FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK
Written by MaryGift Sunday on March 13, 2021
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:
- Return £4.2m Ibori Loot To Delta State – Reps Tell FG
The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to ensure that the £4.2million Ibori loot be returned to Delta State. The lawmakers insisted that the funds were stolen from Delta State and as such should rightly be returned to the state. They added that the funds are needed for the infrastructural development of the state.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers said the total money is £6.2 million and not £4.2 million as is being reported. The House also asked the Federal Ministry of Finance to direct the Attorney General of Federation, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and give the House all particulars relating to the recovered money.
- Senate, House: we will kill bill on wage negotiation
A bill seeking to re-order minimum wage negotiation will not see the light of day, federal lawmakers have said. They gave the promise to Labour leaders on Wednesday during a protest march at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.
“The bill will be killed the way a similar one was killed during the eighth National Assembly,” Senator Sabi Abdullahi told the protesters.
Abdullahi (Niger North), received the protesters, led by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba on behalf of Senate President Ahmad Lawan. The intention of the bill, which has crossed the second reading in the House of Representatives, is to take wage negotiation from under the sole purview of the Federal Government, to allowing states freedom to negotiate wage with its workers. Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige has dissociated the Federal Government from the Bill.
- Insecurity: Restore our constitutional powers, Monarchs tell NASS
Traditional rulers in the country on Thursday urged the National Assembly to restore its constitutional powers which were eroded by the 1967 and 1976 Local Government Reform Decrees. They presented a memorandum on their request to the Senate Committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution in Abuja.
The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, represented by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Abubakar Yahaya, made these assertions during a meeting with the Senate Constitution Review Committee which was attended by the Senate President Ahmad Lawan.
The Etsu Nupe in his speech before the presentation of the memorandum blamed the increasing insecurity and corruption in the country on the relegation of the powers of the traditional institution in the country.
- We are broke, says House of Reps
House of Representatives spokesman Benjamin Kalu has said the Lower Chamber is broke. He said the House was indebted to its contractors for various services as a result of the cash crunch. The lawmaker also dismissed insinuations that the Senate was deliberately slowing down the process of according concurrence to Bills passed by the House.
He attributed the development to what he called the limited number of lawmakers in the Senate as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Affirming the current financial condition of the Lower Chamber, Kalu said: “Yes, the House is broke. I have said it before and I am saying it again. I am not afraid to say it.
- Oyo State Receives 127, 740 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines
The Oyo State government has received 127, 740 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA), Abuja.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, announced in a statement that the vaccines were received in Ibadan, the state capital by the Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board.
The statement added that the Executive Secretary of the Board, Muideen Olatunji, said that 127,740 doses of the vaccines received is part of the first phase of vaccine distribution. Olatunji said that the vaccines were received in good condition and that they have also been kept in appropriate cold rooms. He added that the state government has commenced the training of health professionals who will administer the vaccines to residents of Oyo State.
- Fuel Price Hike: NNPC insists no increase in petrol depot price
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has insisted there is no increment in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol.
This is despite a template released by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) that the new price of petrol has reached N212.6 per litre. The PPPRA however deleted the new template on its website.
The NNPC ruled out any increment in the ex-depot price on Friday in a terse tweet via its verified Twitter handle, @NNPCgroup. It tweeted: “#NNPC Insists No Increase in Ex-Depot Price of PMS in March.”
- IPMAN Dismisses Fuel Price Increase, Directs Members to Sell at N163/Litre
The order by Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) increasing fuel price to N212.61 per litre has been dismissed. Members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN have been told not to sell fuel at N212.61 per litre. IPMAN, ordered members to ignore the rumored price hike and sell fuel at the old price of N163 per litre.
The Kano State Branch Chairman of IPMAN, Bashir Dan-Malam, said this while addressing a press conference in Kano on Friday. According to him, whenever there is fuel increment in the country, critical stakeholders will always inform the IPMAN leadership. He further stressed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has enough fuel for distribution across the country and urge the public to avoid panic buying.
- FG inaugurates cash grant for 100m rural women
The Federal Government has inaugurated the Rural Women Cash Grant which, it says, is to empower 100 million rural women as part of its social inclusion and poverty reduction scheme. This was disclosed by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, via the ministry’s verified Twitter handle @FMHDSD on Friday.
The ministry launched the programme in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Friday. For enquiries, applicants are requested to contact the dedicated N-Power helpline: +23418885011 or email email@example.com
- Foundation to support 2,000 entrepreneurs hit by COVID-19
FATE Foundation said it has launched a new programme with Youth Business International to support 2,000 young entrepreneurs hit by the economic impact of COVID-19. Funded by the Standard Chartered Foundation, it stated, the project was part of Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, a global initiative to tackle inequality.
“FATE Foundation aims to support 2,000 young entrepreneurs whose micro and small businesses have been especially hard-hit by COVID-19,” It stated. FATE Foundation said it would provide a holistic package of support including digital transformation workshop, resilience building series, and remote consulting and advisor services to be delivered virtually to 2000 entrepreneurs across Nigeria.
- Nigeria’s raw materials imports rise to N2.32tn
Imports of raw materials into Nigeria rose to N2.32tn last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic from N1.34tn in 2019, according to data from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics.
The NBS said in its latest Foreign Trade Statistics report that the value of total trade in raw material stood at N762.6bn in the fourth quarter of 2020. It said the import component was valued at N715.7bn while the export component stood at N46.9bn. In 2020, the value of raw material goods exports was only 0.7 per cent higher than the value recorded in 2019,” it said.
- Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail to rejuvenate North-South economy – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt–Maiduguri railway will reactivate economic activities in the Eastern corridor, which has been greatly affected by insecurity. He said the country’s aspiration for nationwide transport infrastructure and railways would be significantly enhanced by the three projects.
Urging all Nigerians, especially industrialists, manufacturers and businesses within the zones to maximum the use of the infrastructure in planning for expansion and building new factories, the President said the projects, when completed, would raise Nigeria’s economy to the global stage and reaffirm the nation’s leading role in Africa. The President assured the nation of prudent use of resources in executing the projects.
- ABCON moves against forex speculators, black market dealers
The Central Bank of Nigeria’s licenced Bureaux De Change operators have said they are taking steps against foreign exchange speculators and black market dealers who are distorting the naira exchange rate against the dollar and other global currencies.
Speaking during a virtual meeting with members of the Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria across all the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, the President, ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, said the BDCs would not allow forex speculators and street hawkers to take over BDC business in Nigeria through their illegal practices. According to him, members could be spot-checked by the CBN examiners at anytime and should therefore put in necessary measures to align with the regulatory policies.
- ‘Mention Names’, Zamfara APC Dares APGA Chieftain Over Alleged Payment To Bandits
The Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, Lawan Liman, has responded to the allegation of paying N57 million to bandits, asking them not to release the Jangebe abducted girls. A chieftain of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Abdullah Shinkafi had accused the APC of offering the sum to bandits in order not to free the abducted schoolgirls.
He challenged politicians from both the ruling and opposition parties to subject their telephones to security checks, stating that he is confident many acclaimed statesmen will be implicated in the kidnapping of the school girls. Shinkafi urged politicians who will stop at nothing to oust Matawalle, to wait their time and do it by the book, rather than encourage criminality in the state. But Liman who appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday challenged the APGA chieftain to mention names. He said owing to how weighty the allegation is, the party in the state would take necessary actions, although he did not indicate what steps the APC were considering.
- APC seeking to lure Makinde to avoid defeat in 2023 —Aide
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State , Taiwo Adisa, has said the All Progressives Congress is plotting to lure the governor to the party to avoid a heavy defeat in 2023 governorship poll. Adisa said the APC was aware that they could not raise any candidate that can match Makinde and that is the reason they what to lure him to their party by all means. He said that the plot to lure Makinde to the APC did not come as a surprise, saying the party was fascinated by Makinde’s achievements despite the challenges present.
Contrary to the claims of the APC members that the governor has been soft against criticisms by its members, Governor Makinde has not bothered to respond to their baseless criticisms in recent times but has chosen to remain focused on service delivery. We also completely reject the claims that his desire to join the APC informed the “soft approach” to the farmers/herders’ crisis.
- Wike was my staff, I can’t stoop low – Amaechi
The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said he will not descend to the level of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, by exchanging words with him.
Speaking on Arise TV “The Morning Show” on Thursday, Amaechi said he did not want to discuss Wike whom he has surpassed on all levels.
Reports have it that Wike had berated the Federal Government for commencing a narrow gauge rail line from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri at a time the rest of the world was building standard gauge railway. Reacting to Governor Wike’s claim that his projects are politically motivated, Amaechi said, “I don’t think I want to address the issue of the governor, I have made my point and I have moved on.”
“He was my staff, I can’t bring myself low.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Has Shown No Side Effects On Buhari – Presidency
The Presidency has assured all citizens, that the vaccine administered to President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has no side effects on them. In a short communique put out to dispel fears and misconceptions about the safety of the vaccine administered, Mr. Garba Shehu the Senior Special Assistant to the President said all has remained normal after the jabs.
Mr. Shehu in his statement hoped that a strong message will be sent among the people, especially those grappling with hesitancy about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. President Buhari on Saturday received the AstraZeneca vaccine, a day after the Federal Government launched the vaccination exercise in the country.
- Resident Doctors Threaten To Resume Strike
The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has threatened to go on strike over the failure of the Federal Government to address their demands and implement the agreements reached with the association since last year. In a communique issued on Tuesday and signed by NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, the association resolved to proceed on a recess after their if their demands are not acceded to by the government.
Among their demands include the immediate payment of the salaries of members, the payment of all minimum wage and other salary arrears to its members nationwide without further delay and the immediate implementation of 50% of consolidated basic Salary as Hazard allowance for all healthcare workers.
- Lagos state govt. to launch new oxygen plant soon
The Lagos State Government will soon launch an oxygen plant at the Gbagada General Hospital, Commissioner for Health Professor Akin Abayomi said on Tuesday. Abayomi spoke at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba when he received 260 oxygen cylinders and a medical incinerator donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) to help the state in its fight against COVID- 19. According to Abayomi, the state has recorded less than 400 deaths since the pandemic broke because it has been proactive in its strategy against the virus.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Aliko Dangote Foundation Zouera Youssoufou, who led the CACOVID team, said: “We donated 260 oxygen cylinders and a medical incinerator to help the government in its fight against coronavirus. The oxygen cylinders are in various sizes of their usefulness. The incinerator is very important because it will still be very useful, even after COVID-19 becomes a memory.”
- Insecurity: Niger closes all public secondary schools
To assess the threat of insecurity and its impact on schools, the Niger Ministry of Education has directed the closure of all public secondary schools for two weeks. The schools are to close from Friday, March 12th to Friday, March 26th, 2021. According to Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, the closure was to give relevant security agencies the time and opportunity to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of all public secondary schools.
This decision was taken during an emergency consultative meeting with leadership of the Association of the Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Association of Model Islamic Schools (AMIS), Executive Chairman, Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB), Heads of Education Agencies, Directors of the Ministry and other stakeholders of the sector.
- COVID-19: FG Frustrating Abuad’s Efforts To Develop Vaccine, Says Afe Babalola
Legal luminary Afe Babalola has accused the Federal Government of frustrating efforts of the Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti in developing the COVID-19 vaccine. Speaking on Monday during Abuad’s 8th convocation ceremonies in Ado Ekiti, Babalola knocked the Nigerian government for querying the institution while seeking approval to provide the vaccine.
According to him, the COVID-19 has exposed the poor state of the Nigeria health and education sectors which are largely lacking in infrastructure and depth of research. Babalola said it is shameful for Nigeria that India has stepped up the ladder to become a donor of vaccines to Nigeria while Nigeria is dealing with ancient matters of cattle grazing. He noted the number of qualified medical personnel produced by the country has not translated to a good global rating.
- UK approves work permit for Nigerians, other grad students
The United Kingdom Government has announced that international students who want to work in England following the successful completion of a UK degree at bachelor’s degree-level or above, or an eligible professional qualification, can now do so. Nigeria is one of the main countries sending students to the UK, and the numbers have increased in recent years. According to statistics, in 2020 over 13,000 Nigerian students were granted a UK study visa, an increase of 56 per cent on the year before.
The British government said the graduates could look for work after their studies for a maximum period of two years and three years for PhD students.
According to a statement by the British High Commission, this will allow the UK to retain the brightest and the best students to continue to contribute to the UK post-study. It added that applications for the graduate route will open on July 1, 2021,ensuring Nigerian students would continue to choose the UK as the destination to study and build their careers. This was contained in a statement on Thursday, titled, ‘New UK post-study graduate route to open to Nigerian students this summer,’ signed by the second Secretary Political/Head of Communications, British High Commission, Dean Hurlock.
- No Reason To Stop Using AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine – WHO
The World Health Organization said Friday there was no reason to stop using AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine after several European countries suspended the roll-out over blood clot fears. The WHO said its vaccines advisory committee was currently looking at safety data and stressed that no causal link had been established between the vaccine and clotting.
Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Italy and Romania postponed or limited the rollout of AstraZeneca vaccines after isolated reports of recipients developing blood clots.
- Biden Signs $1.9 Trillion US Stimulus Package Into Law
President Joe Biden signed a massive $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill Thursday ahead of giving a national address where he was set to urge “hope” on the first anniversary of the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden called the American Rescue Plan “historic” as he signed the package into law in the Oval Office.
The bill, passed by Congress earlier this week, dishes out $1,400 payments to most Americans, helps the unemployed, expands public health care and ramps up funds for vaccinations. Although opposed by all Republican lawmakers in Congress, the plan has voter approval ratings of around 60 percent and was hailed by the IMF on Thursday as potentially juicing global economic recovery.
- Biden names two women generals to lead military commands
President Joe Biden on Monday announced the nomination of two women to lead US military commands, who will be only the second and third women to hold such senior military positions in the United States. US Air Force General Jacqueline Van Ovost, the only woman to have reached the rank of four-star general, the military’s highest, was nominated to head Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).
Three-star army general Laura Richardson was nominated to lead Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which covers Central and Latin America. She will also receive her fourth star. If the Senate confirms their nominations, then Van Ovost and Richardson will follow Lori Robinson, who was the first woman to helm a military command. She led Northern Command (NORTHCOM) before retiring in 2018.
“Each of these women have led careers demonstrating incomparable skill, integrity and duty to country,” Biden said while presenting the two generals during a short speech at the White House. “Today is International Women’s Day, and we all need to see and to recognize the barrier-breaking accomplishments of these women,” he added.
- Denmark Suspends AstraZeneca Vaccine Use Over Blood Clot Fears
Danish health authorities said Thursday they were temporarily suspending the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine as a precaution after some patients developed blood clots since receiving the jab. The move comes “following reports of serious cases of blood clots among people vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine”, the Danish Health Authority said in a statement. But it cautiously added that “it has not been determined, at the time being, that there is a link between the vaccine and the blood clots”.
Austria announced on Monday that it had suspended the use of a batch of AstraZeneca vaccines after a 49-year-old nurse died of “severe blood coagulation problems” days after receiving an anti-Covid shot. Four other European countries — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Luxemburg — have also suspended the use of vaccines from this batch, which was sent to 17 European countries and consisting of one million jabs. Denmark has however suspended the use of all of its AstraZeneca supply.
- Austria Suspends AstraZeneca Batch After Death
Austria will stop using doses from one batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine while the death of a nurse who received it is investigated, health officials have said. The decision had been taken as a precaution, the National Office for Health System Safety (BASG) said late on Sunday, adding that there was “no evidence of a causal link” between the jab and the woman’s death.
The 49-year-old nurse died two days after having the jab from “severe blood coagulation problems” and another woman who received a jab from the same batch developed a pulmonary embolism, but is now recovering. Both women received the vaccination at a hospital in the town of Zwettl, west of the capital Vienna. An autopsy is being carried out at Vienna’s AKH hospital on the woman who died, with the results expected in the coming weeks. Regional prosecutors confirmed to AFP that no judicial steps would be taken against the hospital as no anomalies in the delivery, storage or administration of the vaccine had been reported.
- Lebanon Protesters Block Roads Over Worsening Poverty
Lebanese protesters set up new road blocks Tuesday to vent anger over political inaction in the face of deepening poverty, but security forces managed to re-open some to traffic. The country has been mired in economic crisis, which has brought surging unemployment and spiralling prices while the currency has plunged to a new low to the dollar on the black market.
Yet the government — which formally resigned after the massive Beirut port explosion last August that killed more than 200 people — has failed to agree on a new cabinet since. Road blocks have become a near daily occurrence in the small Mediterranean country and lasted all day Monday, including in and out of Beirut.
- Meghan Says She Contemplated Suicide After Marrying Harry, Alleges Royal Racism
Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle on Sunday said she contemplated taking her own life after joining the royal family, and raised allegations of racism in the monarchy during an explosive television interview. Meghan said she was denied help during her mental health crisis, was targeted by lies, and that there was official concern about the skin color of her unborn son.
Meghan, whose father is white and mother is Black, spoke out in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that immediately became one of the most extraordinary chapters in recent royal history and was set to rock the British institution.
Asked if she had had suicidal thoughts while pregnant, Meghan replied “Yes. This was very, very clear.”
After the couple’s surprise decision to move to North America, the former television actress has been portrayed in some British newspapers as headstrong, calculating and spoiled, and the couple reckless and selfish for quitting royal life. Harry, 36, revealed the deep divisions within his family, saying he felt “really let down” by how his father had handled the situation.
- Serena Williams, Gorman Lead Support For Markle Over Royal Racism
Tennis superstar Serena Williams and poet Amanda Gorman led an outpouring of support for Meghan Markle following her explosive allegations of racism in the British royal family. In a two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey, Markle, whose mother is Black, said her husband Prince Harry revealed his family’s concerns over “how dark” her son Archie’s skin would be. She also said no members of the royal family had spoken out to defend her against a torrent of what she said was racist coverage from British tabloids.
African American poet Gorman, who became a star after her reading at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, said the British royal family had missed an opportunity to change. Gorman said it was unclear if it would change the royal family, but Markle would inspire women. Meena Harris, niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, also voiced support for Markle.
- South Korea To Pay 13.9% More For US Troop Presence
South Korea has agreed to pay 13.9 percent more towards the cost of the US troop presence on the peninsula, its foreign ministry said Wednesday, in a six-year deal resolving an issue that festered under the Trump administration. The financial dispute had bedevilled the two allies’ security alliance after former president Donald Trump — who had a transactional approach to foreign policy — repeatedly accused South Korea of freeloading.
Washington stations around 28,500 troops in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North Korea, which invaded the South in 1950, and protect US interests in northeast Asia. Under the new deal, Seoul has agreed to pay 1.18 trillion won ($1.03 billion) for 2021, with annual increases thereafter linked to its defence budget.
- Burna Boy Gets Second Shot At Grammys
Afrobeat superstar and this year a leading voice of the country’s youth protests, Burna Boy is now hoping to add a Grammy to his growing list of accomplishments. Burna Boy has been nominated in the Best Global Music Album category at Sunday’s awards for his 2020 album “Twice as Tall”, alongside four others including Malian band Tinariwen and US band Antibalas.
It is the second Grammy nomination for the singer who has sold out London’s Wembley arena and broken a UK music chart and a Spotify streaming record with his Afrobeat and dancehall style. He clinched his first nomination in 2019 in the same category, for his “African Giant” album, and while he did not win last year, music critics predict he may have a better chance now.
- Mystery shrouds Barry Jhay’s record label boss’ death
The death of Nigerian record label boss, Babatunde Oyerinde Abiodun, also known as Kashy Godson, has been enveloped by mystery. Godson, who is the CEO of Cash Nation, died on March 7, 2021. Popular singer, Barry Jhay, is signed to his record label. Some reports state that Godson committed suicide after jumping from the balcony of his apartment due to his battle with depression. Another report claimed that he was pushed off the balcony by someone.
Before his death, he was involved in an altercation with his signee, Barry Jhay, who posted a video showing his bloodied lip. The singer stated that he had a fight with his boss and that led to the injury he sustained. Shortly after the news of his death broke, it was reported that Barry Jhay had been arrested in Ghana in connection to the death of his boss. An eyewitness said Kashy fell from the 5th floor of a six-storey building and it wasn’t intentional.
- Simi, Erica slam Samklef for sexualising singer Tems
Sonorous singer, Simi, has taken to her verified Twitter account to lambast popular music producer, Samklef, for sexualising fast rising artiste, Tems. The music producer had taken to his Twitter account to note that he could not wait to see Tems derrière in her upcoming music video with Wizkid.
On Saturday, Wizkid shared a snippet of himself and Tems on set for the visual for the song, Essence. Soon after, Nigerian Twitter users stormed the platform to express their desire to see Tems’ butt in the new music video. Sharing Tems’ photo on Twitter, producer Samklef also tweeted that he would love to see Tems’ behind. Apparently, his comment did not sit down well with Simi who simply replied him by tweeting, “WTF is wrong with you.”
- Kate Henshaw, Joke Silva canvass more women in politics
Veteran actresses, Kate Henshaw and Joke Silva have called on more women participation in politics. They spoke in a recent interview with newsmen at the launch of the Ebony Life Creative Academy(ELCA).
Kate Henshaw said: “I choose to challenge the stereotype that women cannot attain certain positions in politics. Joke Silva said: “Yes I mean not in politics but other areas. We haven’t seen that leadership in politics but in other areas, banking, entertainment, the legal profession Nigerian women have actually taken it up to, do we want more, yes definitely there is room for more.”
- NFF President Pinnick Elected Into FIFA Executive Council
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has been elected into the FIFA Executive Council. Pinnick, 50, was elected as a member of the FIFA Council during the 43rd CAF Ordinary General Assembly which was held in Rabat, the Moroccan capital on Friday.
He beat Walter Nyamilandu of Malawi to the position. He is the third Nigerian to be elected into the FIFA council. Late Etubom Orok Oyo and Amos Adamu were the other persons from the West African nation to have occupied that post.
- South African Billionaire Patrice Motsepe Emerges As New CAF President
South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe on Friday emerged as the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), taking over from Ahmad Ahmad. Last November, Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad became the first CAF president to be banned by FIFA, with a five-year suspension for “governance issues” cut to two after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Just a few weeks ago, Motsepe, Ivorian Jacques Anouma, Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya and Senegalese Augustin Senghor were locked in an intriguing struggle for the presidency. Motsepe is the ninth richest man in Africa with a personal wealth estimated at $2.9 billion (2.4 billion euros) by Forbes magazine. He owns 2016 CAF Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns.
- No regrets, I’ll rise again, Israel Adesanya vows
Israel Adesanya suffered the first loss of his MMA career at UFC 259 sunday night. ‘The Last Stylebender’ entered his light-heavyweight title bout with Jan Blachowicz on the back of 20 consecutive wins. He was a considerable favourite to dethrone the 205lb champion and pick up his second UFC belt.
Speaking at the post-fight press conference, Adesanya, disappointed but not disheartened, said: “Losses are part of life. Losses are something I deal with occasionally. (I have) no regrets,” Adesanya said. I feel like the boxing model has made it a bad thing to lose. Yeah, it sucks losing. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s not like the end of the world.
- Iskilu Wakili: Report security breaches, Makinde tells Oyo residents
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has said the state is aware of the events regarding Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili, who was arrested on Sunday.
Makinde, in a statement on Twitter, said the matter is being handled by the Nigeria Police Force. He urged citizens of the state to stay calm and ensure they report any security breaches in the state.
Wakili was arrested by a joint team of Ibarapa security operatives, including Oodua Peoples Congress, Vigilante, and other groups. The warlord whose gang has been accused of killings, kidnapping and other criminal activities, was arrested after several attempts resulting in a gun battle.
- Ibarapa Crisis: Oyo Govt Will Not Condone Miscarriage Of Justice, Says Makinde
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration will do everything possible to prevent any miscarriage of justice. He stated this on Monday in reaction to the recent arrest of some members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and an alleged ethnic warlord, Iskilu Wakili, in the Kajola area of Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Makinde, who spoke in Ibadan, appealed to residents of the state to remain calm and to refrain from ethnic profiling. He noted that the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Ngozi Onadeko, had already given the assurance that a thorough investigation would be conducted into the security situation. He also urged the people to trust in the government, saying it would continue to work in the interest of the people of the state, with a view to ensuring that there was no miscarriage of justice.
- Northern leaders hail Zamfara governor for exposing sponsors of bandits
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has commended Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State for exposing sponsors of banditry. In a statement on Monday by its spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe, the group stated: “About a week ago, ACF issued a press release calling on Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle to name the people collaborating with kidnappers and bandits in his state, saying he knew the collaborators and that Nigerians will be shocked to know them.” “We are happy to note that the government of Zamfara has acted appropriately. A soldier and his girlfriend have been arrested in Zamfara for supplying arms and military uniforms to bandits.
The governor has also approved the removal of the Emir of Maru, Abubakar Chika and the district head of Kanoma, Lawal Ahmed, for allegedly giving support to bandits behind hundreds of deaths.” The spokesman further said: “The emir and the district head have been on suspension since June last year and were under investigation which found them guilty of the complaints from their subjects.”
- Kano Lady Develops Android App For Reporting Rape Cases
A Kano-born young lady, Saadat Aliyu has developed an android application ‘Helpio App’ for reporting cases of sexual abuse. ‘Helpio App’ was launched on August 6, 2020, on Playstore. Ms Aliyu who is the founder of Shamrock Innovations, Women and Youth-Centric Tech Innovation Hub in Kano, said that any person can visit Playstore on an android phone and install the app.
The young lady said her next project will be launched very soon and is fintech-oriented conceived to continue making an impact on women and people’s lives by advocating and developing solutions.