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Buhari Issues New Directives To Security Chiefs

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security chiefs to find tactics to solve the security challenges in the country, particularly in the North-West and North Central. 

Buhari issued the directive during a closed-door security meeting with Service Chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday,

He reiterated the urgent need to deal with the bandits, who according to the security chiefs, are becoming a nuisance, killing and making reckless pronouncements to solicit attention.

Zamfara Attack: Buhari Issues New Directives To  Security Chiefs

The Minister of Defense, General Bashir Magashi, told State House correspondents after the meeting that the government reviewed the situation in the country and concluded that it can resolve the security challenges, especially in Zamfara State and the North Central, which was of huge concern at the meeting, but with the cooperation of Nigerians.

According to Magashi, a batch of six A-29 Super Tucano Jets will arrive in the country next week while the jets in the first batch already delivered are being tested.

The security meeting was chaired by the President with the service chiefs physically in attendance.

The Service Chiefs were led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Minister of Defence, General Bashir Magashi (rtd).

At the security meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor, and other security chiefs briefed the President on recent developments associated with the security challenges facing the nation.

Those in attendance include the Minister of Defence, General Bashir Magashi (retd), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the service chiefs led by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor.

Others include the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

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Sanwo-Olu Appoints Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello As LASU VC

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Tunji Bello’s Wife, Prof. Ibiyemi Emerges LASU VC-Crystal News

Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed the wife of the Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Professor Ibiyemi-Olatunji Bello as the ninth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo.

The Professor of Physiology (Lagos State University College of Medicine) had served as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the institution before her elevation.

She becomes the ninth Vice-Chancellor of LASU after an exercise laced with intrigues and suspense.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said Professor Olatunji-Bello was appointed following a recommendation by the Joint Committee of Council and Senate of LASU in accordance with the LASU Law, Cap 169 Vol 7, Laws of Lagos State.

She assumed duty as the First Professor of Physiology in LASU College of Medicine on the 2nd of October 2007 after rising through the ranks from Assistant Lecturer (1988 to 1991) to Associate Professor in 2005 at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba.

In Y2012, Mrs. Olatunji-Bello attended Course 34 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, the highest policy advisory body of the Federal Government, as a nominee of the National Universities Commission.

A member of the National Institute (mni), Mrs. Olatunji-Bello holds a Fellowship Award of the Physiological Society of Nigeria and was also appointed a Fellow of the Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation in the year 2019.

Prof. Olatunji-Bello as well as two other candidates, Professor Omotayo R. Awofolu and Professor Senapon Bakare, were recommended for the position in order of ranking respectively.

The process of selecting a substantive Vice-Chancellor for LASU commenced with advertisements for the vacant position in three National dailies on Friday, July 30th, and Friday 13th August 2021 respectively.

The tenure of the 8th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun, lapsed on January 11, 2021.

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FG To Lift Twitter Suspension Soon

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FG To Lift Twitter Suspension Soon-Crystal News

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that the ban on Twitter will soon be lifted.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed this development when he fielded questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, a lot of progress has been made in the ongoing dialogue with Twitter.

“I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly `it has been productive and quite respectful’.

“And as to the qualifying word for when or how soon, I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, (I meant) between the time it has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.

“That I can assure you that it is by far in other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”

The minister stressed that both parties were focused on reaching a conclusion on the matter.

“What we’re trying to do is the changes that have been going on, but we need to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘t’s’, but I can assure us that we’re not unmindful of the anxiety of Nigerians and both parties are working very hard to put a closure on the matter.

“And like Twitter itself said the changes have been very, very productive on both parties. It has not been advisory at all. And it’s quite respectful,’’ he said.

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Our Director Not On Terrorist Financier List — 9mobile

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9mobile-Crystal News

The Management of 9mobile has reacted to media reports that one of its directors is on the United Arab Emirates (UAE} list of terrorist (Boko Haram) sponsors.

According to a press statement cited by Crystal News, 9mobile said that one Abdurrahman Ado Musa, who is on that list is not a director of the mobile telecommunications company.

Some Nigerians were included on the list said to have been ratified by the Emirate Federal Capital. One of the names on the list and that the media has latched on is Abdurrahaman Ado Musa.

In its clarification, 9mobile said “We, however, wish to clarify that the so-named individual is not 9mobile’s Executive Director, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, Abdulrahman Ado. The resemblance in names is purely coincidental, and our Director does not bear ‘Musa’.

“Our Director, Abdulrahman Ado, is a respectable law-abiding Nigerian. He served the country diligently in public service for over three decades before transferring his services to the private sector.

“He served in various capacities and was Pioneer Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and Executive Commissioner, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission.

“As a law-abiding company that believes in the greatness of Nigeria, and the well-being of all its citizens, 9mobile would never accommodate any undesirable element within its management and staff.

“We urge the general public to kindly disregard the mistaken identify media reports making the rounds”

ICYM: High Profiled Nigerians Enlisted As Terrorist Sponsors- UAE Report

UAE authorities named 6 Nigerians as financiers of terrorist organizations including the Boko Haram sect and other criminal activities.

The 6 persons mentioned had been previously tried and sentenced in UAE with various prison terms after a federal appeals court upheld their convictions for funding the terrorist groups.

The decision was taken when the UAE federal cabinet met in Abu Dhabi on Monday after which they issued Resolution No. 83 of 2021, designating a total of 38 individuals and 15 corporate sponsors on its approved list of persons and organizations supporting Boko Haram and other terrorist causes.

The 6 Nigerians who are part of the list include Abdurrahaman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad.

The 38 names on the list are mostly Arabs from the Middle East.

UAE news agency reported that the resolution underscored the country’s commitment to target and dismantle networks that finance terrorism and its related activities.

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