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Thugs go hay wire, attack venue of Zamfara PDP congress (Photos)

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A few hours to the commencement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Congress in Zamfara State, some political thugs have attacked the venue of the exercise.

The programme initially slated for the Zaitun Oil mill, behind State Pilgrim Board has been moved to the Command Guest House in Gusau, the state capital.

It was gathered that the thugs invaded the venue in the early hours of Monday and destroyed the voting materials, nomination forms, two vehicles belonging to party members, chairs and set canopies ablaze.

The Personal Secretary to Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Umar Aminu said the party will not be intimidated by the incident, noting that the congress will still go ahead as scheduled.

He said the hoodlums are unknown but assured security agencies will investigate.

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It is not certain which political party is responsible for the attack on the PDP facility in the north-western state.

Despite the attack, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau and the Caretaker Chairman of the party, Ambassador Bala Mande have arrived the new venue of the congress.

The congress has drawn 1,089 delegates and is meant to produce key PDP officials that will pilot the affairs of the party.

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Aminu Masari, two others die in auto crash

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Governor of Katsina Aminu Masar, his nephew, Adamu Ali, and two security operatives identified as Nura Sufyanu and Kabir Ali had died in a ghastly motor accident.

Governor of Katsina Aminu Masar

The incident occurred Friday night at a village called Gadar Tsuntsaye, Musawa Local Government Area of the state. Masari’s Director General in charge of Social media, El-Amin Isa, and the spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the accident.

It was learned that the accident scene was close to Jimkashi. The victims were about to get to a bridge in the area on Friday night when they ran into bad portions of the road which forced the vehicle they were traveling in to skip and somersault, leading to their deaths.”

Three others who sustained injuries in the accident initially received treatments at the General Hospital, Malumfashi, before they were evacuated to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Katsina.

Arrangements had already begun for their burial on Saturday as the police spokesman said the bodies of the victims had been evacuated from the scene to a morgue in Katsina.

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The police spokesman said, “The accident happened on Friday night. The victims were going to Kafur, the governor’s hometown for the governorship and State House of Assembly elections. We have evacuated the bodies of the victims to Katsina.”

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Ladipo Soremekun: A Legend at 70 By Ayo Sogbuyi

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As I woke up today Thursday 16th March 2023, I was looking forward to Nigeria media space if I’ll come across the name of Ladipo Aderenle Soremekun. Not that because he clocks seventy today, but because of his contributions to the sports industry in Nigeria. It may be pardonable that he left the stage at a time most of our sports commentators today were not born and in a way history and sports archive are not fanciful, most of our legends are forgotten so fast.

For those who still have memory of basketball and volleyball ball tournaments in Nigeria of 70s will agree that Lado was an asset.

A spectacular feat was in Algeria in 1978/79 all African games where he played basketball for the Nigerian national team. The team came back to the country with a silver laurel. Apart from basketball he also played for the National volleyball team at several international tournaments and sports festivals. He was one of the earliest players for Oguns state when it was created and later became professional in basketball game at Kwara and Plateau states.

A remarkable moment was at an international competition in Angola where famous Hakeem Olajuwon was still a rookie. It was at the competition that American talent scout spotted Hakeem and later became a superstar in NBA.

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Uncle Ladi as I fondly call him was born in Jos and had his early years in Bauchi where he started his primary education at St Paul Anglican school. He is a native of Bakatari under Ilugun LCDA of Ogun state where the family tree is heavily rooted.

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I’ll say life has been very good to you and you are blessed with a wonderful family. I also know my good aunty Mofoluke is keeping the family name flying as former chairman of Ilugun LCDA.

In Los Angeles that is now your home, you’ve made a name for yourself as a selfless person. Your kind disposition is second to none while your work ethics, even at 70 is still battling to the younger ones.

Uncle Ladi is into courier business in California and he’s a founding member of a thriving courier company based in Los Angeles

Happy birthday my great egbon and many happy returns in good health


-Sogbuyi writes from California

 

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British-Nigerian Boy, Joshua Beckford Named Smartest Kid On Earth

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British-Nigerian kid, Joshua Beckford, is the smartest kid on earth. Although the young child suffers from autism, he excels in science, mathematics, history, and foreign languages.

Joshua Beckford, at only six years of age, emerged the youngest person with autism to be accepted to Oxford University. He graduated from the prestigious Institution at the age of 14.

His father, Knox Daniel, was instrumental in spotting his son’s extraordinary abilities when he was only ten months old. While Joshua sat on his dad’s lap in front of the computer, he quickly noticed his son’s keen interest in the keyboard and realised that the boy could understand and remember the letters on the keyboard.

“I started telling Joshua what the letters on the keyboard were, and I realised that he was remembering and could understand. So, if I told him to point to a letter, he could do it. Then we moved on to colours,” Daniel said.

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Joshua was diagnosed with high-functioning autism at an early age but didn’t let this stop him from aiming high. When he was two years old, he learned how to read using phonics. By age six, he was accepted at Oxford University OLP Online Learning Platform to do a master class in Philosophy and History Research Project on the Plague of 1665, becoming the youngest person in the world to receive a distinction in both subjects.

Awards And Recognition
Now 14 years old, Joshua has achieved some remarkable feats and has many awards and recognition to show for it.

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He was named among the top 30 most remarkable people in the world with Autism who have impacted society. Joshua is also an Ambassador for Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network (BMAN) in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and the United Kingdom.

In 2017, Joshua Beckford won The Positive Role Model Award for Age at The National Diversity Awards, an event celebrating the excellent achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society.

Knox Daniel revealed that nurturing a child like Joshua is not easy, stating that the boy doesn’t like noise, walks on his tip toes and prefers to associate with teenagers and adults, instead of his peers.

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“He doesn’t like children his own age and only likes teenagers and adults…Joshua doesn’t like loud noises and always walks on his tiptoes,” he said.

Joshua Beckford is currently writing a children’s book on ancient Egypt. He plans to become a Neurosurgeon and an Astronaut.

Nigerian-American Boy Rotimi Kukoyi Gets Accepted Into More Than 15 Top Universities

Meanwhile, a young Nigerian-American boy residing in Alabama, USA, recorded an impressive feat, gaining admission into 15 of the top US schools.

The boy, Rotimi Kukoyi, received scholarship offers of about two million dollars (approximately more than 800 million Naira).

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The teenager, whose father is an immigrant, chose to further his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after having the privilege of choosing between some of the best US schools, such as Harvard, Yale, Standford, and John Hopkins University.

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