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Kogi govt. grants scholarship to Cambridge award recipient, Oluwabukolami



Kogi govt. grants scholarship to Cambridge award recipient, Oluwabukolami

The Kogi Government on Wednesday, awarded scholarship to the recipient of British Council outstanding Cambridge Learner’s Award, Miss Oluwabukolami Adeyemi.

Gov. Yahaya Bello made the declaration on the award while receiving Oluwabukolami and her parents at his office in Lugard House, Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Oluwabukolami had the highest scores in the examination, which was conducted across 146 countries worldwide.

Oluwabukolami, who had already secured admission to a university in the United Kingdom to study law, shared her aspiration of becoming a successful lawyer.

She also aimed to excel in her profession internationally, with cross-border access to legal practice.

Kogi govt. grants scholarship to Cambridge award recipient, Oluwabukolami

Oluwabukolami reportedly expressed her ambition to play a significant role in government, either by holding leadership positions in Nigeria or contributing to policy-making and legislative processes.

She had also requested for prayers for her parents, who were facing the financial burden of funding her education abroad.

But the elated Kogi governor said: “This scholarship award is in recognition of your remarkable performance in the 2022 Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge AS Level Examinations.”

“As a government, we are satisfied with your outstanding performance, which has now positioned you as a distinguished representative of this state, country and the world in general,” the governor said.

Bello commended Oluwabukolami’s exceptional performance and encouraged other parents to follow the example set by Mr and Mrs Adeyemi in nurturing their children for success through dedication to education.

He emphasised that Oluwabukolami achieved global recognition due to her intellectual prowess rather than any inappropriate means.

The governor, who had previously awarded multiple scholarships to outstanding students and supported medical expenses locally and internationally for indigent patients, said that Oluwabukolami had been granted a scholarship in his name.

Responding, Mr Adeyeye Adeyemi, Oluwabukolami’s father, expressed deep gratitude to the governor and his administration.

He described the scholarship offer as “unbelievable” and offered prayers for the well-being of the governor and his family.


Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment



The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website,, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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