Much ado about sniper treated beans

Much ado about sniper treated beans

By Taiwo Hassan

Online video of some farmers applying sniper to treat pest-infested beans, which went viral recently prompted the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to educate Nigerians on how to avoid sniper-treated beans. This has created uncertainty in Nigeria’s beans export market and low sales of the produce, Taiwo Hassan writes

Despite a huge market of over 400 million Euros in Nigeria’s Pest Control and Fumigation Industry, only about 20 million Euros has been tapped by the country, the Managing Director, Rotimax Integrated Services Limited, Tolu Caled, had said.
He spoke at a two-day training and certification programme for intending Managing Directors of pest control and fumigation companies in Lagos recently.
Particularly, he said pest control and fumigation industry was very lucrative, especially in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos, but added that professionals in other parts of the country can also do very well in this area if the business environment is conducive.
“Ignorance has made it look like the business is not lucrative in terms of venturing into pest control herbicides and pesticides for crop preservation,” he said. “I have gone for jobs where a client was shocked that I could speak good English. I am a graduate who studied economics; we have M.Sc and Ph.D holders in this business and we have been doing well.”
Indeed, the importance of applying pesticides and herbicides on agricultural produce has been there for ages because of the diseases that feast on crops during harvests.
However, that of beans application of pest control has been marred with controversy in Nigeria after the sudden emergence of an online video of some farmers applying sniper to treat pests infested beans.

Effect of bean weevils
The bean weevils or seed beetles are a subfamily (Bruchinae) of beetles, now placed in the family Chrysomelidae, though they have historically been treated as a separate family. They are granivores, and typically infest various kinds of seeds or beans, living most of their lives inside a single seed. The family includes about 4,350 species and is found worldwide.
Bean weevils are generally compact and oval in shape, with small heads somewhat bent under. Sizes range from 1 to 22 mm for some tropical species. Colors are usually black or brown, often with mottled patterns. Although their mandibles may be elongated, they do not have the long snouts characteristic of true weevils.
Adults deposit eggs on seeds, then the larvae chew their way into the seed. When ready to pupate, the larvae typically cut an exit hole, and then return to their feeding chamber. Adult weevils have a habit of feigning death and dropping from a plant when disturbed.
Host plants tend to be legumes, but species will also be found in Convolvulaceae, Arecaceae, and Malvaceae, and several species are considered pests.

Experts’ divergent views
According to an agriculturist and agro-researcher, Hussein Ahmed, it is alarming that since the story of the online video of the sniper treated beans broke out of proportion, there have been stakeholders’ divergent views on the safety of pest application and control in infested beans in circulation.
Ahmed explained that the issue has been exaggerated in all ramifications, noting that the so-called sniper is allowed under law to be applied on infested agricultural produce as part of pest control.
He noted that sniper is manufactured by Saro Agro-sciences Limited for control of pests in agricultural produce and for warehouse dis-infestation among other uses.
The agro expert added that the direction for usage in every condition is spelt out on each container of sniper by the manufacturing firm.
“This is a rejoinder to the stories making rounds about someone who says they saw Hausa boys putting sniper on beans,” he said. “Sometimes these issues are exaggerated and misrepresented. Sniper is manufactured by Saro Agrosciences limited for control of pests in agricultural produce and for warehouse dis-infestation among other uses.
“Direction for usage in every condition is spelt out on each container of Sniper. Yes, the boys may over-do it out of ignorance or the person may see a bottle of sniper and say, Yes, Hausa want to kill us. The average Hausa boy is a born farmer and they know the ratio of the mixture for sniper from childhood. They store grains daily and yearly. All over the world, pest control herbicides and pesticides are used for crop preservation and we are advised to wash all grains and crops thoroughly before cooking and eating.
Besides, he said the sniper issues is neither a Nigerian problem nor religious or political.
“Rice from Thailand has heavy pesticides to protect it from insect infestation during its long journey by sea to the rest of the world,” he explained. “Just wash well. We are all safe. Stop spreading fear and hate please. If you mean so well for the Nation, then may the well you mean for Nigeria start in your bedroom.”
The Crop Protection Specialist, Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme, Dr. Rotimi Akinlesi, said that sniper is a highly effective insecticide/miticide that controls over 30 foliar and soil borne pests. According to him, sniper gives growers the flexibility and residual activity needed to combat insects in conventional or biotech systems.
He said that sniper contains Dichlorvos, which is used on crops, animals, and in pest-strips.
The agro specialist noted that acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) exposures of humans to dichlorvos results in the inhibition of an enzyme, acetylcholinesterase, with neurotoxic effects including perspiration, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, and at high concentrations, convulsions, and coma.
“No information is available on the reproductive, developmental, or carcinogenic effects of dichlorvos on humans,” he said.
“A study by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) reported an increased incidence of tumors of the pancreas, mammary glands, and forestomach in animals. EPA has classified dichlorvos as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen”.

Effects of sniper on human
According to Centre for Disease Control, effects of exposure may include irritation of eyes, skin; miosis, ache eyes; rhinorrhea (discharge of thin nasal mucus); headache; chest tightness, wheezing and laryngeal spasm. Others are salivation; cyanosis; anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; sweating; muscle fasciculation, paralysis, dizziness and ataxia

How to spot sniper treated beans
Pour the beans in a bowl or bucket of water. Stir for about 20 seconds If there is an oily film on the water, then note that the beans has chemicals sprayed on it. Then, watch out for the weevils now! Yes!!! You need one or two weevils in your beans to show you that the bean is not preserved with chemicals.

CPC’s stance
In a press statement, the Consumer Protection Council advised Nigerians on how to avoid the food poisoning associated with the act, saying consumers of the grain to extensively parboil beans already stocked before consumption as well as to make sufficient enquiries before engaging in new purchases.
The statement, which was released and signed by its Director-General, Mr. Babatunde Irukera, said that consumers should also wash their food items before cooking.
“In any and every case, thoroughly washing food items before consumption or preparation for consumption is a generally accepted method of protecting and promoting safety,” the DG said.
The CPC boss said the government agency “had recently confirmed by credible information that retailers, mostly in the open market are using a pesticide, 2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate (DDVP) compound, otherwise marketed and known as “Sniper” to preserve beans, and more particularly to eliminate or protect from weevils”.
Irukera said that sniper, by its chemical composition and nature, is potentially injurious when human beings are “unduly exposed by inhalation, absorption, direct skin contact or ingestion”, stressing that the “risk of injury on account of consumption of beans exposed to, or treated with Sniper is also existential, even though, an unintended consequence”.

Last line
The government needs to douse the tension created by sniper infected beans and give assurance to Nigerians and the international market that all is well with beans produced in the country.

Culled from New Telegraph

INEC dismisses rumour of fresh registration window

INEC dismisses rumour of fresh registration window

Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has dismissed speculations trending on the internet that it has opened window for fresh Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).

Since the early hours of yesterday, a report indicated that “INEC has given another opportunity to register for your PVC, taking place between December 2 to 10, 2018.”

However, in a swift reaction, INEC Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, warned in a message he shared that there is no more room for fresh registration until after the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

He further described it as a false information, urging Nigerians to disregard it.

“The rumours making the round that the Commission has opened an opportunity for Nigerians to register is untrue.

“Nigerians should disregard the false information being circulated on the social media. Information reaching the Commission, that some persons have been circulating messages online that “INEC has giving another opportunity to register for your PVC, starting on the 2nd to 10th December 2018.

“The report is untrue and we advise the public to ignore it,” the commission warned in a tweet @inecnigeria.

Meanwhile, INEC would, on January 2, 2019 publish notice of the polls and on January 7, 2019, publish official register of voters for the election, which will begin with the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 16.

Governorship, state assemblies and the Federal Capital Territory councils polls hold on March 2, 2019.

Credit: The Sun

June 12 as Democracy Day bill passes second reading

June 12 as Democracy Day bill passes second reading

A Bill for an Act to amend the Public Holidays Act to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria has passed the second reading at the House of Representatives.

The bill which was jointly sponsored by Rep. Edward Pwajok (APC-Plateau) and Rep. Kayode Oladele, seeks to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times.

Leading the debate, Pwajok said that before 1979, there were separate Acts regulating public holidays in the country.

Pwajok recalled that in 1975, a law was made to repeal all state laws on public holidays and to streamline the process of declaring holidays for the federation.

According to him, by law, the President may declare any day as a public holiday by public notice or act through the Minister of Internal Affairs.

He said that by the schedule of the Act, some days such as New Year Day, National Day like October 1 and religious festivals are set aside for public holidays.

He said that in 2000, the National Assembly amended the schedule to add May 29 as Democracy Day.

The lawmaker said that in May 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari announced June 12 as the new Democracy day.

He explained that for the pronouncement to become effective, there has to be an amendment of the Public Holidays Act.

Pwajok said if the bill is passed into law, subsequent June 12 will become public holidays to commemorate Democracy Day.

He said May 29 would be celebrated every fourth year when there is an inauguration of a new president.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara forwarded the bill to the House Committee of the Whole for further legislative actions.

Buhari and the fake news of his death

Buhari and the fake news of his death

By Raymond Eze

There is no gain saying the fact that all mortals are indebted to death. In Nigeria’s history, the fate of losing sitting or former Presidents and other prominent leaders has befallen us a number of times. Among such incidences were the deaths of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Ahmadu Bello (the Sardauna of Sokoto), General Aguyi Ironsi, General Murtala Muhammed, D.r Nnamdi Azikiwe, General Sani Abacha and Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’Adua. In spite of the circumstances of their death, the news at least was never hidden. Some of them, if not all, were accorded state and/or religious rights of honour due them. Presidents die. They are human and mortal.

But President Muhammadu Buhari has not died. He is not dead. He perhaps died only on the social media, Facebook pages and WhatsApp groups. What has become the height of fake news which is now making the rounds started with one Nnamdi Kanu of IPOB. He dropped an allegation that Nigeria’s living President Buhari is an impostor. And the news is spreading like wild fire. The pain is that even lettered people who should know better are buying the story. Nonsense! What could have made these people this gullible? What magic or creative power could have made this new Buhari have retentive memory or power of recognition? This must be a joke taken too far. There is no known technology that can impute his experience in the military, identification of associates, friends and relatives as well as experience in office if he is an impostor.

Taking ill is not synonymous with death. If so, all that had taken ill before would have been dead. And perhaps the earth would have been empty because people fall sick every second. It baffles one that some people take their hatred for the President to the extent of wishing him dead. These haters should know that his family members still love him and want him alive, if not as President but as a father, a husband, a grandfather or an uncle etc. But proponents of this fake news won’t have any of such. They are rather engrossed in their infamous act of spreading fake news. They hate the President that, even if he is standing before them, they would prefer to believe that he is a ghost or an impostor as it is in this case.

The masterminds of this ignoble act have attempted to convince their gullible audience through non-existing physiological comparisons. They maintain that he was sick beyond recovery. So how could he have recovered? To them, no miracle or medical efficacy could have restored his health, otherwise how can he look chubby after his sunken jaws and cheeks closed up in good health. Some have also gone to the extent of alleging that the Queen of England even commiserated with the country over the purported death. Others said the AU had a minute silence in his honour. Unbelievable! And no international protocol observed for or accorded him? For crying out loud, are these no longer World affairs that could not have been hidden from international focus? Or did all the CNNs and BBCs of this world also die along with him? If the Queen commiserated with the country, who received her as the chief mourner? It is important to put on record that President Buhari is an accomplished man, a member of the Kastina Emirate, a retired General of the Nigerian Army, former Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. His death would, no doubt, be celebrated as done in the case of personalities of his class. He is indeed an accomplished person. The man is ain’t going anywhere yet. Life and death are beyond humans and their knowledge and abilities. Death is beyond our control.

It has become obvious some people would have asked Buhari to die or take his life were that to be in their hands. Some others have insinuated that Buhari does not look sick anymore neither does he go for medical check-ups as he used to. Why are you disturbed? This is an unusual and unsolicited care for the President. And sure, not out of love. Only mischief smells here. What is really the annoyance of these President haters? Are they really angry that he no longer travels often to seek medicare or are they pissed that they can no longer use that against him?

The presidential campaigns for the 2019 general election has begun and so much thrash of this nature would be spilled on gullible individuals with the aim of defaming their opponent and canvassing for votes. This type of dirty politics is not healthy for the growth of democracy in the country and Nigerians must beware. Although every individual is entitled to their opinions, it is disappointing for some interests to easily buy into the fake narrative being propagated by mischief makers who do not wish the country well.

This is obviously not the best of times for the country. Some misguided groups or persons, for their selfish interests, are selling a toxic idea to the vulnerable. This, at a time like this, is capable of setting the nation aflame. It is believed that Buhari has supporters. Who can say what kind of negative narratives they may have against their political opponents. And what if they have and decide to use it, who can imagine the extent to which it may go. Nigerians should be guided. We must join hands together to resist the unfolding propaganda in the interest of national unity and stability.

Everything is not politics. This is not the time to play politics with the life of our President.

•Eze writes from Enugu via: e-mail:

News Headlines Nov 22, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Nov 22, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Jonathan’s My transition hours an elementary book of fiction – Borno gov
EFCC grills ex-Abia gov, Orji, over alleged N27bn fraud
Farouk Lawan demanded $3m, got $500,000 bribe from me – Otedola
Offa Robbery: Principal suspect, Michael Adikwu, is dead, says Kwara attorney general
Christian parents, Ifa priest protest against UI school’s hijab crisis
Amaechi humiliated me before my wife – Magnus Abe
UK APC seeks support for Sanwo-Olu
Cultists arrested for terrorising Lagos community, murder
Bello places N100m bounty on aide’s killers
Two die in Ondo auto crash
Six employees connive with hoodlums to rob filling station
Benue police arrest 12 armed robbery suspects
70-year-old woman clubbed to death in Ondo
I’ll decide minimum wage with Abia workers, says Ikpeazu
Akwa Ibom crisis: IG redeploys CP as police seal Assembly complex
WAEC to issue certificates to candidates after 90 days
Christian parents, Ifa priest protest against UI school’s hijab crisis
Cultists arrested for terrorising Lagos community, murder
Six employees connive with hoodlums to rob filling station
Benue police arrest 12 armed robbery suspects
70-year-old woman clubbed to death in Ondo
Woman sues Unilever for assault, demands N100m damages
Nine-year-old beaten to death for not doing homework
Tambuwal nominates new deputy
2019: I’ll pay N100,000 minimum wage, says ADP presidential candidate
Hours after APC set up reconciliation committee, Amosun’s ally defects to APM
Oshiomhole inaugurates peace committees to reconcile aggrieved APC members
Inflation fell slightly to 11.26% in October – NBS
Probe: Reps added transactions that are not ours, says NEMA
Review Discos’ performance now, electricity workers tell FG
Consumer spending to hit $2.1tn by 2025 – CPC
Customs seize 21 vehicles, others worth N2.8bn at Seme border
Without reforms, Nigeria’s oil reserves won’t increase — Experts
AWCON: Falcons bounce back, hammer Zambia 4-0
Blatter wants Infantino investigated
‘ABUAD to groom athletes for Nigeria’
Neymar, Mbappe injured ahead of Liverpool clash
AWCON 2018: Super Falcons thrash Zambia’s Shepolopolo 4-0
Blatter calls for Infantino to be investigated over meetings
‘If you leave me, water go carry you’, Chioma warns Davido on birthday
Kim Kardashian says nude photos upset husband
Dolce & Gabbana cancels China show over racism
Editorial: Poisonous food items in the market
Of the 60 million mentally-ill Nigerians
The enduring partnership between the US and Nigeria
The Ganduje situation
2019: Why should we trust Buhari again?

The Nation

Shettima to Jonathan: you lied on Chibok girls
How Jonathan conceded defeat, by Adoke
CBN lends banks N956b in three months
UI International school’s parents protest division over hijab
Saraki seeks inquiry into key suspect’s death
Buhari pledges more infrastructure for Southeast
Court refuses bail for suspected illegal arms importers
Hoodlums rob Guardian Editor, others
Jonathan: I wasn’t pressed to reject 2015 election result
Internal, external factors behind security challenges, says Buhari
Alleged N27b fraud: EFCC quizzes ex-Abia Governor Orji
Atiku under fire over orphan story
Alleged graft: I never sent Kukah to beg Buhari, says Jonathan
Robbers loot two ATMs at IBB varsity
Handshake across history?
Making primary healthcare work
Women win N1m in LAUTECH innovation contest
Barrier breakers
UNIZIK opens Chinese study centre in Ebonyi
UBA introduces digital ID cards at Danfodiyo varsity
Philanthropist endows grant for research in space technology
Falcons spank Zambia 4-0 to keep hope alive
Joshua returns to the gym
Edo solicits support to host 2020 NSF
What I don’t love as a mum, by Serena
Eagles wanted to beat aggressive Ugandans — Jamilu Collins
Rejuvenated Super Falcons bounce back into contention
ACCW: First Bank beat INSS to top Group
2019: ‘Supporting Buhari is South East surest route to Presidency’
PDP accuses APC of instigating violence in A/Ibom, others
Minimum wage: Organised Labour to demand two years arrears, says Wabba
Inflation declines first time in three months
CBN lifts forex market with $210
Fed Govt, UNIDO sign $60m new programmes
Hope rises for cancer cure
Teachers Day… teachers, teachers all the way (Part 2)
Women make case for healthy living
Show More
Lagos vows to retain position as economic hub
Air Force men clear drainage in Oshodi
Lawmaker gets ECOWAS award
Children, Leaders of today
Empowering the girl-child to fight for her rights
FGC alumni to hold reunion December 1
113 make First Class at FUNAAB
Foundation replaces torn uniforms, tattered bags for 120 pupils
Good advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

DSS Arrests Boko Haram’s Medic, Gun-running Syndicate
Offa Bank Robbery: Principal Suspect, Adikwu, is Dead
Boko Haram Kills 53 in Fresh Attacks on Borno
CBN Intervenes in Forex Market with $210m
Group Hold Forum on Peace
Vetiva S&P Bond ETF Investors Receive N3 Distribution
NCC Moves to Curb Broadband Price Competition
Report Unveils Rise in Hacking, Cyberattacks
Emerging e-Commerce Market in Nigeria
Azzi: Effective Data Storage, Key to Business Transformation
9mobile Boosts Local Content with CodeLagos Hackathon
Smile Incentivises Customers
NITDA Raises Stakeholders’ Hope on Local Content Adoption
MainOne Partners Institute on High-speed Internet
BPP to Digitise Public Procurement Process
NCC, Varsities Collaborate on Research
Efekoha Urges Insurers to Improve Customer Experience
Anambra Yam Export and Food Security
‘INEC Should Not Drag VCs, Corps Members into Politics’
‘Kaduna Senators Spent Time Fighting the State Government’
‘Buhari Will Ensure Credible Elections’
Again, 2 APC Federal Lawmakers Dump Party
INEC: We’ll Closely Monitor Campaigns by Political Parties
APC, Others File Contempt Application against C’River AG on Conduct of LG Polls
AFCON: Super Eagles Richer with $50,000 from Okowa
S’Falcons Bounce Back with 4-0 Win over ‘Boastful’ Zambia
PwC Chess4Change Mentorship Programme Excites Pupils
Ikeja-All Stars Win Betway 5s League
Dalung Advocates School Sports Development Policy
Visa Partners CAF to Sponsor Total Africa Cup of Nations

Daily Trust

Army gives free medical services to 3000 patients in Niger
Court remands man for impersonating army colonel
NGO moves to tackle deaths of premature babies in Kogi, others
An afternoon with pottery makers of Tatiko
ActionAid advocates improved funding for agric extension services in Kogi
Activists barricade Environment ministry over delay in Ogoni cleanup
Tambuwal nominates Dan’iya as deputy Governor
Boko Haram: Victims Support Fund to restore peace in North-East
Fire: EFCC relocates Data Centre, Inter-Agency Task Force
12m Nigerians venture into farming in 2 years, says Buhari
PCC resolves 8 yr-old land dispute in Niger
APC targets 30 states in 2019, says Shettima
Tambuwal nominates Dan’iya as deputy Governor
Super Falcons whip Zambia 4-0 to revive 2019 AWCON hope
Abdullahi hails Super Falcons on victory over Zambia
NFF scraps match bonus for Eaglets, other age-grade teams
ActionAid advocates improved funding for agric extension services in Kogi
NGO offers free medical health in Kogi community
Community health workers trained on maternal/new born care
FCT youths task politicians on job creation
Gunmen abduct Abaji vice chair, 2 others
‘Kwali people desperate for PDP back in power’
2019: As the whistle is blown…
Shehu Sani’s cracked mirror
Niger 2019: When the masquerades unmasked themselves
Getting involved in achieving peace in Plateau
Editorial: 100 years after First World War


@61 And Still ‘Jonathan’
Dickson, Obi, Soludo, Others Celebrate Ezeife At 80
ISI: Christians, Muslims, Traditional Worshippers Protest Use Of Hijab
Prince Charles’ Visit: Matters Arising
A-Ibom Assembly Crisis: PDP Govs Intimidating APC Members —Oshiomhole
Enugu Govt Commends NBC Youth Empowerment Programme
‘Igbo Presidency Depends On S-East Support For Buhari’s Re-Election’
Poor Policy Implementation Affecting Nigerian Women Potentials
23 C’ttee Chairmen Lose Rights Over 25 Inconclusive Bills To House
Akhator Dedicates NSA Gongs To Mom
LCCI Empowers 49 Entrepreneurs Through Mentoring Programme
I Plan To Train 500 Women In Fashion In 2019 — Kelechi Oghene
Updated: Nigeria Now More Corrupt Than Under Me – Jonathan
Militancy: LASG Assures Oil Communities Of Safety, Fairness
Musa Is Nigeria’s Best In 2018
Greensprings School Becomes First Thinking School In Africa
SON, CIPM, Others Launch Four Standards To Boost Human Resource Practice
Inflation defies analysts’ projections, drops to 11.26% in October
Otedola tells court Farouk Lawan demanded $500,000 bribe
Labour to demand for areas of minimum wage
How APC ‘won’ its way into crisis –
Madumere floors Okorocha again in court
Relationship: Chioma Rowland threatens Davido on birthday
APC loses 2 House of Reps members
Offa Robbery gang leader Adikwu dies in custody
Zuckerberg refuses to step down as Facebook chairman
Nigeria in serious problem … – Okorocha
2019 election is for the liberation of the Yoruba race … – Fayemi
Task Force Battalion attack: Atiku grants scholarships to victims ‘s children
2019 : Buhari promises increased internet access
Akhator dedicates NSA gongs to mom
Neymar, Mbappe injured ahead of PSG-Liverpool clash
Venus Williams reaches settlement in fatal traffic accident
Blatter calls for Infantino to be investigated over meetings
He can’t handle his booze
Now I’m free to leave my loveless marriage
Actor Robert De Niro, wife split after 20yrs
Nude photos upset my husband, says Kim Kardashian
Rozey to release Chris Oyakhilome inspired album
I never knew how much I loved Banky W until… – Adesua Etomi

AWCON 2018: Super Falcons humiliate Zambia’s Shepolopolo 4-0

AWCON 2018: Super Falcons humiliate Zambia’s Shepolopolo 4-0

Nigeria’s Super Falcons beat the Shepolopolo of Zambia 4-0 on Wednesday at Cape Coast in Ghana to return to contention at the 11th African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).

The defending champions, who lost their opening match on Sunday, bounced back into contention with an emphatic win which sent them to the top of the group’s table, at least temporarily.

Desire Oparanozie scored the opening goal for a 1-0 half-time lead, while Francesca Ordega added the second goal minutes into the second half.

Oparanozie soon added another goal to make it 3-0, while substitute Amarachi Okoronkwo put the icing on the cake with her goal to make it 4-0.

The win helped Nigeria to dislodge Zambia at the head of Group B table, ahead of the South Africa versus Equatorial Guinea match which comes up later in the day.

The Falcons will now take on Equatorial Guinea in their final group phase match on Saturday, while the Shepolopolo face South Africa on the same day.

The group’s top two teams will advance to the semi-finals.


Ahmed Musa accepts referee’s apology over disallowed goal

Ahmed Musa accepts referee’s apology over disallowed goal

Super Eagles’ Stand-In Captain, Ahmed Musa says he has forgiven Gambian referee, Bakary Gassama after his errors cost Nigeria two goals, and a win in last Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, reports

Gassama and his assistants chalked off two Nigerian goals for offside but replays showed otherwise.

In the first half of the encounter, Musa thought to have assisted a Kelechi Iheanacho goal but saw it flagged for offside, while the Al Nasr man, with few minutes left in the tie, ran onto Alex Iwobi’s incisive pass to score what would have been the winner in a 1-1 game, but again was met by Gambian official’s disapproval.
After the clash at the FNB Stadium Johannesburg, the Super Eagles skipper took to the social media to question the calls, also poking at CAF.

The referee, however, apologised to Musa and Nigeria for the mistakes and the forward has waved off the incidents, stressing that their qualification for AFCON has made up for the unpopular decisions.

“I will say that it was good that he realized his mistakes and apologized for his action and it is past tense for me,” Musa told reporters in Asaba shortly before the Super Eagles’ friendly encounter against the Cranes of Uganda.

“The major thing is that we have qualified for Afcon for the first time since 2013 and we are delighted about that. I don’t see any big deal about that because our emphasis was on playing at the Africa Cup of Nations and now that we have qualified, we are relieved.
“I am not worried that I was not able to score because we didn’t lose and we have got our heart desires with the ticket to Cameroon. We know that it is time now for serious preparations and that is what we are after now.”

Inspiration FM loses presenter, Tosyn Bucknor

Inspiration FM loses presenter, Tosyn Bucknor

Oluwatosin ‘Tosyn’ Bucknor, an on-air-personality with Inspiration FM, has died aged 37, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Tosyn, as she was popularly known, was found dead by husband, Aurelien Boyer, a French national, when he arrived at home from work on Monday night.

“A graduate of Law from the University of Lagos, Tosyn was born with sickle cell anaemia which prompted her to start These Genes Project to help people with the condition,” NAN says.

In November 2015, Tosyn and Aurélien Boyer had their traditional wedding, surrounded by family and friends in Lagos, followed by a white wedding in France.

Tosyn previously hosted the morning show at Top Radio FM.

She started her on-air-personality duties with Tee-A at Eko FM. She was also an intern at Cool FM where she hosted the Fun Hour Show on Saturdays.

Tosyn joined Top Radio after her youth service in 2009 as the only female handling a morning show.

In her lifetime, Tosyn Bucknor was nominated for several awards, including Future Awards, ELOY Awards, and Best of Nollywood.

Following news of her death, fans and colleagues alike have taken to social media to express their shock.

@Poojamedia wrote, “Goodnight Tosyn Bucknor! You changed the energy level on Radio & made so many people fall in love with the profession. Your energy was infectious. Areeaaaaaaaaa mama. RIP. Pooja Cares!”

@Busayo_cole tweeted, “”Aaaaaaaaaarea, guguru morning.This was one woman who made me fall in love with morning talkshows. Ace Journalist and an ardent Manchester United fan.

“RIP Tosyn Bucknor. You’ll be remembered forever. Thank you for the pleasant memories you left behind.”

@Vjadams said, “Ahhhh I’m heartbroken.. RIP TosynBuknor”

@Bahdosky tweeted, “To think I still saw Tosyn Bucknor last month. This is not a palatable news for me. May God Almighty grand all her loved ones fortitude to bear this great loss. RIP to an angel.”

Until her death, the OAP who also doubled as a Vlogger, was an employee of Inspiration FM where she hosted her own morning talk show.

Tosyn’s father, late Segun Bucknor, who was a popular musician and journalist, died in 2017.

Policemen, bank worker killed as robbers invade Ekiti bank

2 policemen, one bank worker feared killed in Ekiti bank robbery
Sam Nwaoko – Ado Ekiti
Three persons, a bank worker and two policemen were said to have been killed when armed robbers invaded a branch of a new generation bank in Ijero, headquarters of Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Monday evening.

It was gathered that the robbers had gained entry into the bank by deploying dynamite to destroy the security door of the bank.
They had also allegedly shot indiscriminately, thereby leading to the deaths.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ekiti State, Mr Caleb Ikechukwu, who said he was still at the branch of the bank “to gather reliable information on the armed robbery incident,” said the attack occurred at about 5:30 pm.

Ikechukwu said: “There was a casualty. They succeeded by using dynamite to gain access into the banking hall and the robbery took place around 5:30 pm on Monday.”

He, however, said, “There was no casualty on the side of the bank while there were one or two on the side of the police officers.”

Pay N30,000 or forget 2019 elections, labour dares governors

Labour to govs: Pay N30,000 or forget 2019 elections

“We are going to use it as part of our campaign strategy; if you can’t pay minimum wage, then forget election.”

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja, Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin and Agaju Madugba, Katsina and Bimbola Oyesola

President Muhammadu Buhari and representatives of the governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) yesterday met behind closed door to discuss ways out of the minimum wage conundrum.

Although resolution of the meeting which lasted about an hour was not made known, there were indications that the meeting was deadlocked.

Daily Sun learnt that the governors resolved to settle the issue away from the media so as not to unduly heat up the polity.

A source close to the meeting, yesterday, said the governors resolved to stick to their initial proposal of N22,500 which they made on the eve of the submission of the committee’s report on October 6, 2018.

Another source said the governors have settled for N24,000 which was the proposed figure by the Federal Government that was turned down by organised labour.

However, Organised Labour warned governors that reject the proposed minimum wage to forget the 2019 election.

Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr. Sunday Salako, said, in a telephone interview with the Daily Sun, that Labour had no interest in whatever might be the outcome of the latest governors meeting with President Buhari.

“All we’re interested in is the passage of the new minimum wage bill into law. We are not quarreling with them. What we want is for the president to send a bill to the National Assembly for ratification. When this is done, let us now see a governor that will not pay.”

He said Labour was happy that it coincided with the election year, noting that labour would make good use of the opportunity.

“We are going to use it as part of our campaign strategy; if you can’t pay minimum wage, then forget election.”

Salako said Labour had equally advised the governors that rather than running to President Buhari, any of them that feels he cannot pay, should go back to their state and inform the workers there.

“If they are bold enough let them go and address their workers and face the consequence thereafter.”

He said the campaign that they could not pay until the sharing of allocation is redressed has been on since last week, hence it was not new to the workers.

Similarly, Kwara State TUC chairman, Kolawole Olumoh, charged governors to cut down their expenses on political appointees and others.

He alleged that most governors appointed special assistants or advisers that were not relevant to governance in their various states.

“It is surprising that the governors could renege on their initial agreement at the tripartite meeting where it was agreed that they would pay the N30,000 minimum wage or,” he said. Governors had last week resolved to present another formula to address the issue of minimum wage to President Buhari.

Present at the parley were chairman of NGF and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz, Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Udom

Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

Yari had told newsmen at the last emergency meeting that it was impracticable to implement the N30,000 minimum wage without downsizing the workforce all over the country.

He added that the resolution was either for the Federal Government to accede to the review of the national revenue allocation formula or mass sack. Meanwhile, Director-General of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Suleiman Zakari Kazaure has said any upward review of allowances of corps members will have to wait until the Federal Government approved the proposed national minimum wage.

“The NYSC is part of Federal Government parastatals. So, we are still waiting for the minimum wage. I am sure whatever is approved will definitely affect NYSC,” Kazuare said on Monday during the commencement of the orientation programme and swearing-in of the 2018 Batch “C” Stream Two corps members deployed to Katsina State.

He urged the corps members to resist any financial inducement from politicians more so as some of them will serve as adhoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

Credit: The Sun