Breaking News in Nigeria Today 23rd January 2019

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1.  Briton Standing Trial in Nigeria Flees the Country

A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere has been informed by the Lagos State Government that a Briton, Syed Mohammed Kamran, who is standing trial over a case of fraud, has fled the country.

It is believed that the Briton had fled abroad after failure of Kamran’s surety, Nurudeen Ekundayo, to produce him for his trial.

Kamran was arraigned in 2016 on a two-count charge of obtaining N10, 320,000 by false pretence from an Imo State traditional ruler, Igwe Ubochi Chuks Ubochi.

2. INEC is Ready for Elections – Buhari

President Buhari on Tuesday expressed satisfaction the INEC’s preparedness for the forthcoming elections.

He noted that the independent body would deliver a free, fair, credible and transparent election.

President Buhari made these declarations while receiving the European Union Observer Mission, EOM, led by the Chief Observer and member of the European Parliament, Maria Arena, at the State House.

According to the President, he was able to draw conclusions on INEC’s readiness from the briefing presented by the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to the National Council of State.

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3. Mikel Obi Gears Up to Join Middlesbrough

Super Eagles captain and former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has negotiated a personal deal with Middlesbrough.

The Nigeria international held talks with Boro manager Tony Pulis at the Middlesbrough training ground last week.

It is reported that the former Chelsea midfielder is now close to signing a short-term deal with the Championship club.

Mikel has been playing for the Chinese side Tianjin TEDA.

4. Fayemi Sacks EKSU Vice Chancellor,and Other

Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Tuesday approved the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the Ekiti State University, (EKSU), Prof. Sam Oye-Bandele.

Fayemi acted in his capacity as the visitor to the state owned-institution.

Oyebode also announced that the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Dr Kolawole Ogundipe, and the Provost of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Prof. Mojisola Oyarekua were also sacked.

According to the statement, the most senior officials are by their sack authorized to take over in acting capacity pending the appointment of substantive heads.

5. LASUTH Doctors Threaten More Strikes Following Excess Workload

Resident doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, has on Monday  threatened to resume its suspended strike over the state government failure to meet its promises to replace exited resident doctors and house officers during their last industrial action.

According to the doctors, currently, LASUTH has less than 200 resident doctors as against the recommended 840 standard. This means a working ratio of one resident doctor to 4 consultants in some units, they said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Prof, Adetokunbo Fabamwo, has promised to resolve the problem before the end of the week to avert the industrial action.

6. Court Grants Shiite Leader, Zakzaky Access to Doctors

A Nigerian court has on Tuesday ordered the secret police to allow Ibahim ZakZaky who has been in detention to see his personal doctors. His legal team said his health has been on a decline.

Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has been held in Department of State Service (DSS) custody since December 2015.

He was arrested as part of a military crackdown on IMN supporters in the northern city of Zaria, in which troops killed more than 300 and buried them in mass graves.

7. Police Nab Man for Killing Wife, Children, 4 Others

The Police Command in Ebonyi says it has arrested “an insane man“ for killing his wife, two children and four other members of a community in Ebonyi.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the Abakiliki Command, ASP Loveth Odah, told newsmen on Tuesday that the incident was reported to the police on Jan. 21, at 2.p.m.

“A combined team of detectives rushed to the community where they found several persons with deep machete cuts and rushed them to the Federal Teaching Hospital (FETHA), Abakaliki. “Seven of them were confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital while four others are in a critical condition,” the police spokesperson said.

According to Odah, the suspect is from Onyikwa Community of Ebonyi LGA of Ebonyi.

8. FG Dispatches Magu to Dubai on Illicit Funds Trace

The FG is currently on a mission to trace and repatriate illicit funds that might had been looted and stashed away in in Dubai, United Arab Emirate by some “influential” but “fraudulent”t politicians and top government officials.

Reports say the government fear that such fund in the hands of some dangerous politicians could be used to unduly influence the outcome of the forthcoming general elections.

The reports also stated that the Nigerian Government  is desirous to trace and seize some choice property said to have been acquired in questionable manner by Nigerians in the middle-east country.

And to that end, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu and some others have been dispatched to the middle-east country to gather intelligence on the illicit funds and property in that country.

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9. China to Partner FG in Education

The Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China in Nigeria, Mr. Zhou Pingjian, has disclosed China’s interest to partner with the FG to revamp Nigeria’s education sector.

He also said that  his country will not relent in her efforts to  improve education at various levels in Nigeria.

According to him, China-Nigeria cooperation is a very comprehensive and strongly bonded one, while noting that education, which is a key component of the ties is also very pertinent to both countries’ relationship.

10. FG, States  to Unify Basic Education Examination

Federal and State Governments are set to take steps toward unifying the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Sunny Echono, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, disclosed this on Tuesday in Lafia at the Annual Meeting of Registrars/Chief Executive Officers of States and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Examination Bodies.

Echono, who was represented by Prinzo James, Director Basic Education of the ministry, said the meeting was aimed at unifying procedures and standards in the conduct of the examination.

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