FRESH FM TOP NEWS THIS WEEK
Written by MaryGift Sunday on August 7, 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:
- Ex-RRS Commander Tunji Disu Replaces Abba Kyari As IRT Head
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has appointed a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tunji Disu, as the new Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT). The Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, announced Disu’s appointment in a statement on Monday in Abuja, saying it was with immediate effect.
Disu, a former Commander of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Lagos State, replaces Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari who is presently on suspension. Kyari is being investigated following his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over his alleged relationship with the fraudster Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi. Mba explained that Disu’s appointment would fill the leadership gap within the IRT and refocus the Unit for better service delivery.
- No Set Date For Removal Of Subsidy – Petroleum Ministry
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, has said that there is currently no set date for petrol subsidy removal. Mr Sylva said this on Thursday, adding that the government is being considerate of citizens. He said the government is also making efforts to put structures in place to cushion the effect of the eventual subsidy removal.
“We must be considerate of our people; you cannot say because you have the muscle, box everybody down in the room. So, what we are saying is that before doing this, we need to put some structures in place so that the impact on the people can be minimized. We are trying to create an alternative that is cheaper and more affordable.
- Lagos Assembly Slashes Ex-Governors’ Pensions By 50%
The Lagos State House of Assembly has slashed pensions of former governors by 50%. The slash which was announced in a statement on Thursday, follows a report and consequently, a recommendation by the assembly’s Committee on Establishment. The committee also expunged the provision of houses in Abuja and Lagos for former governors as stipulated in an earlier law operated by the state. The report further showed a reduction in the number of vehicles to be made available to former governors and their deputies.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, suggested that former governors should get two vehicles (a car and a van) instead of three as recommended by the committee. Obasa also suggested that the amended bill should provide that the cars be changed every four years instead of the three years recommended by the report. While some of the lawmakers, at plenary, had suggested an upward review of the pension for the affected public office holders by 75 per cent, others urged that the pension remain as stipulated in the old law.
- Nigeria Exits West Africa’s Maritime Body
Nigeria has exited the Maritime Organisation for West and Central Africa (MOWCA), the Federal Government has announced. Eric Ojiekwe, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation, explained that the decision followed the disregard for Rules of Procedure regarding the eligibility of candidates nominated for the position of the Secretary-General of the organisation.
He noted that this was contained in a statement by the Nigerian delegation at the 8th Bureau of Ministers and 15th General Assembly of MOWCA held on Thursday last week in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The statement read, “It is sad and most depressing given Nigeria’s ardent and consistent support for MOWCA and its activities, that Nigeria as a nation must take a stand against the promotion of illegality, disrespect for the rule of law, and contravention of the rules regarding the election of the Secretary-General of MOWCA.
Ojiekwe stated that by this, the Nigerian candidate and Director of Maritime Services at the Ministry of Transportation, Dr Paul Adalikwu, was the only eligible candidate and should have been declared unopposed. According to the statement, no member state has supported MOWCA as much as Nigeria as the country has contributed over $5 million in the past 10 years with the organisation.
- 2023: Jega Warns Nigerians Against Voting For APC, PDP
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has cautioned Nigerians against voting for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Speaking in Kaduna State during an interview with BBC Hausa, the ex-INEC boss argued that the two major political parties were synonymous with corruption, asking the masses to choose a credible alternative.
Speaking further, the 64-year-old Professor of Political Science at the Bayero University Kano, said he registered as a member of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), to see how he could “help” Nigeria. He alleged that those in the major political parties have destroyed everything and had made the parties so stigmatised that whichever good person joins the parties would be considered like them. On the agitations for the country to split, the former INEC boss blamed the move on bad leadership in Nigeria, noting it had thrown the nation into its current problems.
- Seven PDP National Officers Resign, Blame Secondus
Seven national officers of the Peoples Democratic Party have resigned from their roles in the party. The party chieftains in different letters addressed to its National Secretary on Tuesday alleged being sidelined and unfairly treated by the National Chairman, Uche Secondus. Some of the executive members include the National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi; Deputy National Organising Secretary, Hassan Yakubu; and the Deputy National Woman Leader, Hadizat Umoru.
This latest event fuels the crisis rocking the leadership of the party after a former spokesperson of the party’s presidential Campaign, Kasim Afegbua, accused the chairman and the leadership of series of offences. Afegbua had called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in April, to probe the party’s leadership.
- PDP Crisis: Makinde Promises To Address Aggrieved Members, Calls For Unity
The Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde, says he would address all grievances within the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a view to making the party more formidable and well-positioned for victories in future elections. He maintained that stakeholders of the party in the state must never allow their grievances to get to the point of destroying the party, urging everyone to put their misgivings behind them.
The governor stated these at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, during a meeting between the party’s stakeholders and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Reconciliation and Strategy Committee led by former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as promising to address all grievances by reaching out to every aggrieved party within a short time.
- Matawalle Officially Registers As Member Of APC
The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has officially registered as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and received his membership card.
Governor Matawalle received his membership card on Wednesday at his polling unit in Maradun South 001. Two former governors of the state, Senator Ahmad Bakura and Mahmud Shinkafi as well as two former deputies Ibrahim Muhammad and Muktar Anka witnessed the collection of his (Matawalle) membership card.
Addressing the mamouth crowd shortly after receiving his membership card, governor Matawalle said the registration and revalidation excercise in the state is aimed at giving equal opportunity to all party members at all levels as prescribed in the party constitution. He said the development will allow internal democracy to thrive in the state to ensure party structures that will produce good leaders for the party.
- INEC To Continue To ‘Deepen Use Of Technology’ In Elections
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu on Friday said the electoral umpire will continue to deepen the use of technology in conducting elections across the country. Professor Yakubu made the comment while speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day retreat for officers of the commission in Keffi, Nasarawa state.
According to him, INEC does not need new laws to deploy certain technologies.
Professor Mahmoud’s comment comes weeks after the National Assembly was divided over whether the electronic transmission of election results should be sacrosanct in the latest amendment of the electoral act.
- NLC demands electricity tariff reduction agreement implementation by December
The Nigeria Labour Congress has said the Federal Government must implement by December the agreement to reduce electricity tariffs by N15 per kilowatt-hour.
The congress cautioned that it would not accept the serial violations of agreements, noting that it was serving the government a notice. The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday titled ‘Gas sale to Gencos should be below $1.50/scf’.
He said, “It is significant that the incessant increase of electricity tariff was one of the several issues discussed between the representatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria and organised labour, hereinafter referred to as the principals, on 28th September 2020. “Specifically, an agreement was reached at the meeting to set up an FGN-Organised Labour Technical Committee on Electricity Tariff.
“Congress remains implacably committed to the ultimate reduction of electricity tariffs by N15 per kilowatt-hour by December 2021 as contained in the agreement.” He added that the congress had thus served notice that the posture of the Federal Government to flout agreements was completely unacceptable and would be resisted.
- SDR: IMF Allocates $3.35bn To Nigeria
Nigeria has been allocated about $3.35 billion as part of a historic general allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is a result of the approval of a general allocation of about SDR456 billion – an equivalent of $650 billion – by the IMF Board of Governors on Monday. The allocation which was approved on Monday aims to boost global liquidity at a time when the world is grappling with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Although it is not a currency, the SDR is an international reserve asset created by the IMF to supplement the official reserves of its member countries.
It is a potential claim on the freely usable currencies of IMF members and can provide a country with liquidity. The SDR is defined by the US dollar, Euro, Chinese Yuan, Japanese Yen, and the British Pound.
- FG Approves $1.4bn For Rehabilitation Of Warri, Kaduna Refineries
The Federal Executive Council has approved contracts for the rehabilitation of Warri and Kaduna refineries at a cost of $1.4 billion. The breakdown shows that $897 million is earmarked for the Warri refinery and $586 million for Kaduna refinery, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, told State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday.
The rehabilitation is expected to turn around the refineries and set them up to meet national oil demands. The rehabilitation’s success can also have a positive impact on the street-level price of petroleum products such as petrol.
The FEC also approved the $2.76 billion acquisition of 20 percent minority stake by the NNPC in Dangote Petroleum and Petrochemical Refinery.
- FG Not The Best Manager Of Refineries – Petroleum Minister
The Federal Government has admitted that it is not in the best position to manage the nation’s refineries. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, stated this on Thursday. Despite the submission, the minister believes it will not be out of place if the government gets the refineries working before taking appropriate decisions.
He explained that the government does not subscribe to the idea of selling off the refineries in their present condition as such action would be widely criticised by citizens. After the refineries have been fixed, the minister believes Nigerians can then decide what to do about them.
- Ngige Threatens To Replace Striking Resident Doctors
The Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, has threatened to replace striking resident doctors if they refuse to return to work by Monday. According to Ngige, an employer has a right to replace an employee who abandons their duties, especially as it pertains to essential services. “If you go to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) principles at work, it guarantees a worker the right to strike but it has consequences”.
The minister had earlier stated that he had invoked Section 43 of the Labour Act which states, in part, that for the period a worker withdraws his services, the government or his employers are not entitled to pay. As essential workers, he also maintained that they are not expected to go on strike without notifying him at least 15 days prior.
While the doctors continue to call on the government to fully take up its responsibilities, the Federal Government has insisted that most of the issues they have raised are state affairs. Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire had told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that seven of 12 matters that were raised by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), were the responsibility of state governments.
- WHO Gifts Nigeria 26 Ventilators, Other Items To Fight COVID-19
The fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria has received a boost, as the country received 26 ventilators and other equipment from the World Health Organisation.
Nigeria also took delivery of 3,560 fingertip oxygen pulse oximeters as authorities step up efforts to curb the spread of the disease in the period of a third wave. Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire received the donated items on behalf of the Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja.
The items were delivered on the same day Nigeria recorded its highest daily infections in six months, amid a strike by resident doctors in the country and growing concerns about widespread protocol violations by citizens. Dr Ehanire expects the ventilators to come in handy in the race to halt the spread of the pandemic.
- NMA Gives Zamfara Govt 2-Week Ultimatum To Stop Attacks On Health Facilities
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Zamfara Chapter, has given the state government a two-week ultimatum to provide adequate security in health facilities across the state. The association threatened to shut down all facilities in the state at 6 p.m. daily if government failed to provide adequate security This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the NMA, Dr Mannir Bature, in Gusau on Monday.
Bature condemned the recent kidnap of two persons at the Dansadau General Hospital by gunmen in Maru Local Government Area of the state. According to him, a ward attendant and a patient’s relation were abducted on Friday at the hospital by the suspected bandits. He called on government to urgently address attacks on medical services or “else the health workers in the state would shut down all health facilities by 6 p.m. daily’’.
- Nigeria Takes Delivery Of Over 4 Million Moderna Vaccine Doses
The Federal Government on Monday took delivery of another tranche of COVID-19 vaccine doses. The latest tranche, over four million doses of the Moderna vaccine, was donated by the US government. Representatives from UNICEF and USAID officially presented the vaccine at a ceremony in Abuja. According to AFP, the vaccines had arrived Nigeria on Sunday via two planes.
Nigeria had earlier kicked off its COVID-19 vaccination program in April after receiving 3.9 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX initiative. Covax was set up to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines, particularly to low-income countries, and has already delivered more than 80 million doses to 129 territories. The Moderna vaccines, which were approved by NAFDAC in July, are expected to boost the country’s vaccination programme.
- Sanwo-Olu Raises Alarm Over COVID-19 Third Wave, Warns Erring Foreigners Of Sanctions
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has raised an alarm over the increasing figure of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state and warned foreigners who violate guidelines that they risk deportation. At a press briefing on Monday, the governor called on residents to adhere strictly to the guidelines put in place to curb the spread of the virus.
Lagos State, the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria has witnessed a rise in positivity rate; from 1.1 percent at the start of July to seven percent by the time the month ended. This has left the Governor worried. Governor Sanwo-Olu believes everyone should be concerned about the rising cases, but he does not want people to panic.
- 23 Killed, 260 Infected In Sokoto Stomach Flu Outbreak
No fewer than 23 people have died as a result of the outbreak of gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu, in some communities in Sokoto State. The Commissioner for Health in the state, Mohammed Iname, confirmed the deaths to reporters at a briefing on Tuesday. He disclosed that the outbreak has affected 13 out of the 23 local government areas of the state, adding that over 260 people have been infected with the disease.
Some of the affected local government areas are Dange/Shuni, Kebne, Gwadabawa, Tangaza, Isa, Bodinga, Wamakko, and Silame. Iname asked residents to be very careful during this period as the disease is highly contagious and easily transmitted from person to person through casual contact. He advised them to limit the rate of visitation to affected areas as this has been discovered to be a major source of transmission.
- Wike To Doctors: Resume Work Today or Be Fired
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has threatened to sack striking resident doctors of the state university teaching hospital, if they failed to return to their duty posts today. Members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Monday resumed a nationwide strike over their welfare. The members in Rivers State, who claimed the governor had yet to address outstanding issues affecting them, had vowed not to call off the strike. But, Wike, in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tammy Danagogo said it could not understand why doctors on its payroll joined their colleagues who are federal employees.
The statement reads: “Whereas the NARD has a right to go on strike, we expect that such should be restricted to resident doctors that are directly under the payroll of the Federal Government, particularly as the Rivers State Government does not owe salaries or benefits to resident doctors in the state.” To this end, the Rivers State Government having reaffirmed its position with respect to the above, will not tolerate further strike actions by resident doctors in Rivers State and will be compelled to invoke the “No Work, No Pay” rule on striking house officers.
- FG Asks Resident Doctors To Resume Work, Says States Are Responsible For Most Of Their Demands
The Federal Government has asked striking resident doctors to resume work as most of the issues they have raised are state affairs. Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that seven of 12 matters that were raised by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), were the responsibility of state governments.
Consequently, he expects the resident doctors to resume work and take up these issues with the state governments rather than embark on the nationwide strike as they had done. This is more so, according to him, because the Federal Government has started addressing the five issues it is responsible for.
Resident doctors started a nationwide strike on Monday for reasons including delays in the payment of their salaries and allowances. The strike coincided with a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, leaving many worried that it could have serious consequences for the battle against the third wave of the pandemic.
- London Summit: Nigeria Expects $125m To Develop Education Sector – Minister
Nigeria is expected to receive the sum of $125 million to boost the education sector. The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this on Tuesday. The money forms part of funds being disbursed to countries at the Education Summit which took place in London, the United Kingdom last week.
“$125 million will be coming to Nigeria,” said Nwajiuba.
President Muhammadu Buhari had during the summit, pledged to increase the budget for the education sector by as much as 50 percent over the next two years. In the long term, he promised that budgetary allocation to the sector would witness a progressive increase to about 100 percent in the next four years.
- JAMB, NUC, UBEC, Others Get Acting Heads
Some former Chief Executives/Registrars of key agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education, whose tenure expired on July 31, have handed over to the most senior directors in the agencies. At the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede handed over to the Director of Information Technology Services, Fabian Okoro, at the expiration of his five-year tenure.
Also, the Deputy Executive Secretary (Academics) at the National Universities Commission (NUC), Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, took over from Prof. Abubakar Rasheed yesterday in acting capacity. At the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hameed Bobboyi handed over to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Technical), Dr. Bala Zakari.
- CBN to begin disbursement of N30b revitalisation fund to varsities
From next week, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will begin the disbursement of the N30 billion revitalisation fund set aside for them by the Federal Government. But there is a caveat: Each university must present an audit report on how it utilised previous disbursements.
Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige, who announced this in Abuja yesterday, said the Federal Government deposited the N30 billion with the CBN in January. He explained that the fund was not immediately disbursed because the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC) committee needed to evaluate the audit reports of the universities
The revitalisation fund is one of the seven key issues evaluated yesterday at a Federal Government’s meeting with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). According to a statement by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, the two parties expressed satisfaction with the implementation stages of what Ngige called “work in progress”.
- TETFund To Share N300b To 226 Schools In 2021
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has said over N300 billion would be disbursed in 2021 to about 226 tertiary institutions in the country for staff training and infrastructural projects development. Chairman, Board of Trustees, Tetfund, Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, made this known in Asaba at an audit and accounts reconciliatory meeting with the benefiting institutions in Delta.
He assured that TETFund was committed to building the education sector through training of the academic staff and the building of projects such that would make teaching and learning more conducive. He said the 10-year-old agency had over 10,000 projects across the various tertiary institutions in the country.
- Mexico Sues US Gunmakers Over Arms Trafficking
Mexico filed a lawsuit against major US gunmakers in a Boston court on Wednesday over illegal cross-border arms flows that fuel rampant violence, the government announced. The companies named in the suit include Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Colt, Glock, Century Arms, Ruger and Barrett. Together they manufacture more than two-thirds of the over half a million weapons that are illegally brought into Mexico each year, according to the Mexican authorities.
The flow of arms generates millions of dollars in profits each year for the American gun industry. The lawsuit seeks compensation for the damage caused by the firms’ “negligent practices” as well as the implementation of adequate standards to “monitor and discipline” arms dealers, Ebrard said.
The Latin American country has seen more than 300,000 murders since 2006 when it deployed the military in the fight on drugs trafficking, most of them blamed on criminal gangs.
- Sudan Sentences Paramilitary Officers To Death For Killing Protesters
A Sudanese court on Thursday sentenced six members of a feared paramilitary force to death for killing six protesters during a 2019 demonstration over food and fuel shortages. The protesters, including four schoolchildren, were shot dead in July 2019 in the city of Al-Obeid in North Kordofan, sparking outrage across Sudan. Days later, nine members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary unity were arrested.
At their trial on Thursday, broadcast on Sudan TV, Judge Mohamed Rahma sentenced six of the defendants to death, acquitted two others, and referred one to a juvenile court, as he was under 18. Rahma said the actions of six found guilty were “unnecessary”, and were “not on par with” the alleged verbal provocations by protesters during the otherwise peaceful demonstration.
In Sudan, death sentences are usually carried out by hanging, but the six may appeal the ruling. Families of the victims demanded “retribution” for the killings during the trial.
- Biden Asks New York Governor To Resign After Damning Harassment Report
US President Joe Biden joined leading Democrats Tuesday in calling on powerful New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after an independent investigation concluded that he sexually harassed multiple women. Cuomo, who drew praise nationwide for his early pandemic response, denied inappropriate conduct and resisted immediate calls to quit after the probe found he harassed current and former New York state employees.
But his position was looking increasingly untenable late Tuesday after Biden and House speaker Nancy Pelosi said the three-term governor should step down and state lawmakers moved to impeach him. The explosive report detailed allegations by 11 women that paint a “deeply disturbing yet clear” picture of a pattern of abusive behavior by Cuomo and his senior staff, state Attorney General Letitia James said, announcing the findings.
It was not clear if the governor would face criminal prosecution, with James saying the investigation was “civil in nature,” but US media reported that the district attorney’s office in state capital Albany had opened an investigation.
The five-month investigation “concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law,” James told a news conference.
- COVID-19: Millions Under Lockdown As China Grapples With Delta Outbreak
Millions of people were confined to their homes in China Monday as the country tried to contain its largest coronavirus outbreak in months including seven positive tests found in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in late 2019.
China reported 55 new locally transmitted cases on Monday as an outbreak of the fast-spreading Delta variant reached over 20 cities in more than a dozen provinces.
The Wuhan cluster came after the official daily tally was released, but it was confirmed by state media which said the infections had been traced to a train station. Major cities including Beijing have now tested millions of residents while cordoning off residential compounds and placing close contacts under quarantine. Authorities in the capital met and agreed on the need to “raise vigilance, take strict precautions and defend (the city) to the death, sparing no expense,” in comments put out by the Beijing government.
- Two Teenagers Shot Dead In US Cinema
The victims were shot Monday at a theater that was showing “The Forever Purge,” about a totalitarian government that one night a year allows any crime to be committed, including murder. Theater staff found the two shot in the head after the movie, which was sparsely attended. Goodrich died at the scene and Barajas was rushed to a hospital.
Joseph Jimenez, 20, has been charged in the shooting. Police acting on tips from witnesses arrested him at his home the day after the assault. Police have said he apparently acted alone and did not know the victims.
The United States has a long and painful history of deadly gun violence, in the form of a steady daily toll of shootings as well as high-profile mass killings that have targeted schools, workplaces and shopping centers. In 2012, a heavily armed man killed 12 people in a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, during the screening of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises”.
- Forbes Declares Rihanna A Billionaire, ‘Richest Female Musician’
Rihanna has officially been declared a billionaire by Forbes. Forbes estimates that the 33-year-old singer and businesswoman is now the wealthiest female musician in the world with a fortune worth $1.7 billion. That makes her second only to Oprah Winfrey for the world’s richest female entertainer. While music is what made her famous, Fenty Beauty is what made her rich, the magazine says. She owns 50 percent of the company, which expanded to skincare in 2020.
Forbes estimates $1.4 billion of her worth comes from Fenty Beauty and $270 million coming from her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty — the business magazine said the rest of the $1.7 billion is sprinkled in from the star’s music and acting career.
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty company is further expanding by entering the fragrance industry. The brand announced last week it would be launching Fenty Parfum, a unisex scent inspired and created by Riri herself, in August. With Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty keeping her so busy, fans are now left wondering when or if she will ever release another studio album. Since releasing her 2016 album “Anti,” the singer has only appeared as a feature on songs with Drake, DJ Khaled, and PartyNextDoor.
- Mo-Abudu’s EbonyLife to co-produce movie based on Hushpuppi
EbonyLife and Will Packer have been granted rights to co-produce one of Bloomberg’s articles, “The fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master” based on the true-life story of popular incarcerated Nigerian fraudsters, Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi. Mo Abudu via her Instagram page, announced the new partnership for the untitled project, stating she worded the story idea to Will Packer and James Lopez sometime in 2020. Abudu revealed they eventually defeated several other producers who were also in the contest for the rights to the Bloomberg article and the project has now been set up at Universal Pictures.
The article, which is written by America’s Evan Ratliff will be interpreted into an action thriller detailing how Hushpuppi was nabbed by the American government for laundering millions of dollars. The project will be produced by Will Packer and James Lopez through Will Packer Productions and Mo Abudu will produce for EbonyLife Studios.
- Niniola’s single, Maradona, hits gold status in South Africa
Songstress Niniola’s hit single Maradon has hit gold in South Africa. The Recording Industry of South Africa, RiSA, certified Niniola’s Maradona gold after selling over 15,000 units in the country. On July 22, the RiSA certified Maradon a gold musical project for the feat achieved with over 15,000 units sold.
Niniola took to her social media pages to announce her new feat while hinting that the single is equally heading for platinum. “Yassss Maradona has been certified gold in South Africa and is fast heading for platinum. Thanks, Mzansi, thanks to the recording industry of South Africa. First of more to come,” she wrote as she shared the certification. Davido’s hit singles, ‘If’ and ‘Fall’ have attained the Gold and Platinum certification status at different times in Canada and the United States of America.
- Gospel Singer Yinka Alaseyori Gets Car Gift From Prophet Iginla
Founder of the Champions Royal Assembly, Kubwa, Abuja, Pastor Joshua Iginla has presented a car gift to popular gospel singer, Adeyinka Alaseyori. Nesmen learnt the gift came after a spirit-filled ministration by the Oniduro mi crooner, which the cleric and the congregation described as ‘tremendous worship and praise’, at the church’s headquarters in Abuja.
Iginla presented a key of an SUV car to the Aye Ope yo singer after the ministration. In a Facebook post on Joshua Iginla Ministries page, it said, “Heaven wrapped her hands upon the earth during a tremendous worship and praise section by Evangelist Yinka Alaseyori at the Champions International Headquarter Abuja Nigeria.
“After the soul winning programme, filled with an exciting atmosphere, Papa Joshua Iginla in his usual habit of Giving, appreciation, and Love gave the humble Minister an exotic car gift. She was perplexed and thankful indeed God uses men to elevate and increase men.
- FIFA Bans Former CAF President Hayatou
FIFA’s ethics committee on Tuesday handed a year ban from football-related activities to former African Football Confederation (CAF) president Issa Hayatou over a controversial $1 billion TV and marketing rights deal with France’s Lagardere Sports which infringed competition regulations. Cameroon’s Hyatou, 74, must also pay a 30,000 Swiss francs (28,000 euros/$33,000) fine after the committee’s adjudicatory chamber found the former FIFA vice-president and interim president breached article 15 (Duty of Loyalty) of world football’s governing body’s ethics code.
The investigation into Mr Hayatou’s conduct in his position as CAF president had focused on his involvement in negotiating and signing off a memorandum of understanding and contractual agreement for the commercialisation of media and marketing rights of CAF-organised events with Lagardere between 2014 and 2017.
The committee found Hayatou had breached his duty of loyalty in his position as CAF president by entering on its behalf into an anti-competitive agreement with Lagardere which damaged the organisation financially as well as its reputation.
- Tokyo Olympics: Oborududu Wins Silver In Women Wrestling
Team Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu on Tuesday won a silver medal in the women’s freestyle 68kg wrestling category. She had guaranteed Nigeria a medal on Monday after beating Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold to reach the final.
Although she lost the final to USA’s Stock Mensah Tamyra Marianna 4-1, the 32-year-old can be proud of her achievement after earning Nigeria’s second medal at the Tokyo games. Earlier in the day, Ese Brume had made the country proud by winning bronze in long jump.
Oborududu, who began wrestling at St Jude’s Girls Secondary School in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, had been aiming to clinch gold in Tokyo. But Mensah proved too strong. Still, she emerged as Nigeria’s first ever Olympics medalist in wrestling.
- Tokyo Olympics: Ese Brume Wins Nigeria’s First Medal
Long jumper Ese Brume has won Nigeria’s first medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Brume, 25, claimed the bronze medal in the women’s long jump at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday. She achieved the feat with a 6.97m jump, two days after she qualified for the finals with a jump of 6.76m. Germany’s Malaika Mihambo beat Brume to the gold medal with a 7.00m jump while Brittney Reese of the United States won the silver medal.
Brume’s win adds to positive news for Nigeria at the Olympics after a run of negative news of defeats and the disqualification of some of the country’s athletes. Brume’s win gives Nigerians more reasons to cheer.
- Kane Skips Spurs Return Amid City Transfer Talk
Harry Kane reportedly failed to turn up for his scheduled pre-season tests with Tottenham on Monday amid mounting speculation the striker wants to force a move to Manchester City. England captain Kane was due back at Tottenham’s training headquarters for a coronavirus test and a fitness assessment following his three-week holiday after Euro 2020. However, it was widely reported Kane did not make an appearance at Tottenham’s Enfield base, sparking fresh talk that he is determined to engineer a transfer to Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 28-year-old went public with his desire to leave Tottenham at the end of last season. Kane has grown frustrated at Tottenham’s failure to win a major trophy since 2008, with their latest letdown coming in last season’s League Cup final defeat against Manchester City. He believes he has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with Tottenham which allows him to move this year.
- DSS Finally Produces Sunday Igboho’s Aides In Court
The Department of State Services on Monday presented the aides of Sunday Igboho who were arrested on July 1 at the Federal High Court in Abuja. The aides were arrested when DSS officials raided Igboho’s home on July 1, but have sued on grounds that their fundamental human rights were being infringed on.
A lawyer to the arrested aides, Pelumi Olajengbesi, sued the DSS, claiming that his clients have remained underground for weeks. Lawyer to the aides, Mr Olajengbesi, asked the court to mandate the DSS to produce the last four aides in court at the next date of the hearing..
- Court Restrains AGF, DSS From Arresting Igboho, Blocking Accounts
Justice Ladiean Akintola of Oyo High Court has granted an ex-parte motion restraining the Department of State Security (DSS) and Attorney General of the Federation from arresting, intimidating, harassing, and blocking bank accounts of Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho. The order was granted following an ex-parte motion moved by his lawyer Chief Yomi Aliu (SAN) at the court on Wednesday.
The motion developed from the originating motion seeking N500 billion damages for invasion of his house in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on July 1. Aliu expressed confidence the AGF Abubakar Malami (SAN) will not disobey the court order, stressing that it was given directly against his office. Hearing in the suit was adjourned to August 18.
- Edo Govt To Engage, Train 10,000 Local Security Personnel
The Edo State Government has unveiled plans to recruit and train over 10,000 local security personnel in the state to complement the efforts of the federal security agents in tackling insecurity. Governor Godwin Obaseki disclosed this on Wednesday during an inspection of the Police Training Facility at Ogida Police Barracks in Benin City, the state capital.
He said his administration is collaborating with the Nigerian Police Force to build a world-class facility that would help in the training of officials of the state’s Vigilante Security Network, the state’s Constabulary, members of the Public Work Volunteer (PUWOV) and other outfits, to maintain law and order.