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Actress, Tonto Dikeh, has said that rapists should either face the death penalty or be castrated
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Actress, Tonto Dikeh, has said that rapists should either face the death penalty or be castrated

In an interview with Saturday Beats, she said, “In Nigeria, cases of rape are fast assuming a threatening dimension that requires urgent intervention. Rape, death penalty or be castrated like other forms of violence against women, is an infringement on women’s rights, privacy, self-preservation and dignity. There is little or no policy or law that protect the victims as they are most times blamed, stigmatised and humiliated by society if it is brought to the public domain. This hinders victims from embracing a mindset of reporting such an inhumane crime to the appropriate authorities. . “I believe that any person found guilty of rape should be sentenced to death either by hanging, firing squad, lethal injection or electrocution. I would also recommend castration. Rape cases and sexua...
Nigerian Man, Augustine Omini Oboni Turns 12-Year-Old Girl Into Sex Slave In South Africa
Crime

Nigerian Man, Augustine Omini Oboni Turns 12-Year-Old Girl Into Sex Slave In South Africa

A Nigerian man convicted of human trafficking, rape and sexual exploitation in South Africa was set to hear his fate in sentencing proceedings at the Benoni magistrate’s court on Thursday. Forty-year-old Augustine Omini Oboni was found guilty of human trafficking, two counts of rape, statuary rape, sexual exploitation, kidnapping and keeping a brothel, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson for the Gauteng north region Lumka Mahanjana said in a statement. “A 12-year-old minor was kept in a flat in Sunnyside, Pretoria for three months by Oboni. During this period, he fed her with drugs and forced her to sleep with five to six men a day,” Mahanjana said. Oboni was arrested in 2016 and denied bail. According to police, the 12-year-old child was walking to a nearby par...
Buhari Approves Minimum Wage For Pensioners
Politics

Buhari Approves Minimum Wage For Pensioners

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has approved the payment of new minimum wage to pensioners. The Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja. She said that with the presidential approval, PTAD had been empowered to start the upward adjustment of all pensioners’ benefits according to the approved template. Ejikeme said the adjustment of the new pension payment would start from May 2021 adding that the payment of the arrears would cover the period of the implementation of the minimum wage. “The arrears from April 2019 will be paid along with the pensioners’ monthly benefit starting from May 2021 payroll.” She said that on April 22, a statement was released ...
Drug Trafficker Excretes 97 Wraps Of Cocaine After Arrest At Lagos Airport
Crime

Drug Trafficker Excretes 97 Wraps Of Cocaine After Arrest At Lagos Airport

A 47-year-old drug trafficker, Chigbogu Ernest Obiora, has been arrested by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. The Spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, said on Friday that Obiora was subsequently put under observation during which he excreted 97 wraps of cocaine with a total weight of 1.55 kilogrammes with a street value of N360 million. “He was arrested about 1:16pm on Sunday, April 25, 2021, during the inward clearance of Ethiopian Airline. He had arrived Lagos onboard the airline from Entebbe, Uganda via Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia,” Babafemi said. The Commander of the NDLEA at the airport, Ahmadu Garba said, Obiora was intercepted in the E-arrival hall of the airport by the operatives of the a...
Ogun State To Hold Local Government Election On July 24
Politics

Ogun State To Hold Local Government Election On July 24

The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), on Friday announced that local government elections, into the offices of Chairmen and Councillors will hold on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The Chairman of the commission, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu, made this known in a statement explaining that as part of effort to ensure a free and fair electoral process, a press briefing has been scheduled to hold on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Cinema Hall of the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, by 10:00 am The statement added that the press conference will serve as avenue for the commission to enable it unveils electoral guidelines to all political parties and the general public. Penpushing further reports that, the commission boss requested all registered political parties, wishing to p...
NIN: BLS International Seals Biometric Services Deal For Nigerians Living In UK
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NIN: BLS International Seals Biometric Services Deal For Nigerians Living In UK

A partnership deal has been struck between outsourcing service provider BLS International and data and digital enrolment services firm Files Solutions Limited to help Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) offer biometric enrollment services to Nigerians residing in the United Kingdom, BLS said in a press release. There are an estimated 205,000 Nigerians in the UK, with about 97,000 of them living in London. Per the three-year deal, BLS will enable NIMC to enroll the biometrics and biographical data of the Nigerians for the issuance of national identification numbers (NINs) as part of a digital identity database enrolment program which is also ongoing back home. According to the BLS announcement, its center in London will soon begin handing out NINs, as well ...
Abductor Of Kankara Schoolboys, Auwal Daudawa Shot Dead
Crime

Abductor Of Kankara Schoolboys, Auwal Daudawa Shot Dead

Four days after he renounced his earlier repentance and returned to the forest, Auwal Daudawa, best known for his role in the abduction of 300 schoolboys in Katsina State has been killed by a rival gang. Reliable sources informed Daily Trust that Daudawa was shot dead during a gun duel with a rival gang at Dumburum forest located between Zurmi Local Government in Zamfara State and Batsari Local Government in Katsina State, on Friday evening. The notorious bandit shot to prominence after he masterminded attack on Government Secondary School, Kankara, where he abducted over 300 schoolboys. Two months later, the bandit appeared in Gusau, capital of Zamfara, along with five of his men where he announced his repentance and handed over 20 AK-rifles and other weapons to the police. ...
May Day: Workers’ Conditions Have Worsened Under Buhari – ASUU, Atiku
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May Day: Workers’ Conditions Have Worsened Under Buhari – ASUU, Atiku

The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, lamented the plight of Nigerian workers, saying their conditions had worsened under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). ASUU said corruption and insecurity were the trademarks of the Buhari. The ASUU Chairman, UI, Prof Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement to mark the International Workers’ Day on Saturday (today), said the workers’ conditions had worsened under Buhari. The statement titled ‘Buhari-led administration: The real enemy of Nigerian workers’ urged all workers to rise in defence of the dignity of labour and “resist the flagrant disregard for human rights and the rule of law in the country.” “We must res...
Insecurity: Lagos Bans Illegal Occupation Of Abandoned, Uncompleted Buildings
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Insecurity: Lagos Bans Illegal Occupation Of Abandoned, Uncompleted Buildings

Following rising tension over security in the country, Lagos State Government has henceforth prohibited illegal occupation of abandoned buildings and buildings under construction in the state. The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, who announced this in a statement on Friday, stated that it was part of measures to prevent the state from being plunged into chaos and theater of mindless killings. Salako warned that owners/ developers who fail to comply with the above conditions within 30 days, would have their buildings sealed off and further actions will be taken where necessary. The commissioner stated that his ministry will invoke the powers vested by Section 73 of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 201...
Jeff Bezos’ Space Rocket Is Set To Begin Selling Tickets For Rides Into Space
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Jeff Bezos’ Space Rocket Is Set To Begin Selling Tickets For Rides Into Space

Billionaire Jeff Bezos' space rocket New Shepard is prepared and ready for the next stage of the process with tickets primed to go on the market, Blue Origin announced Space fanatics will soon be able to buy tickets for Jeff Bezos' space tourism rocket called New Shepard. Blue Origin announced it will soon begin selling tickets for rides but kept a lot of details hush-hush. They didn't reveal how much the tickets will cost but insisted more details will arrive only days away on May 5. The New Shepard is designed to carry as many as six people on a ride past the edge of space and into the atmosphere. Capsules on previous flight tests reached a whopping altitude of more than 340,000 feet. Jeff Bezos' space venture Blue Origin gave fans the news in a video released on Thur...
Girls Education Critical To Progressive Society – Sanwo-Olu
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Girls Education Critical To Progressive Society – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to quality education and promotion of equal opportunities for the girl child. Speaking after a close-door meeting with the United Kingdom (UK) Minister for Africa, Mr. James Duddridge; Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria and Special Envoy for Girls Education, Helen Grant and British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Ben Llewellyn-Jones, at Lagos House, Ikeja on Thursday evening, Governor Sanwo-Olu said giving quality education to girls is critical to having a progressive society with shared prosperity. The Governor said the meeting was “in furtherance of previous engagements on the UK’s partnership with Lagos in areas of mutual interests, especially on the Future Cities Project, optimisin...
NAFDAC Approves Pfizer-Biotech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Nigeria
Health

NAFDAC Approves Pfizer-Biotech COVID-19 Vaccine For Use In Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, on Friday approved the use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria. This is coming few months after it gave authorisation for the use of the Oxford-Astrazeneca jabs in the country. Announcing this at a press conference in Lagos, the Director-General of NAFDAC, Mojisola Adeyeye explained that the pfizer-Bio Tech vaccine was for emergency use only. She added that the vaccine can now be stored between -15 to-25 equivalent to freezer temperature.
Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022
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Germany To Start Returning Benin Bronzes From 2022

Germany will start returning Benin bronzes to Nigeria in 2022, the country’s foreign and culture ministries said on Friday. They said in a statement that the move was part of a growing trend to return cultural artifacts seized during the colonial era to their places of origin. Britain’s soldiers seized thousands of metal castings and sculptures in 1897 during a raid on the Kingdom of Benin, then separate from British-ruled Nigeria. The “bronzes” —- actually copper alloy relief sculptures, many showing court figures —- were auctioned off and then spread among institutions from New Zealand to Germany and the U.S. The biggest collection was in London. “In addition to maximum transparency, we primarily aim for substantial restitution,” German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters ...
Ortom Deserves Commendation Not Condemnation – Benue Govt Replies Garba Shehu
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Ortom Deserves Commendation Not Condemnation – Benue Govt Replies Garba Shehu

We read the statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity, mallam Garba Shehu in which he said President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed “his disappointment and sadness to hear Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State make a litany of accusations against his person and his government following the recent unfortunate incidents in the state”. Shehu was referring to Governor Ortom’s clarion call on the President to act decisively and in an unbiased manner to end the spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue and other parts of the country. We are convinced that Mr President was not aware that his aide Shehu made such a statement on his behalf. It is clear that the media aide didn’t speak for the President in the said statement. President Buhari...
Attacks On Prisons: FG Issues Shoot-At-Sight Order, Declares Prisons ‘Red Zones’
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Attacks On Prisons: FG Issues Shoot-At-Sight Order, Declares Prisons ‘Red Zones’

The Federal Government has expressed great outrage at the recent wave of attacks on Custodial Centres of the Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS, ordering personnel of the Service’s armed squad to shoot at sight any internal and external aggressor. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the order at an emergency meeting with NCoS Squadron Commanders, Field Commanders and Heads of Armed Squads. This was as he said some of the inmates who escaped from the custodial centres have been rearrested for murder. He also cautioned the personnel against trafficking which he said is one way through which criminals invade the facilities having known that they could smuggle contraband into the facilities. While he declared the centres as “red zones” which must remain inviolable ...
US Mission To Prioritise Student Visa Applications For Nigerians
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US Mission To Prioritise Student Visa Applications For Nigerians

The United States mission in Nigeria has announced that it will prioritise applications for student visas and plan interview appointments “well in advance” of school resumption. Susan Tuller, US mission country consular coordinator, also said on Friday that the mission “will make every effort to assist student visa applicants in a timely fashion while keeping personnel and customers safe.” The lockdown introduced to slow the spread of the coronavirus had hindered operations at the US embassy in Abuja and the consulate general in Lagos. However, with the next round of school resumption in September, Tuller said efforts are in place to ensure that Nigerians travelling for studies are not stranded regarding their application for visa. A statement from the mission explained why...
We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno
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We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno

Apparently alarmed by the atrocities unleashed on the nation and its citizens by criminals, the Presidency on Friday vowed to do all within its powers to end the cycle of violence and restore peace and stability nationwide. This assurance came at the end of a crucial enlarged security meeting called at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Friday in the wake of rising security challenges in the land, which have threatened national unity and peace. Although the Presidency adjourned the meeting till Tuesday next week to take further briefings from concerned security heads and agencies, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno, said in a terse statement made available to Vanguard that Nigerian security agencies were set to put a...
Profile Of Hiny Umoren Who Went Missing During A Job Interview In Akwa Ibom
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Profile Of Hiny Umoren Who Went Missing During A Job Interview In Akwa Ibom

#FindHinyUmoren has been trending following an earlier report of a young lady named, Iniubong Hiny Umoren, who went for a job interview but has been missing for over 24 hours now. Hiny Umoren went for a job interview at Ibiono Ibom, outskirt of Uyo in Akwa Ibom state on 29th of April 2021. Minutes later, she sent a one-second voice note to her friend Umoh Uduak who revealed that she heard her scream and couldn't reach her again. Hiny Umoren Twitter profile reads: 'Pragmatic Humanist, Choleric-melancholic, Skin Care products formulator, Philosopher, Lover of people with sense'. She is yet to be found.
MC Oluomo Builds A Mosque In Memory Of His Late Mother
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MC Oluomo Builds A Mosque In Memory Of His Late Mother

NURTW Union chairman, Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo has buillt a mosque worth millions of naira in memory of his late mother, Alhaja Sinatu Abebi Omotowo Akinsanya who died on April 2020 at the age of 87. Taking to his Instagram handle, MC Oluomo shared a video of the mosque which is to be officially opened today, April 30. He wrote; "*ONE YEAR REMEMBRANCE OF OUR MOTHER: The death of a loved one is not always an easy thing, moreso of a mother. It as been a year since the beloved mother of me Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (Mc Oluomo) died but the family is consoled knowing that Allah has already granted her aljana Fidau. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un:”Verily we belong to God, and verily to Him do we return.” In keeping the memory of my beloved mother...
Adopt Ruga If You Want Peace In Benue – Garba Shehu To Governor Ortom
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Adopt Ruga If You Want Peace In Benue – Garba Shehu To Governor Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom wants peace in Benue, he should cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime by accepting Ruga and other policies, says the Presidency. Mr Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, claimed the recent spate of insecurity ravaging the state resulted from Mr Ortom’s rejection of Ruga settlements. His comment came on the heels of the killing of Benue residents on Tuesday by killer herders. While reacting to the Tuesday violence, Mr Ortom had said Mr Buhari’s “action and inaction” was responsible, accusing him of Fulanisation of Nigeria. However, Mr Shehu, in a statement on Thursday, claimed the governor’s refusal to adopt the controversial Ruga policy showed he did not value people’s interest. The governor had rejected the policy describing it as deceptive a...
Prophet Iginla Weeps Over Nigeria, Prays Against Happenings In May, June, July
Religion

Prophet Iginla Weeps Over Nigeria, Prays Against Happenings In May, June, July

Prophet Joshua Iginla has issued a stern prophetic warning on Nigeria against the month of May, June, and July 2021. Iginla, who is the shepherd in charge of the world-class 80,000 seater auditorium known as the City of Wonders In Nigeria, released a prophetic video this morning where he wept for Nigeria. Iginla warned that what is coming ahead is scary and that he saw a dark cloud pregnant with an evil baby. Here is the full message as released by him: Oh Nigeria, our land of Glory, I weep for You because you are already injured and bleeding. Who can stop this bleeding and flow of blood? I can't tell you what I see. May History not repeat itself. Nark all I have said in parables. My spirit boils. For the past six months, God has been revealing to me some things that are hard for...
First Bank Accepts CBN New Board As Adeduntan Resumes
Business

First Bank Accepts CBN New Board As Adeduntan Resumes

First Bank of Nigeria Limited on Friday said its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, who was earlier removed has resumed back to his office in the same capacity. The bank also said it is cooperating with the Central Bank of Nigeria on the board newly constituted for the bank. This was sequel to the pronouncement on the reconstitution of new board of directors for the bank by the Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday. At a press conference by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, in Abuja on Thursday, said the boards of FBN Holdings Plc and First Bank of Nigeria Limited were dissolved and reconstituted, pursuant to its power under Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2020. In a statement on Friday titled ‘Corporate state...
Baba Ijesha Loses N15m Annual Endorsement Deal Over Alleged Child Molestation
Celebs

Baba Ijesha Loses N15m Annual Endorsement Deal Over Alleged Child Molestation

Lanre Omiyinka, popular Nollywood actor at the centre of a child molestation allegation has lost a lucrative endorsement deal to his alleged misbehaviour. Baba Ijesha, has seen his endorsement deal with Matrix Homes and Properties Limited terminated as a result of the child molestation allegation which has shaken the film industry in Nigeria to its foundation. This medium learnt that the deal is worth N15 million annually to the actor. The property firm put on a notice of disclaimer on the disgraced actor saying his behaviour was antithetical to the ideals of the company. In essence, the company said, Baba Ijesha has ceased to be the brand ambassador of the company.
Big Brother Naija Announces Dates For Season 6 Audition
Entertainment

Big Brother Naija Announces Dates For Season 6 Audition

BIG Announcement: It’s Open Auditions O’clock from the 3rd to the 16th of May �️ Here’s your chance to become a #BBNaija Season 6 Housemate �. The #BBAuditions is finally HERE! Headline Sponsor: @abeg_app Associate Sponsor: @PatriciaSwitch   Multichoice Nigeria, have announced that the audition for season six of reality TV show, Big Brother Naija would begin next Monday, May 3rd. The company, which is the organisers of the reality show, made the announcement in a Twitter post on their verified Twitter handle. The audition will begin Monday, May 3rd till Sunday, May 16, 2021. Interested participants are expected to record a two-minute video of themselves stating why they should be picked to be a Housemate in Season 6 of BBNaija, They noted in another statement. ...
EagleScan: Nigeria Unveils Plagiarism Detection Software
Politics

EagleScan: Nigeria Unveils Plagiarism Detection Software

Nigeria has unveiled a plagiarism detection software named EagleScan, being the first of such to locally tackle issues of intellectual theft across higher institutions learning in Nigeria. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was the Special Guest at the public presentation and launch of the software, said plagiarism is a form of corruption, describing the act as stealing the intellectual properties of others. Represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the VP also said it is an initiative that announces the Zero tolerance for plagiarism, “part of the core mandates of President Muhammadu Buhari administration”. Chairman of the occasion and the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Higher Education, Prof. Sand...
President Buhari Presides Over Security Meeting
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President Buhari Presides Over Security Meeting

President @MBuhari is presiding over a Security Meeting at the State House. Vice President @ProfOsinbajo in attendance, as well as SGF, COS, Ministers, Service Chiefs, IGP, Intelligence Chiefs. #AsoVillaToday Presidency Nigeria
Impeachment: Senators, Reps Divided As Afenifere Backs Mbaka’s Verdict On Buhari
Politics

Impeachment: Senators, Reps Divided As Afenifere Backs Mbaka’s Verdict On Buhari

Some senators and members of the House of Representatives as well as sociocultural organisations on Thursday expressed divergent views on the call by the spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Father Ejike Mbaka, on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached. The cleric, who publicly supported the candidature of President Buhari in the build-up to the 2015 elections, said “God is angry with the president.” His call for Buhari’s resignation or impeachment came 24 hours after a renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi raised the alarm that nobody is safe anymore in the country, and challenged the president to act. While some members of the National Assembly said Father Mbaka was right, others said the suggestion was overkill. The Yoruba sociocu...
Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text)
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Why CBN Sacked First Bank Board — Emefiele (Full Text)

GOVERNOR’S STATEMENT ON THE PURPORTED MANAGEMENT CHANGE AT THE FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA LTD 1.0 Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. 2.0 The media has been awash with commentaries on the purported management changes at First Bank of Nigeria Ltd (FBN) and the related regulatory inquiry by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to the Board of First Bank of Nigeria Limited. It has therefore become necessary for me to address the public to clear any misconceptions. 3.0 Ordinarily the board is vested with the authority to make changes in the management team subject to CBN approval. However, the CBN considers itself a key stakeholder in management changes involving FBN due to the forbearances and close monitoring by the Bank over the last 5 years aimed at stemming the slide in the going co...
APC Threatens To Report Mbaka To The Pope & To Expose Him
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APC Threatens To Report Mbaka To The Pope & To Expose Him

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Yekini Nabena, has cautioned the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, against making statements that could cause instability in the country, threatening to expose him to the Pope. Mbaka had called on the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to resign over increased insecurity in the country. Reacting to Mbaka’s statement Friday in Abuja, Nabena said it was unfortunate for a man of God “who is supposed to deploy all known spiritual means of averting crisis but rather threatening a democratically elected government for his own personal benefits while pretending to be speaking for the people.” While making reference to the book of Mark 4: 35-4...
Baba Ijesha: Lagos DSVRT Gets Involved In The Case
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Baba Ijesha: Lagos DSVRT Gets Involved In The Case

DSVRT Lagos @DSVRT PRESS RELEASE- Re Baba Ijesha case This is to inform members of the public that the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Team is actively following up on the Baba Ijesha’s case, we are also in direct contact with the complainant with a view to providing the necessary support. We confirm that the duplicate case file has been forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice. For avoidance of doubt, the following allegations are being considered: (1)Sexual Assault by Penetration- S 261 of the Criminal law of Lagos State, 2015 punishable by Life imprisonment (2) Attempted Sexual Assault by Penetration-S262 of the Criminal law , punishable by 14 years imprisonment (3) Sexual Assault- S263 of the Criminal Law, punishable by 3 year...
We Are Not Broke, Says NNPC
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We Are Not Broke, Says NNPC

PRESS RELEASE Revenue Projection in Letter to AGF Not Reflection of Corporation’s Financial Standing, @NNPCgroup Clarifies …Pledges to Optimize Cost, Boost Remittance to #FAAC 1. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (#NNPC) has clarified that the revenue projection contained in the letter to the Accountant General of the Federation being cited in the media pertains only to the Federation revenue stream being managed by the Corporation and not a reflection of the overall financial performance of the Corporation. 2. A press release by the Corporation’s spokesman, Dr. Kennie Obateru, stated that the clarification became necessary in the light of media reports insinuating that the Corporation was in financial straits. 3. #NNPC maintains that it is conscious of its rol...
Oba Otudeko Rebuffed My Pleas On First Bank Crisis – Emefiele
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Oba Otudeko Rebuffed My Pleas On First Bank Crisis – Emefiele

The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele has revealed how boardroom guru and major shareholder with the First Bank Nigeria Limited, Dr. Obafoluke Otudeko spurned his calls and pleas not to interfere with the running of the bank by engineering the removal of its managing director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan. According to the CBN Governor, Otudeko, a major shareholder controlling about 10 percent of First Bank, rebuffed his calls and also refused to pick the calls of 2 other major shareholders of the Bank, sought to intervene. “I spoke to Mr. Oba Otudeko, he refused to grant my request. I had to call two of his fellow major shareholders to call him to ask the board not to take such decisions without the approval of the CBN. He refused to pi...
Insecurity: Uzodinma Takes Refuge In Abuja
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Insecurity: Uzodinma Takes Refuge In Abuja

For nearly one week, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has remained in Abuja, following the killing of the commander of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and the subsequent torching of his private residence. Uzodinma has remained in Abuja, in spite of the escalation of violent attacks and major security concerns in Imo state. No fewer than eight persons have been shot dead in the last four days while two were shot and killed in front of Government House, one person was killed around Okorocha’s Spibat home’s roundabout Also, five were killed were policemen killed at the Police Area Command, Orieagu in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the state. Inspite of all these and the palpably tense atmosphere in Imo, Governor Hope Uzodinma has remained in Abuja while the state burns. Sim...
Niger Communities Negotiate With Boko Haram, Pay N20m, Buy N500k Bike For Them
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Niger Communities Negotiate With Boko Haram, Pay N20m, Buy N500k Bike For Them

Residents of 65 communities in Niger State have resorted to negotiating and signing a peace deal with Boko Haram to avoid future raids by the insurgents, FIJ can exclusively report. This development came few days after the terror group displaced over 5,000 villagers from their ancestral homes in Shiroro and Munya local councils. Abubakar Bello, the Governor of Niger had admitted that Boko Haram had hoisted its flag after taken over many communities in the state. Although Muhammad Yerima, the Nigerian Army spokesman, said he was unaware of Boko Haram’s incursion into Niger State, Wasiu Abiodun, the police spokesperson in the state, said he could not dispute Governor Bello’s claim about the influx of the terrorist group into the state. “The executive governor is the chief secur...
Anambra Will Produce Mobile Phones, Four Years As Governor – Maduka
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Anambra Will Produce Mobile Phones, Four Years As Governor – Maduka

Frontline governorship hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, in Anambra State, Dr Godwin Maduka, has vowed that Anambra State will become a leading manufacturer of mobile phones, within four years, as governor of the State. Maduka's assurance is part of his commitment to develop the ICT sector in the State, alongside other sectors such as Health, Education, Commerce, Industralization and Infrastructure, geared towards making Anambra State economically viable if he is elected governor of the State. Speaking on AIT tv programme, "Nigeria Right Now (With Dickson Iroegbu) , Maduka said it has become imperative for youths of Anambra State to get acquainted with ICT. He said "Teaching our children ICT is important. In four years as governor of the State, Anambra State will pr...
Ghana Police Arrest Nigerians For Selling Indian Hemp
Crime

Ghana Police Arrest Nigerians For Selling Indian Hemp

The Central Regional Police Thursday rounded up 340 suspected criminals in and around the Kasoa township. According to reports by Graphic Online, the suspects, who are mostly Nigerians, included five females. Nine of the suspects were found in possession of substances suspected to be Indian hemp. Items retrieved included 245 laptops, 142 assorted mobile phones, and six Nigerian passports. The police swooped on them at various locations in Buduburam, Adade, CP, Akwele and Ofaakor. At a press briefing after the arrests, the Central Regional Police Commander, Mrs Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong, said the police and personnel from the Ghana Immigration Service were screening and profiling the suspects, after which those found guilty would be dragged to court.
Insecurity: Why US May Not Heed Buhari’s Call For Assistance — Falana
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Insecurity: Why US May Not Heed Buhari’s Call For Assistance — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, says the regime of the President. Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) may be giving false impression that the Joe Biden administration will send United States troops to defend Nigerians. The lawyer said rather than give the false impression, the Federal Government of Nigeria should embark on mass recruitment of military and police personnel, equip and motivate them to defend every part of the country. Falana stated this on Thursday in a paper he presented at a public lecture to mark the 80th birthday of an academic, Prof Omotoye Olorode, in Abuja. The paper was titled, ‘Labour And The Quest For Nigeria’s Development: Reflections And Prognosis On The Way Forward’. The PUNCH had earlier reported that Buhari on Tuesday sought foreign h...
Nigeria’s Debt Stock To Hit ₦34 Trillion With New Loans
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Nigeria’s Debt Stock To Hit ₦34 Trillion With New Loans

The total debt stock for Nigeria could rise from N33 trillion to N34tr soon as the National Assembly approves another N1.1tr external loan request for the federal government. The House of Representatives yesterday approved the external loan of $1.5 billion (about N571.5bn) and €995 million (about N528.4bn) for the federal government while the Senate had approved the request last week. The Debt Management Office (DMO) had in March 2021 placed Nigeria’s Public debt at N32.915tr as of December 31, 2020. This included the debt stock of the federal and state governments as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “Total Public Debt to Gross Domestic Product as at December 31, 2020 was 21.61 percent, which is within Nigeria’s new limit of 40 percent.” According to the recomme...
Buhari Replies Ortom, Expresses Disappointment Over Governor’s Attack On Him
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Buhari Replies Ortom, Expresses Disappointment Over Governor’s Attack On Him

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari last night expressed disappointment over the attack on him by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. President Buhari also expressed his condolences to the families of Nigerians citizens who lost their loved ones in the recent spate of killings in the state. The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja stated that the rising levels of incidents, especially the killings and violence in various parts of the country calls for further collaboration with security agencies to curb its recurrence. According to the statement, “He (President Buhari) also states his disappointment and sadness to hear Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State make a litany of accusations against his per...
First Bank Shake-Up: Hassan-Odukale Replaces Awosika As Chairman
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First Bank Shake-Up: Hassan-Odukale Replaces Awosika As Chairman

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Thursday, wielded its big stick on one of Nigeria’s oldest banks, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, and sacked all the board members of the bank including its Chairman, Board of Directors, Ibukun Awosika. Awosika was appointed First Bank Chairman in September 2015, making her one of the first women to hold the esteemed position. However, the apex bank on Thursday, announced the immediate appointment of Tunde Hassan-Odukale as Chairman of First Bank. Before his appointment, Hassan-Odukale was the Managing Director of Leadway Assurance Company. The re-organisation of First Bank by the regulator was not unconnected to the removal of Adesola Adeduntan as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the bank and the appointment of Gbenga Shobo as MD/...
I Want To Be Winning Trophies – Kane
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I Want To Be Winning Trophies – Kane

Harry Kane has reiterated his desire to win trophies following Tottenham’s Carabao Cup final defeat and amid continued speculation over his future. England captain Kane, 27, is yet to win a trophy at Spurs, with the loss to Manchester City his third in a final. The Spurs academy graduate described the season as “disappointing”, with the club seventh in the Premier League. “I want to be winning the biggest prizes there are to offer and we are not quite doing that,” Kane said. Kane’s current contract runs until 2024 but he has been frequently linked with a move away in recent weeks. He has scored 31 goals in 44 appearances this season and this week won the Premier League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards. “Individual awards are great – they are fantastic achievem...
Injured Danny Ings Doubtful For Rest Of Saints’ Season – Hasenhuettl
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Injured Danny Ings Doubtful For Rest Of Saints’ Season – Hasenhuettl

Southampton's Danny Ings is set to miss the next few games as he recovers from a thigh injury and the striker could sit out the final matches of the season, manager Ralph Hasenhuettl said on Thursday. Ings, Southampton's leading scorer with 10 league goals this season, was taken off in the second half of their 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last week and Hasenhuettl said he had not trained this week. "We have Ings, (Ryan) Bertrand and (Oriol) Romeu out," Hasenhuettl told reporters ahead of Friday's league match against Leicester City, who knocked Southampton out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals. "(With Ings) it is not worse than it looked at first. I don't know if he comes back for the last few games (of the season). We have, with the Liverpool game, five games in two weeks so ...
Anthony Joshua Versus Tyson Fury Now In Serious Jeopardy – Bob Arum
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Anthony Joshua Versus Tyson Fury Now In Serious Jeopardy – Bob Arum

Anthony Joshua’s undisputed showdown with Tyson Fury is in serious jeopardy due to a lack of communication, according to The Gypsy King’s promoter Bob Arum, reports givemesport.com. The Top Rank boss says making the fight – which is already being billed as the biggest in the history of British boxing – has become complicated now because negotiations have reportedly stalled. Reports over the past couple of months have surfaced about Fury potentially fighting WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua in Saudi Arabia this summer. However, Arum is adamant Fury could fight former WBC champion Deontay Wilder next instead of Joshua. When asked if Fury will face Joshua next, Arum said to BoxingScene: “Maybe we’ll breathe some life into Wilder, and Fury will fight Wilder and Joshua will figh...
Lionel Messi Makes Decision On His Future At Barcelona
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Lionel Messi Makes Decision On His Future At Barcelona

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has reportedly taken a decision regarding his future at Barcelona. The Argentine has reportedly stated that he'd like to extend his stay at the Catalonian club beyond the current season. At the final months of his current contract with the Blaugranas, Messi has not yet penned down his signature for a new contract. The Argentine according to reports will sign a new deal that's worth half of his current Barcelona deal. Which will be evened out by the length of the current contract. Before now, Messi leaving the Blaugranas has been the subject of discussion as he seemed to be linked with a move out of the club. Clubs like Manchester City and French side Paris Saint-Germain had shown interest in the Argentine striker. The striker seemed ...
“If You Make It Pass 3rd Round I’ll Quit” – Tyson Fury To Anthony Joshua (Video)
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“If You Make It Pass 3rd Round I’ll Quit” – Tyson Fury To Anthony Joshua (Video)

Tyson fury calls out Anthony Joshua about their upcoming match. In the video below, He promised the fight will not make it into the fourth round, one way or another. Fury said: "While I'm on a rant, I may as well call out one more person; a big useless dosser, not a real fighting man, hype job, bodybuild, crossfit, big, ugly s***house. "And that's Anthony Joshua. AJ, if you're out there let's make this fight happen you big dosser, you big s***house, bum dosser. "I'm going to smash your face in too, and there's not one thing you can do about it. Prove me wrong sucker, prove me wrong. "I'm No1, numero uno." Fury then added: "Just been thinking, another message for AJ; AJ, if you go past three rounds with me, I'll quit in the corner. "Because that's how confident I ...
We Will Avenge Death Of Every Herdsman Killed In South-East By IPOB – Miyetti Allah
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We Will Avenge Death Of Every Herdsman Killed In South-East By IPOB – Miyetti Allah

One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has urged security agencies to deal with “terrorists killing” Fulani herders in the South-East. Spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, disclosed this while reacting to the killing of one of the commanders of Indigenous People of Biafra gunned down by security operatives last Saturday. Police operatives and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services had killed an IPOB leader, one Commander Ikonso and six other militia members in Imo state. The IPOB men, who were members of the secessionist group’s security arm, the Eastern Security Network, were killed during an early morning raid on their hideout at Awomama village, Oru East Local Government Area of the state las...

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