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    First Village Headmaster, Ted Mukoro dies at 89

    Theodore Mukoro, 89, the pioneer Headmaster and lead character in the now rested NTA soap, Village Headmaster, is dead.

    My father, late Theodore Mukoro, was never ill to the extent of being on admission for once until the last one where he died on March 7.

    Even, when he had cataract surgery he came home the same day, Mrs Angela Ajetunmobi, one of the two surviving children , said.

    She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that late Pa Mukoro, the first person to act the `Headmaster role in the popular but now rested soap had a brief illness that led to his death.

    This illness before his death was very brief, now I know what people mean when they say, died after a brief illness.

    He took ill on Saturday, was admitted in hospital on Sunday and he gave up in the of Wednesday , March 7 in the arms of my sister-in-law, the wife of my fathers only surviving son.

    The doctors were wondering why and asking what was the relationship between Uncle Ted and his daughter-in -law.

    They were very close and it was like he had waited for her to arrive in the hospital that morning. He was said to have held her hand and took his last breathe.

    He just slipped away while we were planning his 90th birthday for October, Ajetunmobi told NAN.

    In terms of broadcasting, the late Ted Mukoro was one of the first 10 people to appear on WNTV screen as newscasters when it was set up by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the premier of Western Region at the time, she said of her fathers career.

    Uncle Ted was the first person to play the role of the headmaster in the popular soap opera called The Village Headmaster usually transmitted on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) some years ago.

    He was also one of the first persons to write scripts for the soap opera.

    I recall that the first two or three scripts of the Village Headmaster Series were written by him as well as produced a few episodes. He coined a few of the characters names such as Jigabi and Bassey Okon.

    He was very much involved with production of the now defunct household name opera.

    Ajetunmobi said that her late father also feature in Dinner with the devil alongside popular actress Omotola Jolade Ekeinde.

    According to her, Uncle Ted continued to work till the week before he died; he was consulted widely for the advertising world when many advertising agencies were working on new projects.

    We were used to seeing them come here and give him briefs to write. He would be up till 4 a.m. He had a great work ethics; not a lazy man.

    Ajetunmobi said that in every job his father did while alive, he always left his mark and was very famous. In advertising he retired as the first indigenous creative director of Lintas Communications Nigeria Ltd.

    He worked for Star Beer where he coined the phrase Shine shine bobo andBlack tin good o for Guinness Beer.

    I remember Patti Boulaye, OBE, who also featured in the Lux Soap advert he shot in Miami, Florida in the US.

    He had a lot of achievements in the advertising world. We, including my late mother, grew up in front of the television participating in adverts, Angela Ajetunmobi told NAN.

    She added that her father was great with the pidgin language as a Warri boy as well as the Queens English.

    He would get angry with corrupted pidgin English.

    He was a typical Warri boy and he also considered himself a typical Lagos boy because he had lived and worked all his life in Lagos, she said.

    Ajetunmobi added that her parents were originally living in Warri from where they moved to Ibadan where she was born.

    They finally moved to Lagos, ending up at the Nigerian Television then NTV where he was employed as a news caster.

    My father was a very interesting person. He never stopped educating. That was something that I found very interesting about him.

    Whenever he was watching my interviews on the television, he wasnt listening to the thrust of the conversation, all he was listening to was how I was pronouncing my words, the tenses and things like that.

    Those were the things he focused on. He was a perfectionist in that regard. He was a great wordsmith. Words were his life.

    He impressed that upon us. One of the things we his children are really good at is communicating with words.

    Ajetunmobi added that because of her fathers love for words, the family house was and still is full of books. He was a books person, he read until his last day.

    Before he died at 89; I was planning to set up a library in his honour and that of my mother who died in 2010. I would still do it in their honour

    Source: NAN

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    More than 20,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State at the weekend defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    Led by the Director General of the APC State Campaign Organization in 2015, Chief Sunny Udom, the defectors lamented the state of the country and vowed to return PDP to power in 2019.

    At a reception in honour of Governor Udom Emmanuel, and wife Martha, organised by youths of the old Abak division comprising five local government areas, Chief Udom said that APC stood no chance in the next elections in the state.

    “I brought these people, I came from APC; APC does not have a candidate.

    “I was the Director General of their Campaigns and I know that their house is not in order.

    “We heard about change but the change turned out to be from frying pan to fire.

    “At least let us come back to the frying pan, the umbrella is a very good symbol,” he said.

    He said that he and his people were under obligation to support the governor who is married to a daughter of the Old Abak division, maintaining that the Governor has served the state well.

    Among those who defected were former chairman of Abak local government area, Arc. Okon Obot, former House of Representatives member, Chief Nkereuwem Dan; ex local government chairmen and some ward coordinators of APC.

    Speaking, Governor Emmanuel appreciated the people of Old Abak Division for the honour.

    He promised to continue his industrial drive in the state, through the provision of critical infrastructure to in the state.

    Chairman on the occasion and National Legal Adviser of PDP, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, said that his people in Abak, Etim Ekpo, Ika, Oruk Anam and Ukanafun have agreed that the Governor should continue in office.

    Source: Dailypost.NG

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    The Nigeria Police Force said on Saturday that the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye and Alhaji Mohammed Audu would be declared wanted if they refuse to comply with court order.

    Melaye and Audu are expected to appear before the Federal High Court, Lokoja, on March 28 to answer criminal charges against them.

    Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood in a statement said the duo’s refusal to appear in court would force it to obtain warrant of arrest or declare them wanted throughout the country and on INTERPOL platform.

    DAILY POST recalls that a political thug, Kabiru Saidu, A.K.A Osama, had confessed that Melaye handed over a bag containing one AK47 rifle, two Pump Action guns and the sum of N430,000.00 for him to share with his boys.

    Moshood giving update on the investigation, said the indictment of both politicians has led the Force to invite them for questioning.

    He said: “Working on actionable intelligence, the Kogi State Police Command personnel and operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad trailed and arrested two suspects – Kabiru Saidu a.k.a Osama, 31, From Dekina local government area of Kogi State but based in Anyagba (Leader of the gang) and Nuhu Salisu a.k.a Small, 25, (a member of the gang), after a gun battle with the police team that lasted for some hours on the 19th January, 2018 at Ogojueje in Dekina LGA.

    “During investigation, they confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of several kidnappings and armed robbery, murder and other violent crimes in different parts of Kogi State for which they have been on the wanted list of the police for more than two years now.

    “The gang leader Kabiru Saidu revealed that he and his gang had been working as a political thug for one Alhaji Mohammed Audu, a politician in the state and that Alhaji Mohammed Audu invited him to Abuja and introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye and they met on Airport Road, Abuja, inside the Senator Dino Melaye’s Car in December 2017.

    “Saidu further confessed to the police investigative team that Senator Dino Melaye handed over a bag containing one AK47 rifle, two Pump Action guns and the sum of N430,000.00 to share with his boys.

    “The police conducted investigation into the criminal indictments against Melaye and Mohammed Audu and discovered that the two of them have case to answer.”

    Source: Dailypost.NG

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    The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, on Saturday confirmed that the Boko Haram terrorists was set to release Leah Sharibu, the only Christian Schoolgirl still in captivity.

    IGP Idris made the revelation while speaking to reporters in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

    “I was suppose to be in Dapchi today but I couldn’t go because l learnt that Leah Sharibu may be released today by the Boko Haram terrorists.

    “I would have gone to Dapchi today but by the time I fly in with a helicopter and police escort, they(terrorists) may think I’m trying to break the arrangement”.

    Meanwhile residents of Dapchi are excited over the news that the insurgents have agreed to free Leah Sharibu.

    “We are very happy about this development but for now we are waiting patiently to receive Leah Sharibu” a resident told

    “Some residents have ran out of Dapchi for fear of the unknown by the time the insurgents bring Leah Sharibu back,” Kachalla Bukar, Secretary of Association of Parents of Dapchi missing school girls also stated.

    Source: Dailypost.NG

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    Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Friday demonstrated their intention to impress at the 2018 FIFA World Cup by defeating Poland 1-0 at the Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw.

    Victor Moses’ 61st minute penalty kick made the difference as the Eagles fought hard to earn a win over world number eight Poland.

    Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr made the most difficult call between the sticks, as he eventually went for Francis Uzoho.

    The selection earned the youngster his first full debut for the Super Eagles and he gave a fairly good account of himself as proceedings went on in the match.

    Elsewhere in the Eagles team, Joel Obi was given his first Super Eagles cap since his last outing in a friendly against Scotland in May 2014.

    The Torino of Italy midfielder partnered Wilfried Ndidi in the middle of the pack, while Brian Idowu was also chosen ahead of Elderson Echiejile at left-back.

    Eight minutes into the game, the Super Eagles were culpable, as hosts Poland almost took the lead after Robert Lewandowski hit the post from a sliding pass.

    However, it was a physical contest between the Eagles and the Poles, leading to the removal of Polish Karol Linetty before the Nigerian side tried their bit to threaten their hosts with Moses picking himself up to curl a free kick past Lukasz Fabianski’s post in the 34th minute.

    The Eagles had much to worry about between the sticks but Uzoho overcame his jittery start to the encounter and got down well to deny Lewandowski’s point-blank effort in the 51st minute to keep the hosts at bay.

    However, it was the Super Eagles who had the upper hand as Moses was fouled in the area and the Chelsea man slotted in his spot kick perfectly to give Nigeria the lead which eventually took them to the end of the game.

    With the morale-boosting win, the Super Eagles will now take on Serbia on Tuesday in London to consolidate their fine form en route the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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    Ex-President Jonathan in Sierra Leone for run-off poll

    Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has returned to Sierra Leone to observe the countrys presidential run-off polls scheduled for Tuesday.

    Jonathan, who is leading the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) Election Observation Mission, arrived Freetown on Friday .

    Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, the spokesman to the former president, said Jonathan also led EISA to the first round of the elections on March 7.

    In the elections, none of the candidates polled required 55 per cent of votes to win at the first ballot.

    EISA had declared the process of the March 7 general elections as peaceful and credible.

    The mission in its interim report presented to the media on March 9 added that the elections were conducted substantially in line with sub-regional, continental and international standards.

    It also observed that voter turnout was impressive while the conduct of electoral personnel was professional.

    Jonathan who presented the report also appealed to the people of Sierra Leone and all stakeholders to remain calm until the final electoral processes were concluded. (NAN)

    Source: NAN

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    Committee on underage voting submits report

    The Committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate the allegations of underage voting during council elections in Kano has submitted its report.

    The committee, according to a statement issued by INEC Director of Publicity and Voter Education, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, submitted it report to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday.

    It quoted Mr Ahmed Nahuche, Chairman of the committee as saying that diligent and wide consultations with stakeholders were made by the committee.

    The committee was inaugurated by INEC in February 2018, to investigate the allegation of underage voting which was maliciously linked to the Voters Register in Kano.

    Nahuche said that in carrying out the assignment, the committee consulted with critical stakeholders through visitations and interactive sessions.

    The stakeholders interactive sessions included Civil Society Organizations, Political Parties, Print and Electronic Media organizations as well as Security Agencies.

    The committee in the course of consultation and interactive sessions received a number of pictures, video clips, reports, documents and presentations from the stakeholders`.

    It immediately embarked on thorough review and analysis of these materials in order to ascertain the actual connection with KASIEC LGA elections.

    The committee also examined the social media reports of pictures and video clips that triggered the outrage and the alleged participation of underage persons in the KASIEC LGA elections as a key area of focus for the investigation.

    The pictures and video clips were thoroughly analyzed by the committee, he added.

    Nahuche advised that the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) and Political Parties be encouraged to work towards improving electoral logistics to enhance the credibility of their respective processes and procedures.

    He urged political parties to observe best practices for the sustenance of democracy.

    Receiving the Report, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu commended the Committee for discharging the assignment diligently.

    Yakubu reiterated that the Commission was committed to ensuring that the voter register was purged of ineligible persons.

    The credibility of the voter register is very important to the Commission; (and) that the outcome of the investigation, in the interest of transparency would be shared with the general public. (NAN)

    Source: NAN

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    Snake charmer escapes pythons fury during live show
    A snake charmer escaped death by the whiskers during a live show in Uttar Pradesh, India, after a deadly python coiled around his neck and almost strangled him.

    At first, people thought it was part of an act, as the python coiled harder around the neck of the charmer who incidentally owns the snake, in an effort to kill him.

    But they soon found out the act was all too real.

    The snake charmer initially picked up the adult snake and allowed it to sit on his shoulders as he welcomed the crowd; slowly, the snake slithered up the mans body and started to wrap itself around his neck.

    The man appeared calm, acting as if he was simply wearing a turtleneck and continued to motion people to come closer.

    Thirty seconds later, the man kneeled on the ground and appeared to be having trouble breathing.

    He leaned forward and grabbed the snakes body, attempting to forcefully pull the creature off.

    For nearly a minute, a group of people just watched in shock and horror.

    They realized the man was in serious trouble when he toppled over onto the sandy ground.

    He appeared to be unconscious when a man stepped in to help. He sprinkled water on the snake and eventually the python slitered away.

    According to report, three men came forward and rushed the unidentified man to a nearby hospital in Varanasi on March 20. His condition is still unknown.

    Snake charmers are common in India, but the reptiles have been known to turn on their handlers.

    It would be recalled that a famous snake whisperer in Malaysia died last week after he was bitten by a cobra.

    Also, Dan Brandon, a snake enthusiast in the U.K., was found suffocated to death near his pet python, Tiny, last year.

    A coroner later confirmed there was no doubt the python had killed him.

    Source: NAN

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    States got N1.73trn in 2017  NBS

    The fiscal allocation to the 36 states by the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FACC) stood at N1,73 trillion in 2017.

    According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) the total revenue available to the states in the year is put at N2.67 trillion.

    Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) at State Level for 2017 report published on the bureaus website.

    According to the report, the total revenue available to the states is in the year is put at N2.67 trillion.

    Meanwhile, the NBS stated that the full year 2017 state IGR figure was N931.23 billion compared to N831.19 billion recorded in year 2016.

    This, the bureau stated it indicated a growth of 12.03 per cent year- on- year.

    The report stated that at the end of second half of 2017, total revenue generated by states was put at N432.65billion as against N409.09 billion in first half of the year.

    NBS stated that 31 states recorded growth in IGR while five states which included (Akwa Ibom , Anambra , Bauchi, Osun and Taraba) recorded a decline at the end of 2017 Fiscal Year.

    However, the bureau stated that the value of foreign debt stood at 19.9 billion dollars while domestic debt was N3.35 trillion at the end of the year respectively.(NAN)

    Source: NAN

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    Americans hit streets against guns
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans are attending rallies nationwide on Saturday for tighter gun laws in March For Our Lives in the United States.

    The protests led by survivors of the Florida school massacre, which re-iginited public anger over mass shootings.

    Students from the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 students and staff were killed on Feb. 14 will be among the 500,000 people organizers say could rally on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Capitol in Washington.

    The protests orchestrated by survivors of the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are aimed at breaking through a legislative gridlock that has long stymied efforts to tighten firearms controls. Mass shootings at American schools and colleges have become a regular occurrence.

    This issue is going to turn into the No. 1 issue in this country. I know thats not only what I want, but I know its what you guys want, Alfonso Calderon, a junior at the Florida school, told Washington students at a pre-march event on Thursday.

    The Washington rally is among more than 800 events scheduled worldwide, with U.S. demonstrations set from San Clemente, California, to New York and Parkland, according to gun-control group Everytown For Gun Safety.

    The teenage organizers have won kudos and cash from dozens of celebrities, with singer Ariana Grande and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda among those performing in Washington.

    Trainwreck star Amy Schumer is set to appear at the Los Angeles rally. Actor George Clooney and his human rights attorney wife have donated $500,000 and said they would be at the Washington rally.

    Organizers want Congress, many of whose members are up for re-election this year, to ban the sale of assault weapons like the one used in the Florida rampage and to tighten background checks for gun buyers.

    On the other side of the debate, gun rights advocates cite constitutional guarantees of the right to bear arms.

    On Friday, Republican President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes modest improvements to background checks for gun sales and grants to help schools prevent gun violence.

    David Hogg, a senior at Stoneman Douglas, said the protests were a way for young Americans to show their opposition to the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby.

    Were asking people (to) put the USA over the NRA, he said at the Thursday event in Washington.

    An NRA spokeswoman said it had not taken a position on the protests.

    Democrats and nonpartisan groups hope to register at least 25,000 first-time voters at the rallies, potentially a boost for Democrats, who generally favor stricter gun controls .


    Students at Columbine High School in Colorado join their fellow students in the nationwide protests against gun violence. Amazing.

    Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila)

    Source: NAN

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