FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK

Written by on July 17, 2021

The hottest and most trending news articles for this week in all categories are 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

  • NBC Orders TV, Radio Stations Not To Name Victims, Report ‘Details’ Of Terrorist Attacks

The National Broadcasting Commission has ordered television and radio stations in Nigeria not to divulge “details” of the activities of bandits, terrorists and kidnappers in their reports. The regulator specifically directed radio and television stations not to “glamourise the nefarious activities of insurgents” during their daily Newspaper Reviews. But the NBC, in a letter dated July 7, 2021, issued to television and radio stations, stressed the need for “caution” by broadcasters while reporting security challenges in the country.

The letter partly reads, “Headlines of most Newspapers on a daily basis are replete with security topics. While bringing information on security to the doorsteps of Nigerians is a necessity, there is a need for caution as too many details may have an adverse implication on the efforts of our security officials who are duty-bound to deal with the insurgency. “The Commission, therefore, enjoins broadcasters to collaborate with the government in dealing with the security challenges.

  • Information Blackout’: Nigeria Newspapers Campaign Against Media Bills

Several newspapers in Nigeria on Monday published an advertorial against media regulations bills being considered at the National Assembly. The advertorial, which appeared on the front pages of dailies such as Punch, Vanguard, The Nation, ThisDay, Guardian, Daily Sun, was sponsored by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria.

With a bold headline titled ‘Information Blackout’, the advertorial said the NPC and NBC (Media) Act amendment bills being considered by federal lawmakers was geared against the right of citizens information. “It’s not just against the media,” the advertorial said. “It is about society’s right to know, your right to be heard.” The bills, which are already at the public hearing stage, are being sponsored by Olusegun Odebunmi, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights activist Femi Falana has described the bills as “anti-media.” Debate on the bill comes as the Federal Government moves to tighten regulation on social media after suspending Twitter over national security concerns.

  • Alleged Funds Misappropriation: Judge Threatens To Order Arrest Of Stella Oduah

A Federal High Court in Abuja has threatened to issue a bench warrant of arrest on Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah over her continuous absence in court. Justice Inyang Ekwo issued the threat on Monday, following the refusal of the former minister to honour court proceedings.

Oduah, now a Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, was billed to be arraigned on a 25-count alongside four others. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is alleging that Oduah misappropriated public funds while serving as a minister.

  • ‘We Stand By Press Freedom’: Reps Allay Fears Of Attempt To Gag The Press

The House of Representatives has weighed in on the proposed Press Council Bill currently before the National Assembly, saying that no attempt will be made by the lawmakers to gag the media. The bill, which is already at the public hearing stage, is being sponsored by Olusegun Odebunmi, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values.

Debate on the bill comes as the Federal Government moves to tighten regulation on social media after suspending Twitter over national security concerns. But the House spokesman, Benjamin Kalu, who denied rumours that the legislature wants to suppress the press, said the media is not just a tool for disseminating information but a tool for nation-building. He said: “The House has taken a position and that position of the House is that no attempt will be made by the House to gag the press.

  • Senate rejects Onochie as INEC Commissioner

The Senate on Tuesday rejected the nomination of Ms Lauretta Onochie as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Senate also stepped down the nomination of Professor Sani Mohammad Adam (North Central) to allow for further legislative action.

This followed the consideration of the report of Senate Committee on INEC, presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya. Gaya said the Committee rejected the nomination of Onochie because there is already a National Commissioner of INEC, Mrs May Agbamuche, representing Delta State in the Commission.

  • Why We Rejected Lauretta Onochie As INEC Commissioner – Senators

The Senate on Tuesday explained why it rejected Lauretta Onochie as an INEC Commissioner for Delta State. President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated Ms Onochie in October 2020 but many Nigerians criticised the move. According to critics, Ms Onochie was a member of the All Progressives Congress and an aide to President Buhari.

In its decision to reject Onochie’s nomination, the Senators said it had received several petitions against Onochie. Also, nominating her would contravene the Federal Character Principle, the Senators said, according to a statement signed by Ezrel Tabiowo, a spokesperson to the Senate President. Meanwhile, the Senate confirmed five other nominees as INEC Commissioners.

  • COVID-19 third wave: Immigration must be vigilant, says Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to be vigilant and save the country from an imminent third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The governor, who spoke against the background of the rising positive cases, received the state comptroller of immigration, Bauchi Aliyu, on Monday at the State House in Alausa, Ikeja.

According to Sanwo-Olu, Immigration has a statutory responsibility to prevent the further spread of the virus by keeping their eyes on immigrants coming into the country through the land, sea, and air borders. This, the governor said, would help the Incident Command team curtail the rate of transmission and manage cases already confirmed. He urged the NIS to work with frontline responders at ports to ensure in-bound travelers adhere to protocols.

  • Federal Government Declares July 20, 21 Public Holidays

The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21, 2021, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola made the declaration on Thursday on behalf of the Federal Government.

He congratulated Muslims in Nigeria and across the world on the celebration. A statement in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, urged Nigerians to observe COVID-19 protocols during the celebration.

  • Kidnap Informants To Die By Hanging In Niger Says Governor Bello

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has assented to some laws in accordance with Section 100(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). The Laws include: The Kidnapping and Cattle Rustling (Special Provisions) Law, 2021, the Niger State Vigilante Corps (Amendment) Law, 2021; the Niger State House of Assembly Service Commission Law, 2020, the Office of the Auditor-General of the State Law, 2021 and the Office of the Auditor General of the Local Government Law, 2021

Governor Bello said the Kidnapping and Cattle Rustling Special Provisions Law of 2016 is amended to provide for the punishment of informants and all those involved in the aiding and abetting of kidnapping and Cattle Rustling in the state. The Governor stated that informants who aid and abet Kidnappers would now have to face a death sentence by hanging in public as now enshrined in the state law.

 

 

 

 

 

ECONOMY

  • PIB: Southsouth leaders reject 3% for host communities

A wave of rejection and outrage Thursday greeted the National Assembly’s endorsement of three per cent contributions to the host communities’ development trust fund in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). Leading voices in the Niger Delta and stakeholders slammed the federal lawmakers for the decision. They said the provision was grossly unfair to the goose that lays the golden eggs.

They urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reject it and make it at least five per cent. Those who condemned the three per cent provision include the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), the Ijaw National Congress (INC), the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM), the Ibibio Youth Council and the Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND).

PANDEF rejected the provision, threatening to mobilise the Niger Delta people for a protest. Its National Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Ibokessien, said leaders of host communities would meet to deliberate on the issue. PANDEF National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, said the group was disappointed with the development.

  • TUC criticize FG’s serial borrowing, rising cost of living

The Trade Union Congress has criticized the Federal Government over the rising cost of living in the country, saying this has eroded the benefits of the National Minimum Wage, which some states have yet to implement. The congress, while admonishing the government to ‘avoid mortgaging the future of Nigeria’ also frowned on the level of external borrowings, advising the government to harness the country’s natural endowments.

In a communique jointly signed by the National Treasurer of TUC Mohammad Yunusa, with General Secretary of SSASCGOC, Ayo Olorunfemi,TUC called on the government to look for ways of improving the general welfare of the citizens and Nigerian workers. Yunusa explained that this could be achieved through increased economic diversification, enhanced productivity and attraction of direct foreign investments into the country.

  • Nigeria Makes N6b from mining licences

The Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office (NMCO), an agency under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, has generated N6.899 billion from 2019 to the first half of this year. The revenue was generated through mining licenses, from the applications for mineral titles and permits as well as applications for the transfer, renewal, modification, and relinquishment of mineral titles or extension of areas.

In 2019, N2.580 billion was generated, in 2020 despite the lockdown, N2.303 billion was generated and N2.016 billion from January to June 2021. Director-General (NMCO), Obadiah Nkom, who made the statement said over 34,678 applications for licenses have been received since the creation of the agency.
The DG said this in Abuja, during an interactive session with members of the media.

  • Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Declines To 17.75%

Nigeria’s consumer price index (CPI), a measurement of the rate of change in prices of goods and services, has declined to 17.75% in June from 17.93 recorded in May 2021. The ‘Consumer Price Index Report for June’ released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Friday, means that the prices have continued to increase in June 2021. However, it was at a slower rate than it did in the last month.

The country’s Headline Index, on a month-on-month basis, moved by 1.06% in June 2021. This figure was 0.05 percentage points higher than what was recorded in May 2021 – pegged at 1.01%. There was also an increase in the urban inflation rate as it jumped by 18.35 %(year-on-year) in June 2021 from May 2021’s 18.51%. On the other hand, the rural inflation rate moved by 17.16% in June 2021 from 17.36% in May 2021. The NBS report equally noted that the composite food index increased by 21.83 % in June 2021. This is against the 22.28% reported in May 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

POLITICS

  • Reps Pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill After Opposition Lawmakers Walk Out

The House of Representatives has passed the Electoral Amendment Bill, moments after opposition lawmakers walked out of the heated session at the National Assembly chambers in Abuja on Friday. Nigeria’s lower chamber, by this, has stepped down the controversial section 52(3) of the bill which deals with the electronic transmission of election results. The new amendment provides that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may consider electronic transmission so far as the national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) and approved by the National Assembly.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned the passing of Electoral Amendment bill as “illegal and deleting ‘independence’ from INEC and seriously undermining the ability of the electoral body to conduct transparent elections.” SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare said: “Given the history of election violence and corruption over the years, in the country, opacity and a toxic culture of secrecy in elections would exacerbate electoral corruption, grand corruption and impunity.”

“The refusal by the National Assembly to allow electronic transmission of election results shows a systemic failure of leadership at the highest level of government, and suggests that our electoral process is deliberately skewed in favour of politicians’ interests, who continue to profit from the corruption and impunity that have characterized the process since 1999, and against those of the citizens.”

  • Senate Passes National Electoral Offences Commission Bill

The Senate has passed the National Electoral Offences Commission Bill which if assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, will be charged with investigating electoral offences and prosecuting electoral offenders. The bill which came up for the third reading during Tuesday’s plenary session will ensure that when established, the National Electoral Offences Commission, shall have the power to appoint and maintain investigators, prosecutors and experts to prosecute electoral offenders.

The Chairman of the Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya said the creation of the commission is critical because the Independent National Electoral Commission clearly lacks the needed human capacity to prosecute electoral offences committed across Nigeria’s 119,973 polling units.

  • Lauretta Onochie: Wike Alleges Plot By APC To Rig 2023 Elections

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has rejected the nomination of Lauretta Onochie as the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to rig the 2023 general elections. He stated this on Monday in Port Harcourt as part of the events to mark his sixth year in office, describing her nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari as a negative sign to the nation’s democracy.

While describing Onochie as a die-hard APC member, Wike said President Buhari’s nominee lacks the general trust to be politically neutral and conduct credible polls. The governor explained that the most fundamental consideration against her appointment in a democratic setting is the likelihood of bias, which according to him, is heavily weighted against Onochie. Should President Buhari fail to withdraw Onochie’s nomination as INEC National Commissioner representing Delta State, Governor Wike asked the National Assembly to wake up and defend the nation’s democracy.

  • Anambra poll: INEC excludes PDP, Soludo, clears Andy Uba for APC

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared a member of the House of Representatives, Chukwuma Michael Umeoji as the candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance in the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6. The commission also named Andy Uba, who won the controversial primaries of All progressives Congress, as the candidate of the party.

The decisions were contained in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman (Information and Voter Education Committee), Festus Okoye, after its meeting held in Abuja on Thursday. The commission in the decision published on Friday also dropped the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Valentine Ozigbo. Okoye said the decisions were based on obedience to court orders served on INEC in relation to the primaries of the political parties and other processes leading to the election.

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH

  • Organic creams can cause irreversible skin damage, recurrent infections, dermatologist warns

A Consultant Physician and Dermatologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Dr. Folakemi Cole-Adeife says most organic creams contain bleaching ingredients, steroids, and high concentrations of hydroquinone that can cause irreversible skin damage. Cole-Adeife called for caution in the use of organic creams, adding that many people are now having negative side effects from using them.

According to the dermatologist, a major side effect of organic creams was recurrent skin infections, noting that many of the users of organic creams are having repeated skin infections under the breast, groin areas and armpits. She added that the organic creams may make the skin look good temporarily but eventually damage the skin.

  • Oyo State Records Delta Variant Of COVID-19

Oyo State government has uncovered the Delta variant of the COVID-19 in the State. The State Incident Manager and coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre, Dr Olabode Ladipo, who confirmed the development, said that the general public is notified of the need to take extra caution. The patient is currently in isolation. A statement issued on Sunday night by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, warned the residents against letting down the guards to dangerous consequences.

The state government also advised all inbound travellers to always isolate for seven days and submit themselves for tests. Residents are also enjoined to seek medical care and avail themselves of the opportunity of free testing whenever they see any symptom. The discovery of the Delta Variant in Oyo State is coming a few days after Nigeria’s capital city, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), recorded the first case of the variant. The World Health Organisation (WHO) described the variant as deadlier and “most transmissible.”

  • COVID-19: Astrazeneca vaccine effective against Delta variant — NMA

Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Kwara chapter, says two jabs of the COVID-19 Astrazeneca vaccine are about 92 per cent effective against the Delta variant of the virus. The Chairman of the Kwara NMA, Dr Baba Issa, made this known at a news conference organised ahead of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association in Ilorin.

The Delta variant of the virus is a highly contagious and possibly more severe SARS-CoV-2 virus strain, first identified in India. It has been dominant in some Indian regions and the UK, and further spread to many countries and recently now in Nigeria. Issa added that Nigerians must re-establish physical distancing and continue to observe preventive measures such as wearing of face mask, use of hand sanitiser and frequently wash hands, among others.

  • PCN seals 340 pharmaceutical premises in Edo over unethical conduct

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has sealed 340 pharmaceutical premises and patent medicine stores in Edo state over non-compliance with guidelines on drug distribution. The PCN’s Director of Enforcement, Stephen Esumobi, who stood in for the Registrar, Elijah Mohammed, at a press conference on Thursday in Benin said 256 patent medicines vendors shops and 84 pharmacies were sealed.

He also stated that 22 compliance directives were issued to premises for various offences ranging from poor sanitary condition, poor documentation to the non-display of premises and pharmacist annual licences. He said that this is the first phase of enforcement activities of the PCN put in place to streamline the drug distribution system and improve the level of pharmaceutical service to the people of the state.

The Registrar urged the public to source their medicine from registered and currently licenced pharmacies and over-the-counter medicines stores as drugs sold in unregistered outlets cannot be guaranteed to be genuine due to the effect of poor handling and exposure to environmental factors that degrade them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

  • CBN partners tertiary institutions to finance fresh graduates

To address rising youth unemployment in the country, particularly that of fresh graduates, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has proposed to partner tertiary institutions to foster entrepreneurship among youths by supporting them with start-up capital for their enterprises upon graduation.

CBN Governor Dr. Godwin Emefiele announced this at the 35th Conference of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU), held at the auditorium of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil. He was represented by the bank’s Director of Development Finance, Dr. Adebowale Olabimtan Idowu. Emefiele said the proposed partnership would also provide a platform for building digital skills relevant to Nigeria’s developmental goals.

  • Senate to peg varsity admission age at 16 in JAMB Amendment Act

The Senate on Tuesday announced plans by the National Assembly to amend the law establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to peg the age limit for admission seekers at 16 years. Some public universities have pegged their admission age at 18 for candidates who meet the requirements for admission.
Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Akon Eyakenyi, announced this during an oversight visit to the JAMB headquarters in Bwari, Abuja.

Eyakenyi said: “Our own work is that of making laws, to legislate. We have identified two major areas that we need to go into the process of amending the Act establishing JAMB. He stressed the importance of education to the development and future of Nigeria, saying the sector deserves maximum attention as quality education can only be achieved through funding and commitment of teachers and students. Describing JAMB as a bridge between the secondary and the university, Eyakenyi said the board was a necessary vehicle for the delivery of quality and standard education in Nigeria.

  • Malpractice, Indiscipline Remain Our Major Challenge – JAMB Registrar

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) says malpractice and indiscipline are some of the board’s major challenges yet to be fully addressed. The Registrar made this known when members of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education visited the board’s headquarters in Bwari, Abuja on Monday.

Oloyede said that the challenges, unfortunately, were mostly with regards to parents trying to bend the system by all means and get their wards or children into schools, irrespective of their performance.

“Our challenge remains examination malpractice, especially with regards to parents who keep calling me to favor their wards or children whether they meet the requirements of the system or not. “There’s also indiscipline from the tertiary institutions who admit against the Federal Government’s policy guidelines as mandated by the Ministry of Education.

  • COVID-19 Third Wave: UNILAG Asks Students To Vacate Hostels

The management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has ordered students to vacate hostels on campus over fears of COVID-19. There were fears in the university community on Tuesday after a number of students contracted the disease. The development led the school management to convey an emergency Senate meeting on Wednesday.In a statement issued after the meeting, the Senate said the students who tested positive for the disease, are being treated, and contact tracing already in place.

Sources within the school equally confirmed receiving a Whatsapp broadcast message from the Dean of Students Affairs (DSA) informing them to leave the school’s hostels. “Lectures for the rest of the semester will be delivered virtually with effect from 26th July 2021,” the message added. Before now, UNILAG’s management had raised the alarm over “flu-like symptoms which are similar to COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD

  • Floods Leave At Least 126 Dead In Europe

The death toll from devastating floods in Europe soared to at least 126 on Friday, most in western Germany where emergency responders were frantically searching for missing people. Unsuspecting residents were caught completely off guard by the torrent dubbed the “flood of death” by Germany’s top-selling daily Bild. Streets and houses were submerged by water in some areas, while cars were left overturned on soaked streets after flood waters passed.

Adding to the devastation, several more people were feared dead in a landslide in northern Germany on Friday triggered by floods. Hundreds were unaccounted for in the country, while the death toll in Belgium jumped to 23 with more than 21,000 people left without electricity in one region. Luxembourg and the Netherlands were also hammered by heavy rains, inundating many areas and forcing thousands to be evacuated in the city of Maastricht.

  • Thailand Defends COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Mix-And-Match’ After WHO Warning

Thailand on Tuesday defended mixing two different Covid-19 vaccines to battle a surge in infections, after the WHO’s top scientist warned it was a “dangerous trend” not backed by evidence. The kingdom is struggling to contain its latest outbreak fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant, with cases and deaths skyrocketing and the healthcare system stretched thin. Authorities said they will mix a first dose of the Chinese-made Sinovac jab with a second dose of AstraZeneca to try and achieve a “booster” effect in six weeks instead of 12.

Thailand’s chief virologist Yong Poovorawan said this would be possible by combining an inactivated virus vaccine — Sinovac — with a viral vector vaccine such as AstraZeneca. His comments come a day after the World Health Organisation’s chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan called the strategy a “dangerous trend”. Thailand has reported more than 353,700 coronavirus cases and 2,847 deaths — the bulk of them detected since the latest wave kicked off in April from an upscale Bangkok nightlife district.

  • Court Releases Former DR Congo PM From Brief House Arrest

DR Congo’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday reversed its decision to place former prime minister Augustin Matata Ponyo under house arrest, his lawyer said.
The court’s ruling came just the day after it had imposed the house arrest on Matata pending an investigation into embezzlement charges.

In May prosecutors asked parliament to lift the immunity granted to Matata in his new role as a senator so that he could face a probe over alleged corruption. At the time the senate voted against lifting immunity, saying that the Constitutional Court which made the request was not empowered to try a parliamentarian. For criminal proceedings in DR Congo, senators come under the jurisdiction of the Court of Cassation.

  • Storms Leave At Least 19 Dead, Several Missing In Germany

Heavy rains and floods lashing western Germany have killed at least 19 people and left around 50 missing, regional officials said, as rising waters led several houses to collapse on Thursday.

Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) states were the worst hit by the unusually heavy rainfall, which has caused rivers to burst their banks and threatens to bring down more homes.

  • Cuban Government Blames Twitter For Unrest

Unprecedented anti-government protests broke out in Cuba on July 11, which the single-party state leadership blames on a Twitter campaign orchestrated by the United States. But experts say that view is at best an exaggeration. Rodriguez had already denied that the island nation experienced a “social explosion” when thousands of people took to the streets chanting “Freedom!” and “Down with the dictatorship!”

The minister called it a “communication and information war against Cuba.” So who is to blame? Authorities point to the hashtag #SOSCuba, launched in early July to highlight Cuba’s healthcare crisis, the spike in Covid-19 cases, and to plead for foreign humanitarian aid. Spanish social media expert Julian Macias Tovar, who was invited to speak on Cuban state television on Tuesday, says there is something strange in the figures around the hashtag.

  • Russian Plane Missing In Siberia With 17 On Board

An An-28 plane carrying 17 people went missing Friday in the Siberian region of Tomsk, officials said, in the second incident involving a Russian passenger flight this month. The plane, operated by Siberian Light Aviation (SiLA), was flying from the town of Kedrovy to the regional capital Tomsk when communication was lost, Governor Sergei Zhvachkin’s office said in a statement.

It said 17 people were on board including three crew members and four children.
An emergency beacon was activated and a search was underway, with two helicopters involved. The incident comes after an An-26 plane crashed July 6 in Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, killing all 28 people on board. Russia, once notorious for plane accidents, has improved its air traffic safety record in recent years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • 250 Cows Slaughtered, $100k Diamond Pendant Gift, As Obi Cubana Buries Mom

With more than 250 cows slaughtered, assorted food laid out on tables, and tonnes of expensive wine and spirit downed by hundreds of relations, friends, associates, and well-wishers, this is a funeral party like no other.

Entertainer and nightlife boss Obi Iyiegbu aka Obi Cubana splashed the cash yesterday as he buried his mother, Ezinne Uche Iyiegbu, at Oba, Anambra State.
The social media were awash with videos of rows of barbecue meat prepared from the slaughtered animal. Dangling from Cubana’s neck was a $100,000 diamond pendant and neckpiece in honor of his late mother.

He said he had to replicate his late mother’s face with gemstones. “Had to cut mama’s face on ice! @obisgallery came through,” he said. The coffin was said to have been donated by another friend. It reportedly cost N30 million.
His committee of friends was also said to have raised well over N200 million to support him for the funeral.

  • I Had Triplets, Not Twins – Kizz Daniel

Singer Kizz Daniels has revealed he had a set of triplets but lost one four days later contrary to the belief he had a set of twins. The Fly Boy International Record Label boss made the revelation after buying each of them a house in the Lekki axis of Lagos State. On May 1st, Vado D’ Great announced the birth of his sons named Jelani and Jalil.

Kizz, who shared several photos of himself as he carried his sons, to a scan of them while in the womb and one of landed property document he recently acquired for them wrote:“GOD blessed me with 3 boys a while back JAMAL, JALIL and JELANI (triplets). 4 days after I lost JAMAL. Nevertheless, I made a promise to him that I’ll be the best father in the whole galaxy to his brothers…

  • Meghan Markle To Make Animated Adventure Series For Netflix

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, is to produce an animated adventure series for Netflix about a 12-year-old girl who is inspired by historical female figures, her production company said Wednesday. The couple signed a deal to produce content for the popular streaming platform after quitting their royal duties in Britain. The animated series, the first to be announced by Archewell Productions, the company the couple formed together and which is named after their son Archie, is to be called “Pearl.”

Last year, the couple announced the company would create a documentary series about the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women, which Prince Harry has long championed. Meghan will be an executive producer for “Pearl,” alongside several others including Carolyn Soper, director of the animated movie “Sherlock Gnomes” and Liz Garbus, a US film maker whose work includes “Lost Girls,” as well as David Furnish, a Canadian filmmaker and husband of Elton John.

  • Nigerian Singer, Sound Sultan Is Dead

Nigerian singer, songwriter, actor and movie producer, Olanrewaju Fasasi, popularly known as Sound Sultan is dead. According to a statement released by the family and signed by his sibling Kayode Fasasi, the 44-year-old singer died from “a hard-fought battle with Angioimmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma”. He is survived by a wife and three children.

Sound Sultan came into the spotlight in the early 2000’s when he released his first single ‘Jagbajantis’, which became an instant hit in Nigeria. After independently releasing other singles and featuring in hit songs of other artists, he was signed by Kennis Music where he released four of his total seven albums. He also produced and acted in the successful comedy movie ‘Head Gone’ in 2014 and in 2018, produced the stage musical ‘Jungle Story’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTS

  • Italy Win Euro 2020, Deny England First Trophy In 55 Years

Italy have beaten England on penalties to win the Euro 2020, denying the Three Lions their first major trophy in 55 years. The Italians defeated England 3-2 on penalties in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed in the shoot-out following a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley.

Luke Shaw scored for England inside two minutes, the fastest ever goal in a European Championship final, but Leonardo Bonucci bundled in an equaliser at a corner midway through the second half.

  • Southgate Takes Responsibility For Shootout Loss

England manager Gareth Southgate said it was his decision to put teenager Bukayo Saka as his team’s final penalty taker in their shoot-out loss to Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final. The home side, playing in their first major final since 1966, lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Wembley.

Southgate also brought on Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford deep into extra time specifically to take spot-kicks, and they also both missed as England blew an early advantage in the shoot-out. “I chose the takers,” Southgate told ITV. “I’m unbelievably disappointed not to go one step further. “We decided to make the changes at the end of the game, but we win or lose together as a team.”

  • Olympics Chief Vows To Minimise COVID-19 Risk To Japan

Olympics chief Thomas Bach pledged Wednesday “not to bring any risk” to Japan with the Games, seeking to reassure a sceptical public as virus cases surge just over a week before Tokyo 2020 begins. Fans have been banned from Olympic events in the capital, which is under emergency virus restrictions to curb rising infection numbers that on Wednesday hit highs not seen since January.

As more athletes arrive in the country and move into the Olympic Village, International Olympic Committee chief Bach promised a safe summer Games. He said “85 percent of all the residents in the Olympic Village and almost 100 percent of the IOC members and staff coming here to Tokyo arrive vaccinated. While Japan has seen a less severe Covid-19 outbreak than many other countries, with around 15,000 deaths overall, only around 20 percent of the population are fully vaccinated and Tokyo’s emergency measures will be in place throughout the Games.

  • Ugandan Weightlifter Missing In Japan Before Olympics

A Ugandan weightlifter has gone missing during an Olympic training camp in Japan, one week before the Tokyo Games open, officials said Friday. Authorities were searching for Julius Ssekitoleko, 20, who failed to show up for a coronavirus test and was not in his hotel room. “One member of the Ugandan delegation, which the city received as a host town, has gone missing and cannot be reached,” the city of Izumisano said in a statement.

The statement said Ssekitoleko was last seen shortly after midnight inside the hotel by a fellow athlete. He failed to conduct a required PCR test by shortly after noon and the alarm was raised when he was not found in his hotel room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

METRO PLUS

  • Police Arrest More Suspects In Connection With Murder Of Super TV CEO

The Lagos State Police Command says it has arrested more suspects in connection with the killing of Usifo Ataga, the chief executive officer of Super TV. Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said on Wednesday that said the police have established a case of conspiracy and murder and more suspects have been arrested. He however, did not disclose who the suspects are or how many of them have been arrested. According to him, an investigation is ongoing on the matter.

Earlier, the police had arrested Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level mass communication student at the University of Lagos, as the prime suspect in the case. Chidinma who affirmed that she was in a romantic relationship with the murdered CEO, is said to have stabbed him multiple times in the apartment they were both lodged.

The prime suspect explained that an argument ensued between her and the deceased, one which degenerated into violence and led to his death. Chidinma had, however, recanted her confession, saying she knew nothing about the death, according to a viral video being circulated all over social media. Meanwhile, the deceased’s family in a statement last month said there was more to Mr. Ataga’s death and urged the police to go beyond the prime suspect’s confession.

  • Ekiti Govt Raises Alarm Over Rising Cases Of Sexual Offences

The Ekiti State Government has vowed to prosecute anyone preventing legal punishment for sex offenders and confiscate any facility used for the rape of minors in the state. In a release signed by the State Attorney General, Wale Fapounda, the government raised the alarm that more than 120 cases of rape are being heard in various courts across the state with a larger number of victims unwilling to toe the legal path.

Consequently, the state government is sponsoring a bill in the State House of Assembly to criminalize any attempt to wield unlawful influence to discontinue certain criminal matters including Rape, Sexual Assault and Child Defilement. In addition, the state government is proposing an amendment bill to ensure the protection of whistle-blowers in cases of sexual violence. According to Fapounda, any hotel or facility found to have been used for the rape of minors would be confiscated and the Certificate of Occupancy revoked.



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