WAEC Releases 2021 Results, Records 81.7% Success Rate

Head of WAEC Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, announced the release of the result.

 

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2021 Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE) results and noted that there was an improvement in the number of candidates who got credits in five subjects including Mathematics and English Language. 

The head of the Nigeria National Office of the examination body, Patrick Areghan, disclosed this in a press conference on Monday.

While giving a breakdown of the examination and the results, he explained that 1,560,261 candidates sat for the exercise in five countries – The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

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A further breakdown of the results showed that 1,398,370 candidates who make up 89.62%, had credits and above in at least five (5) subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics.

According to him, 1,274,784 persons, representing 81.7%, had credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 65.24%,” he added.

“Thus, there is an appreciable 16.46% improvement in performance in this regard.”

Head of WAEC Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, announcing the release of the result.

 

He also noted that the examination which spanned seven weeks was affected by several security challenges including the sit-at-home order in the South East, banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, etc, in the north and other parts of Nigeria.

“All these, coupled with the continuous effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic, made the whole exercise a Herculean one,” the statement read.

 

Igbo Group Praises Buhari For Considering Nnamdi Kanu’s Release

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

 

The Chairman, Igbo Leaders of Thought, Professor Ben Nwabueze, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for considering the release of Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is currently facing treasonous charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

“​I applaud your decision to consider the release of Nnamdi Kanu not withstanding as you said in your statement, that granting the request will have great consequences,” Professor Nwabueze said in a statement on Saturday.

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President Buhari on Friday had promised to consider releasing Kanu after meeting with a group of leaders from the South East under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats.

However, he described the request as “an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country” as it would mean interfering with the work of the judiciary.

“In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary,” the President said.

Court Adjourns Kanu’s Trial

 

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu to January 19, 2022.

The adjournment came after Kanu’s team of lawyers, staged a walk out over the refusal of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to allow some of them access into the courtroom.

This screen grab, taken on November 10, 2021, shows Nnamdi Kanu (on white) during his trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

 

Kanu, who was brought into the courtroom around 9:52 am, had shortly after his case was called up, decried the refusal of security agents to allow some members of his legal team, especially his lawyer from the United States of America, Bruce Fein, to enter the courtroom.

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The IPOB leader told the court that Mr. Fein, who he said was handling a case for him in the US, was around to witness his trial.

Security operatives at the Federal High Court in Abuja ahead of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

 

When asked by the judge, if he was ready to conduct the proceedings himself, in the absence of his lawyers, Kanu replied in the negative.

Meanwhile, counsel to FG, Mister Mohamed Abubakar, who is the Director of Public Prosecution, urged the court to proceed with the trial in the absence of Kanu’s lawyers.

Security agents had barred some journalists from the courtroom.

 

Abubakar told the court that ordinarily, the matter was fixed for a hearing of an application that was filed by the defendant.

He argued that since Kanu’s lead counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who was initially inside the courtroom, walked out with his team shortly before the arrival of the judge, his pending application should be deemed abandoned.

There was a heavy security presence at the court premises during the trial.

 

In a short ruling, though Justice Nyako expressed her displeasure over the conduct of Kanu’s lawyers. She also declined to dismiss the pending application and rather adjourned the case till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.

PHOTOS: Security Beefed Up Ahead Of Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial

Nnamdi Kanu was extradited to Nigeria a few months ago.

 

There is a heavy security presence at the Federal High Court in Abuja ahead of the trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, would hear the application challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the competency of the charge against him during the hearing on Wednesday.

Security operatives at the Federal High Court in Abuja ahead of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

 

The Federal Government had on October 18, filed a seven-count amended charge, bordering on treasonable felony and Kanu’s alleged involvement in acts of terrorism.

Kanu, who was brought in at about 9:52 am, also protested the decision of the Department of State Services (DSS) to bar his lawyers from the courtroom.

Again, cameramen were barred by security operatives from making videos in the courtroom before the commencement of the trial.

Anambra Guber Poll: US Threatens Visa Ban On Electoral Offenders

 

 

Ahead of the Anambra State gubernatorial election on Saturday, the United States (US) has threatened sanctions, including visa restrictions on anyone who interferes with the democratic process or instigates violence against civilian populations before, during, or after the elections.

This warning was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria.

According to the brief communique, certain violations may also lead to restrictions on relatives of the electoral offenders and the families of those who may instigate violence at the polls.

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“We will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere with the democratic process or instigate violence against civilian populations before, during, or after the elections.

“We will not hesitate to consider consequences – including visa restrictions – for those found to be responsible for election-related violence or undermining the democratic process.

“Under U.S. immigration law, certain violations also may lead to restrictions on family members,” the statement partly read.

The US government, however, noted that it is anticipating a free and fair election that will be peaceful with results that accurately reflect the will of the Anambra residents.

Citizens, electoral officials, party members, and security force personnel were all urged by the American government to play their part in ensuring a credible and secure electoral process.

Troops Raid Suspected ESN/IPOB Hideout In Enugu, Arrest Two ‘Ring Leaders’

A file photo of Nigerian troops.

 

Two suspected ring leaders of the Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network (IPOB/ESN) have been arrested by security operatives in Enugu.

They were apprehended after troops of a Joint Security Team raided IPOB/ESN hideouts in Mgbowo, Awgu Local Government Area, on the 1st of November 2021.

A spokesman for the 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, disclosed on Tuesday that the suspects are currently undergoing interrogation with a security agency.

Major Abdullahi noted that, contrary to IPOB/ESN propaganda video, there was no incident of indiscriminate firing or unprovoked burning of houses during the raid.

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“The joint operation in Agwu was conducted in the night and there was no destruction of any private property involved.

“The trending videos in circulation claiming to represent the aftermath of the night operation are not portraying the Agwu operation. It is meant to whip up sentiment and incite the public against the Army.

“Meanwhile, an investigation into the video is ongoing to ascertain when and where it was shot and those involved. Any personnel found culpable would be sanctioned accordingly. Updates will be communicated when the investigation is completed,” Major Abdullahi assured the public.

He further advised members of the public to disregard “such propaganda materials intended to mislead” the populace, adding that the Army shall continue to support other security agencies in line with its constitutional mandate in a professional manner.

The officer further noted that any act of unprofessional conduct among troops of the Nigerian Army will not be tolerated.

 

Court Adjourns Human Rights Suit Filed By Nnamdi Kanu Till Nov 19

IPOB Will Never Be Violent, Says Nnamdi Kanu
A file photo of Nnamdi Kanu.

 

A Federal High Court in Abia State has adjourned a suit filed on behalf of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, against the Federal Government.

The court had assigned the suit for hearing today (November 2) but it has now been adjourned for reasons that are yet to be clear.

According to Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, the suit was seeking his client’s unconditional release from ‘illegal detention’.

“I am saddened by this untoward development over a suit that seeks the unconditional release of Kanu from his illegal detention,” Ejimakor said.

Meanwhile, the previous judge presiding over the matter had hinted that he would not continue and therefore, called on the Chief Judge to reassign the matter to another judge.

Kanu was first arrested in 2015 on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms, and improper importation of goods, among others.

He was initially detained and arraigned in court, but he fled the country in 2017 after he was granted bail for medical reasons.

The embattled IPOB leader was later sighted in Israel, but he was intercepted on June 27 and repatriated to Nigeria to face the charges for which he was arrested – about four years since he jumped bail.

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His repatriation followed an operation conducted by Nigerian security operatives in collaboration with international partners.

On July 26, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja adjourned his trial until October 21 after the DSS failed to produce him in court.

She faulted the action of the security outfit and asked the prosecution to be diligent with dates whenever she gives one, stressing that it was important for Kanu to be present at his trial.

On October 21, he was eventually brought to court by officials of the DSS amid heavy security.

Prior to that date, the Federal Government had filed seven amended charges bordering on treasonable felony and acts of terrorism against him.

The IPOB leader was accused of using Radio Biafra to instigate violence that led to the death of at least 175 security personnel and several other citizens.

Anambra Governorship Election: INEC Meets With Leaders Of Political Parties

Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and members of the commission in a consultative meeting with leaders of political parties at INEC Conference Hall Headquarters in Abuja. Photo: Facebook/INEC

 

Authorities of the Independent National Election (INEC) have met with leaders of various political parties ahead of the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.

At the meeting which was held on Friday in Abuja, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the forum was organized to afford the commission and leaders of the political parties an opportunity to thrash all lingering issues ahead of the Anambra polls.

The INEC boss disclosed that Anambra has 5720 polling units, adding, however, that of the number stated, 86 polling units representing 1.5 percent have no single voter.

He also disclosed that 894 polling units representing 15.6 percent have only between 1 and 49 voters.

Prof. Yakubu further revealed that out of the 18 political parties, one has not fielded polling agents even though it has a governorship candidate.


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‘We Are Prepared’

A cross-section of participants at the event in Abuja. Photo: Facebook/INEC.

 

INEC’s meeting with leaders of political parties ahead of the polls in Anambra comes two days after a joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee met with the electoral body.

At the forum, Senate Committee Chairman on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, said the meeting became imperative because of the security situation in the state and its effect on the election outcome.

He stated that INEC has increased the polling units in Anambra from 4,608 to 5,720 to allow better accessibility by the electorate.

The fear, according to Senator Gaya, remains that there are possibilities that the violence rocking the state might mar the poll.

In his remarks, Professor Yakubu informed the lawmakers that the commission was prepared for the election in the southeast state.

“We have successfully carried out 12 of the 14 activities we should do; the only outstanding activities are on the last day of campaigns by political parties which are going to be in the next eight days, and the election proper on the 6th of November,” he said.

“We have recovered from the series of attacks on our facilities, and I am happy to say that we have deployed all relevant materials not only to Awka but all the local government areas.

“We have trained the requisite number of ad-hoc staff for the election and we have also mobilised the transport owners for logistics. As far as INEC is concerned, we are prepared,” Professor Yakubu declared.

I Have A Different Method To Address Anambra’s Security Situation, Says Ubah

 

The lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the National Assembly, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, says he will deploy a different method to address the security situation if elected as the governor of the state.

He stated this on Wednesday when he featured as a guest on Politics Today, barely two weeks to the November 6 governorship election.

“The security situation in my state has a different method (that) I am going to apply,” the Young Progressives Party (YPP) candidate said during an interview on the Channels Television political show.

“I am going to apply information technology, gathering. My constituency asked me to go and see how I can proffer political solution to issues that surround Nnamdi Kanu.”

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As parties continue the bid to sell their candidates to the people of Anambra to succeed incumbent Governor Willie Obiano, the security situation in the state and parts of the South-East appears not to be improving.

A file photo of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

Amid fears resulting from purported threats by armed groups to disrupt the election, the police authorities said they have put adequate security measures in place to ensure voters cast their ballots without any problem.

 

A Political Solution

Outlawed separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), alongside the Eastern Security Network (ESN) have been blamed for most of the attacks.

The groups have continued to demand the release of IPOB leader, Kanu who is being held in detention by the Federal Government over allegations bordering on treason and other crimes.

On the way forward, Senator Ubah is proposing a political solution in dealing with the agitation by the secession agitators.

He recalled how he visited the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) to facilitate Kanu’s release, but was denied access to him.

“Do we love ourselves in this country? If we love ourselves, let us proffer political solutions to so many things, not only Nnamdi Kanu,” the lawmaker said.

“For God’s sake, I have no apologies; that is what I am doing. I went to the DSS and met the DG. He told me to go to court. I did this thing without letting anyone know. I went to the court and I have filed to the court to give me access to him.”

Kanu, 53, who wants a separate state for the ethnic Igbo people in the southeast, was arrested abroad in June and brought back to Nigeria to face trial.

He was first arrested in October 2015 but was released on bail and fled the country in 2017.

IPOB has called for a “sit-at-home” on Thursday across the south-east region to protest the arrest of its leader.

Nnamdi Kanu Brought To Court For Trial Amid Heavy Security

Nnamdi Kanu in the courtroom with his lawyers on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

 

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu was brought to court by officials of the Department of State Security (DSS) for his trial amid heavy security.

He was brought into the courtroom amid heavy security with journalists denied access to film or take pictures of the embattled IPOB leader.

Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to Kanu confirmed to journalists that his client was already in court for his trial. He also sent to journalists, pictures of them together in the courtroom.

As at the time of compiling this report, no journalist was allowed entrance into the courtroom.

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DSS officials had earlier set up a barricade at the entrance of the Federal High Court where the case is to be heard as they prevented reporters and officials from gaining entry, resulting in angry scenes and arguments.

There was a heavy security presence at the Federal High court in Abuja where the trial is to be heard on Thursday… October 21, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

This comes three days after the Federal Government filed seven amended charges bordering on treasonable felony and acts of terrorism against him.

The trial Judge Justice Binta Nyako had adjourned proceedings till today due to Kanu’s absence in court on Monday, insisting the trial will not go on in his absence.

 

 – Arrest, Rearrest, and Repatriation –

Kanu was first arrested in 2015 on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms, and improper importation of goods, among others.

He was initially detained and arraigned in court, but he fled the country in 2017 after he was granted bail for medical reasons.

The embattled IPOB leader was later sighted in Israel, but he was intercepted on June 27 and repatriated to Nigeria to face the charges for which he was arrested – about four years since he jumped bail.

His repatriation followed an operation conducted by Nigerian security operatives in collaboration with international partners.

On July 26, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja adjourned the trial of Kanu until October 21 after the DSS failed to produce him in court.

She faulted the action of the security outfit and asked the prosecution to be diligent with dates whenever she gives one, stressing that it was important for Kanu to be present at his trial.

PHOTO: Journalists Barred From Covering Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial

Journalists were denied entry into the Federal High court in Abuja when Nnamdi Kanu’s trial resumed on October 21, 2021. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

For the second time in about three months, security operatives have barred journalists from covering the case of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

At the last adjourned date in July, there was an altercation between the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and lawyers, as well as journalists.

On Thursday, some of the reporters attached to the court arrived as early as 6am but were prevented from covering the trial.

 

Although Channels Television’s correspondent and six other journalists were cleared at the main gate of the court, armed DSS operatives at the door of the courtroom denied them entry.

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The operatives insisted their action was based on “order from above”.

One of the DSS operatives, however, claimed that they were waiting for a directive from the trial judge, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, on how many journalists should be allowed to go in and cover the proceedings.

Another DSS operative, who addressed a few journalists at the entrance of Court 2 – the courtroom where the proceedings took place, stated that they were instructed to ensure journalists remained at the press centre.

According to him, that is where the journalists will be screened – after getting a clearance from the trial judge.

No journalist was eventually allowed into the courtroom to cover the trial.

Meanwhile, a source inside the courtroom notified reporters that the embattled IPOB leader took his fresh plea to the seven amended charges at about 10:45am.

When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

Justice Nyako, thereafter, adjourned the case until November 10 to hear Kanu’s application, challenging the competence of the charges.

 

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Chiwetalu Agu Regains Freedom From DSS Custody

Actor Chiwetalu Agu (m) was released from DSS custody on October 12, 2021.
Actor Chiwetalu Agu (m) was released from DSS custody on October 12, 2021.

 

Nollywood actor, Chiwetalu Agu, has regained his freedom after spending four days in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).

The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) disclosed this on Tuesday via a statement issued by its spokesperson, Chinda Monalisa.

Agu was first arrested last Thursday by soldiers for wearing an outfit resembling the flag of Biafra during which he was also reportedly assaulted.

Shortly after, the military authorities issued a statement, saying the actor was apprehended after he publicly displayed his solidarity for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a proscribed separatist group.

After widespread criticism, the army freed the actor on Friday, after spending about 24 hours in detention.

But a few hours after his release by the army, he was arrested by the DSS for “further questioning,” he had remained in the custody of the security outfit since then.

However, the AGN said the actor’s release was as a result of efforts by its National President, Emeka Rollas, and other stakeholders.

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According to the statement, Agu was excited after his release while appreciating God as well as the AGN leadership for coming to his rescue.

“The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has yet again secured the release of Actor Chiwetalu Agu from the custody of the DSS,” the statement read.

“On behalf of the Guild, I was at the DSS office with my colleague, the Senior special Assistant on Military Affairs and Inter Governmental Relations to the President Steve Eboh to receive Mr. Agu today.

“The elated veteran Actor thanked God for surviving the ordeal and commended the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria headed by Ejezie Emeka Rollas for their relentless efforts in securing his release from the detention.”