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Nigerian Government Raises Alarm Over Adulterated Foods in Markets: Palm Oil Mixed With Dye Among Offenders | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    File Image  The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has issued a stark warning to Nigerians about the increasing prevalence of adulterated and contaminated foods in markets across the country.  On Thursday in Abuja, Adamu Abdullahi, the acting Executive Vice Chairman of the FCCPC, highlighted the severe health risks posed by the unscrupulous practices of some traders. Speaking at a one-day sensitization event for traders, farmers, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the general public, Abdullahi detailed instances of forced ripening of fruits, adulterated palm oil, and contaminated meat and grains. This initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s "Renewed Hope Agenda," aiming to foster a healthier society. Abdullahi emphasized the FCCPC's authority, granted by its establishing acts, to remove fake and adulterated products from markets, thereby safeguarding consumers.  “We will go to the markets to sensitize the traders and educa

Shooting Star vs Rangers: NPFL Referee Dr. Bashir Saidu Indefinitely Suspended After Penalty Controversy | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Sports   …Dr. Bashir Saidu Suspended Indefinitely from Officiating in NPFL | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image  In a recent development, Dr. Bashir Saidu has been indefinitely suspended from officiating in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). This decision follows his failure to identify and address a crucial penalty situation during the high-stakes match between Shooting Stars SC and Enugu Rangers. The match, which ended in a victory for Shooting Stars SC, was marred by controversy over a penalty incident that went uncalled by Dr. Saidu. The oversight has sparked significant debate and criticism from fans, players, and officials alike, ultimately leading to the disciplinary action against him. Previously, it was reported that Shooting Stars SC's victory over Enugu Rangers intensified the race for the NPFL title. The penalty controversy has now added another layer of complexity to the ongoing season, highlighting the critical importance of officiating in determining the o

Democracy Day: National Anthem Can't Unite A Nation, Shehu Sani Tells Tinubu, Calls for Release of #EndSARS Protesters (Video) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Shehu Sani Stresses Ideals Over Symbols for National Unity and Calls for #EndSARS Protesters' Release | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image  In a compelling speech at a special Democracy Day dinner, former Kaduna Central Senator Shehu Sani emphasized that national symbols alone are insufficient for uniting Nigeria. Addressing attendees at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, Sani highlighted the critical role of freedom, justice, and equity in fostering true national unity. “Mr. President, I would like to draw your attention to this fact and this truth: A national anthem cannot unite a nation, a national pledge cannot unite a nation, and a constitution cannot unite a nation,” Sani stated, addressing President Bola Tinubu. “A nation is united by the ideals of freedom, equity, and justice.” Sani reminded the audience of Nigeria's democratic history, underscoring that democracy was not a military gift or a chance occurrence but the result of relentless strugg

Abia State Govt Official Vehicles Frequent Breakdown: A Boon for Tow Van Operators Amid Assembly Members' Frustrations (Video) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Frequent Breakdowns of Abia State Government Vehicles Boost Tow Van Business, and the unheard cries Abia Assembly Members | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image  In a surprising turn of events, the official vehicles issued to high-profile appointees of the Abia State Government, led by Dr. Alex Otti, have been frequently breaking down.  These reportedly brand-new Innoson vehicles, meant for the state's leadership—including commissioners, the Chief of Staff and deputy, senior special advisers, and leaders of the Abia House of Assembly (Except for the majority leader, Hon. Uchenna Okoro, who reportedly told the Governor that he would not accept any official vehicle until one was provided for all 24 house members)—have been facing mechanical issues that have led to significant operational delays. The frequent breakdowns of these vehicles have not only caused embarrassment but have also hampered the effective relay of government activities. However, this situation has inadvertently be

Security Summit: Nigerian Defense Chief Demands Arrest of Simon Ekpa, Accuses Finland of Support (Video) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   CDS Christopher Musa Calls for Arrest and Prosecution of Simon Ekpa, Criticizes Finnish Government | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image  Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Christopher Musa has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Simon Ekpa, a controversial figure known for his separatist activities. General Musa, who made this remark at the security town hall summit on Channels TV, emphasized the need for legal action against Ekpa, accusing him of instigating violence and unrest in Nigeria.. In a pointed statement, General Musa also criticized the Finnish government, alleging that they have been providing support to Ekpa, who is based in Finland. He urged the international community to hold Ekpa accountable for his actions, which he claims are contributing to instability in Nigeria. …Watch video of CDS statement below πŸ‘‡πŸ½  This development comes amid rising tensions and ongoing security challenges in the country, with the Nigerian military intensifying efforts to c

Video: Shooting Stars Defeat Enugu Rangers Amid Penalty Controversy, Tighten NPFL Title Race | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Sports   Shooting Stars Edge Out Enugu Rangers Amidst Penalty Controversy in NPFL Clash | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image  Ibadan, Nigeria — In a closely contested Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) match, Shooting Stars secured a 1-0 victory over Enugu Rangers at the Lekan Salami Stadium on matchday 36. The match was marked by a contentious decision, as Enugu Rangers were denied a penalty, which many felt was clear-cut. Christian Pyagbara, the 28-year-old forward, scored the decisive goal in the 13th minute, giving Shooting Stars the lead and ultimately, the win. This defeat marked the 10th of the season for Enugu Rangers, who are vying for the 2023-2024 NPFL title. Despite the loss, Enugu Rangers maintain their top position on the NPFL table with 64 points from 36 games. They remain two points ahead of second-placed Remo Stars, four points ahead of Enyimba in third place, and five points clear of fourth-placed Shooting Stars. With just two matches remaining in the season, Ra

How Bandits ambushed patrol team, killed 20 security agents in Katsina: Police | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   The DPO mobilized and led security operatives to the scene and restored normalcy | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image  The police command in Katsina State has confirmed the killing of about 20 people, four police officers and two operatives of the state-owned Community Watch Corps by some suspected bandits. The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Abubakar Sadiq-Aliyu, made the disclosure in a statement in Katsina on Monday. According to him, the attack occurred on Sunday at Gidan Tofa and Dan Nakwabo villages in the Kankara Local Government Area of the state. He said, “On June 9, 2024, bandits in their numbers, armed with dangerous weapons, attacked the villages, shot and killed 20 people, injured two, and ambushed our armoured personnel carrier patrol team. The team was responding to the distress call, killing four police officers and two members of the Katsina State Community Watch Corps. The fact of the case is that on the same date, a distress call was received at the Kankar

One Year in Office: President Tinubu have kept to his campaign promises; Peter Obi (Video) | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Politics   Peter Obi Commends President Tinubu for Keeping Campaign Promises | #NwokeukwuMascot  Peter Ob i In a recent statement, Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra State and a prominent Nigerian political figure, in a controversial interview on Arise News expressed his approval of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's adherence to his campaign promises. Throughout his campaign, Tinubu had repeatedly assured the Nigerian public that he would build upon the foundation laid by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari. Obi acknowledged this commitment, stating, "President Tinubu has kept to his campaign promises. He consistently maintained that he would continue from where Buhari stopped, and he has come very well." Obi gave President Tinubu an "excellent pass mark" for his efforts so far, citing significant changes in key economic indicators. ….W atch video below πŸ‘‡πŸ½  He noted that during Buhari's administration, the exchange rate of the Naira to the US Dollar sto

NLC Refutes President Tinubu's Minimum Wage Agreement Claims, Demands N250,000 Minimum Wage | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Nigeria Labour Congress Challenges President Tinubu's Claims on Minimum Wage Agreement, Reiterates Demand for N250,000 | #NwokeukwuMascot  File Image  The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a strong rebuttal to President Bola Tinubu’s recent statement regarding the new minimum wage, clarifying that no specific figure was agreed upon during the negotiations with the Federal Government and the Organised Private Sector (OPS). This response came after President Tinubu mentioned an agreement in his Democracy Day address. In an official statement signed by Acting President Prince Adewale Adeyanju, the NLC reaffirmed its demand for a minimum wage of N250,000. The union emphasized that this figure represents a significant concession from Nigerian workers, and there have been no compelling reasons to reconsider their stance. The NLC expressed concern that President Tinubu had been misinformed about the outcomes of the tripartite negotiations. "We reiterate that it will b

IPOB Refutes Nigerian Army's Claims of ESN Camp Raid in Arochukwu, Labels Allegations as Propaganda | #NwokeukwuMasco

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  News   …IPOB Denies Nigerian Army’s Claims of ESN Camp Raid in Arochukwu | #NwokeukwuMascot File Image The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has strongly refuted the Nigerian Army’s claims that it raided a camp of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in Arochukwu, Abia State. Contrary to reports of an invasion, IPOB maintains that all ESN camps remain intact. Earlier reports indicated that the Nigerian Army had raided a hideout allegedly associated with the Biafran National Guard (BNG), led by Innocent Orji, resulting in the deaths of six  individuals. The Army subsequently blamed IPOB and ESN for the incident. In a press release, Emma Powerful, the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, dismissed the Army’s claims as blackmail and propaganda aimed at discrediting the self-determination movement led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. He asserted that the Nigerian military’s statements were part of a broader strategy to malign IPOB. The statement partly reads, “The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

Democracy Day: Chief Okechi Utah Urges PDP in Abia to Elect Dynamic Leadership for Rebuilding and Rebranding | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  Politics   …PDP in Abia Needs Dynamic Leadership to Rebuild and Rebrand, Says Chief Okechi Utah | #NwokeukwuMascot   File Image  As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepares to elect new leadership across Nigeria, Chief Okechi Utah, a prominent party chieftain and former Deputy Local Government Chairman, has called for the establishment of a people-oriented leadership to rejuvenate the party in Abia State. In an interview with journalists in Umuahia, Chief Utah emphasized the need for a chairman who combines intelligence, resourcefulness, vibrancy, vision, and unwavering passion to lead the PDP to success. "I commend the stakeholders and leadership of the party for zoning the chairmanship to Abia North. I have closely examined the credentials of the aspirants from that zone, and I am impressed with their qualifications and personal achievements. They are all highly capable, but the party needs energetic, creative, courageous, and goal-focused leadership. We require a leader wi

Erondu Jnr. Celebrates Democracy Day, Urges Resilience Amid Economic Challenges | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News   Abia Lawmaker Erondu Jnr. Greets Nigerians on Democracy Day | #NwokeukwuMascot File Image Abia State, June 12, 2024 – Erondu Uchenna Erondu Jnr., Chairman of the House Committee on Public Service in the Abia State House of Assembly (ABHA), has extended his heartfelt greetings to his constituents and all Nigerians in celebration of Democracy Day. In a press release signed by his spokesperson, George Egejuru, and made available to news outlets today, Erondu Jnr. congratulated Nigerians for their enduring commitment to democracy, especially in the context of June 12. He emphasized that this date symbolizes the collective struggle and resilience of the Nigerian people to establish and uphold democratic governance. Erondu Jnr., who previously served as Chairman of Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA) in Abia State, highlighted that the 25 years of uninterrupted civilian rule reflect the people’s steadfast determination to maintain democracy. He paid special tribute to the heroes of

Mayor Lucky Obinwa Igbokwe's Democracy Day Message: Celebrating Resilience and Progress | #NwokeukwuMascot

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  News    Photo: Mayor Lucky Obinwa Igbokwe  As Nigeria marks this year's Democracy Day, Mayor Lucky Obinwa Igbokwe has delivered a heartfelt message, celebrating the tenacity, resilience, and bravery of the people of Abia State and Nigerians across the nation in sustaining our nascent democracy. In the statement captioned, “Democracy Day Message” Mayor Igbokwe acknowledged that while the nation has not yet reached its ideal state, significant progress has been made. He emphasized that democracy remains the only system of government that guarantees freedom of association and expression, fairness, and justice. He also Expressed confidence in Nigeria's ability to overcome current economic hurdles, he remarked, "I am confident that we will surmount our economic challenges and come out a better, bigger, and stronger nation." The Democracy day message reads in full; “As we mark this year’s democracy day, it is pertinent to applaud the tenacity, resilience and bravery of Ab