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2013: A POETIC INSIGHT INTO A NEW YEAR

In ANYTHING, Uncategorized on January 14, 2013 at 9:15 am

2013

by Bayo Akinloye

Staring but not seeing…

Are there clairvoyant eyes

Peeking into Nostradamus’ cauldron

Of concocted tomorrows

I behold twenty colours of confusion

And thirteen of convolution

Pessimistic!

Isn’t 2013 a magical era

Fireworks, tongues of fire heralding it

Billions keeping vigil just for a sight

While eternity passes us by

2013

At twenty why are we still acting like a blasphemous teen

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Popular Actress Nkiru Sylvanus Kidnapped, N100 Million Ransom Demanded

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

The Special Assistant to the Imo state Governor on Public Affairs and Popular Nollywood Actress Miss Nkiru Sylvanus has been kidnapped in Owerri the Imo state capital, South East Nigeria.

Sources close to the Nollywood actress said she was Kidnapped yesterday night around Concorde hotel in Owerri where she went for an official engagement.

However sources said the Kidnappers have contacted the Imo State Government demanding for the sum of N100 million for her release.

When contacted, the Imo state Police PRO, Mr Vitalis Olugu, said he is yet to be informed about the kidnap.

This development comes barely one week after the kidnap of Prof. Kanene Okonjo, mother of Nigeria’s Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.

Google Journalism Fellowships – 2013

In ESSAY on December 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

In an effort to help develop the next crop of reporters working to keep the world informed, educated and entertained, we have created the Google Journalism Fellowship. As a company dedicated to making the world’s information easily accessible, Google recognizes that behind many blue links is a journalist and that quality journalism is a key ingredient of a vibrant and functioning society.

The program is aimed at undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The Fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age.

There will be a focus on data driven journalism, online free expression and rethinking the business of journalism. The 10-week long Fellowship will open with a week at the Knight Foundation and end with a week at Google, split between Google News and YouTube.

  • Participating organizations are based in Berkeley, CA, Columbia, MO, Cambridge, MA, St. Petersburg/Miami, FL, New York, NY and Washington, DC.
  • They include the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Knight Foundation, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, Poynter, Nieman Journalism Lab and ProPublica.

More information about the host organizations and the areas of focus for the Fellows are outlined on the Host Organizations page.

Fellows will be assigned a lead mentor at their host organizations, but will have the opportunity to work with several senior staff members over the course of the summer. Fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to the work of their organization, including researching and writing stories, contributing to open source data programs, creating timely data to accurately frame public debates about media in the United States and the world as well as finding new and compelling ways to use data to tell stories.

Who should apply?

We’re looking for students who are passionate about journalism and the role that technology can play in the industry and the pursuit of their craft. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the following qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to journalism – especially in the fields of data driven journalism or freedom of expression online
  • An interest in exploring and creating business models to help the industry in the digital age
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment

Fellows will receive a stipend of $7,500 USD for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013 (June-August) and a travel budget of $1,000 USD.

The Fellowship will start on June 3, 2013 with the first week at the Knight Foundation in Florida. Fellows will join their host organization on June 10, 2013 and finish with a week at Google in California on August 5, 2013.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS AT THE NMMA 2012 AWARDS

In ANYTHING on December 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

In all, 54 awards were given at the well attended event, the 22nd edition. The awards included three which were given to distinguished Nigerians for their outstanding contributions to the society.

Sam Omatseye Columnist of the Year.

Olatunji Ololade Ernest Sisei Ikoli Prize for Newspaper Reporter of the Year and the BAT Prize for Industry Reporter of the Year

Muyiwa Adetula- Nnamdi Azikwe Cartoonist of the Year.

Olugbon Adedoyin Saheed News Photographer of the Year

PUNCH –Editorial Writing of the Year

Oketola Adedayo -Telecommunication Reporter of the Year

The Punch – the Newspaper of the Year

Adeyeye Joseph – Editor of the Year.

Adejuwon Soyinka of TELL – Gani Fawehinmi Prize for Human Rights Reporter of the Year

Channels Television (the Television Station of the Year)

Deji Bademosi won the Television Reporter of the Year

Classic FM was declared Radio Station of the Year.

Okusan Olalekan  The Guardian- Sports Reporter of Year.

Bayo Akinloye, National Standard news-magazine – Political Reporter of the Year

Ayodeji Adeyemi, Tell – Entertainment Reporter of the Year

Mordi Raymond Osemudia, Tell- Power Reporter of the Year

Sina Fadare, National Mirror -Agriculture Reporter of the Year

Sulaimon Olanrewaju, Nigerian Tribune -Culture Reporter of the Year

Alabi Adebayo Mojeed (Newswatch) Education Reporter of the Year,

Ogundare Tubosun Alani (National Mirror) (Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reporter of the year)

Christopher Ajaero/Anthony Akaeze (Newswatch) jointly won Environment Reporter of the Year

Chikodi Anthony Okereocha (Energy Reporter of the Year)

Adebayo Folashade Grace, Tell (Foreign News Reporter of the Year)

Moreen Chigbo, Newswatch (Defence Reporter of the Year).

Ojo Abiodun Olawunmi, The Guardian won the Tourism Reporter of the Year.

Helen Eni of the Broadstreet Journal (BSJ) won the Insurance Reporter of the Year

Nnorom Nkiruka Eucharia, Newswatch, won the Banking and Finance Reporter award

Segun Edwards of Nigeria Compass emerged the Capital Market Reporter of the Year

The Maritime Reporter Award went to Adenubi Adetola of Nigeria News Direct

Emmanuel Ufot of Newswatch got the Aviation Reporter of the Year.

Tony Manuka of BSJ won the Money Market Reporter of the Year Award

Goodie Ofose (Daily Independent) is the Brand and Marketing Reporter of the Year

Maureen Chigbo (Newswatch), Oil and Gas Reporter of the Year

Tony Manuka (BSJ) got the Business Reporter of the Year award

Helen Eni of BSJ was the Female Reporter of the year

Kemi Ishola Balogun (Vanguard) is the Investigative Reporter of the year

Adekunle Yusuf (Tell) got the Print Journalist of the Year

Muyiwa Lucas (Tell) is the Newspaper Features Writer of the Year

Stella Sawyerr of Tell is the Estate/Construction Reporter of the Year

Business Day emerged the Business Publication of the Year

Tell – News Magazine of the year

Adetayo Solomon of Radio Nigeria got the Radio Reporter of the Year Award

Cordelia Okpei (FRCN, Network) as Radio Presenter of the Year

Ezebue Ifeyinwa Helen (VON) won the Radio Programme of the Year category

Anthonia Ike_Mbanefo got the Radio Production of the Year Award

Seun Olagunju of NTA is the Television Newscaster of the Year

Yvonne Henry Bassey, whose programme is aired on DSTV/Africa Magic, got both the TV Programme Presenter of the Year and TV Production of the year awards

World University Rankings 2011-12: WHERE’S NIGERIA, AFRICA?

In ANYTHING on October 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

World University Rankings 2011-12

Rank Institution Country / Region Overall score change criteria
1 California Institute of Technology United States
94.8
2 Harvard University United States
93.9
2 Stanford University United States
93.9
4 University of Oxford United Kingdom
93.6
5 Princeton University United States
92.9
6 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
92.4
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
92.3
8 Imperial College London United Kingdom
90.7
9 University of Chicago United States
90.2
10 University of California, Berkeley United States
89.8
11 Yale University United States
89.1
12 Columbia University United States
87.5
13 University of California, Los Angeles United States
87.3
14 Johns Hopkins University United States
85.8
15 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Switzerland
85.0
16 University of Pennsylvania United States
84.9
17 University College London United Kingdom
83.2
18 University of Michigan United States
82.8
19 University of Toronto Canada
81.6
20 Cornell University United States
80.5
21 Carnegie Mellon University United States
78.4
22 University of British Columbia Canada
77.4
22 Duke University United States
77.4
24 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
77.0
25 University of Washington United States
76.5
26 Northwestern University United States
76.2
27 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
75.8
28 McGill University Canada
75.5
29 University of Texas at Austin United States
74.9
30 University of Tokyo Japan
74.3
31 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign United States
74.2
32 Karolinska Institute Sweden
73.1
33 University of California, San Diego United States
73.0
34 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
72.3
35 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
72.1
36 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
72.0
37 University of Melbourne Australia
71.9
38 Australian National University Australia
71.2
38 University of California, Davis United States
71.2
40 National University of Singapore Singapore
70.9
41 Washington University in St Louis United States
70.5
42 University of Minnesota United States
70.0
43 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
69.3
44 New York University United States
69.0
45 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
67.6
46 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
66.3
47 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
66.0
48 University of Manchester United Kingdom
65.7
49 Peking University China
65.6
49 Brown University United States
65.6
51 Pennsylvania State University United States
64.9
52 Kyoto University Japan
64.8
53 Pohang University of Science and Technology Republic of Korea
64.6
54 Boston University United States
64.2
55 University of Southern California United States
64.0
56 King’s College London United Kingdom
63.2
57 Ohio State University United States
63.0
58 University of Sydney Australia
62.4
59 École Normale Supérieure France
62.0
59 University of Pittsburgh United States
62.0
61 University of Zürich Switzerland
61.9
62 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
61.7
63 École Polytechnique France
61.5
64 University of Massachusetts United States
61.1
65 McMaster University Canada
61.0
66 University of Bristol United Kingdom
60.9
67 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium
60.8
68 Utrecht University Netherlands
60.4
69 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany
60.3
70 Vanderbilt University United States
59.6
71 Tsinghua University China
59.5
72 Rice University United States
59.0
73 Universität Heidelberg Germany
58.7
74 University of Queensland Australia Australia
58.6
75 Wageningen University and Research Center Netherlands
57.4
75 Emory University United States
57.4
77 University of Colorado Boulder United States
57.3
77 Tufts University United States
57.3
79 Leiden University Netherlands
57.0
80 Lund University Sweden
56.9
81 University of Rochester United States
56.8
81 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey United States
56.8
83 Durham University United Kingdom
56.4
84 Université Pierre et Marie Curie France
56.0
85 University of St Andrews United Kingdom
55.7
86 University of California, Irvine United States
55.4
87 Uppsala University Sweden
55.2
88 Technische Universität München Germany
55.1
89 University of Notre Dame United States
55.0
90 Dartmouth College United States
54.9
91 University of Helsinki Finland
54.8
92 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
54.7
93 Case Western Reserve University United States
54.6
94 University of Maryland, College Park United States
54.5
94 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Republic of Korea
54.5
96 Michigan State University United States
54.4
97 University of Arizona United States
54.2
98 Purdue University United States
54.0
99 University of Sussex United Kingdom
53.9
100 University of Alberta Canada
53.7
101 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
53.6
102 University of Glasgow United Kingdom
53.4
103 University of Cape Town South Africa
53.2
104 University of Montreal Canada
53.1
104 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
53.1
106 Ghent University Belgium
53.0
107 Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom
52.9
108 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
52.8
109 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Germany
52.6
110 University of California, Santa Cruz United States
52.5
111 Universität Basel Switzerland
52.2
112 University of Bern Switzerland
52.1
113 University of Utah United States
51.9
114 Stony Brook University United States
51.4
115 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
51.3
116 Université de Lausanne Switzerland
51.2
117 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
51.1
117 Monash University Australia
51.1
119 Osaka University Japan
51.0
120 Tohoku University Japan
50.8
121 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
50.4
121 University of York United Kingdom
50.4
123 Indiana University United States
50.2
124 Seoul National University Republic of Korea
50.1
125 University of Florida United States
50.0
125 Aarhus University Denmark
50.0
127 Queen Mary, University of London United Kingdom
49.9
127 University of Southampton United Kingdom
49.9
127 Arizona State University United States
49.9
130 University of Geneva Switzerland
49.8
131 Lancaster University United Kingdom
49.7
131 Stockholm University Sweden
49.7
133 University of Leeds United Kingdom
49.5
134 University of Groningen Netherlands
49.2
135 George Washington University United States
49.0
135 University of Virginia United States
49.0
135 University of Copenhagen Denmark
49.0
138 Georgetown University United States
48.0
139 University of Vienna Austria
47.9
140 University of Nottingham United Kingdom
47.7
141 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon France
47.6
141 University of Iowa United States
47.6
143 University of California, Riverside United States
47.5
144 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute United States
47.4
145 University of East Anglia United Kingdom
47.3
146 William & Mary United States
47.0
146 Newcastle University United Kingdom
47.0
148 University of Birmingham United Kingdom
46.9
149 Birkbeck, University of London United Kingdom
46.8
150 Brandeis University United States
46.7
151 Freie Universität Berlin Germany
46.6
151 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
46.6
151 University of Aberdeen United Kingdom
46.6
154 Yeshiva University United States
46.2
154 National Taiwan University Taiwan
46.2
156 University of Exeter United Kingdom
46.1
157 Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands
46.0
157 University of Warwick United Kingdom
46.0
159 University College Dublin Republic of Ireland
45.9
159 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
45.9
159 VU University Amsterdam Netherlands
45.9
162 Medical University of South Carolina United States
45.8
162 Wake Forest University United States
45.8
164 Texas A&M University United States
45.7
164 University of Reading United Kingdom
45.7
166 Tel Aviv University Israel
45.4
167 University of Illinois at Chicago United States
45.2
168 RWTH Aachen University Germany
45.1
169 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
45.0
169 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
45.0
169 Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7 France
45.0
172 University of Miami United States
44.8
173 Queen’s University Canada
44.6
173 University of Auckland New Zealand
44.6
173 University of New South Wales Australia
44.6
176 University of Dundee United Kingdom
44.5
177 University of Victoria Canada
44.2
178 Technical University of Denmark Denmark
44.1
178 University of São Paulo Brazil
44.1
180 University of Delaware United States
43.8
181 Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main Germany
43.6
181 University of Liverpool United Kingdom
43.6
181 University of Oslo Norway
43.6
184 Iowa State University United States
43.4
185 University of Ottawa Canada
43.2
186 Pompeu Fabra University Spain
43.1
187 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
43.0
187 Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen Germany
43.0
189 University of Western Australia Australia
42.9
189 Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg Germany
42.9
191 University of Bergen Norway
42.8
192 University of Science and Technology of China China
42.7
193 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
42.6
194 Universität Konstanz Germany
42.5
195 Boston College United States
42.4
196 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
41.6
197 Maastricht University Netherlands
41.5
197 Georgia Health Sciences University United States
41.5
197 University of Leicester United Kingdom
41.5
200 University of Twente Netherlands
41.4

ADAMAWA POLYTECHNIC: GUNMEN KILL 20 STUDENTS IN MUBI

In ANYTHING on October 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Gunmen on Tuesday opened fire on students at campus hostels used by students at Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Adamawa state killing and wounding an unknown number, official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

“Definitely there are casualties but we don’t yet know how many dead or injured,” said the spokesman of NEMA, Yushua Shuaib.

Some residents put the number of victims at 35 persons. The dead and injured persons are mostly students of the polytechnic.
The school have not issued any official reaction to the attack.

The Boko Haram Islamist sect, which usually targets politicians or security forces, has also attacked students in the past and has cells in Adamawa.

Mr Shuaib said it was not clear if the attack was carried out by Boko Haram or if it was related to a dispute between rival political groups at the college.

Only a few days ago, the military Joint Task Force had conducted a major operation against insurgents in the town, killing a major Boko Haram figure, and arresting more than a hundred.

Man Caught Having Sex with Ass

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2012 at 6:58 am

A middle aged man,  Anayochukwu Okarih, has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a donkey belonging to one Mrs Nnedi Moses of Umuhu, Eha-Amufu in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.

An eyewitness told the Nigerian Tribune in Enugu that the suspect, who hails from Umujovu, Eha-Amufu, was handed over to the police after he was allegedly paraded naked around the town at the weekend.

Reports said the slaughter house where the suspect was alleged to have committed the act had been deserted shortly after the suspect was taken to Ikem Divisional Police Station for further interrogation.

However, the complainant, Mrs Nnedi Moses, who spoke to reporters, said she became apprehensive when she caught the suspect fumbling with his manhood, adding that he might have contracted HIV and was looking for a way to spread the disease.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer,  Ebere Amarizu, said the suspect had confessed to the crime but asked for pardon, saying that he did not commit it with his right senses.

EDWARD DICKSON: NIGERIAN TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS APPOINT NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/MD

In ANYTHING on September 27, 2012 at 8:31 am

Lagos PDP congratulates Tribune editors
LAGOS State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, congratulated the newly-appointed editors of the Tribune titles — Alhaji Debo Abdulai (Nigerian Tribune), Mr Sina Oladehinde (Sunday Tribune) and Mr Lasisi Olagunju (Saturday Tribune).

The party, in a statement signed by its state publicity secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, said the appointment would improve the already balanced and informative journalism Tribune is noted for.

The party wished the newly-appointed editors the best in their new portfolios.

Ajimobi congratulates Tribune’s new team
OYO State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has congratulated the new editorial team of the Tribune newspapers, stating that it is a team any organisation would be proud of.

Ajimobi was reacting to the news of the appointments of Mr Edward Dickson as Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief; Alhaji Debo Abdulai as Editor, Nigerian Tribune; Mr Sina Oladeinde as Editor, Sunday Tribune and Mr Lasisi Olagunju as Editor, Saturday Tribune.

He made this known in a release issued on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr Festus Adedayo.

The governor said going by the track records of the new appointees, “the sky is the beginning for the Tribune titles.

“I have gone through the resume of the new editors and have followed their progression in career. They are thorough-bred professionals whose contributions to the course of journalism can never be over-emphasised.

“Rising through the ranks as they do in the military, these gentlemen have risen through the ladder to their positions today. They have traversed virtually all the departments of the newspaper house, which gives them a helicopter view of their editing jobs,” the governor said.

While stating that their appointments were one of the most apt decisions ever taken by the Tribune management, Governor Ajimobi urged the new appointees to continue in the mould of their core professionalism, which made the newspaper management to appoint them.

“The appointment of the new editors is an indication that excellence is like gold that cannot be hidden. No matter how long, excellence would shine out like a nugget. I am happy that these editors were assembled by the Tribune management for the total goal of repositioning the newspaper and taking it to a new height,” he said.

While praying for wisdom and understanding for the new appointees to be able to discharge their duties creditably well, Governor Ajimobi urged them to continue on the track of patriotism, professionalism and gentlemanly disposition, which earned them their new promotions.

Ekiti govt hails Dickson’s appointment
THE Ekiti State government has congratulated Mr Edward Dickson on his appointment as the new Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, publisher of the Tribune titles.

In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, the government described Dickson’s appointment as “a reward for journalistic excellence, diligence and professionalism.”

Afuye also described Dickson as “a thorough-bred professional, who has used his profession to touch lives through newsgathering, articles and unbiased reporting.”

The commissioner said Dickson used his former position as Editor of the Nigerian Tribune to ensure a better and cordial relationship between ANN Plc and the Ekiti State government.

He said “the state government looks forward to a better working relationship with the Tribune titles during Dickson’s tenure as the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief. We welcome your appointment as the MD/EIC as we see this appointment as well-deserved and eminently merited.

“We want you to see this elevation as a motivation to work harder and an opportunity to justify the confidence reposed in you.

“On behalf of the government of Ekiti State, Nigeria, we say congratulations and we look forward to a harmonious working relationship during your tenure,” Afuye stated.

Voters Assembly lauds Tribune MD
THE Nigeria Voters Assembly (VOTAS) has congratulated the newly-appointed Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of the African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc, publishers of the Tribune newspapers, Mr Edward Dickson, on his new appointment.

In a statement issued in Ibadan, the president of the assembly, Comrade Mashood Erubami, described Mr Dickson as “a cool headed and experienced journalist worthy of the position,” adding  that “clinching this position of honour worth celebration.”

Erubami noted that Dickson raised the quality and spread of the Nigerian Tribune when he was the editor of the title.

According to Erubami, “Mr Dickson is one of the recognised seasoned journalists in the country; he is a disciplined, cool headed gentleman and a professional to the core.

“The Voters Assembly joins the teeming professionals and well wishers in Nigeria to wish him a successful tenure as MD/EIC.”

Erubami, however, advised him to use the Tribune titles to publish stories that will correct the ills in the society and also be careful of “politicians whose stock in trade is to bring down other people.”

The statement urged the workers of the titles to dedicate their loyalties to the new Managing Director and the organisation, so that it could move to greater heights.

NAMA congratulates Dickson
THE management and  staff of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has congratulated Mr Edward Dickson on his new appointment as the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) Plc.

The group lauded Mr Dickson, describing him as “a thorough-bred professional, who holds sacrosanct the tenets and ethics of journalism.”

NAMA said Dickson deserved the honour, as it would not have come at a better time when changes in global communication required expertise par excellence.

 

 

 

Written by Soji Ajibola and Gbeminiyi Solaja with Agency reports Thursday, 27 September 2012

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER: Mass Sack Looms

In ANYTHING on September 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

BREAKING NEWS!

There’s an impending retrenchment at Nigerian Tribune newspapers following the assumption of office of a new Managing Director.

Simplynaijaforum’s investigations revealed that the newspaper’s staffs have been instructed to resign their appointment and reapply.

“We have to turn in our resignation letters latest by Tuesday,” a Nigerian tribune staff said.

But what if a staff didn’t resign his appointment what happens? That we will soon find out.

 

TEN NIGERIAN TEENAGE GIRLS KILLED

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Ten teenage girls drowned on their way to a wedding in Taraba, while traveling by canoe on Tuesday.

The tragedy, according the head of Red Cross in Taraba State, Manja Agwe Mathew, occurred late Tuesday when the canoe capsized on the Karim River, noting that 3 persons were still missing.

“The bodies of 10 passengers in the canoe were recovered by local fishermen, while search for the remaining three is still on,” he said.

Mr Agwe added that the accident occurred “while the group was traveling to a wedding ceremony in another village across the river.”

Meanwhile, the NGO earlier in the week disclosed that at least 137 people in Nigeria have died since July from flood-related incidents.

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