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‘Don’t Take Mailafia’s Allegation Lightly’ Northern Governors Call for Thorough Investigation

The Northern Governors’ Forum has called for a thorough investigation over the allegation made by the Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia that a serving governor is a commander of the Boko Haram.

The Chairman of the Norther Governors’ Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said this through a statement issued by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Meacham called on security agencies to investigate the allegation that it is too weighty to be ignored.

Lalong noted that the umbrella body of the 19 northern governors have been working hard to see the end of banditry and terrorism and for one of them to be alleged to be a leading member of Boko Haram calls for thorough probe.

He urged Dr. Mailafia and all citizens with useful information on the activities of criminals and terrorist groups to assist security agencies and Governments at all levels with such intelligence for proper action.

The Governor also hoped that such allegations are not smear campaigns or attempts to discourage Northern governors who are putting in their best to bring an end to insecurity in the region.

The one time CBN Deputy Governor, made the claim in an interview on an Abuja-based radio station, on earlier this week, claimed that a governor from the north is a commander of Boko Haram and that insurgents would soon start urban killings and attacking southern parts of the country.

He has since then been invited for questioning and investigation by the Director of State Service (DSS), in Jos and has been freed.

‘How Do Terrorists Get Arms? ‘ Buhari Queries Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday queried security chiefs on recent security challenges in the country and how terrorists in the North East get arms, despite closure of the nation’s borders with neighbouring countries.

This is according to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, that President in a virtual meeting with the Nigeria Governors Forum yesterday dispelled commonly held assumptions that terrorists in the North-East have far more weapons and money than government, and that what is left of them are “mere scaveng-ers desperate for food, raiding shops and mar-kets, and killing innocent persons in the process.

The statement further stated that President Buhari expressed concern that in spite of the fact that borders with neighbouring countries had been shut, bandits and terrorists continued to have access to small weapons.

It further said that Buhari have repeatedly tell the service chiefs to rejig their operations and he is glad that there is better synergy and cooperation which are very important.

However, according to the statement the President have directed the service chiefs to meet among themselves in-between the National Security Council meeting.

Ondo Amotekun Begins Operation, Akeredolu Declares

The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu earlier today, has announced that the Ondo State Amotekun Security outfit has commenced operations henceforth.

Akeredolu said this while attending the Passing-Out Ceremony of the pioneer Amotekun Corps Officers which is under the Ondo State Security Network Agency begins.

He assured that the outfit is out to protect lives and properties of the people of the state and that the security network is here to stay.

Operation Amotekun is Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) co is a security responsible for curbing insecurity in the region.

It was founded on 9 January 2020 in Ibadan , Oyo State as the first regional security outfit initiated by a
geopolitical zone in Nigeria.

The operatives of the security outfit is said to assist police, other security agencies and traditional rulers in combating terrorism, banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping and also help in settling herdsmen and farmers contentions in the region.

NECO Releases Guidelines for 2020 Exams

The National Examinations Council has released the date and guidelines for the conduct of its 2020 examinations .

This was according to a press statement released by the NECO Registrar, Prof. Godswill Obioma.

It stated that the NECO SSCE will take place on Monday 5th October 2020 to Wednesday 18th November 2020 while NECO NCEE for admission of JSS1 students into Federal Unity Colleges will hold on Saturday 17 th October 2020.

It added that NECO has scheduled the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (re – sit ) to take place on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th November 2020 for the prescribed relevant subjects .

The statement also read that the BECE for JSS 3 students will start on August 24 and end on September 7 .

The National Business and Technical Examination Board examinations is said to start on September 21 and end on October 15 .

It added that the BECE timetable was compressed to terminate on the 4 th of September to reduce cost.

The Registrar said the examination body has prepared a manual on guidelines for the preparation of school for the conduct of public examinations in the context of COVID- 19 which covers five areas .

Among the measures include the signing of an oath of allegiance by everyone who will participate in the examination while the installation and use of special CCTV cameras in all examination centres and custodian points are being explored.

JAMB, Tertiary Institutions To Meet For 2020 Admission Process Modalities

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it had called for a meeting with all the tertiary institutions in the country which will based on modalities for the commencement of the 2020 university admission process.

It was gathered gathered that the meeting will take place today (Monday).

The meeting would look at the possibility of ensuring that the institutions either delayed or prolonged their screening to accommodate candidates , who would be taking their exit examinations to be conducted by agencies , including the West African Examinations Council , the National Examinations Council , and National Business and Technical Examinations Board .

The spokesperson for JAMB , Dr Fabian Benjamin , in a weekly bulletin on Sunday , said the board desired that all candidates , who had taken its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination , be given equal opportunity to compete for the available openings.

The board had issued a guideline for all tertiary institutions to begin their admission with effect from August 20 .

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