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News Today; NIN-SIM Integration Exercise Deadline Extended By 8 Weeks, Lagos Proposes 21-Year Jail Term For Cultists, Sponsors In New Anti-cultism Bill

NIN-SIM Integration Exercise Deadline Extended By 8 Weeks – FG

Nigerians Trying To Enroll For Their NIN

About 50 million defaulting Nigerians heaved a sigh of relief at the breakage of the news about this controversial but necessary exercise.

The hotly debated National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise, set-up by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has been extended by another eight weeks.

The new deadline date is now April 6, 2021. This makes the second time the NIN-SIM linkage deadline will be extended since the initial December 29, 2020 date.

Apparently, the decision to extend the deadline of the all-important exercise was reached at the meeting of the ministerial taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which took place in Abuja on February 1 2021. The yearnings of millions of Nigerians yet to get their NIN has not fallen on deaf ears at least.

The embattled Dr Pantami chaired the meeting which had in attendance key stakeholders from the communications industry; the big wigs from Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) and a host of other personalities running the mobile network and Internet Service Provider sector.

There is an estimated 200 million active phone lines in Nigeria, with about 56.18 million NINs linked by the mobile network operators since the operation began early last December 2020.

To make the enrolment exercise easier nationwide, NIMC has activated about 1060 centers for NIN enrolment while Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have set up hundreds of centers for the same purpose across the country. It is hopeful no one will be left behind the NIN-SIM gates closes by April.

Commendable as it sounds, do you think the Federal Government has given enough time for defaulting Nigerians to get it right this time?

Lagos House of Assembly Proposes 21-Year Jail Term For Cultists, 15 For Sponsors In New Anti-cultism Bill

Lagos Gets New Anti-cultism Law

If you see a Lagos Lawmaker on the road, you might want to give him a big handshake or a hug for playing his role on the much-needed crackdown on cultism and illegal societies in the state.

The Lagos House of Assembly, has passed a bill banning the activities of cultists and illegal societies across the state into law! What’s left to complete the process is governor Sanwo-Olu’s signature! Big cheers to these guys on this one.

The new anti-cultism law stipulates a 21-year jail term for anyone found guilty of cultism and 15 years for anyone convicted of abetting, sponsoring or allowing cultist activity on his premises.

This is a real shot in the arm in the fight against cultism in Lagos! It’s huge!

The law which has been transmitted to the governor for assent, also stipulates that campus cultism will attract a 2-year jail term for students found guilty in Lagos State.

Lagosians have in recent years, more than before, been besieged by gang clashes and cultist killings in the Surulere, Oworonshoki, Ajah and Ikorodu areas.

Cultism which used to experienced in only Lagos campuses, made its way into the streets in a most brazen fashion, with various factions trying to outdo each other, at the detriment of innocent people’s lives.

Hopefully, Lagos citizens can now worry less about the safety of their children and youth with the passage of this new anti-cultism law. It’s good to know nobody is above the law!

Do you think the new Lagos anti-cultism law will yield good result in the security of lives and the safety of young Lagosians when implemented? Let’s know your opinion.

Mohammed Adamu Remains Inspector-General of Police As Buhari Delays Appointment Of New IG

This news will get family, friends and supporters of Mohammed Adamu clinking their wine glasses in celebration on his continued status as IG of Police, at least for the mean time.

According to signals emanating from the State House in the Aso Rock Villa, Mohammed Adamu will remain the IG of the Police till further notice as no date has been picked on the announcement of a replacement by President Buhari.

Adamu, who was spotted at the Police Headquarters in Abuja till late on Monday evening, didn’t hand over as expected to any senior officer as stipulated by the law yesterday. Only time will tell if this move is good news or bad.

Speculations were rife about Adamu’s fate and comments coming from the president’s media aide, the ever controversial Garba Shehu, hasn’t done much to douse the rising tension on the matter.

Garba’s statement to the press read, “The President returns to Abuja (from Katsina) on Tuesday. He should be on his desk by Wednesday. I don’t know when he will do this. One thing I can assure you is that in places sensitive like that, there is no vacuum that will subsist, so therefore, the system will take care of itself.”

So the question now is, with Adamu’s tenure up and no appointment of a substantive replacement, who is in charge of the Nigeria Police? Please give an answer if you know.

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IPOB Praises Governors’ Prohibition Of Open Grazing In SouthEast Region

IPOB and Southeast Governor – A Meeting Of Strange Bedfellows?

It’s no secret the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the governors of Nigeria’s Southeast region don’t see eye-to-eye on virtually any matter, so it came as a shock to hear the belligerent group praising the administrators for once.

IPOB was on Tuesday full of praises and adulations for the governors of the southeast for prohibiting open grazing in the region.

The group gave the governors a pat on the back showing courage on the ban of activities of the herdsmen of Fulani extraction, whom they allege has been perpetrating criminal activities in the Southeast region with impunity in recent times.

Excerpts from IPOB’s statement delivered by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, read in part, “IPOB wishes to acknowledge the wisdom of the governors to respect the people’s will for the first time. If the governors had not been seized by useless fear and trepidation over the Fulani before now, our region wouldn’t have been in this mess.”

IPOB through its shadow military arm, Eastern Security Network (ESN) has been engaged in a clandestine turf war with the herdsmen, destroying their settlement and killing their cattle.

Are we witnessing a convergence of people with common interest; curbing the menace of the stubborn Fulani herdsmen? Or is this a case of, “my enemy’s enemy is my friend” relationship between the governors of the Southeast and IPOB? Only time will tell.

Can the relationship between IPOB and the Southeast governors stand the test of time? Let’s watch this space…

NNPC Blows N6bn On Idle Refineries In One Month With Nothing To Show For It

One of NNPC’s Faulty Refineries

One of the biggest places where the biggest tricks take place in Nigeria has to be the books of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Why? Because they make things disappear.

Reports on Tuesday has it that the NNPC spent an eye-watering 6 billion Naira on running Nigeria’s refineries in October 2020, without a drop of oil to show for it! What’s going on in that shady corporation?

How they continue carrying out the money-spinning abracadabra in the oily corporation without any results remains a stuff of legends. How do you explain this magic?

The NNPC made the stunning revelation in its October 2020 Financial and Operations Report. Is there any reason to continue releasing these damning reports if no one is made to account for these huge oily expenditures?

What do you suggest that Nigeria does to the non-producing refineries which have continually gulped billions in the country’s hard-earned funds? Your opinion, please…

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Unknown Gunmen Invade 4 Villages In Niger Kill 21 Kidnap 40 People

Unknown Gunmen Invade Niger State

In what could be best described as a despicable and brazen ambush on the Shiroro area of Niger State, gunmen have killed 21 citizens and kidnapped another estimated 40 people.

No group or persons have claimed responsibility for the bloody ambush yet.

According to eye witness account, the gunmen numbering about 300, came on a convoy of motorcycles, shooting at everything and everyone on sight.

The four villages of Kurege, Sabon gida, Sararai and Rafin Kanya, bore the brunt of the attacks, which they said has been repeated in recent times.

The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, confirmed the attack but couldn’t put a number to the casualties involved.

Hope the Niger State government has a remedy for these repeated gunmen attacks threatening to rip the fabric of Northern Nigeria apart because this attack is one too many.

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Lagos NURTW Boss MC Oluomo Breaks The Internet With Book Release

Lagos’ Latest Author MC Oluomo

Love him or hate him but MC Oluomo aka Musiliu Akinsanya, the Lagos NURTW chairman, foremost political henchman, socialite, entertainment promoter, is a bonafide headline grabber, any day, any time.

When he’s not flaunting his kid’s graduation photographs, he’s showing off his latest female catch. But this time, MC Oluomo chose a very unusual way to court attention.

MC Oluomo has written a book! Yes! You heard right!…He’s authored a book! No, its not earwax!

MC Oluomo has written a book titled, My Service To Humanity. And reactions, as you guess, is a potpourri, from the good, to the bad to the ugly.

If he had intentions of breaking the internet, then you can say he did it right. ‘My Service To Humanity’ is trending across all social media networks in Nigeria right now.

His next move? Only he can tell but it’s sure going to be another blockbuster because MC Oluomo has the limelight in a chokehold right now and it doesn’t look like he’s letting go anytime soon.

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