CDS Lucky Irabor conferred as Grand Patron of OSMA,CISM, named Sahel Military Games Chief Host 

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has been conferred as the Grand Patron of the Organization of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA), and also named Chief Host of forthcoming Sahel Military Games. The OSMA President, Brigadier General Maikano Abdullahi conferred the title to the CDS, in a brief ceremony held Tuesday 27 July, 2021, at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja. In attendance were 38 delegates from the Armed Forces of African countries in the Sahel region including the CISM Secretary General, Colonel Mambi Koita and OSMA Secretary…

Pauline Tallen lauds Nigerian Military over gender policy

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen, has hailed the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, for launching the Armed Force of Nigeria Gender Policy (AFNGP).  The Minister gave the commendation Tuesday 27 July 2021, during her visit to the CDS, at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja. According to Dame Pauline, “we want to celebrate and  thank you (CDS) for launching the gender policy for the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), which has encouraged other security agencies and paramilitary to emulate this modest   achievement…

Afenifere, Sahara Reporters And The Attack On Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him)! By Imam Murtadha Gusau

Tuesday, 27/07/2021 In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation. May the salutations of Allah, His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family, his companions and his true and sincere followers until the Last Day – then to proceed: Fellow Nigerians! The blasphemous statement credited to Afenifere, a Yoruba sociocultural group, published by Sahara Reporters online newspaper, comparing the plight of a political thug, Sunday Igboho to that suffered by the Prophet Muhammad (Peace…

We never liken Igboho to Prophet Muhammad – Afenifere

The Yoruba social cultural group,Afenifere ,has refuted a report making the rounds on what Afenifere said on Mr Sunday Adeyemi a.k.a Igboho, the Yoruba nation agitator who is presently on trial in Benin Republic. The group in a statement signed by  Comrade Jare Ajayi, National Publicity Secretary said : “We like to state very clearly that Igboho never made such comparison nor implied it in any form. Afenifere, the Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, has people of different faiths in its fold. Muslims members occupy eminent positions in the organisation like adherents of…

Bandits keeping Islamiyya school pupils in poor conditions – Freed ransom bearer

The man seized by kidnappers after delivering a N30 million ransom for the release of 136 pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, has described how the pupils are being kept in “disturbing” conditions. The pupils were abducted by the bandits from their school on May 30 and are still being held by the bandits despite a global outrage. The ransom bearer provided an insight to how they are being held after his own release on Monday. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Kasimu…

Sahara Reporters apologise to Muslims over Afenifere’s Statement on Igboho

The publishers of Sahara Reporters have apologised to millions of Muslims over an offensive headline that compared travails of fugitive Sunday Igboho with the Holy Prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (SAW).   In a statement after it deleted the story from its website, Sahara Reporters stated that they apologised to all those who feel hurt by the report. The statement goes thus: “On Monday, July 26, 2021, we published a story titled, ‘Igboho Is Like Prophet Mohammed Who Fled Mecca For Media Over Persecution—Afenifere’. “We apologise to all those who…

Understanding How Deepfakes are Supercharging Fake News and Ways to Spot Them  By  Mohammed Dahiru Lawal

Imagine not being able to trust what you hear or see when you watch a video online, a celebrity seen in a scandal that generates controversy but that celebrity was never actually in that video, a politician delivers a disastrous speech in the eve of an election but he never said those words, or a religious figure incites violence in a mammoth crowd but never was there in flesh. I am talking about Deep Fakes which are manipulated media; video, audio or both where someone’s likeness is replaced with someone else’s…

Unmasking the real enemies of Electoral Reform, By Mon-Charles Egbo

In a democracy, there is nothing that can be more reassuring than the confidence that one’s vote counts or that the genuine wishes of the people are respected in every electoral contest. Even the unscrupulous critics agree that electronic transmission of election results is not only strategic to strengthened and deepened democracy but in vogue, the world over. Among others, it confers legitimacy on elections sequel to inherent transparency and also encourages massive participation following the ease and convenience it delivers. And quite instructively, it does not replace but complements…

Gov Sani Bello congratulates, eulogizes Deputy@52

Niger State Governor,Abubakar Sani Bello felicitated with his loyal and humble Deputy,Ahmed Mohammed Ketso as he clocked 52 years. In a statement, the Governor eulogized his Deputy, described him as an embodiment of humility and a patriotic political ally who has remained focused and committed to the service of the state. Governor Sani Bello acknowledged that Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, is a peace-loving individual that has continually rendered his unassuming dexterity in the administrative and sociopolitical settlement of communal disputes in the state. “We are particularly blessed with a loyal and…

COA Media to host National Leadership Summit November.

The organizers of Plateau Leadership Summit, the Plateau Man of the Year annual Awards events and other developmental programs,COA Media, is set to host the 2021 National Summit tagged “National Summit for Emerging Nigerian Leaders”, which is intended to inspire high level leadership capabilities towards the fulfillment of the greater vision of leadership in Nigeria. The inaugural Summit with the theme: “Securing Nigeria’s Future as a United, Strong and Progressive Nation”, is schedule to hold on the 11th of November, 2021 in Abuja FCT. This became paramount against the backdrop…