2019 JAMB UTME Begins Today

2019 JAMB UTME Begins Today

The 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) begins today, April and ends April 18, 2019 at the 708 Computer Based Test Centres across the country.

Recall that the Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Is’haq Oloyede had revealed recently that 1,888,008 candidates had registered for the UTME while 103,176 candidates registered for Direct Entry this year. Oloyede warned that only candidates who were verified by biometrics would be allowed to take the exam.

He also cautioned candidates against bringing inside the examination hall items that have been prohibited by the Board so as not to face sanction.

The items among other things include, wristwatches, recorders, ATM cards, jewelries, calculators, earpieces, mobile phones, Bluetooth devices, smart lenses, erasers, smart buttons and spy reading glasses.

Meanwhile, the Board has said that there is no clash between its timetable and that of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) as being widely speculated and criticised.

Oloyede who was speaking recently during an interactive session with Editors in Lagos said that there was no basis for such speculation because the organisation always holds annual meetings with the examination bodies to reconcile areas of interest.

“We meet annually with WAEC, NECO and others to reconcile because we have the same target of education development,’’ he said.

He said those who were criticising him and the Board were ignorant adding that they will not succeed in distracting him from pursuing the target of ensuring national development through sound education for Nigerians. 

Source: Leadership

446 Nigerians Currently In UAE Prisons

446 Nigerians Currently In UAE Prisons

A total of 446 Nigerians are currently in prisons in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE), Nigerian Ambassador, Mohammed Dansanta Rimi stated.

He reported this during President Muhammadu Buhari’s town hall meeting with Nigerians who are based in the UAE.

“Although there is no exact record of our citizens in the UAE, owing to the inability to register them on arrival, the number of Nigerians resident in the country is estimated at about 10,000. Out of this number, about 2,017 are students in various universities.

“It is disheartening to state that 446 Nigerians are currently serving different terms in prisons across UAE on account of committing various crimes including possession and consumption of hard drugs and engagement in armed robbery,” he said.

He said in the spirit of forgiveness, tolerance and accommodation, UAE government granted amnesty to all irregular residents in the country.

“In 2018, a total 5,774 standard passports were issued by the embassy, out of which, 3,164 were specifically issued during the amnesty programme.

Further 1,346 emergency traveling certificates were issued to Nigerians to facilitate their return home,” he said.

He said 5,021 Nigerians were granted amnesty which will enable them to live and pursue their legitimate businesses.

Source: The Guardian

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, kill Policeman, 3 Others

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, kill Policeman, 3 Others

Gunmen have attacked Bagana and Patani communities in Kogi State, killing four people in the process.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Williams Ayah, confirmed the incident and the casualty figure to a national Lagos-based television station, on Sunday.

Both communities located in Omala Local Government Area of the state were said to have been attacked on Saturday night.

The assailants set many houses in the communities on fire while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.

Ayah said those killed included a policeman and three civilians, and added that the attackers were suspected militia.

He however, said security operatives have since been deployed in the area to bring the situation under control.

The command’s spokesman added that the police have commenced an investigation into the circumstances that led to the attack.

In its reaction, the state government condemned the incident and informed residents that it has swung into action.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello, Mr.Onogwu Muhammed, said the governor cancelled his trip with President Muhammadu Buhari to Jordan; as a result of the incident.

Muhammed said the governor convened a State Security Council meeting, which held behind closed doors.

He directed all security agencies in the state to take full control of the situation with a view of nipping the unfortunate incident in the bud.

Muhammed also revealed that the Nigerian Army swiftly deployed troops in the affected areas while the police provided additional reinforcement.

As part of efforts to find a lasting solution to the crisis in Omala Local Government Area, the governor mapped out a plan for a permanent military outpost in Bagana. He explained that the decision was aimed at preventing invasion of criminal elements who cause trouble in the state.

The governor condoled with the families of the victims and urged the people in the affected areas to remain calm

Source: The Sun

EFCC Arrests Train Ticket Racketeers In Abuja, Kaduna

EFCC Arrests Train Ticket Racketeers In Abuja, Kaduna

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abuja Zonal Office, have arrested five suspected train ticket racketeers.

EFCC acting spokesperson, Tony Orilade, stated that yesterday, The commission swung into action after receiving intelligence that some people at the Idu and Kubwa train stations had been racketeering train tickets, thereby sabotaging government’s efforts towards easy transportation across the country.

Racketeering makes it difficult for passengers to have access to tickets, as prices are hiked and the commodity hoarded. The suspects include, Clement Zakka, Samson Udim, Adams Danladi, Otitomoni Omobolanle and Hassan Dauda.

According to Orilade, the suspects, who were arrested during a sting operation at the stations on Saturday, will soon be charged to court. Also, operatives of the Kaduna office arrested ticket racketeers at the Rigasa Train Station on Sunday.

Investigations revealed that some staff of the station, in connivance with some touts, were defrauding unsuspecting travellers by hiking prices of tickets. Economy tickets of between N1,300 and N1,500 were sold at N2,000 to N5,000, while first class ticket of N2,500 was sold for between N7,000 and N15,000.

An employee of the station and two touts were arrested. The station manager, chief marketing officer and chief parcel-booking officer of the Kaduna Railway Station have also been invited for questioning.

Source: The Guardian

Two Nigerians Stabbed To Death In South Africa

Two Nigerians Stabbed To Death In South Africa

The death toll of Nigerians killed in South Africa has continued to rise with another two being the latest victims in ongoing xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa.

The latest victims were stabbed to death during xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg and Cape Town on April 5 and April 6, 2019, respectively.

The Assistant Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Union in South Africa, Mr Odefa Ikele, confirmed the killings in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria from Johannesburg on Monday.

“The Nigerian community lost two citizens to gruesome murders over the weekend.

“Mr Bonny Iwuoha, 48, from Ihitte/Uboma in Imo state, was stabbed to death at about 11.45pm on April 6, 2019 in Johannesburg South.

“We gathered that his assailants followed him from 152 Hay Street Turffontein, and thereafter, stabbed and killed him in front of his gate at Turf Road, Turffontein.

“The killing was witnessed by Mr Izochukwu Nwokocha, also known as, Nwa Father,” he said.

He said that another Nigerian, Goziem Akpenyi, also lost his life in similar circumstance on April 5, 2019.

“Akpenyi was allegedly stabbed to death by three unidentified coloured South African men after an argument.

“The incident took place at Bellville Stadium parking lot in Cape Town at about 1pm on Friday, April 5, 2019.

“These latest killings make it four Nigerians who were shot dead in March. Three of the victims were murdered in Sunnyside, Pretoria and one in Balfour Park, Johannesburg,” he said.

Passengers Flee As Fire Razes Section Of Imo Airport

Passengers Flee As Fire Razes Section Of Imo Airport

A section of the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, Imo State, was yesterday razed by fire, forcing passengers to flee for safety. The cause of the inferno, which lasted for over 30 minutes, was not immediately ascertained, but The Guardian learnt that the fire started around 2:00 p.m. at the arrival section of the airport, which was under renovation.

Though no life was lost, it took spirited efforts by men of the fire service and airport workers to put out the blaze.
The General Manager Corporate Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Henrietta Yakubu, said the fire was “curtailed swiftly” by officers of the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Department of FAAN, aiding the restart of normal operations at the airport. Yakubu said the authority had commenced preliminary investigations into the cause of the incident.

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha told reporters: “I have just heard that the Imo Airport is on fire. I don’t know the cause. I am going there now. “Meanwhile, when contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said he was yet to be properly briefed on the incident.

Efforts to get the management of the airport to speak on the incident did not yield result. One of the senior members of staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, however said the authority would issue an official statement soon. He expressed regret over the outbreak. He assured that effort was already in place to ascertain the remote cause and forestall future occurrence.

A travel agent, Kenneth, said: “I was at the car park when it all started, with people running away from the scene. It was, first, the smoke coming out and then fire. It all happened so quickly. The fire was quite serious. It was beyond what the workers could handle. So, people had to watch helplessly until the firefighters came, almost an hour after it started.”

Also, a shop owner at the airport, Miss Chinyere Eche reported that  there was an ongoing renovation at the arrival section, which was razed. “Nobody could say the immediate cause of the fire, though some said it could be a problem with electrical connection. There was damage but it could have been much but for the speedy intervention of the men of the fire service and other individuals.”