Police orders investigation into fire incident at Enugu INEC office
The Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mohammed Aliyu, has ordered an investigation of a fire outbreak at the Obollo-Afor office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
Aliyu also directed the cordoning off of the scene for the thorough probe to further ascertain the actual cause of the fire outbreak and damages incurred.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday morning.
Ndukwe said that the fire incident, which happened at the INEC office in Obollo-Afor located in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State, happened on May 13, at about 9.40 p.m.
He said that the fire was eventually put off before it could spread to other offices around the building, through combined efforts of the fire service, the police and law-abiding citizens.
Embrace Prophet Muhammad’s Teaching of Peace – Cleric
Muslim faithful all over Nigeria have been enjoined to live peacefully with one another, shun violence, turn a new leaf and embrace the teachings of Prophet Muhammad as the month of Ramadan fasting comes to an end. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar where Muslim faithful all over the world observe Twenty-Nine to Thirty days fasting, showing love and seeking the blessings of Allah.
Signature TV Correspondent Marvelous Obomanu spoke with Iman Mansur Abdullahi and some other Muslim Scholars in Abuja and now reports.
Possibility of Shifting 2021 UTME Date Is Very High – JAMB
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the possibility of shifting the date for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is very high.
The JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, explained that this was because of the inability of at least 600,000 candidates who have indicated interest to participate, to register for the examination scheduled to hold between June 5th and 19th.
Speaking at a virtual meeting with 2021 UTME committee members on Friday, he disclosed that 1.1 million candidates have so far registered for the 2021 UTME, and the board anticipated approximately 1.9 million registrations at the end of the exercise.
The JAMB boss noted that while 50 per cent of the candidates have already registered without problem, there was a need to carry everyone along.
He stated that at the end of the meeting with the stakeholders, they would decide on whether to shift the exam forward or not.
With 774 Local Governments, unevenly shared among the various states of the federal republic of Nigeria, questions have sprung up from concerned citizens about the maladministration of Local Government Chairmen, and the very corrupt state in which her elections are conducted. Signature TV Correspondent Nwabueze Njoku addressed the very disturbing issue at stake “Scrapping Local Governments” on the signature show with a former Local Government Chairman in Akwa State, Hon. Aniekan Akpan. Addressing the question “is their sense in scrapping the LG system to create a level playing field, here is what he had to say.
Naira appreciates, rose against US Dollar, Pound and Euro
Naira bounces back as it rose significantly against the dollar, pound, euro and some other currencies on Thursday, May 13, 2021.
The data posted on the exchangerate.org website revealed a significant appreciation of naira against other currencies.
The U.S Dollar crashed against the Naira closing at Three Hundred and Eighty Naira from Four Hundred and Ten Naira Twenty-Three Kobo at close on Wednesday. This was a Thirty Naira Twenty-Three Kobo or a Seven Point Three-Seven per cent fall against the naira.
The Euro similarly fell to Four Hundred and Sixty Naira Thirty-Five Kobo. This was a Six Point Nine per cent fall from Four Hundred and Ninety-Four Naira Fourth-Eight Kobo previously traded.
The naira strengthened also against the British Pound closing at Five Hundred and Thirty-Four Naira Thirty-Four Kobo from Five Hundred and Seventy-Five Naira Thirty-Six Kobo at close at the previous day.
Canadian dollar and Chinese Yuan also weakened against the naira. It fell to Three Hundred and Thirteen Naira Ten Kobo from Three Hundred and Thirty-Seven Naira Sixty Kobo for Canadian dollar while the Chinese Yuan closed at Fifty-Nine Naira Four Kobo from Sixty-Three Naira, Fifty-Four Kobo.
Naira also rose against the Saudi Riyal, as One Riyal was exchanged at the rate of One Hundred and One Naira Thirty-Three Kobo, a Twenty- Nine Kobo fall from One Hundred and One Naira, Sixty-Two Kobo at the previous day.
Swizz franc and United Arab Emirate to the naira also plunged Four Hundred and Twenty Naira, Fifty-Seven Kobo and One Hundred Naira, Forty-Five Kobo respectively. These fell from Four Hundred and Fifty-One Naira, Fifty-Nine Kobo for Swizz Franc and One Hundred and Eleven Naira, Sixty-Eight Kobo for United Arab Emirate.
One South African Rand was exchanged for Twenty-Six Naira Ninety-Four Kobo on Friday, this was a weakness against the Naira which was previously exchanged for Twenty-Naira, Fourteen Kobo on Thursday.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
12 Killed in Mosque Blast Near Afghan Capital,
The relative calm of a three-day ceasefire in the Afghan Capital has been shattered after a blast at a mosque on the outskirts during Friday prayers killed at least 12 worshippers.
The spokesman for Kabul police Ferdaws Framurz said the imam of the mosque and 15 others were wounded in the attack.
He said the explosion happened inside a mosque in the Shakar Darah district of Kabul province.
The blast is the first major incident since a temporary truce between the Taliban and government troops came into force on Thursday.
The warring sides agreed on the truce to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, only the fourth such halt in fighting in the nearly two-decades-old conflict.
Juventus Play Inter Milan For Champions League Survival
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo warned his side was “alive and kicking” as they take on Inter Milan for Champions League survival on Saturday.
Antonio Conte’s Inter has already wrapped up the Serie A title but the battle behind for a top-four finish that would secure elite European football next season is tight.
Just three points separate second-placed Atlanta and Juventus in fifth with two games left to play.
Atlanta and AC Milan are equal on 75 points, followed by fourth-placed Napoli on 73 and Juventus on 72.
The Champions League spots could be decided this weekend.
If Atlanta and Milan win, both will have booked their spots as they have a better head-to-head record with Juventus.