Tech: SpaceX is about to quietly launch the first 2 of nearly 12,000 satellites...

Elon Musk wants his aerospace company, SpaceX, to bathe the entire Earth in high-speed internet access using nearly twice as many satellites in all of history.
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is launching a Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday morning at 9:17 a.m. ET.
In addition to a Spanish company’s radar satellite, the launch is expected to send up two experimental SpaceX satellites.
The two satellites may test aspects of Starlink, a project to bathe Earth in high-speed internet access using nearly 12,000 spacecraft.
You can watch SpaceX’s live broadcast of the launch on YouTube (below) starting around 9 a.m. ET on Thursday.
This story was updated at 9:15 a.m. ET after SpaceX delayed the launch 24 hours, from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning.
The rocket company SpaceX, founded by tech mogul Elon Musk, plans to launch a Spanish radar satellite atop one of its go-to rockets on Thursday morning.
If all goes well, the satellite, called Paz, will keep an eye on the oceans of the world for ship traffic.
But there’s a payload hitching a ride on the rocket that SpaceX isn’t publicizing in its press kit: two smaller satellites that are part of Musk’s plan to bathe Earth in high-speed internet access.
The scale of the proposal, informally known as Starlink, is incredible. In the coming years, the company hopes to launch 4,425 interlinked broadband-internet satellites into orbit some 700 to 800 miles above Earth, plus another 7,500 spacecraft into lower orbits.
That’s nearly 12,000 satellites — more than twice the number of all satellites launched in history.
Musk and SpaceX have said little about their plan since announcing it in 2015. However, the Federal Communications Commission must approve the scheme, so public documents surrounding the effort are regularly (though quietly) released.
According to FCC documents made public this month, the organization in November 2017 gave SpaceX permission to launch the two experimental spacecraft, called Microsat-2a and Microsat-2b, to test its space-based internet concept.
The mission is set to lift off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today at 9:17 a.m. EST aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.
The weather looked good for a launch on Wednesday morning, but SpaceX became concerned about the risk of wind high in the atmosphere messing with the rocket’s steering.
“High altitude wind shear data shows a probable 2% load exceedance,” Musk said in a tweet on Wednesday. “Small, but better to be paranoid. Postponing launch to tomorrow, assuming winds are better then.”
Watch the launch live on Thursday
SpaceX is sending up the mission using, in part, a reusable first-stage rocket booster that the company launched and recovered in August 2017.
However, SpaceX said in a release that it “will not attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage after launch.”
The Paz satellite is scheduled to deploy about 11 minutes after launch. There are no details in the press kit about the smaller satellites.
You can read more about SpaceX’s plan to create Starlink here, and watch the launch below.
The live video feed typically begins about 15 minutes before launch, which in this case should be shortly after 9 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Madness: Teacher flogs student to death in Zamfara

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident was revealed on Wednesday by Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar-Gummi, Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly. A teacher at Government Day Secondary School Sankalawa in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara has allegedly flogged a student to death.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the incident was revealed on Wednesday by Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar-Gummi, Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly.The deputy speaker, who spoke under matters of urgent public importance during the assembly’s sitting in Gusau, said that the house had received several reports on the issue.According to him, another incident at Government Female Day Secondary School, Kwatarkwashi, had led to the injury of a student in the school after the Vice Principal allegedly subjected her to heavy punishment.Gummi said: “These problems apart from discouraging our children from acquiring education, also revealed poor attitude to work on the part of teachers in this state.”He urged the House to invite the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology to explain steps taken to address the issues.The Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji described the actions of the teachers as unfortunate and vowed that the assembly would not allow the matter to pass.“It is part of our responsibilities to ensure effective security and good learning atmosphere for our children for their future development, therefore, we cannot allow teachers to continue harassing our children from schools,” he said.The Speaker directed the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology to invite the commissioner to appear before it on the matter.Meanwhile, the Assembly has passed into law the bill for the establishment of Zamfara State University, Talata-Mafara.

Champions League: Messi, Fabregas and Suarez hangout after Champions League match

Messi, Fabregas and Suarez all had a reunion after the match between Chelsea and Barcelona Barcelona duo of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were seen hanging out with Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas after the UEFA Champions League match.Chelsea were held to 1 – 1 draw by Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in a Champions League round of 16 encounter on Tuesday, February 20.The reigning Premier League leaders went ahead through Brazilian midfielder Willian in the 65 minute.Argentine Superstar Lionel Messi leveled the scores in the 75 minute to break his record to not have scored against Chelsea and also earn a draw for Barcelona going into the second leg in Spain. Regardless of the result, former teammates Messi and Fabregas could be seen laughing as they reunited and were joined in the discussion by Luis Suarez.Fabregas did not get the chance to play with Suarez, However all three players spent their vacation last season in Ibiza. Messi and Fabregas have been teammates since their days at the Barcelona La Masia academy before they reunited when Fabregas rejoined from Arsenal.The return leg between Chelsea and Barcelona will take place on Wednesday, 14 March at the Nou Camp.

Simisola Adeagbo: Newspaper reports athlete’s performance like a disappointed father

The lack of context and apparent dismissal of her efforts to reach this stage of the event or even feature at the Winter Olympics is what Punch Newspapers and Idris Adesina are most guilty of. A Nigerian Journalist, Idris Adesina and the publication, Punch Newspapers, are facing heavy criticism for reporting Simisola Adeagbo’s performance at the Winter Olympics, with the headline “Simisola Disappoints”.Nigeria’s sole representative in the skeleton event at the Winter Olympics, Simisola Adeagbo finished last in the women’s individual run, behind 19 other contestants.As part of its reports on the Winter Games holding in Pyeongchang, the publication wrote a fairly detailed summary of her participation in the event. The headline written in bold letters, “Simisola Disappoints” stood out prominently. After the report was run in the February 20, 2018 issue of the national daily, fans of the athlete and many Nigerians expressed their displeasure at the report, mostly for its lack of perspective and perceived negative leanings.”A disappointing report”On social media, the reaction was one of distaste and many users shared photos of the report with short tirades about how Simisola’s achievement and performance in the competition was not put in context.ALSO READ: Nigeria’s Bobsled team averages 78.49s in 2 HeatsPopular Nigerian influencer and commentator, Japheth Omojuwa took to Instagram to make his opinion known.In a post dated the 20th of January 2018, he expressed his disgust at the report writing “ Being a journalist is beyond reporting what you see, it is being wise and putting your stories in perspective.”“It is not about even being emotional, it is about putting your facts on the canvas that holds them together.” “And in this case, the fact is Nigeria made history on the canvas of a few Nigerian Women like Simidele who dared to see what even as a country we never saw. I celebrate them! Every sane Nigerian should! This was even beyond Nigeria, these ones did it for Africa!”Simisola Adeagbo is one of a group of Nigerians who have broken records as the first to fly the green-white-green flag at the Winter Olympics. The South-African based artiste is the first African to compete in the skeleton event at the competition.Together with the Bobsled trio of Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeoga and Ngozi Onwumere, she had to set up the relevant federation to ensure Nigeria was represented in the event.Prior to 2017, Nigeria had no existing federation for winter sports and despite much hoopla about expanding its involvement in other sports, had never even planned that years to come it would compete at the Winter Olympics.A story worth celebratingThe lack of context and apparent dismissal of her efforts to reach this stage of the event or even feature at the Winter Olympics is what Punch Newspapers and Idris Adesina are most guilty of.With news of mass murder, insurgency and dominating the headlines, Nigerians rarely have anything worth celebrating.In recent months, the women who have put their time, money and physical strength into taking Nigeria to the Winter Olympics have been an unlikely bright spot.Surely, it is not too much to ask that they are celebrated and not put down.The journalist whose name appears on this report has since deflected responsibility; he claims that it was his line-editor, not him, who wrote and sanctioned the headline.Sensationalist and attention-grabbing headlines are common in Nigerian journalism for obvious reasons. But none of that validates the insensitivity in the report or putting Simisola’s endeavours down to a limited interpretation of her performance in a single event.Simisola and her peers deserve adulation, not criticism. And definitely, not a report that reads like it was written by a disappointed father.

Billy Graham: Influential evangelist has died at 99: family to US media

Tall and handsome, Graham, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, cut a charismatic figure as an evangelical preacher whose huge rallies found audiences on radio and television. American evangelist Billy Graham, a spiritual advisor to a dozen US presidents, has died at age 99, US media reported, citing family sources.Tall and handsome, Graham, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, cut a charismatic figure as an evangelical preacher whose huge rallies found audiences on radio and television.He preached to a long line of US presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, and was featured in the recent mini series “The Crown” as a spiritual adviser to the young Queen Elizabeth II.

Tech: The creators of Netflix’s ‘Everything Sucks!’ told us how they made the ‘sleeper...

Business Insider spoke to the creators of Netflix’s new 90s comedy ‘Everything Sucks!’, who said that it’s one of Netflix’s ‘lower budget’ shows.
Business Insider spoke to the creators of Netflix’s new 90s comedy, “Everything Sucks!”
They discussed how they managed being one of Netflix’s lower budget shows by casting locally in the Pacific Northwest.
They also talked about how they approached writing the show’s central character, Kate Messner, a sophomore in high school who is realizing that she’s a lesbian.
Netflix’s “Everything Sucks!,” a 90s-set coming-of-age comedy that made its debut Friday, has been called the service’s next “sleeper hit” by its very own programming boss.
The series follows A/V Club nerds and drama kids from Boring High School in Boring, Oregon (a real town) as they reluctantly make a movie together. It takes place in 1996, and has all the 90s references and 90s songs to constantly remind you of the decade.
Business Insider recently talked to the show’s creators, Michael Mohan and Ben York Jones (who appears in the show as the teacher running the A/V club), about writing a show with 2018 stories set in the 90s.
We also discussed writing for a lesbian character as two guys, casting the series beyond Los Angeles and New York for budget reasons, and the series’ inspiration: It’s a mix of “Freaks and Geeks,” “My So-Called Life,” and a Swedish film from 1998 about a love story between teenage girls.
Carrie Wittmer: “Everything Sucks! ” tells the story of a high-school sophomore coming to terms with being a lesbian, and a black freshman with a single mom. These are both obviously very different experiences than you two had in high school. What kind of research went into getting these stories right?
Ben York Jones: What was great was when we were collaborating with Jahi [Di-Allo Winston] and Claudine [Mboligikpelani Nako], the actors that play Luke and Sherry, is when we rehearsed their scenes, we’d actually rewrite their dialogue together so it felt even more authentic to their experience with little affectations. Like when Sherry refers to Luke as “little man.” That was not us. That was all them.
Michael Mohan: In 1996, even Ellen DeGeneres hadn’t come out yet. So to try and sensibly depict a 15-year-old girl living in Oregon, it just seemed like a very compelling coming of age story that we hadn’t quite seen.
Jones: We had a writers room that was as diverse as we could make it, and everybody contributed to the character of Kate and lent a voice to her arc. We had a representative from GLAAD come in and we got to pick his brain a little bit about what some of tropes were in this kind of depiction. You know, what we might want to steer toward, and what we might want to in turn avoid.
Wittmer: The show’s been getting compared a lot to “Stranger Things.” And it seems like that’s happening simply because this is a Netflix show that has teenagers kids in it, set in another decade. What show or movie do you want the show to be compared to?
Mohan: The obvious comparisons are “Freaks and Geeks” or “My So-Called Life.” “Freaks and Geeks” is like the best high school show ever made. And what’s so great about “My So-Called Life” is that it was one of the first times you saw characters in a very real and grounded way. But the biggest influence for our show is actually this Swedish movie from 1998 called ” target=”_blank”Show Me Love,” which is just a beautiful coming-of-age lesbian story about a girl living in a small town and just trying to deal with the purgatory of high school.
Jones: Thematically and aesthetically, it probably seems like an outlandish reference, but we both like that filmmaker quite a bit. And that movie in particular is incredibly funny but also very emotionally raw, and we certainly look up to his sensibilities.
Wittmer: You had to cast a lot of kids for this show. What was the casting process like?
Jones: It was indeed extensive. The whole process lasted maybe four months. Amey René, our casting director, she’s based in both Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest, and she really put out feelers in all four corners. I mean, Peyton Kennedy, who plays Kate, we found in Toronto. And Jahi, who plays Luke, is from Atlanta. The kids are from all over. We saw well over 1,000 kids. In the evenings, there were months and months where I didn’t watch any TV or movies, just two hours of watching audition tapes.
Mohan: We’re one of Netflix’s lower budget shows [Netflix did not confirm this], so we knew that we had to cast a number of roles from the Pacific Northwest. But what was incredible was some of the roles that we weren’t expecting to cast from there, we actually did. Like Claudine who plays Sherry, she’s a woman from the Seattle theater scene up there who came in to read. And originally we figured we’d be casting Sherry from Los Angeles or New York.
Jones: Yeah, we assumed, wrongly. And Claudine came in, who had a bit part on the show “Grimm” and was really known for her work in theater up there. She blew everybody away. Like, everybody. She was for sure the right person and Netflix supported our decision to cast this no-name actor in a lead role.
Mohan: Similarly, Quinn Liebling, who plays Tyler, is from the Pacific Northwest and that was another role we thought we were gonna have to probably cast from New York or LA and we were wrong: We found him right there. I think he’s from a place called like Bainbridge Island.
Wittmer: I think casting outside of New York and LA helped you bring this diverse little group together.
Jones: I’m glad to hear you say that. And to add to that, a lot of our “featured” extras casting, of course, is pulling people from the Pacific Northwest and they add such character and texture to the show.
Wittmer: Is that where you shot the show?
Mohan: Yeah, we shot it in and around the town of Boring, Oregon, which is a real place about 20 miles south of Portland.
Wittmer: There’s a song that dominates each episode and it typically serves as that episode’s theme. Did you think of a song when you were writing an episode? Like the use of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s?”
Jones: Speaking specifically to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” we kind of imagined that Ken Messner’s personal playlist would be the soundtrack at Applebee’s. So somehow, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which is a catchy and rocking song, became the flagship for Ken’s musical taste. But frequently, needle drops were written into the scripts and were conceived in the writers room.
Mohan: We didn’t know we’d be able to get this much music in the show. I was shocked. Every episode has four or five big songs. But the one that is my personal favorite that derived from our very, very initial inception of this show, is Ace of Base’s “It’s A Beautiful Life.”
Wittmer: That episode made me cry.
Mohan: Oh, that’s good to hear! I mean, sorry.
Wittmer: No! It was tears of joy. I’ve also been on a bus in the 90s singing an Ace of Base song with my classmates.
Mohan: Exactly! And it’s just the perfect song to be like, when the episode begins and everyone’s happy and it’s this bittersweet thing and then the end of the episode when everyone is just destroyed and how that plays in counterpart to that.
Jones: Something about that pop song under images of these depressed teenagers really stuck us as poignant somehow.

Wizkid: With ‘Soco’, Starboy looks to the future and shares his blessings

If there’s more where this came from, Wizzy’s about to become every DJ and club’s best friend. Wizkid had a great 2017. The singer had two sides of his career experience wins, with his “Sounds From The Other Side,” campaign in the US and Europe, before coming home to find his one local hit record ‘Manya’.What ‘Manya’ did for Wizkid in December can’t be overstated. It served as just the jam to bring back the singer into a lot of local spaces and faces, with late-year parties spinning it on repeat across the country.‘Manya’ drew from a very tried-trusted-and- true formula of sampling and remaking old records. Wizzy took VVIPs classic hit record ‘Ahomka Womu’, and turned it into a Naija ‘beer-parlour’ record. What it showed was that Wizkid was open to trying out new methods and sound structures to make hit records.And that’s what he’s done for his next single.He is back this time, and he is doing it in style. His new record is titled ‘Soco’, and it features his new signee, Terri, alongside Ceeza Milli and Spotless. This marks the first time he is opening his platform and himself wide enough to upcoming artists.  Fun Fact: he signed Terri, after the singer tagged him in an Instagram video!On the record, Wizkid acts as the anchor of course.The spellbinding Afrobeat fusion production, meanwhile, comes courtesy of Northboi, a new secret-weapon hitmaker who nobody has heard of in mainstream music, before this record. Just google his name, and you would only find this song as his major credit. This is another first for Wizkid, who is expanding his circle and sharing his riches. Why is this beat so damn perfect for Wizkid?A heavyweight collaboration like this could easily overshadow all the lesser-known artists featured, rendering them irrelevant on the record. But this isn’t the case, as the verses allow them shine through, before the hypnotic-dance hook takes over. It’s all woman-worship, another formulaic theme. But they all come through, with the most melody-hugging flows. (“You make a man wanna smoke canabbis, now my head done reset, all I see na your waist, girl come manya make we dance oh..”)I don’t blame the numerous hypemen on Twitter screaming about how syrupy this record is. If I could write more on it, I will pen a lot more articles with each listen. It is that good!“Soco” is the first single from Wizkid’s upcoming EP, “Made In Lagos,” dropping soon via Starboy Music. If there’s more where this came from, Wizzy’s about to become every DJ and club’s best friend.

Serious Tidy! Port Harcourt burglar stripped naked after busted operation

The suspect was apprehended while making to exit a house a burgled. He was stripped naked with both hands and legs tied. In Port Harcourt, Rivers State, a mob has apprehended a male burglar who was stripped naked following a busted operation.The event which occurred in the Niger-Delta region of Rumukpokwu located in Ikwerre, saw the man lying bare with his hands tied with a rope. It was alleged that the suspect made away with items such as some jewelries and money. He was able to carry out the heist when the occupants of the house he visited went to work. An image showed the alleged burglar with twine-bound hands and legs both tied. He appeared as one who had been subjected to an intense beating in the hands of the mob.Losing phone to SIM card hackers can cost loss of savingsA six-man gang who specialize in the theft of mobile phones have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.The suspects reportedly deliver SIM cards obtained from their heist to hackers who have developed a technique for making away with the savings of their victims.While parading the men, state police commissioner, Mr. Imohimi Edgal stated that they are able to carry out the theft using an application which gives them access to their victim’s bank account. Their exploits came to a halt following an a recent operation in the suburban town of Egbeda, where a lady identified as Yinka was robbed of her mobile.According to reports, he found out that a sum of N1, 153,000, had been removed from her bank account after inserting her SIM in a new device.

Appreciating Nigeria’s contribution to UN peacekeeping

Nigeria has one of the largest female peacekeepers PHOTO:NAN
Nigerian female peacekeepers on duty in Monrovia PHOTO:NAN
Nigerian peacekeepers bid Liberia farewell after 5 years PHOTO:NAN
Nigerian peacekeepers PHOTO:NAN
Nigerian police are among the best peacekeepers in the world PHOTO:NAN
Since 1960s, Nigeria has been a major contributor of troops and police to United Nations peace operations, serving and making sacrifices in dozens of missions, the UN said.
According to a 2016 data published by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Nigeria is the world’s 14th largest troops contributing nation to United Nations Peacekeeping operations.
According to the report, Nigeria ranks eighth in Africa, contributing a total of 2, 170 peacekeeping personnel in 2016.
It shows that in that year, Nigeria provided 403 policemen, 46 military experts and 1,721 troops, out of which 232 were females, as of Aug. 31, 2016.
It notes that even recently, the UN said Nigerian troops were the military backbone of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), from 2003 to 2018.
The report notes further that Nigerian peacekeepers, during the period, helped to restore security throughout a country that had undergone a brutal civil war.
“In January 2018, Liberians and the international community watched the first democratic transfer of power in the country in decades.
“This is thanks in no small part to Nigeria and other troop and police contributing countries,” the UN says in the report.
According to DPKO, Nigeria has also made commendable efforts to include female peacekeepers in their ranks.
The peacekeeping department said: “Out of the 20,000 Nigerians who have served in Liberia, more than 1,500 were women.
“The UN is taking steps and engaging with Members States to include more women in its peacekeeping operations around the world”.
Liberia’s new President George Weah recently commended UNMIL for its longstanding support to peace and stability.
Weah said: “The Liberian people will forever remain grateful to you for your bravery and service to our great nation.
“Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice you have made over the years to keep the peace and stability of our beloved mama Liberia. As you leave us now, we will forever remember you”.
According to UNMIL, Nigeria is one of the first countries to provide troops in Liberia in 2003, and among the last to leave, its final troops flying out just last week.
The mission said the last batch of 200 Nigerian peacekeepers deployed to Liberia recently withdrew after five years following the conclusion of their mission in the country.
“The last military protection force in UNMIL left Liberia on Feb. 10, 2018, as part of the termination of the mission’s mandate, scheduled on March 30,” the mission said.
UNMIL was established in September 2003 to monitor a ceasefire agreement in Liberia following the resignation of President Charles Taylor and the conclusion of the Second Liberian Civil War.
Nigeria has won several laurels and awards to show for its contribution to peace with more than 15,000 veteran peacekeepers awarded UN letters of commendation and medals for outstanding performances during their tour of duty.
In 2012, the Acting Head of UNMIL, Mr Louis Aucoin, honoured more than 1,500 Nigerian peacekeepers, including 92 women, with UN medals for their contributions to UNMIL and peace in Liberia.
An official farewell ceremony was held recently in honour of the departing police and military personnel who have served with the Mission.
This symbolised the end of UNMIL’s military and police operations in Liberia, more than 14 years after UNMIL was deployed in compliance with Security Council resolution 1509 (2003).
The Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Salihu Uba, was Head of UNMIL’s Military component of men and women from various countries particularly, Nigeria, Pakistan and Ukraine.
Uba was Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command of the Nigerian Army (TRADOC) before his appointment on Jan. 9, 2015, as the Force Commander for UNMIL by the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The Formed Police Unit composed of Nigerian and Chinese personnel and since 2003, 61 contingents from various countries had served in Liberia, UNMIL said.
The Force Commander stated that it was not all roses particularly for the military, which had the highest fatalities of 138 personnel while the police lost 21 persons.
“As we are closing, the memory of those 159 persons and others in the Mission will continue to live in our minds.
“We will continue to pay special tribute to them and those who contributed to peace and security in Liberia,” he said.
The Force Commander, on behalf of the Police Commissioner Simon Blatchly, expressed their profound appreciation to the uniformed component of UNMIL.
“As individual units and contingents, you have done remarkably well to keep the flags high, we are proud of your endeavours as significant contribution to peace in Liberia.
“Today Liberia is a success story and classic example of a post conflict nation that has emerged stronger than ever before.
“The country is indeed a symbol of hope for other nations engulfed in conflicts and wars,” Uba said.
Nigeria served and sacrificed for a peaceful LiberiaThe Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Farid Zarif, in his speech, said the event signified an important benchmark in the history of the UN in West Africa.
“While my colleagues in uniform are writing the last pages of the peacekeeping operations here, Liberians and their Leaders have started writing the first pages of a brand new chapter in their history.
“The fact that the current circumstances allow the departure of our last contingent indicates that Liberia has reached the point where they feel absolutely confident of their future,” Zarif said.
As the UNMIL officially ends its mandate on March 30, 2018, UN says it is appreciative of Nigeria’s active participation in peacekeeping around the world over the years.
“These brave individuals had left their families behind to work in some of the most hostile environments on the planet to help others, save lives and promote peace and security.
“Being away from their families for months at a time can be one of the most difficult aspects of being a peacekeeper. We thank them for their service and sacrifice,” the UN said.

Communities Clash In Kwara Over Land Ownership

Photo of a building situated in the area where the clash took place
 
A clash broke out on Wednesday between the people of Offa community in Offa Local Government Area (LGA) and the Ijagbo people in Oyun LGA over land ownership.
The misunderstanding over the ownership of the portion of the land by both sides has been on for the past 10 years, during which a mutual understanding had been reached twice.
Channels Television gathered that some youths from Offa reportedly stormed the disputed area on Wednesday morning, destroying the residential building and community hall built on the land while the Ijagbo youths retaliated.
Efforts by police to calm the situation did not yield positive result as officers of the Nigerian Navy were drafted in to bring the situation under control.
Sources also said the roads leading to the two communities were littered with burnt tyres while there were sporadic gunshots which led to three persons being injured.
A motorcycle destroyed during the clash
 
They added that the injured victims have been taken to the hospital, but residents of the troubled area have remained indoors for fear of being attacked.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident, said the situation is under control as the police are trying to ensure that it does not escalate.
In his reaction, the state governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, called on the people of the two communities to maintain peace and not take the laws into their hands.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Abdulwahab Oba, Governor Ahmed warned that “government will not allow any breach of peace, harmony and tranquility under any guise in the state”.
A car destroyed during the clash
 
He further directed the security agencies to arrest and bring the perpetrators to justice and restore law and order in the communities.
The governor assured the people of the state that his administration would continue to prioritise the protection of lives and property for economic growth and overall development.
He also informed residents in the area that the security agencies are fully in charge of the situation and urged them to go about their lawful businesses without fear.
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Passengers Accuse Dana Air Of Neglect After Port Harcourt Mishap

Photo: Sahara Reporters
The passengers of the near crash landing of Dana Plane at Port Harcourt International Airport are lamenting over what they describe as utter neglect being experienced since the incident occurred.
According to them, no one has come forward to explain what transpired yesterday evening or inform them about how to access their luggage.
One of the passengers also informed our correspondent that contrary to reports, the plane landed normally, but could not explain what happened thereafter.
But attempts to get a representative of the airline at the airport to respond to the allegation was not successful as some officials who refused to be put on record, mentioned that they are not allowed to speak to the press.
Meanwhile, it is business as usual as passengers were seen trying to purchase their tickets to their various destinations from the same airline
Unconfirmed reports have it that some officials of FAAN and Dana Airline are currently at the spot where the Plane ended up, which they say has been cordoned off.
READ ALSO: Dana Air Plane Overshoots Runway In Port Harcourt
On Tuesday, a plane belonging to Dana Air overshot the runway in Port Harcourt on Tuesday after landing at the Port Harcourt Airport.
The plane had flown to Port Harcourt from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the nation’s capital Abuja.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the incident.
She said, “A Dana aircraft numbered 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt airport has overshot the Port Harcourt runway.
“The incident was suspected to have been caused by a heavy rain, which was accompanied by strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt.
“No casualty was recorded, as all passengers on board were safely evacuated.”
The Communications Manager for the airline, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, said in a statement the plane “skidded off the runway at the Port Harcourt International Airport, as a result of the bad weather situation and torrential rain at the time of landing”.
The airline commended the pilot for how he handled the issue, adding that all passengers and crew disembarked safely.
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Restless Bayern Wait On Rodriguez Fitness

Colombia’s James Rodriguez (L) vies for the ball with South Korea’s Lee Jae-Sung (R) during their friendly football match in Suwon.JUNG Yeon-Je / AFP
 
Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are waiting to discover the extent of James Rodriguez’s calf injury amid grumblings of unrest in their star-studded squad.
 
The Colombian international limped off after 44 minutes of Tuesday night’s 5-0 mauling of Besiktas in the Champions League last 16, first-leg tie.
Bayern hope for good news when the attacking midfielder is examined on Wednesday.
“I think the injury is not that bad, but I don’t know if it will take a few days or longer – we will have to see,” said head coach Jupp Heynckes.
Heynckes said Rodriguez did not feel a sharp “sting, like a muscle tear, but it came on gradually, so it was better to take him off.”
Bayern are waiting to see if the 26-year-old will miss Saturday’s Bundesliga game at home to Hertha Berlin.
The Bavarian giants are on a 14-match winning run, 19 points clear in the Bundesliga table and on course for a sixth straight league title.
When Rodriguez went off just before half-time, Arjen Robben replaced him and helped set up goals for Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski, who both scored twice.
In post-match interviews, Robben was clearly annoyed at starting on the bench alongside fellow veteran winger Franck Ribery, who came on for the final 10 minutes.
“When you don’t play, it hurts, but I don’t want to say more or I’ll end up in trouble,” fumed Robben.
The German media were quick to pick up on his malaise amid concerns it could spark unrest within the team.
“Of course players like Arjen and Franck are disappointed when they are left out,” said defender Jerome Boateng reassuringly.
“There wasn’t any trouble and Arjen gave us new momentum when he came on.
“James has played well in the past few weeks, it was a difficult decision to make – it’s not easy for the coach.”
Heynckes had all of his outfield players fit to face Besiktas and admits it is a struggle deciding who to leave out.
“I have to manage that and I do what I think is right. Everyone has to accept that. Full stop,” said Heynckes.
“He (Robben) came in and invigorated us, I knew he would and I am glad to have options up front.”
AFP
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Senator Omo-Agege Apologises To Senate For Comments About Electoral Act Amendment

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
 
Senator Ovie Omo- Agege has apologised to the Senate over his comments about electoral act Amendment.
Omo-Agege had earlier accused the upper legislative chamber of deliberately targeting President Muhammadu Buhari by changing the sequence of elections.
Alongside nine Senators, Omo-Agege last week Wednesday made the statement after the Senate adopted the conference report on the amendment. They alleged that the amendment had a pre-determined motive aimed at President Buhari.
The Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, however, apologised on Wednesday, February 21, during the Senate plenary.
After the apology, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who presided at plenary advised Senator Omo-Agege to meet with Committee on Ethics which has been mandated to investigate the matter.
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The Senate on Tuesday, February 21 directed its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the statement credited to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. This was after Senator Dino Melaye raised a point of order saying his privilege as a Federal Lawmaker and that of the Senate was breached by the statement made by Senator Omo-Agege.
The adoption of the amendment to Section 25 of the Electoral Act 2010, provides that the presidential elections would be conducted last, instead of first, as is the current order.
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Tahir Yusuf: Court grants EFCC permission to freeze ex-naval officer’s accounts

The judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu made the order following an ex parte order filed by Mrs Elizabeth Alabi on behalf of the EFCC chairman. The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted permission to the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to freeze the accounts of Admiral Tahir Yusuf, a retired naval officer.The judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu made the order following an ex parte order filed by Mrs Elizabeth Alabi on behalf of the EFCC chairman.“An order is hereby made granting the chairman of the EFCC or any officer of the commission, powers to instruct the Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc or the Chief Compliance officer of Zenith Bank to issue a freezing order.“The freezing order is in respect to the accounts shown in the application until investigation into the matter is concluded.”The judge made a similar order directing the managing director of Skye Bank to also issue a freezing order in respect to the same accounts in his bank.She further ordered that should investigations reveal a prima facie case against the respondent, the EFCC should take steps to prosecute appropriately as stipulated by law.Earlier, Alabi informed the court that the commission received intelligence report with regards to some unusual transactions between the account of the Nigerian Navy and those of Yusuf.She said that upon investigation, it was discovered that huge sums of money were transferred from the navy’s account to the account of Yusuf and Babajide Oguntade, both retired officers of the navy.“We discovered an inflow of about N2 billion into a joint account they had opened. On further investigation, we realized that the money had been spent.“We also uncovered about seven accounts belonging to Yusuf with the bank and these are the accounts we want the court to freeze so we can conclude our investigation, “she said.The counsel said that investigations were still on to unravel why monies were moved from the Nigerian Navy’s account into the individual accounts.Justice Ojukwu adjourned the matter until April 20, for counsel to report back.

Ibrahim Idris: Police lose 9,028 to retirement, dismissal, death annually-IGP

He noted that the 308, 000 police workforce was grossly inadequate for the effective policing of the more than 180 million people in the country. The Inspector General of Police ( IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris says the Nigeria Police Force loses 9,028 officers to death, dismissal and retirement annually.Idris made the disclosure at the monthly meeting with Commissioners of Police and above on Wednesday in Abuja.The IGP said that the development had seriously affected the manpower of the force.He noted that the 308, 000 police workforce was grossly inadequate for the effective policing of the more than 180 million people in the country.The police boss said that the country was far below the UN standard of one policeman to 400 persons adding that the Federal Government had approved the recruitment of 6,000 policemen into the rank and file.“The issue of manpower is one problem the Nigeria Police Force is facing,” he said.On the attachment of policemen to private persons, Idris said that the force would review it to ensure that they worked for the general public.“There is a need for us to have a police that will work for the generality of Nigerians,” he said.He said that he had directed police commissioners and zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, to compile the number of policemen attached to individuals in the country.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 directed that police personnel attached to unauthorized and some prominent persons in the country be withdrawn and deployed to confront the security challenges in the nation.The Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr Mike Okiro, said that more than 150,000 policemen were attached to unauthorized persons and Very Important Personalities (VIPs) in the country.He said that the meeting was aimed at having a comprehensive resolution on the issue of illegal firearms in the country.Idris noted that the alleged arming of militia groups by state governments and individuals was not in the interest of the country.He urged the commissioners of police to embark on campaign against illegal firearms in their various commands.Idris said that plans were underway to construct an armoury for the storage of illegal firearms seized from militias across the country.He said that the force had taken several measures to check security challenges across the country.