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Punch Editor, Miss Ogunseye Shortlisted For CNN Awards

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The Editor, Sunday PUNCH, Miss Toyosi Ogunseye, has been named among the 27 finalists in the prestigious CNN Multichoice African Journalist 2013 Awards.

Ogunseye, a previous winner of the award in the MSD/Health Category in 2011, has to her credit multiple awards, the latest being Nigeria’s most prestigious science media award.

She was in April adjudged Science Journalist of the Year (2012) at the prestigious Nigeria Academy of Science Award.

In 2010, she was named Judiciary Reporter of the Year by the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence; MDG Journalist of the Year and won the Business and Social Responsibility of the Year category at the Peak Media Awards.

Ogunseye holds a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, a post-graduate diploma in print journalism and a Master’s degree in Media and Communication.

Chairman of the independent judging panel of the CNN Multichoice Award, Ferial Haffajee, while announcing the finalists on Monday, said the winners of the competition would be made known at an Award Ceremony and Gala Evening in Cape Town, South Africa on October 12.

According to Haffajee, the competition, which is now in its 18th year, received entries from 42 countries across the continent.

But he said only 27, among whom were three Nigerians, from 11 countries, emerged in the final list.

Other Nigerian finalists shortlisted along with Ogunseye were Geoff Iyatse of The Guardian, Tolu Ogunlesi, a freelance for Ventures Africa.

The entries received by the competition, according to Haffajee, included those from French and Portuguese African countries.

South Africa and Ghana produced five finalists each. Other finalists on the list, including the Nigerians, are nationals of Angola, Kenya, Mauritius, Senegal, Mozambique Uganda, Algeria and Egypt.

Announcing the finalists, Haffajee said, “A tough table of judges was often visibly impressed by the range of stories presented to us.” [Punch]

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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