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- Reps strip President of powers
A bill seeking to strip the president of the powers to order for forfeiture of assets of accused persons, scaled second reading in the House of Representatives, on Thursday. The House instead, vested the discretionary powers of forfeiture in the judges of a High Court. The bill, which was passed in plenary, yesterday, is sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Ahmed Wase and is entitled “a bill for an act to amend the currency conversion (freezing orders) act cap. C.43, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to give discretionary powers to the judge of a High Court, to order forfeiture of assets of affected persons and for related matters.”
Presenting the bill, the deputy speaker said, “It is noteworthy that the provision for forfeiture in our laws is geared towards ensuring that persons found guilty of offenses do not benefit from the proceeds of those offences.” He said the discretionary power previously granted to the president by the Principal Act is hereby being replaced by that of a High Court Judge to bring it in line with the spirit of the constitution.
- No face mask, no govt service
The Federal Government on Monday said it would strictly enforce the use of face masks in public, especially in government and commercial premises. Anyone not wearing a facemask will be denied entry and service; state governments are to drive enforcement, National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said. Speaking during a briefing in Abuja, he said the second phase of the lockdown easing would be extended for four weeks from Wednesday.
He said: “The use of face mask remains mandatory and we will be enforcing this at all levels, including linking up with the state government. “Access to government and commercial premises will not be allowed if you are not wearing a face mask. “In other words, no mask, no entry and no services will be provided in government and commercial premises. “The curfew remains from 10pm to 4am nationwide…but we strongly recommend avoiding unnecessary contact with people.”
- Dubai Police Extradites ‘Hushpuppi’ To United States
Alleged criminal mastermind Raymond Igbalode Abbas, known as ‘Hushpuppi’ has been extradited from the United Arab Emirates to the United States. This was revealed in a statement by the Dubai Police on Thursday in which the US Federal Bureau of Investigations extended its gratitude to the UAE crime watchdog for its role in apprehending and extraditing ‘Hushpuppi’.
In June, the Dubai Police had arrested Hushpuppi, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as ‘Woodberry’, and ten others in an operation tagged ‘Fox Hunt’. The suspects were accused of “committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft,” the Dubai Police said. Before his arrest, Hushpuppi had gained fame on social media for his outlandish display of wealth. The director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said the raid that led to his arrest resulted in the confiscation of incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).
- Hushpuppi conspired to defraud Premier League club of $124 million
United States authorities on Friday said an English Premier League club was among the victims the suspected Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abbas, also known as Hushpuppi, conspired to defraud. US Department of Justice said Hushpuppi will face criminal charges, alleging he conspired to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a U.S. law firm, a foreign bank and an unnamed English Premier League soccer club.
- Strike: Cross River workers defy ‘No work, No pay’ directive, remain at home
The Chairman of the Cross River State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Benedict Ukpepi, has ordered striking civil servants to remain at home in defiance of the ‘No work, no pay’ directive of the state government. Ukpepi defied the order on Wednesday and said, “Cross River workers should continue staying at home” until the contentious issues were resolved. The strike called by the NLC over issues bordering on the welfare of workers entered its third day on Wednesday. The Permanent Secretary in the office of the Head of Service, Emmanuel Eke, had announced in a circular on Tuesday that the Head of Service had directed all public servants not to join the strike, saying it was illegal and ill-timed.
- Oyo govt played politics with my husband’s death — Ajimobi’s wife
Wife of the former Governor of Oyo State, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, on Sunday, accused the Oyo State government of playing politics with her husband’s death. She also accused Governor Seyi Makinde of not calling her or paying a condolence visit to her since the death of her husband on Thursday 25th June 2020. She said this on a day her husband’s remains were laid to rest amid tight security at his Oluyole residence at 10:05 am on Sunday.
However, the Oyo State Government denied insinuations that it was responsible for the delay in burying the immediate past governor. It was further said that the family, through a proxy, approached the state government and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is currently under litigation. The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa indicated: “It is to be noted that the rules guiding land use in Government Reservation Areas (GRA) forbid the burial of bodies in such locations as Oluyole Estate and Agodi GRA. “Let us also put on record that whereas the family did not follow the laid down protocols in passing information on the sickness and eventual demise of Senator Ajimobi, Governor Makinde overlooked all that and directed the full cooperation of the government with the family on this matter.
- Gov Umahi, aides test positive for COVID-19; in isolation
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in isolation, working from home. According to Governor Umahi, in a statement on Saturday, he and some of his close aides tested positive for the virus after undergoing the test. In the statement, Umahi further disclosed that they were not showing any symptoms, but have since isolated, in line with protocols laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
However, he has handed coordination of the state’s fight against the pandemic to his Deputy, Kelechi Igwe. Umahi appealed to the people of Ebonyi State to follow NCDC protocols, just as he would be conducting all meetings virtually.
- Ondo Governor Tests Positive For COVID-19
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Akeredolu announced this on Tuesday in a Facebook post. He disclosed that he had his sample had been collected to test for COVID-19 and the result came back positive earlier before the announcement. The governor revealed that following the positive test result he received, he has gone into self-isolation while his case would be managed by a team of health officials at the state Infectious Disease Hospital.
- Gov Okowa, Wife Test Positive For COVID-19
Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19. The governor announced this on his Twitter handle, saying he and his wife are well and remain in isolation.
- FG Announces Resumption Of Domestic Flights
The Federal Government has announced the resumption of domestic flights in the country. The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced this in a tweet on Wednesday. According to him, the Abuja and Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on July 8, while the Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports would resume on the 11th. Other airports are also expected to resume operations on the 15th. Sirika, however, noted that a date for the international airports will be announced in due course.
- Ondo Health Commissioner dies of COVID-19, aged 65
Ondo state Health Commissioner, Dr Wahab Adegbenro is dead. Reports from government quarters said he died of COVID-19. He was a member of the Nigeria Medical Association; member of the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria; Associate member, Royal College of General Practitioners of London; and member of Nigeria Guild of Medical Directors.
- Masari, Residents Hold Prayers Against Banditry, COVID-19
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, and some residents of the state on Thursday began a three-day special prayer for divine intervention against banditry, other security challenges and COVID-19. The prayer session commenced at about 10 am and was observed for three hours at Bani Coomassie Jumu’at Mosque in Katsina, the state capital. Over 300 adherents, made up largely of ulamas (Islamic scholars), attended the Thursday prayer session. The Chief Imam of the mosque, Alhaji Samu Bakori, said the prayers were organised for divine intervention to overcome the problems bedevilling the state and the country at large.
- AKK gas project is key to achieving Next Level agenda – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, emphasised Nigeria’s commitment to the timeline delivery of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AAK) pipeline project, within projected budget. To this end, he had charged the partners in the project, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to keep focus on the target, reminding them that the AKK project was key to the delivery of the administration’s Next Level Agenda for sustainable development, enhancement of economic prosperity and increase of the country’s infrastructure assets. Speaking at the virtual flag-off ceremony of the construction phase of the project President Buhari said the project was very dear to the people of Nigeria and must succeed.
He directed the governors of Kogi and Kaduna states; Yahaya Bello and Nasir El-Rufai, who were respectively physically present at the two sites, to flag the commencement of works at Ajaokuta and Rigachikun sites off on his behalf, while he watched remotely via video-conference from the Council Chamber of the State House in Abuja. “We promised the Nation that we will expand the critical gas infrastructure in the country to promote the use of gas in the domestic market.
- NASS dares Buhari, halts 774,000 jobs programme
The ongoing crisis between federal lawmakers and Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, over the National Directorate of Employment’s, NDE, planned employment of Nigerians in the Special Public Works Programme 2020, yesterday took a new twist as the National Assembly asked the Executive to immediately put the exercise on hold. The suspension of the programme came against the backdrop of a shouting match between the lawmakers and the minister at an interaction in the National Assembly complex Tuesday.
According to the National Assembly, the Executive must not go ahead with the recruitment process until implementation modalities are explained to lawmakers. Apparently referring to the minister, it also declared that the National Assembly is made up of mature people and not a students’ union. Addressing journalists on decisions taken after an executive session that lasted from 11: 14am to 12.06 in Abuja yesterday, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru (APC, Osun Central), said implementation of the programme shall be on hold, pending proper briefing of the National Assembly by the Minister of Labour and Productivity.
- NLC, ULC, others reject fuel price hike, demand reversal
Organized Labour on Thursday rejected the new pump price of fuel announced by the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, and demanded immediate reversal, contending that the new price amid COVID-19 pandemic, will kill businesses and worsen poverty level across the country. This came as PPPRA defended the new price, saying it was not as a result of the prices of crude oil alone, but a result of the increase in the price of petroleum products in the international market.
Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, in separate statements, insisted that the hike in the pump price of petrol from N121 to N143.80 at a time when Nigerians and businesses were struggling to cope with the negative consequences of COVID-19 pandemic, was the height of insensitivity by the government. NLC in a statement by its President, Ayuba Wabba, among others argued that the “PPPRA contradicted itself when it said that the latest price increase described as an ‘advisory’ was meant to regulate a product that government claims had been de-regulated. That this new hike in the pump price of petrol was announced without the approval of the board of the PPPRA and the oversight ministry speaks volume of the arbitrariness and public contempt in the operations of PPPRA. We find this deeply disturbing.
- Economic sustainability Plan will protect weak, vulnerable Nigerians – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed that the recently developed Economic Sustainability Plan, ESP, aimed at stimulating the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will extend protection to very poor Nigerians and other vulnerable groups through pro-poor spending. A statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, explained that the President spoke in a recorded video message to a virtual high-level UN meeting on trends, options and strategies in poverty eradication across the world.
Warning that COVID-19 pandemic risks reversing decades of progress achieved in the efforts to eradicate poverty globally, President Buhari apprised the UN meeting on steps to revive the nation’s economy in the wake of the pandemic. The statement quoted the President as saying: ”It is my conviction that devoting our efforts towards human capital development, efficient management of our resources, greater financial inclusion and transformation of the agricultural sector to ensure food security are crucial to poverty eradication.
- Interstate travel: We may increase fares, says NURTW
The National Union of Road Transport Workers has commended the Federal Government for lifting the ban on interstate travel in the country. Acting General Secretary of the union, Kabiru Yau, called on the government to subsidise operation cost for motorists. He said the guidelines outlined by the government for the resumption of operations amid the coronavirus pandemic require operators to carry fewer passengers on each trip, thereby reducing their income.
He said: “due to the spacing in the vehicles which will require the drivers to carry only nine or ten instead of the usual 18 passengers, the income of the drivers will be reduced. “So we want the government to help subsidise the cost of those passengers that we will not be carrying or we will have to increase our transport fares. “This is because the money that will be generated from the reduced number of passengers will barely cover the cost of fuel for the journey. So, the government should please help us look into this matter.”
- Buhari Has Spoken, We Will Abide By His Decision – Tinubu
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has been reacting to the recent crisis in the party and decisions made at Thursday’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which included the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC). In a statement, the former governor of Lagos State described the recent infighting in the party as the behaviour of a fight club with party discipline thrown out of the window. While backing the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the crisis, he asked members of the party who feel aggrieved to accept the outcome of the NEC meeting.
He also addressed insinuations that the dissolution of the NWC would affect his ambitions for 2023, calling it “an alleged political ambition that is not yet even born”. In his words: “I have made no decision regarding 2023 for the concerns of this hour are momentous enough”.
- Probe Atiku, Saraki, Dino Melaye over links with Hushpuppi – APC tells EFCC
The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday called for the probe of some Peoples Democratic Party leaders over their links to arrested fraudster Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi. APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena said Atiku Abubakar, former PDP’s Presidential candidate, Bukola Saraki; ex-Senate President and PDP National Leader, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and ex-Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye should be probed over their association with Hushpuppi.
Nabena recalled that the PDP chieftains had met with the alleged fraudster in Dubai, prior to the 109 presidential elections. In a statement he signed, Nabena urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) to investigate the connection between PDP chieftains and Hushpuppi.
- Stakeholders fear Ekiti APC may suffer worse defeat in 2022
The All Progressives Congress’ (APC’s) stakeholders in Ekiti State on Sunday expressed worry that the party might suffer worse defeat in the next governorship election in 2022, with the alleged impunity and highhandness being displayed by Governor Kayode Fayemi. The concerned party leaders under the auspices of the Ekiti APC Stakeholders Forum said the soaring popularity of the ruling party at the ward, local and state levels had waned following Fayemi’s alleged underperformance and dictatorial tendencies.
The stakeholders, in a statement on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti, accused the governor of ostracising party executives and victimising critics of his government through his alleged surrogate Omotosho-led State Working Committee. Signatories to the statement include former Minister of Works, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, a presidential aide, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Tony Adeniyi, former federal lawmakers Oyetunde Ojo, Bimbo Daramola and Robinson Ajiboye, as well as former Ekiti State Assembly Speaker Adewale Omirin and eight others.
- Court Dismisses Oshiomhole’s Appeal Challenging His Suspension
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, challenging his suspension from the party. A three-man panel of judges presided over by Justice Uchechukwu Onyemenam unanimously dismissed the appeal on Tuesday at the request of the former APC national chairman.
Oshiomhole had approached the court seeking to challenge his suspension from the party by officials of his ward in Edo State. Justice Danlami Senchi of an Abuja High Court had given effect to the suspension of Oshiomhole from his ward on the ground that the executives of Ward 10 in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State acted in line with the constitution of the party.
- Ondo election: APC generates N258m from sales of forms
The All Progressives Congress has generated N258.7 million from the sales of expression of interest and nomination forms to aspirants ahead of July 20, governorship primaries in Ondo state. The party placed a N22.5 million fee on each of the governorship aspirants, while female aspirants and the physically challenged were asked to pay 50 per cent of the fee. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Olajumake Anifowoshe was the only female aspirants out the 12 who purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms for the Ondo State primary.
The remaining aspirants included Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Mr Joseph Olusola Iji, Mr Odimayo Okunjimi, Mr Olayide Adelami, Mr Kekemeke Duerimini and Mr Olusola Oke. Others were Mr Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Mr Awodeyi Akinsheyinwa, Mr Olubukola Adetula, Dr Abraham Michael and Dr Nathaniel Adojutelegan. The APC had on May 20 released the timetable for the Edo and Ondo States’ governorship primaries. “Screening of Ondo state aspirants will hold on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, while screening appeal (Ondo) holds on Friday, July 10, 2020”.
- Graduating pupils to resume for exams
Pupils who are to go to new classes can resume so as to write their examinations, the Federal Government said on Monday. In effect, those in Primary Six, Junior Secondary III and Senior Secondary III who are to sit for the National Common Entrance Examination, the Basic Education Certificate Examination and the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can return to school. The schools must comply strictly with safety measures to be issued by the Federal Ministry of Education. Aliyu said arrangements are to be made for graduating students in JSS 3 and SSS 3 to resume at both boarding and day schools as soon as possible for intensive revision. “All educational establishments are to conduct exhaustive reviews to ensure compliance with the issued guidelines on COVID-19 before the opening up for this purpose. They will open up only for the purpose of exiting students.
The government said all daycares and primary schools, as well as secondary and tertiary institutions, are to remain closed until further notice. “All day cares and primary schools remain closed till evaluation. Schools are encouraged to continue with the electronic learning and visual teaching, but the pupils may proceed to take the National Common Entrance as soon as it is feasible, provided that they are compliant with issued non-pharmaceutical interventions. “For secondary and tertiary institutions, all schools are to remain closed until further evaluation.”
- Court Orders Reinstatement Of Demoted FUO Lecturers
The National Industrial Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State has ordered the reinstatement of seven demoted lecturers of the Federal University, Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state. The Governing Council of the university had made key decisions involving appointments and discipline which led to the re-classification of some academic appointments. It downgraded seven teaching staff appointments to lower ranks for lack of requisite scholarship, including that of Professor Nwabuzor. Displeased with the development, Professor Nwabuzor and the others dragged the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Seth Jaja, and the university management before the Industrial Court of Nigeria.
Justice Bashiru Alkali, who gave the order on Tuesday, also awarded the sum of N20 million as damages against the institution, in favour of the lecturers. He ruled that the claimants be reinstated to their full status while their privileges and entitlements should be paid by the institution. The presiding judge directed the university to pay each claimant N5 million for defamation and N200,000 for the cost of litigation. All the litigants were from the diaspora who returned to serve in the University. They include Leonard Shilgba – Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Professor Steve Nwabuzor – Department of Civil, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Dr Sepribo Lawson-Jack – Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. Others are Dr Obalade Falade – Department of Banking and Finance, Dr Marcellina Offoha – Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Dr Evans Eze – Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Dr Felina Nwadike – Department of English and Communication Studies.
- FG warns medical directors over rising deaths in hospitals
The Federal Government, on Thursday, stated that it was disturbed by increasing rejection of patients by hospitals, saying medical directors would be held responsible for the laxity.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who stated this during a meeting involving the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Capital Territory Administration and medical directors in the FCT, also lamented that hospitals were delaying testing of COVID-19 patients, leading to increasing coronavirus deaths.
Also, at its press briefing on Thursday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 urged state governments to prepare for the worst because of the rise in the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.
- Nigerian Doctor invents equipment that detects infected lungs
A Nigerian US-based medical expert, Dr Samson Arigbamu has invented a stethoscope equipped with components capable of immediately identifying adventitious lung such as COVID-19 infected lungs that would immediately announce its findings. Arigbamu disclosed on Mondayto reporters stating that the stethoscope is in production at prototype and optimisation stage, which the final product would commence by December.
He noted that the process could be expedited with resources from individuals, organisations or even the Nigerian government. Dr Arigbamu has been living in the USA for about 22 years and currently the Director of Nursing at Future Care Lochearn, a 200-bed capacity health rehabilitation centre in Baltimore Maryland.
- Anambra identifies 6 herbal products for management of COVID-19
Special Adviser to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra on Indigenous Medicine and Herbal Practice, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim has said that the government had identified six herbal drugs that could be used to manage coronavirus in the state. Ibezim told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka yesterday that the agency had forwarded the products to the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). He said a team of medical experts was assembled to review the process before they decided to take the products to NAFDAC for its final confirmation and approval for public consumption.
He further said the products were in capsule, powdered and liquid forms. He urged herbal practitioners in the state who peddle different types of herbal products without seeking approval from the government agency in-charge of herbal products to desist forthwith. “We have a team of medical experts in all areas of medicines who are saddled with the responsibility of reviewing herbal products in the state before they would be made public for use. “We will give approval if the products fit our standard. We do not discriminate, the government has provided a friendly environment for business to thrive for all genuine herbal practitioners despite their states of origin,” he said.
- Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as president of Malawi
Malawi’s new president Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in for a five-year term on Sunday, hours after unseating former leader Peter Mutharika in a re-run election. Chakwera, 65, won 58.57% of the vote in Tuesday’s poll, a dramatic reversal of the result of the original election in May 2019, which was later overturned by the courts. The repeat vote was regarded by analysts as a test of the ability of African courts to tackle ballot fraud and restrain presidential power.
“To stand before you as president today is an honour. It’s an honour that fills with unspeakable joy and immense gratitude,” Chakwera said in his acceptance speech. “With your help, we will restore a new generation’s faith in the possibility of having a government that serves, not a government that rules,” he told a cheering crowd dressed in the colours of his own Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the allied party of Vice President Saulos Chilima.
- Elijah McClain: Denver officers fired for pictures mocking man’s death
Three US police officers in Colorado have been sacked after they shared photos re-enacting a chokehold used on a black man who later died. Elijah McClain, 23, died in August last year after being stopped by police. Another officer resigned over the matter. A local police chief called the images “beyond comprehension”. Mr McClain’s case attracted renewed focus in the wake of the death of George Floyd, another unarmed African-American who died in police custody.
The officers who were fired were named as Jason Rosenblatt, Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich. The fourth, Jaron Jones, resigned on Tuesday. Vanessa Wilson, the acting police chief in the Denver suburb of Aurora, where the incident took place, called the images a crime against humanity and decency. “We are ashamed, we are sickened, and we are angry about what I have to share,” she told a news conference.
- Burna Boy, Wizkid Win at 2020 BET Award
Nigerian Afrobeat music superstars, Burna Boy and Wizkid have both emerged winners at the 20th BET Awards held on Sunday. The award which took place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic was hosted by Amanda Seales. Burna Boy emerged winner in the Best International Act, while Wizkid’s feature on Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’ track won him the BET Her Award category, making history as the African artiste with the most BET awards win.
The biggest winners of the night were Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion, Chris Brown and Roddy Ricch. They won two awards each. Nigerian popstar, Rema, was also nominated in the Best New International Act but lost to Zimbabwe’s Sha Sha. Chris Brown won the Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Lizzo was crowned in the female category.
- BBnaija season five starts July 19
The much anticipated Big Brother Naija season 5, launches July 19. This was announced on the official twitter handle of the reality TV show. Earlier in May, the management of the reality show, announced the opening for video submissions for the upcoming season 5 of the show.
- J Martins’ releases new video, sparks endorsement rumours
Nigerian music sensation, J Martins has broken his long silence with the release of a new single, ‘Bless Me’ which was released with a crispy video shot at the Obudu Cattle Ranch in Calabar. The brand presence of Tom Tom and Beloxxi Cream Crackers in the new video has however sparked endorsement rumours since it was released about two weeks ago. Curious fans and followers of the artiste, especially on social media have been asking series of questions but J Martins has kept mum over the rumours and only urged people to enjoy the music and expect more hits upon hits.
- Peter Okoye’s wife – Lola, narrates COVID-19 experience
Lola Omotayo-Okoye, the wife of Nigerian Music star, Peter Okoye, has narrated her experience with coronavirus. The mother-of-two described coronavirus as a horrible experience that she wouldn’t wish upon her worst enemy in a video she shared on Instagram on Wednesday. She wrote “I want to thank my doctor Dr Ayo who took good care of me, my family and staff. I want to thank everyone who reached out to us during this terrible Covid-19 experience. My dear friends and family, thank you so much for your love.
Her husband, Peter Okoye, had revealed how his nuclear family tested positive for the novel Coronavirus and battled it for three weeks. The former Psquare member who now goes by the name Mr P made this known on his verified Instagram account via videos. In one of the videos, Peter said he was the one who first tested positive for the virus. He said: “For the past three weeks, I have been ill and most people didn’t even know what was wrong with me. I kept it to myself. It has been three weeks of hell for me and my family. “I had COVID-19 for about three weeks and it happened to me. I was sick and I tested positive”.
- Liverpool can stay on top without major signings, says Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not believe he has to spend “millions” in the transfer market, saying it is a tricky task to improve his Premier League winners. Klopp’s side were last week crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years with a record seven games to go. The coronavirus outbreak, which put the Premier League on hold for three months, is likely to have a significant impact on the football transfer market.
But Klopp said even if he had a significant war chest, spending it would not necessarily be easy or the right thing to do. The club decided not to compete with Chelsea for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner even though he had been heavily linked with a move to Anfield. Fringe players Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana look likely to be among those who will be leaving the club. “COVID has, of course, influenced both sides with ins and outs, that is completely normal, and it’s just not likely that it will be the busiest summer in the world,” Klopp told reporters.
- UEFA Insists ‘No Plan B’ For Champions League Amid Lisbon COVID-19 Concerns
UEFA insists there is “no reason to prepare a Plan B” for the final eight of the Champions League in Lisbon despite Portuguese authorities reintroducing restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus. “We hope everything will be fine and that it will be possible to organise the tournament in Portugal. For the moment there is no reason to prepare a Plan B,” a UEFA spokesperson told AFP. The spokesperson added that European football’s governing body is in “constant contact with the Portuguese Football Federation and the local authorities”.
UEFA announced earlier this month that the latter stages of the Champions League would be staged exceptionally as a straight knockout competition from the quarter-finals onwards with all matches in Lisbon. Earlier this month, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “For now things look well, and we hope everything will be fine until we organise the final eight.” He added: “We are assessing the situation, not week by week but day by day, and we will adapt when the time comes, if necessary.”
- 2021 Africa Cup of Nations postponed by a year due to coronavirus
Next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon has been postponed until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Confederation of African Football announced Tuesday in a video conference. CAF president Ahmad Ahmad said African football’s governing body took the decision as “health was the main priority”. African countries have suffered to varying degrees from the pandemic with South Africa the hardest hit among those south of the Sahara, recording more than 144,000 cases, while Egypt has suffered the worst in North Africa with over 66,000 infections. “The peak of the pandemic has not been reached yet,” Ahmad added.
The CAF Champions League will round up its matches in September while the Confederation Cup will wrap up towards the end of this year with a ‘Final Four’ expected to take place in Morocco. These last two competitions were interrupted in March ahead of the semi-finals phase. Ahmad also announced the cancellation of the women’s Cup of Nations which was scheduled to take place in November while revealing the launch of a new club competition for 2021.
- Group raises N22m for children of woman killed by fiancé
AGS Tribe, a pan-African community built to connect and build the capacity of young entrepreneurs and professionals, has been able to raise N22 million from members of the public for the education and upkeep of two little children who recently lost both parents to a murder-suicide incident in Lagos. Olamide Alli was murdered on June 21 by her fiancé, Chris Ndukwe, who also took his own life, leaving behind two children. Ndukwe allegedly stabbed the 25-year-old to death with knives and committed suicide by drinking a substance suspected to be an insecticide.
AGS Tribe, which confirmed that Alli was one of its members, had last week called on Nigerians to assist the children who have become orphans. The Founder of the group, Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti, had told reporters that the target was N20m. However, Durosinmi-Etti said on her official Instagram handle on Tuesday that the target had been surpassed by N2m. She thanked well-meaning Nigerians for their donations.
- Wadume: Court denies Defendants bail, orders their transfer to prison
A welder, Hafizu Bala, on Wednesday, narrated before the Federal High Court in Abuja, how soldiers, engaged him to break off handcuffs to free alleged Taraba kidnap kingpin, Bala Hamisu (aka Wadume). Wadume is answering to a 13-count amended criminal charge the Federal Government preferred against him and six of his alleged accomplices that included a police Inspector, Aliyu Dadje. Trial Justice Binta Nyako adjourned further hearing on the case till next week Tuesday. Though the trial Judge declined to grant bail applications that were made by the Defendants, she ordered that they should be transferred from detention center of Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, to a Correctional Center.
- Law school paid cleaner N32m/year –Auditor General
The Office of Auditor-General of the Federation on Thursday said it uncovered several anomalies in the financial records of the Nigerian Law School. The Audit report presented to the Senate, indicted the apex legal academic institution for misappropriation and spending without approvals. The 2015 Financial Report of the office is currently being scrutinised by the Senate Public Accounts Committee for investigation. The report said the management of the Nigerian Law School illegally paid N32m to the account of an unnamed cleaner over a period of 12 months.
The Auditor-General report also queried the payment of N36m as dressing allowance of 52 workers to the account of a single member of staff in violation of Nigeria’s Financial Act. It read in part, “The examination of payment records revealed that the Nigerian Law School several times paid N36m to staff as dressing allowance in 2013 alone. “The Management could not substantiate these payments with any approval from Salaries and Wages Commission to enable the audit team to determine the genuineness of these payments to staff. No appropriation in this request.”
- Help my daughter out of this pain, mother of ailing girl begs Nigerians
Hope for 16-year-old girl, Olusola Praise, of actualising her dreams of furthering her studies to the university level may be dashed, except something urgent is done to save the situation. This is because she is going through excruciating pains for a tumour in the nose, which is spreading to her eyes.Her mother, Mrs Olusola, who spoke with reporters, narrated her eldest child’s ordeal. She said: “ In January 2020, we complained that she was bleeding in the nose. By April, we discovered she had a boil. We started treating her for malaria. We took her to General Hospital, Ikorodu, from where we were referred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, and from there again, we were referred to the General Hospital Lagos Island, where we were taken to the Ear, Nose and Throat, ENT, unit. “On May 25, 2020, a surgery was carried on her nose, and she was discharged on May 29, 2020.
“She was doing well until the third week when she started bleeding from the nose. “Her right eye was swollen, we thought it was because of the surgery. “The specimen they removed from the surgery was taken to the lab where the result revealed she had a tumor which has spread to the left eye and that she needs to undergo another surgery. She thus calls on well-meaning Nigerians to assist her family raise N1.7 million needed for a second surgery before the tumour spreads beyond correction. She said: “ Nigerians should please help my daughter out of this pain.”