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11 corpses discovered in abandoned boat in Rivers

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No fewer than 11 corpses have been discovered abandoned in a boat at Jerusalem Creek close to Ke Clan in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The corpses, which were discovered on Sunday, were alleged to have been people killed by pirates operating along the waterways in the area.

They were purportedly uncovered by some security personnel, who were on patrol along the waterways.

One AK-47 rifle was said to have been recovered from the boat, even as the corpses had yet to be identified as of the time of filing this report.

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Our correspondent learnt from a security source that a group of suspected pirates, who were close to the boat where the corpses were seen, had fled the scene immediately the security personnel began to advance towards them.

“Yesterday, 1st December, in the afternoon, government security agents, on search operations at Jerusalem Creek in Ke community, had an encounter with suspected sea pirates operating in two speedboats and towing another from a distance.

“During the encounter, the pirates abandoned the towboat and fled into a nearby creek. Further search by the security men on the abandoned boat revealed 11 dead bodies and one AK47 rifle.

“It was reported that the incident was a suspected case of attack on seafarers and local community members at New Jerusalem waterside about an hour earlier,” the source further disclosed,” the source added.

However, another source in Bakana community of the area disclosed that the 11 persons found dead in the boat were criminals, who engaged security personnel in a shootout but were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the government security personnel.

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When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, simply said the report was not verifiable.

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Int’l Youth Day, Ooni wants Big Brother 9ija show replaced

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, on Wednesday celebrated the International Youth  Day with some Nigerian youths in his palace at Ile Ife, Osun.

Ooni Ogunwusi, who played host to scores of Nigerian youths from all parts of the country under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in Ile-Ife, suggested a replacement for Big Brother 9ija.

Among other things, the Ooni criticized the prominent Big Brother 9ija reality show,  which he said has been misrepresenting the goodness and integrity of the Nigerian youths.

The monarch described the youths as the country’s untapped immeasurable wealth and resources.

The royal father, who stressed the need for participation of more youths in leadership, lamented that the youths have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance.

“Nigerian youths are fond of accusing and abusing our leaders, stop abusing them contribute your own quota. Let’s wear our thinking caps and begin to act like the real future leaders that we are.

“In the last general election, the total number of vote cast was around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother 9ija reality show.

“This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lies as Nigerians.

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“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep, and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create. Nigerians Youths! Nigerians Youths!! Nigerians Youths!!!

“Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laughs and moves on. What kind of nation are we building?

“When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?” Ooni asked.

Speaking further, the monarch offered a suggestion for a reality show, which will protect the country’s values, cultures, and traditions.

He urged leaders of the National Youth Council of Nigeria to work out plans on the show, which will be called, “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.

“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals, and others across several fields of endeavor will be showcased and helped to reach their peak.

“This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models,” Ooni added.

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Earlier in his address, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who was represented by Dr. Mariam Abdullahi, a Director in the Minister, explained that the youths have major roles to play in the country’s development.

According to him, the digital literacy and skills acquisition, entrepreneurship, employability, and leadership initiative of the Ministry are ongoing and all geared towards the development of our youths.

“As the government, we will keep ensuring that we equip our youths towards prosperity,” the minister assured.

Representing Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun at the event, the state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Yemi Lawal, explained that the youths have a lot to learn from the elders towards reaching their goals.

“As much as we youths are important, let us be humble enough to learn from our elders because they were once like us. Humility, persistence, and patience is the key and we must be upright in our dealings,” he said.

In his address, the President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr. Sara-Igbe Sukubo, thanked the Ooni for what he described as an unthinkable warm reception for the youths.

“Your Imperial Youthfulness as you told us to address you, we are indeed happy and proud to have you as a father and mentor.

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“We have heard your kind words of wisdom and I want to assure you on behalf of the teeming Nigerian youths that we will put them into action.

“Fellow Nigerian youths, as we reflect on youth engagement for global action today, let us realize that a new era of opportunities and responsibilities is now upon us.

“Today’s youths are now being called upon to rise as practical stakeholders in governance and development. Let us rise to this challenge,” Sukubo said.

Meanwhile, the youths at the occasion announced Ooni Ogunwusi as the ”Royal Father of Nigerian Youths”, in recognition and appreciation of his immeasurable commitment towards youth development in the country.

Similarly, the founder of Elizabeth Jack-Rch Aid Foundation, who is equally the matron of the National YouthCouncil of Nigeria, Mrs. Elizabeth Jack-Rich was given an award for her roles and stance as a mentor to the Nigerian youths.

Mrs. Jack-Rich had earlier expressed the readiness of her foundation to sponsor the reality show proposed by the Ooni.

She admonished youths to ignore all forms of distraction and negative peer pressure on their way to success.

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Onigbongbo LCDA chair didn’t die from COVID-19, says council secretary

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Following the death of the Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area Chairman [LCDA] in Lagos State, Babatunde Oke, his Chief Press Secretary [CPS] has clarified the circumstances that led to his boss’ demise.

WuzupNigeria reports that the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, said Oke died from COVID-19 complications.

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He condoled with the people of the LCDA and described Oke’s death as a big loss to the state.

But in a press statement, the council CPS, Ishmaeel Akerele, said the council boss did not die from COVID-19.

In the statement titled, ‘Hon Babatunde Oke’s death was not related to COVID-19 complications’, Akerele noted that his boss died “after a brief illness.”

“While we reflect on the passing of a great leader and astute politician, rumour mongers must not use this medium to distract his immediate families and political associates from the peaceful mourning the late Hon. Babatunde Oke deserves,” he added.

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Makinde approves promotion, payment of gratuities to 97 sacked workers

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the promotion and payment of gratuity to 97 civil servants dismissed in 2012.

Recall that the 97 workers were dismissed in 2012 during the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The workers were, however, recalled by the present administration of Makinde.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, who spoke after the State’s weekly virtual executive council meeting, said that the payment of and promotion of the staff was in consonance with the policy of Makinde administration.

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Olatubosun said,

“97 civil servants dismissed in 2012 were recalled the moment this administration got into office. The executive council, today, approved their rotational promotion and payment of gratuity to the concerned ones among them.

“This is in furtherance of the present administration’s drive to give cause for the working population to be happy for the job they do; it is also a testament to the fact that this is a government with large heart, that caters for the welfare of all.”

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