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GRID SHUT DOWN : UNION DELIBERATELY SHUT DOWN THE NATIONAL GRID.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby informs the general public that the Labour Union has shut down the national grid, resulting in black out nationwide. The national grid shut down occured at about 2.19am this morning, 3rd June 2024.

At about 1:15am this morning, the Benin Transmission Operator under the Independent System Operations unit of TCN reported that all operators were driven away from the control room and that staff that resisted were beaten while some were wounded in the course of forcing them out of the control room and without any form of control or supervision, the Benin Area Control Center was brought to zero.

Other transmission substations that were shut down, by the Labour Union include the Ganmo, Benin, Ayede, Olorunsogo, Akangba and Osogbo Transmission Substations. Some transmission lines were equally opened due to the ongoing activities of the labour union.

On the power generating side, power generating units from different generating stations were forced to shut down some units of their generating plants, the Jebba Generating Station was forced to shut down one of its generating units while three others in the same substation subsequently shut down on very high frequency. The sudden forced load cuts led to high frequency and system instability, which eventually shut down the national grid at 2:19am.

At about 3.23am, however, TCN commenced grid recovery, using the Shiroro Substation to attempt to feed the transmission lines supplying bulk electricity to the Katampe Transmission Substation. The situation is such that the labour Union is still obstructing grid recovery nationwide.

We will continue to make effort to recover and stabilize the grid to enable the restoration of normal bulk transmission of electricity to distribution load centres nationwide.

Ndidi Mbah
GM, Public Affairs
3/5/24

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Tapswap Gives Update Amidst Alleged Ban on Nigerians

Cryptocurrency mining company, Tapswap has made clarifications over reports that Nigerians have been banned from accessing the app.
This followed the difficulties Nigerians go through accessing the Telegram coin mining app.
Giving an update in a statement on X on Friday, May 24, the company stated that it has no plans to ban Nigerian users, attributing the access issues to technical challenges instead.
“Dear Nigerian community. We’ve heard concerns about limiting access to users from your country, but we want to clarify that this is not the case. We had to enable verification for the region from where DDoS attacks were initiated.
“As promised, we will disable this once our infrastructure is fully adapted. “We deeply appreciate every member of our community from all around the world and always welcome you here. Thank you for your understanding and support.”
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EFCC Hands Over $22,000 From Convicted Internet Fraudster To FBI

The EFCC in Lagos has delivered $22,000, which was reclaimed from a convicted cybercriminal, Hakeem Ayotunde Olanrewaju, to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

This was made known by the EFCC via its X handle on Saturday, May 18.

It reads: “Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos had, on August 15, 2023, ordered that the money recovered from Olanrewaju, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment for identity theft and impersonation, be restituted to his victim in the United States of America, U.S.A.

“Speaking during the handover ceremony in Lagos, the Acting Director, Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, Michael T. Wetkas, reaffirmed the Commission’s dedication to combating crimes and restoring sanity to the nation.

“We are delighted to be handing over this proceeds of crime today.

“The EFCC is willing and always ready to do more.”

“Responding, the FBI Legal Attaché, Charles Smith, said: “The EFCC and FBI work collaboratively together, and it is thanks to the EFCC that we can recover funds of this nature, especially from Business email Compromise, BEC.

“This type of crime cripples businesses in the US, and for them to recover the money within one to two years gives hope to the affected companies and brings some level of justice, even if not all subjects have been identified.

“We hope our relationship continues and fosters a more cohesive partnership between the two agencies. If there’s anything the FBI can do to support this investigation, we will do so.

“We appreciate this on behalf of the FBI and thank the EFCC.”

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Student Loan to Start With Federal Institutions — Nigerian Govt

The Federal Government has revealed where the student loan scheme will begin.
FG said the student loan scheme would be rolled out in phases, beginning with the federal institutions.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Education Loan Fund, Akintunde Swayerr, who made this disclosure in an interview with Arise Television on Friday said the student loan application portal will be opened on the 24th of May for loan applications.
He further said the government is currently “in the midst of a sensitization campaign to inform Nigerians how the scheme will work.”
Swayerr explained that the loan scheme seeks to bridge the financing gap for students in Nigeria, enabling them to become more resourceful, and eventually aiding the country.
“On the 3rd of April 2024, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu signed into law a monumental act that seeks to bridge the financing gap for applicants who want to get a higher education that is tertiary level.
 
“…and who wants to get vocational training to get proper qualifications that enables them to be more marketable and useful to the Nigerian society.
 
“The fund covers 100 percent of all the fees of tertiary institutions. There’s also upkeep for the student,” he said.
Swayerr noted that this plan will be rolled out in schemes, the first being the public institutions because of the large number of students in that sector requiring financial aid.
“We’re going to roll this plan out in phases. The first phase will be with federal institutions then to others. It’s going to be the public sector at the beginning because that’s where we find the bulk of students who perhaps need the financing cover and are most vulnerable.
 
“We have a system that hopefully makes this have a national spread and some degree of equal opportunities for those who have the desire, capacity, eligibility to engage in this scheme,” he said.
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JAMB Releases More 2024 UTME Results

An additional result of 36,540 candidates who sat for the recently concluded 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB)

In a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, the JAMB Spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin said the total results released now stand at 1,879,437 after previous results were released.

Benjamin said over 26,000 UTME results are still being withheld and under investigation over alleged examination misconduct.

He said: “Others found to be involved in any examination misconduct are still undergoing investigation as the Board would want to review all the footage of all CCTV cameras placed in all its accredited centres to ascertain the candidate’s culpability or otherwise.

“At the conclusion of this exercise, the Board would publish its findings.

Recall that the examination board had released 1,842,464 results withholding some 64,000 candidates’ results.

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, had explained at the time that 78 of the withheld results are under investigation for alleged examination misconduct, 4,594 for “procedural investigation of candidates, 2,896 “under investigation on verification,” and 57,056 for centre-based investigations.

Oloyede said more than 1.9 million candidates took the computer-based examination to assess candidates who seeking admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions.

He said 1,402,490, representing 76 per cent of candidates who sat the examination, scored below 200 from the maximum of 400 obtainable scores.

The JAMB boss said only 8,401, representing 0.5 per cent of candidates, scored 300 and above in the examination.

He said 77,070, representing 4.2 per cent, scored 250 and above and that 439,974, representing 24 per cent, scored 200 and above.

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LAUTECH Student Stabbed To Death In Ogbomoso

Adedokun Olamilekan, an undergraduate student at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso in Oyo State, has died.

The man was stabbed to death by yet-to-be-identified people at the Under G area in the town on Thursday night.

Olamilekan, a 200-level student of the Department of Information Science, was said to be running a business outfit known as Dcrown Unisex Salon at Under G before he was murdered by his assailants during an argument.

He was reportedly stabbed by yet-to-be-identified colleagues and later rushed to a nearby hospital, where he gave up the ghost.

One person who witnessed the incident said, “He was rushed immediately to the nearest hospital where he was confirmed dead.

 

“The case has been reported to Owode Police Station, Ogbomoso, Oyo state.”

All efforts to get the state Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso’s reactions were unsuccessful as his telephone mobile number was not reachable.

Also, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Fadeyi was not reachable as of press time.

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Registration Will Soon End – JAMB Warns Prospective DE Candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged prospective Direct Entry (DE) candidates to expedite their registration process.

The board made the call on Friday via a post on its official X handle.

It noted that the DE registration was still ongoing but likely to be closed soon.

“Attention 2024 DE Applicants! This is to inform those who are yet to complete their registration that the registration is still ongoing and likely to be closed soon. You are by this notice urged to make hay while the sun shines,” the post read.

Recall that the examination board had postponed the closure of its DE registration indefinitely after saying it would end initially in March 28 and April 25, respectively.

JAMB then stated that the first deadline extension was to allow for more candidates to register for the examination following some challenges posed by the security screening measures put in place to tackle fake A’level results.

 

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JAMB Set To Release Results Of 2024 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced plans to release the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results soon.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, is scheduled to address the media in Abuja on Monday.

During the press briefing, Oloyede will give updates on the release of the results.

This was contained in a notice circulated to journalists and made available by the Board’s Head of Public Relations, Fabian Benjamin, on Sunday.

There are indications that the 2024 UTME results which would be released on Monday, are for candidates who wrote the exams in the first few days.

Others would be released after “due diligence” is completed.

In the last week, over 1.9 million candidates enrolled for the 2024 UTME across over 700 Computer-Based Test centers nationwide.

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2024 UTME Notification Slip Ready For Printing – JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has asked candidates who registered for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, to print their notification slips for examination.

The board disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday by its spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin.

He said the 2024 UTME notification slip, which shows the date, venue and time of their examination, was ready for printing.

“All candidates, who have registered for the 2024 UTME scheduled to start on Friday, April 19, are urged to print their notification slips before the date.

“This is for them to know the date, venue and time of their respective examinations as well as some other vital information.

“To print the slip, candidates are to visit the JAMB website: www.jamb.gov.ng; click on “2024 UTME Slip Printing”, input their registration number, then click on print.

“The slip can be printed anywhere provided there is an internet-enabled computer,” he said.

He added that to successfully sit for the examination, candidates were advised to print on or before Friday, 19th April.

This he explained was to enable them locate the venue of their centre, to prevent lateness on their scheduled examination date.

Recall that the 2024 UTME is scheduled to start on Friday, April 19 and end on Monday, April 29.

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Binance CEO Tops 2024 Crypto Billionaires List

The founder and former CEO of crypto exchange Binance, Changpeng Zhao is now crypto’s wealthiest person.
He achieved this for the third year running as Forbes unveils crypto bigwigs.
Popularly known as CZ, Zhao is now worth an estimated $33 billion, up from $10.5 billion last year and the 50th-wealthiest person in the world.
Despite pleading guilty to U.S. money laundering charges in November, Forbes reported that CZ who is now the biggest crypto gainer in dollar terms since last year made a bulk of his fortune from his majority stake in Binance, which remains the industry’s largest global trading venue by volume.
Also, the CEO of MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor’s net worth has surged to an estimated $4.4 billion, compared to $760 million the previous year, thanks to MicroStrategy’s heavy investments in Bitcoin.
Similarly, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong’s net worth hit an estimated $11.2bn, up from $2.2 billion, buoyed by the impressive performance of Coinbase’s shares, which have more than quadrupled over the past 12 months.