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Fayose Critiques Supreme Court Decision on Local Government Allocations

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In a recent interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose voiced concerns about a Supreme Court ruling affirming direct monthly allocations to local governments from the federation account. As a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Fayose highlighted potential obstacles to local government autonomy despite the court’s decision.

During the interview, Fayose underscored the governor’s pivotal role in appointing local government chairmen, stating that without gubernatorial support, no one could assume this position. He rejected the notion that the court and federal government could separate local government from state authority, bluntly stating, “Any contrary view is futile.”

Additionally, Fayose discussed the influence of state Houses of Assembly in overseeing local government activities, noting that non-political individuals managed local government funds during his tenure, with minimal gubernatorial oversight. He criticized state lawmakers and officials for impeding rather than supporting local government autonomy.

Fayose also expressed disappointment with the commitment levels of many local government workers, citing low meeting attendance and absenteeism. He claimed that efforts to enforce accountability often faced resistance, with unions and local government leaders frequently seeking leniency from the governor.

In conclusion, Fayose argued that state administrations outperform local governments in administrative efficiency, suggesting that local governance often prioritizes financial gains over effective governance. This assessment highlights the challenges in achieving genuine local government autonomy.

As debates on local government autonomy continue, the impact of Fayose’s concerns on the future of Nigerian governance remains uncertain.

Former President Donald Trump Injured in Shooting at Campaign Rally

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In a shocking turn of events, Former President Donald Trump was injured in a shooting incident during a campaign rally on Saturday at the Butler Farm Show Grounds.

The crowd had gathered to hear Trump speak about border crossings and his concerns with the current administration’s policies when the incident happened as reported by Al Jazeera.

At around 6:02 pm local time, gunshots interrupted Trump’s speech. Five shots rang out, causing panic among the attendees. Secret Service agents quickly surrounded Trump and evacuated him from the stage to ensure his safety.

Eyewitnesses reported that Trump initially took cover on the ground before being helped to his feet by the agents. Despite suffering an injury to his right ear, which left visible blood on his cheek, Trump pumped his fists and urged the crowd to “Fight!” before being driven away.

The US Secret Service later confirmed that the shots were fired from an elevated position outside the rally venue. Authorities neutralized the shooter, identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, who was found deceased at the scene. The FBI has classified the incident as an attempted assassination and has initiated an investigation.

Trump was taken to a nearby hospital for examination and treatment. Reports indicate that he is in good condition and has since been released. His campaign spokesperson, Steven Cheung, assured the public that the former president is doing well.

In a statement to his supporters, Trump declared, “I WILL NEVER SURRENDER!” This message highlights his determination to continue his political journey.

World leaders and prominent figures condemned the attack and expressed their support for Trump. US President Joe Biden swiftly denounced the violence, stating there is no place for such acts in America. Other leaders, including UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, also condemned the shooting.

Preparations for the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC), scheduled to begin in two days, continue as planned. Reince Priebus, the committee chair for the convention, confirmed that Trump is expected to attend.

This shooting incident targeting a former president is unprecedented in recent history, adding further intensity to an already contentious political climate. The nation awaits updates on the investigation and hopes for a swift recovery for Donald Trump.

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Engr Jerry Ehiwarior Expresses Confidence in Imminent Victory

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In a recent interaction with journalists after casting his vote in Ekuku-Agbor, Ika South LGA, Engr Jerry Ehiwarior, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship candidate for the Ika South Local Government Area, conveyed optimism and hope as he awaited the outcome of the local government council poll.

Despite challenging weather conditions, Ehiwarior expressed satisfaction with the voter turnout, attributing it to the effective campaign conducted within the LGA. He emphasized the strong reception his party received, noting that the PDP was the only party that actively engaged with the community during the campaign period.

Ehiwarior highlighted the significance of the heightened awareness and participation, which he believed reflected a collective desire for progress within the local government.

He also commended the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) for their efforts in ensuring a peaceful and well-coordinated poll. He recognized the efficient logistics that facilitated the prompt arrival and departure of election materials to various polling units, emphasizing the importance of such measures in maintaining the integrity of the electoral process.

Addressing the voters, Ehiwarior urged them to continue exercising their civil responsibility and emphasized the impact their participation could have on the future of their community. He expressed gratitude for their commitment and reassured them that their voices would be heard and their expectations met.

Ehiwarior acknowledged the challenges typically associated with opposition in politics but remained undeterred, emphasizing his preparedness to navigate the political landscape. As a seasoned politician who has consistently remained close to the people, he expressed confidence in his ability to overcome any obstacles.

Highlighting his previous achievements as the Commissioner for Power and Energy, Ehiwarior mentioned the successful restoration of electricity to the Ekuku-Agbor Community after a decade-long blackout. The ongoing completion of the power situation in the substation and the imminent distribution of electricity to various sections of the community garnered support, further solidifying trust in his candidacy.

As the local government council poll approaches its conclusion, Engr Jerry Ehiwarior remains hopeful and optimistic regarding the outcome. The votes cast by the people reflect their collective desire for progress within the Ika South Local Government Area, and the results of this election will shape the future of the community.

Okowa Praises DSIEC for Smooth and Peaceful Local Government Election

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The immediate past Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, after casting his vote in Ward 2, Unit 5 in the Ika North East Local Government Area, commended the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC) for conducting a smooth and peaceful local government council election.

Okowa noted that DSIEC had effectively facilitated a process where people could cast their votes without any issues. “What I see here in my voting centre is that everything is going very well and very peacefully, and I believe it’s going on in the same manner across the state,” he said.

He expressed confidence in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerging victorious in the election, citing the extensive campaign efforts over the past month. “I attended the rallies of the Ika North East and Ika South personally, and I’ve heard stories of how campaigns have been done across all the local governments in the state, which we rounded off with the state rally on Wednesday. I think we’ve done well with our campaigns,” Okowa added.

The former governor pointed out that most other political parties did not engage in extensive campaigning, with only “some skeletal campaigns on social media.” He believes the PDP’s comprehensive campaigning will be reflected in the election results.

Okowa expressed gratitude to the people of Delta State, especially those in the Ika area where he cast his vote, for their continued support for the PDP. He is confident that the newly elected local government council chairmen and councillors will work to improve the lives of the people and enhance infrastructure development in their respective areas.

Regarding the Supreme Court judgment on local government autonomy, Okowa supported the decision, stating that funds meant for local government councils should be allocated without interference. He noted that during his tenure as governor, the Delta State government ensured that local government funds were not tampered with and that additional support was provided to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities, including paying primary school teachers’ salaries.

APC Ughelli North Withdraws from LG Elections Over Allegations of DSIEC Partisanship

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In a surprising turn of events, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ughelli North Chapter in Delta State has decided to withdraw from the upcoming local government elections scheduled for July 13. Party leaders expressed their lack of confidence in the Delta State Independent Electoral Commission (DSIEC), claiming it is incapable of conducting free, fair, and credible elections.

In a press release issued and was seen by the Advocate NG revealed that after an emergency meeting at the party Secretariat on Kom. 27, Ughelli-Patani Road, Ughelli North APC leaders accused the electoral body of recruiting members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as ad-hoc staff for the election. They also alleged that all DSIEC board members are PDP card-carrying members, which they believe compromises the commission’s neutrality and independence.

The APC emphasized that free and fair elections are crucial for democratic processes, allowing citizens to choose leaders who will foster development and growth. However, they expressed concerns that DSIEC, under the leadership of Governor Sheriff Francis Oborevwori and Dr. Jerry Agbaike, lacks the necessary qualities to ensure a transparent electoral process.

The party cited the constitution of the board and the recruitment of ad-hoc staff as evidence of interference by the Delta State PDP-led government in the independence of DSIEC. They recalled media reports accusing the governor and his associates of recruiting party members, as well as mistresses and girlfriends, to serve as electoral umpires. The APC viewed this as a situation where the judge becomes the accused.

The party outlined several key points to support their decision to boycott the election: All ad-hoc staff selected by DSIEC for the local government election are PDP card-carrying members. All current members of DSIEC are PDP card-carrying members, suggesting a lack of impartiality. The extant laws relating to the local government election have not been properly adhered to. DSIEC has not made any official announcements regarding the distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive materials to various local governments, wards, and units.

The APC leaders referred to the governor’s previous statement where he boasted that his government would not allow any room for opposition parties to secure even a single seat in the election, regardless of whether it takes place or not. These factors, combined with the aforementioned concerns, led the Ughelli North Chapter of APC to make the difficult decision to boycott the election entirely.

With this unexpected move, the political landscape of Ughelli North takes a twist as the APC refrains from participating in the local government elections, raising questions about the credibility and fairness of the electoral process. As the election day approaches, the focus now shifts to how this development will impact the overall outcome and the future political dynamics in Delta State.

Governor Oborevwori Confident in Delta’s Local Government Autonomy and PDP’s Victory in Polls

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Delta State Governor Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori has expressed unwavering confidence in the state’s commitment to Local Government Autonomy and its position on the recent Supreme Court judgment. He assured the public that Delta State remains unaffected by the ruling, emphasizing the state’s dedication to autonomy and transparency.

Governor Oborevwori reaffirmed the government’s longstanding support for financial autonomy for the legislature and judiciary. He highlighted Delta State’s firm belief in granting autonomy to Local Governments, noting that Caretaker Committees were not formed at the end of the previous chairmen’s tenures. Instead, Heads of Personnel Management (HPMs) were appointed to ensure a smooth transition period of three months leading up to the current elections.

The governor emphasized that the Supreme Court judgment has no impact on Delta State, explaining that the state government has never interfered with local government funds. He pointed out that the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) ensures the transparency of these funds and that any outstanding debts owed by the Local Governments have been cleared.

Regarding the ongoing local government polls, Governor Oborevwori expressed satisfaction with the transparent and fair process. He recalled his own successful election through a similar process, despite facing opposition, and expressed confidence in the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) success in the polls.

Governor Oborevwori viewed the local government elections as a crucial litmus test for the future, particularly for the 2027 elections. He emphasized that the outcome of these polls would reflect the government’s commitment to its MORE Agenda. He assured the people of Delta State that the government is currently executing projects without resorting to borrowing funds, underscoring their dedication to the state’s welfare and progress.

In a final message, Governor Oborevwori encouraged the incoming local government chairmen to remain focused and committed to their responsibilities. He emphasized that, as the closest government representatives to the grassroots level, their dedication is crucial for effective governance and meeting the needs of the people.

Delta State can expect continued dedication and progress under Governor Oborevwori’s leadership, as he remains committed to the principles of autonomy, transparency, and grassroots development.

Tensions Rise in Afiesere Community: Leaders Declares Hon. Akpovoka as Non-Indigene, See Reasons

The Afiesere community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State is facing tension due to Hon. Julius Efeni Akpovoka’s disruptive behaviour. Community leaders, led by President-General Richard Ovwreghederohwo Aduvie, accuse Akpovoka of causing trouble and intimidating residents.

According to the community, Akpovoka is not from the community and has been filing lawsuits and grabbing land. The community has asked him to leave peacefully, as they will not tolerate his behaviour. They have expressed their support for President General Aduvie, who has maintained peace and progress in the community.

The community wants Akpovoka to either coexist peacefully or return to his hometown, a decision that was reached during a community meeting held at the Afiesere town hall on Thursday, July 11, 2024, with community leaders, led by President-General Olorogun Hon as reported by SouthernVoiceNews.

Richard Ovwreghederohwo Aduvie accused Akpovoka of being a customary tenant and outsider intent on causing chaos. Aduvie, alongside executive members and community elders, emphasized that while Afiesere is known for its hospitality, it will not tolerate persistent litigation and disturbances from tenants.

He pointed out that the community’s governance is constitutionally driven and leadership rotates among its quarters, decided by the zoned families. “Hon. Julius Efeni Akpovoka is from Ovwiamuge Agbarho, not Afiesere. Our hospitality should not be exploited,” Aduvie declared.

Chief Dominic Denedo, the Okpako ‘Orere of Afiesere, stressed that if Akpovoka cannot coexist peacefully, he should leave the community. Denedo highlighted Akpovoka’s numerous court cases against Afiesere, despite not being a resident.

Chief J.E Akponana, the Orosevwohwo of Ughelli Kingdom, echoed this sentiment, urging Akpovoka to either integrate peacefully or return to Uvwiamuge. His actions, according to Akponana, have been disruptive and harmful to the community.

Supporting the leadership, Hon. Chief Ese Emuedo, an Afiesere opinion leader and committed PDP member, reaffirmed the community’s vote of confidence in President General Aduvie. Emuedo praised Aduvie’s leadership, dedication, and transparency for fostering peace and progress.

Even Akpovoka’s elder brother acknowledged his troubling behaviour, including land grabbing and false petitions. He urged the community to support peace-seekers and reject Akpovoka’s disruptive actions.

In conclusion, the Afiesere community has firmly stated that it will not tolerate Hon. Julius Efeni Akpovoka’s disruptive behaviour. They have endorsed President General Richard Ovwreghederohwo Aduvie for his exemplary leadership. As tensions mount, the community awaits Akpovoka’s response, hoping for a peaceful resolution to the dispute.

Man Caught Trying to Smuggle Over 100 Snakes in His Pants!

In a strange event, a daring person was caught by customs officials while trying to sneak a surprising number of live snakes into mainland China.

DM News reports say the unidentified traveller cleverly hid 104 snakes in six bags tucked inside his trousers. It was a bizarre attempt discovered when he passed through the “nothing to declare” gate at the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

Customs officers, alert as always, decided to check the suspicious man and were shocked to find a collection of snakes in different shapes, sizes, and colors when they opened the bags. Chinese Customs released a video showing agents looking into transparent bags filled with live red, pink, and white snakes. This smuggler was clearly carrying more than just a few reptiles.

However, this bold attempt to bypass strict biosecurity laws did not go unnoticed. China strictly prohibits importing non-native species without permission, and those who break these rules face serious consequences. While the exact punishment for the man was not disclosed, authorities made it clear he would be held accountable under the law.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time people have tried to smuggle snakes in odd places. A few years ago at the same border, a woman was caught trying to bring in five snakes hidden in her bra. It seems snakes can be quite sneaky travel companions!

China, known for its efforts against wildlife trafficking, aims to protect its native species and tightly controls the entry of foreign animals. This incident reminds us that wildlife laws must always be respected, no matter how unusual the smuggling method. Trying to sneak snakes across borders is risky, and those caught face serious consequences.

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Delta Governor Oborevwori Confident PDP Will Win Upcoming Local Government Elections

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2024-07-10, Asaba, Delta State – The Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori believes the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates will win the upcoming Local Government Council elections on July 13, 2024.

Governor Oborevwori made this prediction at a big PDP rally in Asaba on Wednesday. He praised the PDP candidates for campaigning hard, visiting communities, units, and wards across the state.

The Governor also campaigned for the PDP’s chairmanship and councilorship candidates. He criticized a former gubernatorial candidate who had claimed the election would be rigged, saying those who couldn’t win their polling units are now making such allegations.

Governor Oborevwori assured the public that the electoral body has measures in place to ensure free and fair elections. He urged voters to come out on Saturday with their Permanent Voters Cards to support all PDP candidates.

Deputy Governor Sir Monday Onyeme and former Governor Ifeanyi Okowa also expressed confidence in a PDP victory across the state. The state PDP Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Esiso, celebrated the party’s preparedness and the people’s support.

Several prominent members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) even defected to the ruling PDP during the rally, pledging their support.

The rally also featured messages of support from the State House of Assembly Speaker, a House of Representatives member, and other senior political figures.

Federal Government Announces Suspension of Import Duties for Food Items

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In a move aimed at boosting food security and ensuring affordable prices for consumers, the Federal Government has announced the suspension of duties, tariffs, and taxes for the importation of certain food items through land and sea borders.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, made this announcement during a press conference held in Abuja. He revealed that a 150-day Duty-Free Import Window has been established for food commodities, including maize, husked brown rice, wheat, and cowpeas.

Under this new arrangement, imported food commodities will be subjected to a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) to maintain fair pricing for consumers. Minister Kyari emphasized that the government’s priority is to ensure the safety and quality of these imported food items, without compromising on standards.

To further enhance food supply, the Federal Government will also import 250,000 metric tons of wheat and 250,000 metric tons of maize. These imported food commodities, in their semi-processed state, will be directed towards small-scale processors and millers across the country.

This strategic move by the government aims to increase the availability of essential food items and stabilize their prices in the market. By providing a duty-free import window and importing food commodities directly, the government is actively addressing the current challenges faced by the agricultural sector.

This news comes as a relief to both consumers and farmers, as it will help bridge the gap between supply and demand, ensuring that Nigerians have access to an adequate and diverse food supply.

Pere S. P. Luke Celebrates 58th Birthday: Speaker Guwor Sends Best Wishes

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Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Emomotimi Dennis Guwor, has felicitated with the 1st Vice Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers Council and the Pere of Akugbene Mein Kingdom in Bomadi local government area of the state, Pere S. P. Luke, Kalanama VIII, on his 58th birthday celebration.

The Speaker in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr Nkem Nwaeke, described Pere S. P. Luke, Kalanama VIII, as a great asset not only to Delta State but Niger Delta region and beyond.

Rt Hon Guwor stated that he has always cherished and admired the statesmanship of the celebrant and his friendly disposition to people, stressing that the Akugbene Mein King, would remain a pride to the Ijaw nation.

The Speaker on behalf of the State Legislature and constituents wished Pere S. P. Luke, Kalanama VII, the best life can offer as he celebrates his 58th birthday anniversary.

He stated that the peace in his kingdom is a testament to the Pere’s dedication and selflessness, and stressed on the need for him to remain focused to attract greater development to the kingdom.

“Happy birthday to a revered monarch and a shining star of the Niger Delta Region. On behalf of the Honourable Members and staff of the Delta State House of Assembly, I congratulate you on this special day.

“I celebrate your leadership, which has brought prosperity and peace to your kingdom and the state. I commend your commitment to the well-being of your people.

“May this birthday be a celebration of many more years of good health and fulfillment, even as I pray that God Almighty grant you continued wisdom, strength, and guidance to reign”, Guwor stated.

Hon. Ferguson Onwo Extols Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s Leadership and Legacy

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The Member Representing Isoko South 2 and Chairman of, House Committee on Health, Hon (Chief) Ferguson Onwo, has said that legacies left behind by the immediate past Governor of the State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, would always be appreciated by Deltans.

Hon Okowa, while reacting to the 65th birthday anniversary of Dr Okowa, described him as a man with so much dignity and wisdom, saying that he made commendable impact as Governor of Delta State between 2015 to 2023.

The Lawmaker, a former Majority Leader of the State Assembly when Okowa was the Governor, stated that as someone who worked very closely with the celebrant, he can always attest to his sterling qualities and potentials as a great leader.

Onwo on behalf of the good people of Isoko nation, particularly Isoko South 2 constituency, congratulated Okowa on his 65th birthday anniversary and prayed that Almighty God will continue to project him and his family in the years ahead.

He said “Happy birthday to a distinguished leader and a statesman, His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa CON, immediate past Governor of Delta State.

“Your excellency on this auspicious day of your birth anniversary I and my family wishes you long life, good health, sound mind. Grace, favour and mercy of God shall always be with you.

“You shall continue to rise in fame and your good deeds shall outlive you. We are ever grateful to you for giving me a platform to excel politically in the state. God bless you and your entire family”.

Speaking further Onwo stated “I am indeed very happy to be part of millions of well wishers celebrating this your special day and I join in praying that the day brings forth more joy, peace, and celebration to you and your family.

“Your selfless service, vision, and dedication to the development of Delta State as Governor, will always be remembered and cherished.

“As a serving legislator, I will always appreciate the foundation you laid and the opportunities you created for our people.

“Wishing you many more years of wisdom, good health, and continued service to our state and the nation at large. Happy birthday sir and many more years ahead”.

DSIRS Chairman Ighrakpata Celebrates Dr. Okowa’s 65th Birthday

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Chairman, Delta State Internal Revenue Service, DSIRS, Hon (Chief) Solomon Ighrakpata, has felicitated with the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, CON, on his 65th birth anniversary.

Hon Ighrakpata, a former Deputy Chief Whip of the Delta State House of Assembly, who represented Uvwie Constituency in the 7th Assembly, described Dr Okowa as a complete gentleman and the epitome of a great leader.

The DSIRS Boss in his goodwill message to the immediate past Governor on his 65th birthday celebration, said the celebrant has distinguished himself as a statesman and a leader of great repute, as he wished him a happy birthday and many happy returns.

“Your Excellency, on behalf of my family, the great people of Uvwie and political associates, I extend warm congratulations to you on the occasion of your 65th birthday anniversary.

“We celebrate your life, achievements, and contributions to the development of our great state, Delta.

“Your visionary leadership and legacy continue to inspire most of us, and we are grateful for the foundation you laid during your tenure as Governor.

“I pray that God grants you many more years of good health, wisdom, and joy”, Ighrakpata stated.

The former lawmakers enjoined Dr Okowa to remain the good leader he is and sustained his support, commitment and confidence in the MORE administration of Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.

Deputy Speaker Akpowowo Extends Warm Birthday Wishes to Former Governor Okowa

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Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Arthur Akpowowo has congratulated the immediate past Governor of the state, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, CON, on his 65th birthday celebration.

Rt Hon Akpowowo who represents Ethiope East Constituency in the House and a former Commissioner for Urban Renewal in the State, said Dr Okowa remains a Leader with a large heart and very passionate towards the development of Delta State.

The Deputy Speaker in a statement, on behalf of his family, constituents, friends and political associates, felicitated His Excellency, the former Governor on his 65th birthday and wished him many happy returns.

“Your Excellency, on behalf of my immediate family, other relatives, the people of Ethiope East, friends and political associates, we wish you a happy birthday anniversary and many happy returns.

“You are a Leader extraordinaire. All of us in Ethiope East are happy to be associated with you and your achievements in the state. Today is another moment of joy to celebrate your love and friendship and we are happy in it”, Rt Hon Akpowowo stated.

The Deputy Speaker prayed that God grant Dr Okowa continued wisdom, good health, and strength as he celebrates the milestone 65th birthday anniversary.

Akpowowo wished the Immediate past Governor Okowa great and remarkable successes in his future service to God and the nation, of Nigeria.

He said “As you mark this milestone, we pray that God grants you greater wisdom, good health, and strength to continue serving Him and humanity.

“Because you are a good man, goodness shall always find you and you will be blessed with many more years of happiness and opportunities in life”, the Deputy Speaker prayed.

Speaker Guwor Celebrates Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s 65th Birthday with Warm Wishes

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Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Emomotimi Dennis Guwor, has prayed for more days of joy, peace and celebration for the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyichukwu Arthur Okowa CON, as he marks his 65th birth anniversary today, 8th July 2024.

Rt Hon Guwor in his congratulatory message to Dr Okowa on the glorious occasion of his birthday, said he has every reason to join hundreds of well wishers across nations to celebrate the immediate past Governor of the State in appreciation of his life of service.

The Speaker whose message is contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Nkem Nwaeke, pointed out that the legacy and contributions of the Celebrant to the development of Delta State and the nation at large is appreciated and commendable.

Rt Hon Guwor prayed to God that the 65th birth anniversary shall bring joy, peace, and many more celebrations to Dr Okowa, his immediate family and the state at large.

“On behalf of the Honourable Members, Management and Staff of the Delta State Assembly, Constituents of Warri South West, Friends and Associates, I extend warm congratulations to you, Your Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, CON, on the occasion of your 65th birth anniversary.

“We celebrate your life, achievements, and contributions to the development of Delta state and Nigeria.

“Your leadership and vision during your tenure as Governor laid a solid foundation for growth and progress in Delta State.

“We acknowledge your dedication, wisdom, and selfless service to our people.

“May this milestone birthday be a celebration of your remarkable life and a harbinger of many more years of good health, joy, and fulfillment.

“Congratulations and happy birthday anniversary,Your Excellency” Guwor stated.

Scandalous Revelations Unearthed in Anambra State as Ghost Workers Haunt Local Government Payroll

In a shocking turn of events, the Anambra State Local Government Service Commission has made a startling discovery that has sent shockwaves throughout the state. It has come to light that a staggering 59 deceased individuals are still receiving salaries from the 21 local government areas in Anambra State.

According to The Pond News, this revelation has exposed a massive fraud scheme, as the state grapples with the pervasive issue of “ghost workers” and endeavours to cleanse its public payroll.

In an interview held in Awka, Mr. Vin Ezeaka, the Chairman of the Commission and a distinguished lawyer, shared this alarming finding with the press. He revealed that the discovery was made during an extensive staff personnel audit, initiated to restore integrity to the local government system in the state.

Mr. Ezeaka disclosed that the audit revealed an astonishing number of 427 individuals who were inexplicably on the local government payroll without any trace of employment. Out of this staggering figure, 59 were deceased staff members of the Commission, who had been receiving salaries long after their passing. Additionally, 40 retired individuals were found to still draw salaries from the commission, while a perplexing 11 staff members living abroad had their names inexplicably retained on the government payroll.

The Chairman further revealed that among the ghost workers, some were associated with Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka and Nwafor Orizu College of Education in Nsugbe. This discovery has sent shockwaves through the educational institutions, raising questions about their internal processes and accountability.

Mr. Ezeaka asserted, “We discovered 59 deceased staff who are still receiving salaries, 40 retirees also receiving salaries, and above all, we discovered 222 workers on the payroll who nobody could identify as workers in any of the 21 LGAs, and we have many of them living abroad and still receiving salaries. So, we wrote to the Joint Account, JAC, to remove them from the payroll.”

The Chairman expressed his resolve to ensure that those involved in this illicit activity face the full consequences of their actions, in accordance with civil service regulations. He emphasized that the investigation would be thorough, and those caught in this unholy act would face the full force of the law.

In a related development, the Commission also uncovered a certificate racketeering cartel operating within the local government system. A committee was established to investigate individuals with suspicious certificates working in various local government areas of Anambra State. Subsequently, a screening committee was formed, which revealed numerous cases of fraudulent certification. Astonishingly, out of the 20 individuals who presented certificates from Imo State University, 14 were subjected to scrutiny, leading to the discovery that six of them held counterfeit credentials.

The Commission’s Chairman declared, “We must sanitize the system in line with the mandate given to us by Governor Chukwuma Soludo so that the genuine workers who sacrifice their time and energy can get value for their service, and not looters who do not contribute anything to the development of Anambra State.”

In a resolute move to address these issues, the Commission has not hesitated to take decisive action. Even senior local government staff, including Deputy Directors and Treasurers, have been dismissed for presenting fraudulent certificates.

The Chairman extended an amnesty period for those employees using forged certificates within the local government system. They were given an opportunity to voluntarily come forward and report themselves, lest they face termination when the amnesty expires.

The ongoing local government and certificate verification committees, as emphasized by the Chairman, are not motivated by witch-hunts but are purely aimed at purging the system of corruption and ensuring transparency and accountability.

As Anambra State grapples with these alarming revelations, it is clear that a formidable effort is underway to cleanse the local government system of fraudulent practices and pave the way for a more efficient and trustworthy administration. The people of Anambra State eagerly await the outcome of these investigations and the restoration of integrity to their governance.

Warri-Itakpe Train Services Suspended Due to Track Condition

In a recent development, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced the suspension of Warri-Itakpe train services. The decision comes as a result of the poor condition of the track from Ujevwu in Delta State to Itakpe in Kogi State. The NRC issued a notice to customers, stating that train operations would be halted until Monday, July 8, 2024.

As reported by The Punch, the suspension, effective from Friday, was attributed to an obstruction on the track, causing concerns about the safety and efficiency of the train services. The NRC emphasized that the well-being of passengers and the smooth functioning of the railway system were of utmost importance.

“This is to officially notify our esteemed passengers that the Warri-Itakpe Train will not run today, Friday, 5th July 2024, due to the obstruction we have on our track. We apologize for any inconvenience caused and assure you that we are working diligently to address the issue,” the notice stated.

Passengers who had already booked their tickets online will be refunded, ensuring that their travel plans are not disrupted. The NRC is taking proactive measures to rectify the situation and resume normal train services promptly.

In a related incident, a coach of a train traveling from Itakpe to Ujevwu derailed near the Abraka rail station. The incident occurred around 7:15 pm on Thursday, sending shockwaves among the passengers. Witnesses reported that as the train approached Abraka in Delta State, the derailed coach caused the remaining coaches to be dragged along, creating a chaotic scene.

Fortunately, no casualties were reported in this incident, highlighting the importance of passenger safety and the swift response of railway authorities. Investigations are currently underway to determine the cause of the derailment and prevent such occurrences in the future.

It is worth recalling that the Federal Government introduced e-ticketing services for the Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe-Warri train routes in October of last year. The e-ticketing system aimed to revolutionize the way passengers book and pay for their train tickets, eliminating the need for physical tickets or cash transactions. This modernization initiative aimed to enhance efficiency, convenience, and customer satisfaction.

As the NRC works diligently to address the track condition and resume services, passengers are encouraged to stay updated through official channels for any further developments regarding the Warri-Itakpe train route.

Governor Oborevwori Forms Comprehensive Committee to Combat 2024 Flood Threats

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In a commendable move to proactively tackle the recurring issue of flooding in Delta State, the Governor, Rt. Hon. Elder Sheriff Oborevwori has officially approved the constitution of the 2024 Flood Disaster Management Committee. This decisive action reflects the government’s commitment to safeguarding the well-being of its citizens and effectively addressing the challenges posed by natural disasters.

According to a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Kingsley Eze Emu, the committee comprises a diverse group of individuals with expertise in various domains. Dr. Kingsley Emu, the SSG himself, has been appointed as the Chairman, while Hon. Ejiro Terry Etacherure, the Honourable Commissioner for the Bureau of Special Duties, serves as the Co-Chairman.

The committee boasts an impressive lineup of professionals, including Mr. Ejiro Tommy Jamani, the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, who will bring valuable insights to the table. Furthermore, Dr. Joseph Onojaeme, the Honourable Commissioner for Health, will provide his expertise in dealing with potential health challenges arising from flood incidents. The committee also features other esteemed members such as Hon. Darlington Ijeh, the Honourable Commissioner for Culture & Tourism, and Mrs. Rose Ezewu, the Honourable Commissioner for Secondary Education, to name a few.

The committee’s primary responsibility is to propose appropriate measures for the prevention and management of flooding. This includes addressing the displacement of affected individuals and devising strategies for the efficient provision of relief materials to victims. Their recommendations will play a crucial role in guiding His Excellency, the Governor, in implementing effective measures to mitigate the impact of floods and protect the welfare of the people of Delta State.

This initiative clearly demonstrates the Governor’s dedication to ensuring the safety and well-being of the state’s residents. By assembling this capable committee, comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise, Delta State is taking a significant stride towards enhancing its disaster management capabilities.

As the committee sets out on this important mission, the citizens of Delta State can rest assured that their concerns will be addressed comprehensively. The government’s commitment to proactive disaster management serves as a beacon of hope, assuring the people that their safety and welfare remain paramount.

With the formation of the 2024 Flood Disaster Management Committee, Delta State is poised to face flood-related challenges head-on, bolstering its resilience and ensuring a safer, more sustainable future for all.

Speaker Guwor Commends Deputy Speaker Akpowowo, Chief Whip for Constituency Engagements

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Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Emomotimi Dennis Guwor, has commended the Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Arthur Akpowowo for his resilience in putting smiles on the faces of constituents.

Guwor who gave the commendation in his welcome address on resumption of plenary for the second session of the 8th Assembly, also praised the efforts of the Chief Whip of the House, Hon Perkins Umukoro in that regard.

The Deputy Speaker, Arthur Akpowowo, represents Ethiope East Constituency in the State Legislature, while the Chief Whip, Perkins Umukoro represents Sapele Constituency.

The two Legislators had embarked on Constituency briefings and massive empowerment programmes in their various Constituencies to commemorate the first year anniversary of their membership of the Delta State House of Assembly as they were sworn in along side twenty-seven others on 13th June 2023.

Reacting to the development, Speaker Emomotimi Guwor praised the efforts of the two Lawmakers, both Principal Officers of the House for the initiative to reach out to their constituents.

“Very importantly, I wish to commend the Deputy Speaker and the Chief Whip of the House for the constituencies engagements and empowerment programmes embarked upon during the break.

“Thank you for your kind gesture; you have set the ball rolling”, Guwor said.

The Speaker had while welcoming all to the first plenary of the Second Session of the 8th Assembly, expressed hope that the short break that preceded the resumption afforded them ample opportunities to meet and interact with constituents and to give account of their stewardship in the past one year of service as well as reflect on the lessons and experiences as Members of the Legislature.

“Dear colleagues, I believe we have rested, refreshed and reinvigorated to continue our legislative business. As we progress through the Second Session, we should bring to bear on the work the lessons learnt in the First Session.

“As representatives of the people in parliament, the people’s hope for good governance and dividend of democracy rest squarely on our shoulders”, Guwor stated.

Continuing the Speaker said “Collectively, we must serve with all passion, honour, integrity, cooperation and unity of purpose, in synergy with the Executive for the good of Deltans.

“Thankfully, the 8th Assembly Legislative Agenda is in tandem with the MORE AGENDA of His Excellency, Rt Hon (Elder) Sheriff Francis Orohwedor Oborevwori, the Governor of the State.

“We will therefore continue to give legal backing to the policies and programmes of the Oborevwori’s administration in order to do more for our people”.

Guwor reminded his colleagues that the Local Government Councils election is a week and few days, and urged all Deltans and residents in the state to come out en-mass on Saturday, 13th July, 2024 to cast their votes peacefully.

He called for the support of the Lawmakers
as the House commenced on the new session of the 8th Assembly, stressing that their commitment and dedication towards legislative duties would always be appreciated.

“As you can see on the Order Paper and Business of the Week, there are very important Bills pending before the House for consideration and passage. I therefore implore all of us to brace up and ensure the passage of most of the Bills before the end of July.

“I wish to thank the management and staff of the Assembly for their support and cooperation with the leadership and Members of the House. I want to assure you that your welfare and continuous training for improved service delivery is highly regarded by the leadership of the House.

“In furtherance of this commitment, the 2024 training of staff of the Assembly and Commission has commenced on the 25th of June, 2024. The CONLESS issue is also being handled and will be resolved soon.

“Distinguished colleagues, let me reiterate that our collective effort and unity of purpose have accounted for the unparalleled successes recorded so far. And I am earnestly looking forward to more remarkable successes in this Second Session”, the Speaker said.

President Bola Tinubu Unveils Ambitious N2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Plan

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In a momentous announcement on Thursday, President Bola Tinubu revealed his government’s groundbreaking plan to inject a staggering N2 trillion into the economy within the next six months.

The declaration came during the inauguration of the highly anticipated Presidential Economic Coordination Council (PECC), a visionary assembly comprising representatives from diverse sectors of society and the economy.

During the inauguration ceremony, President Tinubu shared the outcomes of his comprehensive assessment of the fast-tracked stabilization and progress plan. The nation’s leader expressed his unwavering commitment to revitalizing the economy and ensuring its resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges.

Following the inauguration, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, held a session with reporters at the State House. With meticulous detail, he elucidated the sectors that will receive emergency funding under this audacious initiative. These sectors include Health, Agriculture, Energy/Power, as well as other vital areas critical to the nation’s well-being.

Mr. Edun highlighted, “The President has just inaugurated the Presidential Economic Coordination Council, a body comprising the President’s Economic Management Team, leaders of the National Assembly, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, and distinguished members of the private sector.”

He continued, “They were presented with the outcomes of Mr. President’s review of the accelerated stabilization and advancement plan, an emergency plan meticulously crafted by his Economic Management Team, the sub-nationals, and the private sector. The plan encompasses a N2 trillion package, with N350 billion allocated to Health and Social Welfare, N500 billion to Agriculture and Food Security, N500 billion to the Energy and Power sector, and a substantial N650 billion for general business support.”

In addition to these financial measures, the government will implement a range of policy and tax measures. Furthermore, President Tinubu has signed a series of executive orders, soon to be gazetted, aimed at streamlining the cost of doing business, providing much-needed relief to enterprises during these challenging times.

The N2 trillion economic stimulus plan is poised to propel Nigeria forward, fostering growth, stability, and prosperity. President Tinubu’s visionary approach, combined with the collaborative efforts of the PECC, promises to steer the nation towards a brighter future.

As the nation eagerly awaits the implementation of this bold initiative, optimism reverberates throughout the country, with citizens hopeful that this injection of funds will breathe new life into the economy and pave the way for a swift recovery.

Adeleke Inaugurates Okpanam-Ibusa Bypass, Lauds Oborevwori’s Leadership

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In a remarkable display of camaraderie and support, Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, inaugurated the much-anticipated Okpanam-Ibusa Bypass in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The event was marked by warm greetings and appreciation for Governor Sheriff Oborevwori and the people of Delta State.

Expressing his gratitude during the inauguration ceremony, Governor Adeleke lauded Governor Oborevwori’s outstanding performance, highlighting his dedication to the welfare of the people. He commended the Governor’s commitment to the “MORE Agenda,” emphasizing the importance of delivering more projects that would benefit the people of Delta State.

Governor Adeleke drew a parallel between his own endeavors in Osun State and Governor Oborevwori’s accomplishments, emphasizing their shared commitment to transforming their respective states. He expressed his conviction that Governor Oborevwori’s leadership would continue to bring positive change to Delta State, urging the people to lend their unwavering support.

“In Osun State, I have dedicated myself to turning the state into a construction site,” Governor Adeleke stated proudly. “Likewise, Governor Oborevwori is doing phenomenal work here in Delta. I applaud him for working tirelessly for the people who entrusted him with their mandate. I am here today to celebrate his achievements and inaugurate this road.”

Governor Oborevwori, in his address, assured the people of Delta State that the upcoming local government elections, scheduled for July 13, would be conducted with utmost fairness, transparency, and credibility. He urged all candidates, irrespective of their political affiliations, to engage in rigorous campaigns and showcase their capabilities to the electorate.

Addressing the candidates, Governor Oborevwori stressed the importance of upholding democratic principles and the rule of law. He warned against complacency, reminding them that the elections would be closely monitored to ensure a level playing field. He encouraged candidates to connect with the people, demonstrate their competence, and prove their worthiness for the positions they seek.

Furthermore, Governor Oborevwori assured the traditional rulers present that their requests, made during the inauguration ceremony, had been duly noted. He pledged to address their concerns and work towards meeting their expectations.

The Okpanam-Ibusa Bypass, constructed under the visionary initiative of former Governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and completed by Governor Oborevwori’s administration, was hailed as a significant development by the Obuzor of Ibusa, Obi Professor Louis Nwoboshi, and the Ugoani of Okpanam Kingdom, Obi Michael Mbanefo. Both traditional rulers expressed their gratitude to Governor Oborevwori for fulfilling this long-awaited dream of the local government area.

While appreciating the completion of the Okpanam-Ibusa Bypass, the traditional rulers also appealed to Governor Oborevwori to consider linking Okpanam and Akwukwu-Igbo, as well as Okpanam and Ugbolu, to facilitate seamless navigation within the council area. They also requested the installation of proper lighting along the road to enhance safety and visibility.

The Commissioner for Works (Highways and Urban Roads), Comrade Reuben Izeze, provided technical details of the 5.3km road, highlighting its purpose of mitigating flooding and improving transportation efficiency along the corridor.

As the people of Delta State celebrate the successful completion of the Okpanam-Ibusa Bypass, Governor Oborevwori’s administration remains committed to delivering more transformative projects and upholding the principles of democracy in the upcoming local government elections.

Horror in Delta: Community Leader Macheted to Death, Body Set on Fire

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The peaceful community of Obodougwa-Ogume in Ndokwa West Local Government Area has been engulfed in a cloud of tension and grief following the horrifying murder of Mr Anselm Oyibo, a highly regarded community leader and former Chairman of the Community Development Committee.

In a gruesome act of violence, Oyibo was mercilessly attacked and brutally macheted to death by unidentified gunmen. To add to the horror, his lifeless body was callously set ablaze along with his motorcycle. The shocking discovery of his charred remains took place at the Obodougwa Ogume Junction along the Kwale-Obiaruku Road on Wednesday, sending shockwaves throughout the community.

As reported by Ibom Focus, Residents, who have chosen to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the situation, recounted the events leading up to Oyibo’s tragic demise. It is reported that Oyibo left his residence in Kwale late in the evening, around 11:30 pm, after receiving an ominous phone call. However, he never returned home, leaving his loved ones in a state of worry and confusion.

One resident shared a chilling account, stating, “The deceased abruptly woke up from his slumber just before midnight, announcing that he had to go out. He started his motorcycle, answered a call on his phone, and it was assumed he was visiting his second wife, as he was married to two. But the next morning, when he failed to return, his second wife was contacted, only to discover he hadn’t spent the night with her.”

Frantic attempts to reach Oyibo by phone yielded no results, as the ringing eventually transformed into an unreachable line. Tragically, the community received devastating news that a man’s life had been violently snuffed out, his remains burned alongside his beloved motorcycle at the junction.

Confirmation of the victim’s identity soon followed, confirming that Anselm Oyibo had suffered a brutal machete attack before meeting a horrifying fate in the flames. His lifeless body has been transported to the mortuary, where it awaits further examination and investigation.

The Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bright Edafe, has expressed the authorities’ commitment to unraveling the circumstances surrounding this heinous crime. “Efforts are ongoing to unravel the circumstances that led to his death,” he stated, assuring the community that justice will be sought.

As the investigation continues, the once-peaceful community of Obodougwa-Ogume finds itself grappling with the shock and sorrow of losing a revered leader. The residents stand united in their demand for answers, praying for justice to be served and peace to be restored to their grieving community.

Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu Impeached by Edo House of Assembly

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The Edo State House of Assembly has recently taken a decisive step towards impeaching Comrade Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor, amid escalating tensions with his superior, Governor Godwin Obaseki.

During the Assembly’s plenary session in Benin City, a long-standing political deadlock between Shaibu and Obaseki culminated in a seven-man committee tasked with probing allegations of misconduct against the deputy governor.

The committee presented its findings, leading to Shaibu’s impeachment on Monday. This development highlights the deep-seated rift within the state’s political landscape, signalling a significant shift in power dynamics.

Comedian AY Opens Up About Marriage Struggles in Lengthy Instagram Post

Ayo Makun, ace comedian, actor, and filmmaker commonly referred to as AY, has broken his silence on social media regarding the speculated discord in his marriage to Mabel Makun, which has been circulating online.

The couple’s twenty-year union is believed to be on the brink of collapse due to AY’s alleged infidelity, which resulted in Mabel’s vacating their marital home and dealing with various health issues.

In a candid post shared on his Instagram page on Sunday, April 7, 2024, he appeared to address the rumours and acknowledged his regrettable actions. While cautioning against misconceptions about strength and silence, AY highlighted the distinction between personal struggles and public scrutiny, asserting his right to privacy amidst personal challenges.

He emphasized the importance of shielding their adult daughter from distressing online content and expressed the pain of witnessing their decades-long relationship falter. He reflected on the complexities of assigning blame in a societal landscape that often favours one narrative over another.

Despite the prevalence of falsehoods circulating in the media, AY remains steadfast in his belief that truth will ultimately prevail over lies. He expressed that projecting a negative narrative against someone who is not struggling to defend himself does not mean that he is weak.

AY confirmed that he has reached a stage in his life where he cannot entertain the public with deep personal family issues, especially with a grown-up daughter who has access to social media. Her mental health needs to be protected from seeing things she cannot be proud of online.

He also noted that no one is completely innocent enough to cast stones and that it is one thing to watch a friendship/marriage of 20 years slip off his hands, but it is another thing for the parties involved to understand how to appropriate the blame in a space that is designed for most women to always play the victims and win.

AY stated that he loves the way that lies about him in all these blogs are travelling faster than the truth presently. However, he is confident that his painful truth will eventually beat away all the lies.

Lagos Court Detains Mother and Daughter Over Alleged Child Labour

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In a legal battle unfolding at the Federal High Court in Lagos, Nwobi Olubube Favour, aged 25, and her mother, Nwobi Ebele Angela, aged 55, find themselves at the center of accusations related to child labour.

Upon their plea of not guilty to charges of harbouring and using minors for domestic work, brought forth by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Justice Abimbola Awogboro ordered their remand.

The accused, residents of B 41, Abijoh GRA, Chois Garden Estate Lekki, Lagos State, are alleged to have engaged in these activities between May and November 2023.

According to prosecutor Uzunwa I. Egonu, the exploitative actions of the defendants had severe repercussions on the physical, social, and psychological well-being of the two underage girls involved.

Furthermore, NAPTIP levelled additional charges against the mother and daughter, accusing them of assaulting two agency officials, Ederibhalo Ajiegbe Elvis and Trust Oluwaseun Adekoye.

The alleged incident occurred during the officials’ performance of duties at the agency’s office in GRA, Ikeja, on March 12. It is claimed that the accused forcibly seized a laptop and an iPhone 8 from the officials during the altercation.

As proceedings unfolded, the prosecutor pushed for a trial date and advocated for the defendants’ remand in custody.

On the other side, the legal representative for Favour and Angela requested a brief adjournment to prepare and file bail applications on their behalf.

Consequently, Justice Awogboro scheduled the matter for further proceedings on May 7, allowing time for both sides to present their cases.

Press Under Attack: Journalists Beaten by Police and Vigilantes in Ughelli A’ Division

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Two journalists, Comrade Gabriel Oghenekaro Awodeha, who also is the publisher of The Periscope and Comrade Andrew Unutame from Galaxy Television, on Thursday, faced brutality at the hands of police officers and vigilantes at Ughelli A’ division in Delta State.

Recounting the incident, Comr. Gabriel Oghenekaro described how he and a motorcycle rider encountered police conducting stop-and-search. Despite urging the rider to comply, tensions escalated when the rider couldn’t produce his documents. This led to their detention and subsequent mistreatment by the officers and vigilantes.

According to Comr. Gabriel Oghenekaro, “I boarded a motorcycle, and as we were on our way the rider, on sighting the police on stop and search duty, wanted to turn back and run, that he did not have papers, that he left them at home. I then encouraged him not to run but to meet them, that if he is stopped, I’ll plead on his behalf, and I only said so because I was suspicious, I didn’t believe somebody would ride his motorcycle without a photocopy of his particulars.

“When the police stopped us and demanded his particulars and the man said he was not with them, one of the officers ordered us to alight and then drove the motorcycle to the police station. At this point, the rider was blaming me for allowing the police to hold him because I refused to plead for him. I then told him that if truly he had his papers at home, he should go home and bring them. Once it’s established that he has his papers I’m ready to go with him to the station to assist in securing the release of his motorcycle.

“When the man brought his papers, as promised, I called a colleague and we went to the station with him. We were then directed to a policewoman identified as, Corporal Ebi who said “The particulars are not authentic, that it could be forged. She asked us to bring N50,000. She now ordered us to leave her sight to go and look for the money when we tried to speak to her.

“At this point, we decided to leave and went to our vehicle. As we were about to go, she ran towards us and asked the bike man to give her the papers, that we were running away from. I was shocked when she said so. I asked the bike man to give her the particulars which he did.

“Immediately she started raining abuses on us, when I told her that the insults were uncalled for, she said who am I to challenge her, just as she was shouting another male officer, Inspector Erasmus Ikperinwa came and grabbed me on my trousers, cut my belt and started manhandling me before others around, but police and local vigilante joined in the beating.

“They handcuffed me and forced me to lay down on the floor, threatening that they’ll throw me inside the cell where I will rot. The woman corporal, Ebi stated that she is a lawyer who has been called to the Nigerian Bar and nothing will happen, you can call the IG of Police and if it is the case that you want, I will give you to the fullest.

”When my colleague saw what was happening and tried to intervene, they attacked him with wood and gave him the same beating. I only saw him runway towards the area commander’s section in the station. After that, the woman corporal identified as Ebi from Ughelli A’Division brought a paper that they forced me to write a statement and threw me inside the cell.

“It was at this point that my colleague who ran to the area commander’s section came with a policewoman on the instructions of the A.O. summoning us to the office to hear what had happened.

“We did not commit any crime other than trying to do a humanitarian service, so I don’t see why we should be manhandled in such a way. I think it is high time the Inspector General and Delta State Police Command do something about the excesses of the police in Ughelli A Division.

“Assault on journalists by officers and vigilantes attached to the division has been a routine, and must be stopped.”

Also, while recounting the incident, Comrade Andrew Unutame explained their intention to assist the distressed rider. However, when confronted with unreasonable demands by the police, they attempted to leave but were met with violence.

Unutame added that the situation escalated as they were subjected to physical assault and verbal abuse by the officers and vigilantes. Even after attempting to explain themselves, they were met with hostility.

He said “We came to see how we can be of assistance to the bike man because according to my colleague who called me to accompany him, the bike man told him he is new in Delta and has no one. When we got there we met the lady, she asked us to go and bring N50,000”.

“We don’t have that kind of money. And she was not ready to listen to any plea. At this point, we went back to our vehicle and wanted to go back, because my colleague said, he left his phone in the office, and that he wanted to call someone to do some clarifications.

“This was when one Erasmus Ikperinwa came on the scene and started manhandling my colleague. When I tried to intercede they attacked me” One of the vigilantes took a 2by2 wood to hit me on my back”.

“We then tried to explain to her that we were not running and besides we didn’t commit any crime too so who were we running away from? She started raining all manner of curses, she was not ready to stop, we told her that the fact that she is a police officer was not a license to defame or dehumanize lawful citizens”.

“When I saw that they were ready to kill me, I ran to the Area Commander’s office, that was when the A. O, tried to intervene in the matter.”

“For the timely intervention of the Ughelli Area Command, Admin Officer, A.O, we would have been dead or incarcerated by now.”

However, the journalists emphasized the need for accountability and an end to such acts of police brutality in Ughelli A division.

Tiwa Savage’s First Movie ‘Water And Garri’ to Debut Worldwide on Prime Video

Tiwa Savage, the renowned Nigerian singer, has excitedly announced the official release date for her much-anticipated debut movie, ‘Water And Garri.’

Taking to her social media platforms on April 4th, she confirmed that the film is set to premiere on May 10, 2024, exclusively on the global streaming platform, Prime Video.

Accompanied by a captivating promotional flyer, Tiwa expressed her enthusiasm, addressing her fans with the message: “My beautiful people, our movie @waterandgarrifilm has a date. See you May 10th @primevideo.”

It was gathered that early this year January, the songstress ventured into the Nigerian film industry as both an actress and a producer. Tiwa revealed that her debut movie, ‘Water and Garri,’ draws inspiration from her latest album of the same title, with herself as the lead actor.

Sharing a still from the movie’s scene, Tiwa expressed her excitement for the project, which has been in development for two years. She elaborated that ‘Water and Garri’ will be available for streaming on Prime Video, reaching audiences in over 240 countries worldwide.

In her announcement, Tiwa shared her gratitude for the opportunity, stating, “This has been over two years in the making, and I must say this is probably one of the most adventurous, fulfilling things I’ve done. I feel blessed and honored to not only be making my debut as a lead actor but to have also executive produced this film.”

Tiwa expressed her eagerness to embark on this new phase of her career, extending appreciation to the film’s director, Mejialabi, and producer, Jadesanya, for their contributions to the project. She concluded with a message of love and excitement for the journey ahead, affirming that she’s just getting started in her artistic endeavors.

Nigerian Army Chief Calls for Media Support, Urges Responsible Reporting at Civil-Military Media Chat

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The Nigerian Army recently conducted a Civil-Military Cooperation Media Chat in Asaba, Delta State, where Major-General Jamal Abdusalam represented Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General Taoreed Lagbaja.

During the conference, Major-General Abdusalam emphasized the significance of collaborating with the media to improve national security efforts while tackling challenges. This underscores the importance of fostering partnerships between the military and the media, as well as promoting mutual understanding and collective action towards achieving national security goals.

Moreover, Abdusalam emphasized the significance of professionalism, accuracy, and impartiality in media reporting, as well as the complexity of the current security landscape, which necessitates adaptive strategies to address challenges effectively.

Abdusalam condemned the tragic loss of troops in Okuama, Delta State, and urged media restraint in amplifying the activities of terrorist groups. Despite obstacles, he reaffirmed the Army’s unwavering dedication to its constitutional duties and solicited continued public backing.

The Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj. Gen. Nosakhare Ugboin, explained that the purpose of the media chat was to elucidate military operations and foster collaboration.

He emphasized the significance of the military-media alliance in confronting security threats and providing clarity on operational impacts.

Dr. Ifeanyi Osuaza, Delta State Commissioner for Information, praised the initiative of the forum and highlighted the role of positive civil-military ties in nurturing societal harmony and safeguarding Nigeria’s borders.

He deplored the tragedy in Okuama and urged sustained cooperation for the military’s advancement.

Malam Jibrin Ndace, Director General of Voice of Nigeria, echoed the symbiotic relationship between the military and media in national security. He expressed hope that dialogue at the chat would fortify this partnership, contributing to Nigeria’s safety and prosperity.

Ndace emphasized the imperative of robust military-media collaboration to realize overarching security objectives.

Overall, the media chat was an essential opportunity for the military and media to converge and discuss issues surrounding national security, with a focus on promoting transparency, accuracy, and collaboration.

Senator Ned Nwoko Promises Comprehensive Development in Anioma Townhall Meeting

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Senator Ned Nwoko recently convened a Town Hall meeting with leaders and residents of Delta North, reaffirming his commitment to effective representation and governance excellence.

Addressing the audience in Asaba, the Senator outlined his three primary responsibilities encompassing legislative initiatives, project execution, and empowerment endeavours.

During the meeting, Senator Nwoko shared insights into his legislative achievements, which he attributed to his resounding electoral mandate. Notably, the Senator emphasized his efforts towards revitalizing the Okpai power plant to ensure adequate electricity supply for Delta North.

He also reiterated his commitment to completing the Ogwashi Uku Dam project to address the water and irrigation needs of the agrarian Anioma region.

The Senator further disclosed his initiation of a skill acquisition program benefiting 260 individuals, each receiving financial assistance of 150 thousand Naira. He pledged to expand such empowerment initiatives in the coming months.

Throughout the Town Hall meeting, various speakers, including esteemed personalities, youth representatives, and women advocates, lauded Senator Ned Nwoko for his unparalleled commitment to the welfare of Anioma and the nation. They acknowledged his remarkable achievements in the senate and pledged unwavering support for his continued endeavors.

Senator Ned Nwoko assured the community of his profound understanding of their challenges and aspirations, and he stressed his role as a senator for all constituents residing in Delta North, regardless of political affiliations.

The event’s highlight was the inauguration of the Senators’ liaison office on DBS Road, Asaba, a notable milestone and initiative.

2baba Praises Kizz Daniel as ‘African Music Genius’ and Acknowledges Burna Boy’s Iconic Status

Nigerian music legend 2baba recently showered praise on his colleague, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, professionally known as Kizz Daniel.

Taking to his Instagram story, 2baba hailed the ‘Rich Till I Die’ singer as an African music genius, following his earlier commendation of Burna Boy.

Expressing his admiration, 2baba admitted his struggle to find adequate words to convey his appreciation for Kizz Daniel’s remarkable work.

He emphasized that what the world is witnessing in the Buga hit-maker’s artistry is nothing short of the emergence of a musical genius from Africa.

In his Instagram story, he wrote, “I no even know wetin to talk about Kizz Daniel. You guys are witnessing an African Music Genius.”

In another instance, 2baba was reported to have lauded Grammy-winning Nigerian musician Burna Boy, acknowledging him as one of the greatest music icons. He shared his sentiments on Instagram, recognizing Burna Boy’s ascent to the pinnacle of the music industry through sheer hard work.

Stating that whether people admire or criticize Burna Boy, it doesn’t change the fact that he has established himself as one of the greatest musicians, he wrote: “This young man [Burna Boy] has worked and proven and stamped himself as one of the greatest music icons. Hate him or love him, e no go change fact.”

Igbodo Community Elects New President-General

Igbodo Community in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State was on Saturday thrown into jubilation following the emergence of the new President General of Igbodo Development Union (IDU) Mr Godwin Oji and his executives elected to oversee the affairs of the community.

The election was the highlight of the Igbodo Annual Conference 2024, convened by His Royal Majesty, Barrister Ikechukwu Nkeobikwu Osedume I, The Ikukuoma of Igbodo Kingdom.

Newsmen gathered that the absence of executives had contributed to various issues in the community, occasioned by the previous administration.

But after a keenly contested poll spearheaded by an electoral committee constituted by the Obi-in-Council during the conference.

Delegates to the conference were drawn from branches of the Igbodo Development Union at home and in the diaspora, including representatives of all the organs of administration, representatives of the quarters as well as the Igbodo Youths Associations and other Stakeholders.

The election, which was argued to be a great improvement on previous experiences, was conducted most peacefully and transparently.

Announcing the results, the Electoral Committee Chairman, Mr Monday Ebenuwa said, Mr Godwin Oji, who was elected, was the popular choice of the Igbodo people as the only candidate nominated to oppose him voluntarily withdrew himself in favour of Mr Oji.

Speaking after the election, The Obi of Igbodo Kingdom, HRM, Obi (Barr) Ikechukwu Osedume 1, expressed his satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the election.

He charged the PG and newly-elected executives of the Igbodo Development Union (IDU) worldwide to work diligently towards the overall development of the community.

He advised them, to carry the entire community along in the discharge of their duties.

Congratulating the new executives, the Traditional Ruler urged them to ensure that the bonds of unity in Igbodo remained intact.

He said, with his antecedent as the President of the IDU Warri branch for six years, Mr. Oji is a tasted, committed, and patriotic Igbodo citizen. Hence, he was chosen by the people to serve at a higher level.

He explained that the community has, through the election, demonstrated their preparedness to commence the journey of more development in their homeland because most of the executives elected are well-experienced.

The Monarch described the election as critical given the strategic position of the community to the state, as the food basket of the nation.

“he said to the people of the community We are all interested in promoting development across all quarters in the communities, through the entrenchment of democratically-elected town union executives,” he added.

Appreciating the people of Igbodo for their cooperation in coming out en mass for the conference from every part of the world, Obi Osedume described the election as one of the most transparent conducted in the history of the Igbodo community, Urging the PG and his Executives to work effectively towards giving the community more facelifts.

The royal father also thanked the outgoing Interim Management Committee for the service they rendered to the community selflessly for the past five years.

A stakeholder in the community, and the Odogwu of Igbodo Kingdom, Chief Ifeoha Azikiwe commended the role of the Electoral Committee Chairman, Mr. Monday Ebenuwa, in ensuring that the election was successful and conducted transparently.

The new Igbodo PG, Oji, In his acceptance speech, described the election as divine just as he commended the Obi and the electoral committee for delivering a transparent and credible election to the Igbodo people.

Words “I am happy that I was elected, I promise my leadership and executives will accomplish every task assigned to us, just as we will work for greater achievements for the community,” he said.

He pledged to work with his Executives and all critical organs in Igbodo to bring about more transformation in the town.

“We are all very happy and grateful to God for making today a reality. The expectations of the great people of Igbodo will be met because our tenure will be as transparent as possible and focused on meeting the demands of our people.

“I will, in my address to Igbodo people soon, present a detailed development agenda for the community”
“Once again I thank God Almighty and congratulate our people to whom this victory primarily belongs and I extend my hand of fellowship to my colleagues in the executive and enjoin them to join me in this onerous task of uniting and rebuilding our dear kingdom Igbodo” he stressed.

Among the Executives include first vice general,
Mr Ikechukwu Okwudi second Vice General,
Mr Nwaeke Justin, Secretary General
Mr Abel Uzu, Assistant Secretary General Mrs Esther Uche Anyia, Financial Secretary Mr Charles Apkese, Treasurer
Mr Michael Uyanne, PRO Mr Ekene Uzoma, Director of Social and Culture Mr Chima Azi, First Provost Marshall Mr Ifeanyi Ofili, second Provost Marshall, Mr Chinoso Akaba, respectfully.

Journalist Vindicated: Expert Report Debunks Water Pollution Claims Against Coal Mining Firm In Aniocha North

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By Kenneth Orusi, Asaba

A renowned journalist and immediate past Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, Comrade Patrick Ochei has said that he had been vindicated by the expert report of Delta State Government which exonerated MOSRA Energy Limited, a coal mining company operating at Ugboba community of Aniocha North local government area, Delta State from complexity in the water colouration of Ojeokpa stream within Ukwu-Nzu community.

He raised this concern amidst the tension that was building up when a group of people from Ukwu-Nzu began to flood online space with allegations of water pollution by a coal mining company in Ugboba, a neighbouring community to Ukwu-Nzu and Obomkpa.

It became imperative for an independent investigative report to be carried out in order to ascertain the veracity of the alleged water pollution made against MOSRA Energy Limited by some indigenes of Ukwu-Nzu and Obomkpa communities, which claimed that the activities of the coal mining company were polluting the Ojeokpa and Iyi-Odo rivers.

The journalist had carried out a discreet and comprehensive investigation at the coal mining site and environs to unravel the cause of the water colouration and other alleged sundry damages to the environment.

In his report where he cited an experiment with the Iyioku spring water directly opposite the coal site, he postulated that if the coal mining was actually polluting the rivers, how come the Iyioku stream water remained pure, odourless and hygienic for drinking as against the Ojeokpa river which was miles away.

In his interpretation, he posited that if the river that is very close to the coal mining site is not polluted, how could Ojeokpa and Iyi-Odo which are far away be so polluted by the activities of the coal mining firm. And of course, the coal mining firm does not generate waste as what they basically do is the open cast system of coal mining; and in this case, Lignite Coal and not the usual black coal.

He also noted that whilst he visited the coal site, he was without face mask and there was no adverse reaction on his skin to indicate that the mining was pollutant.

In his then analysis, he had posited that the water could have been coloured as a result of the erosion control done by NEWMAP which had a network of flood channelling drainages comprising Ukwu-Nzu, Ugboba and Obomkpa into the rivers that hitherto connect Ojeokpa river from the evacuation point.

He was not authoritative in his assumption as a layman, but was incisive having carefully studied the facts and evidence provided by his indepth investigation, including revealing the effort made by MOSRA Energy Limited to complete the drainage and road construction work to link up Ukwu-Nzu/Ugboba/Obomkpa from the NEWMAP erosion controlled terminals.

It was observed that the report had infuriated some persons within the other communities where mining activities are not taking place but appear to be bent on criminalizing MOSRA Energy Limited.

This group of people saw the report as an affront and began to call for the head of the journalist through various threats in the social media.

However, as God would have it, the Delta State Government through the Ministry of Environment, got wind of the situation through the independent report and counter report, as well as petitions from the aggrieved communities, and in order to forestall any breakdown of law and order, swung into action by carrying out on the spot inspection of the coal mining corridors and the rivers where samples were collected for analysis.

It was a thorough job, and to God be the glory, the result of the water analysis has revealed that the journalist (Comrade Patrick Ochei) never lied nor took the side of MOSRA Energy Limited in piecing his report together.

According to the report as first read by the Director General of Delta State Environmental Protection Agency (DELSEPA), Mr. Victor Okolie before the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Jamani Ejiro as reported by the Pointer Newspapers.

“The laboratory analysis has revealed that the water colouration at Ukwu-Nzu in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, is not connected with the coal mining activities of MOSRA Energy Limited, a coal mining firm in Ugboba”.

For Mr. Benedict Nwaokocha, Project Coordinator of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), “Report revealed that the localised earth movement from the landslide caused the valley to cave in, hence, depositing itself on the sources of the stream, thereby changing its colour.

“The earth from the detached wall is what is being washed through one of the furrows into the stream”.

However, NEWMAP in exonerating itself from the expert point of view, debunked claims that the water colouration could have been caused by laterite used by it in its construction job.

It therefore stated authoritatively that, “with the discovery of the localised earth movement around the gully, it was imperative to state that the contamination of the water body should be attributed to natural causes”.

From the evidence above, it is important to note that the journalist who did an independent and professional report on the activities of MOSRA Energy Limited, did not take the side of the company nor any community involved in the dispute in his article.

According to him in an interview with some of his colleagues, he said, “I am vindicated by the expert report of DELSEPA and NEWMAP in conjunction with the Delta State Ministry of Environment, which is evident in the result of the water analysis carried out by them.

“In my capacity as a thoroughbred community journalist, I have always presented the facts of my reports in credible and balanced forms. I have never had any reason to use my journalistic advantage to weaken the voice of anybody, group or entity.

“Without sounding immodest, these communities trying to discredit me have all benefitted from my magnanimous projections in the past.

“Well, it is one of those things we face as journalists. My happiness now is that the truth had eventually come to the open. That alone gives me joy, not minding the threats against me”, Comrade Ochei narrated.

NDDC Neglect Sparks Outcry: Odidi Youths Gear Up for Major Protest

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Ijaw youths from the oil-rich Odidi community in OML 42, located in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, have declared their intent to lead a significant protest aimed at shutting down the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), should the current leadership under Dr. Samuel Ogbuku persist in neglecting their community.

In a statement issued by the community Chairman, Preye Okrikpa, and distributed to journalists in Warri over the weekend, it was revealed that the Odidi Federated Communities, representing the local youths, are fully prepared to stage a protest at the NDDC headquarters until their long-standing grievances regarding developmental neglect are addressed.

Expressing disappointment, Okrikpa highlighted that despite numerous appeals made to the Commission during previous administrations, including several letters written, there has been a consistent lack of attention towards Odidi’s concerns.

The statement emphasized that the need for protest arises due to the absence of basic amenities such as healthcare facilities, potable water, or educational institutions in Odidi, despite being an oil-producing community contributing significantly to Nigeria’s annual budget.

Calling upon the Federal Government, relevant agencies, and oil companies operating in the area, Okrikpa urged urgent action to address the community’s pressing needs.

Despite being a significant host to oil companies like the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and Neconde in OML 42, Odidi community continues to grapple with severe poverty, as emphasized in the statement.

Okrikpa reiterated the community’s demand for inclusion in the NDDC’s 2024 projects and warned of escalated action, including protests at the NDDC offices in Port Harcourt and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja), if their concerns remain unaddressed.

Outrage as 63-Year-Old Priest Marries 12-Year-Old Girl in Controversial Ceremony

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Controversy has erupted after a 63-year-old Ghanaian traditional priest, Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII, married a 12-year-old girl in a customary ceremony.

The event, held on Saturday, has stirred outrage, with community leaders denouncing the union as a violation of norms.

Despite criticism, leaders from the Nungua indigenous community, to which both parties belong, have defended the marriage, citing cultural traditions. However, public outcry has intensified, prompting calls for authorities to intervene and investigate Mr. Tsuru.

The girl is set to undergo a second customary ceremony to formalize her new role as the priest’s wife and prepare for marital duties, including childbearing.

While Ghana’s legal marriage age is 18, child marriage persists, with 19% of girls marrying before 18 and 5% before 15, according to Girls Not Brides. As the controversy unfolds, the government’s response to the situation remains awaited.

Senator Walks Out of TV Interview Over 2024 Budget Questions

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Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, representing Cross River North in the National Assembly, sparked drama by abruptly ending a live TV interview when questioned about the 2024 budget on Sunday.

During the Arise News breakfast show, Senator Jarigbe expressed reluctance to discuss budget details, stating he hadn’t scrutinized it line by line.

When pressed by the anchor, who sought specifics for his senatorial district, Senator Jarigbe grew defensive, insisting it was his duty to serve his constituents rather than delve into budget minutiae. Frustrated, he threatened to walk away, citing potential backlash, before abruptly disconnecting.

The incident underscores tensions surrounding the 2024 budget, which faced integrity concerns following allegations of padding by Bauchi Central Senator Abdul Ningi. Despite denials from both the National Assembly and the Executive, Ningi’s suspension for three months further heightened scrutiny of budgetary processes.

Actress Charity Nnaji Advises Men to Seek DNA Test If Wives Support Mohbad’s Widow

Nigerian actress, Charity Nnaji has offered guidance to men whose wives stand by Omowunmi Aloba, the widow of the late Mohbad, in refusing to undergo a DNA test for her son, Liam Aloba.

Nnaji advises that if a man discovers his partner supports Wunmi’s decision against the paternity test, he should take his children for a DNA test at a medical facility.

Wunmi initially agreed to a DNA test for Liam, but later reversed her stance, asserting that only her late husband had the right to request such a test.

Reacting to this, Nnaji suggests that if Wunmi has nothing to hide, she should be open to the test. She warns men to act swiftly if they find their wives supporting Wunmi’s decision, urging them to ensure the paternity of their children.

On her Instagram page, Nnaji emphasizes the importance of clearing one’s conscience and avoiding public disgrace in such situations, urging men not to hesitate to verify the paternity of their children if suspicions arise.

Obi Asika Recognizes Eedris Abdulkareem’s Battle with 50 Cent as Advocacy for Nigerian Artists’ Rights

In a notable reflection, music executive Obi Asika has highlighted Eedris Abdulkareem’s clash with 50 Cent in 2004 as a pivotal moment in the trajectory of Nigerian artists, particularly those emerging in the Afrobeats scene.

The clash between 50 Cent and Eedris unfolded at a concert in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where both were slated to perform.

Allegedly, Eedris was subjected to assault by 50 Cent’s associates at Lagos airport following a disagreement over seating in the first-class section.

Eedris Abdulkareem later characterized the incident as a “beautiful sacrifice” during a February interview, underscoring its significance in clearing the path for the success of newer artists.

He recounted how 50 Cent’s entourage purportedly intimidated and ousted several Nigerian artists, including the notable duo Psquare.

In his perspective shared on HipTV, Obi Asika framed Eedris’ clash with 50 Cent as a bold stance akin to “taking a bullet” on behalf of subsequent artists.

Asika elaborated on the fallout, noting that the incident had severe repercussions for Eedris’ career, with event organizers branding him as a troublemaker.

According to Asika, Nigerian brands at the time undervalued local artists, fostering a culture of separation and disrespect.

Eedris’ attempt to assert his rights and engage with fellow artists was met with resistance, leading to his removal from the chartered plane meant for the performers.

Although 50 Cent was not directly involved in the altercation, the repercussions prompted him to forgo performing for the remainder of the event.

Asika emphasized that Eedris’ actions were aimed at challenging the status quo and advocating for fair treatment of Nigerian artists.

Amidst Challenges, Diddy Shares Adorable Instagram Photos of Daughter Love

Returning to Instagram after a tumultuous week, music mogul, Sean Diddy Combs posted a series of adorable Easter snapshots featuring his 17-month-old daughter, shared with Dana Tran.

In the heartwarming images, his youngest child, affectionately called Baby Love, dons vibrant ensembles, including a floral dress with matching accessories and a cute purple outfit with a tutu and plaid jacket.

The Easter post comes in the wake of raids on two of Diddy’s properties earlier in the week, amidst allegations of sex trafficking.

Diddy’s lawyer, Aaron Dyer, denounced the raids, citing excessive use of force and media sensationalism.

Asserting Diddy’s innocence, Dyer emphasized that no criminal or civil liability has been established. Diddy remains resolute in defending his reputation against what he deems as unfounded accusations.

Why Nigeria’s Oil in the South Belongs to the North: Dr Usman Bugaje Clarifies Controversial Remark

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Dr Usman Bugaje, the former presidential aide, has provided clarification on his recent controversial statement regarding the ownership of Nigeria’s oil in the southern region by the north.

Bugaje previously asserted that there are no oil-producing states, but rather the Nigerian state as a whole.

In an interview with Vanguard, he elaborated on his stance, explaining that the vast landmass of the North, comprising over 70%, contributed significantly to Nigeria’s maritime boundaries and offshore drilling rights.

Bugaje emphasized the role of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in determining maritime boundaries and exclusive economic zones. He highlighted that the extent of a country’s maritime territory is influenced by its landmass.

Given that 78% of Nigeria’s landmass is in the North, Bugaje argued that a proportionate share of offshore resources could be claimed by the North.

He concluded by suggesting that any dissatisfaction with the current resource allocation should be addressed through constitutional amendments at the National Assembly.”

Revelation: Duncan Mighty Admits to Being Ex-Militant

Singer Duncan Mighty recently opened up about his past involvement in the Niger Delta crisis, admitting to being an ex-militant.

Recounting his experiences, he emphasized how God had saved his life numerous times during those tumultuous times. “I hail from Port Harcourt, not Lagos. I come from the South-South, from the war zone before the amnesty,” he shared in a recent interview with 3Music in Accra, Ghana.

Reflecting on his journey, Duncan Mighty highlighted his transition from being deeply involved in community activities related to protecting his people and oil interests to his current status as a renowned musician.

Additionally, he revealed his humble beginnings as a drummer for Christ Embassy in Port Harcourt before venturing into secular music.

Federal Government Commits N25 Billion to Enhance Healthcare Infrastructure Nationwide

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The Federal Government’s decision to allocate N25 billion through the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) to bolster healthcare infrastructure at the state level signals a significant step towards enhancing healthcare accessibility and quality across Nigeria.

Prof. Muhammed Pate, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, emphasized this commitment during the sixth meeting of the BHCPF Ministerial Oversight Committee in Abuja on Friday.

He highlighted the allocation’s focus on direct facility financing and workforce incentives, aligning with President Bola Tinubu’s agenda to improve healthcare outcomes, especially for women, children, and vulnerable populations.

The disbursement process will be facilitated through gateways such as the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), ensuring transparent and effective utilization of resources. Additionally, a dedicated reporting mechanism will be established to enable citizens to report any misuse or deviation from guidelines, fostering accountability and citizen engagement in healthcare governance.

Dr Oyebanji Filani, speaking on behalf of Commissioners for Health and Human Services, reiterated the states’ commitment to prioritizing the quality of care and strengthening public health units.

He emphasized collaboration with the federal government to enhance healthcare delivery nationwide and expressed optimism about the potential impact of these efforts.

Dr Muyi Aina, the Executive Director of NPHCDA, and Dr Kelechi Ohiri, Director-General of NHIA, highlighted initiatives aimed at ensuring accountability, transparency, and financial access to healthcare services for all Nigerians. Measures such as establishing a call line for whistleblowers and leveraging software technology for expenditure tracking demonstrate the government’s dedication to improving healthcare delivery and reducing out-of-pocket expenses for citizens.

Victor AD Unveils Debut Album ‘Realness Over Hype’ with Collaborations Galore

Nigerian Sensational music star, Victor AD’s debut album ‘Realness Over Hype’ has finally hit the airwaves, marking a significant milestone in the Nigerian singer’s career.

The announcement came on Friday via social media, where Victor AD shared his excitement about the album’s release. Describing it as a reflection of his raw emotions and life experiences, he invited listeners to embark on a journey through his reality.

With 14 tracks, the album boasts collaborations with industry heavyweights like 2Baba, Mayorkun, and others. Victor AD expressed particular gratitude to 2Baba for helping bring their collaborative track ‘See God’ to life, a song he had envisioned a decade ago.

Tracks such as ‘Realness Over Hype’, ‘Billion Dollar’, and ‘Your Heart’ showcase Victor AD’s versatility and depth as an artist. From introspective pieces like ‘Healer’ to upbeat anthems like ‘Celebrate’, the album offers a diverse range of sounds and themes.

Since his music debut in 2014, Victor AD has captivated audiences with hits like ‘Wetin We Gain’, earning him widespread recognition for his talent and authenticity. With ‘Realness Over Hype’, he continues to solidify his place in the Nigerian music scene and beyond.

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Davido Champions Music Education: Launches Faculty at Ugandan University

The International University of East Africa in Uganda welcomed a significant addition to its academic offerings as Afrobeats sensation Davido unveiled a new music and arts faculty.

Through a series of Instagram posts, the award-winning singer shared glimpses of the inauguration ceremony held on March 28. Alongside establishing the faculty, Davido was also honoured with a dedicated hall bearing his name.

This venture marks Davido’s ongoing commitment to supporting music education across Africa. During his stay in Uganda, where he is scheduled to perform at the Kololo Independence Grounds, Davido’s dedication to nurturing talent and fostering artistic growth shines through.

This initiative follows Davido’s philanthropic gesture in 2018, when he generously donated $5,000 to a music school in Rwanda. Reflecting on his visit, Davido expressed how the vibrant spirit and enthusiasm of the people he encountered inspired him to invest in their future. Through his continued efforts, Davido exemplifies a dedication to empowering aspiring musicians and artists across the continent.

Biden’s Declaration of Easter Sunday as ‘Trans Day of Visibility’ Sparks Outrage

President Joe Biden’s announcement that Easter Sunday would also be recognized as Transgender Day of Visibility has ignited controversy, with critics accusing him of disrespecting Christianity.

Former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy questioned the timing of the decision, as Easter Sunday coincided with the transgender tribute day. Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson condemned the move, stating it betrayed the essence of Easter. Despite March 31 being designated as Transgender Day of Visibility, Easter Sunday had not aligned with it for at least a decade.

Biden, a devout Catholic, defended his decision, emphasizing the inclusion of transgender Americans in the nation’s fabric. He criticized Republican efforts to enact laws targeting transgender individuals and highlighted the ongoing violence against transgender women and girls, particularly those of color.

Conservatives, including Senator Tom Cotton and Senator Tommy Tuberville, expressed outrage, with some labeling Democrats as a “Satanic cult” and calling the decision a disgrace. Republican Senate candidate Jim Banks and Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene also condemned Biden’s actions, accusing him of mocking faith.

Controversy further erupted over restrictions on religious imagery in submissions for the traditional Easter Egg Roll event, drawing criticism from those who felt the religious significance of Easter should be respected. Critics argued that Easter, a Christian holiday, should embrace religious symbols at the event. Conservative voices lamented what they saw as an attack on America’s heritage and Christian values.

Overall, Biden’s decision to recognize Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday and the limitations on religious symbols at the Easter Egg Roll event have sparked a heated debate over religious freedom and cultural traditions.

Ndokwa House: We Remain Grateful To Okowa, Gov Oborevwori, NNU PG Ndubuisi Affirms

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The President General of the pan Ndokwa nation socio-cultural organization, the Ndokwa Neku Union ( NNU), Brig Gen Mike Ndubuisi (rtd), has paid glowing tributes to immediate past Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, for taking up the construction of the Ndokwa house, and Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, for sustaining the project to its present status of completion.

He equally placed on record the invaluable contributions of prominent Ndokwa sons such as Deputy Governor, Sir Monday Onyeme, Engr Austin Avuru, and Mr Achi Okechukwu which led to the extra ten plots of land to extend the size of the premises of the Ndokwa house from the initial ten to the present, twenty plots. 

Speaking during the  2024 General Assembly of the Union at the Ndokwa house in Kwale, headquarters of Ndokwa West local government, on good Friday 29th March 2024, the NNU President General noted that the last general assembly of the socio-cultural body held in December 2020 under the auspices of a Caretaker committee which midwife the election of the current leadership led by him, but due to paucity of funds, it had not been possible to hold an AGM since then.

Gen Ndubisi (rtd) said the 2024 General Assembly with the theme: “Ndokwa Today and Tomorrow “, is aimed at self-assessment of the current standing of the Ndokwa nation in the scheme of things.

While noting that it is pertinent to interrogate her progress via where they ( Ndokwa) were yesterday, are today, and are expected to be tomorrow, the NNU PG also reeled out his scorecard to include the body, ‘s demand for an Ndokwa son to be considered as Deputy Governor which has materialized by the appointment of Sir Monday Onyeme, as well as other key positions in the state.

He urged Ndokwans to protect and uphold their cherished values and heritage, adding that he is optimistic about a glorious future for the Ndokwa nation, going forward.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the 2024 Ndokwa Neku Union General Assembly, Rear Admiral Mike Ojinika Onah (rtd), OON, sued for unity among the people of Ndokwa, stressing that divisive tendencies should not be allowed to take root if the development of the Ndokwa nation is to be guaranteed.

The keynote speaker, Engr Austin Avuru, while speaking on the theme “Ndokwa: Today and Tomorrow “, was unequivocal that education, entrepreneurship, political participation, as well as being each other, ‘s keeper, formed the four planks upon which the theme could be actualized in Ndokwa nation.

He tasked the Gen Ndubisi-led NNU leadership to leverage its achievements of dialoguing for what he described as the “best representation of Ndokwa today” which boasts of a Deputy Governor, MD of DESOPADEC, and Commissioner for Finance, among others.

In one of the goodwill messages, the representative of the Association of Ndokwa Professionals in Academia and Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi uku, Bldr Professor Achuenu, assured NNU that the body, comprising over 40 Professors and more than 96 Doctorate holders, will collaborate with the apex socio-cultural body in the area of educational advancement and opportunities for Ndokwa students and aspiring one.

Achuenu also noted that with the recent Federal Government approval of a Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences in Ndokwa land, the best is yet to come for the people of the area.

2024 Ndokwa Neku General Assembly: Tlilje Honored with NNU Merit Award

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For his unwavering support to the Ndokwa nation and uncommon philanthropic gestures, the Delta State Commissioner for Finance, Sir Fidelis Okenmor Tilije, has earned a meritorious award of excellence from the pan socio-cultural body of the Ndokwa nation, the Ndokwa Neku Union ( NNU).

Sir Tilije received the prestigious merit award of excellence, during the 2024 Ndokwa Neku Union General Assembly held on Friday, March 29th, 2024, at the Ndokwa House, kwale, headquarters of Ndokwa West Local government area.

According to the NNU, the awardee has made his mark in all spheres of Ndokwa endeavour, from community development, attraction of infrastructure, support for the NNU and worthy causes of the Ndokwa nation, his legion acts of philanthropy, as well as being a worthy son of Ndokwa nation who has never been found wanting in the discharge of his duties as the Commissioner for Finance in the immediate past administration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as the current one of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, till date.

Presenting the award to Sir Fidelis Tilije, the President General of Ndokwa Neku Union ( NNU), Brig Gen Mike Ndubisi ( rtd), commended the awardee for being a worthy son of Ndokwa land.

In his brief remarks, an elated Tilije said he was pleasantly surprised that his modest achievements were noticed by the apex body of Ndokwa nation, to deserve his being nominated for the award of excellence.

He said the recognition by Ndokwa Neku Union will spur him to do his utmost best for his people, going forward, adding that he is proud to be a Ndokwa man.

Green Light: Germany to Partially Legalize Cannabis Starting Monday

Germany is poised to take a significant step in cannabis legalization as Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition government prepares to implement its flagship pledge.

Starting April 1, individuals will be allowed to carry up to 25 grams of dried cannabis for personal use, alongside provisions for home cultivation with a limit of three plants per adult and 50 grams of dried cannabis.

Despite these changes, accessing cannabis won’t be straightforward due to restrictions. Smoking will be prohibited within 100 meters of schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, and public sports facilities. Additionally, smoking will be banned in pedestrian zones between 7 am and 8 pm.

Looking ahead, Germany plans to establish regulated cannabis cultivation associations, known as “cannabis clubs,” by July 1. These clubs will have membership limits and sales quotas, aiming to offer legal avenues for obtaining the drug.

However, access will be restricted to residents who have lived in Germany for at least six months, shutting out tourists.

While the government hopes to address health risks associated with cannabis through legalization, the move faces criticism from medical associations and health groups. Regional authorities are also concerned about the bureaucratic burden of reversing past sentences and fines under the new law.

With opposition leader Friedrich Merz already threatening to repeal the law if his party regains power in 2025, Germany’s journey towards cannabis legalization appears to be fraught with challenges.

Enforcing Anti-Open Grazing Law Lacks Teeth In Delta

Delta State’s enactment of the Livestock, Rearing, and Marketing Regulation Law 2021 was intended to address the longstanding issue of open grazing. However, the glaring absence of effective enforcement has rendered the law virtually toothless, allowing herders to continue flouting its provisions with impunity.

Despite the clear stipulations of the law, such as the prohibition of livestock movement on foot and the requirement for transportation by vehicle during specified hours, the state has failed to establish a robust mechanism for monitoring compliance. As a result, herders persist in openly grazing their cattle within communities, disregarding the established regulations.

Moreover, the penalties outlined in the legislation for non-compliance are insufficient to deter offenders. A mere fine of N300,000 or six months’ imprisonment for a first offence, and N500,000 or one year’s imprisonment for subsequent offences, falls short of conveying the seriousness of the violation. Furthermore, the provision for impoundment of livestock lacks teeth, as the imposed fine of N100,000 per animal pales in comparison to the potential profits derived from illegal grazing practices.

The failure of the Delta State government to establish a dedicated task force tasked with enforcing the anti-open grazing law raises questions about its commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the interests of its citizens. Without adequate enforcement measures in place, the law remains little more than a symbolic gesture, incapable of effecting meaningful change on the ground.

In light of these shortcomings, it is imperative that the Delta State government takes immediate and decisive action to bolster enforcement efforts. This may involve the allocation of resources to establish a specialized task force, equipped with the necessary authority and resources to monitor compliance and mete out appropriate penalties to violators.

Until such measures are implemented, the specter of open grazing will continue to loom large over Delta State, posing a threat to the livelihoods and safety of its residents. The time for rhetoric and empty promises has passed; what is needed now is tangible action to enforce the anti-open grazing law and restore the rule of law in the state.

Okuama Tragedy: Ewu Monarch Escorted to Abuja by Army After Surrendering to Police

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Following his surrender to the police in Asaba on Thursday, HRM Clement Ikolo, the Ovie of Ewu kingdom in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State, was flown to Abuja by the Army.

Accompanied by senior military officers, including the Commanding Officer of the 63 Brigade, Nigeria Army, and the Delta State Police Commissioner.

The monarch was escorted to the Asaba International Airport. He boarded an Air Peace airline, and the plane departed from Asaba Airport at approximately 9:10 am bound for Abuja.

It was gathered that the Delta State Police Command handed over the king to the Army after he was declared wanted along with seven others by the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, March 28, 2024. They were wanted in connection with the killing of 17 soldiers at Okuama.

Oyede Traditional Council Partners DSCHC in a Historic Visit

Traditional rulers and other leaders in various communities have been called upon to key into the Programmes of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission to enable indigent persons in their locality, to enjoy free healthcare.

The Director General of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr Isaac Akpoveta made the call in his office in Asaba, when he played host to the Oyede Traditional Rulers Council, from Isoko North Local Government Area.

Dr Akpoveta thanked the Royal Majesty, the Odio-Ologbo of Oyede kingdom and his entourage for the visit, describing it as historic, as he said it was the first time a traditional ruler was paying a courtesy visit on the Commission.

The Director General intimated his Royal Majesty and his entourage of the activities of the Commission since its establishment by the Okowa administration, adding that the Delta State Contributory Health Scheme has remained one of the foremost social health insurance, with a record of over 2 million enrollees.

He urged indigenes residing within and outside Oyede, including those in the diaspora to key into the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Programme of the commission, by buying and encouraging others to buy health insurance for indigent persons around them.

Dr. Akpoveta said rather than spending so much on burial, there was a need to focus more on sponsoring indigent and vulnerable persons to receive healthcare services in healthcare facilities nearest to them, to enable people to live longer and healthier.

While emphasizing the need for increased awareness, especially on the government health support for communities, he enjoined all to join hands and support the commission to enable it to achieve its mandate of quality and affordable healthcare delivery to residents of the state.

The Odio-Ologbo of Oyede kingdom, HRM Idiareh Joseph Emasibeta iv, commended the DG for his doggedness, passion and humanitarian disposition, saying that they were satisfied with his work so far.

The traditional ruler thanked the Governor of Delta State for appointing Olorogun Akpoveta as the DG of the commission, expressing confidence in his ability to effectively deliver on his mandate, given his antecedents and personality.

The event had in attendance, Directors in the Commission.

Newly wedded Wife Allegedly Bathes Her Husband with Boiling Water Over Phone Calls

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In Kontangora Local Government Area of Niger State, a newlywed couple’s bliss turned to horror when a disagreement over phone calls escalated into a violent confrontation. Amina Abashe, the newly wedded wife, allegedly injured her husband, Shehu Abdullahi, with boiling water during the altercation.

Abdullahi, speaking from his hospital bed at Kontagora General Hospital to Daily Trust, recounted the sequence of events. Their marriage, solemnized two months prior following Abdullahi’s previous spouse’s passing, took a dark turn due to Abashe’s refusal to move into their shared home.

Trouble brewed on a Tuesday evening when Abashe summoned Abdullahi to their residence, where she shockingly declared her intent to end the marriage, citing another suitor ready to repay Abdullahi’s dowry. Suspicions arose when Abdullahi claimed to have witnessed Abashe conversing with a man over the phone during their confrontation.

The confrontation escalated when Abdullahi attempted to retrieve the phone, prompting Abashe to brandish a knife in a threatening manner. Fortunately, Abdullahi managed to disarm her. However, Abashe resorted to a horrifying act of pouring boiling water on Abdullahi in a fit of rage.

Abdullahi’s account unveils a tumultuous tale of betrayal and violence, leaving him hospitalized and grappling with the emotional aftermath of the incident.

Solidstar Releases New Track ‘Depression’ Sharing Mental Health Journey

Nigerian music sensation, Solidstar, has unveiled his latest track titled ‘Depression’, where he candidly shares his battles with mental health struggles and how he emerged victorious.

Breaking the news via his social media platform on Friday, Solidstar poured his heart out, expressing gratitude to his fans for their unwavering support during his darkest moments.

In his heartfelt message, he acknowledged the rollercoaster of highs and lows in his journey, emphasizing the significance of his fans, friends, and family in pulling him through rough patches.

Solidstar didn’t shy away from offering a sincere apology to anyone he might have inadvertently hurt or offended, showcasing his commitment to growth, empathy, and understanding.

Looking ahead, he pledged to utilize his platform not just for music but also to advocate for mental health awareness, spreading positivity with every beat and lyric.

With love and appreciation, Solidstar, also known as Joshua Iniyezo, urged everyone to embrace imperfections, support each other, and stride towards a brighter future together.

Recall, in a preview of an upcoming Honest Bunch podcast episode, the renowned artist revealed his first encounter with “ice” in 2021, introduced to him by a group of young individuals.

Ice, known as crystal methamphetamine, acts as a stimulant, accelerating communication between the brain and body.

The artist described the detrimental effects of the drug, recounting how it influenced him negatively. He expressed that upon consuming it, he would hear a compelling voice prompting him not to pay for items, leading him to feel a sense of grandiosity.

Solidstar shared a harrowing experience of walking from Awoyaya in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, to the Oriental Hotel on Victoria Island, a journey spanning approximately seven hours, while under the influence of the drug.

Reflecting on the ordeal, he lamented, “A lot of things happened to me. A couple of young boys introduced me to this substance called ice. This was three years back. The thing affected me a lot.”

He continued, “Sometimes this substance will tell me you are king, you are this, you are that, make I no dey pay for stuff. Can you imagine say I waka from Awoyaya to Oriental Hotel?”

Serious Accusations: Daphne Joy Claims 50 Cent Assault and Rape Her

Daphne Joy, former partner of hip-hop icon Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, has leveled grave allegations against him, accusing him of assault and rape.

These allegations surfaced after 50 Cent commented on her involvement as a witness in court documents about a lawsuit against Sean “Diddy” Combs.

In a detailed Instagram statement, Daphne recounted instances of physical assault she allegedly endured during her time with 50 Cent in New York. She expressed disappointment over his lack of participation in their son’s life and accused him of causing harm to their family.

However, 50 Cent promptly denied the accusations through his representative. He suggested that Daphne’s claims were a reaction to his decision to seek sole custody of their son. He stressed that his main concern is ensuring the safety and well-being of their son amid the legal proceedings involving Diddy.

50 Cent remains focused on creating a secure environment for their son, Sire, amidst the ongoing legal challenges.

Wanted Delta Monarch Surrenders: Handed Over to Military

The traditional ruler of Ewu-Urhobo, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Clement Oghenerukevwe Ikolo, Urhukpe 1, who had been declared wanted by the Nigerian army, Defence Headquarters on Thursday, March 28th, 2024, has been handed over to the army after he reported himself to the Delta State Police Command.

This development was confirmed by reliable sources.

Following his inclusion on the wanted list, the monarch voluntarily surrendered himself to the police on the same Thursday evening, aiming to clear his name regarding the unfortunate incident involving the murder of 17 soldiers near the Okuama community in the Ughelli south local government area of Delta State.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Edafe Bright, confirmed that the traditional ruler was subsequently handed over to the army. “Yes, I can confirm, he was handed over this morning,” stated the police spokesperson.

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Exclusive: Oxlade Opens Up About The Dark Side of Music Industry Politics

Oxlade, the Nigerian Afropop artist, has recently disclosed his victimization by senior musicians within the music industry, who attempted to blackmail him.

He further stated that certain influential individuals within the industry have tried to deter people from supporting him.

In a recent freestyle on Glitch Africa, Oxlade expressed his concerns regarding the replication of his musical style and slanderous remarks made about him by his peers. He questioned why he was the target of hostility, as many others have mimicked his style, yet only he has been subject to such treatment.

The artist claimed that he was being blackmailed with private videos before they were leaked and that the perpetrator had been extorting money from him. Consequently, Oxlade lost out on endorsement deals worth over N400 million, and brands withdrew their support.

The aftermath of the scandal affected Oxlade’s mental health, reputation, and brand. He was forced to seek rehabilitation in the United Kingdom for three months. The most significant impact of the scandal was when his grandmother cried due to the situation. Brands distanced themselves from him, citing his unfavourable influence on young people.

Oxlade’s experience highlights the prevalence of blackmail and the challenges faced by creatives in the music industry. The implications of such practices go beyond financial loss and have far-reaching effects on an individual’s mental health, well-being, and reputation.

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Air Peace CEO Allen Onyema Argues N200k Salary in Nigeria Surpasses £2k in UK”

Allen Onyema, the CEO of Air Peace, has stirred controversy by suggesting that earning a monthly salary of N200,000 in Nigeria is more advantageous than earning £2,000 in the United Kingdom.

During his appearance on TVC’s Breakfast show, Onyema argued that despite Nigeria’s economic challenges, individuals earning N200,000 in the country are in a better financial position than those earning £2,000 in the UK.

Onyema challenged the conventional belief that the depreciation of the Naira is solely responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes, suggesting that the Nigerian currency holds more value than commonly perceived compared to foreign currencies.

He boldly stated, “In London, earning two thousand pounds a month equates to poverty. The purchasing power of two thousand pounds is equivalent to that of two thousand Naira in Nigeria. Therefore, someone earning two hundred thousand Naira in Nigeria is better off.”

Onyema further elaborated his argument by highlighting the lifestyle advantages that come with earning N200,000 in Nigeria, such as the ability to afford domestic help like maids and drivers, which may not be feasible with a £2,000 salary in the UK.

While his remarks have sparked debate, Onyema’s perspective challenges conventional wisdom regarding the comparison of salaries between Nigeria and the UK, prompting a reevaluation of the perceived value of earnings in both countries.

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Cynthia Morgan Calls for Ban on Poor Relationships

Renowned Dancehall and Reggae artiste, Cynthia Morgan, took to her Instagram story to voice her perspective on relationships, suggesting that it should be considered a criminal offence for financially struggling individuals to date each other.

In her post, she elaborated on the three categories of brokenness: financial, mental, and spiritual, emphasizing that while men are naturally inclined to provide, dating between two financially, spiritually, and mentally unstable individuals should be discouraged.

Morgan highlighted the importance of financial stability in relationships, acknowledging that finding a partner who accepts one’s financial situation is fortunate, but she expressed concerns about the compatibility of two financially destitute individuals.

Similarly, in a related development, former Big Brother Naija contestant, Ike Onyema, supports Morgan’s sentiments, urging financially stable individuals to steer clear of relationships with broke partners.

On his Instagram story, he listed five reasons to avoid dating financially challenged individuals, emphasizing their lack of support, gratitude, and sense of entitlement.

Onyema, known for his controversial viewpoints, questioned why anyone would settle for broke partners when there are numerous intelligent and hardworking individuals available for relationships. He emphasized the importance of surrounding oneself with supportive and appreciative partners, advocating for healthy and mutually beneficial relationships.

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Outcry in Ughelli: Parents Condemn Alleged Extortion of Students by Police and Vigilante Group

The parents and guardians of the 16 students from Oharisi Basic Secondary School in Ughelli have expressed their strong disapproval regarding what they perceive as extortion by both the officers of the Nigerian Police Force and the Ughelli Vigilante Group.

The students were taken into custody on suspicion of involvement in the destruction of show glass stands and causing injury to an individual. The aforementioned individuals are deeply concerned about the alleged extortion, and their disapproval is based on the belief that the authorities failed to act in accordance with proper legal procedures.

They claim that authorities demanded a sum of N50,000 from each parent to secure the release of their children.

One parent, speaking anonymously, expressed dismay at the treatment of the students, whom they referred to as juveniles, emphasizing that they were unfairly targeted and innocent of the alleged offense.

Recalling the events, another parent asserted that the students were hastily handed over to the police and subjected to unjust treatment, despite the presence of the school principal during the incident. The parents allege that the authorities’ primary objective appeared to be extracting money from them, rather than addressing the situation fairly.

At the Ughelli ‘A’ Division police station, parents were informed that their children would remain in custody overnight to assess the damages caused and calculate the associated costs. However, upon returning the next day, they were shocked to learn that the authorities demanded an additional N50,000 per student for bail.

Parents expressed frustration, highlighting the financial strain imposed on families, particularly those with limited means. They criticized the lack of due process and fairness in handling the situation, emphasizing that many of the arrested students were innocent bystanders.

Furthermore, parents criticized the actions of the vigilantes, alleging that the arrested students were not directly involved in the incident and were unjustly targeted based solely on their school uniforms.

Amidst the ordeal, some parents resorted to individually securing bail for their children, while others faced challenges raising the required amount. Concerns were raised about the impact on the students’ education, with some parents considering withdrawing their children from the school due to the perceived injustice.

As of now, it remains unclear whether all students have been granted bail, and questions linger regarding the lack of evidence provided by claimants for damages allegedly inflicted by the students.

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Okuama Tragedy: Army Hunts Down Suspects, Declares Eight Persons Wanted

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In the aftermath of the devastating events in the Okuama community, Delta State, where 17 soldiers lost their lives, the Nigerian Army has intensified efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.

On Thursday, the Nigerian Army officially declared eight individuals wanted in connection with the heinous crime, as announced via its official channels.

The list of wanted persons comprises seven men and one woman, namely: Akevwru Daniel Omotegbono, Prof Ekpekpo Arthur, Andaowei Dennis Bakriki, Igoli Ebi (female), Akata Malawa David, Sinclear Oliki, Clement Ikolo Oghenerukevwe, and Reuben Baru.

From background of Okuama Tragedy, nvestigations suggest that the alleged mastermind behind the tragic incident, identified as a militant leader, along with his accomplices, is believed to be operating from Igbomotoru, a riverside community situated in the Southern-Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Despite their fugitive status, efforts to apprehend the suspects have led the Nigerian Army as far as Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, resulting in the recent arrest of three individuals linked to the killings.

The search for the perpetrators has expanded beyond the confines of Delta State, encompassing neighboring states such as Bayelsa and Rivers, with indications of potential extension to other regions if necessary, according to reliable sources.

Speculations surrounding the motives behind the attack extend beyond a mere land dispute between Okuama and Okoloba in Bomadi Local Government Area. Insider accounts hint at underlying tensions related to illegal oil bunkering activities in the region.

Insights from Lt. Col Ali’s endeavors to curb oil theft within his operational jurisdiction further reinforce suspicions of a planned assault on military personnel, raising questions about the true intentions behind the tragedy.

Response from General Musa, CDS:
General Christopher Gwabin Musa, the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), has unequivocally directed military forces to apprehend the perpetrators, highlighting the connection between the incident and illicit oil activities.

His remarks underscore a determination to recover lost arms and ensure the prosecution of those responsible.

Moreover, the disclosure of a viral video confession by a militant leader implicating himself in the attack serves as a crucial lead in ongoing investigations, prompting calls for cooperation from state governments and local communities in identifying and apprehending the culprits.

The Army’s stance reflects a firm commitment to upholding justice and safeguarding national security, emphasizing the collective responsibility of all stakeholders in combating such acts of violence.

Recall, the funeral rites for the fallen soldiers, who tragically perished in Delta State on March 14, were solemnly observed on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. The poignant ceremony, held at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja, paid tribute to the courageous servicemen who sacrificed their lives in service to their nation. With full military honours, they were laid to rest, their valour and dedication forever remembered and honoured.

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Delta State Health Insurance Scheme: Bridging Gaps Through Community-Based Initiatives

The Director General of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr Isaac Akpoveta said the Health Insurance Scheme, during his tenure, has embarked on community-based initiatives like the Tertiary Institutions Student Health Insurance Program, the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Program and the Artisan Enrollee Inducement Initiative.

Dr Akpoveta outlined the various initiatives of the commission as well as updates on their progress and plans while interacting with journalists in Asaba recently.

During the interactive session, he gave an overview of the different categories of the programmes and how they are been designed to accommodate every resident in the state.

Outlining the different programmes, the DG said the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Initiative aims to cover all residents of the state while the Artisan Enrollee Inducement Initiative aims to encourage the artisans in the state to be able to key into the scheme through a provision of soft loans that will be sponsored by banks to all artisans in the state.

The Tertiary Institutions Social Health Insurance Programme (TISHIP) aims to encourage the students in all the Tertiary institutions in the state to also have access to quality healthcare. Dr Akpoveta states that the TISHIP offers students the opportunity to receive healthcare services outside the school premises or anywhere within the state.

The Director General also mentioned that the commission has partnered with organizations and banks to improve the healthcare infrastructure and plans for future expansion.

He encouraged every well-to-do individual to assist their families and friends to subscribe to the scheme by helping them with the registration fee. Putting it that they can decide to pay for a certain number of persons in their community as a social responsibility to the community.

According to him “During the initial stages of implementation, our efforts were focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes, which were previously inadequate. Over time, we developed a legal framework, akin to an empire’s decree, to guide our actions.

This vision materialized into a tangible structure, symbolized by the tower erected in February 2016. As we began constructing this structure, it became evident that our government lacked a solid organizational framework. Despite this challenge, our registered hospitals were established across the region, and we commenced the transfer of patients for treatment and care.

“Today, we are proud to report significant progress with just Seven Thousand Naira. Just this week, we surpassed the milestone of providing healthcare services to over 2 million people for relief through our initiatives in the state.

“Our efforts have been recognized and validated, with social media serving as a platform to showcase our programs. We are particularly pleased to note the positive impact on university students, who now benefit from our services through their school fees. This transformation is evident in the increasing number of beneficiaries who have accessed healthcare without financial constraints.

“However, our work does not end here. We are committed to continuous improvement and innovation. To this end, we have initiated various programs, including the adoption of indigent individuals and support for artisans, to ensure equitable access to healthcare. Additionally, we have launched a health insurance scheme tailored for students, further expanding coverage and support.

“These initiatives reflect our dedication to enhancing healthcare accessibility and quality, with a focus on marginalized communities. As we look to the future, we remain steadfast in our mission to positively impact lives and contribute to the well-being of our society. We are grateful for the support and collaboration of our partners and stakeholders, and we welcome any questions or feedback as we strive to achieve our goals. Thank you.”

Delta State’s N7,000 Healthcare Insurance Paves the Way for Quality Care

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The Director General of Delta State Contributory Health Commission, Dr Isaac Akpoveta said the state government has broken the barriers for healthcare care challenges after taking the bold step towards Universal Healthcare Access with just Seven Thousand Naira (N7,000) for Quality Care services delivery.

He said the state’s Inclusive Health Insurance Schemes are to empower communities with a holistic healthcare approach ranging from Maternal Care to Artisan Support and Student health insurance.

Dr Akpoveta outlined the various healthcare insurance schemes of the commission as well as updates on their progress and plans while interacting with journalists in Asaba recently.

During the interactive session, he gives an overview of the different categories of the programmes and how they are been designed to accommodate every resident in the state.

Outlining the different schemes, the DG said the Indigent Enrollee Adoption Initiative aims to cover all indigenes of the state while the Artisan Enrollee Inducement Initiative aims to encourage the artisans in the state to be able to cue into the scheme through a provision of soft loans that will be sponsored by banks to all artisans in the state.

The Tertiary Institutions Social Health Insurance Programme (TISHIP) aimed to encourage the students in all the Tertiary institutions in the state to also have access to quality healthcare, Dr Akpoveta states that the TISHIP offers students the opportunity to receive healthcare services outside the school premises or anywhere within the state.

The Director General also mentioned that the commission has partnerships with organizations and banks, to improve the healthcare infrastructure and plans for future expansion.

He encouraged every well-to-do individual to assist their families and friends to subscribe to the scheme by helping them with the registration fee. Putting it that they can decide to pay for a certain number of persons in their community as a social responsibility to the community.

According to him “During the initial stages of implementation, our efforts were focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes, which were previously inadequate. Over time, we developed a legal framework, akin to an empire’s decree, to guide our actions.

This vision materialized into a tangible structure, symbolized by the tower erected in February 2016. As we began constructing this structure, it became evident that our government lacked a solid organizational framework. Despite this challenge, our registered hospitals were established across the region, and we commenced the transfer of patients for treatment and care.

“Today, we are proud to report significant progress with just Seven Thousand Naira. Just this week, we surpassed the milestone of providing healthcare services to over 2 million people for relief through our initiatives in the state.

“Our efforts have been recognized and validated, with social media serving as a platform to showcase our programs. We are particularly pleased to note the positive impact on university students, who now benefit from our services through their school fees. This transformation is evident in the increasing number of beneficiaries who have accessed healthcare without financial constraints.

“However, our work does not end here. We are committed to continuous improvement and innovation. To this end, we have initiated various programs, including the adoption of indigent individuals and support for artisans, to ensure equitable access to healthcare. Additionally, we have launched a health insurance scheme tailored for students, further expanding coverage and support.

“These initiatives reflect our dedication to enhancing healthcare accessibility and quality, with a focus on marginalized communities. As we look to the future, we remain steadfast in our mission to positively impact lives and contribute to the well-being of our society. We are grateful for the support and collaboration of our partners and stakeholders, and we welcome any questions or feedback as we strive to achieve our goals. Thank you.”

Sheikh Gumi Under Fire: Government Challenges Banditry Comments

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Renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi, finds himself under the scrutiny of the Nigerian government, led by President Bola Tinubu, as they summon him to address his remarks regarding the activities of bandits in the country.

Minister of Information and Orientation, Mohammed Idris, in a briefing at the State House in Abuja on Monday, emphasized that Gumi is subject to the law and warrants questioning, underscoring the government’s stance on maintaining order and security.

Gumi, known for his efforts to engage with bandits and negotiate for the release of hostages, drew attention to the need for a holistic approach to address the banditry crisis.

He likened the situation to the amnesty granted to militants in the Niger Delta region, suggesting that similar measures could be effective in pacifying the bandits. However, he also criticized the military’s aggressive tactics, stating that it has only fueled the conflict further.

Advocating for socio-economic strategies over purely militaristic ones, Gumi emphasized the importance of dialogue and cooperation with non-kinetic methods taking precedence. Drawing parallels to past conflicts, he highlighted the success of amnesty programs in quelling violence and restoring stability.

Despite his efforts to engage with bandits and seek peaceful resolutions, Gumi’s statements have sparked controversy and led to government intervention, reflecting the complexities of addressing insurgency and extremism in Nigeria.

Davido and Amaju Pinnick Resolve ‘Warri Again’ Dispute

After a period of legal dispute, an amicable resolution has been reached between David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, and the Amaju Pinnick-led Brownhill Investment Company Limited.

In October 2023, reports emerged of a lawsuit filed against Davido by Brownhill Investments for alleged breach of contract regarding his performance at the ‘Warri Again’ concert. Despite being paid $94,600, Davido did not fulfill his obligations, prompting legal action seeking N2.3bn in damages.

To settle the matter outside of court, Davido agreed to pay the claimant N30 million within seven days, partially covering legal fees. Additionally, he committed to perform at the upcoming ‘Warri Again’ concert on October 4, 2024, with the $94,500 previously paid considered as payment for the event.

Both parties resolved miscommunication issues and agreed to publicly announce the settlement on social media. Furthermore, Davido’s team withdrew their appeal against the court ruling, solidifying the agreement.

In return, Brownhill Investments will provide a private jet, accommodations, and logistical support for Davido’s performance at the 2024 concert. These terms, once adopted by both parties’ counsel, will be binding and immediately effective.

Constitutional Clash: Rivers State Lawmakers Enacts Law Against Governor’s Wishes

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In a dramatic turn of events, the Rivers State House of Assembly clashed with Governor Siminalayi Fubara as they pushed forward a new legislation without his approval.

The contentious law, known as the Rivers State House of Assembly Service Commission Amendment Law, was championed by a majority of lawmakers aligned with Minister Nyesom Wike.

During an emergency session, House Majority Leader Hon Major Jack highlighted Governor Fubara’s failure to act on the bill within the stipulated 30-day period. Citing constitutional provisions, he urged the assembly to exercise its authority and override the governor’s inaction.

Speaker Martin Amaewhule called for a debate, leading to a decisive vote in favor of bypassing the governor’s assent. This marked the second instance where Pro-Wike lawmakers defied Governor Fubara’s stance.

The newly enacted law grants the House of Assembly enhanced powers, including the authority to appoint key personnel within the Assembly Service Commission. This move reinforces the assembly’s autonomy and underscores the ongoing power struggle between the legislative and executive branches of Rivers State government.

Nkechi Chukwura Leads Prayer Session for Delta’s Widows and Indigent Women, Alongside Donating Food Items

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As part of the celebration of International Women’s Day, the Executive Assistant To Governor Sheriff Oborevwori on Women Mobilization, Hon. Nkechi Chukwurah, has doled out food items and gifts to widows and Indigent women of Delta State.

Also, following the recent unrest in the state occasioned by the killing of soldiers in Okuama axis and protest by okada riders in Asaba, the women also used the opportunity to cry to God in prayers, calling on him to bring peace, safeguard the governor and let his governance be fruitful.

Speaking during the empowerment programme that took place on tuesday in Government House, Asaba, the Governor aide, disclosed that the event was organized to support and encouraged women to invest in themselves and pray for the State.

According to her, the focus of the gathering was to pray for peace to reign in the state, starting with God’s protection over the governor, a fruitful reign, devoid of distraction and bloodbath of any sort.

It was an awesome experience of intercession for the peace and unity of Nigeria, as she urged the women not to relent on their struggles but channel more effort to invest in themselves.

The praise worship styled event anchored on lectures and teachings drawn from the Holy Bible and delivered by Sister Amaka Umeh, who admonished women to increase their prayer abilities and to be able to discern God’s true spirit and messages, saying that “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

The women who came in their numbers also took turn in praying for the MORE Agenda to excel just as they commit the Governor unto God’s hand asking God to direct him in piloting the affairs of the State.

She said, international Women’s day, is celebrated to draw attention to and enhance the focus on women in historical studies. It is a day when women are celebrated for their achievements, irrespective of national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political differences.

” it is obvious that the globe is facing many crises, ranging from geopolitical conflicts to soaring poverty levels and the escalating impacts of climate change. These challenges according to reports, can only be addressed by solutions that empower women. By investing in women, we can spark change and speed the transition towards a healthier, safer, and more equal world for all.

She motivated the women saying,
we should develop a ‘war room’ using our resolve and powers to fight against all those fighting this present administration in order to usher in a truly egalitarian state we all yearn for. This pivotal step must be taken.

She said, the present situation of chaos, lawlessness and unrest being experienced in Nigeria can only be turned around through fervent prayers to God Almighty and faith in the Holy teachings.

While espousing on the significant role of women in the Holy Bible who sucessfully restored God’s presence in the lives of the people in order to safeguard the society, through dedicated and sustained prayers of faith to God, she advised women not to be complacent in exercising the motherhood.

“We’ve endured enough with the devil. Now is the time to defeat evil in our society.”

Also to make this enduring as well as bear the expected fruit, let us commence first by restructuring ourselves as a people. No matter how beautiful a policy appears, no matter how strong an institution tends to be, we always have deconstructionists who can undermine it. Bearing this in mind, our primary concern should be to work out modalities for instituting a reorientation plan that will erase the unpatriotic tendencies in us as well as usher in a robust state. she stressed.

The recipients expressed their heartfelt appreciation to the convener, appreciating her for remembering the women, most especially the Widows popularly called ‘Jesus wives’.

Speaking with one of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Wisdom Ekuruemu, she said, ” Our hearts are filled with joy as we did not expect the gesture. Receiving the cash gifts, Wisdom Ekuruemu was filled with tears of joy that he could not express fully his words of appreciation but thanked the convener for the timely intervention.

At the end of the section, she gave the women food items and other household items in commemoration of international women’s day adding that, another edition of the event will be communicated to the public.

IPC to Lead Discussion on Rebuilding Trust in Nigerian Electoral System

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The International Press Centre (IPC), based in Lagos, Nigeria, lead implementing partner of Component 4 (Support to Media) under the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Phase 2 (EUSDGN II) project, announces its upcoming major forum.

Scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2024, this event will convene about 100 electoral stakeholders to address the critical theme of “Rebuilding Trust in the Electoral Processes, Institutions and Elections.”

Following the success of the inaugural session held in Abuja, this subsequent edition of the media and civil society-driven forum aims to further stimulate meaningful discussions on how to reinforce commitments and approaches to multi-stakeholder collaboration for enhancing confidence in electoral processes. The initiative is also being embarked upon ahead of the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States later this year and preparatory activities towards the 2027 general elections.

The forum seeks to gather submissions and recommendations on how diverse stakeholders, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Media, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Law Enforcement Agencies, Political Party Leaders, Youth, Women, and the Public, can effectively fulfil their roles and collaborate to enhance the integrity of the electoral process in Nigeria.

Prof. Isaac Albert of the University of Ibadan will present the lead paper at the event, which will be chaired by Prof. Okey Ibeanu, a former INEC National Commissioner. The event will receive special remarks from the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and EU Ambassador Samuela Isopi, among others. The event shall also be moderated by renowned broadcaster, Mr. Ambrose Somide of Raypower FM.

Mr Lanre Arogundade, the Executive Director of IPC, in a statement, emphasised the importance of transparent elections in bolstering citizens’ trust in the electoral system, particularly in developing democracies like Nigeria. He highlighted the correlation between encountering obstacles during elections and reduced confidence in elected officials, often leading to participation in activities opposing the ruling regime.

In anticipation of the forthcoming collaboration with key election stakeholders, especially the media, Mr Arogundade reiterated the commitment to engaging in proposals and contributions aimed at enhancing public trust in Nigeria’s electoral system. This collaboration seeks to foster constructive discussions, address challenges, and work towards improving the overall integrity and transparency of elections in Nigeria.

Participation in the dialogue is also expected from various sectors, including the leadership of INEC, Political Parties represented by the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), key institutions such as the National Orientation Agency and Security Agencies, as well as representatives from traditional and religious bodies, CSOs, the European Union (EU) Delegation, EUSDGN Partners, Labour Unions, and Community Leaders.

This initiative is supported by the European Union. For media inquiries or further information, please contact Olutoyin Ayoade, Communications Officer, IPC, tayoade@ipcng.org.

About IPC: The International Press Centre (IPC) is a non-governmental organization committed to promoting media freedom, democracy, and transparency in Nigeria.

About EUSDGN II: The European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria Phase 2 (EUSDGN II) project aims to strengthen democratic governance, accountability, and electoral processes in Nigeria through various interventions and partnerships.

WhatsApp Improves Chat Accessibility: Users Can Now Pin Up to Three Messages for Swift Retrieval

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WhatsApp users are now empowered to enhance their conversations by pinning up to three crucial messages for durations spanning from 24 hours to 30 days.

These pinned messages transform prominent banners, ensuring effortless accessibility and heightened visibility.

According to the latest update, when multiple messages warrant pinning, the banner efficiently consolidates them, displaying the total count while prioritizing the most recent pin. Navigating through these pinned messages is simplified, with a mere tap on the banner revealing subsequent pinned content.

The pinning process varies across different devices. Android users utilize a long press followed by a selection from the ‘More options’ menu to specify the pin duration. Similarly, iPhone users execute a long press, navigate to ‘More options’, and select the desired pin duration. Meanwhile, Web and Desktop users locate the target message, access the menu, opt for ‘Pin message’, and designate the pin duration accordingly.

Unpinning messages is a straightforward task, requiring a simple tap followed by the selection of ‘Unpin’ to revert their status.

Within group settings, administrators wield authority to authorize members to pin messages. Through adjustments in group settings, admins can regulate who possesses the privilege of pinning messages within the group.

Upon pinning a message within a group chat, a system-generated message disseminates the pin event, notifying all participants of the pinned message and the identity of the individual responsible for its pinning.

Despite these advanced functionalities, certain limitations persist. Participants who join the group post-pinning, those who have cleared their chat history, or those who deleted the message before pinning will be unable to access the pinned content.

Rural Electrification Fund Boss, Doris Uboh Declares End to Failed Projects Era: Firm Action Ahead

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The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is set to turn the tide on past failures, assures Executive Director of Rural Electrification Fund (REF), Hon Engr Doris Uboh.

Addressing stakeholders in the power industry during an interactive session, Hon Engr Doris Uboh emphasized the importance of undertaking projects within one’s capacity and expertise.

Expressing readiness to collaborate with local stakeholders, Hon Uboh criticized the reliance on external solutions, advocating for Nigerian-led initiatives to address power sector challenges.

“I’m heartened by the shared passion among us to make Nigeria work,” she remarked, highlighting the detrimental effects of foreign interventions and the potential of Nigerian expertise to solve power issues.

Pointing to the widespread impact of power instability, Hon Uboh stressed the government’s commitment to resolving these issues promptly.

Highlighting the importance of upholding contractual agreements, Hon Uboh reiterated a zero-tolerance policy towards project failures, promising support to developers facing challenges within REA’s jurisdiction.

“Efficiency and accountability are non-negotiable,” she asserted, warning against overcommitment and emphasizing the agency’s determination to ensure project success.

In attendance were notable stakeholders including Mr Alapa Hyacinth, Mr Oke Ogbaudu, Engr Canice Emeka Obi, Engr Donald Igudia, Dr Sunday Orishedere, Ms Laura Ogbareno Buwa-Udah, Pastor Norbert Akachukwu Sochukwudinma, and Gladys Agada.

Delta Assembly Calls for Statewide Styrofoam Ban

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Worried by the inherent health and environmental hazards associated with the Styrofoam also known as polystyrene, the Delta State House of Assembly, DTHA, has called for its ban in the State.

The House in a resolution adopted at plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Emomotimi Guwor, called on the State Governor, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to ban the use of the product in Delta State which they noted, is hazardous to human life as well as poses great danger to the environment.

The resolution was sequel to a motion to that effect, sponsored on the floor of the House by the Minority Leader and Member Representing Uvwie Constituency, Hon Edafe Emakpor.

Hon Emakpor in the motion, urged the house to call on the State Governor to direct the ministries of Health, Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources as well as other relevant government Agencies to immediately prohibit the usage of Styrofoam in the state.

The Lawmaker explained that the prohibition of styrofoam which is a petroleum based plastic, made from styrene monomer, and used as cups, plates and other form of packaging for food and beverages in homes, hotels, restaurants, fast foods outlets and social gatherings, will prevent an impending health and environmental disaster.

Emakpor in the motion further called for an engagement of manufacturers and distributors of styrofoam in the State to produce an alternative disposable paper cups and plates, even as he called for the constitution of a task force to monitor and enforce compliance.

He also stressed the need for the Ministry of Information and the Delta State Bureau for Orientation to sensitize and educate Deltans on the dangers associated with the use of styrofoam.

The Lawmaker added that it was the primary duty of government to ensure welfare and safety of the people as enshrined in Section 14 (2B) of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as altered, emphasizing that the Delta Assembly must live up to expectations.

“The issue of public health must be given the attention it deserves. Styrofoam also known as polystyrene has scientifically proven to be hazardous in all manifestations.

“There is an urgent need for the State Governor, His Excellency, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to direct ban of its use in Delta State.

“I therefore urge you my dear colleagues to support this motion, for this House to call on the Governor to prohibit the use of Styrofoam in the state to save lives as well as prevent impending environmental disaster”, Emakpor emphasized.

The Deputy Speaker, Arthur Akpowowo, Majority Leader, Emeka Nwaobi, Deputy Majority Leader, Festus Okoh, Chief Whip, Perkins Umukoro as well as members representing Okpe and Ndokwa West, James Augoye and Charles Emetulu, stressed on the negative implication of styrofoam on the overall well being of humans and environment.

Other Lawmakers who spoke including the Member Representing Isoko South 2, Ferguson Onwo, Oshimili North, Frank Ensenwa, Warri South 1, Austin Uroye, Warri South 2, Benson Obire and Ughelli North 2, Spencer Ohwofa, said the chemical contained in it poses cancerous substance, hence the need for its immediate ban to save lives.

Speaker, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, directed the Clerk of the House, Otto Aghoghophia as well as the Assembly Committee on Legisl Compliance to ensure compliance with the resolution.

Okuama/Okoloba: UPU Youth Wing And IYC Presidents Meet Calls For Caution And Restraint

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Activist Blessed Oghenero Ughere, National President of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) Youth Wing Worldwide and Sir Johnathan Lokpobiri, Snr, National President of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, today met in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State in finding lasting peace and unity among the Urhobo and Ijaw Nations in Niger Delta region, called for caution and restraint.

The duo leaders regretted and condoled with the Nigeria Army and innocent citizens who loss their lives in the heinous crime and gruesome murdered of four army officers and thirteen soldiers, and civilians at Okuama community in Ughelli South LGA of Delta State.

They called for a total caution and restraint of the military reprisal on the two Urhobo and Ijaw communities, while manhunt for the suspects are collaboratively done.

Also, Activist Ughere and Sir Olokpobiri retaliated on the peaceful coexistence of the Urhobo and Ijaw Nations as aged long relationship and sue for a peaceful resolutions to the Okuama and Okoloba communities communal clash.

“There is no war between the Urhobo and the Ijaw nations in Delta State, although there is a little boundary misunderstanding between the Okuama and Okoloba communities but not in a war situation, that is the reason we are here to talk because it is only in Animal kingdom they war without talking to each other, we are here to engage ourselves on a peaceful talk to advance our friendship and promote genuine peace among our people, let join hands together to speak for caution and restraint to avoid more loss of lives and properties.

“It is appalling that, our society today is depending more on war welfare instrumentality than intellectual means of resolution.

“I remember when Warri was the oil business hub in the Niger Delta region, the Urhobos, Ijaws Itsekiri, Isokos were beneficials of the Oil boom before relocating to Lagos, so let work together for a genuine peace so that developments and investments can continue to strive in our region”, said Olokpobiri

On his part, Activist Blessed Oghenero Ughere he said, “the Urhobos and Ijaw have aged relationships and intermarried, it will interest you to know that 30% of the Okuama indigenes married to Okoloba same of Okoloba community too.

“Precious lives have been cut short in this avoidable crisis and collateral lost incurred, we must speak with one voice in unity to end this crisis and work together for the lasting peace of our region”.

Delta Lawmakers Push for Styrofoam Ban Amid Health Concerns

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Concerned about the health risks and environmental dangers posed by Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene, legislators in the Delta State House of Assembly have urged for its prohibition in the state.

During a session chaired by Speaker Rt. Hon Emomotimi Guwor, the assembly passed a resolution urging Governor Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to enforce a ban on Styrofoam, citing its detrimental effects on human health and the environment.

The motion, spearheaded by Minority Leader Hon Edafe Emakpor, emphasized the urgency of the matter and called for collaboration with relevant government agencies to ensure compliance.

Emakpor highlighted the need for alternative packaging materials and proposed the formation of a task force to oversee the transition. He also stressed the importance of public education to raise awareness about the risks associated with Styrofoam usage.

Echoing Emakpor’s concerns, other lawmakers emphasized the government’s responsibility to safeguard public health and the environment. They underscored the carcinogenic properties of Styrofoam and urged swift action to mitigate its impact.

Speaker Guwor instructed the assembly clerk and the Legislative Compliance Committee to ensure the implementation of the resolution, signaling the assembly’s commitment to addressing this pressing issue.

Betrayal Unveiled: Married Woman Fakes Kidnapping, Allegedly Conspires and Shares Ransom with Secret Lover

In a shocking turn of events, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command recently apprehended a woman for orchestrating her kidnapping and extorting money from her husband, with whom she shares a secret lover.

Revealing the details, Commissioner of Police, Bennett Igweh, disclosed that the suspect, pregnant at the time of her arrest, was brought to their attention by her husband, Chiedozie Ubah.

According to Igweh, the husband reported to the police on March 11, stating that his wife had left for a hospital appointment but never returned home. Subsequently, the husband received a distressing call from his wife, claiming to have been kidnapped and demanding a ransom of N2 million for her release.

In desperation to secure his wife’s freedom, Mr. Ubah complied with the ransom demand, transferring the specified amount into his wife’s account as instructed. Upon reuniting with his wife, he escorted her to the police station to report the purported abduction.

However, during police interrogation, the truth emerged as the woman confessed to colluding with a man named Walter Ezeala, who resided in their neighborhood, to stage the fake kidnapping. Shockingly, it was revealed that the woman’s lover, Walter, had received N800,000 of the ransom money, while she pocketed the remaining N1.2 million.

The police statement further detailed the recovery of cash, ATM cards, and phones from the perpetrators, underscoring the extent of their deceit and betrayal.

This incident sheds light on the complexities of human relationships and the lengths some individuals are willing to go for personal gain, even at the expense of their loved ones’ trust and well-being.

Abia Schools Stripped of WAEC Privileges Due to Malpractice

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has recently taken measures to uphold academic integrity and improve educational standards by taking action against multiple secondary schools in Abia state that were found to be involved in examination malpractice.

The Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Eme Uche, conveyed this disconcerting news during a press briefing held in Umuahia, the state capital.

Professor Uche expressed concern over the situation and emphasized the importance of maintaining the state’s reputation and integrity in the education sector.

While the specifics surrounding the affected schools were not disclosed, it was noted that a significant portion of them were privately owned. The state reiterated its stance on deterring such misconduct by revoking the operational licenses of the implicated schools.

The commissioner also underlined the government’s support for WAEC’s decision, emphasizing its role in curbing unethical practices and safeguarding academic standards from the encroachment of unscrupulous individuals.

Prior to this development, the state has taken action against some of the erring schools, shutting them down due to their recurrent unethical behavior. Despite warnings, these institutions persisted in compromising academic integrity.

Moving forward, the Commissioner for Information, Prince Okey Kanu, revealed initiatives spearheaded by the state government to revitalize the education sector.

He said the Governor had authorized the immediate renovation of numerous primary and secondary schools across the state, aiming to create conducive learning environments. Adding that plans were underway to establish model schools in strategic locations, ensuring equitable access to quality education.

Recognizing the financial burdens faced by students, he added that the government also approved the disbursement of bursaries to law undergraduates, alleviating their educational expenses amidst economic challenges.

Detailing the renovation plan, the Commissioner for Education outlined comprehensive upgrades for the selected schools, including provisions for staff quarters and enhanced security measures. This initiative symbolized the administration’s commitment to education as a cornerstone of societal progress.

With a phased approach to school renovations, the state government reaffirmed its dedication to revitalizing the education sector, ensuring that all public schools receive the necessary facelift to foster a conducive learning environment for students across Abia state.

President Tinubu Bars Foreign Trips for Federal Employees Amid Economic Hardship

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has recently implemented a temporary ban on foreign travels for public officials employed by the federal government, effective April 1, in response to the prevalent economic challenges facing the nation.

A memorandum titled “Presidential Directive to Suspend Public Funded Foreign Trips By Government Officials” was issued by the President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, and addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The memorandum emphasized the urgent need to address the economic realities confronting the country and stressed the importance of ensuring that government officials remain focused on their core responsibilities amidst these challenges.

The directive outlines the suspension of publicly funded international trips for a period of three months initially. The President expressed concerns over the escalating travel expenses incurred by government ministries, departments, and agencies, emphasizing the imperative of responsible fiscal management.

This move follows public outcry sparked by reports of government officials planning a workshop in the United Kingdom. Against the backdrop of Nigeria’s economic difficulties, exacerbated by rising prices and foreign exchange shortages, the government aims to implement cost-cutting measures while maintaining effective governance.

To ensure that such travels are deemed necessary for official duties, officials are now required to obtain presidential approval at least two weeks prior to any overseas trip funded by the government.

The memorandum concluded with a request for the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to disseminate the directive to all relevant government entities.

President Tinubu had previously reduced the size of his delegation and encouraged similar measures among his team. This move underscores the administration’s commitment to prudent fiscal management without compromising its functions.

Residents Fear Displacement as Military Moves to Establish Barracks in Okuama

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The residents of the Okuama community in Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State, were taken aback as the Nigerian military intensified its efforts to clear houses in the area. With the arrival of three swamp buggies transported on barges from the Bomadi axis of River Forcados, the demolition process accelerated.

As reported by Vanguard, a community insider revealed that the machines brought in were swiftly deployed to clear nearly half of the community. However, amidst the demolition activities, rumors circulated that the military had plans to construct barracks on the land of Okuama community.

According to the source, it seemed inevitable that the army would establish barracks in Okuama, prompting the meticulous clearing and evacuation of debris from the area. The anticipation grew as whispers suggested that the Chief of Army Staff would soon visit Okuama to inaugurate the barracks project.

DNA Shock: Nigerian Man Discovers Son Not Biologically His Own

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A Nigerian man named Steven Opeyemi Moses recently shared his shocking discovery that his son was not biologically his own.

It was gathered that Moses appeared on a TV courtroom show in Nigeria to discuss how his son was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at the age of two.

Moses, who identified himself as the child’s father, explained that his genotype was AA while his spouse’s was AS. However, despite their genetic makeup, their son was found to be an SS carrier.

During the televised hearing, the judge, having ordered a DNA test, revealed the results which showed a 0% probability of paternity, indicating that Moses was not the biological father.

In an update shared by Moses on his social media account (@SteveMosoes), he expressed his disbelief at the situation. He recounted the timeline of his marriage and the birth of his son, highlighting the financial strain caused by the child’s illness.

Despite his confusion and efforts to understand how their genetic combination could lead to an SS child, Moses found himself at a loss. He described seeking advice from healthcare professionals and attempting to reconcile the situation through prayer and fasting.

However, Moses also revealed that his wife had refused to undergo a maternity test, adding further uncertainty to the situation. Despite the challenges, Moses remained determined to navigate the difficult circumstances surrounding his son’s health and parentage.

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Davido Fires Back: Issues Strong Warning to Industry Peers Amidst Criticism

The subject of this analysis is Davido, who recently shared a firm warning with his fellow artists, Burna Boy, Wizkid, and BNXN, on his verified Instagram account.

Davido’s statement was issued in response to recent criticism and clashes with his peers. After BNXN, previously known as Buju, challenged Davido’s musical abilities, tensions rose and eventually led Davido to unfollow BNXN and delete a tweet hinting at a collaboration. However, BNXN has apologized for the controversial comments.

Davido’s troubled relationship with Burna Boy, BNXN’s former boss, has been well-documented, with both artists publicly exchanging barbs. Despite this, Davido remains resolute, emphasizing his determination to rise above the negativity. Even fans of his industry rival, Wizkid, have added to the chorus of criticism over the years. However, Davido refuses to be deterred, maintaining his focus on his craft.

Davido finds solace in his faith and perseverance amidst the turmoil, acknowledging that despite concerted efforts to discredit him, he remains unwavering in his commitment to success. Looking ahead, Davido promises that 2024 will mark a turning point, declaring it the “YEAR OF THE BEAST.” With confidence and determination, he assures his fans of upcoming hit songs, urging them to “FIX UR SPEAKERS” in anticipation of his musical onslaught.

In his Instagram post, he wrote; “They all come together to discredit me … but God working overtime! THE 2024 YEAR OF THE BEAST!! 🔊🌎🔥 FIX UR SPEAKERS WE DEY COME!!”

Davido’s unwavering resolve serves as a testament to his resilience and determination to overcome obstacles in his path, reaffirming his status as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. This demonstration of tenacity and perseverance in the face of adversity is inspiring and serves as a valuable lesson for aspiring artists and entrepreneurs alike.

Solidstar Claims ‘One In A Million’ Remix with 2baba Inspires PSquare’s ‘Possibility’

Renowned Nigerian artist, Solidstar, reflects on his profound impact on the music industry, attributing his 2009 hit song ‘One In A Million’ as a catalyst for a new era in Nigerian music.

In a candid conversation on the Honest Bunch podcast, the 35-year-old singer, Joshua Iniyezo, shared insights into his journey, acknowledging his role in shaping the musical landscape.

Despite grappling with personal challenges, including a battle with drug addiction, Solidstar’s musical legacy remains undeniable. He revealed that his distinctive style often led many to mistake him for Ghanaian, underscoring the uniqueness he brought to the scene.

Solidstar’s influence extended beyond accolades, as he unveiled the ripple effect of ‘One In A Million,’ citing its remix with Tubaba as the inspiration behind PSquare’s hit track ‘Possibility,’ featuring the same iconic artist.

Reflecting on his breakthrough, Solidstar remarked, “It was ‘One In A Million’ that paved the way for me in the music industry. I won the Best New Artist at the Nigerian Music Video Awards with the song. Many even thought I was Ghanaian, they didn’t know I’m Nigerian because my style then was different.”

He added, “The song changed the Nigerian music industry. It came with its unique style. I slowed the tempo down and everyone started copying that pattern.”

Solidstar’s narrative underscores not only his musical prowess but also his enduring influence as a trailblazer, inspiring a generation of artists and reshaping the sonic landscape of Nigerian music.

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Blessing CEO Champions Polygamy: Defends Tradition and Honor

In a bold declaration, Blessing Okoro, also known as Blessing CEO, a stirring controversial figure and self-proclaimed relationship expert, expressed her staunch support for polygamy.

According to Blessing, polygamy carries with it a sense of dignity and honor, qualities that she finds admirable. She criticized women who oppose polygamy, labeling them as selfish and narrow-minded.

As a divorcee herself, Blessing made it clear that even if she were married, she would stand by her husband, even in the event of him having a child outside their marriage.

During a recent episode of her television program, “Moments With Blessing CEO,” she openly professed her admiration for actor Yul Edochie, a prominent advocate of polygamy. Blessing commended Edochie’s decision to marry multiple wives, viewing it as a sign of strength and virtue, referring to him as an “odogwu” (a term of respect in Igbo culture).

In her view, polygamy is not just acceptable but preferable, reflecting her unique perspective on relationships and marriage.

Delta State Claims Third Position at STI Expo 2024

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Delta State has recently celebrated a significant achievement at the Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Expo 2024, where they secured the third position among several other states in Nigeria.

The achievement not only showcased the state’s commitment to innovation but also reflected Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s leadership and vision in promoting technological advancement in the state.

The delegation that represented Delta State at the STI Expo 2024 was carefully selected by the State Ministry of Science and Technology, under the guidance of the State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Odinigwe Daniel Odigie. The team presented a diverse range of innovative solutions, which were sourced from research institutions and tech hubs located across the state.

Dr Odigie expressed his appreciation for the dedication and ingenuity of the Delta State delegation and credited their success to Governor Oborevwori’s unwavering support for technological advancement.

He emphasized the significant role that the current administration has played in creating an environment that is conducive to innovation and development.

Odigie said the achievements at the STI Expo 2024 underscore Governor Oborevwori’s commitment to the MORE Agenda, putting it that the state will continue to lead in technological advancement while addressing the needs of the people and contributing to Delta State’s socio-economic growth.

However, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwurah, Director of Science and Technology Development in the Delta State Ministry, accepted the award on behalf of Commissioner Odigie.

In her acceptance speech, she highlighted the need for support for the commercialization of Delta’s inventions and advocated for an enabling environment to facilitate their growth. Adding that the STI Expo 2024 was a significant milestone for Delta State and a testament to its commitment to innovation and progress.

The STI Expo 2024 was held at Eagle Square in Abuja from March 11th to March 15th, 2024, where it brought together representatives from Ministries of Science and Technology nationwide, alongside leaders from science institutions and technology industries. The theme of the Expo was “STI: Solution to National Economic Challenges,” which aimed to showcase indigenous technology that drives progress in Nigeria.

Abia House of Assembly Takes Bold Step to Halt Pension Payments to Past Governors

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The Abia House of Assembly made a significant decision on Tuesday, passing a bill aimed at halting the payment of pensions to former governors and their deputies within the state.

The bill, titled “A Bill (H.A.B 11:) for a Law to Revoke The Abia State Governors and Deputy Governors Pensions Law No 4 of 2001 and for other Matters connected in addition to that,” was introduced by Mr. Uchanna Okoro, the Majority Leader representing Arochukwu State Constituency.

Following its first and second readings, consideration at the committee of the whole, and final reading during the day’s plenary, Speaker Mr. Emmanuel Emeruwa announced the passage of the bill.

Commending members on the decision, Emeruwa highlighted that the bill would curb the state’s expenditure on governance and redirect resources towards development initiatives.

Once assented to by the governor, the bill will be referred to as the “Abia State Governors and Deputy Governor’s (Repeal) Law 2024” and will come into effect immediately, as declared by the Speaker.

With the enactment of this bill, former governors and their deputies will no longer receive pension benefits upon the expiration of their tenures.

The move comes amidst ongoing controversies over the lavish lifestyles and perks enjoyed by former governors and deputies, with many questioning the necessity of such benefits.

While some states have taken steps to repeal similar laws, others have been slower to act, sparking debates over the need for reform in governance and pension policies.

Violent Okada Protest in Asaba: 8 Nabbed, 53 Bikes Confiscated by Police

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Police in Asaba have apprehended eight individuals and seized 53 motorcycles following a crackdown on defiant Okada riders who allegedly engaged in a violent protest on Monday.

The demonstration, sparked by perceived mistreatment from the State Taskforce enforcing restrictions on late-night motorcycle operations, led to chaos within Asaba’s streets.

It was gathered that the Okada riders took to the streets of Asaba in Delta State, to protest the deaths of their colleagues at the hands of the task force. Angered by the loss, the protesters blocked major roads and markets, venting their frustrations by damaging properties.

The demonstration, which commenced early on Monday, saw businesses in areas like the Midwifery Market in Okpanam and the Delta State Post Primary Education Board along Summit Road, Asaba, targeted by the protesters.

Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, confirmed that two motorcycle riders lost their lives on Sunday during enforcement actions by the State Task Force.

Acting swiftly, a team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Department of Operations, ACP Efeizomor George, under the directive of Commissioner CP Olufemi Abaniwonda, intervened to restore peace.

Emphasizing the detrimental effects of such disturbances on the state’s economic progress, CP Abaniwonda urged the public to maintain calm and respect the law. Assuring the community of the Police Command’s commitment to safeguarding lives and property, he underscored the importance of fostering a secure environment for all residents of Delta State.

Nigerian Army Raid Sparks Bloodshed in Bayelsa: Homes Torched, Lives Lost

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Nigerian Army troops launched a morning raid on the Igbomotoru community in Bayelsa State, setting ablaze several houses and reportedly causing the deaths of approximately 11 individuals.

The assault, conducted by soldiers arriving in five gunboats, targeted three residences suspected to harbor a militant leader linked to the recent killing of military personnel in Delta State.

Ayibakipreye Solomon Clarkson Suobo, a community leader, in a statement urgently appealed to President Bola Tinubu and Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri for intervention. He stressed the disproportionate response, emphasizing that while condemning the prior attack on military personnel, the current military action unjustly targets innocent civilians in a community distant from the site of the prior incident.

Suobo implored all relevant authorities to safeguard lives and property in Igbomotoru 2, highlighting the community’s vulnerability to the ongoing siege. He called upon fellow Nigerians to support their cause and urged the military to adopt a more nuanced approach, emphasizing dialogue over aggression in dealing with unarmed civilians.

The statement reads “I am calling on all security chiefs in Nigeria to please kindly intervene to save lives and property in Igbomotoru 2 community which started about 8am this morning, information reaching me as the CTC member representing the good and peaceful of Igbomotoru ward 6 is very unpleasant. The military is a very trained organisation whose responsibility is to defend its citizens rather than destroy them.

“To buttress further, the news about the brutal killing of military personnel a few days in Delta State is a condemnable act but my current concern is however the intelligence reports are linked. There was need for a better approach rather than attacking and killing innocent indigent people of my community, Igbomotoru 2 that is situated thousands of miles away from Delta State where the gruesome murder of military personnel occurred.

“Please let all agencies of peace in Nigeria arise now to save my peolple now because my community Igbomotoru is under siege as at this moment. Please let all peace loving Nigerians come to our aid, we are being oppressed innocently without an explanation.

“Please I am appealing to the military to apply the carrot and stick approach which is the recommended practice world over when dealing with unarmed civilians.”

Recall that residents of Okuama in the Ughelli South local government area Delta State fled their homes on Friday as soldiers seized control of the area, reportedly setting some houses on fire in retaliation for the killing of 17 soldiers, including senior officers.

According to Channels Television’s report on Saturday, soldiers from the Joint Task Force, led by Major General Jamal Abdusalam, recovered 17 bodies of the soldiers in the Okuama community. Some of the corpses were found decapitated, while others had their stomachs ripped open, with vital organs missing.

The bodies of the commanding officer and two majors were discovered at the NDDC jetty in the community, while others were scattered along the riverbank and on land.

Oyibode Seeks Proper Utilisation Of Coal Deposits In Delta Community

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In a bid to ensure proper utilization of abundant coal deposits in the Ugboba community in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Olorogun Vincent Oyibode has visited the area, saying he is interested in seeing that the mining activities are done in an ecologically friendly manner while benefitting all stakeholders, including the host community.

Oyibode disclosed this on Monday during a working visit to a coal mining company in the Ugboba Community in Aniocha North Local Government Area in the state.

Oyibode during a stopover at the palace of the traditional ruler of Ugboba, HRM, Obi Ezedimbu III, urged the host community to take advantage of the ministry’s intermediary role whenever the need arises, just as he informed the people that the administration of the Governor Sheriff Oborevwori as a responsive government, is supportive of the aspirations of host communities for a mutually beneficial exploration of the mineral resources in their land.

Oyibode assured the mining company, Mosra Energy Limited of the state government’s supportive role in the industry, including the creation of peace and security and enhancing the Ease of Doing Business for both local and foreign investors in line with Governor Oborevwori’s M.O.R.E. Agenda.

Oyibode while inspecting the mining site, comprising the coal pit and other areas, wanted to know when the coal-powered power plant promised by the company will come on stream, as well as some indigenes of the host community at the management level and to what extent they have discharged their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the community.

The site manager, Mr. Ishola Emmanuel said that the power plant project will soon be up and running, while the Commissioner said they should feel free to ask for the ministry’s support where necessary.

On employment, Ishola said the high-ranking staff, including himself, were sent from the company’s corporate head office in Abuja, but that the existing vacancies for a medical doctor, nurse and lab scientist will be filled from within the community. Oyibode urged the company to keep to its word as the ministry is serious about the adoption of local content in recruitment.

Speaking on its CSR initiatives, Ishola said the company recently constructed a borehole in the community to ease water supply, among others insisting that it is not responsible for the poor state of the stream water, saying that “the company does not generate any wastes, besides, the mining site is far away from the river.”

Alongside the commissioner were the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Frank Omoko, Directors and staff of the Delta State Ministry of Oil and Gas.

It was gathered that Mosra Energy Limited has a coal mining license covering four communities, stretching 11.6 km of land, but is presently working at the Ugboba mining site.

The Honourable Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Olorogun Vincent Oyibode (JP), the Permanent Secretary, Directors of the ministry and staff of Mosra Energy Limited at the coal mining site at Ugboba community.

Why l Moved Motion For Adoption of Innocent Esewezie For Second Term as Oshimili North Council Chair – Ndukwe

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The tangible developmental strides of the immediate past Chairman of Oshimili North local government council, Hon Innocent Esewezie, coupled with the zoning policy of the local government, have been adduced as the reasons behind the motion for his adoption for a second term in office, come the next council polls.

Making this clarification while speaking with newsmen in Asaba, a one-time Chairman of the local government, Hon Louis Ndukwe, said this clarification has become necessary given perceived misgivings over the morality of the adoption.

Ndukwe, who moved the motion for the adoption of Esewezie, when he paid a “thank you” visit to the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) led by Chief Nduka Ogude, recently, said Hon innocent Esewezie deserved to continue in office, judging by the far-reaching inroads he made in not only the area of infrastructure but also that of carefully thought out policies which have in no small measure brought sanity to the local government administration of Oshimili North.

Going further, the former Council Boss said, “By the zoning formula in the local government, since the House of Assembly position has gone to the North North axis, that is illah, it is only fair and equitable for the Council Chairmanship position to remain in abuse axis. Having seen what the man ( Esewezie) has done in the past three years at the saddle, the question, naturally, will be, do we continue to support him or halt him? The overwhelming response indicated that Esewezie deserves to continue his development strides”.

Hon Louis Ndukwe, who recently returned to the PDP, from the APC, where he contested for the Oshimili north state constituency House of Assembly seat at last year’s general elections, used the opportunity to calm frayed nerves, saying his decision to return to the PDP is borne out of the need to ensure Oshimili north gets her fair share of democratic dividends

He therefore urged all Oshimili northerners within the PDP family to join hands together to make the local government an envy of all, through the entrenchment of ideals that translate into peaceful coexistence, mutual respect, and inclusive growth for all.

Delta Reads Riot Act To LPG Retailers In Warri

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DTSG Cautions LPG Against the Effects of Operating in Residential Areas

By Oreva Omojefe

Delta State Government has warned Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) retailers in Warri, the commercial nerve centre of the state to stop the sale of cooking gas in residential areas or have such outlets forcibly removed.


The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Frank Omoko who represented the Commissioner of Oil and Gas, Olorogun Vincent Oyibode, met with the operators recently in Warri. As part of the sensitization, a training programme was provided for the operators with the theme Safety: Hallmark of LGP Retailing in Delta State.

Speaking during the event at Government House Annex, Edjeba, Warri, Omoko said the ministry monitoring team will descend on those found culpable, while the operators were given some safety tips such as avoiding cylinder-to-cylinder refill, ensuring proper ventilation in and around LPG facilities, avoiding phone calls around LPG facilities, installation of fire extinguishers in LPG retail shops and homes, among others.

The Permanent Secretary said the warning became necessary to forestall gas explosions in the state, adding that past sensitizations helped to reduce cases of fire incidents in LPG retailing outlets in the state.

The state government embarked on this program for the safety of Deltans. We are continuously striving under the MORE agenda to create and maintain a conducive environment for oil and gas businesses to thrive, Omoko said.


The Managing Director of Ewosky Consult, Mr Ewoma Eberebor said they would partner with the state government to set up Micro Distributing Centers (MDCs) to expand their business, stating that it would help reduce the number of LPG outlets operating in residential areas.


Eberebor appealed to the government to put up initiatives to curb the problem of dirty forms of cooking in the state, adding that Delta State loses about 2700 women yearly as a result of using dirty fuel.


He said setting up MDCs would help LPG retailers detect expired cylinders, adding that it is dangerous to use expired cylinders and not safe.

Mrs Awotula Patricia, speaking on behalf of the operators, promised that they would adhere to the regulations. He said they are ready to partner with the state government to commence Micro Distributing Centers (MDCs) to reduce the number of LPG outlets.


The LPG operators at the event commended the state government for the initiative, saying they learnt a lot from the training.

Professor Builder Achuenu Advocates Standards at Nigeria Builders Day

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The Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi Uku, Professor Builder Emmanuel Achuenu, emphasized the pivotal role of builders in national development, stressing the importance of upholding standards in construction projects.

Addressing participants at the 2024 Nigeria Builders Day event held at Professor Chike Edozien’s Secretariat, Professor Builder Achuenu underscored the necessity for maintaining quality standards throughout the entire process of building structures.

Speaking on the theme “The Role of Builders in Sustainable Housing Delivery,” the esteemed building expert highlighted the significance of adhering to standard practices from the planning phase to the completion of construction projects.

Achuenu emphasized the critical need for thorough scrutiny of the Bill of Quantities (BOQ) and strict adherence to building regulations to ensure the integrity of building plans and prevent potential damages.

Highlighting the multifaceted nature of the building, Professor Achuenu described it as a discipline, a process, and a physical product, emphasizing the collaborative efforts of architects, structural engineers, and cost advisors in the construction process.

Also addressing the audience was Architect J. S. Apodor, the Director of Maintenance at Delta State Ministry of Housing, who discussed the impact of high building material costs on sustainable housing delivery.

Apodor stressed that the exorbitant prices of building materials pose a significant challenge to housing development, hindering the realization of government objectives to provide affordable housing for citizens.

He suggested government intervention measures such as lifting bans on imports and establishing new industries to manufacture building materials locally, thereby reducing costs and promoting sustainable housing development.

The Builders Day event in Delta State emphasized the importance of adhering to global best practices and committing to ethical standards in the construction industry.

Prominent figures in attendance comprised Housing Commissioner Hon Godknows Angele, Builder Roy Ononye, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Institute of Builders and Bldr Samuel Omiyi alongside other distinguished guests, showcasing a collective commitment to advancing the building sector in Delta State.

Delta State Allocates Over 2 Billion Naira for Warri Flyover Compensation to Affected Homeowners

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In a decisive move to advance the MORE Agenda, the Delta State government, under the leadership of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori, has allocated over 2 billion naira for compensation to homeowners affected by the construction of the Warri flyovers.

The announcement came following a comprehensive post-executive briefing at the Government House in Asaba, on Wednesday, March 13th, 2024, as disclosed by the Commissioner for Information, Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza.

Giving an explanation about the allocation, the Commissioner for Rural and Urban roads, Mr Charles Aniagwu emphasized that the compensation funds were meticulously assessed and approved by Governor Oborevwori to ensure the smooth progression of construction activities while minimizing cost implications.

Furthermore, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joseph Onojame, provided insights into the state’s healthcare infrastructure development. He revealed that an extensive supply of equipment had been delivered to 20 general hospitals across the state, with an initial allocation of over 3 billion naira.

Dr. Onojame affirmed that plans for the second phase of equipment procurement were underway and would commence shortly.

The strategic allocation of funds underscores the government’s commitment to infrastructure development and the enhancement of healthcare services across Delta State. With meticulous planning and prudent financial management, these initiatives aim to foster sustainable progress and address the evolving needs of the populace.

Ekiti Court Stops Husband from Talking to Wife for Two Weeks

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A Chief Magistrate court in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, has issued a directive prohibiting a 43-year-old man, Chibike Nwakedi, from communicating with his wife, Blessing, for two weeks until their scheduled return to court.

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Dolamu Babalogbon, instructed the defendant to refrain from direct face-to-face or phone communication with his wife during this period, except through a third party, such as her lawyer.

During the arraignment, police prosecutor Inspector Sodiq Adeniyi informed the court that on March 3, at approximately 20:00 hours in Ado-Ekiti, the defendant, Chibike Nwakedi, assaulted his wife, Blessing Nwakedi, resulting in a dislocated right leg. Adeniyi asserted that the defendant’s conduct had the potential to cause a breach of peace.

The prosecutor cited Sections 186 and 181(D) of the Criminal Law of Ekiti State 2021 as the basis for the charges.

In response, the defendant’s counsel, Barrister Gbenga Ariyibi, appealed for bail, assuring the court that the defendant would not evade justice and would provide a reliable surety.

Chief Magistrate Dolamu Babalogbon granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in a similar amount. The case has been adjourned until March 28 for further proceedings.

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Edo State Government Invests In 200 Women with N4m Grant and PoS Machines

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Edo State Government, through the Ministry of Social Development and Gender Issues, has provided empowerment to 200 women. These women received a Point of Sale (PoS) machine along with a start-off grant of N4 million.

Osato Ekhator, the ministry’s Public Relations Officer, announced that 75 women received their PoS machines and grants on Friday, while an additional 125 are set to receive theirs during this week. Adding that the initiative aims to foster independence among women in the state.

Ekhator highlighted the collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Wema Bank, and other dedicated partners in the pursuit of women’s empowerment.

“The Edo State Government has ensured that 200 women benefitted from this programme. Seventy-five got their POS machine on Friday with the N20,000 grant each while others will get theirs this week. Hopefully, it will help them become self-sufficient as they navigate this ever-changing world,” she stated.

Joel Zombu, the coordinator of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, expressed GIZ’s commitment to empowering women across various sectors and contributing to gender policies in collaboration with the ministry.

He highlighted GIZ’s 50-year collaboration with Nigeria, focusing on empowering MSMEs, youths, and women for enhanced business operations.

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Ningi’s Reversal: Hausa Interview Misconstrued on Tinubu and North, Says Senator

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Senator Abdul Ningi has reversed his previous statement, clarifying that he did not accuse President Bola Tinubu’s government of implementing two budgets or showing bias against the North during his interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC.

Ningi, who spoke with Senate correspondents explained that his Hausa interview was misinterpreted, especially by presidential media aide Mr Bayo Onanuga.

According to Ningi, the consultants investigating the N28.7 trillion could only link projects and expenditures to N25 trillion, leaving N3.7 trillion unaccounted for.

He emphasized that he did not accuse the president of marginalizing the North but criticized Tinubu’s predecessors for not addressing northern challenges. Regarding Tinubu, Ningi clarified that he held no blame for him, as northern leaders failed to secure commitments from him during his presidential campaign.

Recall on Monday, it was reported that the Senate is set to convene to address allegations made by Senator Abdul Ningi of Bauchi Central (PDP), who claims that the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government is implementing an unauthorized budget.

Senator Ningi, representing the Northern Senators’ Forum, alleges discrepancies between the National Assembly-approved N25 trillion 2024 budget and the purported N28.7 trillion being implemented. Plans to meet President Tinubu for clarification have been disclosed.

According to The Punch, some senators are reportedly considering the suspension of Senator Ningi, viewing his statements as unfounded and potentially damaging to the Senate’s reputation.

Meetings among lawmakers have taken place to address the situation internally, with plans for a Press Conference by the northern bloc of the Senate to refute the allegations.

Senator Solomon Adeola, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, has withdrawn his initial plan to address the issue publicly, stating that the Senate will internally handle the matter through legislative mechanisms on Tuesday.

Kizz Daniel Drops ‘Thankz Alot’ EP, Celebrate Ten Years with Fans

Renowned Nigerian singer Kizz Daniel has recently unveiled a highly anticipated extended play (EP) titled ‘Thanks A Lot,’ marking a significant milestone in his musical journey.

The announcement, made through a statement on Monday, has stirred excitement among his fanbase.

In the detailed statement, Daniel eloquently conveyed that ‘Thankz A lot’ goes beyond being a musical collection; it serves as a heartfelt expression of gratitude to his dedicated fans who have stood by him throughout his impressive ten-year career.

The EP, according to Daniel, is a deliberate effort to strengthen the profound connection he shares with his audience, intending to act as a sincere token of appreciation.

Notably, the singer provided insights into the EP’s composition, revealing that last December saw the release of two tracks, namely ‘Twe Twe’ and ‘Too Busy to Be Bae,’ both part of the four-track EP. Collaborating with Afrobeats sensation Davido in January for the remix of ‘Twe Twe’ added an extra layer of excitement for fans anticipating the project.

Delving further into the contents of ‘Thankz A lot,’ additional tracks like ‘Sooner’ and ‘Showa’ promise a diverse and captivating musical experience for the audience.

Expressing his gratitude, Kizz Daniel shared, “I am incredibly grateful for the love and support I have received from my fans throughout my career. ‘Thanks A lot’ is my way of expressing my appreciation and giving back to them for their unwavering support.” This statement not only emphasizes his gratitude but also underscores the personal connection he aims to establish through his music.

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Cost Surge As Nigerian Breweries Set to Increase Product Prices from March 15, 2024

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Nigerian Breweries has shared news of raising the prices of its products, effective from Friday, March 15, 2024.

The company pointed out that this increase is necessary due to the ongoing rise in input costs in the country.

In a statement, the company mentioned, “As previously mentioned, we will adjust some of our product prices starting Friday, March 15, 2024. This adjustment is needed due to the continuous increase in input costs and the need to reduce the impact.”

They clarified that all orders in their system at 00.00hrs on Friday, March 15, 2024, will be billed at the new prices. This price adjustment follows closely after a previous increase just a month ago, which became effective on Monday, February 19, 2024.

Senate in Crisis: 2024 Budget Controversy Sparks Suspension Talks for Bauchi Lawmaker

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The Senate is set to convene to address allegations made by Senator Abdul Ningi of Bauchi Central (PDP), who claims that the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government is implementing an unauthorized budget.

Senator Ningi, representing the Northern Senators’ Forum, alleges discrepancies between the National Assembly-approved N25 trillion 2024 budget and the purported N28.7 trillion being implemented. Plans to meet President Tinubu for clarification have been disclosed.

The presidency, responding to the claims, dismisses them as baseless in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Information & Strategy, Bayo Onanuga.

According to The Punch, some senators are reportedly considering the suspension of Senator Ningi, viewing his statements as unfounded and potentially damaging to the Senate’s reputation.

Meetings among lawmakers have taken place to address the situation internally, with plans for a Press Conference by the northern bloc of the Senate to refute the allegations.

Senator Solomon Adeola, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, has withdrawn his initial plan to address the issue publicly, stating that the Senate will internally handle the matter through legislative mechanisms on Tuesday.

Nigerian Music Producer Rexxie Detained in Uganda, Appeals for Help Amid Unexplained Arrest

Nigerian music producer Rexxie has disclosed on his Instagram page that he is currently under detainment by Ugandan immigration authorities.

He described the situation as “unfair,” while reaching out for assistance, stating, “I have been arrested at the Ugandan Immigration. Pls, I need help.”

Despite not providing details about the grounds for his arrest, Rexxie emphasized the urgency for support. This development follows closely after his recent announcement of engagement to his longtime partner, Chisom.

Abubakar Imam Airport in Minna Renamed After President Tinubu

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Governor Umar Bago of Niger State has officially renamed the Abubakar Imam International Airport in Minna after President Bola Tinubu, in recognition of the significant support extended by the President to the state.

The decision to rename the airport, which was initially dedicated to Abubakar Imam, a renowned Nigerian writer and journalist from Niger, was disclosed by Aminu Takuma, the Commissioner for Industry, Trade, and Investment.

This revelation came during a press briefing at the Government House in Minna on Sunday.

According to Takuma, representing the governor, the renaming is a tribute to the substantial contributions and assistance Niger state has received from President Bola Tinubu.

The swift alteration of Minna Airport’s name in honor of Bola Tinubu has sparked debates, initiating discussions about the factors influencing such decisions.

Moreover, Governor Bago has extended a formal invitation to President Tinubu, who plans to journey to Minna on Monday for the initiation of an agro-processing zone and the commencement of diverse developmental initiatives in the state capital. As a component of the visit, Tinubu will partake in the foundation-laying ceremony for the new hajj terminal at the airport.

In the year 2023, the Nigerian government instructed the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to change the names of 15 federal airports in honor of distinguished Nigerians, among them former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tragedy As Female Passenger Jumps Into Lagos Lagoon, Search Underway

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On Saturday night, a tragic incident occurred at Igando in Alimosho local government area of Lagos State. According to reports, a female passenger, identified as Nimotalahi Ishola, jumped into the lagoon from a ferry.

The incident took place around 9 pm, shortly after the boat had departed from Isuti Jetty in Igando and was heading towards Totowu in Ogun State. The circumstances leading to the passenger’s decision to jump into the lagoon are still unclear, but the incident has left the community in shock and mourning.

Ibomfocus reported that Nimotalahi, one of 12 passengers on the boat, unexpectedly removed her life jacket and leapt into the lagoon, suggesting a possible suicide. Among her belongings left behind in the boat, a plastic bottle of insecticide was discovered.

The authorities have conducted an inquiry at the site, and a dedicated search team is diligently engaged in retrieving her body. SP Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), affirmed the incident, indicating that investigations are still in progress, with endeavors underway to reach out to her family.

Tinubu’s National Student Loan Programme to Launch This Thursday

During a recent appearance on TVC’s Politics, Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to President Tinubu on Media and Publicity, made an exciting announcement about the National Student Loan Programme, which is set to launch on Thursday.

The programme is a crucial step towards easing the financial strain faced by Nigerian families and young individuals, especially given the current economic climate.

Ngelale emphasized the significance of the scheme, stating that it would be a major boon for Nigerians during these trying times.

The National Student Loan Programme was established with the enactment of the Access to Higher Education Act, 2023, which President Tinubu signed on June 12, 2023.

This legislation represents a significant stride towards providing interest-free loans to underprivileged students in Nigerian tertiary institutions.

As part of Tinubu’s commitment to liberalizing education funding, the Students Loan Law, also known as the Access to Higher Education Act, established the Nigerian Education Loan Fund, which will be responsible for handling loan requests, grants, disbursements, and recoveries.

The scheme’s implementation was initially projected for September, but it was delayed. Nevertheless, President Tinubu has reiterated that the programme will commence in January 2024.

During the opening of the 29th session of the annual Nigeria Economic Summit on October 23, 2023, he declared, “By January 2024, the new Students Loan Programme must commence. ‘To the future of our children and students, we’re saying no more strikes!”

Tinubu has proposed a budget of N50 billion for the programme’s initiation in the 2024 budget presented to the National Assembly last November.

Onitsha Faces Another Building Tragedy as Five-Storey Structure Collapses

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In a tragic turn of events, a five-storey building under construction collapsed on Sunday in Fegge, Onitsha South local government area of Anambra state.

The incident came as a shock to the locals, who were still recovering from the tragic collapse of a two-storey building at Ochanja Market three weeks prior, which had claimed the lives of at least five individuals.

According to the eyewitnesses, the collapse was preceded by a loud crack and a sudden, thunderous noise, which caused panic and chaos in the area. Although it is not yet clear whether there were any workers present in the building at the time of the collapse, some residents reported seeing human activities beneath the structure just two hours before the incident.

The collapse has raised concerns about the safety of construction sites and buildings in the area, and the need for stricter safety measures to prevent such tragedies from happening again.

The Secretary of Onitsha South local government area, represented by Transition Committee Chairman Chief Emeka Joseph Orji, assured the public of emergency response efforts.

He said an emergency rescue team has been mobilized to conduct preliminary rescue activities, aided by security operatives in the area. He encouraged the public to remain calm, emphasizing that the Onitsha South local government is actively managing the situation.

As of now, efforts to rescue individuals affected by the incident are currently ongoing at the site. Unfortunately, the exact number of those who were injured or lost their lives is yet to be confirmed by authorities.

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Nigerian Student Receives N159 Million, Car, and MacBook from Oyinbo Samaritan

A heartwarming TikTok video has been making rounds on the internet, showcasing the remarkable change of fortune for a Nigerian international student named Kayode.

The video captures the struggles faced by Kayode, who was having a tough time paying his tuition and rent abroad.

The student’s story came to light when he was discovered by Zachery Dereniowski, an internet influencer, while studying in the library. Initially, Kayode had asked Zachery for food assistance, to which the kind-hearted influencer responded by giving him $1000.

However, that wasn’t the end of the story. Moved by the young student’s plight, Zachery’s compassion led him to surprise Kayode with truly life-changing gifts – a whopping N159 million, a brand new car, and a high-end MacBook laptop.

The video shows Kayode breaking down in tears of joy and gratitude, overwhelmed by the unexpected kindness of a stranger. The impact of such generosity is immeasurable, leaving an indelible mark on Kayode’s life.

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Tensions Rise in Senate as Northern Senators Forum Digs into N3 Trillion Budget Controversy

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The Northern Senators Forum, led by Senator Abdul Ningi, has recently announced that they plan to meet with President Bola Tinubu to discuss concerns regarding the alleged N3 trillion padding discovered in the 2024 budget.

Senator Ningi revealed during a recent interview with the BBC Hausa Service that consultants have been commissioned by the forum to thoroughly scrutinize the budget, with plans in place to confront Senate President Godswill Akpabio about their findings.

The forum’s primary objective is to present a detailed report to President Tinubu, conveying their dissatisfaction with certain aspects of the budget and seeking clarification on the alleged discrepancies.

During the same interview, Senator Abdul Ningi, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), shared his candid assessment of the present administration’s performance. He expressed his dissatisfaction with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s understanding of the country’s challenges and governance difficulties.

Senator Ningi, speaking from a Northern perspective, addressed the potential transfer of federal agencies to Lagos, predicting its likelihood based on past examples.

He highlighted the worsening conditions since Tinubu assumed leadership, discussing the neglect of crucial projects in the North, such as the Ajaokuta project, the Mambila power project, and the dredging of the River Niger. Additionally, he voiced his concerns about incomplete road constructions, particularly the Kano-Abuja route, and highlighted the challenges faced by the North.

Senator Ningi also delved into the dynamics of political processes, expressing his dissatisfaction with how leaders were “forced” onto the people. He criticized the use of religious and ethnic issues, stating that the North was not given leadership in the Senate opposition despite having significant representation.

The interview shed light on the difficulty of challenging the ruling party under the Northern Senators Forum’s umbrella while aiming for unity in the North.

Furthermore, Senator Ningi addressed the potential transfer of federal agencies to Lagos, predicting its likelihood based on past examples. He expressed disappointment with the lack of action from Northern leaders in finding solutions to such issues.

Additionally, he shared concerns about the ECOWAS decision impacting Nigeria’s relationship with Niger Republic. The interview highlighted the complexities of addressing regional challenges without letting politics interfere in finding effective solutions.

Finally, the interview touched upon the security challenges faced by the North, emphasizing incidents of abductions lasting several days. Senator Ningi expressed apprehension about the potential loss of states like Zamfara from the country due to ongoing security issues.

He urged proactive measures to address these challenges, revealing a deep concern for the future and the need for a stronger sense of unity and care for the region.

Heartbreak in Ikoyi: Nigeria’s Wealthiest Woman, Folorunsho Alakija, and Husband Separate

After more than three decades of marital harmony, Folorunsho Alakija, Nigeria’s wealthiest woman and former society matriarch turned gospel minister, is reportedly facing a significant marital crisis. Reliable sources close to THEWILL suggest that she has separated from her husband, Modupe.

The couple, residing in their upscale Ikoyi, Lagos home, allegedly experienced frequent conflicts leading to the wealthy woman seeking utmost privacy and her husband finding accommodation elsewhere within the same Ikoyi neighbourhood. Despite attempts to seek clarification from Modupe, calls and text messages remained unanswered.

The couple had reportedly maintained a united front due to societal expectations, but recent challenges, including health issues faced by Folorunsho Alakija, may have contributed to the unravelling of their marriage.

The Alakija family is known for their low-profile and discreet approach to personal matters. This was evident in the low-key wedding of one of their sons last year, where media coverage was strictly controlled, and the event was limited to a need-to-know basis. It is not surprising, therefore, that the family continues to maintain their privacy and avoid unnecessary attention.

Five months ago, THEWILL had reported about the health challenges of a prominent Nigerian business tycoon, Folorunso Alakija, which were primarily related to her eyes. This recent development, perhaps, is a follow-up to that report.

Music is Eternal: Wizkid Unveils Forever Commitment to His Art in Exclusive Interview

Wizkid, whose real name is Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, is a celebrated Nigerian singer and songwriter with a plethora of awards to his name. Despite his career’s success, the 33-year-old artist shared in a recent BBC Radio 1Xtra interview that he considers his most significant achievements still ahead, viewing his musical journey as just beginning.

During the interview, Wizkid also hinted that he may never retire from music, saying that it’s a “forever thing” for him. This statement suggests that he is dedicated to his craft and passionate about continuing to create music for his fans.

Wizkid stands as one of the most commercially successful and influential African recording artists in the 21st century.

Initiating his musical journey at the age of 11, he collaborated with the Glorious Five (5), a group formed with church friends. Wizkid’s career took a significant turn in 2009 when he inked a record deal with Banky W’s Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E). The spotlight found him with the release of “Holla at Your Boy,” the lead single from his debut studio album, Superstar (2011), which also featured hit singles like “Tease Me/Bad Guys” and “Don’t Dull.”

Controversial Statements: Dammy Krane Claims Portable More Relevant Than Wizkid in Bold Social Media Declaration

Dammy Krane has sparked controversy by asserting that Portable, his fellow artist, holds more relevance than Grammy-winning Wizkid.

This claim arose during a discussion on Portable’s recent collaboration with Skepta on the track ‘Tony Montana.’ The song, produced by JAE5, has ignited social media discussions about its impact on Nigerian music.

In an exaggerated comment on X, Dammy Krane boldly declared, “ATP, Portable is more relevant than Wizkid. God use Skepta do this one again.”

The history of discord between Dammy Krane and Wizkid dates back to 2016 when Dammy accused Wizkid of theft, leading to a heated confrontation at Quilox Club in Victoria Island.

This isn’t the first time Dammy Krane has engaged in social media confrontations. In 2023, he accused Davido of not compensating him for songwriting contributions and claimed that Davido had “ruined” his record label deal with Sony Music. He even collaborated with Portable to create a diss track aimed at Davido.

Dammy Krane, known for his hit single ‘My Dear,’ signed a record deal with Hypertek Digital and 960 Music Group in January 2012. The ongoing controversies add another chapter to the artist’s tumultuous interactions in the Nigerian music scene.

28 Abducted Students Escape in Kaduna, Governor Confirms

Over 28 students who were among the 200 abducted by gunmen in Kaduna days ago have managed to escape, providing a glimmer of hope amidst ongoing military search and rescue efforts.

Governor Uba Sani confirmed this development, emphasizing the uncertainty surrounding the method of their escape.

Governor Sani, accompanied by Vice President Kashim Shettima at the Kaduna Airport received the students’ parents.

Shettima assured the distressed parents that the government, led by President Bola Tinubu, is committed to the safe rescue of all abducted children.

He urged the media to exercise caution in reporting on the incident and commended their continuous support.

President Tinubu, deeply concerned about the situation, has directed security agencies to spare no effort until all the children are safely returned.

Governor Sani expressed gratitude for the Vice President’s visit and emphasized the collaborative efforts with local communities and security agencies. Cautioning against politicizing the incident, he stressed the focus on securing the safe return of the children and assured progress in undisclosed security measures.

Recall, on Thursday it was reported that gunmen suspected to be terrorists, locally known as bandits, have reportedly abducted approximately 232 students and teachers, including the headteacher, from LGEA Primary School, Kuriga (1), in Kuriga village, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Former Kaduna senator Shehu Sani confirmed the incident, highlighting the tragic parallel with a recent event where a school principal was killed and his wife kidnapped in the same village over a month ago.

Sani expressed optimism about securing the freedom of the kidnapped individuals. The junior and secondary schools had previously relocated to the Kuriga town due to security concerns, abandoning their former building outside the town.

Mansir Hassan (ASP), the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, confirmed the incident but stated that the exact number of victims abducted was yet to be ascertained. He reassured the public that all security agencies, including the police, military, and vigilantes, were collaborating to rescue the victims, with additional personnel deployed to address the situation.

Stray Bullet Shocks Ilorin: Inmate’s Violent Act Causes Havoc at Correctional Centre

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In Ilorin, Kwara State capital, chaos erupted at the Oke-Kura Correctional Centre when an inmate, Kazeem Adam, attempted to seize a prison officer’s rifle.

The rifle discharged during the struggle, striking Abdullah Ayinla, a vulcanizer, in the stomach.

Ayinla was promptly taken to the hospital, while the unruly inmate, Adam, was detained at the ‘C’ Division Police station in Isale-Ojo.

The incident unfolded at around 8 am during the transfer of inmates, with Adam causing damage to the tricycle and vehicle windscreens before the unfortunate turn of events.

Confirming the incident, Olumide Adegbulugbe, the spokesperson for the service, stated that Kazeem Adam from Ita-Ogunbo, Ilorin, armed with a knife and stones, vandalized tricycles and vehicle windscreens.

“Adam also damaged a correctional vehicle bus with registration number A247NC. In an attempt to apprehend the suspect, Ismail Kabir, who was on guard, and others were attacked. During the struggle, the suspect attempted to seize Kabir’s rifle, resulting in the officer being stabbed in the head and hand. Unfortunately, in the process, the rifle accidentally discharged, causing a bullet to hit Abdullah Ayinla from Isale Oja.”

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DSPG Inducts 2567 Freshers in 22nd Matriculation

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Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku, DSPG, marked its 22nd matriculation ceremony on Saturday.

The event commences at 11 AM in the Multi-purpose Hall of the polytechnic with a total of 2567 new students (Ordinary National/ Higher Diploma) participating in the ceremony and taking their matriculation oath.

During the event, Rector Bldr. Professor Emmanuel Achuenu conveyed congratulations to the matriculants, highlighting their fortune in securing admission among a considerable number of seekers.

He emphasized the challenges ahead and urged them to make necessary sacrifices for a successful academic journey.

In his welcome address, Prof Achuenu expressed joy in welcoming the fresh students to the 22nd Matriculation Ceremony. He explained the significance of matriculation as the formal entry into the Polytechnic and the administration of oath allegiances, symbolizing the culmination of the registration process.

Reflecting on the Polytechnic’s growth since its inception in 2003, Prof Achuenu noted its evolution from a temporary site with 200 students to a fully-fledged institution with over 34 departments and 62 accredited programs. He highlighted the institution’s achievements in academic excellence and sports.

Addressing the matriculants, Prof Achuenu emphasized the importance of developing their minds and aligning with the institution’s motto, ‘CREATIVITY FOR DEVELOPMENT.’

He underscored the need for active participation in lectures, practicals, continuous assessments, and examinations to achieve academic goals.

Discipline and good conduct were stressed as essential to the learning process, with a plea to avoid negative tendencies like cultism, examination malpractice, and indecent dressing.

Prof Achuenu assured parents and stakeholders of the institution’s commitment to nurturing future leaders.

Acknowledging the support from the Delta State Government, stakeholders, management, and dedicated staff, Prof Achuenu extended gratitude. He concluded with a prayer for guidance and protection upon the matriculants and their parents, offering heartfelt congratulations once more.

International Women’s Day: IPC Highlights Urgency of Elevating Women in Nigerian Politics

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The International Press Centre (IPC) in Lagos, Nigeria aligns with the global community in advocating for increased female political representation at both national and subnational levels within Nigeria.

Reflecting on the United Nations theme for this year, “Invest in women—accelerate progress,” IPC emphasizes the importance of empowering and investing in women by promoting their active participation in political leadership and decision-making roles. This is seen as a crucial strategy to swiftly address the democratic challenges facing the nation.

IPC draws attention to the inadequate representation of women in political positions in Nigeria, despite constitutional provisions and international agreements advocating for their inclusion. Persistent systemic and societal barriers hinder women’s engagement in politics.

The concerning trend persisted during the 2023 elections in the country, resulting in adverse implications for women’s representation and impact within the government. Notably, the proportion of women in Nigeria’s National Assembly decreased by 19% compared to the previous assembly. Presently, women hold only 3% of Senate seats and 4% of seats in the House of Representatives.

In a statement, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, the Executive Director of the IPC, emphasized the importance of acknowledging the significant perspectives and contributions that women offer to governance in Nigerian society.

He noted that empowering women in politics not only promotes fairness and equality but also enhances the overall effectiveness and legitimacy of governmental institutions.

“Through concerted efforts to address these disparities, by dismantling barriers and fostering inclusivity in political arenas, Nigeria can pave the way for a more inclusive and representative democracy that truly reflects the voices and needs of all its citizens”, he stressed.

He also noted that IPC’s initiatives in the realm of democracy have significantly contributed to enhancing the media’s pivotal role as a primary influencer in elections. These efforts have focused on enhancing the capabilities of both the media and female candidates nationwide, empowering them to effectively leverage the media’s influence in promoting democracy. Notably, these endeavours have yielded commendable results, with some beneficiaries, particularly female lawmakers, successfully securing seats in the States House of Assembly during the 2023 Elections.

To mitigate the high attrition rates of women in elections, Mr Arogundade emphasized the importance of key stakeholders advocating for gender-equitable policies, initiating voter education campaigns on gender equality, and addressing feminized poverty through economic equality initiatives.

Erisco Faces Legal Scrutiny After Allegedly Using MI’s Song Without Permission

A recent controversy has arisen after rapper MI accused a food company, Erisco, of using his song ‘Nobody’ without his permission.

This comes after Erisco was put under scrutiny since September last year, when a consumer named Chioma Egodi criticized their tomato paste product on social media, claiming it tasted sugary.

The company, in response, labelled the claim as false, leading to Egodi’s arrest based on a petition by the CEO. This has sparked mixed reactions on social media, with some users calling for a boycott of Erisco products, citing the company’s poor handling of the situation.

The police, in a statement by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, have restated their intent to prosecute Egodi, which has only added to the controversy.

In response to the backlash, Erisco allegedly used MI’s song ‘Nobody’ as a background soundtrack in a now-deleted tweet attempting to reiterate the quality of its product.

However, MI was quick to react to the unauthorized use of his song, stating that using copyrighted material without permission is not legal, even for a social media ad.

He even shared a CHATGPT response emphasizing that such actions can lead to legal consequences for the brand.

This situation has raised concerns about the use of copyrighted material and has highlighted the importance of obtaining permission before using someone else’s work.

The controversy surrounding Erisco’s product and the subsequent unauthorized use of MI’s song have brought negative attention to the company and could have legal repercussions.

Knockout King: Anthony Joshua Floors Ngannou Twice in Spectacular Victory

On Saturday, the highly skilled British boxer, Anthony Joshua, showcased his exceptional boxing abilities in a stunning match against the former UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou.

The match was a true spectacle, with Joshua delivering an impressive second-round knockout victory over his opponent. The crowd erupted with cheers as Joshua expertly dodged Ngannou’s punches and landed some powerful blows of his own, ultimately ending the fight with a decisive knockout. It was a remarkable display of boxing prowess from Joshua and a testament to his skill as a fighter.

The bout, drawing attention from the sports world, underscored Joshua’s superior skills and experience in the ring compared to the MMA star.

With a professional record now at 28-3, including 25 KOs, Joshua floored Ngannou twice with devastating right hands, first in the opening round and then again in the second. The knockout punch, perfectly timed and unblocked, sealed the victory for Joshua as Ngannou was unable to recover following the second 10-count.

Despite showing courage and resilience, the 37-year-old Ngannou, in only his second professional boxing match, appeared visibly dazed and hurt. His transition from MMA to boxing, despite a commendable performance against Tyson Fury in a narrow split decision loss last October, revealed the significant gap in boxing-specific experience between the two fighters.

The match commenced with Joshua taking control, using his sharp jab to maintain distance, while Ngannou landed a few solid shots early on. However, Joshua’s power and precision turned the tide, culminating in a first-round knockdown and a decisive finish in the second.

This victory holds substantial significance for Joshua’s career, as he has been on a path to rebuild his reputation after consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 and 2022, leading to the relinquishment of three world heavyweight titles. The win against Ngannou solidifies Joshua’s position as a premier boxer in the heavyweight division and signals his preparedness for future high-stakes matchups.

In the world of boxing, all eyes are on Anthony Joshua as fans eagerly anticipate his next move. The air is rife with speculation about the potential matchups that could take place, each one presenting an opportunity for Joshua to cement his legacy in the sport. With his impressive track record and undeniable talent, there is no doubt that Joshua is poised to take the boxing world by storm once again.

Microsoft Faces Ongoing Threat as Russian Hackers, Midnight Blizzard, Persist in Targeting Source Code

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Microsoft announced on Friday that Russian government hackers, known as Midnight Blizzard, continue to infiltrate the company’s systems in an ongoing attack, targeting the company’s source code and internal systems.

According to the tech giant, the hackers are using information obtained from corporate email systems to gain unauthorized access.

Microsoft also disclosed these new findings in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

The intrusion follows Microsoft’s disclosure in January that Russian hackers breached the company’s systems in November of the previous year, focusing on corporate email accounts of senior leadership and employees in cybersecurity, legal, and other functions.

Midnight Blizzard, also known as APT29 or Cozy Bear, has been able to gain access to various secrets obtained through emails shared between Microsoft and its customers. The group has been seen escalating its attempts to brute force accounts, commonly known as “password spraying,” indicating a sustained and significant commitment of resources and focus.

Microsoft warns that Midnight Blizzard may be accumulating information to enhance its ability to target specific areas.

The hacking group is believed to work for Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), and it has targeted high-profile entities over the years, including the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and SolarWinds in 2019. This indicates that the group has been involved in cyber espionage activities for some time now and has been successful in carrying out its attacks.

Microsoft has urged its customers to remain vigilant and take the necessary steps to protect themselves from cyber threats. The company has also assured that it is working tirelessly to defend against the ongoing attacks and has taken appropriate measures to secure its systems.

Meeting Demands: Governor Oborevwori’s Vision for University Expansion In Delta

The Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori recently spoke to reporters about the urgent need for additional universities in the state.

He emphasized the importance of education in individual success and expressed the need to establish more campuses to cater to the educational demands of the populace.

During his visit to a school in Orerokpe, Governor Oborevwori revealed the government’s plans to set up the Faculty of Management Sciences at the University of Science and Technology, Ozoro. The faculty will commence operations at the Orerokpe Technical College in Okpe Local Government Area.

To ensure a smooth launch of the new faculty, the Ministry of Technical Education will transfer the facilities at Orerokpe Technical College to the Ministry of Higher Education.

The Governor highlighted the fact that Delta State University, Abraka, is not able to accommodate all qualified Delta residents seeking admission, and this has prompted the government to initiate the establishment of three additional universities simultaneously.

Governor Oborevwori expressed pride in the state’s four flourishing universities and acknowledged that more institutions were still needed to meet the growing demand for higher education.

In addition to this, Governor Oborevwori provided assurance that certain projects within the Orerokpe Campus of the University of Science and Technology would be completed before the end of October of the current year. This is a clear indication of the government’s commitment to the development of education in Delta State.

Ndokwa Vanguard

Crisis of Integrity: Olajengbesi Calls for Accountability in Buhari Administration’s Financial Transactions

Human rights advocate, Pelumi Olajengbesi has called for an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) audit of financial transactions involving all officials from the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The call comes after the revelations emerging from the trial of former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who faces accusations of a $6.2 million fraud related to foreign observers in the previous election.

In a statement, Olajengbesi commends the EFCC for uncovering the alleged forgery of Buhari’s and ex-Secretary General of the Federation Boss Mustapha’s signatures by Emefiele.

Olajengbesi emphasizes the urgency of curbing the audacity and criminal influence of those in power, calling for a comprehensive audit to deter misconduct. He highlights the recent case of Ahmad Salihijo, the suspended Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Electrification Agency, as evidence of abuse of power by officials who served under Buhari.

Olajengbesi urges a thorough audit of Emefiele and all individuals associated with the Buhari administration, allowing them an opportunity to clear their names amid the perceived widespread corruption during that period.

Witnesses, including an EFCC official and forensic document examiner Bamaiyi Haruna, have testified against Emefiele, presenting evidence of forged documents used to release $6.2 million from the CBN in February 2023. Other witnesses, such as ex-SGF Mustapha and deputy director at the apex bank Onyeka Ogbu, further support claims of fraudulent activity.

The EFCC officially arraigned Emefiele on June 18, 2023, on 20 counts, accusing him of impersonating Mustapha to unlawfully transfer funds from the CBN vault. The charges allege Emefiele collaborated with Odoh Ocheme, currently evading authorities, to obtain $6.2 million from the CBN under the guise of a request by the SGF, as per a letter dated January 26, 2023, with reference number SGF.43/L.01/.

Olajengbesi’s call for a comprehensive audit of the financial transactions of officials from the Buhari administration is based on the perceived widespread corruption during that period. The recent revelations from the trial of Godwin Emefiele, former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, have raised concerns about the abuse of power and criminal influence of those in power.

Nigerian Tribune

‘Eye Clear’ – Victor AD and Bella Shmurda Join Forces In New Song, Sampling Oritsefemi’s Classic

Nigerian vocalist Victor AD has unleashed his latest track ‘Eye Clear,’ featuring Bella Shmurda.

Victor AD shared the news of the song’s release through his Instagram account.

This release represents Victor AD’s second musical offering this year, following his earlier single ‘Holy Water’ in January. In ‘Eye Clear,’ the duo incorporates elements from ‘Eye Don Clear,’ a popular track by Oritse Femi and The Junglist from the early 2000s.

The lyrics resonate with lines such as, “Tell dem say our vision has been clear since ’99, Seeking money has been my pursuit, Since ’99, I promise not to lower my guard.”

Having embarked on his musical journey in 2014, Victor AD has collaborated with a diverse range of music producers, including Kulboybeat, Kizzybeatz, ID Clef, and Mr Nolimitz. The artist from Delta state rose to fame with the 2018 release of ‘Wetin We Gain,’ catching the attention of Longitude Promotions, a management company.

His repertoire boasts additional chart-toppers like ‘No Idea,’ ‘Tire You,’ ‘Too Much Money,’ ‘Prayer Request,’ and ‘Why.’

Listen to the song.

BNXN Acknowledges Mistake, Extends Apology to Davido for Controversial Comment

Renowned singer Daniel Benson, popularly known as BNXN, has publicly apologized following a rebuke from his fellow artist Dremo for what was deemed as ‘disrespect’ toward Davido.

Earlier, BNXN had thrown a subtle jab at Davido in the X platform formal Twitter during an exchange with a fan of the DMW boss on Thursday night.

In response to a post about BNXN promoting a new artist, a Twitter user (@lifeofolaa) commented, “He’s mid abeg.” BNXN, reacting defensively, told the user he had no right to discuss anything related to music, given that he is a fan of Davido.

His retort included the phrase, “You be retard. Knowing your fave you no suppose dey speak on anything regarding music. Fem!”

After the tweet gained attention, Davido reportedly deleted a post teasing a collaboration with BNXN. Despite Davido’s reaction, BNXN insisted he would release the song without approval, emphasizing that he wrote everything and suggesting fans blew his tweet out of proportion.

However, former top rapper Dremo criticized BNXN for the disrespectful remark, highlighting that he should have been more cautious about posting something that could spark controversy.

Responding to Dremo’s criticism, BNXN issued a conciliatory tweet, stating, “No yawa. I’m sorry.”

Dame lgbrude Tasks Widows To Focus on God for wisdom To Do Common things, Uncommonly well

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As the world celebrates International Women’s day, the CEO Love Works Foundation International, Dame Minnie Igbrude, has urged widows to ask God for wisdom to do common things uncommonly well. Knowing that success is not final and widowhood is not fatal or a failure. But the ability to continue and forge ahead is what they require in order to succeed in life.

Speaking during the celebration in Asaba, Dame Igbrude said, the International Day for Women is observed to raise awareness about gender-based violence against women and promote women.

The theme ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’ a focus on addressing economic empowerment, while the campaign theme for this year is ‘Inspire Inclusion.’ which highlights the significance of diversity and empowerment across all sectors of society.

“This is the time for widows to rise above their mental barriers, challenges and start looking cheerful and optimistic at all times. A woman’s journey to success begins from harnessing the power of her mind and hands,” she said.

According to her, International Women’s Day is a historical day that we can appreciate women, a day set aside to honour women in different sectors and empower women in general. It is important to remember the difficult journey they went through for the lives and gender equality we have now in the country.

She said, e should also take time to support and help most women especially widows who are not yet as fortunate as others and not be ignorant of the fact that many countries still do not have women’s rights and equality.

Encouraging women she said, “I want to enjoin women, especially in Delta State, to key into the M. O. R.E. Agenda of our Governor which is designed to foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and the ‘You Matter Charity Foundation’ of the amiable, Wife of our Governor, Deaconess Tobore Oborevwori, adding that, they should actively participate in all the activities that are associated with them that will lead to their self-development in the state. The past and present governments of Delta State are doing everything to help widows. They should explore such activities.’

She said every woman is a rare gem who can always excel in assignments because of the zeal and commitment they possess. She said women need to come out and avail themselves of the opportunities of becoming decision-makers by being more politically active.

According to her, Loveworks Foundation which is her pet project was founded several years ago, and primarily established to cater for widows, by empowering them financially and engaging them in poverty eradication activities and self-reliance. It is one outstanding Non-Governmental Organisation that is perfectly charting the way forward for interested widows in Delta State.

In her words, “The Foundation will go beyond alleviating poverty, but dealing with it from the root to make the women financially independent and remain in control of their various means of livelihood. In the Love Works Foundation we don’t only give them fish but teach them how to rear the fish and be able to eat.”

She emphasized that, women everyday in many communities experience great hardship after their husbands death.

She reiterated that, a lot of widows are passing through various challenges and maltreatment she however encouraged widows not to relent but improve themselves and rely more on God.

She observed that, majority of the widows who feel neglected are ignorant of some of the activities put in place for their welfare just like Delta State widows scheme that is taking care so many widows to alleviate their suffering

“They are seldom captured in statistics, unnoticed by researchers, often neglected by laws and development strategies making their situation invisible”,

Dame Igbrude enjoined the Federal government and state, to join the cause of widows by initiating programmes, policies and projects that are aimed at ameliorating their plights.

“There should be policies and programmes that will take care of the overall welfare of widows and other vulnerable groups in the society. There should be enlightenment programmes on issues relating to their health, as. most of these women die of dis.
eases , stress, loneliness and pain which could be averted by early detection.

The Federal government and states should put up more skill acquisition centers, where these women could undergo various training and harness their potentials. They should equally ensure that these programs and services actually get to the targeted audience. She stressed.

I wish women all over the world happy international women’s day celebration and more of Gods blessings. She said.

Apple Unveils the Latest Features iOS 17.4 and Installation Guide for iPhone Users

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Apple has recently announced the official release of the much-awaited iOS 17.4 update, which brings a host of significant improvements and new features to the iPhone operating system.

The update is expected to enhance the user experience and offer added functionality to iPhone users worldwide.

One of the standout features of iOS 17.4 is the new and improved set of emojis. The latest update includes new symbols like a mushroom, phoenix, lime, broken chain, and shaking heads. Additionally, 18 people and body emojis now come with the option to face them in either direction, providing users with more flexibility in expressing themselves.

Another exciting feature introduced in iOS 17.4 is the Apple Podcasts Transcripts. This new feature enables users to follow podcast episodes with synchronized text in English, Spanish, French, and German. The episode text can be read in full, searched for specific words or phrases, and tapped to play from a chosen point, with compatibility with accessibility features like Text Size, increased contrast, and VoiceOver.

The update also brings several other enhancements and bug fixes, including Music recognition, which enables users to add identified songs to Apple Music Playlists and Library, including Apple Music Classical. Siri introduces a new option to announce received messages in any supported language, enhancing the overall user experience.

In terms of security, iOS 17.4 offers enhanced protection for stolen devices, providing users with added security options globally. The update also introduces a Battery Health feature in Settings, which displays battery cycle count, manufacture date, and first use for iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models.

The Call Identification feature now shows Apple-verified business names, logos, and department names when available, providing users with more reliable information. Business updates in Messages for Business deliver trusted information for various transactions, and Apple Cash virtual card numbers allow payments at merchants not yet supporting Apple Pay.

Lastly, the update addresses several issues, including blank contact pictures in Find My and resolving issues for Dual SIM users. It’s important to note that some features may vary in availability based on regions or Apple device compatibility. For detailed information on the security content of Apple software updates, visit the official Apple Security Updates website.

Elon Musk’s X Considering Removal of Like and Repost Counts Amidst Payment License Anticipation

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Elon Musk revealed on Wednesday that his social media platform X is on the verge of obtaining a money transmitter license in New York, bringing it closer to introducing payment features.

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley technology, media, and telecom conference, Musk mentioned the likelihood of X securing its license in California within the next month or so, while New York approval might take “a few months.”

Since Musk’s acquisition of the platform formerly known as Twitter in 2022, he has aimed to transform it into an “everything app,” similar to Tencent’s dominant WeChat app in China. This transformation includes features beyond social media, such as the capability to send money to other X users.

For X to provide services across the United States, experts assert that the platform needs a money transmitter license in each state. Musk has emphasized that obtaining approval in New York and California is particularly significant, given the states’ large populations and comparatively prolonged approval processes. Some states, including Pennsylvania and Utah, have already granted money transmitter licenses to X.

During the conference, Musk, who also leads Tesla and SpaceX, indicated that X is contemplating removing the visible count of likes and reposts on each post, citing concerns about visual clutter on the platform.

Reuters

Ambassador OVKINGS Launches 7th Edition of OVKINGS Youth Talent Boost Nigeria Show in Collaboration with POCACOV

Renowned Nigerian comedian and philanthropist, Ambassador OVKINGS, known for his unwavering commitment to youth welfare and addressing societal issues, has officially kicked off the 7th Edition of the OVKINGS Youth Talent Boost Nigeria Show.

Partnering with the Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), this initiative aims to discover, empower, and mentor young talents across Nigeria.

Set for May, the event provides an inclusive platform for aspiring youths to exhibit their skills and talents, with waived registration fees. The project is dedicated to transforming the lives of six outstanding individuals, offering a generous financial reward of N1,000,000 to empower them in pursuing their dreams and contributing positively to society.

Supported by esteemed international media TV stations such as Silverbird Television, Hip TV, and others, the OVKINGS Youth Talent Boost Nigeria Show symbolizes hope and opportunity for Nigerian youth. Ambassador OVKINGS encourages all young individuals to seize this opportunity for personal and societal advancement.

For those interested in sponsoring or supporting this noble cause, inquiries can be directed to:
Email: ovkingsworldent@gmail.com
Contact: 08067378453.

Ambassador OVKINGS

Nollywood Actor Uzor Arukwe Reflects on a Defining Moment in His Pursuit of Success

Uzor Arukwe, a Nigerian actor, shared a significant moment from his early days in the film industry that ignited his determination to achieve success.

Recalling the experience, Arukwe mentioned being cast for a minor role with a call time of 9 am. Despite arriving promptly at 8 am, the lead actor caused a delay, pushing the shoot to commence only at 1 pm.

Arukwe detailed enduring prolonged waiting without being served food, while the lead actor, who arrived late, received immediate attention.

Frustrated by leaving around 11 pm without shooting his scene, Arukwe faced criticism from the production manager for departing on time.

The Nollywood star disclosed that his payment for the role was a modest N10,000, and he traveled from Lagos Island to FESTAC for the shoot with his last bit of money.

He shared this experience on the X platform in response to a media executive’s query about the weirdest experiences on a movie set that compelled individuals to think, “You must blow by fire by force.”

Expressing gratitude for the grace that guided him through such challenging times, Arukwe reflected on the defining moment that fueled his determination for success.

Arukwe entered the Nollywood scene in 2014 with his debut in the movie “Unspoken Truth,” but it was his performance in “Sergeant Tutu” that truly garnered attention.

His portrayal as a private investigator in the 2019 film “Code Wilo” further solidified his recognition in the industry. Arukwe’s contributions led to two nominations for ‘Best Actor in Comedy or Movie’ at the 2020 African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, acknowledging his roles in “Smash” and “Size 12.” Additionally, his role in “Yours Regardless” earned him a nomination for ‘Best Actor’ at the 2021 Best of Nollywood Awards.

Latimore Applauds Governor Oborevwori’s Prudent Governance Measures

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Barrister Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe, the Executive Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Orientation and Communications, commended Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his efforts in reducing the cost of governance.

Speaking during a media interaction in Asaba with the Indigenous Correspondents Chapel (ICC) of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council, Latimore praised the governor’s commitment to curbing wasteful spending.

Latimore emphasized that the high cost of governance is a significant factor affecting the local economy and hindering overall growth in the country. Governor Oborevwori, according to Latimore, has taken proactive measures to minimize extravagant expenses, including scrutinizing and slashing overpriced contracts before approval.

The Executive Assistant revealed that the governor has successfully managed the state’s finances without resorting to borrowing for projects. Instead, Governor Oborevwori has focused on meticulous management of resources generated within the state, alongside increasing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by incorporating the informal sector.

Latimore assured the public of the imminent realization of the MORE Agenda, emphasizing that positive changes will become evident in the state by the end of the year.

Expressing gratitude to the press for their support during challenging times, Latimore urged journalists to prioritize factual reporting over speculations. He encouraged constructive criticisms and precision journalism, emphasizing the responsibility of journalists to provide accurate information without causing confusion among the public.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of ICC, Comrade Kenneth Orusi, appreciated Latimore for visiting and participating in the ICC MIRROR Platform. He assured the government of the chapel’s support while maintaining their commitment to addressing any areas of concern through constructive feedback.

International Women’s Day Ohaneze Women Leader Calls For Women Empowerment

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As the world marks International Women’s Day (IWD), which draws attention to matters relating to women and girls, the National Women Leader Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr. Chief, Dame, Hon. Rita Daniels Chukwuji on behalf of the Ohaneze Ndigbo women worldwide, have called on women in Nigeria to continually up-skill themselves, network actively, and put themselves forward confidently for greater roles in society.

Hon Rita Daniels, who spoke with our correspondence also called on the first lady of Nigeria, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu to invest in more women and consider inclusion of more women in governance for economic development

According to her, there is need for women to be assured of more appointments and opportunities under the administration of her husband.

She said, international Women’s day is a day set aside to celebrate women, lift them up, mobilise, rehabilitate them, promote equality among them a for a brighter future.

The calls are in tandem with this year’s theme, Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’ with a focus on addressing economic disempowerment, while the campaign theme for this year is ‘Inspire Inclusion.’ which highlights the significance of diversity and empowerment across all sectors of society.

“This is the time for women to rise above their mental barriers. A woman’s journey to success begins from harnessing the power of her mind,” she said.

Presently, the current economic realities validate the theme in almost every respect as women appear the worst hit in these hard times.

“The solution is not what the women are doing or what they are not doing. It’s a collective responsibility. Yes, Chief Daniels said, women should up-skill themselves, network actively, and should put themselves forward confidently and project themselves,”

Hon. Chukwuji explained that, women also need to know that they make up about 50 per cent of the population, and so, ideally, should be found in 50 per cent of the leadership positions.

“I see the gap as an opportunity for all of us to continually upscale ourselves, for us to put ourselves forward even for leadership positions and not to be discouraged if we don’t get it at all, first, try until we get there,” she said.

The women leader urged the Federal Government, to look into the critical issues affecting women in the society in giving them listening ears in view to move the nation forward.

“Invest in Women as a critical issue has never been more challenging for us. The prospect of growth for women in business and the labour force generally is already hampered by norms and stereotypes which form a big part of our culture today,” said Hon. Daniels.

“Organisations and countries, Chief Rita said, should set deliberate targets for inclusiveness because everybody loses when some are excluded.

“Nigeria cannot continue to underestimate the role women play in advancing our national interests and our country’s goals of peace, stability, and prosperity,”

“We recognise that what makes us diverse makes us strong and no nation can get ahead if about half its population is left behind,” she

“Nigeria has very poor records of gender-based violence, with many cases of exploitation, rape, and verbal and physical abuse of women and girls. Trafficking in women and girls for forced labour or prostitution is also on the rise”

In addition, young girls suffer from unhealthy traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation and early child marriage, which deprive them of their childhood and education and expose them to vesico vaginal fistula (VVF) as their frail bodies are poorly developed for marital ‘responsibilities’ like pregnancy.

The state recently passed a new law, the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAP) Act, providing for life imprisonment without an option of fine for perpetrators of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the state. The Ohaneze Women leader said there are twice as many women below the poverty line than men and up to 19 times as many men in executive positions than women. In the corporate world, women struggle to be heard, as only a few make it to the boardrooms. They battle unequal payment, and in some cases, sexual harassment.

In politics, men generally dominate, even though women show up as candidates, voters, politicians, activists, and in most cases in Nigeria, as praise-singers. Again, women tend to be treated very differently from their male counterparts, and the results of every election year tell the story.

For instance, despite women constituting 49.5 percent of Nigeria’s population, according to National Population Commission (NPC) figures, no woman has emerged president or vice president in the country’s nearly 60-year history. Similarly, no woman has emerged governor in an election.j

“We definitely do not want to have women in politics just to meet the gender diversity requirement and these women end up as flower pots or showpieces in the political scenes; we need to have dynamic, tenacious, confident women,”

“Women with history of transformational leadership need to engage strategically in progressive politics. Gladly, Nigeria doesn’t lack women with these qualities,” she said.

She lamented that there are not enough women in politics in the country.

“We have a society that is predominantly patriarchal and also very gender-biased, where the women have been programmed into a mindset that they cannot aspire beyond a certain limit. Also, politics in this clime is very dangerous and it is all about money. These issues have boxed women into a corner,” She stressed.

“The solution is that women should be encouraged to step out boldly and more. Women should rise up to support aspiring women and not further castigate them because it takes a lot of boldness and courage for any woman to rise up in our society to say they want to run for any public office,” she said.

“Today many women were not coming out because of fear and because of the mindset that women belong to the kitchen.

“ some of them are already aligning with governance but their full potential is not being harvested. There are so many intelligent women out there with the tenacity to do something for their country but they are not being encouraged,” she said

“Violence is also another reason why women don’t put themselves forward. Politics can only be dirty if you make it dirty, so you can just do it the right way if you don’t want it to be dirty,” she said.

In their quest to sanitize randomly in all spheres, The Ohaneze women Leader went further to call on all mother’s to majorly take upon them selves the duty of calling out their children from the streets of negative influences by jeopardizing the peaceful coexistence enjoyed in the region .

Therefore she said, As dedicated mothers we are appealing to the Federal government to harken to our humble supplication.

More so, if there’s stability in the fair share of positions and privileges for women in the centre stage of power, I believe most women will feel the oneness and esteem sense of belonging as we are called to be one nation.

In engaging the women physically, mentally to politically, economically,and effectively participate in the limelight of leadership in various capacities in the country.

In other words, making a reliable chance of position for Empowerment to enable women become relevant in the society having known that an idle mind is a devil’s negative thoughts of dwelling. She said.

Nigerian Music Maestro Rexxie Takes the Plunge – Announces Engagement to Chisom

Celebrated Nigerian music producer, Rexxie, has exciting news to share as he revealed his engagement to his beloved Chisom.

The joyful announcement came through a series of heartwarming pictures from their engagement ceremony, posted on Rexxie’s Instagram account.

Expressing his happiness and love for Chisom in the caption, Rexxie announced, “She said YES🥰💍 We have a wedding to plan! 🎉🎉 #CHICHI2025 💕LOVE YOU @officiallychisom ❤️.”Fans and colleagues flooded the comment section with congratulatory messages for the newly engaged couple.

Known for creating the Zanku sound and producing hits like Naira Marley’s ‘Soapy’ and ‘Tesumole’, Rexxie unveiled his debut album, ‘A True Champion’, in 2021. The following year, he released the chart-topping track ‘Abracadabra’ featuring Naira Marley and Skiibii, later dropping a remix with none other than Wizkid.

Rexxie’s career soared to new heights when Burna Boy’s album ‘Twice As Tall’, which he contributed to, won the prestigious ‘Global Music Album’ category at the Grammy Awards in 2021.

In 2022, he earned further recognition for his involvement in Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy-winning track ‘Do Yourself’ from the album ‘Mother Nature’.Last year, Rexxie continued his musical journey by releasing his sophomore album ‘Big Time’, featuring collaborations with artists like Sarkodie, Lojay, and Zlatan.

The talented producer’s engagement marks a significant personal milestone alongside his remarkable achievements in the music industry.

Delta Assembly Targets Herders’ Disobedience, Aims to Enforce Anti-Open Grazing Law

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The Delta State House of Assembly has sounded the alarm regarding the ongoing violation of the state’s anti-grazing law by herders, even three years after its establishment.

In response, the Assembly, under the leadership of Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Arthur Akpowowo and its Legislative Compliance Committee, has initiated a stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday at the State Assembly Complex to tackle the issue.

Expressing deep concern, the committee observed that violators of the Anti-Open Grazing Law were operating freely on the streets, prompting a commitment to more stringent enforcement in collaboration with the Executive.

The meeting, attended by state security agencies and the Delta State Livestock Management Committee, shed light on disturbing incidents of killings, maiming, and rape perpetrated by herdsmen against farmers and residents.

Despite the existing law prohibiting open grazing, the Deputy Speaker emphasized the Assembly’s unwavering dedication to achieving full-scale compliance. He decried the persistent crisis caused by the unwholesome activities of certain herdsmen in the state, citing recent farmer killings in Uwheru and Abraka.

Rt. Hon. Akpowowo expressed dissatisfaction with the ongoing situation and underscored the necessity for a resolute stance against herders’ activities. He urged security agencies to apprehend and prosecute offenders without exceptions, stressing the imperative of strict adherence to the law to address the challenges of food shortage.

The Committee, led by the Deputy Speaker, unveiled plans to convene another meeting involving critical stakeholders to devise lasting solutions to the enduring challenges posed by herders in the state. Other members of the committee include Emeka Nwaobi, Dafe Emakpor, Perkins Umukoro, Festus Okoh, Bernard Odior, and Hon Pereotu Oloye.

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Electricity Chaos: Minister of Power Issues Stern Warning to DisCos Over Supply Failures

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The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has issued a stern warning that electricity distribution companies (DisCos) face potential licence revocation due to ongoing power shortages across the nation.

Despite generation companies (GenCos) increasing power output to 4,000MW, Adelabu expressed deep concern about certain DisCos failing to efficiently distribute the supplied power from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

In a Wednesday message on his X handle, the minister vowed to hold distribution companies accountable, emphasizing that severe consequences, including licence revocation, could be imposed for willful non-performance.

Adelabu also instructed TCN to prioritize repairing damaged transmission towers and power lines to enhance supply in affected regions. Additionally, steps are underway to clear debts owed to power generation and gas supply companies, aiming to alleviate financial burdens and boost power generation nationwide.

Inflationary Fallout: Finance Minister Points Finger at Buhari’s Naira Printing Legacy

The Finance Minister, Wale Edun, revealed on Wednesday that the economic downturn in the country can be attributed to a significant policy error during the past administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the policy involved freely printing Naira for eight years without a proportional increase in productive activities.

Speaking before the Senate Committee on Finance in Abuja, chaired by Senator Sani Musa, Edun emphasized that this approach led to inflationary pressures, contributing to the nation’s current economic challenges.

He commended the current administration, led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for taking steps to stabilize the Naira against the dollar and implement a more transparent social welfare scheme.

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Destalker’s Brave Confession: Navigating Life’s Challenges and Suicidal Thoughts

Comedian Destalker, also known as Oghenekowhoyan Onaibe Desmond, shared a glimpse into his challenging journey during a recent interview on the Afrobeats podcast with Adesope Olajide.

Despite graduating from university, he found himself working as a commercial motorcyclist due to the lack of lucrative job opportunities. The comedian revealed that the combination of life struggles and family frustrations led him to attempt suicide three times.

Reflecting on his hardships, Destalker emphasized the importance of having a clear vision for one’s future and expressed a belief that when facing suicidal thoughts, a breakthrough may be imminent, with challenges often intensifying as one approaches their destiny.

He also spoke about the impact of familial challenges on personal struggles, highlighting the saying that a man’s foes can be found within his own family.

In his words, he said “We talked about sacrifice. From school, public administration, no work, doing okada, but the truth is I already have it in my mind that I will not work for anybody. First of all, you must have a blueprint of what you want to become.”

“I was struggling, doing things on my own. It was not easy. There were a lot of distractions that it got to the point that I was suicidal. I attempted suicide three good times. That is when I know that even I cannot take my life.

“That is why I now believe that when you are suicidal your miracle is close, the devil does not just want you to attain it. The closer you are to your destiny, the more difficult the challenges.

“When the devil wants to frustrate you no be an outsider, but your immediate family. They say a man’s foes are the members of his family. Your biggest enemy is your family first.”

Night of Tribute: Wigwe’s Assistant’s Last-Minute Change of Plans Saves Him

During a night of tribute to the late Herbert Wigwe, the former Group Managing Director and CEO of Access Bank Plc, Olusola Faleye, his assistant, recounted an incident that prevented him from boarding the ill-fated helicopter that claimed the lives of his boss, Wigwe’s wife, son, and business associate, Abimbola Ogunbajo.

Faleye revealed that he had initially planned to travel with the group on the helicopter but decided to accompany their luggage by road instead since the luggage could not fit on the chopper.

He noted that his decision was motivated by his desire to ensure the safe delivery of the luggage to their destination.

Faleye explained that he had received a call from Ogunbajo, who expressed his interest in joining them on the trip. However, Faleye advised him against it, citing the unpredictability of Wigwe’s travel plans. Despite this, Ogunbajo insisted on waiting for their arrival, and they all proceeded with their trip.

During the flight, Faleye approached Wigwe and asked him about his experience flying a helicopter at night. Wigwe reassured him that the aircraft was equipped with navigation systems to facilitate safe nighttime flying. However, as they began loading the luggage, Faleye became concerned about the logistics of transporting the luggage separately from the passengers, particularly considering the lengthy wait time for the luggage’s arrival.

Faleye ultimately decided to travel by road with the luggage to ensure its safe arrival, leaving Wigwe, his wife, son, and Ogunbajo to board the helicopter. Faleye was en route to their destination when he attempted to contact them via phone, but to no avail. The ill-fated helicopter crashed, taking the lives of all onboard.

President Tinubu Unleashes Bold Policy Directives to Transform Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Sector

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has taken a significant step towards oil and gas reforms, signing an Executive Order to position Nigeria as the top investment destination in Africa’s oil and gas sector.

The announcement, conveyed on Wednesday by the President’s Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, reveals that the President has initiated amendments to primary legislation. These changes aim to introduce fiscal incentives for oil and gas projects, reduce contracting costs and timelines, and enhance cost efficiency in local content requirements.

Acknowledging the urgency to boost investments in the sector, the President has directed the introduction of fiscal incentives for non-associated gas, midstream, and deepwater developments. Additionally, he has launched efforts to streamline the contracting process, aiming to compress the contracting cycle to a swift six months. Another crucial directive involves the application of local content requirements without impeding investments or cost competitiveness.

Ngelale emphasized that the detailed Policy Directives will be gazetted and communicated by the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation. He highlighted President Tinubu’s dedicated efforts to remove obstacles to investments, harness Nigeria’s resources, and diversify the economy for the benefit of all Nigerians.

These incentives were crafted in collaboration with key ministries and agencies, including the Federal Ministry of Justice, Federal Ministry of Finance, Federal Ministry of Petroleum, and others. The President has entrusted his Special Adviser on Energy with continuing to coordinate these stakeholders to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the directives.

From Power Play to Professionalism: Nigerian Army’s Pledge for Change

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The Nigerian Army made a resolute statement on Tuesday, declaring an end to the era where soldiers, clad in uniforms, could act without accountability.

Maj-Gen Nosakhare Ugboh, Chief of Civil Military Affairs at the Nigerian Army Headquarters, delivered this message in Bauchi during a one-day human rights lecture and sensitization workshop for soldiers of the 33 Artillery Brigade, DailyPost reports.

Ubgoh emphasized the need for young soldiers to grasp their roles responsibly, dispelling any intent to victimize civilians.

The workshop aimed to enlighten them on professional conduct within the broader societal context, acknowledging a shift from the days when uniformed soldiers had unchecked authority.

The Chief of Civil Military Affairs highlighted that this workshop aligns with the Chief of Army Staff’s commitment to transforming the Nigerian Army into a well-trained, equipped, and highly motivated force for fulfilling constitutional responsibilities across the country. Addressing the inevitable interactions between soldiers and civilians, particularly in the context of widespread deployments to address security challenges, the emphasis was on professional behaviour.

Brig-Gen Emmanuel Egbe, the Brigade Commander of the 33 Artillery in Bauchi, stressed the importance of ethical standards and professional responsibilities in the roles soldiers play within society

Anthropic Unleashes Claude 3: A Game-Charger in AI Dominance

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AI company, Anthropic is introducing its new lineup of Claude 3 models, claiming superiority over Google’s Gemini and OpenAI’s ChatGPT across various benchmarks.

The Claude 3 models includes Claude 3 Haiku, Sonnet, and Opus, each with distinct capabilities. Anthropic tout their multimodality, enhanced accuracy, contextual understanding, and speed as contributors to powerful performance.

Notably, the trio is designed to tackle tough questions, addressing the limitations of previous Claude versions. Opus stands out, exhibiting near-human comprehension for complex tasks, as tested through a “Needle In a Haystack” evaluation. Despite improved accuracy, hallucinations remain a concern, though reduced compared to Claude 2.1.

Opus, while excelling in certain areas, faces challenges in speed. Haiku and Sonnet cater to specific use cases, with Haiku offering quick replies and information retrieval and Sonnet designed for larger-scale tasks. Both Sonnet and Opus are available for purchase, while Haiku’s release is imminent.

The Claude 3 trio targets businesses automating workloads, especially in online chatbot applications. Amazon plans to integrate Anthropic’s AIs into AWS, providing a customizable solution for websites.

Nigerian Banks in Hot Water: Bank of Ghana’s Drastic Move on GTB and FBN FX Licenses

The Bank of Ghana has recently declared the suspension of foreign exchange trading licenses for two Nigerian-owned banks, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) and First Bank of Nigeria (FBN), effective from March 18, 2024, lasting for one month.

This decision follows the discovery of fraudulent documentation during their operations, violating various foreign exchange market regulations.

The Ghanaian apex bank announced on Monday that licenses may be reinstated at the suspension’s end, contingent on the banks implementing effective controls to ensure strict adherence to foreign exchange market regulations.

This development coincides with heightened volatility in Nigeria’s FX market and ongoing federal government efforts to restore stability.

The financial regulator emphasizes the need for FX market players to strictly adhere to applicable regulations and guidelines. Notably, on March 1, 2024, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) revoked the licenses of 4,173 Bureau de Change (BDC) operators for non-compliance with regulatory provisions.

Binance Discontinues Services In Nigeria, Delist NGN, Advises Users To Withdraw Assets

Binance, one of the world’s largest and most popular cryptocurrency exchanges, has recently announced that it will be discontinuing its services for Nigeria’s fiat currency, the naira, due to an ongoing regulatory conflict in the country. This move is expected to have a significant impact on Nigerian traders who have been using Binance to trade cryptocurrencies.

According to the announcement posted on the Binance website, the exchange will automatically convert naira balances to USDT starting from March 8 at 8:00 a.m. UTC. However, the exchange will cease support for NGN deposits after 14:00 UTC today, and withdrawals will become unsupported after March 8 at 6:00 a.m. UTC. Moreover, all spot trading pairs against the naira will be delisted on March 7 at 3:00 a.m. UTC, and open spot orders for these pairs will be automatically closed.

In addition, Binance Convert, Binance P2P, the exchange’s Auto Invest feature, and Binance Pay will also cease support for the naira at various dates and times. The conversion rate for automatic conversions will be 1 USDT per 1,515.13 naira.

This decision by Binance comes as a result of the ongoing regulatory conflict in Nigeria, which has been clamping down on cryptocurrency trading in the country. The move is expected to affect many Nigerian traders who will now have to find alternative ways to trade cryptocurrencies as Binance has been a popular choice for many in the country.

Social Media: Broda Shaggy Reveals Why He Don’t Like Big Weddings

Broda Shaggi, a popular Nigerian skit maker, whose real name is Samuel Perry, has opened up about his private life and why he prefers to keep it off social media.

In a recent interview with actress Iyabo Ojo, Broda Shaggi revealed that his personal life is very important to him, and he would do anything to protect it. Adding that he is not a fan of big weddings, as he prefers small ones.

He said he believes that having a private life is crucial to maintaining one’s sanity in the entertainment industry, where the public is always watching.

Despite being private about his personal life, Broda Shaggi is a firm believer in love, family, and raising children. He believes in the traditional one-man-one-woman type of love and intends to have his own family someday.

However, he advises people not to rush into marriage but to take their time and make sure they are making the right decision.

Broda Shaggi is a graduate of creative arts from the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG) and has become a household name in Nigeria and beyond, thanks to his hilarious comedy videos on social media.

He has been featured in several movies and TV shows. His hard work and dedication have earned him a massive following on social media, and he continues to inspire and entertain people around the world with his unique brand of comedy.

Jonzing World Unveils First Female Singer, Bagetti

Jonzing World, a music label founded by D’Prince, has announced its first female signee, Bagetti.

The label introduced the singer via a post on its Instagram page on Monday, sharing photos of Bagetti and D’Prince while expressing appreciation for its fans’ unwavering support.

According to the statement, Jonzing World’s vision for its “first lady is clear; to inspire and uplift, promote harmony and diversity, and to use the universal language of music to make a lasting impact.”

The statement reads: “Jonzing World is pleased to announce the addition of our first female artist, Bagetti, to the family. We are very proud of the growth and the unwavering support from you all. And now, with a fresher new perspective and a bolder outlook, Jonzing World is all set to introduce its first lady. Bagetti’s vision for the future is clear; to inspire and uplift, promote harmony and diversity, and to use the universal language of music to make a lasting impact. Her journey has just begun, and her inspiring melodies will continue to resonate and inspire change worldwide. So get ready to experience a whole new level with the latest industry revelation, as many more exciting events will unfold.”

Bagetti is the third artiste to join the label in recent months after Gdzilla and Glorious Boy.

Jonzing World was founded in 2019 by D’Prince, an affiliate of Mavin Records. The music company is also home to Rema, the Afrobeats star.

Ruger, who was previously signed to Jonzing World, recently left the label to unveil his record label named ‘Blown Boy Entertainment.’

Google Maps New Update Make It Easier To Track Destination Without Unlocking Phone App

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Google Maps has introduced a new feature for Android and iOS users that allows them to easily track their progress towards their destination without unlocking their phone or opening the Google Maps app.

This feature, called Glanceable Directions, displays navigation updates on your lock screen and can be turned on within the app’s settings. With this feature, you can view your position and estimated time of arrival on the map as you travel, and the data is updated to account for your travel speed and any alternative routes you take.

Despite being a useful travel upgrade, Google has silently rolled out this feature without any fanfare, and it has already been widely adopted by users in various regions. This feature was first spotted by Android Police and If you haven’t seen any changes to your app, you can simply update it on Android or iOS and follow the instructions to turn on Glanceable Directions in the Navigation Settings menu.

However, it’s important to note that enabling this feature may involve sharing some of your navigation data with Google to improve the accuracy of Maps for everyone. You can tap the “Learn more” button to find out more about how your data is being used.

I Once Stole Keke To Fund My Music – Bella Shmurda

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Nigerian street musician, Bella Shmurda, has recently revealed some of the shady activities he engaged in during his up-and-coming days.

The 28-year-old singer said he once stole a tricycle commonly known as keke napep and sold it to fund his music career. In a new documentary titled ‘Bella Shmurda: Tension in Ibadan 2024’ that was shared on X platform by WeTalkSound, he disclosed that he was too desperate for a record deal that he signed an agreement which didn’t end well.

Shmurda expressed regret over his hasty decision, saying, “I shouldn’t have rushed. We will never get to see the future. So everybody is rushing. I went into some things that didn’t later pay off. I went to sign a deal with rush which later was funny. I stole keke (tricycle) because of money but Alhamdulilah, I’m here today.”

The ‘CashApp’ hit maker also talked about how becoming a father has affected the kind of music he creates and visuals he puts out. He said, “Seeing my son inspires me. What’s on my head is, ‘Wetin this boy go see in the next 10 years?’ I don’t want him to see my old videos. I want him to see a new Bella.”

In other news, Bella Shmurda, whose real name is Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed, popularly known as a street artiste, has revealed that he paid a staggering N20 million to free himself from the contract he signed with his former record label, One World Global Records.

He disclosed that he spent just a year out of his three-year contract and had to pay a huge sum of money to be an independent artist. According to the singer, he was being cheated by the label because they equally funded his music projects but took a larger percentage of the earnings.

He further explained that he would source for N500k as requested by the label, and they, in turn, would bring N500k for production, promotion, and other things that needed funding. However, when money started coming from shows, streaming, endorsement, and other areas, they would take 70 per cent and give him only 30 per cent.

Bella said he was not comfortable with that arrangement, so he hired a lawyer and bought himself out of One World Global Records.

How Governors Complicate Nation’s Economic Woes By Converting Allocations To Dollars

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A leading data mining and public relations executive, Idris Etanami Usman, has expressed concern over the endless shortage of dollar denominations in Nigeria, which has adversely affected genuine businesses.

He attributed the scarcity of dollars to the actions of some state governors who allegedly convert their monthly allocations to dollars. According to investigations conducted by his company, certain state governors are exacerbating the dire situation by prioritizing personal gain over the well-being of their constituents.

In a statement released to DailyPost in Abuja on Thursday, Usman lamented the crisis and insisted that the role of governors in economic policies must be redefined. He emphasized that the routine conversion undermines the stability of the nation’s currency, and urged the government to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

The statement further decried the lack of palliative distribution by some governors despite the huge financial support from the federal government. Usman noted that millions of Nigerians are struggling to make ends meet, and the failure of state governors to fulfil their obligations to the people is both reprehensible and inexcusable.

Usman called on anti-graft agencies to deepen their investigation into the financial activities of those governors to bring the culpable ones to book. He stressed the need for immediate action to rectify the damage caused by those who have betrayed the trust placed in them by the Nigerian people.

IPC Successful Trains Over 40 Journalists From Southeast/South-South On Effective Fact-checking Techniques, FOI

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The International Press Center (IPC) recently hosted a two-day workshop in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, aimed at equipping over 40 journalists from Southeast and South-South Nigeria with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively utilize Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, Fact-checking tools in their reporting, and deepening reportage of gender issues in post-election.

The workshop was a collaboration between IPC and the European Union (EU), specifically the support/funding to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGIN).

The workshop’s theme was “Post-election reporting: using FOI Act & other investigative methodologies to report democratic governance & electoral accountability issues.”

According to the Executive Director of IPC, Lanre Arogundade, Fact-checking is regarded as a crucial aspect of journalism, as it is a process that plays a vital role in dispelling suspicions and limiting the circulation of false information in society. Stressing that it involves verifying the accuracy and reliability of information before publishing it, which helps to maintain the credibility of journalism and ensures that the public receives accurate and trustworthy news.

He explained that with the rise of social media and the internet, false information has become more prevalent, and fact-checking has become even more important in combating misinformation.

During the training session, the participants had the privilege of listening to the Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda, Edetaen Ojo, who is a renowned journalist and a former editor of The Guardian Nigeria.

In his lectures, he highlighted the vital role of regular access to information and data in enhancing a journalist’s ability to meet professional standards. Edetaen Ojo emphasized the significance of staying up-to-date with the latest developments, facts, and figures to ensure that the news presented is accurate, unbiased, and informative.

He discussed the importance of ethical journalism and how access to information can help journalists uphold journalistic integrity while fulfilling their responsibility to the public.

He also highlighted how the Freedom of Information Act serves as a valuable tool for journalists interested in fact-checking and investigative reporting, as well as in holding government officials and institutions accountable.

In the aftermath of an election, gender issues tend to take a backseat in news coverage. Dr. Titilayo Remilekun Osuagwu, a lecturer in the Department of Broadcasting in the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria, believes that this trend must be reversed.

She emphasizes the importance of delving deeper into the reportage of gender issues in the post-election period. By doing so, we can gain a more complete understanding of how gender intersects with politics and governance, and work towards greater gender equality and empowerment.

She maintained that the media should be deliberate in balancing their reporting to consciously reflect the view of everyone in the society including women and girls, and also to ensure equal representation of women and men in the coverage of election beats.

The training also featured practical sessions where participating journalists were divided into groups to learn how to draft an FOI and conduct a fact check. Overall, the workshop was a resounding success as the participants found the lectures insightful and informative, and they appreciated the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals.

DSPG Rector, Achuenu, Pledges Support For Akpoveta’s TISHIP Programme

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The Rector of Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku, Bldr. Professor Emmanuel Achuenu has assured that his institution will key into the Tertiary Institutions Social Health Insurance Programme ( TISHIP), of the Delta State Contributory Health Commission ( DSCHC).

The Rector gave this assurance when he received in the audience, the Director General/ Chief Executive Officer of DSCHC, Dr Isaac Akpoveta, who paid the institution an advocacy visit recently.

According to Prof Achuenu, staff of the institution are already part of the programme, and as such, he is hopeful, that in no distant time, the Tertiary Institutions Social Health Insurance Programme (TISHIP) for students will be launched to cover the students of Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku.

He commended Dr Akpoveta and his team for the giant strides they have recorded so far in increasing the number of enrollees under the programme in line with the health component of the MORE agenda of the Governor Sheriff Oborevwori administration.

Speaking with journalists after the meeting with the Rector, DSCHC Director General /CEO, Dr Isaac Akpoveta, disclosed that the essence of his advocacy visit was to ensure that students of the institution benefit from, and key into the state health insurance scheme under the TISHIP arrangement.

Akpoveta disclosed that so far, over one million eight hundred and sixty persons have been enrolled under the scheme, adding that Denis Osadebay University Asaba, University of Delta ( UNIDEL), Agbor have already been enrolled while Delta State Polytechnic Otefe in Oghara, and Delta Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku are next in line.

Akpoveta appealed to Deltans to key into the programme with a sum of seven thousand Naira and their health challenge be solved.

He said, “My appeal to Deltans, is to buy into the scheme as quickly as possible as the MORE Agenda of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori says, we want to give MORE to Deltans, more good health”.

“Health is wealth, with only seven thousand Naira you buy the Health Insurance, you will receive treatment from basic in-health to surgery, to delivery and Cesarean section in the scheme”.

Ugoani Of Okpanam Speaks On Omu Martha Dunkwu’s Life Death and Burial

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Says we have a good relationship, I will Never wish Her Death

His Royal Majesty, Dr Mbanefo Micheal Ogbolu, the Ugoani of Okpanam has expressed serious sadness over the passage of Omu of Okpanam adding that she worked assiduously to promote our culture during her lifetime.

Speaking during the interview with news men at his Palace the royal father disclosed that the situation that led to her death was more tragic because the people of Okpanam didn’t hear of her illness before, only to hear of her sudden demise.

According to him, She was a mother to all, She made my coronation successful even encouraged me to relocate down to Okpanam from Lagos to rule the good people of my community.

“She was also among those in the forefront to ensure my enthronement as the Ugoani of Okpanam Kingdom was a success that is why her death was a huge loss to me ” he said

Speaking further the monarch said initially, we didn’t believe the story of her death but about 5:30 pm, 16th February 2024, a delegation of the Obi Dunkwu family encompassing. MSS, Ofulue Nwokocha, Ogbueshi Emeka Ijei, Oyekwere Dunkwu and the Omu”s son, Afamefuna Dunkwu came to break the news to the Ugoani in Council.

“At that time, Ugoani added, most chiefs and well wishers who got wind of the unfortunate death had gathered in my Palace requesting to know if it is true before the members of her family confirmed the sad news to us”

The royal father said, members of the Omu’s family came to the palace and explained the Council of Chiefs that the reverend Omu before her death left a standing instructions that her corpse should not be taken to the montuary and she should be buried within the period of 48 hours.

According to him, he promised them the full cooperation of the council and good people of Okpanam, provided, they do the needful and are prepared to fullfil all that is associated with her position as the Omu of Okpanam and they promised to comply to the fullest and made the necessary attornment to the palace and relevant quarters of Okpanam Kingdom.

His word, “When an Omu dies, we consult the gods to determine the circumstances of her death that is our tradition and it was successful done by our people”

“And, to give the Omu’s family maximum support as promised by the Ugoani in Council, I and the chiefs began to summon the necessary rites to perform the needful for her to be buried as requested. Special thanks to the Diopka of the people of Ogbeosagi for their cooperation to ensure that the deadline is met” The monarch added.

“let me appreciate the Ezedibia of Okpanam Kingdom, Chief Abua Ntoka, who did not sleep for the next 48 hours to ensure that all the rituals are performed accurately”

“Also, I want to thank Chiefs of Okpanam Kingdom, Ugoani in Council and members of the community who stood their ground and ensure that Omu goes home in a hitch free manner”

He added, Let me not forget to mention members of my family for their wonderful cooperation during this trial period, with a promise to carry everyone along when time is up to celebrate her life.

Expressing deep pain, the monarch urged the general public to disregard the rumour going round in and outside Okpanam, regarding her death adding that, it is the handwork of mischief makers because she has gone to rest and God will continue to grant her gentle soul eternal rest in his bossom, Amen.

Nigeria Customs Services Announces Distribution Of Seized Food Items To Alleviate Hardship

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has revealed its plan to distribute food items it has seized to help alleviate the prevalent hardships faced by Nigerians.

The Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, in a statement on Tuesday stated that the distribution of the food items will take place after undergoing certification to ensure their fitness for consumption.

According to Abdullahi Maiwada, the Customs National Public Relations Officer, the Nigeria Customs Service is committed to advancing President Bola Tinubu’s food security agenda. To this end, the NCS will facilitate the direct disposal of food items that have been forfeited to the Federal Government. These items will be certified fit for consumption by relevant agencies and made available to ordinary Nigerians nationwide through equitable distribution in the NCS’s Areas of Operations.

It is important to note that the statement did not specify the exact date for the commencement of the planned distribution.

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Ogwashi-Uku Poly Not Shut Down, No Armed Robbery Attack On The Institution – Rector Achuenu Says

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The management of Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku has countered the widespread rumours that the institution is being closed down. The institution refutes any claims regarding its closure, as no official decision has been taken in this regard.

It is imperative to note that Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku remains operational and committed to providing quality education to its students. The institution urges all stakeholders to disregard these false and unfounded claims and continue to support its mission of academic excellence.

During a press briefing held on Tuesday, Prof. Emmanuel Achuenu, the Rector of the institution, confirmed that no attack had taken place within the school premises.

Prof Achuenu said the attack happened within some of the public hostels where students reside in the community, stating that the school hostels are intact and nothing like an attack occurred.

This is coming amid the fake news that has gone viral that the institution is been shut down based on the attack by robbers who killed some students, raped, and injured others.

He said the Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku management is already familiar with the fake stories that are trending while clarifying that non of the students were killed or raped.

Achuenu said, “There has been a wave of insecurity all over the country and Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku is situated in the Ogwashi-Uku community of Delta State, Nigeria and we are part of the wave.”

“Unfortunately, there were some series of disturbances as regards the robbery issues that took place in other communities not only in Ogwashi-Uku. It is a similar case of insecurity that has been ravaging the country.”

“This particular incident happened in some of the residents where some of the students reside. It is that residence they are calling students’ hostels, not the ones inside the school premises that were attacked, and when they brought the information to my notice before I knew what was going on, I had received so many calls about Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku being attacked and I was shocked because nobody has attacked the institution.”

“People have decided not to separate an individual from an institution. They mix the community with the campus because the areas they mentioned that the robbers attacked were Mega Chi, Chelsea, and the back of the Africa House area. We have only two hostels in Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku, one male and one female hostel is what we have on campus here and both are intact.”

“The hostels they are talking about are the ones in the community because the entire community is made up of global hostels. Those hostels are not related to us, we don’t even know them.”

“It was so painful when I heard the report that Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku is under sage that the school has been closed down on account of insecurity on campus. If the school is to be closed down, is it not the Rector that will give directives? I have not even given any directives like that because what we were doing at that time was to call every one of the stakeholders to ensure that the Ogwashi-Uku community was safe as long as our students were involved in the town, it’s not the institution that is under sage, it is some of the areas in the community where students reside in private hostels.”

“Just because people want to make trending news, they now linked the entire situation to Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku saying the school is under attack and some students have been killed while some were raped and others injured. Nowhere in this Polytechnic has been robbed? All the vicinities around the Polytechnic and some kilometres away from the Polytechnic non of them were affected. Some of the residences that these students are staying are far from here, they are not close to the school.”

“That fake news is painful, and it must reversed because the information that the Student Union President wrote came as a result of what he felt was right at that time. We did not ask him to issue a statement. This Polytechnic is safe and it is not under sage”, the Rector stated.

While giving a hint about some of the measures put in place to checkmate the incident and the decisions reached during a meeting held with the Aniocha South Local Government Council and the stakeholders of the community and the Polytechnic, the Rector stated that owners of hostels who want the school to note their presence ought to make it official to the management to be aware of their presence.

He said during their meeting with the Local Government Council, he suggested that anyone who builds a hostel in the community should ensure to provide security. Micro and macro security wherein the micro deals with the individual units while the macro security should be within those areas where the individual hostels are located and also general security for the whole community.

He also said there will be a consistent meeting between the hostel’s owners and the security architectures in the Local Government Area to discuss how to provide security for the entire community, adding that they suggested that there should be a security trust fund that will be used to checkmate or address the issues of security in the community.

Prof Achuenu added that the management of the school is still trying to get the perimeter fencing of the school done as a way of securing the institution so that anyone will not be entering the campus, adding that the Obi palace and the police have released a hotline to call whenever there is an attempt of any insecurity within the community.

Also speaking is the Dean of Student Affairs, Mr Agetue Franklin who said none of the incidents occurred in the institution nor did any students killed or raped as speculated, adding that the situation was magnified and blown out of proportion.

He added that the security of the school is intact and students are around stating that nothing of security threat is happening within the school premises.

Similarly, the Students Union President, Comrade Victor Anthony thanked the media for coming to clarify the fake news that is already trending while stating that the school was not shut down as speculated, adding that the students were the reason for the crisis.

Comrade Anthony said it was people who misquoted the content of the statement that was released by the SUG, according to him, the pressure and tension were much due to the fake news that had been circulated on social media.

He said the school management has been proactive about the situation that is happening within the community while also reaffirming that the school was never attacked by the robbers nor was it shut down as speculated.

Davido To Disburse N300M Among Orphanage Homes Across Nigeria

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Nigerian music sensation, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has once again demonstrated his philanthropic side by pledging a whopping sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages across Nigeria.

The singer made this announcement in a post he shared on his social media handle on Tuesday. He also stated that he would provide details of the donation’s disbursement on Wednesday.

It’s worth noting that Davido, through his David Adeleke Foundation, has been making generous donations to orphanages annually for some time now. The singer wrote in his post, “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria… as my yearly contribution to the Nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

This is not the first time Davido has shown support to orphanages in Nigeria. In 2021, on the occasion of his 29th birthday, Davido reportedly donated N250m to 292 orphanages across the country.

Similarly, in July 2023, the talented musician was also reported to have donated an unspecified amount to over 400 orphanages in Nigeria. Davido’s commitment to supporting orphanages in his home country is indeed commendable and serves as an inspiration to others to give back to society.

WhatsApp Working On New Interface For Status Updates Tray

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WhatsApp is reportedly working on an update that could introduce a revamped design for the Updates tab.

This tab is primarily meant for viewing the temporary photo and video posts, popularly known as ‘Stories’, that users post on the platform.

The new design would bring larger thumbnails of unseen Stories to the top of the Updates tab, along with a preview of the first one, making it easier for users to catch up with everything they haven’t seen yet. This would be particularly useful for users with a large number of friends and family posting updates.

The new design has been spotted in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android by WABetaInfo (via Android Authority). While it is not clear whether the feature will make its way to the stable version of WhatsApp, it is believed that the new interface could be optional or something that everyone gets, depending on the developers’ decision.

Currently, users can view new Stories from the individuals and channels they are connected to, regardless of whether they have interacted with them recently. They can create a new status update themselves from the same screen. Stories can also be accessed from the main chat tab, though it’s possible to miss updates if there are people further down the list that users haven’t chatted to recently.

All in all, the upcoming design change is expected to make it easier for users to catch up with their friends’ updates, without having to miss out on any of the latest posts.

Lion In Obafemi Awolowo University Kills Zookeeper During Feeding

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A tragic incident occurred on Monday at the Zoological Garden of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where a 9-year-old male lion killed the zookeeper, identified as Olabode Olawuyi, who had been in charge of the Zoological garden for over a decade. The deceased was feeding the wild cats in their den when the lion attacked him.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Abiodun Olarewaju, confirmed the incident in a statement released on Monday. He stated that other staff members who were present at the scene of the incident tried to rescue the deceased, but unfortunately, the wild cat had already caused severe harm.

The university management expressed condolences to the family of Mr Olawuyi and has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident. It is reported that Mr. Olawuyi had been taking care of the lions since they were born on campus about 9 years ago.

Upon hearing the sad news, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Adebayo Bamire, and his team immediately ended their ongoing meeting for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

The Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre, Dr Tirimisiyu Olatunji, informed the Vice-Chancellor that all first aid and medical efforts to save the life of the victim proved abortive.

The University management has sent a delegation to the widow and children of the deceased, imploring them to take solace in God who gives life and also has the power to take life.

This unfortunate incident serves as a reminder of the inherent risks associated with working with wild animals and the need for proper safety measures to be put in place to avoid similar occurrences in the future.

ADUN Holds 6th Matriculation Ceremony, 352 New Students Take Oath

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The Admiralty University of Nigeria, (ADUN) Ibusa, Delta State, conducted its 6th matriculation ceremony on Saturday.

The event, which kicked off at 11 AM in the Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba (GSS) Multi-purpose Hall, saw the presentation of 352 fresh students who took their matriculation oath.

Matriculating students taking their Oath

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Paul Omojo Omaji congratulated the students and encouraged them of the task ahead and the sacrifices they need to make to be able to graduate successfully.

Prof. Omaji in his address titled “Living Rightly Produce Great Results” said ADUN is destined for greatness, adding that the entire ideological framework that guides the university shows that it pursues very excellent standards.

He also added that the Admiralty University of Nigeria, being a global university is not just focused on producing graduates instead it prides itself more on producing luminary leaders.

Omaji maintained that it takes a quadripartite partnership or approach for the university to be able to achieve its vision of producing luminary leaders, stating that cooperation between the federal government, the university, parents, and students is needed as everyone needs to work together.

He assures the parents, guardians, and students that ADUN despite being a public university, will not go the same way as other public universities. According to him, the Nigerian Navy has a responsibility to maintain its imprint and its presence, and also to ensure that the principle which drives the Navy is what drives the university.

He said the university which has successfully lived over the years succeeded based on its mantra of doing things rightly, as he prayed and encouraged the students to always live rightly and ensure they do the right thing at the right time, and at the right place.

Prof Omaji called on parents and guidance to join hands with the management of the university to bring out the discipline of the students and also encouraged them to ensure that their kids’ needs are well-taken care of, stating that their feeding should not be compromised in any way. “When a child does not feed well, that child will not likely to learn well”, he said.

Also, in a paper presented by Dr Kingsley Emu on the Occasion of the 6th Matriculation Ceremony of the University, titled “Achieving Career Objectives in a Challenging Economy: The Role of Government & University in Partnership”, he advised the freshers that it is very important for them to understand their limitations when undertaking their courses, as it is the foundation of their career.

He encouraged the students to use their leisure time to acquire a skill instead of wasting it on things that are not useful.

Dr. Emu who said the state has a lot to do in terms of policy that will enable things to strive, advised the university management that they have a big role to play and they should try to make education functional, adding that functional education is very profitable.

In addition, the Group Executive Officer/Chief Executive Officer of Navy Holding Ltd, Rear Admiral Hol Kaoje who was represented by Rear Admiral Adetimi Kayode in his address stated that the Admiralty University of Nigeria is a product of the vision of the Nigerian Navy.

Kaoje added that its objects, among other ideals, are; to promote knowledge, skills and aptitudes in maritime arts, sciences and technology in furtherance of national security and development; to expand the frontiers of knowledge in various related and contemporary academic disciplines; to use university education as a veritable tool to drive critical human resource development, national development and nation- building; and to raise exemplary and luminary leaders who will serve humanity with purpose and distinction.

He encouraged the students to begin to see themselves as part of a unique community. A community of law and order; a community of decency and discipline; a community of unfettered initiative and creativity; as well as a community of excellence and distinction.

The Chief Executive Officer who encourages the Matriculating Students, uses the opportunity to congratulate them, firstly on their admission and secondly for the memorable experience of the matriculation, saying their academic journey just began.

Similarly, the Delta State Governor, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori who was highly represented by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Tonukari Johnbull encouraged the students to take their studies seriously, stay focused and strive for excellence.

Oborevwori said the university has put in place a conducive environment for learning, advising students to take advantage of opportunities provided by the institution.

He added that the university is a place where students have a lot of freedom and such freedom usually comes with a lot of correspondencing obligations. Additionally, students should strive to protect their rights, privileges, and freedom, they must also ensure not to stumble over the rights, privileges, and freedom of others.

The Governor called on the Vice-Chancellor and the management of the institution to encourage the students to participate in extracurricular activities, community service, and initiatives, as well as entrepreneurial skills. According to him, such activities will help develop their leadership skills, broaden their horizons, and create lasting memories.

He said the Delta State encourages healthy debates and diverse ideas but the Government has a zero-tolerance policy towards cult activities and examination malpractices. Advising the matriculating students to always see themselves as the ambassadors of the institution by giving priority to their academics.

He added that the Admiralty University of Nigeria will continue to always receive encouragement and support from the Delta State Government.

Scandal: Timaya In Big Mess, Accused Of Song Theft

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Nigerian dancehall and reggae singer, Timaya, has been accused of intellectual property theft by a cultural music group called United Boys Culture.

According to the group, Timaya sampled their song titled ‘Dey Your Dey’ on his latest single of the same title without seeking their consent.

The group’s leader appeared in a video that has been circulating online, appealing to Timaya to stop stealing their intellectual properties. The group also claimed that Timaya had previously sampled another of their songs titled ‘As E Dey Sweet Us, E Dey Pain Dem’ without their permission.

The leader of the group, who is from Etche, Rivers State, called on the popular Nigerian musician to seek their permission if he ever intends to remix their song.

He begged Timaya to leave their songs alone and stop using them without their permission, saying, I want to use this opportunity to call on our brother, Mr. Timaya. I am the leader of United Boys Culture of Etche, Rivers State. We are the original owners of the song, ‘Dey Your Dey.’

“I want to plead with you, you know that the song has been trending since October last year. If you want to remix our song, you are supposed to seek our permission.

But you just went ahead to remake the song. That was how you remake ‘As E Dey Sweet Us, E Dey Pain Dem’ without our permission. Please, leave our songs. I am begging you, Mr. Timaya.”

Joeboy Drops ‘Osadebe’ His New Single

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Nigerian artist, Joeboy, has just launched his latest masterpiece guaranteed to get you moving and grooving, and it’s titled ‘Osadebe’.

The music star took to his Instagram page on Friday to announce the release of the song.

In ‘Osadebe’, Joeboy sings about living life on his own terms and staying in his lane.

The artiste, whose real name is Joseph Akinwale, gained popularity under emPawa Africa, a record label owned by Mr Eazi. He has won several awards and recognition for his craft, including the ‘Best Artiste in African Pop’ prize at the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) in 2019 and the ‘Best Pop’ category at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival in 2020.

Joeboy’s music has been well-received by audiences and critics alike. His 5-track extended play (EP) titled ‘Body, Soul & Spirit’ was released in November 2023. Earlier this month, he announced his departure from emPawa Africa and the launch of his own music label called ‘Young Legend’.

In ‘Osadebe’, Joeboy emphasizes his desire to remain true to himself and not be swayed by external influences. His lyrics express his determination to pursue his goals while staying in his own lane. The song’s catchy beat and lyrics make it a must-listen for fans of Nigerian music and Afro-pop.

Listen to the track:

Delta Govt To Domesticate Laws That Will Address Energy Generation, Distribution, Set up Committee – Festus Okubor

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The Delta State Government has established an inter-ministerial committee to create or domesticate laws that address energy generation, distribution, and revenue collection. This move follows the directive by the federal government for states to generate electricity.

Dr. Festus Okubor, the Chief Strategist to the State Governor, disclosed this during a media briefing at his office in Government House, Asaba, the state capital.

Dr Okubor highlighted that the committee’s primary objective is to formulate the legal framework for the State House of Assembly to pass it into law. He emphasized that the issue of electricity in the state is a top priority for the governor, and the committee will work towards achieving the goal of a sustainable and consistent power supply.

In addition, Dr Okubor acknowledged Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s recent Supreme Court victory, stating that it is a testament to the grace of God. He emphasized that the governor’s administration would do all that God would have done for the state if He were the one administering it directly. He also noted that his role, as the Chief Strategist, is to assist the government in strategizing on political, economic, and other issues.

Okubor further mentioned that Warri, as a commercial hub of the state, requires attention and investment for its development. He explained that the government would focus on areas that require investment to impact society positively.

He also stated that the government’s policy on the revitalization of industries is to create an enabling environment for investors to invest and for businesses to thrive.

Dr. Okubor emphasized that facilities must be available to attract businesses and investors. He noted that before international companies could invest in Warri, the environment must be conducive, and the facilities must be available.

“The government must provide modern gadgets to treat patients in case of an emergency and build better stadiums to attract football games like Arsenal,” these are the policies that the Delta State Government would actualize to improve the quality of life for Deltans, the Chief Strategic to the Governor added.

OpenAI Launches Sora, A New AI Model That Generates Text Prompts To Videos

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Artificial Intelligence company, OpenAI, has recently launched Sora, an AI model that is designed to generate videos from text prompts.

This new tool is an addition to OpenAI’s repertoire of AI models, such as ChatGPT and DALL-E, which are great for generating text and images.

Sora is a text-to-video model that can create realistic videos up to 60 seconds in length with the help of descriptive text prompts. According to OpenAI, the tool can create videos while maintaining visual quality and accuracy to the user’s prompt. It can generate multiple characters, specific types of motion, and accurate details of the subject and background. The Sora website showcases various examples of videos created by the tool.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman has also requested text prompts from his X followers and later replied to the users with AI-generated videos created by Sora based on their requests.

While Sora has promising capabilities, OpenAI acknowledges that the current model has weaknesses and may struggle to generate a few prompts. Therefore, the company will be working with experts to create strict guidelines for misinformation, hateful content, and bias. They are also working on developing safety measures before Sora is available to other OpenAI products. Sora will be made available to red teamers, visual artists, designers, and filmmakers to assess risk and provide feedback on improving or advancing the AI model.

Timini Says Nigerian Girls Living Abroad Have Better Dating Experiences Than Those Living In Nigeria

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Nollywood actor, Timini Egbuson has shared his thoughts on the dating experience of Nigerian men with Nigerian women abroad versus those at home.

The actor said that Nigerian men can have a better dating experience with Nigerian women living abroad rather than the ones in Nigeria.

Timini made this statement on the latest episode of the Menisms Podcast. He highlighted that Nigerian women living abroad have a better chance of finding love due to the stiff competition in the dating pool, which is more diverse than the ones in Nigeria.

He also mentioned that Nigerian women living abroad are the minority in the dating pool, which makes them more desirable to men who are looking for something different.

Timini also pointed out that Nigerian women living abroad are more willing to take care of their partners, as they have a limited number of options.

He stated that Nigerian men who share the same values as these women are deemed as the prize in their eyes.

On the other hand, Nigerian women in Nigeria have more options available to them, which makes them less likely to settle for less. They have access to a wide range of men to choose from, which could make it difficult for Nigerian men to find love in Nigeria.

In conclusion, Timini believes that Nigerian men can have a better dating experience with Nigerian women abroad than those in Nigeria due to the limited number of options available to women abroad.

Davido anticipates Joint EP with Kizz Daniel

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The Nigerian singer, Davido, has hinted at a possible joint extended play (EP) with his colleague, Kizz Daniel.

In a recent social media post, Davido disclosed that a joint project could be in the works after he releases his next album.

The announcement follows the success of their remix of Kizz Daniel’s hit song, ‘Twe Twe’. Before this, the duo had collaborated on Kizz Daniel’s 2018 hit, ‘One Ticket’. Both artists have attained considerable success, locally in Nigeria and on the global stage.

In March 2023, Davido rebranded his music label and launched a new era, DMW 2.0. He also announced the signing of Olori and Morravey to his record label. Last year, Davido received his first-ever nomination for the Grammy Awards in three categories, including ‘Best Global Album’ for his latest album, ‘Timeless’.

The other categories were ‘Best African Performance’ for his song ‘Unavailable’ and ‘Best Global Music Performance’ for his track ‘Feel’. However, he did not win in any of his categories at the just-concluded Grammy Awards.

On the other hand, Daniel gained fame in 2014 with his debut single, ‘Woju’, and has since released other chart-topping hits such as ‘Lie’, ‘Buga’, and ‘Mama’. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his music.

Young Chinese Women Prefer Having AI Boyfriend Than Real Man

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These women report that AI boyfriends are superior to human men in several ways, including their ability to listen without judgment, their consistent availability, and their lack of emotional baggage.

While the implications of this trend are not yet clear, it highlights the increasing influence of technology on human relationships and raises questions about the future of intimacy and companionship.

This is coming after a Chinese start-up, MiniMax has created an exceptional AI platform named Glow that offers human-robot free.

A 25-year-old Chinese office worker in Xi’an northern China who preferred to use a pseudonym rather than her real name says her boyfriend who is a Chatbot on an app called Glow, knows how to talk to women better than a real man.

She added that her AI Boyfriend comforts her when she has her period pain. “I confide in him about my problem at work. I feel like I’m in a romantic relationship”, she told AFP.

Also, Wang Xiuting, a 22-year-old student in Beijing told AFP that people have different personalities which often generates friction.

While humans may be set in their ways, artificial intelligence gradually adapts to the user’s personality — remembering what they say and adjusting its speech accordingly based on emotional support.

Wang said she has several “lovers” inspired by ancient China: long-haired immortals, princes and even wandering knights.

“I ask them questions,” she said when she is faced with stress from her classes or daily life, and “they will suggest ways to solve this problem”.

“It’s a lot of emotional support,” she said as her boyfriends all appeared on Wantalk, another app made by Chinese internet giant Baidu.

There are hundreds of characters available – from pop star CEOs and Knights – but can also customize their perfect lover according to age, values, identity, and hobbies.

“Everyone experiences complicated moments, loneliness, and is not necessarily lucky enough to have a friend or family nearby who can listen to them 24 hours a day,” Lu Yu, Wantalk’s head of product management and operations, told AFP that Artificial Intelligence can meet this need.

‘You’re cute’ – At a cafe in the eastern city of Nantong, a girl chats with her virtual lover.

“We can go on a picnic on the campus lawn,” she suggests to Xiaojiang, her Al companion on another app by Tencent called Weiban.

“I’d like to meet your best friend and her boyfriend,” he replies. “You are very cute.”

Long work hours can make it hard to see friends regularly and there is a lot of uncertainty: high youth unemployment and a struggling economy mean that many young Chinese worry about the future. That potentially makes an AI partner the perfect virtual shoulder to cry on.

Wang said, “If I can create a virtual character that meets my need exactly, I’m not going to choose a real person.”

ASAGBA OBI EDOZIEN WAS A REFINED, VOCAL MONARCH, SAYS ONISHE UBULU, CHIEF EMMA EJIOFOR

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In a condolence message made available to newsmen in Ubulu uku , the Onishe ( King maker ) , said Obi Chike Edozien was not only an astute gentleman who always stamps his presence by his highly cerebral viewpoints , but also faces issues dispassionately

While thanking God for the impactful life lived by the Asagba in the administration of his kingdom which is evidenced by the pervading peaceful coexistence among residents of Asaba , the Ubulu uku kingmaker also stated that the developmental strides recorded by successive administrations in the state capital, had been due largely to the departed Asagba,s style of leadership which encouraged mutual respect between government and the community

Chief Emma Ejiofor who also said the late Obi Professor Chike Edozien was a fair minded monarch who accommodated all view points but was always convinced in his views no matter whose ox is gored , said the Asaba monarch is endowed with a large accommodating heart towards all and sundry

Said the Onishe of Ubulu uku kingdom: ” Asagba Obi Professor Chike Edozien was very close to our departed Obi, Ofulue the 1st. A man of impeccable character, there is something enigmatic about him, an embodiment of knowledge , that leaves an indelible impression on whoever interacts with him. He took me as a son and friend , even with the age difference and l am proud to know him and benefit from his fountain of royal knowledge and regal bearing “

While commiserating with the Edozien family of Umuezei quarters , the Asaba community and Deltans in general , over the joining of his ancestors by Obi Edozien, the Ubulu uku king maker prayed for the repose of the soul of the respected Professor of medicine and centenarian monarch of Asaba

CHIEF EJlOFOR, ONISHE UBULU, MOURNS AKINUWA OF AGBOR, CAIRO OJOUGBOH, DESCRIBES HIM AS AN ORGANIZED GENTLEMAN

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