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Somalia Shifts Exams Date as papers leaked on social media

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Somalia has announced thee postponement of its national high school examinations after discovering the that the exams papers were all over social media.

According to Education Minister Abdullahi Godah Barre in a broadcast on national TV, any exams that have already been taken have been invalidated.

The cancellation has sparked student protests in the capital, Mogadishu.

The exams will now take place over five days at the end of May and social media will be shut down to avoid leaks.

It is unclear how the blockade would be implemented and if will be for the whole country.

Mr Barre also did not say which social media platforms had been used to post the papers in the first place.

The exam papers were being sold and shared on social media by a criminal network, according to local reports.

Students have been sitting their final year exams since Saturday and they were supposed to end on a week’s time, but Mr Barre said the postponement was necessary.

Over 31,000 students, across five of Somalia’s regional states, will be affected by the postponement.

A video has been shared online of Mr Barre and the police boss trying calm down students who were protesting against the postponement.


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Lagos-Ibadan expressway partially closed till Friday.

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command, has announced the temporary closure of a section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, from Wednesday, May 22 till Friday, May 24.

FRSC, in a statement made available to the public explained that the temporary closure will affect only the Ibadan-bound carriageway of the expressway from Magboro to Kara and Ibafo.The statement added that the three-day closure is to enable Julius Berger lay asphalt on the road.

“This is to inform the motoring public that Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, currently rehabilitating the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, would be temporarily closing only the Ibadan bound carriageway from Magboro to Kara and Ibafo, scheduled to commence from Wednesday, 22 May, 2019 and reopened on Friday, 24 May, 2019.”

“The closure would not affect traffic inbound Lagos around the affected road, but would narrow the carriageway which is expected to build up traffic around the mentioned sections,” the statement read in part.

The FRSC Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, therefore advised motorists to note the development and plan their trips.

Oladele warned those using the corridor within the period to obey all traffic rules and regulations, including refraining from driving against traffic, as violators are liable to be apprehended for dangerous driving which attracts the fine of fifty thousand naira (N50,000) and impoundment of the erring vehicle.

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Nigeria: Another Teenager drowns in Kano

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Kano State Fire Service spokesman, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed announced that Umar Murtala drowned in a pond at Gwazaye, in Gwale LGA of  Kano State.

According to reports, there has been increased  cases of drowning since the commencement of the heat season in Kano about a month ago.

Alhaji Mohammed disclosed to newsmen in Kano that Murtala, 18, drowned in a pond at Gwazaye, opposite the  Abacha Youth Centre around  5:00p.m on Sunday.

“On receiving the information, we sent our rescue team to the scene at  5:15p.m.

“The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

“Murtala was found dead and his corpse was later handed over to his father, Alhaji Murtala Salisu.’’ 

In another development, it was also reported that one Mr Mohammed Shaharali, 20, drowned when he fell into an open pool of water on Sunday morning at Ladanai in Nasarawa LGA of Kano State.

According to him, the deceased was rescued unconscious but later confirmed dead.

The spokesman said that his remains were handed to the Head of Hotoron Arewa  Central Ward, Alhaji Murtala Mohammed.


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