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adminreachOctober 5, 2017


Twenty-five lucky women have become owners of stainless steel grinding machines donated by Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF), in conjunction with Benue Women in Prayer (BEWIP).

The two groups are owned and under the guidance and mentorship of wife of the state governor, Mrs. Eunice Ortom.

Speaking during the presentation at the J. S. Tarka Foundation, the headquarter of ESLF, Mrs. Ortom, who was represented by the Coordinator of BEWIP, Mrs. Joan Ochoga, highlighted the benefits of the new machines to include prevention of cancer long associated with pieces of metals from the old machines and warned against selling them after collection.

She said, “Use these new machines and keep away the old ones. If after collecting this one, you decide to sell or continue the usage of the old one which is not human friendly, God will be angry with you.” She added that a monitoring team would be sent out to periodically ascertain the use of the machine or otherwise by the beneficiaries.

The BEWIP coordinator described the governor’s wife as ‘a visionary and caring mother whose concern for women has no limit,’ and prayed God to bless her so as to continue to do more for the women folk.

Earlier in an address, Programme Manager of ESLF, Dr. Fanan Ujoh informed the beneficiaries that the introduction of the new machine was to guard against identified health complications long associated with the elderly.

“The old grinding machines produce heavy metals which once taken into the body remains there and could result in cancer in the long run, amongst other health concerns.”

One of the beneficiaries Ngunan Francis, a widow, who spoke on behalf of others thanked Mrs. Ortom for the gesture and asked God to replenish her in hundred folds.

adminreachOctober 5, 2017


Bayern Munich has named Jupp Heynckes as head coach until the end of the 2017/18 season following the sack of Carlo Ancelotti last week.

The German champion made the announcement on their website, on Thursday.

The 72-year-old retired from football following the 2012/13 season, in which he led the Bavarians to an unprecedented treble of Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League titles.

Heynckes also won the FIFA World Coach of the Year award in 2013.

Ancelotti was relieved of his duties in the wake of Bayern’s disappointing start to the current campaign, with a 3-0 defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League proving to be the final straw for the club’s hierarchy.

Assistant coach and former Bayern right-back, Willy Sagnol took over the reins of first-team for Matchday 7, a 2-2 draw away to Hertha Berlin that leaves them five points behind Borussia Dortmund.

adminreachOctober 4, 2017


A nurse, Tinanja Inyang, 46, has been brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly stealing a telephone, valued at N17,000.

Inyang, residing at No. 13, Atanda Popoola Str., Alakuko in Agege, near Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Yomi Egunjobi, told court that the accused committed the offence on Sept. 12 at No 14, Atanda Popoola Str. in Alakuko.

Egunjobi explained that the accused came to the shop of one Shogbeige Olajide, pretending to buy something and subsequently, stole the phone.

He said that during police investigation, it was discovered that only the accused entered the complainant’s shop at the time the phone was missing.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. I. Raji, however, granted the accused bail in the sum of N15, 000 with one surety in like sum.

She said that the surety must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two-year tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned till October 16 for a mention.

adminreachOctober 4, 2017


 Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has advised the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) to work closely with traditional rulers and religious leaders across the state in their efforts to mobilise against cholera and, low enrollment of children at schools.

 Governor Bagudu stated this, on Wednesday, during the inaugural ceremony of Kebbi State advocacy and community engagement workshop held in Birnin-Kebbi organised by UNICEF at its Sokoto office.

 Governor Bagudu, in his statement said,” I want UNICEF to value our local base practices. In all  our villages and communities, you will find Mallams or Christians going about their lives according to their religions and provide education to their people in their own ways.

  “Even if they are doing it wrongly, you should work with them so that you can have succeed in the advocacy “.

  He commended UNICEF for doing good jobs in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states and stressed there was need for all stakeholders to participate in the advocacy to reduce social menace in the states.

UNICEF Field Officer in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Mohammad Muhuiddin, in a statement, presented at the programme, disclosed that they had launched a handbook with inputs from Islamic and Christian clerics on nutrition, hand washing, safe drinking water and hygiene .

He however added that with the high commitment of the  Kebbi State Government, the implementation of the signed documents and Faith for Life Initiative, would improve routine immunisation, exclusive breastfeeding, school enrolment, access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

adminreachOctober 4, 2017


The ongoing war of words between the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and Sen. Isah Hamman Misau, may be far from over, as the lawmaker, on the floor of the Senate today, alleged that the Police chief has impregnated now marry a female police officer, which he said, is against the rule of the Police Service (PSC).

Senator Misau said the lady in question had since been promoted, despite her lack of qualification for the new rank.

The senator, who is currently briefing his colleagues, said the corruption in the Force, under Ibrahim Idris, should not  over looked if the integrity of the Force must be restored.

adminreachOctober 4, 2017


Nigerians may, by December 2017, buy N50kg of Nigerian rice for about N7,000.

The Rice Millers Association of Nigeria (RMAN) and the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) gave the hint at a meeting with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in Abuja today, 4th October, 2017.

 RIFAN’s president, Mallam Aminu Goronyo, said its members are expecting bumper harvest this season, assuring that the price of the commodity would go down progressively with laudable interventions from the Federal Government.

President of the millers, Mohammed Abubakar, said with the agreement by the farmers to sell one tonne of paddy at N110,000 instead of the present cost of N150,000, they had agreed to crash  the price of the produce.

He also blamed the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for its inability to control smuggling of rice into the country.

adminreachOctober 4, 2017


Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has granted state pardon to 30 prisoners serving various jail terms at the Olokuta medium prison, in Akure.

A statement  issued by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, on Tuesday night, indicated that the pardon was to mark the country’s 57th Independence anniversary.

Olowolabi stated that the pardon was a follow up to recommendation of the State Advisory Council.

According to the statement, “The Prisoners’ pardon is part of the prerogative of mercy which the state governor executes regularly, particularly during the annual independence anniversary. Most of the released prisoners were recommended for pardon on account of good conduct while serving their jail terms.”

Governor Akeredolu, however, expressed the hope that the pardoned prisoners would be of good behaviour and contribute their quota to the progress of the state.