Soldiers detain NAN photojournalist at EFCC convocation

Soldiers detain NAN photojournalist, at EFCC convocation
Soldiers detain NAN photojournalist, at EFCC convocation

A photojournalist with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Ibrahim Bashir has been detained by soldiers at the venue of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) convocation in Kaduna.

The soldiers also seized the photojournalist’s camera and took him to the guardroom.

Confirming his arrest through a phone call, Ibrahim said he was lucky his phone was not seized by the solders and was able to place a call to colleagues.

“Right now as we speak with you, I am inside a guardroom at the NDA because a senior officer ordered for my arrest without telling me my offence.

“I showed him my Identity card that I’m a photojournalist with NAN but they (Soldiers) refused to listen to me.

“I was not manhandled by the soldiers. They only detained me and took away my camera,” he said. When contacted, the NDA Public Relations Officer, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, said the photojournalist had been released even though he didn’t say why the photojournalist was detained.

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Kazit trains kids on sex, drug defenses, kits orphaned children

Kazit trains kids on sex, drug defenses, kits orphaned children
Kazit trains kids on sex, drug defenses, kits orphaned children

In a bid to curb the high rate of drug and sexual abuses especially among kids, Kazit Children Development Foundation has trained over 200 children in the FCT on effective defenses.

It also educated the participating children on the best ways to guard themselves against early sex or drug abuse through peer influence.

The training came as part of the NGO’s yearly back to school initiative of training and kitting less privileged children with school bags, books and other items for the school year.

KCDF is an NGO which strives to  help in the sustenance of the various orphanages, assist to develop children in their academic, emotional and psychological needs and also help to sensitize the society to understand and accept children with social needs.

Speaking during the event, Mrs Aramide Togun, Founder of the NGO, said that the burden of education could no longer be borne by parents alone.

She stressed that it was even so due to the high moral decadence in the society with negative influencers lurking everywhere to lure unsuspecting children.

“Today is also about those pressing issues that teens face.

“There has been so much of these sex abuse and manipulation as well as drug abuse and so I just felt that we need to talk to teenagers.

“We wanted the teenagers to know the signs to look out for and how to know and avoid people who intend to lure them into sex or drug abuse.

“It is not just to talk to the teens but to get information from them to help us plan a forum for parents so that these issues can be tackled from both sides with the right awareness,” she said.

Togun said that children were being fed with so much falsehood in a bid to get them to succumb to immoralities, adding that it is through such fora that the issues could be addressed.

With specific example of a child who said that he was told that he should be having sex once a week, Togun said that such are some of the misconceptions she hopes to correct.

Some of the beneficiaries of the back to school kits by Kazit Children Development Foundation
Some of the beneficiaries of the back to school kits by Kazit Children Development Foundation

She maintained that children had different characteristics, resistance level and exposure which makes such interaction important to better equip them.

On the back to school initiative which hopes to kit less privileged children, Togun said that 70 children benefitted from the 2019 edition.

Giving insights into the content of the bag, she said: “In the bag we have a pack of exercise books, we have water bottle, food flask, we have pencils, pens, socks and we also have math sets.

“Initially we came with 50 bags but somebody has added another 20 that means that 70 people are going to benefit.

“For now we are only giving to children from orphanages but we are hopeful that when our funding improves, we would also give to children from poor homes.

“We have three orphanages in the FCT that we are kiting and we get our funds from the goodwill of people.

“We hope to get more recognition and funding so that we can work with more people and touch more lives,

“We hope to kit children from poor homes, pay school fees and do more,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event featured two special sessions where participants educated on sex and drugs.

A guest speaker at the Kazit event, Mrs Kayo Matinikoro told NAN that 80 per cent of sexual abuses are perpetrated by persons that are known to the victim.

She said that people that are supposed to be family, friends, schoolmates, teachers, care givers and so on, made up 80 per cent of sex abusers.

Matinikoro said that the major reason why abuses had fettered and grown was because victims and their parents do not report such abuses.

She maintained that if the abusers are sought out and punished, their next victims would have been saved.

She also called on parents to educate their children about sex and what to guard against, adding that government must also ensure swift and effective handling of reported cases.

Some of the children who spoke with NAN admitted that they have learned new things from the lectures, especially on how to avoid being influenced into early sex or drug abuse. (NAN)

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Fulfulde language to be introduced in school curriculum

………As construction of 300 hectares Ruga Settlement begins in Zamfara

Gov. Bello Matawalle says Fulfulde t be introduced in schools
Gov. Bello Matawalle says Fulfulde t be introduced in schools

By Abubakar Ahmed

The Zamfara Government says it will introduce Fulfulde language in its schools’ curriculum as it kick starts the construction of 300 hectare Ruga settlements during the week.

Gov. Bello Matawalle disclosed this in Gusau when he received the state’s Ruga settlement master plan from the project consultant.

Fulfulde is the predominant language spoken by the Fulanis and spoken across some 20 countries in West and Central Africa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor had since announced the carving out of 100 hectares of land in each of the three senatorial districts of the state for the establishment of the pilot special modern Ruga settlement.

During the presentation of the Ruga settlement, the Emir of Mafara, Alhaji Muhammad Barmo, while speaking on behalf of the state’s Council of Chiefs, urged the state government to include the Fulani language in its the schools’ curriculum.

Barmo noted that since the Hausa and the Fulani communities were inseparable and while the Hausa language was already being taught in schools, the Fulfulde should also be taught.

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Gov. Matawalle then directed the state Ministry of Education to immediately start working for the inclusion of the Fulfulde language in the schools’ curriculum.

“This will boost the use of our local languages by our upcoming generations.

“Since we have promised to establish primary and secondary schools at the new Ruga settlements, we will ensure that the local language is not forgotten,” Matawalle said.

NAN also reports that the governor had announced that the establishment of the Ruga settlement would commence during the celebration of his 100 days in office.

He said the State Government would ensure early completion of the project before the commencement of the Federal Government’s Ruga settlement programme in the state.

Matawalle promised to stock the Ruga settlement with modern ways of animal husbandry that would ensure peaceful coexistence among the inhabitants and boost their economic well being. (NAN)

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Nadal breezes into U.S. Open fourth round

Nadal: battles Russian Khachanov in 4 hours 23 minutes

Rafael Nadal cruised into the U.S. Open fourth round with a business-like 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Chung Hyeon.

The three-times champion took control of the match when he broke the South Korean’s serve in the first set to grab a 4-2 lead.

Thereafter, he never looked back on the sunsoaked Arthur Ashe Stadium court on Saturday in New York.

Next up for Nadal is a last 16 clash with 2014 champion Marin Cilic, who came out on top in his slugfest with John Isner on the Grandstand court.

Nadal had been on court for just over two hours prior to his third round match.

He had defeated John Millman in straight sets on Tuesday, before getting a walk-over into the third round when Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew.

The second seeded Spaniard, who has been hampered by troublesome knees throughout his career, did not wear his usual tape on his legs during the match.

“Tape is not working anymore,” he said with a smile during his on-court interview.

“I am happy to be playing on hard courts and I am trying to play a little more aggressively.”

Nadal will have his work cut out when he meets big-serving Cilic on Monday, who defeated Isner 7-5 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4.

He said the key to toppling an opponent like Cilic was holding serve and making the most of his opportunities when receiving.

“Chances are not a lot, so you need to be ready to expect a very tough one,” he told reporters.

“I need to be focused with my serve, as always. I need to be ready to accept the challenge that brings the competition in days like these ones.

“And I hope to be ready to play my highest level, because that’s what I am going to need.”(Reuters/NAN)

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Pujols, Trout help Angels rally for 10-4 win over Red Sox

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have had plenty of big nights for the Los Angeles Angels, yet Saturday night’s 10-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox was one of those games in which both reached milestones.

Trout became the youngest player to reach at least 275 home runs and 200 stolen bases, while Pujols’ three-run drive in the eighth gave him his 17th season of 20 home runs or more.

Pujols’ shot to right-center off Josh Smith helped cap a seven-run eighth inning. It is the 3,184th hit of Pujols’ career, tying him with Cal Ripken Jr. for 14th all-time. It made him the fifth player with at least 17 seasons of 20 or more homers, joining Hank Aaron (20 seasons), Barry Bonds (19), Frank Robinson and Willie Mays (17).

”I’ve had an unbelievable career and still have another couple years left,” the 39-year old first baseman said. ”I just try to stay focused even through it has been challenging. Injuries happen. It hasn’t been good since I left St. Louis but I work hard and don’t take anything for granted.”

Pujols has had a good weekend against Boston pitching with six hits and six RBIs. He had his first four-hit game in two years in Friday’s 15-inning loss.

Manager Brad Ausmus kept Pujols in Saturday’s lineup because they were facing a lefty. Pujols was adamant that he was good to play, but Ausmus wanted to see for himself.

”I know he’s going to tell me he feels great regardless. Usually I talk to guys face to face and I can tell by the body language. I guess he was right,” Ausmus said.

Trout – who was 1 for 3 with an RBI – stole his 200th base during the second inning, becoming the first player to have at least 275 home runs and 200 stolen bases before their age-28 season. Trout turned 28 on Aug. 7, but age-season is defined by how old they are on June 30.

He is the seventh player in American League history to reach those marks – Alex Rodriguez, Reggie Jackson, Jose Canseco, Joe Carter, Don Baylor and George Brett are the others.

Trout leads the majors with 43 homers this season and has 283 in his nine-year career.

”It’s a pretty cool accomplishment. I was sitting on that one for a while, so I’m just happy I got it over with,” he said.

Los Angeles trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the eighth before blowing it open with six runs and five hits off Ryan Brasier (2-4). Andrelton Simmons’ single drove in Justin Upton with the tying run before he scored on Fletcher’s two-out double to left to put the Angels on top. Brian Goodwin added a two-run single with the bases loaded before Pujols’ blast.

Luis Garcia (2-1) worked a scoreless eighth to get the win. The Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out but Garcia got Brock Holt to ground into a double play to get out of the inning.

”We had the matchups we liked and it just didn’t happen. Brock has been clutch the whole season and he happened to hit into a double play,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. ”We didn’t have a horrible game. We had just one bad inning.”

J.D. Martinez extended his hitting streak to eight games with two hits along with two RBIs. Mookie Betts added three hits.

FOR STARTERS

Boston went with an opener for the first time in Cora’s two seasons due to Friday’s extra-inning game.

Josh Taylor worked the first inning and got out of a one out, bases-loaded jam when he struck out Justin Upton and got Calhoun to fly out to left. The right-hander allowed one hit and walked two.

Dillon Peters went 6 1/3 innings for his second-longest outing of the season. The left-hander surrendered four runs (three earned) on seven hits with strikeouts.

ROSTER MOVE

The Red Sox signed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a minor-league deal. The right-hander threw a bullpen session Friday before being signed on Saturday.

Chacin was 3-10 with a 5.79 ERA in 19 starts for Milwaukee this season before being released on Monday. Cora said he did not know if Chacin would be added when rosters are expanded on Sunday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: P Cam Bedrosian was placed on the injured list due to right forearm strain. The right-hander is the 25th player to go on the IL this season, tying the club record from last year.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: David Price (7-5, 4.36 ERA) comes off the injured list and makes his first start since Aug. 4. The left hander missed at least four starts due to a cyst on his left wrist.

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (3-3, 3.95 ERA) has 24 strikeouts in his last two starts.

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Buhari returns from Japan – News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

President Muhammadu Buhari back to Abuja from London

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after attending the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) in Yokohama, Japan.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President and some members of his entourage arrived at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 11:38 p.m.

While in Yokohama, the president presented Nigeria’s Statement at Plenary Session Three on “Public-Private Business Dialogue”.

He assured potential investors of good returns as a result of ongoing reforms initiated by his administration in the last three years.

The president also held bilateral talks with the Japanese government and companies as well as some African leaders during the conference.

On Friday, Buhari welcomed the interest shown by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Toyota Group to support projects in which Japanese companies are involved in Nigeria.

The president also met with members of Nigerian community in Japan where he condemned few Nigerians abroad indulging in criminal activities.

He declared that the activities of such dubious Nigerians do not represent the values of majority of the people of the country. (NAN)

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Simon Grabs Assist In Nantes Home Win Against Montpellier

Super Eagles winger Moses Simon bagged an assist as Nantes defeated Montpellier 1-0 in their French Ligue 1 clash at the Stade de la Beaujoire on Saturday, reports Completesports.com.

Simon provided the assist for Abdoulaye Toure’s winning goal six minutes from time.

He has now scored one goal and recorded one assist in his first two games for Nantes.

In Spain, Kenneth Omeruo was in action for 90 minutes in Leganes 2-1 loss at Real Betis.

Omeruo’s international teammate, Chidozie Awaziem was an unused substitute for Leganes in the game.

Jamilu Collins made his third league appearance of the season in the Bundesliga for Paderborn who were held to a 1-1 draw not their hosts, Wolfsburg.

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Southern presidency in 2023 is an illusion – Ebenezer Babatope

The next general elections are still about three and half years away – The battles for who will succeed President Buhari has already started with – There are already tussles between the north and south over who will produce next president in 2023 A former minister of transport, Ebenezer Babatope, has stated that those who control the spiritual movement of the All Progressives Congress, APC, would never allow anybody in southern Nigeria lead the country again. Babatope, 76, who is also a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, stated this in an interview with New Telegraph newspaper. 


According to him, southerners in the APC hoping to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari are ‘’deluding themselves’’ and ‘’wasting their time.’’ When asked about his opinion on whether power should return to the south in 2023 after President Buhari who is from the north would have completed his two terms, Ebenezer said: “I can only talk of my party. I am waiting for the directive of my party. That is why we are appealing to those who are managing the affairs of PDP now to ensure that we are guided by the best interest. “If the best interest includes fielding somebody from the south at that time, they will tell us. But I believe that we should not say that we are closing our eyes to the fact that we in the south must provide leadership. I am saying that we must ensure justice. “For example, if it becomes absolutely difficult to present Atiku Abubakar again, let us present a candidate that will win. Even if that candidate comes from the north or south, let us have that candidate that will push APC out of power. 


The APC government is an aberration. The APC government is a terrible regime. We must put a stop to it and God Almighty will guide us on how to put a stop to it.” Asked if he is suggesting that Atiku should re-contest in 2023, he said: “I am not saying that but if it is to re-present Atiku that is the stand of the party, good and fine. And if it is another candidate, good and fine. “But I am saying that Atiku was a good candidate in 2019 elections and that mobilised our party to the last election. Anybody to be presented must be a good candidate.


 But we are not guided by the narrow definition of south and north. “Those in the APC who are deluding themselves that power would be given to them in the south and they will present Mr. A or Mr. B are wasting their time. “Those who control the spiritual movement of APC would never allow the south-west or anybody in the south to rule.” Meanwhile, a former minister of works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, has warned that the north may still retain the presidency in 2023, “if the south is not very careful.” 


 The next general elections are still about three and half years away – The battles for who will succeed President Buhari has already started with – 
There are already tussles between the north and south over who will produce next president in 2023 A former minister of transport, Ebenezer Babatope, has stated that those who control the spiritual movement of the All Progressives Congress, APC, would never allow anybody in southern Nigeria lead the country again. Babatope, 76, who is also a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, stated this in an interview with New Telegraph newspaper. According to him, southerners in the APC hoping to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari are ‘’deluding themselves’’ and ‘’wasting their time.’’

When asked about his opinion on whether power should return to the south in 2023 after President Buhari who is from the north would have completed his two terms, Ebenezer said: “I can only talk of my party. I am waiting for the directive of my party. 7 facts and figures reflecting how Nigerians voted in 2019 presidential election.


 “That is why we are appealing to those who are managing the affairs of PDP now to ensure that we are guided by the best interest. “If the best interest includes fielding somebody from the south at that time, they will tell us. But I believe that we should not say that we are closing our eyes to the fact that we in the south must provide leadership. I am saying that we must ensure justice. “For example, if it becomes absolutely difficult to present Atiku Abubakar again, let us present a candidate that will win. Even if that candidate comes from the north or south, let us have that candidate that will push APC out of power. 


“The APC government is an aberration. The APC government is a terrible regime. We must put a stop to it and God Almighty will guide us on how to put a stop to it.” 10 key facts you probably do not know about Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election Asked if he is suggesting that Atiku should re-contest in 2023, he said: “I am not saying that but if it is to re-present Atiku that is the stand of the party, good and fine. And if it is another candidate, good and fine. “But I am saying that Atiku was a good candidate in 2019 elections and that mobilised our party to the last election. Anybody to be presented must be a good candidate. But we are not guided by the narrow definition of south and north.
 “Those in the APC who are deluding themselves that power would be given to them in the south and they will present Mr. A or Mr. B are wasting their time. “Those who control the spiritual movement of APC would never allow the south-west or anybody in the south to rule.” Meanwhile, a former minister of works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, has warned that the north may still retain the presidency in 2023, “if the south is not very careful.” Stages of election in Nigeria Ogunlewe said this in reaction Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s recent call for an end to zoning ahead of the 2023 general elections. Ogunlewe said the Kaduna state governor’s statement should be ignored because, “it is an anti-unity call.”