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Mace Runner: Meet Senator Omo-Age, Son Of The Judge Who Sentenced Anini To Death In 1986

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Senator Omo-Agege

One week after the senate suspended Ovie Omo-Agege, lawmaker representing Delta central senatorial district, he stormed the red chamber with suspected thugs who snatched the mace. To onlookers, the senator’s action-packed invasion could have evoked a familiar scene of a Hollywood all-time thriller.

The upper legislative chamber suspended Omo-Agege as a result of his utterances while announcing his opposition to the bid to change the sequence of the 2019 elections. He had said the move of his colleagues could be targetted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

The lawmaker has been trending on social media for his recent act but there’s more to the Urhobo lawmaker than his theatrical skills.

Here are five things to know about Ovie Omo-Agege.

SPENT HIS NYSC YEAR AT THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE

After bagging a law degree from the University of Benin, Omo-Agege spent the one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as an attorney at the directorate of criminal investigation and intelligence at the Nigerian Police Force in Ilorin, Kwara state. That was between 1987 and 1988.

He graduated from UNIBEN in 1985 and proceeded to the law school a year later. He bagged a master’s of law degree from Tulane University Law School, New Orleans in 2002. He has practised law both in Nigeria and the United States of America.

SON OF A JUDGE

James, the late father of the 54-year-old senator from Ughelli north, was a chief judge in Delta. He goes into history as the longest-serving chief judge in the history of the state, having spent five years in office. He was who sentenced the infamous armed robber, Lawrence Anini, Monday Osunbor and George Iyamu, a police officer, to death by firing squad in the 80s.

He died on August 18, 2016. In a tribute to his father, the suspended senator wrote: “Without a doubt, our father’s legacy is a most courageous, dignifying and glorious one. We are grateful for his life of absolute honour, dignity, and patriotism. His love for the rule of law and the judiciary is etched in history for all time. We can only celebrate his greatness.”

IBORI’S AIDE

In 2003, Omo-Agege was appointed an executive assistant by James Ibori, former governor of Delta state. The governor later appointed him as the commissioner for special duties. He also enjoyed a short spell as secretary to the state government.

A FORMER MEMBER OF LABOUR PARTY

Omo-Agege was the only senator elected on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) in the senate until he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in March 2017.

Announcing his move to the ruling party, the lawmaker said he defected because of the internal crisis rocking the party.

Shortly before his suspension, Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, taunted Omo-Agege saying: “When I was following the president, campaigning and working for him to become the president of this country, Ovie Omo-Agege was labouring in the Labour Party.”

BUHARI’S LOYALIST

The father of five and traditional chief is undoubtedly a loyalist of Buhari as he was suspended for his strong opinion in support of the president. This didn’t go down well with his colleagues, after which he was dragged to the committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions and ostracised from the hallowed chamber for 90 days.

He was a gubernatorial aspirant in Delta for many years.

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Welcome the next set of MTN Scholars!

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360 young Nigerians receive scholarships from MTN Foundation

MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 360 university students at a virtual ceremony on November 12, 2020. The scholarships were awarded under the MTNF scholarship schemes made up of the MTNF Science & Technology Scholarship (STSS) and Scholarship for the Blind Students (SBSS). In attendance were the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, represented by the Technical Assistant, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi; Honourable Minister of Science & Technology represented by the Acting Director-General of the National Space Research and
Development Agency, Dr. Francis Chizea; former Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson amongst other notable dignitaries.

Speaking at the ceremony, the representative of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Olufemi Adeluyi said: “We are here with the MTN Foundation to celebrate scholars that have excelled in school. MTN is also supporting people with disabilities by funding their education and this is very commendable. The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is constantly working towards elevating skills over degrees. We are also committed to ensuring that individuals are empowered with the right tools and skills.”

Also speaking, Honourable Minister of Science &  Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu represented by Dr. Francis Chizea said: “I am glad that MTN, in giving back to the society through its foundation, set up a scholarship scheme to empower the youths and as well, drive science and technology. This is a welcome development and a commendable effort that other organizations need to emulate.”

A major highlight of the ceremony was a fireside chat themed “Insight. Influence. Impact” with thought leaders sharing inspiring insights with the scholars. Nigeria’s former Minister for Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson reiterated the role MTN continues to play in the ICT space and its impact on the country. “We need to get a workforce that is very comfortable with technology. We are in a state where we need world-class educational institutions and interventions such as this that will enable students to be very vast in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” Johnson said.

Leading to the ceremony, this year’s graduating students from the scholarship programme were hosted to a career incubation boot camp facilitated by experts from Google, Oracle, Cisco and Jobberman. Facilitators shared insights on various opportunities amongst other vital employability tips.

Speaking on the scholarship award ceremony and workshop for graduands, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Nonny Ugboma said, “Providing access to quality education is the first step to a world of opportunity for the youth of our nation. We know it does not stop there. We need to also ensure that they are adequately prepared for the
workplace. We hope that the fireside chat at the award ceremony will inspire the students to reach for greatness and innovation. Furthermore, it is our belief that the employability workshop held earlier will enrich the career path of the graduating students. The MTNF scholarship scheme is more than just funds; it is a commitment to
build the capacity of our youth. We wish all our graduating scholars success as they set out to take on the world and congratulate all awardees as the next set of young nation builders in the making.”

The newly awarded scholars will each enjoy a scholarship grant worth N200,000 annually till graduation as long as they maintain a CGPA of 3.5 or its equivalent. The scholarship covers tuition, book allowance and stipend. Till date, MTN Foundation has awarded scholarships to 3,829 students valued at over NGN 2.1Billion.

The MTNF annual scholarships are awarded to high performing students in Nigerian public tertiary institutions.

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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt

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Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed

Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.

An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.

According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.

The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.

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Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.

He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.

He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.

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Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin

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Funke Olakunrin's killers

Funke Olakunrin’s killers

The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.

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They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.

The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.

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