FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK
Written by MaryGift Sunday on September 19, 2020
The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories captured in one shot. Find articles ranging from News, to Sports, to Politics, to Entertainment, to Economy, to Metro plus, and many other categories. See below the top news for the week:
- FG Apologises Over ‘Misleading Tweet’ Ordering Banks, Account Holders To Re-Register
The Federal Government has apologised for its tweet ordering all account holders in the country to obtain and fill self-certification forms and re-register. In a directive contained in a series of tweets on Thursday, the Federal Government said each account holder must submit the filled forms in their respective financial institutions. In another tweet on Friday morning, the Federal Government acknowledged that its earlier tweets were misleading.
“We apologise for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the @firsNigeria Notice does not apply to everybody. FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly,” it tweeted. We apologize for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the @firsNigeria Notice does not apply to everybody. FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly
- Northern, Southern leaders fault presidency over ‘childish’ response to Obasanjo
A group of elder statesmen in Nigeria have expressed concern on the response of the Presidency to their meeting with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying they “have no regrets or apologies to offer for making ourselves available to dialogue.” Obasanjo had, during a book launch attended by socio-political groups, said Nigeria had become a failed state Buhari. The statesmen under the aegis of Nigerian Elders and Leaders said while they were not mouthpieces of Obasanjo, it was regrettable that their responsible and constructive effort to douse tensions, build bridges and restore hope Nigeria would “attract the type of childish vitriol from the Presidency.”
The elders said this in a statement by Yinka Odumakin (Afenifere), Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed (Northern Elders Forum), Chief Guy Ikokwu (Ohanaeze), Senator Bassey Henshaw (Pan Niger Delta Forum), and Dr. Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt Forum). The statement read, “To say that the Presidency chose to react in the manner it did to a responsible and credible initiative by our groups and a former President, is, to put it politely, deeply disappointing and worrying. Our groups are not mouthpieces of President Obasanjo, and we will leave it to him to choose how he responds to the lamentable response of President Buhari to his initiative. “For us, it is sufficient to say that we have no regrets or apologies to offer for making ourselves available to dialogue with each other, exchange ideas, and re-commit ourselves to pulling our nation from the brink of precipice of no return.
- Nigeria More Divided Than Ever Before, Soyinka Backs Obasanjo
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, says Nigeria is more divided than ever before under the Muhammadu Buhari administration. He said this on Tuesday in a statement titled “Between ‘Dividers-in-chief’ and Dividers-in-law,”.
“The nation is divided as never before, and this ripping division has taken place under the policies and conduct of none other than President Buhari,” he said. Speaking further, Mr Soyinka accused the President of going to sleep while communities were ravaged by cattle rustlers and thousands were displaced.
According to him, even when the President visited the scenes, rather than proffer an authoritative solution, he “advised the traumatised victims to learn to live peacefully with their violators”. “And what happened to the Police Chief who had defied orders from his Commander-in-Chief to relocate fully to the trouble spot – he came, saw, and bolted, leaving the ‘natives’ to their own devices. Any disciplinary action taken against ‘countryman’? Was it a spokesman for some ghost president who chortled in those early, yet controllable stages of now systematised mayhem, gleefully dismissed the mass burial of victims in Benue State as a “staged show” for international entertainment? Did the other half of the presidential megaphone system not follow up – or was it, proceed? – with the wisdom that they, the brutalised citizenry, should learn to bow under the yoke and negotiate, since “only the living” can enjoy the dividends of legal rights?”.
His comments come just days after former President Olusegun Obasanjo made similar comments about the state of the country. Obasanjo said the country is failing and badly divided due to the recent mismanagement. He made the comment in Abuja on Thursday while delivering a speech titled ‘Moving Nigeria Away from Tipping Over’ at a consultative dialogue attended by various socio-cultural groups. The consultative dialogue was attended by members of various groups, including Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo and Pan Niger Delta Forum.
- Buhari Unveils ‘Nigeria At 60’ Logo
As Nigeria approaches the Diamond Jubilee, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday unveiled the logo which will be used in the celebration of the anniversary. The unveiling took place during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, the nation’s capital. It was witnessed by Federal Ministers and the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Ministers at the meeting include the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, among others. The Federal Government had earlier in September called on Nigerians to submit creative ideas that can brand the anniversary which is themed “Together at 60”. Nigeria’s Independence is usually celebrated annually on October 1.
- FG Approves Establishment Of New Anti-Corruption Agency
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of a new anti-corruption agency which will be saddled with proper coordination of all recovered looted assets. Briefing state house correspondents after the FEC meeting on Wednesday, the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami explained that assets recovered have been in the hands of several agencies and that better coordination will encourage international/overall coordination in recovering more looted assets. It is on this premise that the new anti-corruption agency named, ‘Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency’ is to be saddled with the responsibility of managing the assets that constitute the proceeds of crime in Nigeria.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), explained that once the bill becomes law and the agency is established, it would see to proper documentation and management of such recovered assets and thereby guarantee transparency and accountability. According to Mr. Malami, an agency of this nature has become necessary in a bid to consolidate the gains achieved so far in the government’s war against corruption. “The Federal Ministry of Justice presented to Council a memo on Wednesday. “The memo is about a Bill which seeks the approval of the Council to transmit to the National Assembly for passage.
- President signs Police Bill 2020 into law
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigeria Police Bill, 2020, into law. A statement on Thursday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said President Buhari, in a memo, dated September 16, 2020, communicated his assent to the Bill to the National Assembly through the Clerk of the legislature. The Act repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004, and provides for a more effective and well organised Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management of its resources.
Among others, the Act establishes an appropriate funding framework for the Police in line with what is obtainable, in other Federal Government key institutions; enhances professionalism in the Force through increased training opportunities; and creates an enduring cooperation and partnership between the Police Force and communities in maintaining peace and combating crimes nationwide.
- Babalakin resigns as UNILAG pro-chancellor
Dr Wale Babalakin, SAN, on Thursday resigned as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos, UNILAG. His resignation came few hours after the Special Visitation Panel set up by the Federal Government to look into the affairs of the university submitted its report to the Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu, in Abuja.He resigned following an alleged disagreement with the Nigerian Government on the visitation panel sent to the university.
His letter read: “I would like to thank the President of the Federal of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (the “University”) from May 2017 till date,” Babalakin said in his resignation letter addressed to minister for education Adamu Adamu. “I am also grateful that I was considered fit to be the Chairman of the Federal Government Negotiation Team on the Agreement reached with university unions in 2009, from 6th January 2017 till date. I equally want to thank you sir, for your role in recommending me to the President. Recent events have made my position in these two offices untenable. It is acutely hurtful that I am leaving before achieving our goal of sanitizing the University of Lagos, and turning it to a reference point in Africa and the world, rather than the unenviable poor position it now occupies. Unfortunately, I must stand by principle. In a situation where my employers believe that the actions I took may not be right, the appropriate thing to do is bow out in honour. Sir, may the Almighty Allah continue to bless you.
- Varsities won’t reopen until our demands are met – ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has asked the Federal Government to honour the agreement it had with the union before making any announcement on the reopening of the universities after the COVID-19 pandemic. It added that it would unfold its next agenda if the Federal Government refused to negotiate the 2009 agreement signed by both parties. Speaking at a town meeting at the African Hall, the University of Ilorin, the ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, however, declined to reveal the agenda. Ogunyemi said, “I think it is better we wait. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. I can’t open our strategy here; whatever you do is about strategy; let the government refuse to negotiate, we will unfold our strategy then.”
He stated that the union had in March went on strike because of the government’s insensitivity to university education, adding that some of ASUU’s demands included funding of university education, which the government had reneged on in the last 10 years. He explained that ASUU had signed MoU with the Federal Government on the need to improve facilities on the campuses, students’ welfare, promotion, and welfare, which were ignored “because there are plans to make education inaccessible to children of the poor, which today is creating social vices such as Yahoo-Yahoo, Yahoo-plus, banditry, and other criminal activities in the society. “Check the social media; you will see them celebrating their children graduating from foreign universities. This is why they are not willing to fund public universities”, the ASUU president said.
- Oyo reopens tertiary institutions Sept 28
Oyo State has announced September 28 reopening date for public and private higher institutions in the state. The new development follows an earlier directive on reopening of primary and secondary schools slated for Monday September 21. The directive was contained in a statement by Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology Olasunkanmi Olaleye on Tuesday.
According to the new directive, schools in the state will operate morning and afternoon shifting for pupils and students of primary and secondary schools. While discouraging sharing of objects and items by student when the school resumes, a revised guidelines for resumption also approves the usage of libraries, examination halls and laboratories as classroom as the schools will only operate for three- hour pending another review. “The resumption date for 2020/2021 academic session for public and private primary and secondary schools as announced by the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will commence on Monday, 21st September, 2020.
- Lagos announces new exam dates
The Lagos State Examinations Board has announced new dates for examination into the Lagos State Model Colleges and the Basic Education Certificate. A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Supo Gbadegesin, said the computer-based testing version of the screening test would take place from September 26 to 30, 2020, while the paper and pencil testing version would take place on October 3, 2020 in the six education districts of the state. Gbadegesin also said the Lagos State BECE would be from October 6 to 12, 2020 at all designated centres across the state by 9am daily.
“In view of this, the schools’ principals are advised to take cognisance of the prevailing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and adhere strictly to the laid down guidelines and protocols to prevent its spread. “The board also wishes to inform all duly registered candidates to revisit the exams board website to reprint their registration slips to ascertain their current centres,” he added.
- Health workers begin nationwide strike Monday
Health workers, under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), have begun their planned strike. The action took effect at 12 a.m on Monday, following the alleged inability of the Federal Government to meet their demands. JOHESU urged its members to withdraw their services across the country to key into the industrial action. The union said it took the decision at its expanded National Executive Council (NEC), which took place on Sunday. But the government described the proposed strike as ill-timed and illegal. It asked JOHESU to shelve the action and return to the negotiation table.
At a conciliatory meeting brokered last Thursday by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the government announced that it had reached an agreement with the unions. In a memo on Sunday, JOHESU said the unions unanimously agreed that since nothing concrete was achieved at the conciliatory meeting with the Federal Government last week, the strike notice was “still germane and alive”. The memo, copies of which were sent to Ngige, was jointly signed by the President of Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Biobelemoye Joy Josiah; Secretary-General of MHWUN, Dr. Silas Adamu; President of National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Abdulrafiu Adeniji; Secretary-General of NANNM, Thomas Shettima; and President of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Hassan Makolo.
- JOHESU strike paralyses activities at govt hospitals
The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) strike on Monday paralysed medical services at government hospitals across the country. Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige on Monday night, said the Federal Government was addressing the issues on the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) strike. The health workers started a nationwide strike on Monday. The union’s leadership directed the union members to down tools until the government addresses their demands. When reporters asked him on Monday night what the government was doing about the strike, Ngige said: “I am in a meeting on that. We are handling it.”
At the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, the entrance gate was locked while the health workers and security personnel abandoned work. JOHESU Chairman at UCH, Dr. Adeolu Ali, told reporters that the demands of the health workers included payment of the shortfall arising from the implementation of COVID-19 special inducement and hazard allowance and payment of withheld salaries of JUTH members. Others are: payment of the above allowances to union members at the FMC in Owerri, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) as well as April and May 2018 salaries.
- NCDC, experts differ on ending face masks, temperature checks
Experts yesterday, expressed diverse positions on when Nigerians should do away with the shield and the checks. These, among other measures, were introduced to prevent citizens from contracting or spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. But it is noticeable across the country that many citizens have abandoned the use of masks and doing temperature checks. While the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Nigerians should continue with face masks until an effective vaccine is found, some medical experts say there is no conclusion yet on the matter because the biology and epidemiology of COVID-19 are not well understood at the moment. A virologist and Chairman, Expert Review Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, told The Guardian that the measures should not be ended “until a country is declared free of the disease, like polio-free status, or maybe no case reported for a period of time, like two times the maximum incubation period in the face of reliable surveillance, adequate laboratory testing and efficient contact tracing.” He wondered when the time would come.
Similarly, the President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Prof. Innocent Ujah, painted a picture of a long time waiting for the end of the virus. He said, “It is too early to know when to stop wearing face masks or stop temperature checks. Nobody at the moment could be very categorical about the two issues raised. The biology and epidemiology of COVID-19 is not well understood at the moment.” While the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, and Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Prof. Bode Chris, told reporters that the virus could only be said to have ended “when COVID-19 is officially declared over by the government, based on scientific evidence of such,” the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Salako, said the end would not be certified “until we are sure the epidemic curve has flattened and cases have gone down to single-digit per day.”
- NLC issues FG 2-week ultimatum on electricity tariff, fuel price hikes
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has given the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel price or face a “total shutdown of the country’s economy”. Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, while addressing newsmen at the end of the body’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, said that workers and Nigerians were disappointment that government decided to increase the cost of both items. “We are surprised that at a time other countries across the world are giving palliatives to their citizens to cushion the effect of COVID-19, Nigerians are asked to pay more for fuel and electricity,” he said. He said that the CWC meeting focused on the two challenges and concluded that the COVID-19 situation had given Nigerians enough suffering.
“A hike, as announced by government, has reduced the purchasing power of Nigerians and Nigerian workers. “It has also brought about a high cost of goods and services which has completely eroded the gains of the N30,000 minimum wage. “The CWC and the National Executive Council (NEC) also took reports of the meeting that took place between the Federal Government and organised labour where NLC was represented by 14 of its leaders. “After examining the outcome of the meeting, we resolved to issue a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to reverse the fuel price hike or face industrial action. “In furtherance to this, the CWC also resolved to convene a meeting of the NEC in line with our constitution, on Sept. 22, 2020. “This is to also give effect to the decision because the proposed action will commence on Monday, September 28, 2020 `if the issues are not addressed.
- Ekiti State partners Nigeria Export Promotion Council to drive single crop export
The Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has pledged its support for the enhancement of Ekiti State’s non-oil agricultural crop with export potential. The state’s Commissioner for Investment, Trade and Industry, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, who disclosed this, yesterday, said the NEPC had asked the state to select a single crop for which it has the greatest comparative advantage, for NEPC to help promote. He said the state was blessed with fertile lands and that a large percentage of the people were farmers who are either into subsistence or commercial agriculture.
The commissioner said Ekiti State had comparative advantage in food and cash crops such as cassava, rice, yam, bananas, cocoa and cashew, among others. He expressed the readiness of the state government for strategic partnership that will help maximise the potential in the agricultural sector. He also said he had met with the Executive Director of the Council, Mr. Segun Awolowo, who promised to give all the necessary support to Ekiti State to enable it achieve its goals in expanding its export capacity. “Awolowo stated that NEPC is strongly driving the nation’s “zero oil plan” with the aim of diversifying Nigeria’s export capacity, and drastically reducing the country’s dependence on revenue from crude oil exports”. He further said that NEPC is desirous of forging a strategic partnership with Ekiti State to enable it work closer with the state Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry.
- CBN approves N200b housing loan for low income earners
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced N200 billion mortgage finance loan to Family Homes Fund (FHF). The fund is for the building of 300,000 homes in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. It is also expected to help create up to 1.5 million jobs in five years. The CBN framework for the implementation of the Family Homes Financing Scheme released on Tuesday indicates that the fund would be released to FMF on project basis, subject to the cumulative maximum limit of N200 billion. According to the framework, the three-year term loan will enable FHF finance the construction of social housing units for people on low income at an interest rate not more than five per cent per annum (all inclusive). The initiative is to be implemented in collaboration with Family Homes Fund (FHF) Limited as the lead developer.
The apex bank said it introduced the financing initiative to support the Federal Government’s Economic Sustainability Programme. The bank added that the programme was designed to utilise, at least, 90 per cent locally manufactured inputs so as to conserve foreign exchange. The CBN said: “In that regard, the programme will deliberately aim to revitalise local manufacture of construction materials, including doors and windows, ironmongery, sanitary fittings, concrete products, tiles, glass, electrical fittings/fixtures and bricks, etc. For example, it is estimated that the programme will require up to 1.7 million doors, seven million door hinges and locks among others. “The programme will house up to 900,000 children and adults (at an average of three persons/home) on low income with direct impact on health, education and economic outcomes.
- No Junior Trade Union Can Negotiate For Senior Employees In Nigeria – Organised Labour
The organised labour has kicked against the practice of trade unions representing junior workers, negotiating terms, and agreement on behalf of senior employees in Nigeria’s industrial space. This is in reaction to the lingering issue between the Pulp Paper and Paper Products, Printing and Publishing Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PPAPPPAPSSAN), and the National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Workers (NUPPPPROW). According to the organised labour, the issue of jurisdictional scope has been resolved by the National Industrial Court in a judgement which separated the scope of membership of both unions.
Similarly, the National President of PPAPPPAPSSAN, Dada Joseph, in a statement on Thursday, explained that based on the judgement, workers from the supervisory level, cannot associate with NUPPPPROW, which is limited to junior workers in the sector. He stated that “no junior workers trade union can negotiate, represent or defend the course of senior employees anywhere in Nigerian for lack of locus standi. This is the hard reality and the position of the law in trade unionism in Nigeria. “It may be pertinent to inform the workers and the employers in the industry that Nigeria National Industrial Court is the final arbiter in all trade union disputes in Nigeria,” he stressed.
- U.S. slams sanctions on top politicians, others
The United States (U.S.) has imposed visa restriction on top politicians and other categories of Nigerians it considered to have undermined the electoral process in some states. The Department of State in statement on Monday said those to be affected are individuals whose actions have undermined the democratic process during the November 2019 Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections. Also in the category are those behind violence in Saturday’s Edo State governorship election and the October 10 Ondo State governorship election. In a statement on its website, the Department said: “The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy. We commend all those Nigerians who participated in elections throughout 2019 and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes. “We remain committed to working together to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace and prosperity for both our nations. “We condemn the acts of violence, intimidation, or corruption that harmed Nigerians and undermined the democratic process.”
Controversy trailed the Kogi poll as the battle shifted from the ballot box to the court. The litigations that followed the election traversed the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, the Court of Appeal before terminating at the Supreme Court. Violence was reported from hot spots across the state during the election. There was also a massive violence in the Bayelsa election won by APC candidate David Lyon. But the Supreme Court nullified the victory and returned PDP candidate Duoye Diri as governor. Domestic monitors and foreign observers complained about sporadic shooting and disruption of polling units in some voting areas in Kogi.
- Kogi Govt writes US over electoral fraud allegation
Kogi State government has kicked against the recent visa ban imposed on politicians alleged to have rigged the November 2019 election in the state by the United States of America. The US government had on Monday slammed a visa restriction on some individuals for allegedly rigging the November 2019 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States as well as in the run-up to the September and October 2020 Edo and Ondo governorship polls.
But in a letter addressed to the Ambassador of the United States of America signed by the Secretary to the Government of Kogi State, Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade, the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello said the US should have created room no matter how slim for fair hearing. He stressed that the governor is not challenging the visa but was only registering the strongest protest as a state to the collateral and unwarranted interference its political and social processes which it represents. “We believe that if the United States of America, despite her commanding heights and much longer experience as the acclaimed Bastion of Democracy in the world, is still locked in a fight to defend the integrity of her own electoral processes to this very day, then she ought to accord greater empathy, more civility and much less disruption, to nascent democracies”, the letter further noted.
- Southwest PDP better with Makinde as leader, says Oke
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, Busayo Wole Oke on Tuesday said the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is the best person to lead the Peoples Democratic Party in the South West. Oke said Makinde’s position as the only PDP governor in the zone conferred on him the leadership position in line with the norms and traditions of the PDP. The federal lawmaker said this in a statement titled “Makinde best person to lead PDP In South West- Reps member, Wole Oke,” made available to newsmen, in Abuja.
Oke who represents Obokun/ Oriade Federal Constituency of Osun State said, “By convention and practices (of the PDP), Makinde, who is the only PDP governor in the South West, emerges as the leader of the zone and no loyal and committed member of the PDP family should challenge the noble arrangement in the overall interest of the Party except for selfish interest.” He further explained that besides the fact that Makinde is the only PDP governor in the zone, his qualifications and personal disposition makes him a leader among men. Oke said, “Aside convention and practices he brings on board decency, finesse, humility, decorum, he cares and loves his fellow party men. “He’s educated, deep, and exposed. He has a lot of experience and core professionals before coming into power. We can gain a lot from him.”
- Claims And Counter Claims Dominate At Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu Debate
Strong disagreements over approaches to governance and records took centre stage during the governorship debate between the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday. Viewers who tuned in for the two-hour debate between Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC and Governor Godwin Obaseki of the PDP witnessed first hand the disagreements and issues that have seen the state witnessed one of the most controversial campaigns in recent years.
Both candidates, widely believed to be leading candidates for the September 19 election, disagreed on virtually every issue – job creation, debt profile, governance, qualification, and the facts that they built their plans on. Beyond a handshake at the start of the debate, they would only agree on the need for community policing and the importance of a refinery project; the latter still sparked some disagreement.
- Obaseki ‘Wasted Over 75bn’ On Projects That Were Not Well Thought Out -Ize-Iyamu
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Edo State election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, says Governor Godwin Obaseki has spent over 75billion naira on projects that have all gone to waste. Speaking at the governorship debate on Sunday, Ize-Iyamu said the present government has nothing to show for monies purportedly allocated to various projects.
In his reaction to claims by Obaseki that the government of Adams Oshiomhole left Edo State in so much debt before handing over; Mr Ize-Iyamu said “It’s very worrisome, especially when there is nothing to show for it“. For Ize-Iyamu, “it is scandalous” that the incumbent governor is attributing the huge debt owed by Edo State, to a predecessor in whose government Obaseki served as a chief economic adviser.
- Akeredolu promises rural transformation
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has promised to focus more on rural transformation in his second term. He said his first tenure had delivered landmark projects that touched all sectors of the economy. Akeredolu, speaking at the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign in Ondo East Local Government, said he would open up rural communities under the World Bank Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP). He added that he had paid the counterpart funding.
He assured farmers that the intervention would enable them get their produce to the markets as well as encourage youths to become agropreneurs. The governor urged the people to re-elect him to enable him consolidate his achievements. The Oloja in Ondo East hailed Akeredolu for fulfilling the promises he made during his 2016 campaign. Oloja of Mobiye High Chief Felix Kolawole pledged 100 per cent votes for the APC in the locality.
- Edo 2020: Obaseki doesn’t deserve your votes, reject him, Tinubu begs voters
All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu, says Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State does not deserve a single vote in Saturday’s election. He, therefore, called on Edo State voters to reject Obaseki who is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party. Tinubu said this in a sponsored broadcast on TVC on Tuesday. The former governor of Lagos State said, “He (Obaseki) does not deserve any democratic ballot paper. Don’t vote for him, I appeal to all of you.” The APC leader said while he was taking part in the democratic struggle in the 1990s, Obaseki was nowhere to be found hence the governor’s inability to appreciate democratic institutions.
“I want to appeal to you to reject Godwin Obaseki in this coming election. I have suffered with many others to bring about this democratic regime, that today, we are enjoying in the country. Then, Godwin Obaseki didn’t participate in any aspect of the struggle to enshrine democracy in the country. “Therefore, he could not understand the value and the pains associated with this democratic struggle,” Tinubu stated. The former governor of Lagos State said Obaseki prevented 14 of the 24 elected state lawmakers from being inaugurated. He said Obaseki refused to take the advice of the National Assembly and the Attorney-General of the Federation to let the 14 members of the House of Assembly be inaugurated. An attempt by the aggrieved lawmakers to be inaugurated was, however, scuttled by men claiming to be renovating the Assembly complex. However, the APC claimed the men were thugs hired by the governor who was afraid of being impeached. Tinubu, who is rumoured to be nursing a Presidential ambition, is an ardent supporter of Oshiomhole.
- UK To Sanction Individuals Who Perpetuate Violence In Edo, Ondo Elections
The United Kingdom on Tuesday said it will not hesitate to take actions against individuals it identifies as causing violence in the imminent elections in Edo and Ondo states. According to a statement tweeted via the British High Commission, the UK sees the elections as another opportunity to strengthen Nigeria’s democratic institutions. “As a friend and partner of Nigeria we are closely following the lead up to the off-cycle governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states scheduled for September 19 and October 10 respectively,” the statement said.
“These elections are important, both as an essential element of effective governance within both states and an indicator of the strength of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.” The UK’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has met with leaders of two main political parties, APC and PDP, as part of efforts to ensure the elections are held peacefully. As we all rebuild from #COVID19, countries must continue to embrace the tenets of #Democracy – Transparency, responsiveness & Accountability. We look forward to seeing peaceful #Edo and #Ondo states elections, where the mandate of the people is respected and protected.
- WHO Issues Europe Deaths Warning As Daily COVID-19 Infections Rise
Europe will face a rising death toll from the coronavirus during the autumn months, the World Health Organization warned on Monday, as the number of daily infections around the world reached a record high. Israel was among the countries battling a new spike, announcing a three-week lockdown from Friday under which people will not be allowed more than 500 metres from their homes. The announcement sparked a wave of anger. “It’s unfair!” said Eti Avishai, a 64-year-old seamstress. “They didn’t stop the big gatherings in synagogues, the weddings and the other events, and now I can’t be with my children and grandchildren during the holidays?”
“It’s going to get tougher. In October, November, we are going to see more mortality,” WHO Europe director Hans Kluge told AFP in an interview.
But he stressed that the pandemic was “going to finish, at one moment or another”, as WHO Europe’s 55 members started a two-day online meeting focusing on their response to the virus.
- Soleimani Killing: Trump Vows ‘1,000 Times Greater’ Response To Any Iran Attack
US President Donald Trump on Monday vowed that any attack by Iran would be met with a response “1,000 times greater in magnitude,” after reports that Iran planned to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani. A US media report, quoting unnamed officials, said that an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa was planned before the presidential election in November. “According to press reports, Iran may be planning an assassination, or other attacks, against the United States in retaliation for the killing of terrorist leader Soleimani,” Trump tweeted.
“Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!”
Relations between Washington and Tehran have been tense since the Iranian revolution, and have spiralled since Trump unilaterally pulled out of a landmark international nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018. In January, a US drone strike killed Soleimani in Baghdad, and Washington is pushing to extend an arms embargo on Iran that starts to progressively expire in October as well as reimposing UN sanctions on the Islamic republic.
- Japan ruling party elects Yoshihide Suga as PM successor
Japan’s ruling party on Monday elected chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga as its new leader, making him all but certain to replace Shinzo Abe as the country’s next prime minister. Suga easily won the ballot, taking 377 of a total of 534 valid votes from Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers and regional representatives. His rivals, former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba and LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida, trailed far behind.
Given the LDP’s legislative majority, Suga is expected to handily win a parliamentary vote Wednesday and become prime minister, taking over from Abe, who is resigning for health reasons. A powerful government adviser and spokesman, 71-year-old Suga is seen as promising stability and a continuation of Abe’s policies. He has specifically said his candidacy was motivated by a desire to continue the outgoing prime minister’s programmes.
- ECOWAS Heads Of State Agree To Reject Forceful Change Of Govt In Mali
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State have unanimously agreed to reject the forceful change of government in Mali. Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking after representing President Muhammadu Buhari at the extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS on the situation in Mali. He said the region’s leaders agreed that the transition to democratic rule in Mali must take a maximum of 18 months and the transitional government should be heeded by a civilian. The Vice President was accompanied by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Zubairu Dada and is now on his way back to the country from Ghana. The West African leaders said they hope to see a civilian-led transition government installed in Mali “in days” following the talks with the military junta that seized power in the fragile state last month.
ECOWAS slapped sanctions on the country after the putsch, including closing borders and a ban on trade and financial flows, and has called for elections within 12 months. “We need a civilian leadership of the transition,” Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo, who currently chairs ECOWAS, told journalists after hosting the meeting. “The minute that leadership is put in place through the processes they themselves have agreed upon in Mali, the sanctions that have been placed against Mali will be lifted by ECOWAS.”
- Poverty Has Increased Globally Due To COVID-19 – Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates says following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty has increased globally. The foundation also revealed that due to the pandemic 20 years of progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) have been stalled. This was revealed in a statement issued in Seattle, Washington by the Foundation in its annual Goalkeepers Report. The report “shows that by nearly every indicator, the world has regressed. Because of COVID-19, extreme poverty has increased by 7%. Vaccine coverage, a good proxy measure for how health systems are functioning, is dropping to levels last seen in the 1990s, setting the world back about 25 years in 25 weeks. “Economic damage from COVID-19 is reinforcing inequalities. The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on women, racial and ethnic minority communities, and people living in extreme poverty,” the statement read in part.
It also revealed that around the world, women are facing an increased burden from rising demands in total unpaid care work and experiencing the majority of job losses. Despite these projections, Bill and Melinda Gates however describe a path to ending the pandemic and resuming progress toward the Global Goals. In the report, which they co-author every year, they call on the world to collaborate on the development of diagnostics, vaccines, and treatment; manufacture tests and doses as quickly as possible, and deliver these tools equitably based on need rather than the ability to pay. “The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us some of the best of humanity: pathbreaking innovation, heroic acts by frontline workers, and ordinary people doing the best they can for their families, neighbours, and communities. This is a shared global crisis that demands a shared global response.” The report said further that no single country will be able to meet this challenge alone.
- Japan’s New PM Suga Vows To Combat COVID-19, Revamp Economy
Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged Wednesday to keep coronavirus infections under control and kickstart an economy in recession, as Shinzo Abe left office after a record-breaking tenure. In his first remarks after being elected by parliament earlier Wednesday, Suga emphasised his will be a cabinet of continuity, seeking to further the policies championed by Abe. “We need to carry forward the policies that the Abe administration was pushing, I feel that is the mission for which I have been called,” Suga told reporters. He sidestepped questions on the possibility of a snap election to consolidate his position, saying that “what the public wants right now is that we manage to end the pandemic soon and at the same time we steadily restore the economy”.
“Achieving both the prevention of the spread of infection and rebuilding the economy is what they desire most… We hope to do our best on this issue first.” He dwelled little on political ideology or foreign policy goals, instead pledging administrative reform, an end to “bureaucratic silos”, and greater digitalisation of government. He said he would seek continued strong ties with Washington and stable relations with China and Russia. But he offered no details and made no mention of ongoing tensions with South Korea, or any specifics of his defence strategy, particularly towards North Korea.
- South Africa Bids Farewell To ‘Hero’ George Bizos, Mandela’s Lawyer
South Africa on Thursday bade farewell to George Bizos, the “hero” anti-apartheid lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at his trial for treason, at a state funeral filled with emotional tributes. Bizos, a revered, soft-spoken figure, died at his Johannesburg home last week of natural causes at the age of 92. His flag-draped coffin was wheeled into a Greek community hall by military pall-bearers on Thursday, with President Cyril Ramaphosa in attendance, before it was driven to a cemetery on a ceremonial military gun carriage. Speakers before a small gathering of family and other dignitaries — due to coronavirus restrictions — paid heartfelt tributes to the man who became Mandela’s personal friend and defended human rights to the end of his life.
Ramaphosa described Bizos as a “hero”, a “lover of freedom” and likened him to a “baobab tree”. “We are here to celebrate and also to bid farewell to a titan of the legal profession whose defence of the cause of justice was as tenacious and it was lifelong,” said Ramaphosa. At the height of the apartheid era, Bizos secured a life sentence for Mandela and others fighting white-minority rule at the landmark Rivonia Trial in 1964. Against all expectations, the defendants were spared the death penalty and instead given long jail terms — a verdict that turned them into the living embodiment of the anti-apartheid struggle.
- Messi Joins Exclusive Club Of Sporting Billionaires
Lionel Messi may have had to stay put at Barcelona but the Argentine legend did succeed in joining one new club this year — the one reserved for sporting billionaires, according to Forbes magazine. The Argentine striker’s career earnings of over one billion dollars (840 million euros) places the six-time Ballon d’Or winner in a group of mega-wealthy sports figures containing just Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and his great rival on the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo. Forbes said that in 2020 Messi was the best paid footballer in the world with an income of $126 million from his Barca salary ($92 million for the 2020/2021 season) and $34 million from sponsors and other sources.
The 33-year-old knocked Juventus forward Ronaldo ($117 million) off the top of the football salary chart with Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar ($96 million) in third place. Forbes’ top 10 earning players made a combined $570 million this season, a jump of 11 percent despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic to European leagues and the global economy. Michael Jordan is also in the billionaire’s club but the basketball legend’s fortune has largely come after retirement through his longstanding contract with Nike and acquisition of NBA franchise Charlotte Hornets. Messi remains at Barcelona this season after conceding defeat in his attempt to leave without triggering his 700-million euro release.
- Nigeria Move To 29th In FIFA Rankings As Ronaldo’s Portugal Join Top Five
The Super Eagles have moved two places to 29th in the latest world rankings. This is the first time FIFA will be releasing the rankings in six months. In the latest rankings released by the football governing body on Thursday, Nigeria got 1493 points even though they did not play a game within the period under review. Gernot Rohr’s men are now third on the continent, trailing Senegal (20th) and Tunisia (26th) in first and second respectively.
Algeria (35), Morocco (43), Ghana (46), Egypt (51), Cameroon (53), Mali (57) and DR Congo (57) in that order, make up the top ten on the continent. Nigeria last played November 2019 against Lesotho in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. Although they were billed to play a double-header against Sierra Leone in a 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, the match was, however, moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Arsenal Goalkeeper Martinez Joins Aston Villa
Aston Villa announced the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on Wednesday for a reported fee of £20 million ($26 million). The 28-year-old Argentine, who has signed a four-year deal, helped Arsenal to FA Cup victory last season and Community Shield glory last month but faced playing second fiddle to Bernd Leno this season. Villa boss Dean Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.
“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top-class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term.”
Martinez ends a 10-year association with the Gunners, following Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins in moving to Villa Park. Dean Smith: “We watched his 𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚 performances last season in a trophy-winning side. It is rare to be able to buy a top-class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age.” He was signed from Independiente in 2010, making 39 first-team appearances and spending time on loan at six clubs. “Thank you, thank you for all of the years (of support),” Martinez told Arsenal.com. “I thank God for having the opportunity over the past few months to show the Arsenal fanbase what I am made of, and why I went on loan so many times.
- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fail to make UEFA’s Champions League positional awards shortlist for the first time
Arch-rivals, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have failed to make the final shortlist for UEFA’s positional awards next month. The awards will recognise the top performers in each at the 2019-20 Champions League campaign, and both Messi and Ronaldo missed out on the final shortlist due to their devastating Champions League campaign. It is the first time the Barcelona and Juventus superstars failed to make the final shortlist for their position.
Champions League champions, Bayern Munich dominated the 12-man list with seven players nominated across the four categories. Bayern’s star, Manuel Neuer is up for the best goalkeeper award, against PSG’s Keylor Navas and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak. David Alaba, Alphonso Davies, and Joshua Kimmich dominated the defender list while Thomas Muller and Liverpool-bound Thiago Alcantara are up against Manchester City star, Kevin De Bruyne for best midfielder. Robert Lewandowski is the favourite to win the UEFA’s best forward award will battle it out with PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
- US Open Champion Osaka Withdraws From French Open With Injury
Naomi Osaka, who captured her third Grand Slam title at the US Open on September 12, pulled out of the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury on Thursday. “Unfortunately I won’t be able to play the French Open this year,” Osaka said in posts on Instagram and Twitter. “My hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay – these two tournaments came too close to each other for me this year.” The French Open is due to start on September 27 at Roland Garros, rescheduled from earlier in the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Osaka had gone into the US Open at Flushing Meadows with fitness concerns. She pulled out of the WTA final of the Western & Southern Open — also held this year at Flushing Meadows — with a left hamstring injury just two days before the start of the Grand Slam in New York.
On Sunday, Osaka rallied from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open women’s final, adding a third major trophy after her victories at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open triumphs. The 22-year-old was the first woman to win the US Open singles final from a set down since 1994, and the victory moved her to third in the WTA rankings. She also became the first Asian player to win three Grand Slams, overtaking China’s Li Na on two.
- Kaduna To Hold Maiden International Marathon Race
Kaduna State Government has unveiled plans to organise the maiden edition of its international marathon race in November this year. The Chairman of the committee for the competition, Mr Jimi Lawal disclosed this on Sunday during a meeting of marathon stakeholders in the state. Lawal, who is also the Senior Adviser and Counsellor to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, said this is in furtherance of the government’s commitment to revive and develop sports in the state. He said the competition is strictly a community affair and it requires the active involvement of all stakeholders. No fewer than 10,000 persons, including youths, mostly from higher educational institutions and other senior citizens, are expected to participate in the race.
The committee chairman adds that the sale forms for participation in the race would soon commence. He adds that the cost of the forms ranges from N5,000 for adults to N3,000 for children below 18 and free for athletes at 65 and above. Prizes would be awarded to the top 10 male and female local and international participants. The Commissioner for Sports Development, Professor Kabir Mato said the government intends to make the competition an annual event as obtained in Lagos and the United Kingdom. Mato adds that the race would not only create healthy living but promote and strengthen the bonding among communities in the state.
- Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola buys three Ferrari Portofino whips for his three daughters
Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola has bought three Ferrari Portofino whips for his three daughters, DJ Cuppy, Temi and Tolani Otedola. DJ Cuppy took to Instagram to share photos of the three luxury cars which came in pink, brown, and dark blue colours and then wrote: ‘Papa took us shopping and bought ONE of EACH! #FerrariPortofino #CuppyDat.’ A Ferrari Portofino is said to be worth over $200,000.
- The Show Must Go On: Virus-Era Emmys Are Virtual — And Live
No red carpet, no star-studded audience, and no “Game of Thrones” — this year’s Emmys honoring the best in television promise to be radically different as producers scramble to create Hollywood’s first major pandemic-era awards show. The coronavirus has turned Tinseltown upside down, bringing productions to a halt even as stay-at-home orders around the world send binge-watching through the roof. Now late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel will host the 72nd Emmys live on Sunday from an empty theater in Los Angeles — which remains under strict lockdown — with winners beaming in from the safety of their homes due to Covid-19.
Adding to the unpredictability on a night of firsts, 130-odd nominees who were sent cameras to hook up in their own living rooms have been encouraged to get creative with their speeches (and comfortable — A-listers are invited to trade gowns and tuxedos for pajamas). “Ratings have been flagging for award shows for years… This is, if nothing else, an opportunity to mix things up, to do an award ceremony in a way unlike any other that’s been done,” said IndieWire TV awards editor Libby Hill. “Even if Sunday night is a complete disaster, it’s at least going to be an interesting disaster. And that’s really all you ask for in 2020.”
- Kanayo O Kanayo Now A Lawyer
Nollywood veteran actor Kanayo O Kanayo has shared on social media that he is now a lawyer. He officially became a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria called to the Nigerian Bar on 15 September 2020.
The 58-year-old actor said he always wanted to go back to school to get a law degree and he has done it. Kanayo donned a courtroom wig and robe in a photo on Instagram with a caption that said, “To God be all the Glory. You can now address me as Anayo Modestus Onyekwere, Esq, MFR ( Barrister And Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria)”.
After getting his first degree in the early 1990s, the actor who always wanted to go back for a law degree has finally done so and he has been called to bar. In his post, he encouraged his followers to work for their goals, no matter how old they are. He said, “Don’t you ever give up on anything you want to become” I have always wanted to study law since my first degree in the early 1990s. The “Living in Bondage” actor shocked everyone five years ago when he enrolled for a Law degree at the University of Abuja. He graduated in 2018 and went to the Nigerian Law School where he passed the examinations in July 2020.
- Nigerian lesbian movie – “Ife” dares Censors Board; set for release.
Nigerian lesbian movie “Ife” produced by Pamela Adie and directed by Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim is set for release despite stern warning from Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) that the film (which means “love” in Yoruba language violates the country’s strict laws on homosexuality. But according to a report by BBC, the filmmakers are determined to get the film across to the Nigerian audience. To get around, the report says the filmmakers are planning a surprise online release to catch the regulators off-guard. However, according to BBC in its report, the Censors Board is well aware and diligently monitoring all digital platforms to checkmate the release of the movie. According to the Censors Board boss, Adebayo Thomas, both the producer and the director, and indeed all involved in the film could be risking jail terms of 14 years sentence for promoting homosexuality in a country where same-sex relationships are forbidden.
BBC in the report says the filmmakers are planning a private screening in Lagos at the end of the month for which they feel they do not need the nod of the regulators to go ahead. It was also reported that the film is being billed for international premiere in Canada in October of this year. BBC quotes the producer, Adie as saying the film was to show an accurate picture of lesbian and bisexual women in Nigerian movies.
If a lesbian woman does appear in a standard Nollywood movie they are often portrayed as being possessed, influenced by bad friends or forced into homosexuality and always needing “saving”, she told the BBC. “You rarely see stories about LGBT people, especially about queer women that speak to the realities of our lives. “Ife was made to bridge the gap and to get the conversation going in Nigeria.” “Ife” is a story about two women, played by Uzoamaka Aniunoh and Cindy Amadi falling in love as they spend three days together. They “then have their love tested by the realities of being in a same-sex relationship in a country like Nigeria”, according to the publicity for the film. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Africa is becoming increasingly vocal and visible, thanks to the internet providing a space for films, talk shows and websites.
- Namaste Alexa: Amazon Signs Up Bollywood Superstar Bachchan
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan will be the first Indian celebrity to lend his voice to Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant starting next year, as the Silicon Valley giant expands its presence in the massive market. The 77-year-old actor has been a household name in India for nearly half a century, and his deep baritone is instantly recognisable to listeners in the country of 1.3 billion. In a blog post on Monday, Amazon India said Bachchan’s “voice experience” feature will become available for purchase on Alexa next year. “It will include popular offerings like jokes, weather, shayaris (poetry), motivational quotes, advice and more,” the firm said.
Alexa first rolled out celebrity voice options last year with actor Samuel L. Jackson, following a similar move by Google the year before, which gave users the option of hearing singer John Legend on the Google Assistant. “I am excited to create this voice experience,” the Bollywood megastar said on Amazon’s blog. “With voice technology, we are building something to engage more effectively with my audience and well-wishers.”
His earlier foray into vocal blogging in 2010, “Bachchan Bol-Bachchan Speak”, allowed fans to listen to pre-recorded messages by the star at the push of a button.
- Davido Confirms Hollywood Debut
Nigerian music act David Adeleke more popularly known as, Davido has confirmed as being cast in the sequel to the hit Hollywood movie, ‘Coming to America 2’. On Monday, the pop singer and songwriter replied with “Can’t wait!” to a tweet by an entertainment account that announced he was featured in the sequel to the romantic comedy. It is unclear what role the ‘FEM’ hitmaker played in the movie.
The first part of the movie which was released in 1988 was directed by John Landis based on a story originally created by comedian and actor Eddie Murphy who played several characters and the main character in the picture. Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and Paul Bates will retain their roles from the movie. Coming 2 America is being directed by Craig Brewer and stars Murphy as Akeem/Randy, Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle, Leslie Jones as Lavelle’s mother, Tracy Morgan as Reem, James Earl Jones as Jaffe Joffer, and Louie Anderson as Maurice. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 18, 2020. Wesley Snipes who plays a role in the sequel has revealed new details about the highly-anticipated flick to Coming to America, doubling down on co-star Eddie Murphy’s recent claim that the Coming 2 America is “funnier than the first one.”
- Fake Crude Oil Merchant Bags 21 Years In Lagos
Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has convicted and sentenced a fake crude oil merchant, Adesanya Olufemi, to twenty-one year imprisonment, for defrauding a lady, Oluwatoyin Akinwole, the sum of N33, 617.000.00 (Thirty Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand Naira only). The convict was arraigned by the Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), alongside one Awojobi Ganiu, on December 11, 2018 on four-count charges bordering on stealing and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N33, 617.000.00 (Thirty Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand Naira). The petitioner, Oluwatoyin Akinwole, alleged that the defendants, who claimed to be into crude oil business, had approached her to join them in the business sometime in 2017. However, the defendants, after receiving money from her, reneged on the agreement mutually made by them.
One of the counts read: “ That you, Adesanya Olufemi and Awojobi Ganiu sometime in 2017 at Lagos , within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to defraud, fraudulently obtained the sum of N33,617.000 (Thirty-Three Million, Six Hundred and Seventeen Thousand Naira) by false pretence, property of Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akinwole, on the representation that you are into crude oil business, which representation you knew was false.” Delivering her judgment, Justice Dada convicted and sentenced Olufemi to 14 years imprisonment on count one and another 14 years on count two. He was also convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment on count four. He ,was however, discharged on count three. The sentences run concurrently from the date of his arraignment
- EFCC Re-Arraigns ‘Mama Boko Haram,’ Others For Fresh N97.4m Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal office, on Monday, September 14, 2020, re-arraigned Aisha Alkali Wakil, a.k.a “Mama Boko Haram” before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on three fresh separate offences of fraud to the tune of N97,400,000.00 (Ninety-Seven Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira) only0. Each of the offences contained two -count charges, making a cumulative six-count charge before the court. Tahiru Alhaji Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyode were re-arraigned with Wakil.
A count in the first offence read: “That you, Tahiru Saidu Daura, Aisha Alkali Wakil and Prince Lawal Shoyode, whilst being programme manager, chief executive officer and country director respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation (a non-governmental organisation), sometime in the year 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to defraud, induced one Saleh Ahmed Said of Shuad General Enterprises Ltd to deliver to you 3,000 (Three Thousand) bags of beans worth N71,400,000 (Seventy-One Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira only), under the false pretense of executing a contract for the supply of same. A count in the second offence read that they obtained the sum of N11,000,000.00 (Eleven Million Naira only) from one Muhammed Ambare of Mohammed Ambare Ventures under the false pretence of executing a purported contract of supply, installation and servicing of two units of x-ray machine Model 1800, which they knew to be false. A count in the third offence read that they sometime in November, 2018 obtained the sum of N15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Naira only) , from one Hon. Bukar Kachalla of Hammiza Global Resources Limited under the false pretence of executing a purported contract of supply of three units of chemistry analyzer solar energy brand Model 1800 (UK Version), which they knew to be false
- Death after castration for rape of minor
A group of women, advocating for justice for rape victims, staged a peaceful protest to the Kaduna Government House in July demanding capital punishment for rapists. Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development Hafsat Mohammed Baba told reporters on July 12 that the 485 cases were only those recorded at the sexual abuse referral centre in the state and excluded those recorded by the security agencies. The commissioner lamented that not only girls were being raped, saying that, even boys were not spared, saying: “Every day, from morning to evening, I receive one complain or the other. I am handling a case where a father sleeps with his three daughters, aged three, five and eight. All the time I keep on blaming parents when their little children are raped.”
The legislative arm on Thursday last week passed the amended law, replacing the State Penal Code (No.5), law of 2017, which recommended 21 years jail term and life imprisonment for rapists of adults and minors respectively. The new law, which was thereafter signed into law by El-Rufa’i, provides that punishments for rapists should be surgical castration and bilateral salpingectomy for male and female convicts of child rape, and death. Under the new law tagged, ‘Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020’, the punishment for the rape of a person older than 14 years will include surgical castration or removal of fallopian tubes, but the death penalty shall not apply.
- Wike gives police N30m for arrest of ‘notorious kidnapper’
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has given the police N30 million being bounty for information that led to the arrest of the notorious kidnapper known as Bobosky.
Wike, while presenting the cheque to the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joseph Mukan, on behalf of the security agency and the whistleblower in Port Harcourt, said he was elated that the police and the public worked assiduously to ensure the capture of the criminal. The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, said his administration would leave no stone unturned in ensuring the safety of all Rivers people. “Governor Wike will continue to stand by his words, as this is not the first time such redemption is occurring in the state.
If we can recall when the governor made a promise over Don Wani, a criminal who disturbed the peace of ONELGA, all security agencies and citizenry were activated to capture him, and the pledge was also redeemed”, Danagogo recalled. He lauded the police and the public for their belief in Wike’s promise to reward all those who would help in the move to capture Bobosky. “I thank the police officers for the gallantry in arresting the criminal and I also thank the informants who cannot be mentioned here,” he said. Mukan, who thanked the governor for fulfilling his promise, said it was not an easy task as the police did not sleep over the case throughout the period of operation that led to the arrest of Bobosky.
- Soldier fighting Boko Haram in Yobe, kills self, leaves note for wife
A lance corporal attached to the army’s 27 task force brigade in Buni Gari, Gujba local government area of Yobe state, has reportedly killed himself. A source revealed to TheCable that the soldier suddenly took his gun, aimed at his head and pulled the trigger. “He shot himself in the head, and he died immediately, before other soldiers could even rush to help,” a military source said.
The soldier was also said to have left a note for his wife. His body has been evacuated and sources said investigation into what led to the incident is in progress. Sagir Musa, army spokesperson, was not immediately available to comment over the matter.
- Woman beats stepson to death in Kano
A 29-year-old woman, Jamila Abubakar, has been arrested by operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), for allegedly beating her seven-year-old stepson, Muhammad Bashir to death. NAPTIP Kano Zonal Commander, Shehu Umar who confirmed the development while speaking with newsmen in Kano, said the suspect was arrested, following tip-off information at about 1:00 p.m on Thursday.
Umar recalled that the suspect was once invited to NAPTIP some two months ago for incarcerating same victim (deceased) and at that was made to sign an undertaking not to repeat same. According to him, “NAPTIP received information that the same victim that was rescued about two months ago at Tarauni Kasuwa Kano, was allegedly beating to death by his stepmother.
“Upon receiving information, operatives of NAPTIP swung into action and arrested the suspect.