FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK
Written by MaryGift Sunday on March 20, 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:
- It is now time to actualise Yoruba nation, says Sunday Igboho
Yoruba rights activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has said the time has come for the actualisation of the much-desired Yoruba Nation.
He said that there is no basis for ‘one Nigeria’ as insecurity spreads to the southwest region, adding that the only solution is for the Yoruba nation to stand on its own.
Igboho in the now-viral video where he was addressing a press conference as obtained by newsmen, reiterated his stance against killer herdsmen in the southwest. “Starting from now, we don’t want herdsmen in our land to disturb our farms again. If we meet any killer herdsmen, we are going to face and destroy them.
- Nigeria Has Become Economically Attractive To Kidnappers, Says Governor Masari
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State says Nigeria has become economically attractive to kidnappers and bandits within the Sahel region of the continent.
The governor strongly opposed the idea of granting blanket amnesty to the bandits, stating that the idea is enabling the miscreants to continue with their crimes.
Masari also kicked against the intervention of Sheikh Ahmad Gumi in quelling the banditry activities in the northwest. He questioned the cleric’s knowledge on security issues. Speaking further on why he does not support Sheikh Gumi’s intervention, Masari said the cleric did not go about it the right way.
- Insecurity: Nigeria To Receive Six Super Tucanos In July
The Presidency says six of the 12 super Tucano fighter aircraft earlier ordered by the Federal Government will arrive in the country by July 2021. Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu announced on his Twitter handle on Thursday saying six of the twelve super Tucanos are on track to arrive in mid-July 2021 while the remaining six will arrive shortly after that. According to him, “the super Tucano came off the production line in Jacksonville Florida, and are now being equipped and flight tested.
- FEC okays N11.72b for road, health contracts
The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday approved N11.72 billion for projects in the Works and Housing, as well as Health ministries. Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola announced this to State House Correspondents after the week’s virtual FEC meeting in Abuja.
The minister said N8.649 billion was approved for his ministry as variation for works on the Enugu-Onitsha highway. Also, Health Minister Dr Osagie Ehanire said Council approved N3,070,892,938 for six contracts of laboratory equipment on behalf of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
- Issa Aremu Rejects Bill Seeking To Remove Minimum Wage From Exclusive List
A former vice president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Issa Aremu, has condemned the proposed bill to remove the National Minimum Wage from the exclusive list of the Federal Government to concurrent list. Addressing a news conference in Kaduna on Monday, he described the bill as diversionary, saying it must be rejected by all people of good conscience.
Aremu stated that the National Minimum Wage was a settled issue and asked members of the National Assembly and governors in various states to suspend the bill for the sake of industrial harmony and development. He also advised the lawmakers and governors to renew their social contract with their constituencies by improving the welfare of workers. He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for following in the footsteps of his predecessors to increase the minimum wage as part of the agenda for decent work growth and development.
- FG Commits To Spend Half A Percent Of GDP On Research And Innovations
Henceforth, the Federal Government will allocate half a percent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to research and innovation in a determined effort to enhance the country’s economic growth and development. President Muhammadu Buhari made the disclosure in a speech delivered today on his behalf by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN at the opening of the 2021 Technology and Innovation Expo themed “Science, Technology, and Innovation for Economic Recovery and Sustainability Amidst COVID-19 challenges”.
Commending the heroic contribution of Nigerian researchers and scientists in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic,President Buhari stressed the significance of the scientific breakthroughs, President Buhari said “not so long ago (before then), test samples had to be flown out of the country for examination. This is no longer the case because thanks to the efforts of our medical scientists and agencies like the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) we now have the capacity to process samples internally.
- CAN sues FG over CAMA
The Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) has filed a suit against Federal Government over the just gazetted controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA). In the suit filed at Federal High Court, Abuja, CAN is challenging the legality or otherwise of some provisions of the law with which it is not comfortable.
The association’s General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, who disclosed the development, in a statement, yesterday, in Abuja said CAN resolve to go to court after all attempts to convince the Federal Government on why it should not intervene or interfere with the management of the Church in the country through any of its agencies, failed.
- NUJ Oyo state chapter inaugurates chapel at Fresh 105.9 FM Ibadan
The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo state chapter, officially inaugurated her chapel at Fresh 105.9Fm Ibadan on Tuesday 16th March 2021. As one of the ways of enhancing staff welfare, the radio station Fresh 105.9FM Ibadan, today, official joined the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ),as a member.
The inauguration of the Chapel and its members was conducted by the Oyo NUJ state chairman, comrade Adekola Babalola, at the Fresh FM Ibadan hall. Elected executives of Fresh FM NUJ chapel are , Abimbola Olowu as Chairperson, Promise Inumisan as vice chairman, Samuel Gbesabi as secretary, Bukunmi Gbolasere as treasurer and Blessing Adjei as financial secretary. Speaking on behalf of the newly inaugurated members, the financial secretary, Blessing Adjei, assured members of adequate representation of all Fresh FM staff at both state and national levels.
- Nigeria Ranks 16th In FBI’s List Of Countries Worst Affected By Internet Crimes
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center has released its annual report. The 2020 Internet Crime Report includes information from 791,790 complaints of suspected internet crime—an increase of more than 300,000 complaints from 2019—and reported losses exceeding $4.2 billion. According to the report, Nigeria is ranked 16th worst affected country. Other countries that ranked better than Nigeria are Pakistan, China, Columbia, and Hong Kong.
Apart from Nigeria, South Africa was also listed among the ‘worst’ 20. South Africa rated sixth with 1,754 victims while Nigeria had 443 victims.
The top three crimes reported by victims in 2020 were phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and extortion. Victims lost the most money to business email compromise scams, romance and confidence schemes, and investment fraud. Notably, 2020 saw the emergence of scams exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Hijab Controversy: CAN Asks FG, Police To Hold Gov Abdulrasak Accountable
The Christian Association of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed to intervene in the ongoing violence over the hijab policy which according to the association has led to violence and bloodletting in Kwara State. CAN in a statement issued on Wednesday by the CAN General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, said Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, should be held responsible if the matter degenerates.
According to the religious body, the governor’s pronouncement on the issue of hijab-wearing is in violation of the court directive on the matter that the status quo should be maintained until the matter is resolved by the court. The Christian association called on Governor Abdulrazaq to give peace a chance in the state by ordering hoodlums attacking mission schools and churches in the state to stop before the situation degenerates into an unprecedented religious crisis.
- Hijab Controversy: Kwara Government Directs Principals To Resume
Following the clash over the wearing of hijab in some schools in Ilorin, the Kwara State Government has directed principals, teachers, and staff of ten schools recently shut down over the matter to report at their respective schools on Friday. It also advised stakeholders against taking laws into their hands, stressing that peace meetings will continue between the government and stakeholders.
In a statement Thursday, the government explained that the resumption became necessary in order to prepare the final year students for their external examinations. The government warned that any staff that fails to report to duty will face the full wrath of the law as it will not condone any act of insubordination.
- Aisha Buhari returns to Nigeria after six months in Dubai
First Lady Aisha Buhari is back in the country after spending six months in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Newsmen learnt that the first lady, who quietly relocated abroad after Hanan, one of her daughters, got married in September 2021, is currently at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
She was said to have returned to the country on Wednesday night. There were concerns over her whereabouts during the long absence but the presidency avoided making comments on the issue.
- Nigeria’s Unemployment Rate Rises To 33.3% In fourth quater of 2020
Nigeria’s unemployment rate has increased from 27.1% to 33.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020. According to the Labour Statistic Report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Monday, the figure is 6.1% higher when compared to the 27.1% recorded in the second quarter last year.
“The number of persons in the economically active or working-age population (15 – 64 years of age) during the reference period of the survey, Q4, 2020 was 122,049,400. This is 4.3% higher than the figure recorded In Q2, 2020, which was 116.871, 186, ” NBS said. A breakdown of the report shows that the total number of people with employment stood at 46.48 million while the underemployment rate was down by 20.6 percent at 15.91 million.
- ‘Declare emergency on food production’ – Alawuje to South West Governors
National President of Yoruba Welfare Group (YWG) Abdulhakeem Alawuje has urged Southwest governors to declare a state of emergency on food production. Southerners, he said, must return gradually to the farm.This, he said, would make the Southwest self-sustaining on food production.
Alawuje said YWG had mandated its committee Chairman on Employment and Economic Development, Sheikh Abdulfatah Thanni, to find a solution to the challenge. He urged Southwest farmers to venture into animal husbandry, such as cattle, rabbit, goats, snail and fishing, as this would generate employment and reduce criminality in the region.
- CBN Announces ₦6.98 Charge For USSD Transactions
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has imposed ₦6.98 service charge on Nigerians for all USSD transactions. Customers will pay a flat fee of N6.98 per transaction every time they use USSD services from March 16, a statement jointly signed by the apex bank and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said.
The deal was part of an agreement reached with banks following a disagreement between banks and telecom firms over USSD and other text message transaction requests. “Effective March 16, 2021, USSD services for financial transactions conducted at DMBs (Deposit Money Banks) and all CBN-licensed institutions will be charged at a flat fee of N6.98 per transaction,” the statement partly read.
- DPR Seals Filling Stations Selling Petrol Above Approved Price In Imo
The Department of Petroleum Resources has sealed some petrol stations in Imo State, south-east Nigeria. On Friday, the Zonal Controller of DPR in Imo, Roseline Wilki, led a team of officials on a routine monitoring exercise in Owerri, the state capital.
During the operation, some filling stations were sealed for selling Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, above the authorised pump price. Wilki told reporters , “We are here to ensure that the operators are selling within the government approved pump price.
- $890m Health Grant To Nigeria: Buhari Demands Periodic Performance Reports From Ministries
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday directed the Minister of Health to ensure effective utilisation of Global Fund’s generous provision of $890 million, over the next three years, to support Nigeria’s fight against HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB), and Malaria. He issued the directive at the virtual launch of the $890 million grant, for the period of 2021-2023, which will also support the establishment of resilient and sustainable systems for health in the country.
The President also applauded the Global Fund for their contribution of the sum of $51 million during the early stages of Nigeria’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), test kits, and scale up diagnostic capacity. The President, who assured donor agencies and development partners of judicious use of the grant, said the funding would complement investments in the health sector, help curb new infections, and reduce HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria-related morbidity and mortality.
- Doctors threaten strike, say FG not paying dead members’ insurance
The National Association of Resident Doctors says the families of frontline doctors, who died of COVID-19, have been abandoned despite N500bn released by the Federal Government last year for the COVID-19 response. The National President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, said this during an interview with Newsmen on Thursday.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had, at a press briefing on April 4, 2020, said the Federal Government was working with stakeholders to structure medical and life insurance for health workers involved in the war against COVID-19 in Nigeria.
But on Thursday, NARD, which is the umbrella body for all doctors undergoing residency training, said at least 17 of its members had died of COVID-19 while their families were not given any insurance claim. The NARD President, therefore, stated that the body would be embarking on an indefinite strike beginning from March 31, 2021.
- Benefits of vaccination outweigh risks – NAFDAC, WHO
With the many controversies surrounding the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine to protect citizens from the covid-19 disease, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has stressed that the benefits of taking the vaccine far outweigh the risks. This came as the World Health Organisation (WHO) also declared that AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine should continue to be administered as the benefits outweigh its risks.
Over 20 countries across the globe have suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine due to random cases of blood-clotting, which has not yet been scientifically linked with vaccination. They have temporarily suspended the vaccination as a precautionary measure while they carry out further investigations and analyses.
Speaking during an interview in Abuja, the Director-General, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, stated that the agency is not nonchalantly approving the emergency use of the vaccine, but predicates its decision on its detailed findings and recommendations from more mature regulatory agencies and the World Health Organisation (WHO). She noted that out of over 17 million people vaccinated worldwide, sadly, only 37 persons have been reported to have adverse events from taking the vaccine. This, according to her, should not be a basis to suspend the ongoing vaccination of Nigerians.
- Oyo dissolves council caretaker committees
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has announced the dissolution of the caretaker committee members in all local councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) as their three months’ tenure expires today, Friday, March 19, 2021.
A letter signed by the state’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal, on behalf of the governor, ordered that the committee members hand over the administration to the heads of local council administration in their respective councils before leaving offices. The letter, dated March 17, 2021, reads: “Members of the committees are to vacate office latest by Thursday, March 18, 2021.
- I don’t mind losing re-election in 2023 – Makinde
Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde has declared he doesn’t give a hoot about losing re-election in 2023. Makinde, who failed in his governorship bids in 2007, 2011 and 2015, said: “If the people of Oyo State ask me to leave the office as governor today, I won’t hesitate to leave the office because I go to office daily with my bag.”
He spoke at the pan-Yoruba Congress at Mapo Hall, Ibadan declaring he has no godfather. According to him: I don’t have a political father. It was God who made me governor and not human being. No matter how powerful a man is, I cannot fear him. “I contested election in 2007, 2011 and 2015 but failed and when it is time for God to make me a governor, he made me. “If the people of the state decided that they don’t want me again, I will only take my bag and leave because I don’t have a pin in the office.”
- PDP Urges President Buhari, APC To Embark On Immediate Electoral Reform
The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to embark on immediate electoral reform that will guarantee free, fair, and transparent elections in 2023. National Chairman of the Party, Uche Secondus, disclosed this at a meeting held on Wednesday at PDP national headquarters in Abuja.
The party accused the President and the ruling party, APC of putting hurdles in the way to conducting credible elections and warns that the citizens will not accept this. Chairman of the PDP reconciliation committee, Senator Bukola Saraki in his address called for unity among members of the party. Other members of the party also stressed the need for unity and the inclusion of youths and women in its elective positions if it must regain power in the 2023 election.
- Fayose meets Babangida, Abdulsalam for consultation
Former Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose has met with former ex- Heads of State, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Abdulsalam Abubakar in Minna, the Niger state capital.
His visit, according to feelers, may not be unconnected to his alleged presidential ambition and other national issues, newsmen learnt. He explained he had fruitful discussions with the former leaders, adding they were centered on security, economic and political challenges.
- Ex-JAMB Registrar Professor Ojerinde Arrested Over Alleged N900m Fraud
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has arrested a former Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, for allegedly misappropriating N900 million. According to a statement signed on Wednesday by ICPC Spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, the former JAMB Boss was arrested on March 15, 2021, in Abuja.
He is alleged to have committed multiple frauds while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO). Ojerinde was also alleged to have awarded contracts for the supply of pencil and eraser at the cost of N450 million each, to Double 07 Concept Limited and Pristine Global Concept Limited, respectively, between 2013 and 2014 while heading JAMB. Ojerinde is currently being held on a remand warrant and will soon be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.
- Akeredolu pays WAEC fees for 25,736 students
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has approved payment of Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) fees for 25,736 students in public schools across the state. Akeredolu directed that the money be “paid directly to WAEC and to be receipted for” approved the payment in a memo signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Technology, Mrs Lola Amuda dated March 17, 2021.
The payment of the WAEC fees was in fulfilment of Governor Akeredolu promised to take the burden of paying such fees off parents to cushion the effect of hardship imposed by COVID-19. Ondo Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said all the eligible students in public schools would benefit.
- ASUU warns of fresh strike over unremitted deductions
The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday blamed the Federal Government, as well as the Accountant General of the Federation, over what it called the victimisation of its members. It said the Federal Government had refused to pay its members salaries despite the ‘no victimisation clause’ of the suspended strike.
According to ASUU, while its members are back to their duty posts to work, the harsh economy being experienced due to unpaid salaries and non-refund of deducted check-off dues will affect productivity. The Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, said the Federal Government failed to remit the deductions it made to the account of the union. The union warned that if pushed to the limit, “withdrawal of work in the nearest future may be inevitable.”
- Senate approves medical varsity for Iyin Ekiti
The Senate on Tuesday passed for second reading, a bill for the establishment of the Federal University of Medical and Health Sciences in Iyin, Ekiti State. The proposed law for the establishment of the institution was sponsored by the Senator representing Ekiti Central, Opeyemi Bamidele.
Bamidele said the Ekiti State Government has already offered to release about 1,000 hectares of land for the take-off of the institution. The Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, and Senator Ibrahim Gobir supported the establishment of the institution saying that it will support research.
- ASUP Threatens Industrial Action Across Nigeria
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has threatened to embark on an industrial action across the country and also withdraw services of its members. The planned strike is scheduled to commence on April 6, 2021.
The National President of the union, Mr. Anderson Ezeibe made the disclosure in Katsina during a press briefing on the status of the labor issues between the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Government. He said the strike is meant to draw the attention of the government to the nine basic needs of the union.
He said the need to release the 10 months in arrears of the new minimum wage owed its members in Federal Polytechnics and the implementation of same in the several States yet to implement the new minimum wage.
- Tanzanian President John Magufuli Dies Of ‘Heart Condition’
Tanzanian President John Magufuli died Wednesday aged 61 from a heart condition, his vice president said, after more than five years of divisive, authoritarian rule capped by his refusal to take COVID-19 seriously. Magufuli, popularly nicknamed the “Bulldozer”, had been missing from public view for almost three weeks, fuelling wild rumours of his ill health, with opposition leaders claiming he had contracted the virus.
Vice-president Samia Suluhu Hassan said Magufuli had died of a “heart condition”, which he has suffered from for a decade, at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. Opposition leader Tundu Lissu cited sources saying that he had caught the virus, as demands grew for information on his whereabouts and rumours took off that Magufuli was seeking treatment outside the country.
- Tanzania Swears In First Female President After Magufuli’s Death
Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan was on Friday sworn in as the country’s first female president after the sudden death of John Magufuli from an illness shrouded in mystery. Hassan, 61, a soft-spoken Muslim woman from the island of Zanzibar, will finish Magufuli’s second five-year term, set to run until 2025.
Wearing a bright red headscarf, Hassan was sworn in as the country’s sixth president, at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, where neither she nor the majority of attendees wore a mask, in the Covid-sceptic nation. She becomes the only other current serving female head of state in Africa alongside Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde, whose role is mainly ceremonial.
- Burna Boy Wins Grammy Award For Twice As Tall
Afrobeat superstar Burna Boy has added a Grammy to his growing list of accomplishments. The singer won the Best Global Music Album category for his latest body of work, ‘Twice As Tall’. He beats American, Brooklyn-based afrobeat band Antibalas; a group of Tuareg musicians, Tinariwen; British-Indian composer, Anoushka Shankar and Brazilian-American singer, Bebel Gilberto.
This win makes him one of only three Nigerians who will be returning home with the Grammy Statuette. Sikiru Adepoju is the first Nigerian to have won the Grammy. He won it in 2009 with the “Global Drum Project” a collaborative album with Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, and Giovanni Hidalgo. Ayo Balogun, the Afrobeats superstar popularly known as Wizkid, is the other Nigerian who has won the grammy; coincidentally he and Burna Boy got their first awards on the same day at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards ceremony.
- Wizkid Wins Grammy With Beyonce’s Collaboration
Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun has won his first-ever Grammy Award. The Nigerian superstar won his first-ever Grammy Award for his collaboration with Beyoncé and Blue Ivy on the song “Brown Skin Girl”.
This was announced at the Premiere Ceremony of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. The song ‘Brown Skin Girl’ comes off the 2019 album, ‘The Lion King’. This win which also marks the first Grammy Award for Beyoncé’s daughter will be shared with Jenn Nkiru who directed the video.
- Beyonce Breaks Grammy Record, Becomes Female Artist With Most Wins
Beyonce made Grammys history Sunday by becoming the winningest woman in the history of the music industry’s top awards gala, and its most decorated singer with 28 career wins. She secured the record after winning Best R&B Song for her hit “Black Parade,” a single celebrating Black culture and activism that dropped in the wake of mass protests ignited by the death of George Floyd in police custody in the summer of 2020.
It is a major moment for the 39-year-old Beyonce, whose repeated snubs in top award fields have raised eyebrows and stirred controversy. She is the Grammy’s most nominated female artist ever with 79, tied with Paul McCartney as the second most nominated act and only one behind husband Jay-Z and industry legend Quincy Jones.
- Kanye Wins Grammy For Best Contemporary Christian Album
The mercurial Kanye West won his 22nd Grammy on Sunday, but not for his usual fare: the artist who skyrocketed to fame in the rap world now has a Christian music prize to his name. West did not appear at the virtual ceremony to accept the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his 2019 release “Jesus Is King,” which is imbued with his message of evangelical salvation. In addition to the Grammy he won Sunday, West has also taken home several Billboard Music Awards in gospel categories, along with three Gospel Music Association prizes.
It was the first Grammy win for the Chicago-raised West since 2013, when he nabbed three Grammys in the rap categories. The spotlight recently has shone on West more for his personal life than his art, after his partner of nearly a decade, Kim Kardashian, filed for divorce. Before the news broke, their union had been dogged for months by reports of marital difficulties. West has battled with mental health issues, and launched an improbable and controversial foray into US presidential politics.
- Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Wins Grammy For Album Of The Year
Pop powerhouse Taylor Swift won the Grammy for Album of the Year for “folklore,” her first of two quarantine records — the third time she has won the coveted trophy, putting her in rarefied company. Only three other artists have won Album of the Year three times — Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Frank Sinatra.
It’s been a banner year for Swift, the one-time Grammy darling who surprised her legions of fans not once but twice during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, releasing “folklore” over the summer and “evermore” as an early holiday gift.
Sunday’s big win marked a return to the Grammy spotlight for Swift, who appeared to have fallen out of grace with the Recording Academy in recent years.
- H.E.R. Wins Song Of The Year Grammy
The soulful 23-year-old R&B performer H.E.R. pulled an upset in scooping the Grammy for Song of the Year on Sunday for her justice-minded song “I Can’t Breathe,” which tackles Black pain and police brutality. The guitar virtuoso’s single — which debuted in June 2020 in the wake of mass anti-racism protests following the death in police custody of a Black man, George Floyd — bested competition from Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Billie Eilish to win top songwriting honors.
“I Can’t Breathe” is a phrase echoing the final words of Eric Garner, who died after New York police placed him in a chokehold while arresting him on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes. It has become an ubiquitous chant at Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, and in her bluesy song filled with wrenching lyricism, H.E.R. asks why the three words are so often met with indifference.
- Emanuella Wins Nickelodeon’s ‘Favorite African Social Media Star’
Popular YouTube comedy star, Emanuella Samuel, has won Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards 2021 in the ‘Favorite African Social Media Star’ category. Emanuella won the voting-based award but was in good company with fellow nominees in the same category being, Ikorodu Bois, Magician Wian Van Den Berg from South Africa, Uganda’s Ghetto Kids, Kenya’s social media sensation Elsa Majimbo, and South Africa’s Bonang Matheba.
Emanuella was first nominated for the Kids Choice Awards in 2018 alongside Davido but they lost to Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo. The 2021 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards recognises the biggest and most entertaining stars across the world of film, television, music, sports, video games, and social media.
- National Sports Festival: Minister Confirms New Date For Kick Off
A new date has been confirmed for the 20th edition of the National Sports Festival to kick-off. The Ministers of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Friday confirmed April 2nd to April 14th as the new date. He made the announcement during a visit to the Edo State Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
He also announced that Edo State will be used for the National Camp in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games taking place later this year. Dare said further that the Federal Government is determined to go ahead with the Unity Games which is the sequel to participation at the Tokyo Games.
- Wrestling Olympic qualifiers moved To Tunisia
The Africa/Oceania Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers earlier scheduled for El Jadida, Morocco have been moved to Tunisia by the United World Wrestling (UWW).
However, the competition will retain its original dates of 2nd to 4th April, 2021, but will now be staged in the Tunisian city of Hammamet, which hosted the 2019 African Championships.
In a related development, the African Championships earlier slated for 6th to 11th April, 2021 also in El Jadida, have been postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date.
In a letter addressed to all the African and Oceania wrestling federations, the UWW said it “did not receive the expected guarantees and confirmations from the host country’s authorities that the entrance for all countries would be unrestricted” due to the coronavirus pandemic. Subsequently, the global wrestling governing body decided to award the hosting right for the Olympic qualifiers to Tunisia.
- Joshua, Fury Sign Two-Fight Heavyweight Unification Deal
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have signed a deal for two all-British world heavyweight title unification fights, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said on Monday. Confirming the agreement, Hearn told ESPN: “The hard part is always getting everybody to put pen to paper.
Hearn said a venue for the fights, in which Joshua’s WBA, IBF, and WBO titles and Fury’s WBC belt will be on the line, is set to be confirmed: “within the next month.” According to reports, Saudi Arabia, where Joshua won a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019, is the frontrunner to host both fights.
Both Joshua, 31, and Fury, 32, are expected to earn £100 million ($139 million) each, with the purse split 50-50 for the first fight and 60-40 for the rematch in favour of the defending champion.
- Ronaldo Overtakes Pele, Tops World Goalscoring List
Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at his critics with a quick-fire hat-trick as Juventus brushed aside Cagliari 3-1 on Sunday, five days after their Champions League elimination, while Inter Milan moved nine points clear at the Serie A summit. Portuguese star Ronaldo scored a header in the 10th minute at the Sardegna Arena, added a second from the penalty spot 15 minutes later, and completed a ‘perfect’ treble on 31 minutes with a fine left-footed strike.
Ronaldo is the leading scorer in Serie A with 23 goals this season, ahead of Inter’s Romelu Lukaku, who has 19. His career tally is now 770 goals, overtaking Brazil legend Pele’s 767 scored in official matches which he matched earlier this month.
- Self-Acclaimed Pastor Accused Of Torturing Toddlers In Anambra
A self-acclaimed pastor, Rejoice Raymond, has been accused of torturing toddlers in Anambra State. Raymond, a 40-year-old woman was paraded on Monday at the police headquarters at Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area of the state.
The suspect, alongside one Sabina Izuorah, who is currently at large were involved in the case of alleged deprivation of liberty, assault and attempted murder of three children at 3-3 area in Onitsha.
Briefing journalists, the Commissioner of Police, Monday Kuryas, represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed said one of the major accomplices, Izuorah, a former staff of the Welfare Department at Ihiala Local Government Area, who allegedly sold the children, has been declared wanted. The injuries inflicted on the children’s bodies, owing to physical and emotional torture is still obvious as the children continue to recuperate in the custody of the state government.
- Police Bust Bandits’ Hideout, Arrest Suspected Ritualist In Taraba
Police in Taraba State have taken the fight against insecurity to a bandits’ hideout, arresting four of them while a suspected ritualist was apprehended elsewhere. The arrested suspects are part of bandits who have been terrorising some parts of Taraba by kidnapping residents, said a senior police officer, Adenirun Kunle.
Kunle, who is the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department in the state, paraded the suspects on Thursday in Jalingo.
He noted that in connection to the crime, two other suspects – Mohammed Adamu and Mohammed Isa – collected from their victim’s family as ransom, money, carton of beer, cigarette, and recharge cards worth over four million naira. He also paraded a suspected ritualist for culpable homicide, as well as two suspects who were alleged to have planned to kidnap three businessmen, but the attack was foiled.