Serena Williams Welcomes Baby Girl

Tennis superstar Serena Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, US media reported, prompting an outpouring of delight from fellow professionals, celebrities and fans of the sporting icon.

Williams, who will turn 36 later this month, was admitted to the St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday before going into labor overnight.

Her elder sister, Venus Williams described herself as “super excited” after being informed of the reports concerning the baby as she walked on to the court for her third-round match at the US Open in New York.

She reveived an avalanche of congratulations from well-wishers.

Pop goddess Beyonce took to Instagram to send her message, posting a portrait of a pregnant Williams in a flowing white gown with the message: “Congratulations Serena!”

Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou added on Twitter: “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion. Recover well & enjoy without limitation.”
US tennis legend Chris Evert meanwhile chimed: “I’m so thrilled for her. And what a role model she’s going to be for her daughter.”

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FAMILY OF SLAIN PERMANENT SECRETARY RECEIVED 17M FROM OSUN STATE GOVERNMENT

Osun–The State of Osun Government has given the families of the slain permanent secretary, Bureau of General Service, Mrs Oluwakemi Kolawole and her driver the sum of 17million.    


Osun State Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye made this known through a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo.

The statement read, “The Forum of Head of Service, Permanent Secretaries and equivalent positions, wishes to express our profound gratitude to all those who commiserated with and stood by us before, during and after the burial programme for the late Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole.

“The plethora of condolence messages and multifarious visits from sympathisers following the sudden and irreparable loss of our amiable colleague was overwhelming and had, indeed, truly shown that in adversity, we know our genuine friends.

“Our profound appreciation particularly goes to the State Government of Osun, under the benevolent leadership of the Governor, Raul Aregbesola, for prompt positive official steps taken to mitigate the trauma of the sad episode by releasing a total sum of N17,526, 307.76k to cover such sundry critical matters as burial assistance to the Family (N3m), medical treatment of the deceased’s driver and cost of retrieval of her official car (N930,000); her arrears of salaries and allowances from July, 2015 to the point of death (N4.42m) and her Group Life Insurance entitlements (N9.1m).

“The money that is released are to provide succour to the family of the deceased, especially the desire of the Government to ensure that the education of the children is not hampered. Government has also approved the sum of N8.8m for her up-to-date Contributory Pension Scheme remittances to be cash-backed by the Office of Accountant-General to facilitate prompt processing and delivery of her Bond Certificate by her Pension Fund Administrator to her Estate’s Administrator.”




Recall that Mrs Kolawole was murdered around Okene, in Kogi State, on her way to Abuja on Thursday, July 13 to felicitate with her friend, who is the Solicitor General in the state on her confirmation as a judge before he was accosted and shot by unknown assailants.





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SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT APOLOGISES TO NIGERIA GOVERNMENT

The Saudi Arabian government has apologized to the government and people of Nigeria over the brutalization of two Nasarawa State Pilgrims by Customs officials at Prince Muhammad Bn Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah on Wednesday. 
Audu Muhammad and Ibrahim Godi were said to have been brutalized by two customs officers shortly after their arrival from Abuja. 

According to the Secretary of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Bello Tambuwal, the two pilgrims were called aside by the Customs officers “after they had passed through all the necessary checks earlier and they became apprehensive and refused to follow the officials which led to their being brutalized”. 

Dr. Tambuwal said after they were mistreated, he personally took the two pilgrims to two different hospitals, one run by Nigeria’s National Medical Team and the other by the Saudi government. 

“The Saudi’s also offered to foot the medical bill of the two pilgrims,” he said. The Deputy Governor of Madinah, Wahid Asahin, on Monday visited the pilgrims’ Hotel, Riyad Al Zahra, in the Markaziya area of Madinah to personally convey the apologies of the Saudi Arabian authorities over the matter. 
Mr. Asahin described the incident as regrettable. Speaking through the Deputy Minister for Hajj Affairs, Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Bijawi, the deputy governor assured Nigerian officials that “such incidence will not occur again” adding that disciplinary measures were already being taken against two officials involved in the incident. 

The deputy governor visited the pilgrims in their hotel rooms and presented some gifts to them.

SON OF KATSINA STATE GOVERNOR’S S.A FOUND IN LAGOS, 3 YEARS AFTER GOING MISSING

Sulaiman,  the son of Hon. Binta Abba, the Special Adviser to the Kaduna State governor on Child Education, has been found, 3 years after he was declared missing at Area 11, Abuja. He was found by his uncle, today, in Lagos. 

His uncle, an EFCC official, stumbled upon him on the streets and recognized him. It was gathered that before his disappearance from home in 2014, sulaiman had speech difficulty, but now he is able to speak fluently. 
Admist the terrible occurrence in 2014, his mother was accused of using him for money ritual, because she’s a political status.

Police Nab a Ritualist in Port Harcourt

​Rivers: Police arrested an undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) who allegedly raped and killed an eight-year-old girl in Rivers State.


One Mr Ifeanyi, a 200 level student of UNIPORT allegedly cut off the vital parts of a 7 year old girl.

He was apprehended by security operatives on Saturday morning on his way to dispose the remains of the girl.
The suspect who confessed to the crime was paraded alongside three suspected armed robbers and car snatchers at the Police Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Nnamdi Omoni, asked parents to monitor the movements of their children and be wary of those they allow to have access to them.
Omoni said, “What we are witnessing here today is another achievement of the command in the past two days. Chief among them is what is breaking news; a student of University of Port Harcourt lured an eight-year-old girl, raped her to death and cut off her eyes, tongue, genital organ, her breast, and other parts.”
“On his way to dump the body somewhere around 1:00 AM (on Saturday), some members of a vigilante group accosted him and asked him where he was going with a sack on his shoulder and he told them he was on his way to throw dirt away but on opening the bag, the suspect fled.”
The police officer also said, “He was eventually caught and handed over to the police who swung into action, arrested the young man and recovered the items used by the suspect to store the body parts.”
He told reporters that the police have commenced an investigation to unmask the cartel behind the act and related crimes in the state.
The father of the girl who was part of the search and rescue team since his daughter disappeared on Friday identified the suspect as his cousin.
He said, “I was about to leave the house for work when my daughter told me that there was no bread for tea, so I bought the bread and gave it to her then left for work.
“When I returned, I freshened up to go to where my wife works only for me to get there to be told that they are looking for my daughter. My wife and I searched and searched, we went to the places she usually goes to including the Anglican Church but could not find her.
“We could not sleep and later at about 1:10 AM, a man and a woman came to me shouting, ‘you are looking for your daughter, we have found her body’. When I got there with the police, I saw the sack and as I looked closely I saw my daughter dead. I also saw the young man and I shouted, ‘Ifeanyi you have killed my daughter and used her for ritual’, it is a horrible experience.”

NAPIMS: NUPENG threatens to shut down oil industry

Warri— Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG,  has threatened to shut down the oil industry over perceived moves to reduce the regulatory powers of Nigerian Petroleum Investment Management Services Limited, NAPIMS, in the new petroleum policy approved by the Federal Executive Council.
Describing the move as inimical to the nation’s oil sector, NUPENG’s General Secretary, Mr. Joseph Ogbebor, in a statement, yesterday, in Warri, Delta State, said: “We will resist the move to strip NAPIMS of its responsibility of regulatory costing of projects and using an independent consultant.
“We kick against it because of the past failures of government restructuring and privatisation process of PHCN and others.
“This is a way of robbing Peter to pay Paul by pushing the costing of projects to an independent regulator, which will emerge from the restructuring of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR.
“The move is self-serving, selfish, unjustifiable, not workable, uncalled for and meant to serve the interest of the promoter and will do the oil and gas industry no good. We, therefore,  call for its stoppage forthwith or else we may be forced to embark on an industrial action to reverse the trend.”
NUPENG believes that the process will not be transparent and can be teleguided.  NAPIMS was established to manage the Federal Government’s investments and interests in the upstream sector of the country’s oil industry had done well in its regulatory functions with all the ten divisions working and it should therefore not be used as a blackmail to score cheap political points.
“We therefore,  call on the Federal Government to jettison the plan and not gazette it as it is meant to satisfy certain selfish interests and not for the sector to move forward. NUPENG will not fold its hands and see any form of restructuring in NAPIMS that will lead to job losses, as it must be resisted.”

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ASUU Commence Indefinite Strike Nationwide

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ASUU Threatens Indefinite Strike

Sequel to the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ grievance on the failure of the federal government fulfil her 2009 agreement and 2013 memorandum of understanding(MoU), an indefinte strike has been assumed due to the nationwide referendum conducted on August 10,2017.

 The result of the referendum conducted in University of Ibadan shows that majority of the staffs are in support of the indefinite strike. In a discussion with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, about the looming strike, he said,
    “Branches of ASUU Nationwide apparently conducted a referendum yesterday on some of their outstanding grievances with the Federal Government. I learnt that in UI, majority voted overwhelmingly for a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike. ASUU National EXCO will meet over the weekend to collate the ballots from various branches. We pray for a divine intervention as it seems that’s the only thing now that can still possibly prevent a complete shutdown of the various campuses as from next week. We have our fingers crossed”.
The academic calendar of the institution for the 2016/2017 session has also been affected in advance with the looming strike action.  The Vice chancellor expressed his displeasure against the forces that seem unstoppable. He plaintively responded that students would bear the brunt if such happens by going back home.
    “We don’t know as yet. I just want my boys and girls in Pharmacy to be allowed to complete their First Semester Exams. Obviously, if there is an indefinite strike, Students would bear the brunt by going back home while the already truncated calendar is thrown into a further state of disequilibrium. This hurts me personally but what can one do.”

 Most students of the University of Ibadan are of the opinion that there shouldn’t be any strike action because of the effect on the school calendar. 

University of Ibadan Makes Top 10 in Ranking

The latest 2017 African University ranking according to webometrics has South African institutions leading the list of Top Universities in Africa.


Since 2004, the Ranking Web (or Webometrics Ranking) is published twice a year (data is collected during the first weeks of January and July for being public at the end of both months), covering more than 20,000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide.

Webometrics intend to motivate both institutions and scholars to have a web presence that reflect accurately their activities.

Below is the latest ranking of top universities in Africa from number 1 to 20
    University of Cape Town

    University of the Witwatersrand

    Stellenbosch University

    University of Pretoria

    University of Kwazulu Natal

    Cairo University

    University of the Western Cape

    University of Johannesburg

    University of Ibadan

    Alexandria University

    Rhodes University

    North West University

    American University in Cairo

    University of South Africa

    Mansoura University

    Makerere University

    Ain Shams University

    University of the Free State

    Moi University

    Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
The Webometrics Rank of a university is strongly linked to the volume and quality of the contents it publishes on the Web. Such contents should be originated by the faculty and other members of the university or by special agreement with external authors. It is not fair to use external contents for improving the rank of the university.

Hot Water Challenge Gone Bad Again

An eleven years old girl was severely burnt on Monday when her classmate poured scalding hot water on her during a sleepover.

The burnt was as a result of a social media stunt “The hot water challenge”, where an unsuspecting person are poured hot water by their friends. 

Eleven year old Jamoniesha Merritt get burn in her face, chest and back region according to New York Post on Wednesday. 

Merritt who was invited for a sleepover on Sunday night at Bronx became a of victim of this tragedy when a twelve year old girl allegedly poured hot water on her.

The alleged girl has been taken to police station and charged with felony said the police.

“I am really sad, I’m emotionally messed up because I cannot imagine why they did that to her because I thought they were her friends”, Merritt’s mother said.

It is pertinent to recall that a boy,10 years of age known as Wesley Smith from North Carolina also received burns last month from this same hot water challenge.

He and his step brother tried out the challenge after watching the video online. Smith poured scalding hot water on himself and requires several surgeries to recover.