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 Married to a fellow rights activist, Joe, in 1997, Odumakin’s voice was heard through the dark years of military despotism.


According to The PUJNCH, Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, is dead.

He died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.

His wife, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, confirmed this to The PUNCH on Saturday.

The Afenifere spokesman died at LASUTH Covid Isolation Centre.

Married to a fellow rights activist, Joe, in 1997, Odumakin’s voice was heard through the dark years of military despotism.

He played a major role in the National Democratic Coalition that fought the regime of late military head of state, General Sani Abacha, after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.

As Afenifere spokesman, Odumakin spoke tenaciously for the rights of the Yoruba and the people of the South-West geopolitical zone.

Just before his death, he consistently condemned the activities of criminal Fulani herdsmen, who have been accused of farmland destruction, rape, killings and abductions in the South-West.

 The witnesses claim they saw Dmitry Ponomarenko, 30, leave his flat covered in blood and carrying the head of his 53-year-old father Igor Ponomarenko.

Pictured left: Dmitry Ponomarenko, kneeling down with intestines around his neck after being detained. Pictured right: Ponomarenko is put into a police van and arrested

In what will come across as a really shocking development, a blood-soaked naked man has been seen walking around with a severed head in Ukraine.

The man spotted by neighbours 'wrapped in intestines carrying his father's severed head' while walking the streets has been arrested in Ukraine.  

The witnesses claim they saw Dmitry Ponomarenko, 30, leave his flat covered in blood and carrying the head of his 53-year-old father Igor Ponomarenko.

As he watched in horror, one neighbour said the naked man calmly sat down on a bench in the town of Odessa, southern Ukraine, and lit a cigarette.

'Covered with blood and wrapped in guts man, holding a severed head, came out of the entrance, sat down on a bench and lit a cigarette', a resident of the apartment block said on Wednesday.

Horrified witnesses called the emergency services, with Police racing to the scene.

Once there, officers detained Ponomarenko junior who was found wandering around and hitting parked cars with the head, according to onlookers.

A picture shows him with intestines wrapped around his neck during his arrest.

Officers found two dead male bodies in the man's apartment.

The beheaded corpse of Igor Ponomarenko was lying on a bed, while another body that belonged to the family's friend Aleksandr Demchenko, 32, was sliced open and gutted.

When asked by cops why he killed the victims, Ponomarenko said it was because 'he had to' and that 'he is a god who is not worshipped', witnesses said.

A police spokesman said to local media: 'We received calls from shocked people reporting a man walking in the neighbourhood with a severed head in his hand.'

Law enforcement opened a criminal case for double murder against Ponomarenko, who was placed into custody. He faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

During police interrogations, Ponomarenko said that 'he is a god' and that he 'sacrificed the victims to himself'.

The suspect worked in the Duke Hotel from where he had been fired a day before the incident for being under the influence of drugs and inappropriate behavior, a source said. The motives of the crime are being investigated.


Source: Daily Mail UK

Below is the NEW POLICE SALARY Structure approved by President Muhammadu Buhari government of Nigeria which takes immediate effect.

1. Police Constable (PC) II
2. Police Constable (PC) I
3. Sergeant Copral (SC)
4. Sergeant Major (SM)
5. Inspector Of Police (IP) II
6. Inspector of Police (IP) I
7. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) II
8. Assistant Superintendent of Police(ASP) I
9. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)
10. Superintendent of Police (SP)
11. Chief Superintendent of police (CSP)
12. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)
13. Deputy commissioner of Police (DCP)
14. Commissioner of Police (CP)
May president muhammadu Buhari succeed Ameen.
Police is your friend I'm a witness
God bless Gallant Nigeria Police personnel

 By Denen Achusa

The young people in Sankera may wish to “be calming down” and take to heart Terwase Akwaza a.k.a Gana’s words to be disciplined wherever they are. Otherwise, this is the time they will experience brutal military action and understand that “khaki no bi leather.”

I was at Gbise last week, with good intentions. Yet, they misconstrued my presence and stopped me from doing my work.

Denen Achusa at the military camp in Gbishe

Gbise has become very popular and for no good reasons. The settlement is located 182Km from Makurdi, the Benue State capital. They are closer to Taraba State, than they are to Makurdi.

From Makurdi, I was on board with someone who is displaced from Taraba State. He spoke in Tiv. This man was delineated into Taraba State at the creation of the north eastern state. “We are not having peace in Taraba State. Go to Wukari, all homes belonging to the Tiv have been brought to rubbles,” the man said. He spoke at lenght, with a woman that was seated next to him. I listened with rapt attention. The conversation between the two was adding a lot to my mission to Gbise.

My heart skipped a beat, when I felt my pocket and could not have a feel that my identification card was in place. By this time, we had gone past Ameladu. The Ortar that I sat next to noticed that something was wrong. He asked and I told him: I’ve left behind something that renders this trip useless.

There was every reason to be worried. I was visiting a militarialised area, on a mission many would have turned down. The press tag was my saving grace, giving the undeserved kindness of Jah in my life. Without it, no amount of explaination would save me, as every man including the flat feet would take me for a spy. One thought asked me to call Makurdi for my card and wait for it in Katsina-Ala and that would mean waiting for three hours before the card will arrive. Going with this line of action imply getting to Gbise at thereabout 4pm; not good. I decided to go with the second thought, that call the office and get the permission for a temporal card.

We hit Katsina-Ala at 10:31 hours. Rather than alight at Takum Junction, I opted for the park. The Katsina- Ala College of Education is not far from there and so I could get a business centre for a temporal card. Once I alight, I pulled a paper material in pocket to record time. Behold, my card was in there. I was relieved. At this time, it was dizzling. Yet, I was not deterred.

I joined a waiting vehicle at Takum Junction for Gbise. At Tor Donga, the driver pull off, stopped okada and paid to take me to Gbise. Ordinarily, it was a Gbise Market day and so there ought ti be a direct link from Kastina-Ala to Gbise by car. However, I had to complete the rest of the journey by motorcycle. Once we went past headquarters Sector 2, OPWS, I asked the okada if he was from Gbise or Tor Donga. When he said Gbise, I told him I was fortunate because rather than start asking around, he will take me to my destination.

“What is your destination?,” he asked. Iyornder Akwaza’s house, I replied (Iyornder is the father of slained Terwase Akwaza a.k.a Gana). I wanted to see Iyornder first, then sniff around. The okada man became cold and had decelerated to the level that made several things to cross my mind. After several minutes of silence, he asked about my relationship with Iyornder. What should I tell him? Of course, as a Tiv man, I should know the import and where such questions normally end. Therefore, it was in my interest to say it as it was. By the way, it was between him and I; he could be of help.

“The military have said a lot about Terwase and Gbise. As a journalist, I am mandated to vist this place and also see Terwase’s father, to hear from him and also find out how he could be helped,” I returned.

Whether he was convinced or not, he told me it was a Gbise Market day and so, rather than go to Iyornder’s house, we will first look out for him at the market square. I agreed and left the search into his hands. He took me to the first location and to the second, he motioned me to a seat and asked I wait for him. After 10 minutes, he came back and told me the man was not insight and the person he thought could help is also not around.

At this point, I pulled out my tag, showed him and told him in a matter of fact manner: “Take me to Iyornder Akwaza’s house. No one will harrass you and I. My guy told me he will get another bike for me. That was how he disappeared.

I would later understand that he had gone round the town, leaving word that someone was in town to see Gana’s father. That was how I got no bike that could take me to my destination.

After a second okada declined my request, without uttering a word, I decided I’ll see the Okada chairman for help. There was no need contemplating making my way to the house on “legedies” benz (understand what I mean?) because the guy who conveyed me from Tor Donga told me I would have to part with at least 300 Naira to and fro my destination. It was in the bid to see the okada chairman that my grill session started.

How so? Once I asked about the okada chairman, one young man who assumed the role of the chief interrogator asked: Where is your motorcycle? I don’t have, I answered.

Interrogator: So, what do you want to see the chairman for?

Me: I’ve attended Gbise market and has felt compelled to also speak with local transporters.

At this time, there was a circle of young people about me. One of them asked: Are you not the one that is going to the house of Baba u orvesen (Gana’s father)? His question hit me like a shrapnel. I turned to the direction. It was not the guy that took me to Gbise. So, I’ve been spotted? It has happened. I had to cooperate.

I attempted to pull one of them by the side but they insisted I must state my mission to the hearing of everyone. My explainations fell on deaf ears. I answered and re-answered questions. Meanwhile, they had seized my identification tag.

No one touched me though, neither did any of the young people interrogating me showed any sign that they understood what was written on my tag. They then resolved that “kwagh u a lu yô se za na or ne sha ikev i sikyurity. Ka ne mba ka ne va tôôn information heen ne za naan kera je ne (we will handover this man to security agents. You are among those that give out information about this place). Once they indicated that I’ll be handed over to security agents, my mind went back to normal.

The challenge was: When will they take me to the “sikyurity” that they had decided on? I resisted the temptation to ask them to do so. After another 30 minutes wait, that seemed endless, I was taken to a joint. On arrival, the chief interrogator handed my card to one of the young men there.

Chief interrogator: Take this card (handing over my card) and show me where Okada is written on it. The young man took the card, examined it and asked what I’d wanted. I drew close to him and whispered to him that I needed help and the Okada union leader was in the best position to help me. He looked me over and directed me to where I could see the okada chairman and handed me my card. I thanked him and left.

I met the same resistance at the Okada union office. It was mission impossible. In fact, I was told to go back to where I came from. To them, I was a spy; a collaborator with security agents; anti-orvesen. On my part, I was determined to do what took me to Gbise (It took 2.1k to get to Gbise. Does it means I’ll spend times two of this amount, in addition to food and time without accomplishing anything meaningful, these days of Covid-19?). When it became obvious that it was not going to work, I decided to go into Gbise Market.

“May I go into the market and see what you have in there,” I told them.

“If you like, go into the market and asked the same question; you may not be fortunate,” one of them returned.

“You are putting fear into me,” I said.

“Feel free, we don’t beat people here,” he went on. That was how I entered the market and stole a number of shots. This is just the summary of what happened last Friday at Gbise. Food they have. What they need do now is allow access to Sankera so that their story could be told.

I know some people will ask: Why did you go there? And I ask, why not? Until we go in, not much of what is happening there will be known. And except in war time or conflict, no single location should be militarialised in a democracy. There are ills that come with military occupation. You will willingly give the khaki boys your houses to stay in, yet, you can’t have the houses back when you need them; they will treat your girls and women dirty; harrass the young and the old alike. This is what is happening in Sankera. I have to hear these stories from your mouth so I can tell them to the world. Or do you want to continue to wallow under the yoke of military and militia gangs?

Gana, in his parting words beseeched you, the young people of Sankera to be disciplined. You are definitely going to see more troops in your area. I learned that the other day, they blamed your mothers for giving birth to wayward children, as they flogged them. It is recorded in the Bible that elders ate unripe fruits and the teeth of the young became sour. In Sankera, the reverse is true: Parents are being punished or maltreated for the deeds of their children.

I did not like the inhuman treatment I saw on my way to Gbise. No one can say with certainty, when the military will pull out. Sankera youth, you have to behave yourselves to avoid tasting the bitter pill of the military.

This is not the first time that I’ll be stopped in line of duty in Sankera. The first time it was at Abaji, following the killing of ten members of the CJTF.

Sankera elders and opinion leaders, this is my appeal: Talk to the young people of your area to allow civilians, including aid workers and journalists access to your area.

Journalists will help to tell your story. It is in your interest that we do so. Gana is no more and I repeat, don’t forget his words, calling on you to be disciplined. He was no fool to so advice.

I love you Sankera. I do really hope to share in your pains by telling your story. Once again, I come in peace. It was for good that I was at Gbise, not for any bad intentions. It is my hope that you will know peace.

 President Buhari said that while Nigeria has so far managed the pandemic successfully by keeping the numbers as low as possible, caution has to be applied so we do not experience a second wave of the pandemic.

President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the country's economy cannot bear another round of COVID-19 lockdown.

The President gave the warning in his message to Muslims in Nigeria as they join others all over the world to commemorate Eid-el-Maulud on Thursday, October 29.

In his message, President Buhari said that while Nigeria has so far managed the pandemic successfully by keeping the numbers as low as possible, caution has to be applied so we do not experience a second wave of the pandemic.

“Looking at the trends in the other countries, we must do all we can to avert the second wave of the pandemic. We must make sure that our cases, which have gone down, do not rise again. Our economy is too fragile to bear another round of lockdown” he said.

President Buhari urged all citizens to use the occasion to reflect on the virtues of the Holy Prophet by showing love and understanding for fellow citizens while exhibiting patience, honesty, sincerity, kindness, and generosity in all their undertakings.

He urged all citizens, and the youth, in particular, to shun all negative tendencies as manifested in the recent hijacking of peaceful protests to loot and destroy public and private property.

He also reiterated his earlier promise to bring police officers responsible for misconduct as well as the looters to justice.


Apple has entered the 5G era – all four new models feature both the sub-6 flavor of 5G as well as mmWave. The latter doubles the peak download speeds (up to 4.0 Gbps), but those are limited to Verizon in the US for now.

This year the Pro models come in two sizes, 6.1” on the iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7” on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. That is up from 5.8” and 6.5” on the 11-series, Apple has embraced the large screen (while simultaneously going smaller than anyone else with the iPhone 12 mini). Slimmer bezels keep the new models from getting too huge.

As before, both models have OLED displays. And as before, they run at 60Hz – the high refresh rate update will have to wait for next year. Also, the notch lives on, Apple’s commitment to Face ID has not wavered in the wake of in-display fingerprint readers.

The new displays have slightly higher resolution than their predecessors – on the Pro that is 1,170 x 2,532 px, the Pro Max is up to 1,284 x 2,778 px. The peak brightness remains at the impressive 1,200 nits.

To keep the display safe, Apple once again partnered with Corning to create the Ceramic Shield material. This has 4x the drop resistance of previous the glass.

The company also updated the design language of its phones, bringing it closer to the iPad Pros. This means that the sides are squared off, echoing the glory days for the iPhone 4. As before, the chassis is made from stainless steel. Pacific Blue is the new hero color alongside classics such as Gold, Gray and Silver.

The new generation has best-in-class water resistance, being able to dive down to 6 meters underwater for an hour. The 2019 generation could only go down to 4 meters.

The two Pro models are not equal when it comes to the camera. The larger iPhone 12 Pro Max starts off with a larger 1/1.7” sensor (1.7 µm pixels) that is 47% larger than the 12 Pro and the older 11 Pro Max. Combined with the f/1.6 aperture, this allows 87% more light to reach the sensor. Also, Apple changed the image stabilization to use sensor shift instead of moving the optics lens to counteract movements. This allows it to react faster, making 5,000 adjustments per second.

The Pro Max also features a longer focal length on its zoom camera, allowing for 2.5x magnification. The OIS on this cam sticks with the usual lens-based approach.

The iPhone 12 Pro gets the brighter lens, f/1.6, but keeps the old sensor with lens rather than sensor stabilization. That sensor still gets 27% more light. The vanilla Pro also gets the old telephoto camera, with an f/2.0 lens with 52 mm focal length (meaning 2x magnification over the main cam) and, again, classic OIS.

Now all cameras support Night mode, including the selfie camera and ultra wide (the 11 Pro only had it on the main cam). This is in part thanks to the new chipset does have more number-crunching power, but we’ll get to that.

The ultra wide cam is unchanged with an f/2.4 lens with 120° field of view (13 mm focal length).

This year the iPhone Pros adopt the LiDAR system of the iPad Pros. This enables Night mode portraits. This also reduces the time to get an autofocus lock in the dark by the impressive 6 times.

The iPhone 12 Pro are the only phones on the market to record Dolby Vision video. The faster chipset color-grades every frame of 10-bit video for best quality. The new ProRAW feature records all the data you expect from a RAW format while also saving the image processing decisions that the phone made on the spot, making quick touch ups faster as you have a solid base to work from.

The new iPhones are smart about how they use their new 5G connectivity. When they don’t need the extra speed, the Smart Data mode switches to 4G automatically to preserve battery.

The big innovation in battery charging is an old one – the MagSafe that you loved on MacBooks is back. This time it’s used for wireless charging and it delivers 15W of power (up from 7.5W for regular Qi charge). Also, this uses magnets to grab onto a snap-on wireless charging. This also enables MagSafe accessories, which uses the magnetic holding power to keep them semi-permanently attached.

Wired charging got faster too, the new models support up to 20W. However, you'll have to buy the charger separately as Apple removed the in-box charger and the headset. You only get a USB-C to Lightning cable that (finally!) lets you connect the iPhone to your MacBook. Apple presented this as a move to reduce carbon emissions, a step on its path to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Apple A14 Bionic is at the heard of the iPhone 12 Pro duo - the first 5nm chipset in the world, featuring a whopping 11.8 billion transistors, 40% more than the A13. It features 2 big CPU cores and 4 small cores, which together deliver a 50% higher performance than its predecessor. Similarly, the 4-core GPU is good for a 50% increase over last year’s iPhone. Machine learning has seen a 70% increase in performance as well to handle the ever-growing applications of AI.

Besides the zoom cam, another reason to buy into the Pro models is more storage. Apple doubled the base storage to 128GB, with 256GB and 512GB upgrade options.

The iPhone 12 Pro starts at $1,000 and will be up on pre-order this Friday and available next week. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will start at $1,100 and will be available to book on November 6 with sales starting a week later - November 13.

iPhone 12 and 12 mini

Apple opened its iPhone announcements for 2020 with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, bringing the more affordable line some of the premium features usually reserved for the Pro line.

Apple iPhone 12
The iPhone 12, it replaces its predecessor's IPS LCD with a Super XDR OLED display of the same 6.1-inch diagonal and a much higher 2532x1170px resolution (460 pixels per inch). Apple advertises 1200 nits of peak brightness, matching the Pro models.

The screen has a standard refresh rate of 60Hz and the same old notch. What has improved is the glass covering the display. Apple calls it Ceramic Shield and it was co-developed with Gorilla Glass maker Corning.

Apple says that Ceramic Shield glass is "4 times better drop performance" and is "tougher than any smartphone glass".

5G was a huge part of Apple's presentation. The iPhone 12 supports mmWave in the US as well as the more widely spread (but slower) sub-6GHz 5G. Apple has tested speeds across 100 carriers and says it can achieve 3.5Gbps in controlled environments and up to 4Gbps in ideal conditions.

Apple went with a more refined and thinner design for the iPhone 12. The phone is 11% thinner, 16% lighter and 15% smaller in volume than the iPhone 11.

Like the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12 comes in a variety of colors - a new Blue, Green, Product Red, White and Black.

As expected Apple's A14 Bionic powers the iPhone 12. It has a six-core (two powerful and four efficient cores) CPU and quad-core GPU and brings the total transistors to 11.8 billion, or about 40% more than the A13 Bionic, powering last year's iPhones. Apple claims the A14 Bionic is 50% faster in both CPU and GPU than any other smartphone chipset.

The A14 Bionic can deliver 80% faster machine learning than the A13 Bionic with a reported support for 11 trillion operations per second - which would enable faster performance from Face unlock to camera operation.

The Apple iPhone 12 gains a new wide camera with a brighter f/1.6 aperture, promising up to 27% better light capture and an additional ultrawide shooter. Both inherit Apple's new Smart HDR 3 with improved white balance, texture and saturation.

Both rear cameras as well as the selfie camera are now capable of shooting Night Mode images.

As expected Apple has removed the Earpods and charger from the iPhone retail package, which has enabled a tiny retail box and a much-improved carbon footprint. What's new this year is the return of MagSafe (yes, the name of the old MacBook charging connector), which enables Apple's special new wireless charger to snap onto the rear of the iPhone 12 and deliver up to 15W wireless charging. Regular Qi wireless chargers go up to 7.5W, while wired charging maxes out at 20W if you purchase the required adapter.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 will open on October 16 with shipments beginning on October 23, starting at $799.

Apple iPhone 12 mini
Apple also unveiled what may very well prove to be the star of the show - the iPhone 12 mini. Owning up to its diminutive name, the iPhone 12 mini is smaller than the 4.7-inch iPhone SE (2020), while featuring a larger 5.4-inch 2340x1080px Super XDR OLED screen with 476 ppi and the same up to 1200 nits of brightness as the rest of the lineup.

The iPhone 12 mini shares the display technology, the chipset, the camera system, wireless charging, IP68 rating and color options as the bigger iPhone 12.

Apple will offer the iPhone 12 and 12 mini in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options in Blue, Green, Black, White and Product Red colors. The iPhone 12 mini will begin selling on November 6 and will ship on November 13.

Following the closure of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Education has announced that students sitting for WAEC examinations would resume August 4th.
File Photo Of Students In A Classroom
The Nigeria Ministry of Education has announced that exit classes in Secondary schools across the nation will reopen for academic activities on August 4.

A statement released this afternoon July 27, by the Director of Press, Ministry Of Education, Ben Bem Goong, says students in exit classes are to resume immediately after the Salah breaks so they can take their WAEC examinations scheduled to begin August 17.

Goong said this decision was taken at the virtual consultative meeting of the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education in the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Proprietors of Private schools, and Chief Executive of Examination bodies.

The Federal government had initially suspended the reopening of schools due to the increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Read the statement from the Ministry of Education below;
 Secondary school students
Breaking: Secondary school students

The N3.1bn money laundering case involving a former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has returned to Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja, after the judge withdrew himself from the case on two occasions.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Suswam, who currently represents Benue North-East in the Senate, along with his then Commissioner for Finance, Mr Omodachi Okolobia, for allegedly diverting and laundering a total sum of N3,111,008,018.51 belonging to Benue State.

The case made the second return to Justice Mohammed following a February 19, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which ordered Justice Okon Abang to return the case file to Justice Mohammed, who was the judge originally handling the case.

Justice Mohammed first withdrew from the case on June 6, 2016, citing a publication by SaharaReporters which alleged that the judge had been compromised to give Suswam a “soft landing.”

But after the defence and the prosecuting teams pressurised him, through the then Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta (retd.), Justice Mohammed rescinded his decision and took the case file back.

However, following another story published by SaharaReporters levelling similar allegation against him, the judge, in a letter dated July 5, 2019, again withdrew from the case.

The Chief Judge then re-assigned the case to Justice Abang.

Justice Abang had started hearing the case with four witnesses already called when the Court of Appeal, ruling on an appeal by Suswam to challenge Justice Mohammed’s withdrawal, ordered that the Justice Abang should stop hearing and return the case file to Justice Mohammed.

On Thursday, the lawyer prosecuting the case on behalf of the EFCC, Mr Oluwaleke Atolagbe, and Suswam’s lawyer, Chinelo Ogbozor, urged the court to adjourn for continuation of trial based on the Court of Appeal’s judgment.

On his part, Okolobia’s lawyer, Mr Audu Aloga, who blamed the prosecution for the delay in the resumption of the trial, urged the court to either adjourn for trial or strike out the charges for want of diligent prosecution.

Responding, the prosecutor described Aloga’s submission as “unfortunate and baseless.”

Governor Samuel Ortom calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare armed Fulani herdsmen killing innocent people in communities of Benue State as terrorists.

The Governor’s call follows repeated herdsmen attacks on different communities of the state in the last couple of months. The latest of such attacks took place last night at Tse-Chembe community near Anyiin in Logo Local Government Area where the herders murdered seven persons in cold blood and left many others badly injured.

Governor Ortom condemns the invasion and killings and describes the situation as unacceptable.

He says Benue State has a law which prohibits open grazing of livestock, and stresses that only a terrorist group would deliberately choose to violate the legislation as Fulani herdsmen have done since the law was enacted in 2017.

Governor Ortom states that declaring the armed herders operating in Benue State as terrorists will end the wave of impunity and guarantee the rule of law.

He calls on people of the state, especially those living in the affected areas to report any suspicious persons to security agencies.

The Governor commends officers and men of Operation Whirl Stroke for their prompt responses to distress calls, particularly that of yesterday when the people of Tse-Chembe came under herdsmen’s attacks.

He reassures Benue people that his administration will not surrender the state to criminal elements, be they herdsmen or any other group.

Governor Ortom says no amount of threats and attacks will stop the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the State.

Terver Akase
Chief Press Secretary
July 11, 2020.

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Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan has been warned after a prophet saw a damning vision about him.

Goodluck Jonathan
The general overseer of Mount Zion Divine Gospel Ministry Inc., Prophet Bomadi Serimoedumu, has cautioned former President Goodluck Jonathan to be careful, saying his enemies would attempt his life this year, a report by Vanguard has revealed.
The man of God specifically said that assassins are after Jonathan's life.
Prophet Serimoedumu sent the prophetic message Sunday this week at Paradise City Zion, headquarters of the ministry at Bomadi, Delta State.
He said, “they will send assassins to kill Goodluck Jonathan, I mean his political enemies, but they will not succeed.

“Pray for Jonathan, let Nigerians pray for him, let the whole Ijaw pray for him because he has much assignment to fulfil”.

Nigeria's Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba has announced a date for commencement of 2020 WASSCE.

Nigeria's Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba
The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will begin in August, Nigeria's Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba has confirmed.
He made the announcement on Monday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He gave the specific date as 4th of August to 5th of September.
He said, “From the 4th of August to the 5th of September, please take note. Last week the Chairman of the PTF announced that school facilities will be available for those who want to go into revision classes.

“The idea here is that we have a whole month from now till then, those who can and those who are willing; the states who are willing should make their schools available for their children to revise.

“We have done the most we can with our representatives at WAEC and we have, this afternoon, confirmed that the dates allotted for the exams will be from the 4th of August through to the 5th of September,” the minister added.
According to him, the ministry will publish the local timings for the examinations after a meeting with authorities of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), among other stakeholders.
Nwajiuba disclosed that as soon as WAEC examinations were concluded, the government would take up the National Examination Council (NECO) and the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) examinations.
WASSCE is a standardised test conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for senior secondary school students in the graduating class.

Some Kaduna lawmakers engaged in a free-for-all fight shortly after impeaching the Deputy Speaker and swearing-in a new one.
Drama As Kaduna Lawmaker Snatches Mace, Beaten During Deputy Speaker’s Impeachment

Isaac Auta, the lawmaker representing Kauru Constituency, on Thursday emerged the new Deputy Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

This followed Thursday’s impeachment of the former Deputy Speaker, Mukhtar Isa Hazo, representing Milgoma Constituency.

Hazo was a former House Committee Chairman on Local Government and Chieftain Affairs before his elevation as the Deputy Speaker in February 2020.
24 members of the assembly passed a vote of no confidence in Hazo before he was impeached.

Meanwhile, there was a fracas during the swearing in of the new Deputy Speaker as a member attempted snatched the mace.

Immediately after swearing in the new Deputy Speaker, Liman Dahiru, a member representing Makera Constituency, broke into the floor of the Assembly and seized the mace.
As Dahiru attempted to make his way out of the chamber, the Sergeant at Arm grabbed him while other members made frantic moves to retrieve the mace from him.
Dahiru was overpowered and had his clothes torn as other lawmakers dragged and hit him in an attempt to recover the mace from him.

The scenario, thereby, forced the plenary to end in a rowdy way after the aggrieved member was dragged out of the floor of the assembly.

The aggrieved member was later spotted outside the assembly chamber, fuming.
As of the time of filing this report, the reason behind the impeachment of the former Deputy Speaker was yet to be ascertained.
Here is the video below;


The simple role of the legislator is to make laws. However in making laws, legislators often do more than this. Apart from the fact that they are elected to represent certain geographical areas and constituents which make them a link between Government and the people, they actually enable society develop and prosper by the quality of laws that they make.
It must be made very clear to our electorate that it is not the role of the legislator to build roads, hospitals or schools, but the kind of laws that they make can enable the quick and efficient delivery of those services and prosper society at large.
The legislative arm of government is one of the strongest among the three arms of government. It is saddled principally with making laws and has an advantage of oversight duties over the executive.

Makuirdi/Guma has been ably represented at the national assembly with the contributions of our elected representative Hon. Bem Mzondu at the floor of the green Chambers.

Fulfilling his primary responsibility as a national lawmaker, Hon. Bem Mzondu has contributed to various issues of national interest at the national assembly.

The following bills have been initiated by Hon. Benjamin Mzondu and are at various stages of reading.
1. Federal Psychiatric Hospital Makurdi (Establishment) Bill 2019.

2. Establishment of Federal College of Education Gbajimba, Guma, Benue state. (Establishment Bill 2019.

3. An act to require financial authorization by the National Assembly prior to withdrawal of moneys from funds of statutory bodies, 2019.

4. An act to establish the Nigeria Immigration Border Patrol Agents as specialized directorate in the Nigerian Immigration Service to patrol, maintain surveillance, conduct borderline watch and prevent persons from entering or leaving Nigeria without permission and for related matters, 2019.

5. An act to provide for the review of existing trade and investment agreements and renegotiation of existing trade and investment agreement based on the review; provide for the terms for future trade and investment agreements; provide for the establishment of the joint trade and investment agreement review committee; and for other matters, 2019.

6. Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (alteration) educational qualification for certain political offices Bill, 2019.

7. Countervailing and Anti-dumping Bill 2019.

8. Statutory and Anti-bodies Authorization bill.

9. Trade and investment agreements (reforms and miscellaneous provision) bill 2019

10. Sheriff and Civil Processes Act Amendment Bill 2020.

The following motions have also been moved by Hon. Benjamin Mzondu on the floor of the House.

1. Fire outbreak in Makurdi main market, Benue state.

2. The need to review the National Anti-Malarial Treatment Policy to ensure free treatment of malaria in all Government hospitals in Nigeria.

3. Flood disaster in Makurdi, Benue state.

4. Resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDP) from the various IDP camps in Benue state.

5. Rehabilitation of the Abinsi, Agasha, Tyulen, Tse-Ikyo, Anyiin, Arufu, Gbeji, Wukari road.

6. Loss of over Six Hundred Billion Naira (N600B) monthly revenue from Apapa gridlock, congestion and the dilapidated terminal infrastructure in some terminals.

7. Urgent need to secure the Benue communities for the new farming season/curb the continued unprovocative attacks by herdsmen.

Aside his primary duties as a lagislator, Hon. Bem Mzondu has also been able to keep in touch with his constituents with projects and other Goodwills. He has been able to secure job opportunities for his constituents and beyond at the federal level. He has succeeded in securing slots for his constituents into various para-military, military and federal agencies.

Immediately he assumed office, Hon. Mzondu procured 5 transformers to help salvage the epileptic issue of light within Makurdi/Guma federal construction a gesture which remain indelible in the heart of the benefitting communities.
Areas to which the transformers have been delivered include:
(i) AdakaB B
(ii) High-level at railway bypass.
(iii) Kanshio, at Harakem.
(iv) Iorhom behind E-division police station.
(v) Triangle (Jankanwa).

He has so far built schools and other infrastructure for the good people of Makurdi/Guma, notable amongst them is the two modern class rooms blocks at LGEA Primary School Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area and the construction of the mini bridge at Chan stream at Ugondo Community in Makurdi local government area.

"My mandate is aimed at re-framing the political leadership versus followership narrative, that give room to realistic goals with a view to creating a positive dialogue & conversation that can correct representation deficit in the current political settings."

This he recently demonstrated through the recent Mzondu free medical service he offered to the good people of Makurdi/Guma at Adaka and Gbajimba respectively. He also secure palliative for his constituents from Nema which he distributed to his constituents recently.

It's worthy of note that the member house committee on appropriation is yet to execute this year's budget. With this in mind it's glaring that with Mzondu at the green Chambers the best is yet to come to his constituents.

Let encourage him through our prayers and support to enable him change the narrative for the betterment of us all.

A greater Makurdi/Guma is achievable with Mzondu Benjamin Bem 2019-2023.



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