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Falz On Judiciary Panel indictment, “They made us doubt our sanity”

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Nigerian rapper and activist Folarin Falana better known as Falz has reacted to #EndSars Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry indicting the Nigerian Army and Police in the shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate In October 2020.

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Taking to his stories, Falz wrote that the Nigerian Government almost made the youths doubt their sanity; by repeatedly denying the shooting and deaths that happened on October 20, 2020.

“These animals legit made us doubt our sanity about the Lekki massacre you know. Panel don compile their report, we gather here,” he wrote.

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The 8 member Judicial Panel on Monday 15 October submitted their report to Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, indicting the Nigerian police and Army in the killing of peaceful protesters.

Falz has been about socio-economic issues, both in his music and his actions. He was one of the celebrities who kick-started the protests in 2020 before it blossomed into a nationwide movement.

Speaking to CNN’s Christiana Amanpour in 2020, Falz described how the protest began in Lagos.

“Myself and another artist, Runtown, we had shared on our Twitter handles that we were going to do a walk, a peaceful protest against all forms of police brutality. We did that with the hashtag #EndSars. The hashtag was already in existence. It was a big thing on social media but nobody had gone to do it physically, so we decided to go a step further,” he said.

The Judicial panel n the 309-page report concluded that “the atrocious maiming and killing of unarmed; helpless and unresisting protesters; while sitting on the floor and waiving their Nigerian flags; while singing the National Anthem, can be equated to a massacre in context.”

 

 

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ASUU offer scholarship to 50 Students in Anambra

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) has presented a cheque of N3 million to fifty deserving students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, UNIZIK, Awka, Anambra State as part of it scholarship scheme.

The fifty students will receive the sum of sixty thousand naira (N60,000) each.

Presenting the cheque to the beneficiaries at the ASUU Secretariat, Unizik Awka, on Wednesday, 8th December, 202,  the varsity branch Chairman, Comrade Stephen Ufoaroh, said the gesture was to support the deserving students to complete their academic pursuit.

The Chairman said the gesture was still made despite the financial challenges facing the union.

“ASUU-Unizik still saw the need to help in alleviating the suffering of our students, who have also borne the pains of the ruling class insensitivity to the suffering masses of this country.

“We members of this school tasked ourselves to raise the fund for this scholarship being awarded today. This sacrifice is part of our social responsibility to our students and their parents.” He said.

Ufoaroh noted that the award programme by the union have become an annual event in the University.

“This scholarship award is evidence that ASUU as a union understands the plight of our students and as such we will go any length to protect their interest, which has made us resist every attempt by the Federal Government of Nigeria to introduce tuition fees in public universities, because we know that many of our students are merely striving to succeed and can hardly pay the current service charges, being paid in Federal and State Universities.” Ufoaroah explained.

He urged the students to see ASUU as partners in the struggle to save the soul of the public universities, by working together to compel government at all levels to adequately fund education, so as to give every youth opportunity to access quality education.

In his address, the ASUU National Chairman, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, said ASUU has been and will continue to be at the forefront of free education in Nigeria.

The ASUU boss, who was represented by the Owerri Zonal Chairman of the Union, Mr. Uzo Onyebinama, noted that ASUU is very convinced that Nigeria has the capacity to give free education to all her citizens, if the political will is there.

On his part,  the Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Charles Esimone commended the union for the kind gesture, noting that the history-making event is coming at the time when the country is currently facing all-round challenges.

He assure the Union that the University Management will continue to work in a cordial relationship for the sake of less privileged students.

He advised the beneficiary students to always report their challenges to the University Management for a peaceful dialogue rather than resolving to violence.

He also appeal the students to used the fund given to them judiciously.

One of the beneficiary, Miss Ikele Chinenye Elizabeth, from the department of English and Literature, who spoke to our Correspondent on behalf of others, thanked ASUU for recognizing her, and prayed that God continue to bless members of the union.

The Union also use the Occasion to present meritorious service award to retire members in the University for their academic contributions to nation’s building.

It was gathered that the Scholarship is the second edition in the University.

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Maria BBNaija tests positive for COVID-19

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BBNaija season six ‘Shine Ya Eye’ edition housemate, Maria Chike, has tested positive for COVID-19 in Ghana.

The 29-year-old reality tv star broke the news on Twitter on Wednesday and revealed that she is quarantining and receiving treatment.

“I’ve been placed in the best possible care and receiving treatment. I will be in Ghana until I am fully recovered.

“Unfortunately, I have tested positive to COVID-19 but I can assure you I’m doing really well,” she wrote.

Back and forth

Ms Chike said she had tested negative for COVID-19 in Dubai less than 24 hours before she eventually tested positive in Ghana.

“I initially had a negative result from Dubai less than 24 hours of coming into Ghana. Upon arrival in Ghana, I tested positive.”

Chike, who was the ninth housemate to be evicted from the BBNaija 2021 show, said she insisted that a different doctor conduct a different test on her.

She said: ” We had many back and forth with positives and negatives but finally I tested positive”.

Chike also appreciated her fans who had shown concerns about the recent developments and she encouraged them not to take COVID 19 for granted.

“My heartbeats, I heard you were all concerned about me. Thank you so much for all your kind messages.

”Please do not take COVID for granted and don’t try to be as stubborn as me.

I love you all and can not wait to get back to work.”

Chike was recently enmeshed in a scandal after popular celebrity barman, Chief Cubana, accused her of having an affair with his brother-in-law, Kelvin Anene.

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Moment body of female driver is plucked from car as it teeters over edge of NIAGARA FALLS after crashing into icy water

  • The Coast Guard pulled the body of a 66-year-old woman from her car just moments before it went over Niagara Falls on the United States side Wednesday afternoon 
  • Buffalo News reporter Stephen Watson said the car had fallen into the Niagara River, and was just about 100 feet from the Falls, with water rushing through the windows 
  • Rescue crews quickly arrived on the scene, and a member of the Coast Guard descended from a helicopter to rescue the motorist 

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The Coast Guard airlifted a dead body of a woman from her car just moments before it went over Niagara Falls on Wednesday. 

Videos posted to Twitter documented the nail-biting moment Wednesday afternoon.

Buffalo News reporter Stephen Watson said the car had somehow fallen into the Niagara River just about 100 feet from the Falls, facing away from it. 

Rescue crews quickly arrived on the scene, as river water had washed over the top of the windshield and the current reached to the bottom of the side windows.

A member of the Coast Guard was fortunately able to descend from a helicopter just south of the vehicle on a wire, break down the motorists passenger-side door with an ax and free her from the car. They were both pulled back into the chopper, which landed on the shore.

Park Police told WHAM that the victim was a 66-year-old female who entered the rapids nea 

It is unclear how the car wound up in the river, and a news conference is expected later this afternoon. 

Rescue crews arrived on the scene quickly to assess the situation after a car fell into Niagara River on Wednesday afternoon and quickly approached the Falls

The car was just 100 feet from tumbling over Niagara Falls on Wednesday afternoon when the driver was rescued by a member of the Coast Guard

The car was just 100 feet from tumbling over Niagara Falls on Wednesday afternoon when the driver was rescued by a member of the Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard rescue driver removed the passenger from the car on the brink of the Falls and lifted her to safety

The US Coast Guard rescue driver removed the passenger from the car on the brink of the Falls and lifted her to safety

The US Coast Guard diver was able to get the trapped woman to safety after lifting her from her car

The US Coast Guard diver was able to get the trapped woman to safety after lifting her from her car

A member of the Coast Guard prepared to descend into the river to free the trapped motorist

A member of the Coast Guard prepared to descend into the river to free the trapped motorist

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