Author: Abiodun A.

Gunmen have killed three police officers at a checkpoint in Umutu community, Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday. According to Edafe, the three policemen attached to the Umutu Divisional Police Headquarters in the state were killed at about 7:00 am on Wednesday, at the checkpoint they mounted along the Obeti/Oliogo Road in the LGA. Their patrol vehicle was also set ablaze during the attack. Investigations into the incident are ongoing, the spokesman added.

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One-time internet giant Yahoo, which has undergone recent ownership changes and strategic pivots, announced Friday that Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone will be its new chief as the company looks for new opportunities. When Lanzone takes over as chief executive officer on September 27, he will inherit a company that once contended to be the main global internet portal. However, Yahoo has been gradually supplanted by titans like Google and was bought this year by private equity firm Apollo Global Management in a deal for Verizon’s media properties. “With our unique assets, resources, and lineage, we are one of the few…

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The police have arrested five suspected ritualists for the murder of a commercial sex worker in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State. The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed this in a statement on Friday. He identified the suspects as Samuel Peter Tsado, Mohammed Gbara, Abubakar Mohammed, Mohammed Ahmadu Nma and Bala Karin. According to him, the victim identified as Abigail, was lured from the hotel where she worked, taken to the home of one of the suspects before she was beheaded for money ritual purposes. “On June 29, 2021, at about 23:08hrs, an unknown…

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested some suspected pipeline vandals and seized 36 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol in Lagos State. NSCDC spokesman in the state, Abolurin Oluwaseun Olumide, disclosed the arrest via a statement obtained on Friday. He said the Divisional Officer of Badagry, Akinyemi Rasheed Ayodeji, led the operation, adding that the suspected vandals took to their heels on sighting the security operatives when they were about perfecting their act. “The gallant marine and anti-vandal team, who intercepted the suspected vandals at the Badagry Division, discovered some thick nylons (white…

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The Enugu State Police Command has started investigation into the case of its personnel caught in a viral video assaulting a lady in the state. Police spokesman in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this via a statement obtained on Friday. He said the Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal “ordered the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (State CIID) to commence immediate investigation and disciplinary sanction of the police operative”. The Police Public Relations Officer said “the officer was seen engaging a young lady in an altercation and physically assaulting her in the video circulating on social media while on duty…

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Twitter has begun testing the first of its proposed suite of new privacy tools: the ability to remove a follower without blocking them. The remove follower feature is currently being tested on the web and seems to canonize the “soft block” concept as an official Twitter tool. According to the tweet announcing the test, you can remove followers from the follower list on your profile page. You just click the three-dot menu next to a follower’s name; click “Remove follower,” and your tweets will no longer automatically show up in their timeline. This is different than blocking someone, which keeps…

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Not content with relying on standard chips that are in high demand; some of the world’s biggest tech firms are developing their own semiconductors. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla and Baidu are all shunning established chip firms and bringing certain aspects of chip development in-house; according to company announcements and media reports. “Increasingly, these companies want custom-made chips fitting their applications’ specific requirements rather than use the same generic chips as their competitors;” Syed Alam, global semiconductor lead at Accenture. “This gives them more control over the integration of software and hardware while differentiating them from their competition,” Alam added. Russ…

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App users in the UK and US are spending more time on TikTok than on YouTube; a new report suggests. Data from app monitoring firm App Annie indicates that average time per user spent on the apps is higher for TikTok; indicating high levels of engagement. App Annie characterised TikTok as having “upended the streaming and social landscape”. However, YouTube retains the top spot for overall time spent – not per user – as it has many more users overall. The Google-owned video giant has an estimated two billion monthly users; while TikTok’s most recent public figures suggested it had…

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Reliance Jio partnered with tech giant Google to develop its made-for-India ‘JioPhone Next’ that is slated to be launched on September 10 (Friday). Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani has said JioPhone Next will be the most affordable smartphone not just in India but globally. Speaking at RIL’s 44th annual general meeting in June; Ambani asserted that an ultra-affordable 4G smartphone is essential to make India ‘2G-mukt’ (free of 2G). 8 key things you should know 1) JioPhone Next is powered by an optimised version of the Andriod operating system that has been jointly developed by Jio and Google; especially for…

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The Governing Council of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has dismissed a lecturer, Dr. Adebayo Mosobalaje, who was accused of sexual harassment. Dr. Mosobalaje, a lecturer at the Department of English Language, Faculty of Art, was allegedly found guilty of sexual demeanor against a female undergraduate of the institution, Rachel Momoh. A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Tuesday, September 7, said the lecturer was dismissed after thorough deliberation by the management. The statement titled, ‘Sexual harassment: OAU dismisses another lecturer’ read; “In its avowed determination to rid the University of any form of…

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