FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

Written by on April 3, 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:

 

 

NEWS

  • FG extends NIN-SIM linkage by one month

The Federal Government has extended the deadline for the registration, verification and linkage of the National Identity Number (NIN) to Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards by one month. The deadline was actually pegged for April 6, before the new announcement. Nigerians, who are yet to complete the NIN-SIM registration now have up till May 6 to do so. This is even as the already registered and verified NINs have exceeded 51 million.

These developments were made known on Friday in a joint statement signed by both the Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and Head of Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Kayode Adegoke. The statement said that based on the updates of the NIN-registration process, over 51 million people have been assigned NINs. According to it, there are many people who have enrolled and are in the process of being assigned NINs.

  • Nigerians without NINs risk 14-yr jail term – FG

The Federal Government, yesterday, warned that Nigerians without the National Identification Numbers (NINs) risk jail terms of between seven and 14 years in addition to being deprived of social services.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami put the number of compliant subscribers at over 150 million, adding that the enrollment figure was 51 million as at March 31, 2021. He maintained that while obtaining a SIM card may be optional, NIN was mandatory, quoting Section 27 of the NIMC Act of 2007.
Pantami stressed that it was a criminal offence to carry out business activities in Nigeria without first acquiring the special number.

  • Medical Trip: Buhari Needs Not Transmit Power To Osinbajo – Presidency

It is unnecessary for President Muhammadu Buhari to transmit power to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Presidency has said. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this on Tuesday when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He explained that President Buhari has not contravened the laws of the land by not transmitting power to Professor Osinbajo while away from the country for a number of days. He added, “The requirement of the law is that the President is going to be absent in the country for 21 days and more, then that transmission is warranted. In this particular instance, it is not warranted.”

President Buhari departed the Presidential Villa for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at about 2:30pm after which he proceeded to London for a routine medical check-up. The Presidency had said the President is expected back in the country in the second week of April.

  • Recruit 50 Million Youths Into Army To Tackle Insecurity – Tinubu Tells FG

Chief Bola Tinubu on Monday asked the Federal Government to recruit 50 million youths into the Nigerian Army in a bid to oust the insurgents and miscreants threatening the nation’s peace. According to the former Lagos State governor, the insurgents and bandits are taking advantage of the high unemployment in the country and are recruiting the youths to indulge in their criminal activities.

Tinubu emphasized that the nation is under-policed, adding that drafting the youth into various national security agencies should not be based solely on educational qualification or literacy. At the Kano event which also served as a celebration of the APC Chieftain’s 69th birthday, he urged the government to create opportunities in agriculture to stem the unemployment rate.

  • NIMC launches new mobile app for SIM-NIN linkage

Ahead of deadline expiration for linkage of Subscribers Identity Module (SIM) cards with National Identity Numbers (NIN) on April 9, the National Identity Management Commission has launched a new Mobile Web Service (MWS) Application and improved National Identity Number (NIN) slips for public use. The launch was performed by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, through the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz.

The Head of Corporate Communications of NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, said the NIMC APP comes with improved National Identification Number (NIN) Slip for public use. The NIMC App offers a secure channel for Nigerians and legal residents to verify and authenticate their identities using their smartphones on-the-go, Adegoke explained in a statement. The NIMC App is available on the App Store for IOS users and Google Play store for Android users. The improved NIN Slip can also be downloaded via https://dashboard.nimc.gov.ng.”

  • Over 51 Million Nigerians Have Enrolled For NIN – Minister

No fewer than 51 million Nigerians have enrolled for the National Identity Number (NIN), the Federal Government has said. The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing State House correspondents. He spoke at the sixth edition of the ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team at the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital.

Pantami warned that while the failure to obtain the NIN could lead to between seven and 14 years imprisonment for Nigerians as stipulated by the Constitution, no one should enjoy government services without the number. He stated that it was important for transactions in the country to be conducted with the NIN. He believes rather than the population census which can be manipulated, NIN will determine the accurate number of Nigerians because of its uniqueness and tamper-proof.

  • Kebbi Govt. partners with World Bank on rural roads

Kebbi State government has partnered with the World Bank to build modern markets and the construction of rural roads across the state. The Commissioner for Agricultural and Rural Developments, Abdullahi Maigari Dakingari disclosed that the implementation of Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Projects (RAAMP) has come to full swing, as the state government had fulfilled all conditions for the implementation of the projects in Kebbi.

Maigari noted that 450 kilometres of the rural roads have already been earmarked. He added that there would also be other road construction works in the state; consisting of routine maintenance of about 700 kilometres cutting across all the 21 local government areas. He said the work will cover rehabilitation of 200 kilometres of some selected roads across the state and upgrades of 125 kilometres of road from laterite road to asphalt roads.

  • FG declares public holiday to mark Easter

The Federal Government has declared Friday 2nd and Monday 5th April 2021 public holidays to mark this year’s Easter Celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government. This is contained in a statement signed by the Director (Press & Public Relations) of the Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga, and issued on March 30, 2021

In the statement, Aregbesola urged Christians to emulate the attributes of forbearance, forgiveness, kindness, humility, love, peace and patience, which were demonstrated by Jesus Christ. The Minister urged them to use the occasion to pray for the peace, unity, and progress of the country.

  • INEC To Resume Continuous Voters Registration On June 28

The Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise will resume on June 28 across the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, announced the date for the resumption of the exercise on Thursday at a press briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He disclosed that the electoral umpire has set aside the Direct Data Capture Machine, and would introduce a new device being developed by its in-house software engineers.

Professor Yakubu, however, attributed the lapse to the inability of INEC to establish new systems that would ensure safer CVR, its determination to expand voter access to polling units, and the decision to introduce new voter registration equipment. He said the registration would be conducted in one year, adding that emphasis would be on Anambra State where a governorship election has been scheduled to hold in November.

 

 

 

 

ECONOMY

  • Mentorship, others listed as solution to workplace stereotypes in legal profession

Former Education Minister, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, has said that Nigerians must imbibe a culture that embraces diversity, mentorship and transparency as factors to help eliminate barriers faced by women in the legal profession and workspace at large. She also pointed out gender discrimination, political, sociological and religious biases, as major barriers against women. She said this at the International Women’s Day conference organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, Women Forum, (NBA-WF)

According to her, “maternal wall”, inflexible work schedules, limited access to training and failure to receive credit for work done contribute to travails of women. Ezekwesili noted that people were becoming conscious to the fact that in most part of the world, women are isolated in decision making. She also called on privileged women in the law profession to assist other women into leadership positions as gender equality widens when those in privileged positions don’t recognise or do anything about it.

  • Nigeria’s public debts hit N32.92tr – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday said states and federal debts were N32.92 trillion as at December 2020. Its data entitled: “Nigerian Domestic and Foreign Debt (Q4 2020)” pasted on its website, said while N12.71 trillion was external, representing 38.60 per cent of the total debt stock, N20.21 trillion, representing 61.40 per cent was domestic.

The data explained that further disaggregation of the country’s foreign debt showed that $17.93billion of the debt was multilateral; $4.06billion was bilateral from the AFD, EximBank of China, JICA, India, and KFW while $11.17billion was commercial which are Eurobonds and Diaspora Bonds and $186.70 as promissory notes. According to NBS, the total states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) domestic debt was put at N4.19trillion with Lagos accounting for 12.15 per cent of the debt stock while Jigawa has the least debt stock in this category with a contribution of 0.74 per cent.

  • IMF demands debt data accuracy, transparency from Nigeria.

A day after the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released report that said states and federal debts had hit N32.92 trillion as at December 2020, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on Tuesday , made a strong case for strong and aggressive growth-friendly fiscal adjustment among low-income countries (LICs), drawing attention to proper debt management. The IMF charged developing countries to improve on “debt data accuracy and transparency” as a necessary action point to reduce sovereign risks.

The NBS had in its data entitled: “Nigerian Domestic and Foreign Debt (Q4 2020)” pasted on its website, said while N12.71 trillion was external, representing 38.60 per cent of the total debt stock, N20.21 trillion, representing 61.40 per cent was domestic. According to NBS, the total states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) domestic debt was put at N4.19 trillion with Lagos accounting for 12.15 per cent of the debt stock while Jigawa has the least debt stock in this category with a contribution of 0.74 per cent.

 

 

 

 

POLITICS

  • Afenifere Spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, Is Dead

Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, is dead. Sources within the Afenifere and his close associates confirmed the news to newsmen. His wife, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, was also quoted to have confirmed the news of the death. He died at the intensive care unit of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.

Odumakin was a renowned human rights activist who played a key role in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought the regime of General Sani Abacha after the annulment of June 12, 1993 election. He was also one of the spokespersons of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF), the body representing ethnic nationalities in the South-West, South-South, South-East, and the Middle Belt. Married to another activist, Dr Joe Odumakin, he is one of the strongest critics of the present Buhari-led administration.

  • 2023: Ohanaeze elders insist on Igbo Presidency

Elders Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has resolved to ensure Ndigbo produces the next president of Nigeria in 2023. The council mandated the Professor George Obiozor-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide to begin close consultation with Igbo socio-cultural and political elite with a view to ensure that the presidency does not elude Igboland.

In a communique at the end of the meeting in Owerri at the weekend, the elders Council frowned at the sudden method adopted by some partisan leaders that zoning should be de-emphasised insisting that even if that would be done, “it will be after Ndigbo have taken their turn.”

  • Makinde orders PDP to refund form fees to defeated council candidates

Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde has directed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to return the cost of nomination and expression of interest forms to those who lost in the party’s primary for local government election. General discontent had trailed the primary among those who lost in the election, which held across the state last week. Makinde gave the directive to assuage ill-feelings among party faithful who had hoped to secure certain positions in the local government election slated for May.

The last elected chairmen and councillors under the Oyo State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) also condemned moves to organise an election while both parties await the decision of the Supreme Court on the propriety or otherwise of their sack by Makinde on May 29, 2019. The Governor’s directive for a refund was contained in a statement by the State Secretary of the party, Alh. Wasiu Adeleke.

  • APC state chairmen demand national convention

The Forum of State Chairmen of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to conduct Congresses and convene the National Convention within the time frame given it by the National Executive Committee (NEC) last December.

The forum also appealed for extension of the membership registration and revalidation exercise, which ended officially on March 31, 2021 nationwide. The chairman and Borno Caretaker Committee chairman, Hon. Ali Buka Dalori, said: “We urgently call for: the immediate conduct of Congresses and convening of the National Convention; and to allow for completion of all other tasks assigned to CECPC (by NEC) within the time frame.”

 

 

 

HEALTH

  • Resident Doctors Begin Indefinite Strike Nationwide

Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have commenced an industrial action across the country. The strike which began on Thursday followed an ultimatum issued to the Federal Government which expired on Wednesday. NARD President, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, announced the commencement of the nationwide strike during an interview.

In their demands, the doctors had called for the immediate payment of all salaries owed to all house officers, including March salaries. They also demanded the immediate payment of all salary arrears, including March salaries for members in all Federal (GIFMIS platform) and State Tertiary Health Institutions across the country, especially ASUTH, IMSUTH, and UNIMEDTH.

NARD sought an upward review of the current hazard allowance to 50 per cent of consolidated basic salaries of all health workers and payment of the outstanding COVID-19 inducement allowance, especially in state-owned-tertiary Institutions.
They called for the abolishment of the exorbitant bench fees being paid by their members on outside postings in all training institutions across the country with immediate effect.

  • If Doctors Refuse To Resume, We Will Implement ‘No Work, No Pay’ – Ngige

The Federal Government will implement the ‘no work, no pay’ on the striking National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) if they refuse to resume work.
This is according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who issued the warning on Friday during an interview on Friday.

“By Tuesday, I will invite them back. If they become recalcitrant, there are other things I can do. There are weapons in the Labour Laws, I will invoke them. There is no work, no pay,” Ngige said. Speaking further, the Minister also noted that the current hazard allowance of ₦5,000 for doctors was fixed in 1992, noting that it was fair and just. The Minister explained that the Federal Government would review the amount in five weeks’ time, although he didn’t disclose the proposed figure.

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • 8 UniAbuja students win N2.2m research grants

Eight undergraduate students of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) have won N2.2million as research grants from the university’s Centre for Undergraduate Research Fund. Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, who spoke at the maiden undergraduate research day with the theme: ‘Promoting National Development Through Research’ in Abuja, pledged to increase investment on research and development with a view to further boost national development.

He urged university managements and students to identify and undertake research on local and national problems to enable Nigeria be at par with developed countries of the world. According to him, the university would continue to harvest undergraduates to embark on research, grant them the needed financial support and mentorship, through the Centre which was established to primarily encourage undergraduate students at all levels in the university to develop keen interest in research, know Nigeria’s problems and how to resolve them.

 

 

 

 

WORLD

  • BioNTech-Pfizer Say COVID-19 Vaccine 100% Effective On 12-15 Year Olds

BioNTech-Pfizer said Wednesday their vaccine showed 100 percent efficacy against the coronavirus in 12 to 15 year olds, as they eye approval for adolescents to get the jabs before the next school year. Phase 3 trials carried out on 2,260 adolescents in the United States “demonstrated 100 percent efficacy and robust antibody responses”, the companies said in a statement.

Chief executive of German company BioNTech said the results showing high protection for teens were “very encouraging. The BioNTech/Pfizer shot is based on novel mRNA technology and was the first Covid-19 vaccine to be approved in the West late last year. Both the United States and the European Union have approved its use for people aged 16 and above.

Since then, it has been used in millions of adults in more than 65 countries. A real world study involving 1.2 million people in Israel found it to be 94 percent effective. With the world scrambling to inoculate, BioNTech said Tuesday it was on track to manufacture 2.5 billion doses of its vaccine this year.

  • Sicily Health Chief Quits Over ‘Faked’ COVID-19 Data

The official in charge of health matters in Sicily resigned Tuesday after being named in a probe over the alleged falsifying of data on the Italian island’s coronavirus situation. Ruggero Razza denied wrongdoing but said he was stepping down to avoid further controversy after being targeted in an investigation that has also seen three arrests.

According to Italian newspapers, Razza was caught on a phone wire tap discussing numbers of deaths with a local health official, and said: “Let’s spread them around a bit.” The official on the call was among those arrested in the probe, which reportedly alleges that reports of deaths and new cases were spread out over time to make the situation look better than it really was. Palermo mayor Leoluca Orlando said in a statement that the Sicilian capital would be a civil party in any legal proceedings, given the impact coronavirus measures have had on the area.

  • COVID-19 Likely Jumped To Humans From Bats – WHO Report

An international expert mission to Wuhan has concluded it was very likely that Covid-19 first passed to humans from a bat through an intermediary animal, while all but ruling out a laboratory leak. The intermediate host hypothesis was deemed “likely to very likely”, while the theory that the virus escaped from a lab was seen as “extremely unlikely”, according to the long-awaited report.

The report from the international mission to Wuhan has been keenly anticipated ever since the expert team left China more than a month ago. Delays in the publication of the findings, drafted in collaboration with the team’s Chinese counterparts, had been blamed on coordination and translation issues, even as a diplomatic tug-of-war raged in the background over the report’s contents. But they said they had worked to rank a number of hypotheses according to how likely they were.

  • Czech billionaire dies in Alaska copter crash

Petr Kellner, the Czech Republic’s wealthiest person with a fortune topping $13 billion, died aged 56 in a helicopter crash in Alaska, his spokeswoman said on Monday. Kellner, who meticulously guarded his privacy, owned the financial, telecommunications, engineering and insurance PPF Group, which employs 94,000 people worldwide. Czech media said Kellner was on a heli-skiing trip.

The Forbes magazine put Kellner’s wealth in 2020 at 293 billion Czech crowns (11.2 billion euros, $13.2 billion). Kellner, who started his business selling copy machines, founded the PPF Group in 1991, two years after the fall of Communism in the former Czechoslovakia. The group with global assets worth 44 billion euros comprises Home Credit International, the world’s largest non-banking consumer lender with extensive activities on the Chinese market.

  • Oil Prices Ease After Suez Canal Traffic Restarts

World oil prices eased on Monday as traffic resumed on the Suez Canal after a massive container ship blocking the waterway was freed. The Suez Canal Authority said the Ever Given was back afloat and traffic resuming in one of the most important routes for global trade and crude shipments that had been shut for almost a week.

Crude prices had tumbled earlier after the ship was partially freed, but rebounded quickly afterwards when salvage experts said the hardest work was ahead. But only hours later they managed to free the ship completely, and oil prices fell back. Despite the resumption of traffic, analysts say that it will take time for container transport to resume to normal.

  • J&J To Deliver Up To 400 Million COVID-19 Vaccines To Africa

Up to 400 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine will be made available to African countries, the US pharmaceutical giant said Monday. The availability of the single-shot vaccine will be subject to national regulatory approvals in the African Union’s 55 member states, with the first shipments expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2021.

The company said Janssen Pharmaceutica, a J&J subsidiary, had entered into an agreement with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to initially make available up to 220 million doses of its vaccine. AVAT can order an additional 180 million doses, for a combined total of up to 400 million doses through 2022.

  • Yemen Receives First COVID-19 Vaccines – UN

War-torn Yemen received the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines on Wednesday, the UN children’s agency said, a week after the country’s coronavirus committee warned of a public health “emergency”. The AstraZeneca doses arrived in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen’s de facto capital. “Yemen received 360,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses shipped via the Covax facility,” UNICEF said in a statement. This first batch is part of 1.9 million doses that Yemen will initially receive throughout 2021,” it added.

Last week Yemen’s coronavirus committee urged the government to declare a public health “state of emergency” amid a surge in infections. It called for the implementation of a “partial curfew” and for the closure of wedding halls, shopping centres and mosques outside of prayer times. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has also warned the number of critically Covid-19 patients was rising across the country, urging assistance from donor countries and specialised groups.

  • Argentine President Tests Positive For COVID-19

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez, who has been vaccinated against COVID-19, announced late Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The president, who turned 62 on Friday, was in isolation as a precaution but said he was “physically well.”

Fernandez was inoculated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and had his second shot on February 11, sources in the presidency told AFP. Argentina is facing a second wave of coronavirus with a sustained rise in cases.

 

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Nigerians react as photos of Davido kissing American model surface

Nigerian popstar, Davido, has set Twitter on fire after several intimate pictures of him and a 22-year-old American Instagram model, Mya Yafai, hit the internet. In one of the pictures, the singer is seen giving Yafai a french kiss. The Fem singer was first linked with the American Instagram model earlier this month.

The photos have made Davido’s fiancee, Chioma Rowland, trend on Twitter as people share their opinion about Davido’s new-found love. So far, she is currently trending at number one on Twitter with over 20,000 tweets. Also, Assurance takes the number six spot on Twitter courtesy of Davido’s lovey-dovey pictures with his new flame.

  • Feminism responsible for domestic violence —Pete Edochie

Veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, has blamed feminism for the domestic violence women suffer in marriage. Speaking to BBC Igbo, the actor said women are at fault in most of the incidents of domestic violence. He lamented that today’s women don’t know how to do basic things which women ought to know how to do to keep their husband.

“Today, our wives can’t even cook anymore. Women who can’t cook aren’t supposed to call themselves women. And feminism is what causes women to be beaten up in marriages. You complain to a woman and she retorts. Edochie added that feminism has no place in Nigeria’s culture as he revealed certain things about the western culture that he doesn’t conform with.

“Feminism isn’t something black people are known for. Once a woman leaves her parents to meet her husband and take his surname, she is to be submissive to him. If she wasn’t married, she can do whatever she wants,” he said. “My mother was not educated but she would cook all sorts of soups, including bitter leaf, Oha, Ogbono, Okro, Egusi, Ukwa, and what have you. My father would always get back home hurriedly to eat what his wife had cooked.

  • Wizkid hints on new album

Ayodeji Balogun popularly known as Wizkid has told his over 12 million followers on social media to expect an album. The Grammy award winner posted on his Instagram story: “New Album tonight 11:11” Wizkid, in his Ghanaian residence, recently hosted artists such as Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Asa, Bella Shmurda, Omah Lay and Tems.

  • Burna Boy Nominated For Best International Act At 2021 BRIT Awards

Shortly after his Grammy win, Burna Boy has been nominated for the 2021 BRIT Awards. The Afro-fusion singer was nominated for the ‘International Male Solo Artist’ category alongside veteran American icon, Bruce Springsteen; Canadian Singer, The Weekend; Childish Gambino and Tame Impala.

Burna Boy is a two-time recipient of BET’s Best International Act award and MTV Europe Music Award’s Best African Act. The winners of the 2021 awards will be announced at a ceremony on May 11 at London’s O2 Arena, though it is not clear what form the ceremony will take because of coronavirus restrictions.

 

 

 

 

SPORTS

  • Injured Tiger Woods Will Miss Masters 20 Years After Tiger Slam

Severe leg injuries in a February car crash ensured Tiger Woods won’t be playing in this year’s Masters on the 20th anniversary of his “Tiger Slam” victory at Augusta National. But the 45-year-old superstar, whose 15 major titles include five Masters green jackets, will have his legacy felt across the famed layout.

Woods is recovering at home in Florida after suffering serious injuries when his car flew off the road and flipped several times during the Southern California accident. Hours of surgery were required to repair his shattered lower right leg and ankle, including a rod inserted into his tibia and the use of screws and pins to stabilize the joint. Woods, who won his most recent major at the 2019 Masters, became the first black golfer to win a major title when he captured the 1997 Masters in record fashion.

  • Osinbajo to declare 20th National Sports Festival open

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will open the 20th National Sports Festival on April 6, 2021, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has disclosed. The sports fiesta will hold from April 2 to 14, in various venues in Benin City, Edo State, after several postponements caused by the Coronavirus (COVI-19) pandemic.

Shaibu said the Games Village would open on April 2, for athletes/officials, adding, “the Torch of Unity will arrive in Edo State on April 3, and go round the 18 local governments in the state. He said the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) would arrive in Benin City four days to the commencement of the festival, to monitor compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.

  • Ex-NFF Technical Director Kashimawo Laloko Dies

A former technical director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Kashimawo Laloko, is dead. Laloko, who founded the Pepsi Football Academy in 1992, was said to have died on Saturday at the age of 76 after a prolonged battle with diabetes.
A close source who confirmed his death to newsmen.

The Ogun State Football Association (OGSFA) also confirmed his death in a statement on Monday by its media officer, Sanusi Lateef. OGSFA Chairman and NFF Executive Board member, Ganiyu Majekodunmi, noted that the football family in the state was in a moment of grief over the death of the football administrator. He described late Laloko as a diligent and energetic administrator who would be greatly missed for his contribution to football development in the country.

 

 

 

 

METRO PLUS

  • Midnight fire razes popular Ibadan auto parts market

The popular Araromi auto spare parts market in Agodi-Gate, Ibadan has been razed by a midnight fire. Mostly affected are the tyre and car engine sections of the market. The fire was said to have started around 11 pm around the tyre section and spread to other parts of the nearby shops where trailer engines were sold.

Sources said the fire was caused by a power surge, which was escalated by nylon used to wrap tyres. Firefighters couldn’t gain quick access to the market owing to vehicles parked indiscriminately by the roadside. It also led to difficulty in salvaging goods and wares.

  • Police Commence Investigation Into Death Of 22 Cows

Ondo state police command is investigating the cause of the death of 22 cows in Akungba-Akoko, Akoko South West Local Government Area of the State. The cows belonging to one Ibrahim Saliu were rumoured to have been poisoned by some persons who are envious of Mr. Saliu. The spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to newsmen. He noted that the cows were given poisoned water, adding that further investigations into the matter have commenced.

Reacting to the development, the special adviser on security matters to the Ondo State Governor, Jimoh Dojumo disclosed that the herders decided to slaughter the cows after suspecting they have taken some poisonous substances. He said the government is putting necessary measures in place to ensure that the beef from such cows was not sold for consumption by unsuspecting members of the public.

  • FG Repatriates 255 Nigerians Stranded In Saudi Arabia

The Federal Government has repatriated 255 Nigerians stranded in Saudi Arabia. This was announced on Monday by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM). In a post on Twitter sharing pictures of the returnees, NIDCOM said the 255 stranded Nigerians arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via Saudi Air Flight SV3405 at about 1:00 pm on Monday, 29th, March 2021.

This according to the agency is the first batch of returnees while the arrival of other returnees is expected in subsequent days. The returnees will proceed on quarantine at the Federal Capital Territory Hajj camp for 14 days in line with the reversed COVID-19 protocols by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19

  • Teenager beaten to death over alleged stealing

An unidentified teenager has been beaten to death by a suspected notorious thug simply known as ‘Kokoro’ for alleged stealing. The incident was said to have occurred at Aratunsi area of Oke-Aro in Akure, the Ondo State capital. Witnesses said Kokoro dragged the teenager to his house last Saturday on allegation his money was stolen at a football viewing centre in Akure. They said Kokoro locked the teenager in his room and beat till Monday morning.

Neighbours, who refused to mention their names, said Lokoro turned entreaties to allow the boy go home. They said he dumped him at Aratunsi junction when he realised that his victim was unconscious. The boy was said to have died as nobody could identify his relatives or take him for medical care. Police sources said some landlords in the area were being quizzed as Kokoro has reportedly fled, and the remains of the victim have been deposited at the state mortuary while investigation continued.

 



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