Chido Onumah, a Nigerian journalist and activist, has reportedly been arrested by men of the State Security Service SSS.
According to Premiumtimes, Onumah was arrested at the Abuja airport this evening. He had just landed Nigeria aboard a Lufthana flight from Spain where he recently bagged a doctorate in communication studies and was was waiting for his luggage when SSS officials accosted him and whisked him to their headquarters in Abuja.
Mr Onumah, author of We Are All Biafrans, is a regular columnist and is an editorial board member of PREMIUM TIMES.
He has reportedly used his writings and his civic whistleblowers’ network, to call for good governance and anti-corruption in Nigeria. He is also an advocate for the restructuring of the Nigerian federation.
The DSS is yet to make an official comment on his arrest.
The Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), National Open University (NOUN), Abuja chapter, have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the NOUN Amendment Act.
Speaking at an event organised by the association, President of LAWSAN, Mr Obochi Chibueze, said the amendment would resolve the protracted crisis which has affected law students of NOUN.
NAN reports that President Buhari In 2018 assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures.
According to Chibueze, President Buhari has demonstrated a high sense of reasoning by signing the bill amidst the various challenges confronting the institution.
He also commended the National Assembly for standing by its constitutional mandate to rid the country of ideas stripped of fairness and equitable balance in ensuring that NOUN amendment bill was given the urgent attention it deserved.
“The NOUN amendment Act 2018 which was gazzetted in March this year has demystified issues and provided clearity in areas hitherto perceived as ambiguous in the original Act.
“We must humbly appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari, for seeing reasons to sign the above mentioned bill into law in Dec. 2018, and our indefatigable Vice-Chancellor Prof. Abdalla Adamu and his management team, ” he stressed.
According to him, the country’s universities system must be embrace and adopt a sustainable curative measure to curb the defects created by disparity in the system particularly with respect to law as a course of study.
He called on the law students of the institution to patiently wait for the outcome of the ongoing process leading to their admission into law school which is before the Council for Legal Education (CLE) and Nigerian Law school.
Also speaking Dr Odike-Adakole Eje, Dean, Faculty of Law, NOUN, who represented the VC at the event rated the the institution as a world class.
He said the school would continue to live-stream its lectures on telecommunications gadget to bring the best out of the students.
“Lectures cannot continue to be delivered in a close circle. NOUN has gone wide,” he said. (NAN)
The Pepper Dem season of Big Brother Naija reality show will wrap up next weekend and a winner will emerge.
With the final week kicking off already, there are six finalists left out of 26 housemates that began the journey about three months ago.
The show started with 21 housemates, saw the inclusion of 5 more housemates mid season and now, 19 evictions and 1 disqualification, we are left with Frodd, Omashola, Mike, Mercy, Diane and Seyi who all stand equal chances of winning the grand prize.
Oluwaseyi “Seyi” Awolowo has had many highs and lows in his three decades of existence. The bubbly entrepreneur once tried to commit suicide but has since risen above that dark period of his teenage years and has turned his life around. He is committed to his journey of self-acceptance, his girlfriend and his beliefs. He demonstrates the latter with a “Jesus’’ tattoo across his arm. Seeing his own face on a billboard for the first time is one of the highest moments of his life so far.
What irritates you most about other people: Fake people and those who lack of originality.
What will you do with the prize money: Invest in my company. May also help a charity or two.
Why will you be a fan favourite: I’ll stand out from the rest of the Housemates.
Diane Yashim describes herself as an easy going girl whose favourite outfit is a shirt, trousers and sneakers. The model and aspiring cook is also a graduate of the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Studying and living there was an eye-opening experience she’ll forever be grateful for. One of the highlights of her life is being chosen as a Big Brother Naija Season Four Housemate and she says that nothing would make her quit the game. She adds that she likes to try new things and wants to see the whole experience through.
What irritates you most about other people: Liars and loud talkers.
What will you do with the prize money: Travel as well as try to get into the entertainment industry as an actor or television presenter. I will also go back to school.
Why will you be a fan favourite: I’m an open book, I believe I’m relatable and people will understand me easily.
Mike Edwards is a husband, CEO and athlete who doesn’t know how to quit. The highest point in his life was the day he got married to the love of his life. Mike owns the first Black-owned cigar line in the United Kingdom and he’s also a professional athlete. The lowest point in his life was when he was banned from representing Nigeria at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He’d still come to the Big Brother Naija House even if he had a million dollars because he never backs down from a challenge.
What irritates you most about other people: Negativity.
What will you do with the prize money: I would continue to grow my business.
Why will you be a fan favourite: I am positive and I have a keep it real personality.
Chemeka Frodd Okoye is a soft-spoken Investment Adviser and Sales Executive from Anambra State. The 28-year-old believes family is everything and that’s why he lists paying for his mother’s surgery bill as one of the proudest moments of his life. He says nothing can make him quit Big Brother and even if he had a million dollars, he would still participate in the game because “the experience can never be bought.”
What irritates you most about other people: Pride, fake people and bullies.
What will you do with the prize money: Start a fashion line and an NGO for single mothers.
Why will you be a fan favourite: I have my charms.
26-year-old Mercy Eke is a video vixen and businesswoman based in Lagos. She loves cooking, swimming, travelling and dancing. No matter the setbacks, Mercy always picks herself up and does her best. “I’m grateful for each and every day. Being alive today is already the highest point of my life”. When she’s not dancing, singing or rapping, Mercy makes time to enjoy her favourite food: white rice and pepper soup. If she had a million dollars in her account, would Sugar still be in the BB Naija game? “Yes, I would. I want the fame. The popularity is very important for my business”.
What irritates you most about other people: I dislike people who are proud.
What will you do with the prize money: I want to start my own fashion brand or label.
Why will you be a fan favourite: I’m a fun person and I’m a sweet girl. Some people call me “Sugar”. Plus, I can be crazy!
Model and Entrepreneur Omashola is originally from Delta State, but now calls Lagos home. He loves playing basketball, cooking and “being in the water, even though I can’t swim”. Putting his life’s motto “If you want it, go get it – don’t just sit down” into action this year, Omashola got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend. But the worst happened; she turned him down! Now single and focused on building his brand, Omashalo comes into the Big Brother Naija House ready to make his dreams come true.
What irritates you most about other people: I hate liars.
What will you do with the prize money: I will invest and triple it in less than a year.
Why will you be a fan favourite: Because I’m different, I’m special and I have a story to tell.
After about 11 weeks in the den of kidnappers, the 80-year-old mother of former Super Eagles and Coach, Samson Siasia, Mrs Beauty Ogere Siasia has been set free by her abductors.
It is not yet clear whether ransom and how much was paid before the woman was released.
Siasia over the past weeks had been pleading to his mother’s abductors to release her unconditionally.
Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), on Saturday, said that the Nigerian cross dresser, Idris Okuneye (Bobrisky), posed serious hazard to Nigerian youths.
Runsewe said in Lagos that if Bobrisky’s activities were not promptly curtailed, the resultant effect would be worse than Ebola outbreak.
He urged that Bobrisky’s activities should be curtailed to jealously guard youths from imitating him.
He urged Nigerian youths to stop imitating him, by remaining responsible and good ambassadors of the nation.
”Bobrisky is a national disaster, an embarrassment to the country, engaging in cultural corruption as a cross-dresser and we have to start to curtail his activities before it gets out of hand
”We will not allow Bobrisky to destroy the future of our youths and the unborn Nigerians,” he said.
Runsewe said that when the cross-dresser’s birthday was altered by the police recently, it was revealed that he had been training some Nigerian youths to tow the same line with him in Lekki area of Lagos.
He said immediately the cross dresser’s party was altered, a good number of the boys he was training left him “so that was an achievement”.
According to him, Bobrisky’s activities negates the culture and tradition of the nation and he could be excused to go to other climes where such culture of being a cross-gender would be tolerated.
Runsewe urged parents to guide their wards not to emulate Bobrisky but take after responsible celebrities in the society.
Celebrating a milestone in its business trajectory on Nigeria’s market, leading manufacturer of mattresses and other bedding products, Mouka, has launched an initiative geared towards bringing succour to many Nigerians.
Tagged Comfort-A-Home, the initiative which is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, seeks to comfort homes with free donations of Mouka branded mattresses in line with the firm’s plan to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Under the initiative, the general public is expected to nominate homes they believe deserve to be comforted with donations of free Mouka mattresses.
To send in nominations, participants are required to write a compelling essay of not more than 200 words stating why the family or home deserves the Mouka mattresses. Name, phone number(s) and address of the home/family being nominated should be included in the entries. All entries should be sent to Moukaat60@gmail.com.
According to Tolu Olanipekun, Mouka’s Senior Marketing Manager, entry window closes on the 31st October 2019, after which a panel will judge the nominations and select 60 homes. Winners will be announced on Mouka social media platforms. Terms and conditions apply.
The foundation of the Mouka brand was laid in 1959, when the scion of the Faiz Moukarim family started the Moukarim Metalwood factory in Kano to manufacture furniture and iron beds.
Through its 60 years of operating in Africa’s largest economy, Mouka has established over 1,000 branded outlets nationwide, and has remained first choice mattress brand for millions of Nigerians.
Since then, the company has also grown to become Nigeria’s leading manufacturer of mattresses and other bedding products.