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Late Taiwo Akinkunmi’s family calls on FG to honour him with state burial



The family of late Taiwo Akinkunmi, the designer of Nigeria’s national flag, on Friday in Ibadan urged the Federal Government to honour him with a state burial.

Mr Akinremi Akinkunmi, the eldest son of the late Taiwo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that such honour would go a long way in making Nigerian youths better.


”It will make the Nigerian youths believe in hard work, integrity and selfless service to the nation,” he said.


The young Mr Akinkunmi noted that the demise of his father was a great loss to the entire family because he left them with a vacuum only God could fill. He described his father as a brilliant man and an intellectual from childhood, saying such qualities earned him a scholarship to study abroad and bring him other recognitions.


“I believe that we don’t need to mourn him because he played his part well. He got to his bus stop ceremoniously in life and got down peacefully.


“But we want the Federal Government to give him a befitting burial.


“Also, we are going to miss his fatherly advice, friendliness and kindness to everyone around him,” Akinkunmi said.


Meanwhile, Mr Olaniran Shofela, a Family Head and Community Leader from Abiodun’s Compound at Oke Ago-Owu in Abeokuta, says the late Akinkunmi was not from Ibadan or Ekiti as speculated.


Shofela said Akinkunmi remained a pride of his family among the people of Owu in Abeokuta, because he made his mark and did something unique in the history of Nigeria.


“Nobody will write the history of Nigeria today without mentioning his name because his effort had made him to occupy a conspicuous place in the history of Nigeria as a whole.


“His ingenuity came to bear when his national flag design emerged overall best out of numerous designs in a competition that was devoid of corruption,” he said.


Shofela urged youths to emulate the useful and contented life of Akinkunmi by not placing money before service, hard work and integrity. He noted that Akinkunmi left a legacy of service, humility and integrity, which made people to celebrate him during his lifetime and even after his demise.


“Our youths nowadays worship money too much, as if money is everything.


“If the late Akinkunmi had also worshipped money like our youths, many people would have forgotten him today because he would have just belonged to a class for a short period before being consigned to the trash bin.


“The younger generation should take things easy and imbibe the spirit of patriotism and humility. They should be contented, show respect and be ready to learn from elderly people,” Shofela added.


NAN reports that Taiwo Akinkunmi died on Tuesday at the age of 87 after a brief sickness associated with old age. He was survived by three children —- Akinremi, Folake Oloyede (Mrs) and Akinwumi. The late Akinkunmi attended Baptist Day Primary School in Ibadan for his primary education and Ibadan Grammar School for his secondary education.


He started his career as a civil servant at the Oyo State Secretariat in Ibadan, before traveling abroad to study Agricultural Engineering at the Norway Technical College. It was during his stay abroad that he came across a newspaper advertisement in 1958 calling for the submission of designs for the Nigerian national flag.


Nigeria, then under the British Colonial rule, was at the threshold of gaining its independence to become a sovereign country. Akinkunmi’s entry was adjudged the best among the numerous entries submitted, and on Oct. 1, 1960 the flag was officially hoisted to replace the British Union Jack.

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Nigerian Navy arrests Motor Tanker VINNALARIS 1 Lagos for crude oil theft



The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, IGBOKODA in Ondo State, has arrested 77-meter-long Motor Tanker (MT) VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS in the early hours of Thursday 7 December 2023 at about 3.00am.


A Statement by the Nigerian Navy spokeperson Commodore Ayo Vaughn said the vessel had 17 crew members onboard at the time of arrest and was caught engaging in illegal siphoning of crude oil from one of the well heads at EBESAN oil field about 7 nautical miles off the coast of Awoye riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.


He said the apprehension of the vessel was based on credible intelligence received by the Base on the illegal activities of crude oil thieves at the location which informed the swift deployment of FOB IGBOKODA personnel to enforce the arrest of the vessel and her crew.


The vessel, MT VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS, has a storage capacity of about 15,000 metric tonnes and as at the time of arrest had loaded about 500 Metric tonnes of crude oil.


The statement further added, “it is believed that Tantita Security Service TSS is involved in the illegalities because Awoye riverine area which is close to the place of arrest is covered by TSS.” Vaughan noted that it was upon the arrest of the vessel by the Nigerian Navy that TSS began to raise false alarm, which the Navy described as totally unfounded and mischievous.

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The National Judicial Commision has recommended the appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, one Justice of Court of Appeal, 6 Heads of Courts and 26 other Judicial Officers.


This was the consencus at the Councils 104 Meeting after considering the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee



According to a statement signed by the Director Of Information, Soji Oye, the council after much deliberations, recommended Justice Hannatu Sankey, Justice Chidiebere Uwa, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Justice Haruna Tsammani and

Justice Aseimo Adumein as Supreme court Justices.


Others are Justice Obande Ogbuinya, Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Habeeb Abiru, Justice Jamilu Tukur, Justice Abubakar Umar, and Justice Mohammed Idris.


The NJC also recommended Justice Mohammed Ramat as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.


Some heads of court nominated are Justice Joel Agya, as the Chief Judge Taraba State,

Justice Umar Abubakar, Chief Judge of Taraba State amongst others.


The Council has said that all recommended candidates to the Supreme Court Bench would be sworn-in after the approval of their recommendation by President Bola Tinubu and the subsequent confirmation of their appointment by the Senate.


NJC has also noted that the various Heads of Court recommended would also be sworn-in upon the approval of their appointment by their various State Governors and subsequent confirmation of same by their respective State Houses of Assembly.

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EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud



EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied comments by it’s Executive Chairman, Ola Olukoyede which labelled seventy percent of Nigerian Students as internet fraudsters.




While stating this in a Statement by the Head, Media and Publicity Dele Oyewale, the Commission says it is a misrepresentation of the concerns of the Chairman of the EFCC to the rising incidences of internet- related crimes involving Youths across the Country.




It explains that its Chairman had called for wider media enlightenment of youths as a counter- measure against the menace of internet fraud at a meeting with Representatives of the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs that paid him a visit in Abuja.




Olukoyede says that reports and intelligence available to him indicated that, unless the trajectory of youth involvement in internet fraud is addressed and reversed, the future of their leadership of Nigeria may be threatened and if it continues in the next ten years, seven out ten of the youths may be getting involved in cybercrimes.



The EFCC says that at no time did its Chairman mentioned that “seven out of ten” Nigerian students are criminals” as widely reported.




The Commission assures the public that its Chairman is doubly committed to the progress of Nigerian Youths and underscores his calls for collaborative interventions in offering them more productive and sustainable alternatives.



The Statement added that the concerns of the EFCC Chairman bothers on breaking the jinx of mass indulgence of youths in cybercrimes.

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