Below are the headlines found on The Nation Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 24 February, 2018.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Ondo State governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), says the people of the state have no excuse to wallow in abject poverty.

He says his administration will make the state a commercial hub that should be taken seriously by genuine investors.

The governor, who spoke on Friday during the flag-off of egg powder production mechanized factory at Emure in Owo Local Government Area of the state, insisted that his government planned to make the people the central focus of all his actions.

The flag-off of the egg powder factory is part of the activities marking the first  anniversary of Governor Akeredolu in office.

A one-week filled with activities to celebrate the achievements of the administration in the last one year were lined up for the celebration.

As part of the celebrations, many projects, including the re-constructed Oke-Oka section of the Akugba-Lokoja-Abuja, the Iwalewa and Abusororoads in Akure and Bajare and Oke Lisa roads in Idanre among several other roads spread across the three senatorial districts were commissioned.

Other fresh projects, including a N15bn international industrial park in Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area of the state were also flagged-off.

Speaking on Friday during the flagging-off of the egg factory, Akeredolu reiterated that his administration’s intention was to develop the state.

He said: “We have been able, in our modest ways, to showcase the possibility of making things work for our people in real terms, devoid of grandstanding.

“We are insistent on making the people of this state the central focus of all our actions. We will not accept the narrative of despondency as our lot. All of us must be resolute in our determination to effect positive change.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
No fewer than 105 students may be missing in the aftermath of Monday’s invasion of the Government Girls’ Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists,The Nation gathered yesterday.

The names were personally submitted to the school’s authorities by the  parents of the  affected students, according to the Chairman, Forum of Parents of the missing Dapchi Girls, Mallam Bashir Manzo.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State said 84 students remain missing .

The list obtained by The Nation contains the name of each missing student,her local government area and telephone numbers of her parents.

A mix of tension and mourning pervaded the community for the fifth day running yesterday when The Nation visited the area.

Residents  said it was clear from the behaviour of  invaders  on Monday that their mission was solely to abduct the students.

Manzo said when the gunmen  demanded that they be shown the way to the school, some residents tried to play a fast one on them and sent them in a wrong direction.

However the  gunmen soon found out their destination  when they heard the students shouting.

Manzo, recalling the sequence of events on the fateful day, said:  “On Monday, Boko Haram entered our town and started shouting. We just came out from Magrib prayers when the shooting started.

“The shooting by Boko Haram sparked  confusion at the school with everyone running helter-skelter.

“When they came, they didn’t even know where the school was located. They came and asked some people to show them the girls’ school.

“The first person they asked  to show them the school took them to Central Primary School.

“They eventually found out the girls’ school when the students were screaming and trying to jump over the fence in a bid to escape.

“They rounded up as many girls as they could lay their hands on and packed them into their vehicles.

“They then escaped.

“The following day, the school authorities  took a roll call of children in the school, but they did not  give us the figure.

“The list we have here is from the parents that came themselves and reported that they had not seen their children up till this moment (yesterday).

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Police in Rivers State yesterday paraded a pastor, Chidiebere Okoroafor, for allegedly killing his mistress, two church members as well as an unborn baby in cold blood, in Oyigbo area of the state.

The incident reportedly took place on December 9, 2017 but was discovered four days after the deceased persons were declared missing.

The victims are: Ada Concila Ezeawa (25)  Mrs.  Uloma  Onweagba and her nine- months -old  baby Christabel Joseph-Onweagba.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Finance and Administration,  Cyril Okoro who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday during  a briefing in Port Harcourt,  the Rivers State capital,  said trouble began when the pastor’s alleged mistress, Concila Ezeawa, informed the pastor of her pregnancy following her alleged amorous relationship with the man of God, which did not go down well with him.

In the bid to cover up his sins, Pastor Okoroafor who is the founder of Altar of Solution Church, Izuoma in Afam Oyigbo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, reportedly urged the girl to abort the pregnancy which she bluntly refused to the chagrin of the pastor.

To convince the pastor to allow her keep the pregnancy and have the baby alive,  Ezeawa apparently involved Mrs. Onweagba for her intervention and probably convinced her Pastor boyfriend to respect her wish.

On that fateful day, the trio (Okoroafor, Ezeawa and Onweagba), agreed to meet somewhere to discuss the matter.  Unknown to the two women, the suspect gave them two different meeting points and at different times, in which he first met with his expectant mistress at a certain junction,  while he asked the other woman to wait for them at a different point.

While the second woman who came to the meeting with her nine-month-old baby strapped to her back was waiting, the Pastor lured and strangled Ezeawa to death and her unborn child in an uncompleted building and subsequently abandoned her remains there unknown to the waiting Mrs. Onweagba, who he joined shortly after committing the crime.

The cleric was said to have strangled Mrs. Onweagba to death in a lonely bush part where he also dumped their bodies, in a bid to destroy all pieces of evidence that could link him to the crime.

When paraded yesterday, the pastor begged for forgiveness saying: “I am sorry, I ask for forgiveness from my family,  let the family of the people I liked also forgive me,  let the world forgive me,  it is the devils work.”

Okoro said: “The pastor killed his mistress by luring and strangulating her in an uncompleted building in order to cover up his deed, after he has committed this evil act, he now joined his late girl friend at Afam road where they took a tricycle to Afam roundabout before taking a motorcycle to an isolated farm on Igberu road where he gruesomely murdered her with her deceased friend’s nine months old baby strapped to her back.

”According to the autopsy report, the nine months old baby was killed as a result of suffocation which was caused as result of wrapper used in carrying the baby”.

Okoro explained that apprehending the pastor was made possible because the deceased had already told their neighbours  where they were going on that day; few days after the neighbours couldn’t find them they lodged a complaint of disappearance at the Afam divisional headquarters.

”After preliminary investigation and search by the police with members of the community, the decomposing corpse of Uluoma and a nine month-old-baby indentified as Joseph were discovered in a bush located along Afam Igberu road on 13th of December 2017.

” Their corpses were evacuated and deposited at the mortuary, after more investigation. Six days after the recovery of Uluoma and the baby, the decomposing corpse of the mother of the baby, Ezeawa was recovered in an uncompleted building at Izuoma community in Oyigbo LGA and subsequently taken to the mortuary.

The investigation was subsequently transferred to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department (SCIID). After series of investigation and interrogation the pastor confessed of murdering the deceased persons based on the trust his victims had on him.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
A driver with the Government House, Lokoja, Kogi State, Danladi Baba, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for reckless driving and causing the death of Prof. Festus Iyayi, in an auto crash in November, 2013.

Iyayi, a former Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) national President, died in an auto crash involving one of the cars in the convoy of the immediate past governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada.

Alhassan Husaini of Lokoja Chief Magistrate Court II, in his judgement in one-count charge of causing death by dangerous and reckless driving preferred against the driver, found him guilty of the offence and thereby convicted  him.

Husaini said that the penal clause under section 5 of the Federal Highway Act CAP F. 13 of 2004 being mandatory position coupled with the severity of the offence tied the hands of the court.

“I have no option than to sentence you, Danladi Baba, to seven years imprisonment without an option of fine”, the Chief Magistrate ruled.

He used the occasion to caution VIP drivers on recklessness, especially while in convoys, saying: “What is regrettable in this case is the serious abuse of privilege of late by VIP convoys.

“These siren-blaring convoys force on-coming and other categories of vehicles off the roads in a manner that exposes law-abiding road users to hazards.”

The convict, Baba, who burst into tears upon the pronouncement of his sentence, was said to have committed the offence at about 11.30am, on November 12, 2013 on the Federal Highway, in Banda area of Lokoja.

According to the prosecution, Baba, while driving a Toyota Hilux pick-up van, belonging to the Kogi State government, on the convoy of the then governor of Kogi, Capt. Idris Wada, drove dangerously and recklessly without regard for other road users.

The action, according to the prosecution made him to have a near head-on collision with the Toyota Hiace belonging to UNIBEN local chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), traveling to Kano.

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday promised to support Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the presidential mandate to reconcile the warring sides in the ruling party.Moments after emerging from a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa,Abuja,Oyegun dispatched a letter to Tinubu in response to the February 21 memo from the former Lagos State governor.Tinubu had accused the APC chair of frustrating reconciliation efforts in the p 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The Corps Commander of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Olaseni Ogunyemi, has urged road transport stakeholders in the country to cooperate with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other traffic management agencies to end insanity on the roads, saying road safety is a shared responsibility.He spoke in Abuja during a celebration marking the 30th anniversary of the FRSC.He saidthe traffic agency was in support of the FRSC on the speed limiter to prevent oversp 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The DTigers of Nigeria began their World Cup qualifier on a winning note as they defeated Uganda 102-86 in Bamako, Mali.The opening exchanges were tight as both teams tried to establish dominance. But it was the Ugandans who were quicker off the block as they won the first quarter 17-11. However, the Ugandan team fell to the superior fire power of the Nigerians in the last three quarter losing 29-36, 20-28, 20-27 for a cumulative score of 102-86 in favour of the DTigers.Ugandas Jimmy Abram Enabu 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
HANNAH OJO participated in the United States Foreign Press Centers international reporting tour on Combating Human Trafficking through Prevention, Protection & Prosecution. Travelling across the states of Washington DC, Texas and California with a team of 20 select journalists from across the world, she reports on the lessons Nigeria can learn from the US model.They find them by looking through social media profiles, promising modelling careers or escape from the hard life. There is the supp 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
In its effort to leverage on e-payment and multi-modal payment portals, the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has unveiled an automated invoicing system and technology device, Electronic Revenue Assurance (ERA) system at a stakeholders meeting held with hotel and business owners in the hospitality and tourism sector of Lagos State at the Banquet Hall, State House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, February 22.With the theme Fiscalization of hotel occupancy and restaurant consumption tax law, 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The National Council of States on Thursday assured Nigerians that the end of the perennial farmers/herdsmen clashes in different parts of the country was in sight.The Council was briefed by the National Security Adviser Babagana Mongunu on the security situation in the country.Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa told newsmen that council decided to segment and deal with the matter based on the peculiarities of states.Farmers and herdsmen clashes were discussed thoroughly and we learnt that this takes 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
No fewer than 500 women across Osun State have received support to boost their ventures from the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.Speaking at the Ooni Annual Women Empowerment Workshops 2018 held at the Oba Okunade Sijuade Hall, Enuwa Ile-Ife, Oba Ogunwusi described micro-economy development, as a viable catalyst of speedy economic growth in the developing countries, and a sustainable solution to its various socio-economic challenges.According to the revered monarch, the initiative must 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The Chief ExecutiveOfficer Leading Learning Limited, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo has called for new teachers training curriculum that is technological driven and in line with currents trends for teaching and learningShe said this at the Creative Mind CME 2ndAnnual conference organized by CME recently at the Supreme Educational Foundation School, Magodo, Lagos.The programme tagged: Teaching in the 21stCentury: Creativity, Innovation and Leadership brought together hundreds of teachers from across th 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The Presidencyyesterday put a question mark over the criteria used by the Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, to rank Nigeria the148th least corrupt in the world.Aso Rock Villa dismissed as very misleading and unfair the conclusion reached by the TI inits assessment of the Federal Governments anti-corruption crusade.Reacting to the TI annual report on corruption released on Wednesday,the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President,Mallam Garba Shehu,whi 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Oseni Oludotun is the Managing Director/ CEO of Meritabode Nigeria Limited. His outfit is into properties and the developers of Emerald Garden City in different locations across Lagos and Ogun states. He speaks with GBENGA ADERANTI on why most estates located in these states are not being occupied, the future of real estate, among others. Excerpts:If you look at most estates in Mowe, Lekki and other suburbs of both Lagos and Ogun states, you will see different estates that are currently unoccupi 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
Lagos Business School (LBS) alumi have emerged finalists for the Association of MBA (AMBA) Student of the Year and the Entrepreneurial Venture of the year respectively, at the 2018 AMBA Awards held in London, United Kingdom. Glory Eyinnaya (EMBA 21) and Aidenehi Okosun (MBA 14) emerged the finalists.The AMBA Student of the Year Award sponsored by the Wall Street Journal is for the high performing MBAs who demonstrate outstanding skills and motivation towards becoming tomorrows business leaders, 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nigerias major carrier, Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, has said that Nigerian aviation industry has improved significantly in the area of safety over the years.Onyema, however, attributed this to the strict adherence to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recommended practices by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).He said NCAA in the last four years under the management of the current Director General, Captain Muhtar Usman, has improv 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday, expressed readiness to support anyone willing to invest in agriculture across the country.Mr Godwin Emefiele, Governor of CBN, made this known at the inauguration of Greenfield Integrated Poultry and Powdered Egg (GRIPPE) project, Emure-Ile, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.He said that the agriculture sector had the capability to boost the nations economy, hence the need for state governments and individuals to embrace it.The CBN will help to 

Sat, 24 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.Odigie-Oyegun, arrived the Presidential Villa at about 3:00 p.m., holding some documents.He was still in the Presidents office at the time of filing this report.The National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had on Thursday accused Odigie-Oyegun of working against moves to reconcile aggrieved members of the party 

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