Author: Abdulwasiu Olokooba

Abdulwasiu Olokooba is a correspondent with The Informant247. He is one of the reporters whose investigative pitches were selected for Covid-19 Reality Check Project in September by Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. His works have featured in AllAfrican, Premium Times, The Nation, Campus Reporter(PTCIJ) and other renowned media platforms in Nigeria.

The Kwara State Chief Judge, Justice Saidu Durosinlorun Kawu has sworn in Barrister Taofiq Olateju, as a Notary Public of Nigeria.  Another notary public by the Chief Judge is Barrister Y. O. Ahmed-Aliagan. The appointment was made according to the Notaries Public Act Cap. N141, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and is one of the coveted ranks in the legal profession. The law states legal practitioners who have qualified to practice in the Nigerian Bar for at least seven years and passed the screening process conducted by professional ability and integrity are appointed as Notary Public. Each applicant…

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Suspected armed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have reportedly attacked an Army patrol van in Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State. The incident took place at Tonimas junction, Osisioma LGA axis, on Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway. It was gathered the incident happened in the early hours of Friday when the soldiers were on patrol.

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Just a few hours after a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered that government must enforce the 35 percent affirmative action for women, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) announced free nomination forms for women aspirants for all elective offices in the 2023 general election. However, these women aspirants are mandated to pay the prescribed fees for expression of interest forms. The nomination waiver covers all women aspirants vying for the party’s tickets to contest state and national assemblies, governorship, and presidential seats. Women aspirants in the ruling party had hitherto enjoyed a 50 percent discount for expression of interest…

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On Thursday, a minor,16-year-old girl, told the Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Courts, Ikeja, that her father, Emmanuel Odega, 43, started defiling her when she was 14. In his defence, the father allegedly claimed to be under the influence of a spirit. During the examination-in-chief, the victim, while said the abuse started when her father started touching sensitive parts of her body. She said, “When I noticed this, I moved away from him. I told my twin brother about it in the morning, but he shunned me and did not believe me. “The next day, he had sex…

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The All Progressives Congress Senator currently serving Lagos West, Senator Solomon Adeola, has announced his interest to run for the seat of Ogun West Senatorial District in the 2023 election. The Informant247 confirmed that Adesola declared his intention to represent the Ogun West district on Wednesday at an event held in Ilaro, Yewa-North. According to his Media Adviser, Kayode Odunaro, Senator Adesola was answering the clarion call of his people to return home to replicate the good development he has contributed in Lagos to Ogun. The statement read “I want to thank God Almighty and the governor of Ogun State,…

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The newly appointed Notary Public Officer, Barrister Taofeeq Olateju, at the Supreme Court of Nigeria has described Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN as his everyday beacon since his early days in the legal profession and life ethics generally. Barr. Olateju is a legal practitioner and an associate at the Yusuf Ali Law Firm. He described Yusuf Ali as a boss who considers the welfare and betterment of his employees a priority, regardless of personalities. He further disclosed that Yusuf Ali’s chamber has been a pool of knowledge where they have been learning under him”. “The man that I have been looking…

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The Nigerian Army has said a total of 34 terrorists and recovered 14 locally fabricated guns and 17 motorcycles in Kaduna and Niger States between March 25 and April 7. Defence Media Operations, Bernard Onyeuko, while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja confirmed the operations were carried out through ‘Operation Thunder Strike’. This is coming barely two weeks after some terrorists had bombed the Abuja-Kaduna train service, killing 8 passengers and abducting hundreds of others. The Informant247 – Naija News Today

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Saleh Mustapha, a prominent commander of Boko Haram terrorists, has surrendered to troops in the North East. According to him, 51,114 terrorists have so far surrendered. The Director, Defence Media Operations, Bernard Onyeuko, stated this while addressing newsmen on the operations of the military between March 25 and April 7 on Thursday in Abuja. Mr. Onyeuko said the surrender of Mustapha popularly known as Ibn Kathir, who was the Qaid of Garin Ba-Abba, to troops in Bama was significant. He added that a total of 51,114 terrorists and families comprising 11,398 men, 15,381 women, and 24,335 children had so far…

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Nigeria’s meteorological agency, NiMet, has predicted that in the next three days, heavy rainfall is expected over parts of Cross River, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, and the FCT. There are possibilities of moderate to heavy rainfall over parts of Benue, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, and Taraba state from Thursday to Saturday, Nimet predicted. “As a result of the expected moderate to heavy rainfall in the next three days, there are chances of flash flooding of roads and low-lying settlements,” NiMet said. It added that there could be “disruption of traffic due to flooded or closed roads, reduction in visibility, likely damage…

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday approved into law Executive Order 11, which mandates the government to institutionalise the maintenance of public buildings. The President signed the new law prior to the commencement of the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. President Buhari authorized all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to set up maintenance departments in line with the provisions of the new Executive Order. He demanded that maintenance of public facilities has gone beyond being culture to becoming an economy that provides jobs for a good number of Nigerian. The Informant247 – Naija…

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Families of Abuja-Kaduna train kidnapped passengers have been contacted by their abductors. The Informant247 gathered that the terrorists have reached out to make demands of various amounts as ransom to facilitate the release of their captors. The ransom demanded by the kidnappers ranges from N5 million to N100 million, depending on the status of the victims. “After the attack, my family was worried about the safety of my in-law who was on the train. “We were not sure if she made it out alive, was killed, or was abducted. We had no information on her situation for the first few…

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Musiliu Akinsanya commonly known as MC Oluomo, has been appointed by the Lagos state government as the chairman of the 25-member committee to oversee the affairs of all motor parks and garages in the state while Sulyman Ojora is the deputy chairman. The Informant247 earlier reported that the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has sacked Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo) as the chairman of the Lagos branch. This was disclosed that Seyi Bankole will replace him as the new Lagos chairman. Jubril Gawat, the senior special assistant to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, made the announcement in a statement…

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The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has sacked Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo) as the chairman of the Lagos branch. This was disclosed that Seyi Bankole will replace him as the new Lagos chairman. It was gathered that NURTW had suspended MC Oluomo before he pulled out from the national body. MC Oluomo’s sack is disclosed by the National Administrative Council of the union in a statement titled: ‘Dissolution of Lagos State Administrative Council.’ The Informant247 – Naija News Today

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The Nigeria Police Force in Kaduna State has prevented two kidnap attempts and rescued four victims within 24 hours. The police spokesman in the state, ASP Mohammed Jalige, disclosed on Wednesday that the first attempt occurred at Buruk area of Ragachikun in Chickun Local Government Area on Tuesday. While he added that the second attempt was also foiled at Barakallahu area in Igabi Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday. Jalige said that the police received a distress call on Tuesday that bandits had blocked the Buruk-Birnin Gwari Road around Kwanan Ruwa Village in Chikun to kidnap commuters. “Operatives were…

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According to a non-governmental organisation, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, no fewer than 46,000 Christians and 30,000 Muslims were killed in Nigeria from July 2009 to March 2022. The NGO disclosed this in a statement published on Tuesday in Enugu State at the end of a press conference, saying most of those killed were victims of Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani herdsmen, jihadists and other fundamentalists in the northern regions of the country. The statement was jointly signed by Intersociety’s Board Chairman and Lead Investigator, Emeka Umeagbalasi, Head, Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Obianuju Joy…

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The Kwara State Government has warned principals of both Junior and Senior Secondary Schools in the state to desist from engaging or aiding students in examination malpractices. The state Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, made this known at St Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin, during a meeting with all the principals in the state. Mrs Kawu bemoaned that “despite the constant warnings from the state government on zero tolerance to examination malpractice, some principals have been indicted by the West Africa Examination Council for engaging in examination malpractice during last year’s WAEC examinations.” “Henceforth,…

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2023 All Progressives Congress(APC) presidential aspirant, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, visited Kaduna State to pay his condolence over last week train attack. While in Kaduna, the former Lagos state governor also visited the popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi at his mosque to formally inform him of his presidential ambition. 2023 General Election The Informant247 reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has published the Notice of Election for 2023 general elections, in compliance with extant provisions of the law. The commission disclosed this in its daily bulletin issued by the Director of Voter Education, Victor Aluko, in Abuja…

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No fewer than 17 soldiers and 3 citizens were reported to have been killed in an attack on a military base in Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna State on Monday. Eyewitnesses said 40 fatally wounded soldiers were brought to the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, where 17 of them were confirmed dead. Source: The Informan247 Naija News Today

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A man, Collins Okechukwu, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Tuesday for raping and robbing a 25-year-old UNILAG student. Delivering judgement, Justice Abiola Soladoye, who characterized Mr Okechukwu as a “pathological liar,” declared that the prosecution proved the charges of rape and robbery against him beyond reasonable doubt. Hence, the trial court sentenced Mr Okechukwu to life imprisonment for rape, and 21 years for robbery. But the judge ordered that the two sentences should run concurrently. She said, “The testimony of the defendant portrayed him as a pathological liar in the…

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The Federal Government has detected over 1,500 workers with fake appointment letters last year. Over 1,000 fake workers were said to have been found in one ministry while 500 others found in other ministries, departments and agencies during a service-wide verification exercise. Hence, all these culprits will be delisted from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, disclosed this in her keynote address at the ‘National Policy Dialogue on Entrenching Transparency in Public Office Recruitment in Nigeria,’ organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences…

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Ibrahim Haruna, 35, was reported to have committed suicide over the N520,000 loan he borrowed from friends to manage his Point of Sale (POS) business. According to the deceased’s younger brother, Isah Haruna, things were not going well for his brother and he was certain the debt was the reason his brother drank ‘otapiapia’. “My brother once jokingly told me that he would kill himself because of the pressure he was getting from people to return their money, but I always told him everything would be okay,” he said. One of the residents, Yinka Ogunleye, who expressed shock at the…

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Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Nigerian Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)’s for sabotaging federal government’s effort to put an end to the lingering strike. ASUU declared NITDA’s stance as unprotroctic which will prolong the 50days ASUU strike. The university union indicted NITDA of lying that the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) failed the agency’s integrity tests. “Ironically, NITDA, in conjunction with its parent ministry (the Ministry of Communications), is seriously sabotaging the government’s efforts at resolving the impasse,” the Bauchi zonal coordinator of ASUU, Prof. Lawan Abubakar, revealed. “This is obviously capable of prolonging…

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The House of Representatives is presently in a closed-door meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, over attacks on transportation infrastructures in Kaduna. Other officials present at the meeting, which began at 3 p.m. are the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali, the Director-General of the State Security Service, Yusuf Bichi, Minister of Aviation, and Hadi Sirika, among others. The House had required the leaders of the House to investigate the attacks on transportation infrastructure following a motion moved by Nnaji Nnolim (PDP, Enugu). Mr Nnolim initiated the motion on…

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has warned Nigerians to refrain from dealing with illegal financial operators (IFOs). This was stated by The Financial Services Regulation Coordinating Committee (FSRCC) in an advisory posted on the (CBN’s) website on Monday. FRSCC is an institution set up to handle matters of common interest and concern to the various regulatory and supervisory authorities in the financial services industry. Member agencies include the CBN, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), federal ministry of finance, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), National Pension Commission (PenCom), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Commission (NDIC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Abuja…

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has approved $272 million to construct a 5.76km rail track in the federal capital territory. This was disclosed by Zakari Dobi, mandate secretary of the FCTA transport secretariat, while inspecting the vandalised light rail track, station, and Idu training centre on Monday in Abuja. He said that the bill for the construction of the rail track was before the FCTA permanent secretary and it would then make its way to the FCT minister’s table. He hoped that the minister who had so much concern for the Abuja light rail project would quickly approve the…

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For Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Candidates that intend to partake in the 2022 optional mock Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination (UTME), will have to pay N1, 000 as a service charge to the computer-based test centres where they are allotted to sit for the examination.  JAMB blamed the increased service charge and that of other consumables from N600 to N1,000 on the high cost of diesel in the country. The mock examination would hold on Saturday, April 9 2022, in some select CBT centres. The Informant247

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Some hours after Inspector General of Police (IGP) visited Abuja Kaduna Highway, Bandits raided some houses at Anguwar Maji in Jere and abducted 22 villagers along the road, The Informant247 reports.  Anguwar Maji, Shehu Bala, a resident, who confirmed the latest abduction through a telephone conversation with our reporter, explained that the attack happened around 11pm on last night. He said the bandits came in large numbers and invaded some houses and whisked away 22 residents, including five women. “They moved from house to house and woke their victims up before they marched them into the bush at gunpoint,” he said.…

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in collaboration with Nigerian Customs Service, has seized no less than 9.5 million tablets of Tramadol and Exol 5 worth over N5 billion in three states. This was disclosed on Sunday by the Director, Media, and Advocacy, NDLEA, Femi Babafemi in Abuja. The Director said that the Pharmaceutical Opioids were seized at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, and Edo state respectively. “Of the figure, 214 cartons of Tramadol 225 under 10 different brand names, which translate to 9, 219, 400 tablets weighing 6, 384.5kg, with…

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Ten suspected Boko Haram members have surrendered to troops of the Nigerian Army in Borno, according to a reliable source from the Nigerian military.  Apart from the 10 male insurgents who surrendered, five children were also said to have surrendered to the troops. Sources said the insurgents came out from their enclaves around Jango village and Mandara Mountain in Gwoza. The insurgents were said to have surrendered to troops of the army’s 151 battalions in Banki, Bama LGA on Sunday. The insurgents who surrendered were part of those loyal to Bakura Salaba, a factional leader of Boko Haram who was…

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Suspected armed bandits, Sunday night, invaded Tsafe town, the council headquarters of Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing many people. Residents said one of the victims is the son of the state’s commissioner for security affairs, Mamman Tsafe. Neither the commissioner nor the state government has confirmed the killing. But, residents said the gunmen who invaded the town went on a shooting spree immediately after night prayer. The gunmen killed at least three people in the attack. The Informant247 gathered that the incident occurred in the ‘Hayin Tumbi’ area, which is close to the commissioner’s residence, while many…

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