. Pakistan football has been run by a FIFA-appointed committee since 2019, but members were evicted from their Lahore office last week by a group claiming to have held legitimate elections.

The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) has been suspended until further notice,” FIFA said in a statement from its headquarters in Zurich. The ban means Pakistan — whose last international match was against Cambodia in June 2019 — will no longer get FIFA development funding, worth around $1.25 million a year. Pakistan, a giant at regional level in the 1960s and 70s, has been suspended twice before because of government interference in the sport.

METRO PLUS

  • Makinde Visits Burnt Auto Spare Parts Market, Pledges Palliatives For Traders

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has visited the Agodi Gate auto spare parts market in Ibadan which was gutted by fire on Friday. Several shops and properties were destroyed on April 3 after a fire razed the largest auto parts market in Ibadan and the Araromi market at Agodi Gate.

Governor Seyi Makinde, who inspected the market alongside top government functionaries, expressed shock over the loss of goods worth millions of Naira.
He promised that his administration will come to the aid of victims of the inferno by providing palliatives for them.

  • Imo Prison Attack Carried Out By IPOB, Says IGP

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has revealed that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/Eastern Security Network (ESN) is behind the attack that was carried out on the Imo prison facility. The IGP’s statement came few hours after gunmen on Monday attacked the Nigerian Correctional Services and the Police Headquarters in the state freeing an unspecified number of prison inmates. It was gathered that the attack occurred in the early hours of Monday, after which the hoodlums set the facilities ablaze. During the attack, one person suspected to be a fleeing inmate was hit by a bullet while carrying his travel bag.

Following the attack, the IGP has ordered the immediate deployment of additional units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other Police Tactical Squads to Imo State to strengthen security in the State and prevent further attacks on security formations or any other critical national infrastructure in the State. He also enjoined leaders in Imo State, the South-East and other parts of the country to speak out against the unfolding violence and criminality.

  • Imo Attack: Don’t Hesitate To Defend Yourselves Using Firearms – IGP Tells Officers

The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu has asked officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) not to hesitate in defending themselves by using firearms. IGP Adamu stated this on Tuesday when he visited Imo state for an on-the-spot assessment after the attack on the command headquarters by gunmen on Monday.

The IGP while briefing men and officers of the command after his tour on the facility appeals to members of the public to provide security operatives with any useful information about the whereabouts of the fleeing inmates. He also charges men and officers of the command not to hesitate to use their firearms to defend themselves from any attack by members of IPOB and ESN.

  • Ondo State NSCDC Command Bursts Illegal Surface Diesel Depot In Ore

Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has identified and dismantled an illegal surface Automotive Gas Oil(AGO), otherwise known as Diesel Depot in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of the State. The Ondo State Commandant of the NSCDC, Commandant Edenabu Douglas Eweka said the Command was able to carry out the operation through sustained and credible intelligence.

Eweka affirmed that some Criminal elements and economic Saboteurs used the arena as a storage base after engaging in oil pipeline vandalism on the high seas and the creeks in the Niger Delta region. He seized the opportunity to give a stern warning to pipeline vandals and other criminally-minded elements in the state to stop or be made to face the full wrath of the law.

  • We Will Get Rid Of Terrorists In No Distant Time – Chief Of Air Staff

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao has expressed confidence that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will oust the terrorists and other criminal elements in Nigeria in no distant time. He gave the assurance during an Easter Lunch with the personnel of 013 Quick Response Force Minna, where he commiserated with families and colleagues of the three Airmen who lost their lives in Allawa operations on 1st April 2021.

The NAF boss stated that efforts are ongoing to recover the crashed NAF Alpha Jet Aircraft which was declared missing on 31st March 2021. According to him, the claim that the jet was shot down by the insurgents is false. He promised that available evidence will be made public when investigations are over.

  • Kogi Poly Student Arrested With Pistol, Bullets

Security operatives at the Kogi State Polytechnic have arrested one Shehu Mohammed for being in possession of a locally fabricated revolver pistol. Heis a National Diploma II student of the Department of Public Administration of the institution, with matriculation number 2018/ND/PAD/170.

In addition to the illegal possession of the pistol, he was apprehended with five rounds of live ammunition while making his way through the main entrance of the school on Friday. He’s arrest followed the ban on end-of-examination celebrations by the school authorities in view of an intelligence report that suspected cultists planned to storm the campus with arms for reprisal after their colleague was killed following the examination in 2019.