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Exotic! Ashanti Rocks Beaded Bikini To Trinidad And Tobago’s Carnival

Popular singer Ashanti was spotted at the Trinidad and Tobago carnival and she looked really good in her beaded bikini. The 38 years old Rain on me singer rocked a beaded bikini, exotic headdress and sneakers and she looked really stunning in them.  Photo Credit: Getty

#SayNoToDomesticAbuse: KOKO TV’s Monthly Initiative – Domestic Violence


Domestic abuse, also known as domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, spousal abuse, intimate partner violence and dating violence is best described as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, threatening, degrading and inflicting physical injuries on an individual by another individual or group of individuals.Mother Gets Daughter Arrested For Planning Divorce For Domestic Violence
Domestic abuse takes many forms to include emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, or economic abuse and is mostly witnessed in an intimate relationship where one partner uses every means available to him to degrade or control the other person. There are types of domestic abuse which includes physical, verbal (also called emotional, mental, or psychological abuse), sexual, economic/financial, and spiritual abuse. 
Cases where pinching, pushing, hitting, or slapping choking, shooting, stabbing, and murder, are categorised as physical violence. While verbal, emotional, mental, or psychological abuse are the kinds of abuse where words are put to use to ensure to demean and criticise the other person in the intimate relationship.Domestic abuse has for a long time lived been condoned in the homes of millions across the globe with an estimated 6 out of 10 household having to deal with this toxicity. Some victims have nursed it in silence, while others literally suffered from it in broad daylight.
This month KOKO Group takes a stand against the beastly act. We will be highlighting and discussing this deep topic from the perspective of abused victims all over the world (Women) as it is about time to put an end to domestic abuse. #SayNoToDomesticAbuse.
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Hardship: FG To Give Out N25K Monthly Across 15m Households

As part of efforts to lessen the economic hardship experienced by Nigerians, the federal government said it would give N25,000 per month to 15 million households across the country.

Wale Edun, the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, stated in an interview on Channels Television that the federal government is trying to reduce the suffering, particularly for the vulnerable and impoverished.

He said: “But I think the important thing to point out, at this time, is that the focus of Mr President is on keeping his promise, particularly to the poor and the vulnerable. Food prices are elevated, and the purchasing power is limited and that is what Mr President is speaking directly to through the intervention programme of direct payments of N75,000 each over three months”.

READ ALSO: Hardship: Why Free Distribution Of Grains Is Delayed – Presidency

“That is N25,000  a month to 15 million households and each household is about five people. So, that effectively provides funding for 75 million people.”

READ ALSO: Hardship: 25KG Half Bag Of Rice Sold For N10,000

The minister also restated the Federal Government’s intention to supply grains in order to lessen the impact of food prices rising.

“More recently, there was a 42,000 metric tonnes release from the strategic reserves with another 60,000 metric tonnes to come. This is all in a bid to make sure there is food in the marketplace,” the minister said.

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Ondo 2024: ‘Nobody Wants To Be Governor For One Year’ – Aiyedatiwa

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo state has declared that he would contest the April governorship primary of the All Progressive Congress.

Speaking on a personality television programme monitored in Akure, the state capital, the governor, said that “nobody wants to be governor for one year.

Aiyedatiwa said that he would like to contest and win the forthcoming election as required by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for one more term.

When asked if he would be contesting the governorship election, Aiyedatiwa said, ” Definitely, I will be running because I am already a sitting governor and let me say this that nobody wants to be governor for one year.

“Give me what the constitution allows me to do, atleast let me have a chance also running for one more term as it were. ”

The governor denied having crisis with the late Akeredolu before he died.

READ ALSO: Akeredolu’s Death: Lucky Aiyedatiwa Sworn In As Ondo State Governor

Aiyedatiwa added that it was “few individuals in the state who were being driven by their ambition that caused the crisis in the state last year.

According to him ” Let me put this straight for the record sake, I never had issues with the former principal, there was no time we had a face-off, there was no time we had an issue that will demand that I have to make up with him.

” All that were being pushed out at a time were basically political, there were all falsehood and insinuations because election was coming and they knew the governor was so sick and a lot of things were at play.

“There was no time, I had an issue that I needed to resolve with him, in terms of crisis.

“All that you saw at a time, were basically political. It was driven by the ambition of few people who knew there is going to be transition in the state and I was advantaged as the deputy.”

READ ALSO: Youth Leader Writes Acting Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa

Reacting to the open letter written by five members of the House of Representatives from Ondo state to the president Bola Tinubu, the governor said,”Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion.

“That is just an opinion of some people, that are so driven by ambition.

“If you look at the profile of those five members of the House of Representatives, they have their individual aspirants they are supporting towards the election.

“One of them is actually an aspirant, what do you expect from an aspirant? He wants to say something to demarket somebody who is having a great advantage; one other one is a director general of campaign to an aspirant.

Aiyedatiwa added that ” all of them have their own ambition who they want to be governor. That is an unprogressive position and the party has actually responded that there was no crisis in the party, that their are not at loggerheads with me.

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My Diamond Chain Worth $600,000 – Davido

Afrobeats sensational singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido has sparked online reactions by disclosing the price of his iconic diamond hourglass pendant.

In an exciting video posted online, a fashion fanatic stopped the singer for an impromptu critique of his stunning costume.

READ ALSO: Amaju Pinnick vs Davido: Court Declines Singer’s Application For Stay Of Proceedings

Asked to rate his outfit on a scale of 1 to 10, Davido humorously exceeded the scale by selecting 11, confirming his unshakable loyalty to Puma, the prestigious apparel company with which he has a dynamic connection.

Emphasising that he not only promotes Puma but also benefits from receiving gratis and extremely attractive clothing from the company.

READ ALSO: Davido Excited As Rihanna Gifts Him Box Of Shoes From Fenty

He was later asked about the worth of his magnificent diamond-studded necklace, to which he boldly stated that it cost $600,000.
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No Going Back On Economic Reforms – President Tinubu

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said that despite the challenges witnessed in the country due to the new reforms initiated by his administration, there is no going back.

Tinubu who spoke in Abuja on Thursday, February 22, when he hosted a delegation from the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) led by Florizelle Liser, its president and chief executive officer (CEO), stated that he has a good team in place to ensure the economic reforms yield positive results.  He said; 

READ ALSO: Nigeria Is A Very Poor Country, Our Wealth Is Overestimated – Bayo Onanuga
“I am happy that the council is interested in various segments of Nigeria’s economy. We are right in the middle of a challenging stage of our reforms. We have headwinds, no doubt, but we are not going back.

“We are challenged, and we believe we will overcome the challenges. I have a can-do attitude that must be translated into a must-do attitude.

“We have a good team, and we must remain focused to get the goal accomplished.”

READ ALSO: Olumide Akpata Emerges Edo Labour Party Governorship Candidate
Tinubu also said his administration would do more in the education sector because it is the best tool against poverty. He added; 

“We are going to do more on security and investing in education, as we believe that education is the greatest weapon against poverty. We welcome partners like CCA, and we will strengthen our partnership to achieve our goals.”

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My Soul Will Never Forgive Those Who Mock Me Over Children’s Custody – Do2dtun

Media personality, Dotun Ojuolape aka Do2dtun has vowed not to forgive those using his family issues to mock him.

He said he will never forgive them. Do2dtun took to X to make this public.

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Do2dtun reiterated that even in death, his spirit would haunt those responsible, expressing his desire for no one to endure the pain he is currently facing.

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He wrote: “It’s those that say this to me “that’s why they took your kids away” that my soul will never forgive. If I die today, my spirit will haunt u all. No one should ever go through what I went through. I am just a tough kid with a tough skin. You all will die an untimely death.”

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Hardship: Why Free Distribution Of Grains Is Delayed – Presidency

President Bola Tinubu has given reasons behind the delay of the free distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of grains to Nigerians to tackle the current food insecurity.

Recall that the Minister of Agriculture on February 8, promised that the federal government would distribute millet, maize and other food commodities to vulnerable Nigerians to ameliorate hardship.

But for almost three weeks, no grains or food commodities have been given to Nigerians as the economy bites hard with the high cost of food.

Explaining the delay, Special Adviser to the President Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga said the bagging of grains is ongoing in seven strategic places in the country.

Onanuga also said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been in charge of bagging the grains that would soon be delivered to indigent Nigerians.

READ ALSO: We Work For President Bola Tinubu – Asari Dokubo

He said this in a statement issued on Friday, reiterating the assurance that Nigerians will soon receive free gains.

The presidential aide also said that 60,000 metric tonnes of rice will be provided by the federal government to give to Nigerians.

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“The Tinubu administration through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is in the final stages of releasing 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted food commodities to support the vulnerable population across the country,” Onanuga said in the statement.

READ ALSO: “Fuel Subsidy Is Gone” President Bola Tinubu

“The grains in seven locations of strategic reserve, are now being bagged for onward delivery to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The need to bag the grains, caused the delay as the bags were freshly ordered by the government.

“Nigerians will not need to pay for the grain bags, as they are free.

“This will be complemented by the 60,000 metric tonnes of milled rice to be purchased by the Federal Government from the Mega Rice Millers.

“Already, with the announcement of the impending releases of food commodities from the Strategic Reserve, there is a noticeable reduction in commodity prices across major grains markets in the country, Minister of Agriculture, Senator Abubakar Kyari.”

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BDC: CBN Mandates FX Sellers Above $10,000 To Declare Sources

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has mandated foreign exchange sellers to Bureau De Change (BDC) of the equivalent of 10,000 dollars and above to declare their forex sources.

Haruna Mustapha, Director, Financial Policy and Regulation Department of the CBN, said this in a revised regulatory framework to curtail excesses of BDCs and check uncertainty in the foreign exchange market.

Mustapha said that such sellers would also be required to comply with all Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism ( AML/CFT) regulations.

He said that the guidelines would significantly enhance the regulatory framework for the operations of BDCs as part of ongoing reforms of the Nigerian foreign exchange market.

According to him, the guidelines revises the permissible activities, licensing requirements, corporate governance and AML/CFT provisions for BDCs.

READ ALSO: Personal And Travel Allowances To Be Paid Electronically, No Longer By Cash CBN

“It also sets out new record-keeping and reporting requirements, among others,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the guidelines also specifies that no person shall carry on the business of BDC in Nigeria except with the prior authorisation of the CBN.

It described BDC as a company licensed by the CBN to carry on only retail foreign exchange business in Nigeria.

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It banned commercial, merchant, non-interest and payment service banks, Other Financial Institutions (OFIs), including holding companies and payment service providers from promoting BDCs.

It also precluded serving staff of financial services regulatory and supervisory agencies, serving staff of regulated financial services providers, governments at all levels, among others, from promoting BDCs.

READ ALSO: CBN Bars International Oil Firms From Repatriating 100% FX Proceeds At Once

The guidelines permitted BDCs to acquire foreign currency from authorised sources like tourists, returnees from the diaspora and expatriates with foreign exchange inflows from work, travel, investment or their domiciliary accounts.

Other permissible sources are International Money Transfer Operators (IMTOs), embassies, hotels that are authorised buyers of foreign currencies, the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market (NFEM) and any other source that the CBN may specify.

It warned the BDCs not to engage in street-trading, maintaining any type of account for any member of the public, or accepting any asset for safe keeping/custody.

It said that the BDCs were also not permitted to take deposits from or grant loans to members of the public in any currency and in any form.

“Retail sale of foreign currencies to non-individuals, except for BTA, international outward transfers, engaging in off-shore business or maintaining foreign correspondent relationship
with any foreign establishment are also not permissible,” it said.

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APC NWC Issues Certificate Of Return To Okpebholo Today

The winner of the Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election, Senator Monday Okpebholo will receive the party’s Certificate of Return today, Saturday, February 24.

KOKO TV NG learnt that the presentation will be at a special meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) slated for 2 pm at Muhammadu Buhari House, in Abuja.

Governor Bassey Otu-led Edo state gubernatorial primary committee is equally expected to formally submit its full report on the exercise to the Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led NWC today.

Okpebholo was declared the winner of the rescheduled shadow election on Friday, February 23, by Governor Out.

READ ALSO: Monday Okpebholo Emerges As Edo APC Gov Candidate

With 12,433 votes, he defeated Hon. Dennis Idahosa, who was declared the winner of last weekend’s hotly disputed primary.

The Ovia Federal Constituency representative came a distant second in the fresh exercise with only 6,541 votes.

READ ALSO: Gov Otu Announces Fresh APC Governorship Direct Primaries In Edo

The APC standard bearer in the September 21 Edo state governorship election, a Senator representing Edo Central in the upper chamber of the National Assembly defeated nine aspirants in a keenly contested primary.

The shadow polls ran into a hitch on February 17 following the emergence of three candidates – Hon. Dennis Idahosa, Hon. Sunday Dekeri, and Sen. Okpebholo.

The development forced the party’s NWC to declare the election inconclusive and rescheduled the exercise for last Thursday to beat the INEC deadline for all parties for the conduct of primaries.

Details shortly…

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Olumide Akpata Emerges Edo Labour Party Governorship Candidate

Olumide Akpata has emerged as winner of Edo Labour Party (LP) Governorship primary election.

Akpatat is a former National Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA),

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Deputy governor of Abia State, Ikechukwu Emetu, who was the Chairman of Edo LP poll made the declaration after collating the results.

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I Finally Regained My Freedom, The Journey Is No Joke – Rita Edochie Shares Cryptic Message

Veteran actress, Rita Edochie has sparked reactions online after she shared a cryptic message about regaining her freedom.

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The actress said, without elaborating, on her Instagram page that she has at last regained her freedom.

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She went on to say that the journey was serious business and advised her fans and followers to keep themselves safe since “these boys are mean.” Her words:

RITA EDOCHIE FINALLY REGAINS HER FREEDOM. THE JOURNEY IS NO JOKE PLEASE PROTECT YOURSELVES OUT THERE THESE BOYS ARE MEAN”

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Nigerian Artists Treated Like Rats Before Eedris Abdulkareem, 50 Cent Fight – Soso Soberekon

Popular music executive Soso Soberekon has made a claim.

According to him, Eedris Abdulkareem’s altercation with American rapper 50 Cent and his crew in 2004 “helped” improve the welfare of Nigerian artists.

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Nigerians had slammed Eedris Abdulkareem for saying he fought for the Nigerian music industry and paved the way for Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido, and other new-generation artists.

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Reacting in a recent interview with Daddy Freeze, music executive Soberekon admitted that before Abdulkareem confronted 50 Cent’s crew over discriminatory treatment, Nigerian artists were “treated like rats.”

Soberekon said: “What happened between Eedris and 50 Cent helped the industry, but he did it in a wrong way. Before then, Nigerian musicians were treated like rats.”

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Diploma Graduate In Consensual Relationship With Me – Suspended UNICAL Dean, Cyril Ndifon

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Calabar, Cyril Ndifon, who is currently suspended, has asserted that he engaged in a consensual relationship with a diploma graduate referred to as TKJ (name withheld in compliance with a court order to protect her identity), the individual he was accused of s*xually harassing.

The professor is currently standing trial on amended four counts of alleged s*xual harassment and gratification preferred against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

Also joined in the matter is his lawyer, Sunny Anyanwu, who was alleged to have harassed TKJ and asked her to shun the ICPC’s invitation.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Is A Very Poor Country, Our Wealth Is Overestimated – Bayo Onanuga
TKJ who is the ICPC’s star witness had during her testimony accused the professor of demanding her virginity and coerced her into performing oral s*x for admission into the LLB program at the institution.

However, in a copy of the no-case submission filed by the Prof’s lawyer, Joe Agi (SAN) sighted by our correspondent on Thursday, Ndifon urged the court to discharge and acquit him, adding that the series of chats suggested a consensual relationship between them.

In the chats, the professor noted that they conveyed their love, affection, and concern for each other’s safety.

He said, “What are the elements of the offence(a) causing fear (b) threat (c) fear for safety? None of the above elements were contained in count 1. Nor was there any evidence adduced to show fear, safety, or blackmail from TKJ or Professor Ndifon, particularly by Exhibit “H” The chats show clearly that both 1 Defendant and TKJ have a consensual relationship where they expressed their love, affection, and worries for each other safety particularly that of the 1 Defendant. ”

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He also claimed that evidence before the court shows that text messages between him and TKJ were that of emotional feelings between two lovers and did not in any way put either of the party in fear.

Ndifon also said the ICPC violated his fundamental human rights by seizing his phones without a court order.

The suspended dean said, “The commission who at this time was desperate to create, search for any conceivable crime seized the telephone of the 1st Defendant who was under their custody and without obtaining an order of the court as required by Section 45 of the Cyber Crime Act in breach of his fundamental right as guaranteed by Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution as amended broke into his phone and started going through his phone in search for an offense and without respect to his right to privacy.

“Then on seeing nude and pornographic pictures in the 1st Defendant’s phone jumped at the Cybercrime Act to investigate the so-called offence of cyberstalking. This is not only exposing them as an ungovernable monster but like a knight—errant that goes about looking for skirmishes and battles all over the Mace. My Lord if this is allowed to stand, then we are all in trouble. This cannot be the intention of the lawmakers or the law.”


Ndifon also urged the court to decline jurisdiction on the case because, under cross-examination, Lucy Chima, a prosecution witness one asserted that they received several oral and written complaints but never mentioned TKJ as one of such complainants and that TKJ was not even listed as a witness in the originating charge but “surfaced after the amended charge was filed”.

He also contended that in the instant case, counts 1 and 2 which deal with sending and receiving nude videos and count 3 of the original charge, are not within the jurisdiction of the court as Section 26(2) and 61(3) of the Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Act, 2020 prevent the court from entertaining any of the offences brought.

“Now, let me turn to Count 4 in the original charge which is from the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015. From the Charge, proof of evidence before this Honourable Court, it is submitted that the case was not initiated by due process of law thereby depriving your lordship of jurisdiction,”
 he added

The adoption of written addresses on the no-case submission has been fixed for February 27, 2024.

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The Poor Can No Longer Feed – Businessman Laments Naira Depreciation

Popular Nigerian singer and businessman, Anyidons has taken to Instagram to lament about the depreciation of the Naira.

In a video shared online, the businessman pointed out that artisans from Cotonou are no longer collecting Naira because the Benin Republic’s currency, CFA, has more value than Naira currently.

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According to him, a carton of tomatoes was N20,000 when he went to the market and in the next thirty minutes when he came back to pick it up, he paid N24,000. In his video, he said;

‘’Can you imagine that workers from Cotonou are no more collecting Naira because a CFA is now N3000. Can you imagine that CFA10, 000 is now N25, 000. Ten Million CFA is now N25, 000. So they are no more collecting Naira.

As it stands now, to clear a container in Nigeria is N18 million per container and with the depreciation in Naira, every commodity increases in price every 30 minutes.

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I went to the market yesterday to restock. A carton of tomato was N20, 000. In the next thirty minutes when I came to pick the tomatoes, it was N24, 000 and the whole line was like if you cannot pay, leave it.

The scary part is that the way it is going is that even the rich and the poor, nobody is safe. People are still selling their old markets. Very soon. their old market will finish. They will now start selling the new market they bought with this current prices. The poor can no longer feed. It will now be survival of the fittest. Nobody is safe’

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“Finally Got More Piercings 😃💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 Wanna See? – Phyna

Reality TV personality, Phyna has announced to her fans that she has finally gotten her  collection of piercings.

She said it is now 12. Phyna spoke via her Twitter page. Revealing her new piercings, she wrote:

“Finally got more piercings 😃💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 Wanna see? 12 piercings in total now …….

See reactions below:
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unsuallfaith said: “Person dey find money take buy garri and beans this my fave go do piercing.”

anthony_ai96073 wrote: “Madam that ur piercings make u ugly , u are more beautiful without piercing.”

MujidatW reacted: “Phyphy I thought you said you are tired of piercing now . Anyway love you still.”

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Lambert_D_third wrote: “One thing I love about phyna is that she can be a baddie a gangster and a princess 😂.”

Etherealwarlord quizzed: “Should we be proud of u?”

hunestlie added: “Did you count the one abortion pierced in your womb?”

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Infidel: Unacceptable And Utterly Condemnable – Shehu Sani On Islamic Cleric’s Comment About Tinubu’s Wife

A former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, has said that the call by an Islamic cleric to kill the wife of President Bola Tinubu, Oluremi, is condemnable.

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Sani said Nigerians should criticise the government and its policies within the ambit of the law.

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The Islamic cleric, whose identity could not be ascertained, had said Oluremi Tinubu should be killed for being a pastor.

In a viral video, the cleric is heard saying the Muslim/Muslim ticket that brought President Bola Tinubu to power was a scam.


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The cleric averred that Mrs Tinubu, “being an infidel should be put to death as provided for in the Quran,” he, however, did not provide any chapter or verse of the Quran to support his claim.

“Now, Tinubu, his wife is an infidel. As an infidel, she is a leader among the infidels.

“God’s judgement says she must be killed. She’s a pastor, a leader of infidels (Christians); Allah says they must be killed,” 
he said.

Reacting, Sani posted on X: “Criticising the Government and its policies is within the ambit of democratic rights; but Calling for the killing of Senator Remi Tinubu by the religious cleric is unacceptable and utterly condemnable.”

Mrs Tinubu is an assistant pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG.

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“Things Dey Occur For This Lagos Ooh” – Pretty Mike Says As He Shares Some Men’s S*xual Fantasies

Popular Nigerian socialite and club owner, Pretty Mike, has spoken about some wierd s3xual fantasies men in Lagos state have


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In a post shared on his Instagram page, he mentioned that he has heard of men having fantasies of only sleeping with married women, pregnant women as well as those whose fantasies are only to be with older women. He wrote;

”There are some men that have an abnormal fantasy of sleeping with married women. You’d never see them date a single lady! If you’re not married with a ring they can’t date you. Pls is there a special reason for doing such ??.

They said it’s just their fantasy….

pretty mikeThere are also some men that get aroused when they see a pregnant woman.They can never date any woman that isn’t pregnant or nursing a baby. It turns them on.

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Ha It’s their fantasy.

There are some men who can never date or sleep with any woman that isn’t old. They’re attracted to old women or elderly women with sagged skin and dried breast.,Fantasy ooooh …
Yes I have heard these things be4, but I recently met a group of guys that enjoy engaging in these activities “Things Dey occur for this Lagos ooh…. Shine ur Eyes, make dem no carry u go where you no know”.

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Dbanj Paid Me N50,000 For Shows I Was Booked For N1m – Rapper Ikechukwu

Veteran rapper and actor, Ikechukwu Onunaku, popularly known as Ikechukwu, has disclosed that his colleague, D’banj used to give him N50,000 from shows he got booked for N1 million.

He said he later increased it to N150,000 after he confronted him.

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Ikechukwu claimed that D’banj had to consult his mother before increasing the amount.

He disclosed that the co-founder’s mother influenced decisions at the record label for a long time.

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He stated this during a recent interview with Daddy Freeze, “Banga [D’banj] is going to hate this when I say this. But the truth is the truth. When we used to go for shows, they [promoters] go pay Banga money, Banga go do like say he dey do me a favour. He would give me N50,000 from shows I got booked for N1 million and above.

“He eventually increased it after we fought. He said he spoke with his mum and they increased it to N150,000. His mum was part of the record label spiritually. You can ask Don Jazzy [the co-founder]: For a long time, they don’t make decisions without D’banj’s mum’s approval.”

READ ALSO: ‘Men Don’t Have Sense’ – Moet Abebe On Why She’s Still Single At 34
Recall that Mohits disbanded in 2012, with the co-founder, Don Jazzy, who confirmed the breakup, citing differences in interests as the reason.

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“P-Square Did Not Go For The 50 Cent Concert. They Offered Us Peanuts And We Refused. But Eedris Abdulkareem Accepted The Peanut And Was Expecting VIP Treatment” – Rudeboy

Rudeboy, the Nigerian singer, also known as Paul Okoye from the P-Square duo, has denied Eedris Abdulkareem’s allegations that the group was attacked by American rapper 50 Cent and his entourage during a concert at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos in 2004.

Abdulkareem claimed in a recent podcast interview that 50 Cent’s crew “flogged and chased” Nigerian artists, including P-Square, out of the backstage area at a concert.

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He said he was the only Nigerian artist who refused to be intimidated out of the backstage.

Reacting during a recent Instagram live session with fans, Rudeboy said P-Square never attended the said show due to the inability of the organisers to reach an agreement with them on the booking fees.

He said Abdulkareem betrayed Nigerian artists by going behind them to accept “peanut” from the show organisers after they had already agreed on lucrative performance fees.

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Rudeboy said: “P-Square did not go for the [50 Cent] concert. We had another concert. We were never billed. The reason was because they offered us peanuts, and we refused. But Eedris Abdulkareem accepted the peanut and was expecting VIP treatment. 50 Cent crew didn’t beat you well.

“Respect yourself. P-Square was never billed for that concert. Daddy Showkey, Tony Tetuila, everyone is telling you guys that Eedris is a big liar. We know he is a lair. We were never billed for that concert. We didn’t go.”

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Houses Of Some Lagos Govt Officials Were Also Demolished – Governor Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State stated that residences belonging to certain officials of the state government were also demolished within the state.

Sanwo-Olu stated this during a media chat in Lagos on Thursday.

The governor stressed that the state government won’t hesitate to bring down houses that contravene the state’s planning rules.

He said, “There are some officers of this government that their houses went down.”

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Recall that, last year, demolition of buildings resumed in Lagos with the state government and the Federal Housing Authority pulling down structures in Ikota, Lekki, Alaba, Ajao Estate, Abule Ado, Ladipo Market, and other areas of the state.

The buildings demolished were said to have contravened the master plan of the city and were built on drainage channels.

But Sanwo-Olu said the houses demolished contravened the state’s planning laws and contributed to flooding in the state.

READ ALSO: Nigerians Shouldn’t Hold Us Responsible For Food Price Hike – Dangote Group
He said, “We are not being emotional; we are being factual. It has nothing to do with ethnicity but doing what is right.

“The right things to be done are difficult things sometimes; they are the things that will appear unpopular but it is to keep the state safe for all.

“People deliberately built on the right of way for drainage canals. Lagos is below sea level. So, those waters have to go, come back, and go back again.

“There are some officers of this government that their houses went down. It has to go. We are not out to take the entire four bedrooms; if it is one room that contravenes, you can reconstruct and have three rooms.

“What I can assure you is that nobody will or willingly be attacked by virtue of race, gender, colour, ethnicity. That I can put on the table, and say that please if you know of any, I will be the first to apologise and make amends immediately.”

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Nigerians Shouldn’t Hold Us Responsible For Food Price Hike – Dangote Group

Dangote Group and his Companies have denied being behind the rising prices of food items all over the country.

This is according to the Executive Director of the Dangote Group of Companies, Hajiya Fatima Aliko Dangote.

She stated this in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service.

READ ALSO: Houses Of Some Lagos Govt Officials Were Also Demolished – Governor Sanwo-Olu
She disclosed that the group had sold the food processing company five years ago to Olam Group, which processes food and agric-business in Nigeria.

Fatima asserted that they are not comfortable with the way prices are hitting the rooftop, which the group cannot control, while hoping that things will stabilise soon.

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She said, “We’re not responsible for the price hike… we buy the raw sugar in dollars from Brazil; they don’t sell to us in naira. The same thing with the crude salt and every other thing, that’s the issue.

“It’s only cement that we get its raw materials in Nigeria. But its processing chain lies in dollars; the trucks that ferry the product, gas, tires, and spare parts are all in dollars.’’

She, however, claimed that the group was unaware that cement was retailed at N15,000 in the markets, adding that the price of 50kg would be around N7,000 to N8,000 depending on the location.

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You Claim Someone Inspired You But Won’t Agree He Paved The Way For You – Cynthia Morgan Slams Odumodublvck

Popular Dancehall singer, Cynthia Morgan has lashed out at colleague, Odumodublvck.

This followed his claim that nobody paved the way for him.

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Odumodu made the statement following veteran musician, Eedris Abdulkareem claim to have paved way for top Nigerian singers, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy.

READ ALSO: “I Blame People Who Donated For Your Hospital Bills” – Burna Boy Roasts Eedris Abdulkareem
Reacting, Cynthia Morgan called him out for his statement. Her words read:

“This odumodu black na real odumodu, you claim someone inspired you but you wouldn’ t agree he paved the way for you . What is going on in this country”

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Gunmen Kill Police Officer In Rivers

Gunmen, driving in a Sienna Bus, fired at police officers conducting a stop and search operation in Port Harcourt, killing one officer in the process.

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SP Grace Iringe-Koko, the spokesperson for the Police Command in Rivers, condemned the attacks as senseless and unprovoked in a statement released on Friday.

She revealed that one of the attackers was, however, killed during the ensuing exchange of gunfire.

“The sad incident occurred at about 9:45 p.m. on Feb. 21 when unidentified hoodlums targeted policemen from Operation Sting of the Rivers State Police Command.

“While the officers were carrying out stop and search at Eliozu flyover, they were attacked by the hoodlums traveling in a carton-coloured, glass-tinted Sienna bus.

“The vehicle’s registration number remains unknown at this time.”

READ ALSO: Gunmen Kill Imo-Based Lawyer

Iringe-Koko said that the criminals fired directly at the unsuspecting officers without any provocation.

“The attackers, arriving from the Rumuodumaya axis, opened fire on the police team, resulting in the tragic loss of one Inspector who valiantly sacrificed his life in the line of duty.

“Undeterred, the police team responded bravely, engaged the attackers, and managed to neutralize one of them who was wearing a mask.

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“Unfortunately, the others managed to escape, but potentially sustaining gunshot wounds,” he added.

The official stated that an investigation has been initiated by the command to apprehend the culprits, with the criminal gang responsible for the attacks already identified.

READ ALSO: Unknown Gunmen Kidnap School Pupils In Ekiti (Video)

She affirmed that the police force would not relent its until all individuals involved in the despicable act are brought to justice.

“Such acts of aggression against security forces impact the safety and security of society, hence, we shall remain resolute in our duty to preserve peace and protect lives.

“The Commissioner of Police in Rivers, CP Olatunji Disu, has pledged that those who perpetrate violence against law enforcement and civilians will face the full weight of the law.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the fallen Inspector, and we assure them that his sacrifice will not be in vain,” Iringe-Koko noted.

The police spokesperson encouraged citizens to continue their lawful activities without fear, emphasizing that the command would enhance its strategies to ensure their protection.

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After 15 Months Of Marriage, Porsha Williams Files For Divorce From Husband Simon Guobadia

Porsha Williams, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, has filed for divorce from her Nigerian husband, Simon Guobadia after 15 months of marriage.

According to reports from a source, the split on Friday, February 23, had nothing to do with allegations about Guobadia’s citizenship status.

The divorce news comes just days after the Atlanta Black Star reported on Thursday, February 22, that Nigerian-born Guobadia, 59, had been repeatedly denied residency in the United States.

Guobadia, on the other hand, was unconcerned with the speculation, posting “#42yearsLivinginAmerica” on Instagram on Tuesday, February 20.

READ ALSO: Beautiful Photos From Porsha Williams And Simon Guobadia Edo Traditional Wedding

Although Porsha Williams has not spoken publicly about the breakup, Guobadia remains her last name on Instagram, and images with her separated husband have not been removed.

READ ALSO: Porsha Williams Biography, Age, Net Worth, Spouse, Children, Education, And Awards

Porsha and Guobadia announced their engagement in May 2021, following a month of dating. They officially married in November 2022.

Porsha Williams’ divorce filing comes more than a week after it was revealed that she would return to RHOA for season 16 as part of a larger scripted talent agreement with NBCUniversal.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the vision and faith NBCUniversal has put in me to be a larger part of their family,” she said in a statement on February 13, according to Deadline. “I’m looking forward to getting back on The Real Housewives  of Atlanta,’ and showing the world my new world!”

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Hardship: 25KG Half Bag Of Rice Sold For N10,000

A Nigerian lady has taken to social media to inform and guide fellow citizens on where they can buy a half bag of rice for the affordable price of just N10k.

Amidst reports of increasing food scarcity and economic challenges, the lady posted a message on her Twitter page, extending a helping hand to her fellow citizens.

In her tweet on February 23, 2024, she updated Nigerians on an initiative by the Nigeria Customs Service, offering half a bag of foreign rice for just N10,000.

The kind-hearted lady specified that the distribution is taking place at the Customs office, and the targeted areas for those interested include Bariga, Onike, Iwaya, Yaba, and the surroundings of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

The conditions for participation include a payment of N10,000 and the presentation of the National Identification Number (NIN).

She wrote, “If you know anyone staying around Bariga, Onike, Iwaya, Yaba, UNILAG.

Customs office is sharing half a bag of rice for 10,000 (foreign rice).\

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The requirement is your 10,000 and NIN. Make your way there if you can afford it.

Please repost to get to those in need that can afford it.”

Netizens Reactions…

@jeffreyTK said; “Hope is not rice that is about to expire in days. “Please you’ll Be careful of what you buy.”

@ugo_himself said; “How I wish I know any of my mutual staying at Bariga.

@igweigwe71 said; “This is the worst government since 1999.

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@celestine4good said; “When are they carrying out same in Abuja, Enugu, Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi, Zamfara, Akwa Ibom?”

@faithrobert1 said; “Omo I’ve left that place for the strong ones ,even soldiers can’t tame that crowd.”

@calabarbabes said: “Pls are they sharing tomorrow I will be there by 6am.

@adenikkid said; “I got mine oh 25kg for 10k but it’s survival of the fittest as the crowd choke!”

@Harckhan said; “Omo… I don go lap one, God bless you for this update.”

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Why My Marriage Failed – Ikechukwu

Popular Nigerian rapper and actor, Ikechukwu Onunaku has stated that his marriage to Brunella Oscar has ended.

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It is worth noting that the former Mohits rapper married his lover in May 2021 at a high-class wedding attended by the entertainment industry’s movers and shakers.

However, in an unfortunate turn of events, Ikechukwu has stated that their marriage dissolved due to irreconcilable issues.

The 40-year-old rapper revealed this in a recent interview with media personality Daddy Freeze when he discussed his marriage.

READ ALSO: Rapper Ikechukwu Onunaku And His Partner Ties Knot

He mentioned gaslighting, fault-finding, and the influence of third parties as contributing causes to the dissolution of his marriage.

READ ALSO: This Is The Current State Of Ikechukwu Onunaku’s Music Career

He also stated that his ex-wife oppressed him and continually made him feel inferior.

He said, “My wife and I are no longer together. We separated due to irreconcilable differences. It wasn’t over infidelity. There were too much gaslighting, too much looking for faults, and too much listening to outsiders.

“I tried to save our marriage but I got to a point where I couldn’t tolerate my ex-wife’s excesses anymore and I showed her my other side and we couldn’t bear it.”

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Money For Hand, Back For Ground — Lady Advices Fellow Gender (Video)

Nigerian lady stirs up controversial debate with her advice to fellow women on what to do if a man tries to sleep with them at their first meeting.

She shared a video to her Tiktok page, @eveilfriend5, wh

ere she made her opinion public.

According to her, most men nowadays like to pretend with the promise of a relationship to sleep with women.

Upon understanding their pattern, she advised women to be a step ahead by demanding for money when they do such.

READ ALSO: Drain Him With S*x ,So He Has No Strength To Cheat – Lady Advises Married Women

Even though they might get accused of prostitution, she claims it is wiser than letting the man sleep with them for free under the guise of a relationship.

See some reactions to the video here

@prince asked: “hope you can defend this video few years time when your husband to be ask for explanation.”

@timagold2323 added: “I swear e happen to me I no fit cry e no comot for my heart till e go give me that money I no go forgive am i swear 💔”

@Cutebae84 said: “I swear my sister you’re saying the truth”

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@stannleynn opined: “As an Edo guy, our women eh, na dem worst for this present Gen Z so. Nothing just deh head, na why i no deh vex when i see the stereotype cos plenty lie no deh inside”

@agbala_nwanyi001 noted: “She is spitting fact but they will still drag her.. Pained men won’t like this post..”

@neetah_00 reacted: “She has a point though! 😂Don’t allow a man with no serious intentions towards you to eat you for free…”

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Men’s Sexual Fantasies – Pretty Mike (Video)

Pretty Mike, a socialite, has expressed astonishment at the abnormal sexual fantasies that some guys in Lagos State have.

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In a post on his Instagram page, the celebrity stated that he has heard of males fantasizing about only sleeping with married women, pregnant women, and older women.

He emphasized that these men do not have the zeal to date single ladies but desire for married women and pregnant women.

Pretty Mike said;

READ ALSO: Pretty Mike Appears With Pot Of Soup To Cook Human At Event In Lagos

There are some men that have an abnormal fantasy of
sleeping with married women😳. You’d never see them date a single lady! If you’re not married with a ring they can’t date you. Pls is there a special reason for doing such ??.

They said it’s just their fantasy😡😡….

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There are also some men that get aroused when they see a pregnant woman. They can never date any woman that isn’t pregnant or nursing a baby🧐. It turns them on.

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Ha, It’s their fantasy.

There are some men who can never date or
sleep with any woman that isn’t old. They’re
attracted to old women or elderly women with
sagged skin and dried breasts., Fantasy ooooh 🤣…

Yes I have heard these things be4, but I recently met a group of guys that enjoy engaging in these activities “Things Dey occur for this Lagos ooh…. Shine ur Eyes, make dem no carry u go where you no know 🤮…”.

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German Government Legalises Marijuana

The German parliament on Friday voted Friday favour of legalising the possession and controlled cultivation of cannabis also known as marijuana starting in April, despite fierce objections from opposition groups.

Under the new law, it will be possible to obtain the drug for personal use through regulated cannabis cultivation associations, as well as to have up to three plants at home.

READ ALSO: Singapore Hangs Man Over Plot To Traffic Cannabis Despite Pleas

Details later…

 

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Breaking: Olumide Akpata Emerges Labour Party’s Governorship Candidate In Edo

Former National Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Mr Olumide Akpata, has emerged as the Labour Party’s governorship candidate in Edo State.

Akpata defeated other aspirants in the party’s primary election conducted on Friday.

READ ALSO: Ex-NBA President, Olumide Akpata, Quits Law Firm To Pursue Governorship Ambition

…Details later

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EFCC Arrests 50 Suspected Fraudsters For Cybercrime From Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 48 students from Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, along with two residents of the town. The arrests were made in connection with alleged offenses related to Internet fraud, commonly known as yahoo-yahoo.

The arrest was sequel to credible intelligence over the rising trend of yahoo-yahoo business in the state, especially on campuses.

Upon discrete investigations, operatives of the Commission closed up on the suspects and got them arrested at their various hideouts after days of surveillance on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

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The suspects are: Idris Yekini, Ayantola Segun, Adeshina Taheeb, Mustapha Alamin, Usman Harun, Oladimeji Oseni, Qudus Temitope, Adewunmi Israel, Lukman Uthman, Alamin Ibitoye, Usman Sadiq, Musbau Waris, Ibrahim Oluwatosin, Oladele Israel and Rafiu Ashimu.

Internet FraudstersOthers include: Aransiola Oluwaseun, Akolade Adetola Toheeb, Joseph Samuel, Adewuyi Quadri, Adebayo Olamilekan, Ogunride Gabriel, Abolaji Ismail, Ogundele Samuel Ejiro, Musa Ali Olawale, Isah Oluwatumishe, Abdullahi Abdulmajib, Abdulralman Abubakar, Olaosebikan Martins, Mazeed Ayomide, Oyeniyi Michael, Moses Bright, Oladipo Victor, Shehu Abdugafar, Abdulmalik Khalid Timileyin, Muhammad Nabil, Adebayo Qudus and Owoeye Adeyanju.

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Also on the list of those arrested are Abdulwaheed Zakariyah, Olaleye Gbenga, Victor Kayode, Samad Olarewaju, Raheem Ayomide, Ismail Abdulbasit, Oluyedun Khalid, Moshood Lawal, Utman Abayomi and Aransiola Joshua, while the two residents of Malete are Babalola Razaq and Godwin Ouna Ejika.

Items recovered from the suspects include nine (9) exotic cars, twenty-four (24) laptops, and different brands of phones, according to a statement by the media unit of the zonal command.

The suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon the conclusion of ongoing investigations.

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Monday Okpebholo Emerges As Edo APC Gov Candidate

Senator Monday Okpebholo (Edo Central) has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship direct primary election.

The declaration was made by the Cross River Governor, Bassey Otu, who served as the Chairman of the Edo APC shadow poll, following the comprehensive collation of results from the 18 local government areas.

The announcement took place at the Lushville Hotel and Suites, located in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin.

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Senator Okpebholo secured a total of 12,433 votes, surpassing his closest competitor, Dennis Idahosa, the representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, who garnered 6,541 votes.

This victory marks a pivotal moment for Okpebholo, positioning him as the APC’s gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming electoral contest in Edo State.

This primary election comes in the wake of a controversial and inconclusive primary held last week, overseen by Governor Hope Uzodimma.


The APC National Working Committee intervened, declaring the initial primary inconclusive after disputes arose over the premature declaration of Dennis Idahosa as the winner.

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According to Uzodinma’s claims, Idahosa had led the gubernatorial race with 40,483 votes, a figure that was contested by party members.

The rerun of the primary election not only addresses the contentious issues that marred the previous attempt but also reaffirms the APC’s commitment to a transparent and democratic selection process for its candidates.  

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Governor Adeleke Appoints Nigerian Actress, Laide Bakare As SSA On Entertainment

Popular Nollywood actress, Laide Bakare, has been appointed by Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State as his Senior Special Assistant on Entertainment, Art, Culture, and Tourism.

The actress received her appointment letter in a viral video on social media on Thursday.

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Expressing her gratitude to the governor in a post shared on her official Facebook page on Thursday, Bakare described the appointment as the beginning of her political career.

“To my new boss, Governor Ademola Adeleke Imole Osun, thank you so much for the trust and opportunity to serve. I promise to deliver my best. So help me God.

“The entire good people of Osun and Nigeria at large. It’s actually a new dawn for me starting my political career from here,”
 she said.

READ ALSO: You Claim Someone Inspired You But Won’t Agree He Paved The Way For You – Cynthia Morgan Slams Odumodublvck

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Amaju Pinnick vs Davido: Court Declines Singer’s Application For Stay Of Proceedings

The application filed by Afrobeats star, Davido seeking a stay of proceedings in the N2 billion suit filed against him by Brownhill Investment Company Limited owned by former NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, over the annual ‘Warri Again Concert, has been rejected by a Delta State High Court sitting in Effurun.

Amaju’s company filed the lawsuit against Davido after he failed to perform at a concert in Warri which he was fully paid for. The company is asking the court to award N2 billion as general damages against Davido. The company is also asking the court for N150 million as legal and professional fees and an additional N30 million as the cost of filing the suit.

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Defendants in the suit are David Adeleke a.k.a “Davido,” and his music label, Davido Music Worldwide Limited.

At the hearing in the matter recently, Davido’s counsel, Norrison Quakers, SAN, informed the court that there was a pending appeal and that the defendants had filed a motion for a stay of proceedings. Quakers further told the court that the defendants had been served with a copy of the claimant’s counter affidavit to the said motion for stay.

However, he applied to withdraw the motion and submitted that the Court of Appeal had become seized with authority over the proceedings pending before the lower court.

The counsel to Amaju’s company, Kelechi Onwuegbuchulem, did not oppose the application to withdraw the motion and the court granted the same accordingly.

The court in a bench ruling upheld the claimant’s argument and held that until an order staying further proceedings is obtained from the Court of Appeal, the High Court will continue with proceedings in the case.


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The court also granted the motion on notice seeking to regularize the Amaju’s company’s reply to the statement of defence and directed that Pre-Trial Conference, PTC, forms be filed within 14 days in line with the rules of the court. The court adjourned the case to March 21, 2024, for a pre-trial conference.

Recall that Davido had, in his preliminary objection challenged the jurisdiction of the court, because the case ought not to take place in Effurun

But the court in its ruling dismissed the preliminary objection.  

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50 Cent Didn’t Assault P Square, Eedris Abdulkareem Was After Peanuts – Rudeboy

Second half of the P Square band, Paul Okoye, popularly known as Rudeboy, has debunked claims of Eedris Abdulkareem that American rapper 50 Cent and his crew assaulted the group at a concert in Lagos in 2004.

KOKO TV NG reported that Abdulkareem claimed in a recent podcast interview that 50 Cent’s crew “flogged and chased” Nigerian artists, including P-Square, out of the backstage area at a concert.

He said he was the only Nigerian artist who refused to be intimidated out of the backstage.

READ ALSO: 50 Cent Flogged, Chased P-Square And Other Nigerian Artists Out of Backstage – Eedris Abdulkareem

Reacting during a recent Instagram live session with fans, Rudeboy said P-Square never attended the show due to the inability of the organisers to reach an agreement with them on the booking fees.

He said Abdulkareem betrayed Nigerian artists by going behind them to accept “peanut” from the show organisers after they had already agreed on lucrative performance fees.

READ ALSO: I Stormed Airport With 3,000 Bikes To Save You From 50 Cent” – Charly Boy To Eedris Abdulkareem

Rudeboy said: “P-Square did not go for the [50 Cent] concert. We had another concert. We were never billed. The reason was because they offered us peanuts, and we refused. But Eedris Abdulkareem accepted the peanut and was expecting VIP treatment. 50 Cent crew didn’t beat you well.

“Respect yourself. P-Square was never billed for that concert. Daddy Showkey, Tony Tetuila, everyone is telling you guys that Eedris is a big liar. We know he is a lair. We were never billed for that concert. We didn’t go.”

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Davido Excited As Rihanna Gifts Him Box Of Shoes From Fenty

Nigerian Afrobeat singer David Adeleke, often known as Davido, is over the moon after receiving a gift from international pop icon Rihanna.

The DMW boss, known for his chart-topping tunes and philanthropic initiatives, announced the happy news to his fans via his official Instagram page.

READ ALSO: It’s Disrespectful To Water Down Davido’s Hardwork Because Of His Father’s Wealth – Timaya

Rihanna, the Barbadian singer-turned-business entrepreneur, gave Davido a unique box including her exclusive Fenty X Puma edition sneakers, which sparked great interest among fans and followers.

The overjoyed Davido shared his gratitude on social media, posting a photo of the elegant and desired shoes and a personal message from Rihanna.

READ ALSO: Foundation Account Credited Davido Confirmation Of 300m Orphanage Donation

Oshey @badgalriri,” Davido wrote.

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E Don Cast- Man Jumps Fences To Steal Generator, Caught On Camera (Video)

A young man caught the attention of social media when he was captured on camera jumping into someone else’s compound through the fence to steal a generator.

The incident is featured in a video captioned: “Things dey sup oo, e don red.”

In the video, the young man, whose face was not clearly revealed, could be seen looking around to make sure no one was watching him before he jumped into the compound.

While at it, he was being recorded by a person already inside the room who didn’t say a word and allowed him to carry out the act while recording.

READ ALSO: Man Set Ablaze For Attempting To Steal Generator From Church In Akwa Ibom

The young man was later seen carrying a small generator and jumping through the fence with it after stealing it.

Not long after the video made its way to the internet, concerned individuals took to the comment section to share their thoughts.

See some reactions below:

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zinaonguard: “the hunger wey dey do this guy. see as eh lift gen.”

La_Porsh🦅🫶🏽✝️: “And you weh video am to shout Dey hard you Abi??”

1 9 9 4 🫀❤️: “If no be acting why you no talk.”

dom: “Why you no go hold am no be your gen.

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Why I Got Into University At 14 – Ayra Star

Raving afrobeats star Ayra Starr has revealed how love for music got her into the university at 14.

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According to the songstress, she bagged a degree early because her mother insisted that she must graduate before pursuing her music career and she wanted to be a teenage pop star.

She disclosed this in a recent interview with American media giant Billboard News.

Starr recounted: “I got into the university at 14. I feel like my mum has been using music to blackmail me since I was a child. She was like, ‘If you want to do music, you have to do this.’ When she suggested we relocate to Lagos from Benin Republic, I declined initially but she convinced me that Lagos is the land of music.

READ ALSO: I Battled Imposter Syndrome After Releasing ‘Rush’ Ayra Starr

“She insisted that if I want to do music, I would have to finish school first. Usually, a lot of people in Nigeria finish secondary school at 15, 16.

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“I knew that if I waited till I’m 15 [before completing my secondary school], I won’t be able to be a teenage pop star. And I wanted to be a teenage pop star. So, I joined my elder brother and wrote JAMB, what you guys called SAT here.

“To be honest, the result wasn’t crazy to get me onto all these Ivy League schools but it was enough to pass by. It was enough for my mum.

“I got admitted into a good school. My course was for three years. It was International Relations. And immediately after my graduation, I started doing music covers online and that same year I got signed [to Mavin Records label].”

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There Is Nothing Like N30bn Being Given To States For Food Security – Governor Makinde Denies Akapbio’s Claim

Governors in the country have debunked claims made by Senate President Godswill Akpabio that the Tinubu-led Federal Government disbursed N1.08tn to states to address the food crisis being experienced in various states.


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While speaking at the plenary on Tuesday, February 20, Akpabio said an unconfirmed report indicated that state governors received N30bn each from the Federation Account to ameliorate inflation and the high cost of food in their respective states.

“I must say that unverified report has it that each of the state governments in the last few months has received additional N30bn from Federal Inland Revenue Service outside their normal allocations from the Federation Account to assist them in ameliorating the food situation. We believe that every state government should utilise the funds received towards ensuring that food is available in the country. So, the state governments have a lot to do. They are closer to the people and I do not want to mention local government because most of the local governments are controlled by the state governors.World Bank

My belief is that if the state government does what is needed, then the local government will be involved in sharing to make sure that these things get to the people. But we must not overlook the fact that Nigerians are not going to be interested in stories. Nigerians want to see action. Nigerians want to eat and we will provide food for them, there is no excuse. Despite what we met on the ground,
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However, the Vice-Chairman of the NGF, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has denied Akpabio’s claim. 

Speaking at a function in Iseyin on Thursday, February 22, Governor Makinde who spoke on behalf of state governors, said he can speak for himself and other state governors and that no such money was disbursed to any state.

“I can speak for Oyo State, and I can also speak for any of my colleagues because I am the Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. I know when things happen. And if we want to play politics, we will keep quiet and say, let it slide, but we are not going to let this slide.

First, the FIRS cannot give any money to any state; it is not possible. All revenues accruing to our country go into the federation account, and the money is distributed to all the tiers of government. The Federal Government does not give money to the state; the money in the federation account belongs to all of us, and it is not only to the Federal Government.

We need to engage with our people; if our policies are not working, we need to listen to them and amend them. If the number three citizen says this is an unverified report, why does he need to say it? Does that give confidence to our people, or does it solve the problem of hunger and anger in our land?

Let me say it clearly: for Oyo State and my colleagues, there is nothing like N30bn being given for food security to the states, and I stand to be challenged” he said.

Other state governors have also denied the claim.  

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NLC Proposed Strike Act Of Sabotage, says Coalition

The Coalition of Nigeria Civil Society Forum (CNCSF) has alleged that the proposed strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is an act of sabotage with an ulterior motive of collecting gratification from the government at the expense of the unsuspecting public.

Organised Labour recently threatened to stage a two-day nationwide protest against the hardship in the land on February 28 and 28.

But the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Thursday pulled out of the planned action complaining that the decision to embark on the action was not collectively taken.

Admitting that Nigerians are going through difficult times at the moment, Convener of the Coalition, Dr. Godwin Abutu at briefing in Abuja, noted that the government has persistently assured Nigerians of rallying around the clock to ameliorate the sufferings of the people with different incentives.

READ ALSO: TUC Condemns NLC’s Planned Strike

Abutu however noted that efforts by the Federal Government to resolve the matter are being sabotaged.

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“While we are not worried over the empty and baseless threats to drag the government through the strike, we are once again concerned that this group has always used these threats to collect gratifications from the government and betray the people, a situation we are out to arrest this time as spokespersons of the masses of this country.

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“Even though the NLC further contradicted itself by abandoning the wage negotiation table set up by the government to improve the wages of workers to go and embark on this macabre dance that has no head or tail. We expected the leadership of these trade unions to have contributed their opinions of how we would come out of this quagmire with such a privilege rather than embarking on this wild goose chase.”

The group reminded the Organised Labour that past actions have not resolved any problem faced by the masses recently.

Instead, the group advised Organised Labour to drop the warning strike and come to the negotiating table with the government.

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Slain Rivers DPO: Police Exhume Prime Suspect, 2Baba’s Corpse

The Rivers State Police Command has exhumed the body of notorious cultist, Gift Okpara popularly known as 2 Baba, the prime suspect in the murder of former Divisional Police Officer, Bako Angbashim in Odiemudie community, Ahoada East Local Government Area of the state in September last year.

This came barely a week after the police said the dreaded leader of the Iceland cult was killed during a joint security raid in Idu-Ekpeye community in Ahoada East, though some of his loyalists snatched his body and escaped with it.

A police source who spoke on condition of anonymity said on Thursday that operatives swooped on some loyalists of the killed cult leader who led them into a deep forest where his remains were buried.

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“The operation took place at midnight of Thursday and his body was exhumed and taken to town,” the source stated.

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Already a trending video seen by our correspondent showed the moment when operatives holding torchlight were seen digging the ground and trying to exhume the decomposing corpse.

Meanwhile our correspondent gathered that the state police command has scheduled a media briefing by 11am today where details of how late 2 Baba’s body recovery is expected to be made known to journalists.

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Police Arrest Officer For N30m Extortion In Abuja

Some operatives attached to the Special Tactical Squad of the Nigeria Police Force in Abuja have been arrested for extorting N30 million from a citizen.

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The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

According to the FPRO, the extortion was brought to the notice of the force via the X platform, and the NPF has arrested the officers and their accomplices who initially escaped upon commencement of investigations.

The statement read, “Following the recent act of extortion by some officers of the Nigeria Police attached to the Special Tactical Squad in Abuja who extorted a member of the public of the sum of N30.3m, which was brought to the notice of the Force via the X platform, the Nigeria Police wishes to reveal and announce that significant progress has been made in apprehending the officers and their accomplices responsible for this unprofessional conduct as the squad who initially escaped upon commencement of investigations have been arrested and are currently in custody.

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“The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, as part of his commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and accountability within the Nigeria Police Force, has ordered the commencement of disciplinary proceedings to ensure that justice is served swiftly and decisively.

“These disciplinary measures underscore the zero-tolerance stance of the Nigeria Police Force towards any form of misconduct or corruption among its ranks.

“The IGP also emphasized the imperativeness that those found to have violated the trust placed in them by the public face the full consequences of their actions, as such behavior not only tarnishes the reputation of the Force but also undermines the collective efforts to maintain law and order in our country.

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“The NPF recognises that transparency and accountability are paramount in maintaining public trust and will continue to take decisive action against any misconduct within our ranks.”

KOKO TV NG reported earlier in February that the NPF confirmed the arrest of officers who abducted a businessman in Abuja and extorted N29.9m from him in January.

The businessman was reportedly abducted at one of his sites in Abuja by armed police officers who detained him until he transferred all the money in his bank account to them.

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Dollar Will Crash In Less Than A Month – Gov Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has assured Nigerians that the value of the dollar to naira will crash in less than a month.

According to him, there are saboteurs in the economy but their plan will not succeed.

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Speaking during a stakeholder meeting at the Cultural Center in Kuto, Abeokuta, in response to the nation’s increasing economic difficulties, Abiodun said the federal government is prepared to take on ‘these difficulties head-on and is aware of them.’ He said; 

World Bank“I can assure you that the dollar will crash down in less than a month. The meeting we had with the President was very assuring and now we know that there are saboteurs in the economy, but their aim will not succeed.

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“In light of the current situation, we have made the decision to provide our citizens with essential food items such as rice, garri, and beans. I have arranged for nearly 100 trailers of rice to be delivered, with offloading beginning tomorrow.

“To ensure fair distribution, we have decided that the elderly and vulnerable will receive the rice free of charge, while others will be able to purchase it at the original price before the increase in the value of the dollar. This will allow us to sustain the initiative until the dollar issue is resolved.”


Abiodun also disclosed that rice and other food items will be provided for about 300,000 households throughout the State as palliatives. He said; 

“The state government will commence to offset the backlog of inherited deductions. To this end, we are immediately committing N500 million monthly payments towards outstanding deductions. It is noteworthy that we have continued to pay N10,000 transport allowance to all civil servants for the last 8 months.

“This brings our total immediate interventions as a responsible State Government to about N5 billion across all sectors of the State economy.” 
 

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Cheers And Ovation As Shi’ite Leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky And Wife Returns To Nigeria After Medical Trip To Iran – Photos

On Wednesday, thousands of Nigerians gathered at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and the National Stadium in Abuja to extend a warm welcome to Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), commonly known as Shi’ites, upon his return to the country.

The Islamic cleric had been away on a medical trip.

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Thousands of supporters flocked to the National Stadium in Abuja, the nation’s capital, to welcome the leader and show their support and happiness upon Zakzaky’s return to Nigeria.READ ALSO: Four Years After Being Acquitted Of Murder, Shiites’ Leader El-Zakzaky, Wife Get New Passports
Addressing the crowd, Sheikh Zakzaky conveyed his gratitude for the warm reception, marking a significant occasion.

The event stands as the first major gathering where the Islamic leader addressed his followers and the public since his release from Kaduna prison in 2021 after a High Court in Kaduna State acquitted him of all charges brought against him by the government.

Zakzaky embarked on a journey to Iran on October 11, 2023, seeking treatment for himself and his wife, Malama Zeenah Ibrahim. The health issues arose from the Nigerian army’s attack on their house in December 2015.

In December 2015, during the administration of then-President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Army attacked Sheikh Zakzaky’s residence, resulting in the tragic deaths of hundreds of his disciples, including family members.

Following the attack, Sheikh Zakzaky and his wife were arrested and detained for close to six years, ultimately gaining their freedom on July 28, 2021.

After two years of their release, in October 2023, the Nigerian government, now under Bola Ahmed Tinubu, returned their travel documents, permitting them to seek medical treatment abroad.

On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at approximately 1:25 pm, Zakzaky, accompanied by his wife, Zeenah, and their entourage, returned to Nigeria. They landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja and proceeded to the National Stadium, where a reception had been organised to celebrate their return.

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I Met My Wife When She Was 17 – Pastor Jerry Eze Reveals As He Celebrates Her Birthday

Jerry Eze, the popular Nigerian pastor and founder of Streams of Joy International, has revealed that he met his wife, Eno when she was 17 years old.

Eno became a year older on Thursday, and to commemorate the occasion, the clergyman took to Instagram to shower his wife with compliments.

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Jerry Eze wrote, “To the little girl I met at 17 who has blossomed to a virtuous woman,” he wrote.

“To the young Christian I knew who has grown to become a fireful vessel in the hands of God. To the shy girl I met who has grown to be a pillar of confidence and boldness.

“Who would not love a woman like you? Onye Oma m from way back, a million words cannot describe all that I have in my heart but on this special day of yours I pray may history be kind to you.

“May posterity remember you with joy. Our children – biological and spiritual all over the world will call you blessed.”

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The couple have been married for over sixteen years. They have two children together.

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“I Do Not Regret Campaigning For Tinubu” – Actor Olaiya Igwe Insists It Was God That Told Him To Go To The Beach N3ked To Campaign For Tinubu

Veteran actor, Olaiya Igwe has said that he has zero regrets for throwing his weight behind President Bola Tinubu in the 2023 Presidential polls.

He disclosed that if given another opportunity, he would still do it again. 

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Recall that weeks before the presidential election, Olaiya went to the beach n3ked to offer prayers for Tinubu to succeed in the election. He suffered serious backlash as many felt his action was unbefitting of an actor who is well respected in his industry.

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On February 5 this year, he released a video apologising to people offended by his action. The actor and producer explained that he did it because Tinubu was there for him when he was ill, and afterwards he got a revelation to go n3ked at the beach to pray for him. 

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In the fresh interview, Olaiya said he doesn’t regret his action in campaigning for Tinubu.

‘’Some people claim my apologising for going to the beach meant that I regret campaigning for Tinubu. I do not regret campaigning for Tinubu. If I have another opportunity to do things that I can to make Tinubu win the election again so that this country will become better, I will do it. I do not regret it at all’

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Loans Nigeria Taking To Shore Up Naira Are ‘Meaningless’ – Utomi

Nigerian economist, Pat Utomi has called out the Federal Government over the dwindling value of the naira.


According to him, the loans that are being taken by the Nigerian government are ‘meaningless’ and are not a solution to the current economic problem in Nigeria.

Utomi said this while discussing Nigeria’s economic issues and food shortage problem in an interview on Thursday.

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The professor said, “There’s no surprise at all about where we are, I saw it coming. We just kept going the wrong way and seriously pursued what will get us into the ditch.”

He said that those who were qualified to lead the different sectors of this country were not in power as meritocracy became a joke in Nigeria, and people who manned positions did so not out of competence, but out of nepotistic influence.

Utomi then said that the loans being taken to shore up the naira are ‘meaningless,’ as the loans will only be able to hold the naira for a matter of days before the currency dips again.

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He said, “We should not be panicking and rushing and borrowing 1.3 billion here, 3 billion there to shore up the naira. We should realise that the naira is tumbling because we have not been producing for years, it’s been looking at us. Now, we have the capacity, again, like an army on the march, to really move into production.

“We have to have a strategy. Take our factor endowments- okay, this part of the country is strong here in terms of endowments, that part of the country is strong there, and literally organise with industry clusters, young people moving there, the incentives, and try and take on specific value chains. Use limited industrial policy.

“Clearly, I am not suggesting what some people are rushing into- return to import substitution type, general tariff protection, those don’t work. You will create permanent infant industries. You must take our latent comparative advantage on particular value chains and really aim to dominate those value chains, beginning from education of people around there.”

Utomi then addresses the issue of food security in the nation as he explained,“The reason that food prices are the way they are is significantly because we are not producing food. The farms have been abandoned by farmers who feel insecure, that’s a critical reason. How do you deal with that? There’s short term, there’s medium term, and long term. Immediate short term, if you want to call it that, is to ensure that whatever they are, grain reserves, all of those, shore up immediate supply. But immediately you begin to deal with that, we must mobilise every kind of security force available.”

He said that the idea of state police that is being sought to be implemented should cascade further down, and that the FG should strengthen local militia to protect the farmlands and assure farmers that they are safe.

“Let the country know that we are in the moral equivalence of a war. Let all hands literally get on deck in an organized manner, almost like an army on the march, and we will get food out. Example effect will lead to prices beginning to calm,” he said.

Utomi was then questioned concerning the upcoming Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting and how the discussions there could ease Nigeria’s economic problems, to which he answered, “Where we are right now, we shouldn’t focus too much on monetary policy. We need to go beyond monetary policy. But of course, we must work monetary policy well.”

The professor then said, “I sometimes think that what we are going through is good for Nigeria, because we need something to make us recalibrate. We have a total misconception of what economic growth is about because we have had this windfall with which we used to create big government.”

He then gave his suggestions on how to stabilise the economy saying, “My first suggestion is that we stay away from panicking, because what happens in this kind of circumstance is that they panic. They throw all kinds of policies that won’t work, and then you will go into a downward spiral. You must calm down, look at the fundamentals- why do we have this problem. Don’t get rushed into a push from outside who don’t feel the pressure, but don’t get cornered into people who just react. Just calmly look at what your national strategy should be, and systematically implement.”

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I Almost Quit My Job Because of Frequent Body-Shaming From Trolls – OAP Toolz

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Popular radio presenter, Toolz has revealed that she contemplated quitting her job because of trolls.

oap toolzAccording to her, trolls bodyshamed and constantly criticised her appearance and size.

Recounting her experience, she shared how she became a trending topic online due to a statement she made on air, revealing that the constant body-shaming nearly drove her to leave the media profession.

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Preaching against body shaming on Instagram, Toolz wrote: “So let me tell you about how I almost quit my whole career because of body shaming. My job as a presenter at Beat FM was the first time I experienced life in the public eye. Initially, the attention was positive, then the negative attention started – and it was bad. I mean very bad. Someone would disagree with something I said on-air and it would descend into body shaming.Toolz“My breaking point happened one morning when I woke up and found out I was trending on (then) Twitter. I trended while I was asleep! It had been a tough week, and waking up to all sorts of horrible body-shaming posts made me think that perhaps this career wasn’t for me. I just wasn’t used to all the negativity and at that point quitting seemed to be a great idea. At least that way, I wouldn’t have to deal with all the horrible criticism.

“A day or two later, I thought about it some more and realised that I didn’t make the move to Lagos to let some trolls bully me out of a job, and many years later, I’m so glad I didn’t quit.

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“Honestly, whether you’re big, small, curvy, slim, have a big booty, no booty, tall, or short, someone somewhere will find something wrong with you.

What truly matters is what you think of yourself. You need to remember to keep trying to be the best version of yourself. And whatever changes you make should be for you, not to keep a man like “aunty’ put it.”

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Senate Passes South East Development Commission Bill

Nearly two months following its approval by the House of Representatives, the Senate passed a bill at plenary on Thursday, aiming to establish the South East Development Commission.

During plenary on Wednesday, Michael Opeyemi, the Senate Leader, and senator representing Ekiti Central, presented the Bill for an Act to Act as a Catalyst to Develop the Commercial Potentials of the South East and for Other Connected Matters, 2024 (HB.626) for concurrence and second reading.

The House of Representatives passed the long-awaited bill in December 2023, after years of agitation and attempts at the National Assembly.

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Tthe bill was passed by the 8th Senate but was not received by former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The passage of the bill during Senate plenary yesterday followed the presentation of the bill by Senator Bamidele and consideration at the Committee of the Whole.

Certain amendments were made to the bill before its passage.

The inclusion of representatives of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, was expunged after Senator Adamu Aliero’s observation was taken into consideration.

Rather, it was agreed that each of the six geopolitical zones would have a representative on the board of the proposed commission.

Senator Jibrin Barau, who lauded the decision, said: “As a national body, other zones should be represented on the commission, as done with other regional bodies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the North East Development Commission, NEDC.”

The Senate President then ruled that clause 2(c) should be adjusted to accommodate the amendment.

Also, Clause 2 (h) was amended to give designations to the three executive directors as requested by senators Osita Izunaso and Osita Ugwu. and supported by Senator Diket Plank (Plateau Central).
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It was agreed that the commission should have three executive directors, for Finance and Account, Projects and Corporate Services.

Returning from the Committee of the Whole, the Senate President ruled on clause-by-clause consideration and the bill, passed for a third reading, was eventually passed.

Akpabio expressed confidence that the bill will be assented to by President Bola Tinubu, considering the urgent need to leverage the approved commission to fast-track the development of the Southeast geopolitical zone.

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Building Demolition: Ethnicity And Religion Not Considered – Gov Sanwo-Olu

Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has disclosed that the issue of religion and ethnicity has nothing to do with the recent demolition of buildings in the state.

Sanwo-Olu explained that only buildings that contravene the laws of the state are demolished.

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Speaking during a live media chat, ‘Sanwo Speaks’, the governor insisted that the demolition of buildings in the state has no ethnic or religious colouration.

He said: “We only remove the structures of those that contravened the State’s building and development laws. We don’t consider the ethnic or religious background of those defaulting our laws. We cannot compromise the laws; we need to rescue the city.” 

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This comes as Sanwo-Olu’s government is accused of targeting and demolishing Igbo-populated markets and buildings in the state. The governor was accused of being on a vendetta mission over the decision of Igbo residents in the state to vote for the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi, during the last poll.  

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Stop The Show Off, Settle Sophia Momodu First – Uche Maduagwu Drags Davido Over N300m Orphanage Donation

Nigerian actor, Uche Maduagwu has slammed Davido after he donated the sum of N300 million donation to some orphanages through his foundation.

Recall that Davido offered a generous donation to orphanages around the country after he shared a receipt of the transaction.

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In an Instagram post, the controversial actor voiced his disgust with Davido for publicly publishing a screenshot of the N300 million he credited to an anonymous charity.

According to Uche Maduagwu, Davido has yet to settle his issues with his baby mama, Sophia Momodu but he’s trying to chase clout with his donation.davido sophia momodu

Recall that Sophia Momodu accused Davido a few months ago of being absent in the life of his daughter, Imade Adeleke.

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He said: “OGA Davido, this is no longer CHARITY, this Na show off. If you have to Screenshot the 300 Million Naira you allegedly credited the foundation to prove it’s genuine, then something does not add up, since we no see the name of the Foundation in the Screenshot. It’s either this Na Show off or you Dey try hide something from us.”

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Gov Otu Announces Fresh APC Governorship Direct Primaries In Edo

Cross Rivers State Governor and newly appointed chairman of the APC governorship direct primary election committee, Bassey Otu,  has announced plans for a fresh primary across all 192 wards in the state’s 18 local government areas in Edo State.

The announcement came during a press briefing held at the Lushville Hotel and Suites in Benin’s Government Reservation Area (GRA) on Thursday.

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Governor Otu confirmed the cancellation of last Saturday’s contentious primary election, paving the way for a re-run scheduled for Thursday, February 22.

The change in leadership and subsequent decision for a fresh primary follow the removal of Governor Hope Uzodimma from the position of Chairman of the Elections Committee.

This development was disclosed in a statement by the APC National Organising Secretary, Sulaiman Argungu, which noted that Governor Otu would lead the efforts to ensure a transparent and fair re-run poll.

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The revamped Primary Election Committee will also feature former Osun State deputy governor, Mrs. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori; APC’s flagbearer in the Plateau State 2023 governorship election, Nentanwe Goshwe; Umar Musa; Lawan Garba, and Rabiu Suleiman, who will serve as the Secretary.

The call for Governor Uzodimma’s replacement came from four leading aspirants — Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Chief Lucky Imasuen, Senator Monday Okpebholo, and General Charles Airhiavbere (retd.) — who expressed a lack of confidence in Uzodimma’s ability to oversee a fair electoral process after the disputed primary results.

Dennis IdahosaGovernor Uzodimma had previously declared Dennis Idahosa, a member of the House of Representatives, as the winner of the primary, stating that Idahosa secured 40,483 votes to lead the gubernatorial race.

The controversy and disputes that marred the initial primary led the APC National Working Committee to deem the poll inconclusive, prompting an emergency meeting to address the crisis and ultimately decide on the conduct of a fresh primary.

As Edo State’s APC members and aspirants prepare for the re-run, the focus is on ensuring the integrity of the primary election process and selecting a candidate who will represent the party in the upcoming gubernatorial election.  

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Economic Hardship: Be Patient, We’re Working Day And Night – CBN Assures Nigerians

The Central Bank of Nigeria has urged Nigerians to exercise patience as the bank’s management is working diligently to strengthen the Naira.

The CBN Governor said this at the 2024 public lecture entitled, “Recent Developments in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market: Issues, Options and Way Forward”, organized by the Nigerian Economic Society, NES, at the CBN Centre of Excellence Hall, University of Ibadan yesterday.

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Speaking on behalf of the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr Olayemi Cardoso, at the event, Dr Usman Opanachi, Department of Monetary Policy, CBN said, “Anytime Naira is on trial, the CBN is also on trial. We are working day and night to address the challenges and we hope things will work out. “The exchange rate features nearly in every sector. The exchange rate and inflation are very high now. The exchange rate is a problem on its own”.

“Excess demand for forex in Nigeria is a legendary problem. It has just been there and over the years, the bank has implemented various strategies to address this problem. Those strategies have only been able to provide some temporary relief.”
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“The Central Bank of Nigeria does not supply or produce dollars; It is naira that it produces. CBN management thinks when you hold the price of a commodity that is determined by Fx down artificially, a time comes when you will not be able to do that.”

“The thinking of the new management of CBN is that the policies you have are intended to address the problem. The approach the management has adopted is the Market forces approach. The bank now allows the market forces to play a greater role in the determination of the price of naira.”


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A renowned economist, Prof Sam Olofin, who delivered the public lecture said, it will be difficult for the CBN to control the foreign exchange saying the parallel market forces have taken dominance.

He added that the market forces are so powerful and influential and to worsen the matter, the law that established the foreign exchange does not allow anyone to call them to order.

On the evolution of the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market, he said, “we are only applying the same old drugs on a patient without any good results.

The parallel markets are outside the purview of the CBN.”

In his welcome address, the President, the Nigerian Economic Society, Prof Adeola Adenikinju advised the FG to consult economists on the weak economy adding, “The choice of today’s theme is apt as it is perhaps the most important issue in Nigeria today. From Aso Rock to the CBN headquarters, and NNPC Towers, from Marina Street in Lagos to Bodija Market in Ibadan, the fish seller in Yenagoa to the suya seller in Sokoto to the farmer in Markurdi, the exchange rate is on the lips of everyone. Hence, the choice of the topic for the 2024 NES Public Lecture.

“The subject of foreign exchange is within the ambit of economics. The exchange rate is a price. However, for an import-dependent economy like ours, it is a price that influences other prices in the economy – products, money, and factor markets. The spike in inflation in the last few months in particular has been largely driven by the exchange rate. The pass-through effect from the exchange rate to other prices is quite high”.

“The government, especially the CBN, has reacted to the sharp and persistent devaluation of the naira with a rash of circular policies. At times, we worry that the effects of a particular policy have not been assessed before others are quickly thrown into the mix. This action tends to add to uncertainty and the flight to safety postures of economic agents, who continue to hold dollars outside the banking system.”


The Chairman of the event, Prof Antonia Simbine, Director General, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, said all that Nigerians are interested in is the solution to the various challenges.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof Kayode Adebowale was represented by Prof Olamakinde Olapegba, (DVC Administration) at the event.

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Foreign Loans: We Were Portrayed As Enemies When We Demanded Transparency From Buhari – Saraki

A former Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the deliberation of the 10th Assembly.

nigerIn a Twitter post, he revealed that during his time as Senate President, he was seeking for transparency from ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, but was portrayed as an enemy.

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See his post below:

“Did you listen to the Senate deliberations today? What we witnessed in the Red Chamber underscores the vital role of legislative oversight and the importance of speaking truth, standing with the people, and fulfilling our constitutional roles.

Today’s inquiries were those that the 9th Senate should have pursued but evidently did not, resulting in the current repercussions for their inaction.

It brought back memories of the 8th Senate’s insistence on transparency and accountability. I remember when we were asking for details of the foreign loan requests brought by the Buhari administration and were portrayed as enemies of the state and obstructive to national progress.Asset declaration

I must acknowledge the 10th Senate’s effort in even deliberating on these crucial issues.

This moment stands as a powerful reminder that the legislative arm of government must effectively play its constitutional role at all times in the interest of the people they represent, despite the personal sacrifices that may need to be made. Only then will the public and the people truly benefit.

I sincerely hope we learn from the mistakes of the past.”

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Nigeria’s GDP Grew By 3.46% In Q4 2023 – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics has revealed that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product experienced a year-on-year growth of 3.46 percent in real terms during the fourth quarter of 2023.


In its ‘Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report (Q4, 2023),’ released on Thursday, the NBS said the growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent

It added that the service industry was responsible for the growth in the quarter.

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Both the IMF and World Bank expected Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.9 per cent in 2023.

The report read, “Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 3.46 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2023. 

“This growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent.

“The performance of the GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 was driven mainly by the Services sector, which recorded a growth of 3.98 per cent and contributed 56.55 per cent to the aggregate GDP”



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In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022.

“The agriculture sector grew by 2.10 per cent, from the growth of 2.05 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. The growth of the industry sector was 3.86 per cent, an improvement from -0.94 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. On an annual basis, GDP grew by 2.74 per cent in 2023 relative to 3.10 per cent in 2022,” 
the report added.

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Cost Of Living Crisis: Police Invite Activist, Israel Joe Over Planned Protest

A Delta State-based activist, Comrade Israel Joe, has been summoned by the Nigeria police in connection to an upcoming protest he planned against the prevailing issues of insecurity and economic hardship in the country.


A group in the state had set aside Friday, February 23, to protest against the biting hardship and rising inflation in the country.

The protest is scheduled to begin at 7,00 am at Dsc Roundabout in Warri, Delta State.

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However, Delta State Police Command in a letter on Thursday summoned Israel to the State Headquarters, Okpanam Road, Asaba.

The Command in a letter signed by CSP Ya’u Musa Kangiwa asked the activist to come along with at least two of his executives on Thursday.


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The letter reads in part, “I am directed by the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command to invite you for a meeting. You are to come along with at least two (2) of your Exco. The Meeting is slated to hold as follows: 

“On arrival, you are to contact ASP OMOKENI GREEN, the Station Officer, State Intelligence Department, to facilitate the said meeting. Your attendance in persons will be highly appreciated.”

“Accept, as always, the assurances of the Commissioner of Police’s esteemed regards, please,”
 the statement added.

The protest began in Ibadan’s Mokola area, and the protesters, mostly youths, barricaded the Mokola under-bridge and the Queen Elizabeth Road.

This led to traffic congestion in some parts of the city.

The protesters could be heard chanting: ‘Tinubu Ole (Tinubu is a thief),’ ‘E bi n pawa (We’re hungry),’ as they moved on the road.

Some of the placards had inscriptions such as ‘Open Boarder, End Hardship’, ‘End food hike and inflation’, ‘The poor is starving’, ‘Tinubu, don’t forget your promises’, amongst others.

Armed police officers were seen at the protest location to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

Earlier this month, similar protests were held in Minna and Suleja, the commercial nerve centres of Niger State.

The angry protesters called on President Tinubu’s government to end the hardship and unbearable inflation in the country.

They also lamented the hikes in the prices of gas and fuel in the country.

The protesters chanted protest songs, while security agents including policemen looked on.

However, Yakubu Garba, Deputy Governor of Niger State, said the government was aware of the pain and hardship facing families in the country.

Yakubu told the protesters that the government was working towards reducing the cost of living and the economic implications of the petrol subsidy removal.

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had also declared a two-day nationwide mass protest slated for February 27 and 28 over the biting hardship in the country.

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Account For N30billion Allocated To You To Tackle Food Scarcity – SERAP Sues State Governors

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a civil society organization, has issued a threat to sue Nigerian state governors over the allocation of N30 billion each to address the high cost of food in their respective states.

SERAP said the state governors should be compelled to account for the N30 billion received from the Federal Government outside their normal allocations.

“We’re suing Nigeria’s state governors to compel them to account for the N30 billion that Mr Godswill Akpabio reportedly said each governor has received from the Federal Government [outside their normal allocations] to address the high cost of food in their states,” SERAP said on Wednesday.

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Senate President Godwin Akpabio on Wednesday stated that the 36 state governors in the country had received an additional N30 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to tackle the food scarcity situation in the country. 

The Senate President who said this during one of the plenary sessions of the federal lawmakers described the protests held in some major cities in the country against rising hunger and hardship as sponsored by political stakeholders.

Akpabio added that the newly released funds for the state governors were different from their monthly allocations and urged them not to divert the funds to another use different from solving foodstuff scarcity.

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He said, “We can see a lot of protests here and there, most of those sponsored protests are not aware of the kind of efforts being made by this Senate to tackle the situation together with a joint management team of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I must say that unverified report has it that each of the state governments in the last few months has received additional N30 billion from Federal Inland Revenue Service, outside their normal allocation from the federation account to assist them in ameliorating the food situation, we believed that every state government should utilise the funds so received towards ensuring that food is available.”

“This Senate will not rubber-stamp anything that we feel is not in the interest of Nigeria,”
 he added.

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Japa: Canada To Stop Work Permit For Nigerians And Other Foreign Students

Starting February 15, 2024, the Canadian government has modified the requirements for the Post-Graduation Work Program (PGWP) for international students.


Students who have completed a master’s degree programme within two years will be eligible for a three-year PGWP if they meet all other qualification criteria. 

In its website, Canada, however, revealed that from September 1, 2024, foreign students enrolled in curriculum licensing agreement scheme will no longer be eligible for PGWP. 

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Also, the extraordinary measures for distance learning and PGWP will remain valid. 

Canada designed PGWP as an open work permit given to international students upon completion of their studies in Canada. 

The programme holders are free to work anywhere in the country for any employer for as many hours as they deem fit. 

The duration of their PGWP depends on the level and length of their studies and the expiry date of their passports, whichever comes first.

About the eligibility, the foreign students are eligible if they graduate from a designated learning institution (DLI) and are willing to stay in Canada temporarily to work. 

According to reports, a DLI is a school approved by Canada’s provincial or territorial government to host international students. 

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Graduates are not automatically eligible for a PGWP, as candidates need to check the DLI list to determine if they qualify. 

The development was instituted amid a previous report that the Canadian government has placed a ban on Nigerians and other foreigners from owning houses in the country.

This is due to the acute housing deficit in the country due to an influx of international students and migrant workers.

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FG Benefiting From Dollar-to-Naira hike – Ali Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume has revealed that the federal government benefits from naira depreciation against the dollar.


According to him, the depreciation means the federal government will gain more revenue to fund its 2024 budget.

Ndume opined that the 2024 budget, which was presented by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu last November, is a ‘dollarised’ budget in terms of income, as most of the government’s revenue comes from crude oil exports, which are priced in dollars. He added that as the value of the dollar increases, the government would have more naira to spend on its expenditure, which is denominated in naira.

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He stated that Nigeria’s major product, crude oil is still in high demand in the global market and that the country will benefit from the current dollar-to-naira exchange rate.

“Don’t forget that this budget is a ‘dollarised’ budget, especially in terms of income. And when it comes to the terms of the expenditure, it’s in naira. So if we are getting our money in dollars and the value of the dollar is up, that means we will have more naira in terms of what we spend, because we are not spending in dollars, we are spending in naira, while we are getting our revenue in dollars.

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Truly, the value of naira against the dollar has fallen but we are selling our major product that we generate income in dollars. And that means any dollar we get now will also be valued at the current dollar-to-naira exchange rate.

So if you do the analysis critically, it may mean if you balance it up, we may have more money to fund our budget. So technically, Nigeria is even benefiting from the dollar-to-naira hike.” he said.

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Lift Sanctions On Mali, Burkina Faso And Niger Republic – Gowon Beg ECOWAS

Former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon has pleaded with Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Authority of Heads of State and Government to unban Mali, Burkina Faso, and the Niger Republic.


Gowon, a founding father of ECOWAS pleaded with ECOWAS in an open letter to the Heads of State and the ECOWAS member states in Abuja, on Wednesday evening.

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Recall that the three countries slammed with sanctions by the sub-regional political-economic bloc following military takeovers in their respective countries, recently declared their decision to withdraw from the bloc.


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However, while addressing a press conference at the ECOWAS Commission’s headquarters, Gowon, expressed worry that the decision by Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger Republic to exit the ECOWAS threatens the unity of the bloc with far-reaching implications for ordinary citizens.

“It saddens me to learn that ECOWAS is threatened with disunity following the announcement by Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger—three important member states of their intention to leave the community.

“The impact of such a decision will have far-reaching implications for ordinary citizens who have been the major beneficiaries of regional integration.

“The ECOWAS authorities should immediately consider the implementation of the lifting of all sanctions that have been imposed on Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, and Niger,” he said.

The former Head of State also urged the West African leaders, including leaders of the three countries planning to exit, to re-unite for peace and stability in the region.

Recall that the former Nigerian leader also presented the open letter to the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Touray.

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I’m Too Busy To Think About Second Term As WTO DG – Okonjo-Iweala

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the  Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has disclosed that the thoughts of considering a possible second term in charge of the global body has not crossed her mind.

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According to Iweala, she first wants to focus on how the Geneva-based trade body could deliver on things “that matter” before thinking of running again.

“I still have so much to deliver in the short term. This thought hasn’t even crossed my mind.

“There is so much before us. We need to get through a successful MC13,
” she said, referring to the 13th Ministerial Conference of the WTO — an international gathering of trade ministers next week in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The two-time Nigeria finance minister, said she wants to focus on how the WTO could deliver on things that matter before thinking of running again.

“Maybe when we finish all of that, that will cross my mind,” she said.

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Okonjo-Iweala took charge of the WTO in 2021 for a four-year period.

The process of appointing a new director general is due to start at the end of this year, according to the WTO’s internal rules.  

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Economic Hardship: Shettima And Akpabio Are Deceiving You, Nigerians Are Suffering – Primate Ayodele To Tinubu

The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has sent a message to President Bola Tinubu.

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Speaking on Thursday, he urged Tinubu not to listen to Vice President Kashim Shettima and Senate President Godswill Akpabio’s statement describing the recent protests against hardship as sponsored.

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He informed Tinubu that Shettima and Akapbio are deceiving him because Nigerians are suffering and this informed their decision to storm the streets to express their grievances.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Oluwatosin Osho, Ayodele berated the duo for being insensitive with the feelings of Nigerians and reducing their grievances to mere political talks when the government is supposed to be catering for the needs of its citizens.

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He said: ‘’The country needs urgent action otherwise Nigeria will continue to experience difficulty. Tinubu should not mind those who are deceiving him, people are in pain and no one is sponsoring any protest.

“People are angry and feeling the heat of the economy. Tinubu should ignore any side talks that are not relevant to what is happening at this moment, everything is upside down.

‘’Tinubu should act before it’s too late. Akpabio’s statement about the protest isn’t a wise talk; it’s simply insensitive. Shetimma and Akpabio saying protests are sponsored is out of character.

“Nobody is sponsoring anything, the people are just hungry and these are what God said will happen in your government. Nigeria doesn’t deserve such irrelevant statements now. Instead of blaming people, your government should get to work.”

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Honour And Implement Our Agreement – ASUU Tells FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has begged the Federal Government to come to its rescue.

ASUU asked FG to honour and implement the agreement the union entered with it to forestall industrial action.

ASUU Coordinator in charge of Kano Zone, Mr Abdulqadir Muhammad, stated this at a news conference at the end of a zonal meeting on Wednesday in Kano.

He said the issues included renegotiation of the Federal Government–ASUU 2009 agreement, reached when the exchange rate to the U.S. dollar was N146 as against the current N1,900.

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Muhammad said the exchange rate has eroded its salaries by 90 per cent.

He lamented that the Federal Government was adamant to sign the draft agreement reached with the union after the composition of new leadership of the negotiation committee.

“Therefore, the union calls on President Bola Tinubu to immediately set in motion the process of upward-reviewing and signing of the Nimi Briggs Committee’s renegotiated draft agreement as a mark of goodwill, and to forestall industrial crisis and restore hope for Nigeria’s public universities,” he said.

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Muhammad, however, confirmed that members of the union had received partial payment of their seven months withheld salaries, and stressed the need to ensure full payment of the remaining balance.

He also urged the Kaduna government to pay the five-month withheld salaries of Kaduna State University.

While calling for payment of the Earned Academic Allowances and promotion arrears abandoned after agreement, Muhammad condemned the dissolution of the Governing Councils of public universities, adding the action contravened Universities Miscellaneous Acts and respective university laws.

He further advocated review of the Nigeria University Commission, NUC, Act, to check proliferation of universities in the country without adequate provision for funding.

On the state of the nation, the union decried the spate of insecurity, poverty, unemployment, rising cost of living, displacement and destitution in the country.

“ASUU uses this opportunity to call on all patriots in the media, civil society, labour movement and student groups to supports its altruistic struggle to reposition Nigerian public universities.

“Finally, the zone urges President Bola Tinubu to faithfully implement the contents of the agreement it freely signed with the unions through collective bargaining,” he said.

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The Military Will Go After Those Calling For Coup In Nigeria – Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa

General Christopher Gwabin Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff, has pledged that the military will go after individuals promoting coup d’état in the country.

Describing such individuals as enemies of Nigeria, Musa said the law would surely catch up with them.

Musa insisted that the Armed Forces was on top of its game and would continue to defend and protect democracy in the country.

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The CDS spoke shortly after he inaugurated the main entrance of the 6 Division, Nigerian Army and Officers Transit Accommodation, at the Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.


While acknowledging that the country was going through some challenges, he berated persons calling for a coup saying it would never happen.

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He said coup was never an option adding that the nation had achieved more and developed faster under democracy.

According to the CDS: “Whoever is making that call (coup) does not love Nigeria. We want to make it very clear that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are here to protect democracy.

“We all want democracy and we do better under democracy. And so we will continue to support democracy. And any of those ones that are calling for anything other than Democracy are evil people and I think they don’t mean well for Nigeria.

“And they should be very careful because the law will come after them. We can see that with democracy a lot of things are happening in Nigeria. Yes we are going through trying periods, I mean in life nothing is hundred percent.”


Musa called on citizens to be patient and give their support to the government to succeed and put the enemies of state to shame.

He said the incumbent administration was doing its utmost to improve the economy and address other challenges across the country.

Musa said: “Everybody goes through a trying period in life, and it is what you do with them. You can see the government putting efforts to ensure that we come out better.

“And it is when you go through difficulties and come out better you will really appreciate what it is to build a nation. And so we are going through our trying period,  but I can assure Nigerians that it will get better.tinubu

“All we need is all of us to put our hands together to ensure that we defeat those enemies of the government, those enemies of this country that don’t want us to succeed.

“We will surely succeed and the Armed Forces are here to support the Government in ensuring that we develop, we succeed and to see that there is peace in Nigeria.

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Naira Forex: BDC Operators Plan Automation To Tackle Street Trading, Speculators, Others

The Association of Bureau De’Change Operators of Nigeria has finalized arrangements to automate its trading operations, aiming to eradicate the influence of market speculators and street traders.

This was as the association backed the recent clampdown by the government on persons selling and buying foreign currencies on the streets.

Since the year started, Nigeria’s local currency has depreciated severely, sliding down to N1,900 on Wednesday owing to low liquidity and surging demand for the US dollar.

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The ABCON President, Aminu Gwadabe, speaking in an interview on Wednesday, said the association has developed an automation platform, which, if okayed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, would help revolutionise the retail FX market.

He noted that the automation process will be launched in three weeks pending a “no objection” approval from the CBN.bank

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Gwadabe said, “We have now put a lot of recommendations on how we can at least utilise technology, innovation, and automation in our operations.

“In three weeks, we will automate the system. We already have the automation system in place just for the CBN to give us the approval for “No Objection” that is all we asking.

“We can entirely automate the industry of any retail trader, we will automate them in three weeks, we already built the automation platform it is there for them. We have sent it to them, and we are only waiting for ‘no objection’ approval. This innovation will also eliminate street trading.”


Gwadabe further advised that the ongoing raids and arrests of traders should not be misconstrued, revealing that FX street traders ambush customers of licensed operators, thereby causing a lull in their operations.

He added, “What is happening is not targeted at licenced Bureau De’Change but the operators of FX street trading.

“For us, we are against street trading and support any action that will remove FX street traders. Their activities affect me also. I have an office but my clients cannot come to my office because of the menace of street traders.”


On the volatility in the FX market, Gwadabe explained that various factors, including the imbalance between supply and demand and liquidity, were responsible.

He urged members of the association to strictly adhere to all FX regulations and conduct their operations within their offices.


On Wednesday, the naira depreciated further to N1,900 against the dollar in the parallel market.

According to currency operators, the naira exchange declined by 9.83 per cent from the N1,730 recorded at the beginning of the week and N170 or 9.82 per cent from the trading rate on Tuesday.

This is even as Bureau de Change operators battle for liquidity to meet the surging demands for the greenback.

On Wednesday, BDC operators quoted the buying rate at N1,850 and the selling rate at N1,900, leaving a profit margin of N50.

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Shaibu, Ighodalo Emerge PDP Gov Candidates At Edo Parallel Primaries

Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki-backed Asue Ighodalo on Thursday emerged governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at parallel indirect primary elections at different venues in Benin, the state capital.

Shaibu, a former member of the House of Representatives, was declared winner by Moses Batholomew in his official residence on Commercial Avenue, near Government House in the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin with 301 of the 563 PDP’s authentic delegates’ votes in Edo.

Ighodalo, a Lagos-based lawyer, emerged the standard bearer at the shadow poll that took place at the Lawn Tennis Court of Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.

Shortly after Shaibu’s declaration as the governorship candidate of PDP in Edo, armed thugs, including members of Edo State vigilance service, were mobilised to the venue and started shooting sporadically.

But Shaibu and his teeming supporters escaped while the hoodlums continued to shoot at their vehicles with many allies of Edo Deputy Governor injured.

Edo Deputy Governor, in an acceptance speech, dedicated his victory to God Almighty, his teeming supporters, and the good people of the South-south State.

As of the time of Shaibu’s declaration, the loyalists of Obaseki were about voting at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for Ighodalo while the consensus aspirant of Chief Dan Orbih-led Legacy Coalition in PDP, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a former member of the House of Representatives, decided to withdraw from the skewed race.

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When contacted, mobile lines of Shaibu’s Chief Press Secretary, Ebomhiana Musa were not available while the text and WhatsApp messages had not been replied to as of press time

Ighodalo polled 577 votes to beat Anselm Ojezua, Arthur Esele, Osaro Onaiwu, Martins Uhomoibhi, Hadizat Umoru and  Felix Akhabue, who all scored zero while and one vote was given to Shaibu with six votes declared void out of the 585 accredited delegates.

One of the governorship aspirants, Omosede Igbinedion, the daughter of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Gabriel Igbimedion, withdrew from the race at the stadium.

The Chief Returning Officer of the Edo PDP governorship primary election committee, Dauda Lawal, who is the Governor of Zamfara State, noted that members of the committee, having carefully sorted and counted the votes, found that  Ighodalo scored 577 votes.

Lawal was assisted by Delta Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, and Senator James Manager, who were the Vice Chairman and Secretary of the committee respectively.

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Ighodalo, in his acceptance speech, thanked Edo Governor and the entire people of the State for their love and support.

He said: “I want to thank you for making me a tool, and I promise you that I will be a useful tool, and by the grace of God, Edo State will move from where Obaseki has carried us, to the next level.

“I want to thank Obaseki for the wonderful work he has done in the last seven and a half years. I know that in a year or two, people will keep talking about Obaseki. We have not seen the value of the work he has done, but he is like a builder laying the foundation for a hundred-story building.

“No man is perfect. We will all  continue to repair and work on one another’s mistakes.”

Ighodalo also promised to put in his best in the service of Edo State and its residents if elected on September 21.

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Arrest Of Abure, Insult To Democracy – Kenneth Okonkwo

Veteran actor and chieftain of the Labour Party (LP), Kenneth Okonkwo has condemned the arrest of the party’s National Chairman, Julius Abure, on Wednesday, February 21.

Recall that Abure was arrested alongside the Edo state chairman of the party, Kelly Ogbaloi, and two others, by a combined team of police officers and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Kenneth, in a statement via X on Thursday titled ‘ARREST OF ABURE; AN INSULT TO DEMOCRACY’, slammed the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer.

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He claimed that Abure’s arrest was an attempt to disrupt the conduct of the Edo State gubernatorial primary election.

Kenneth Okonkwo argued that the security agency could have waited after the party’s election, adding that Abure should be dealt with if he had committed any breach of the law.

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The statement read, “The ill-advised arrest and manhandling of the National Chairman of Labour Party, Julius Abure, by an obvious partisan Edo Police Command, is an insult to democracy.

“It is a shame that the incompetent Edo Police PRO, who obviously displayed absolute lack of knowledge of law, could use the phrase “factional National Chairman” for Abure. This is a pure political statement that the police force, as a non- partisan organisation, is forbidden to make.

“Attempting to disorganise Labour Party on the eve of organising its Edo gubernatorial primary election when APC and PDP have failed to conduct theirs successfully shows that the arrest is a political arrow shot against Labour Party to achieve the disorganisation of the primary election.

“The job of the police is the maintenance of law and order, not to forment anarchy. What was so urgent in the arrest of Abure that couldn’t wait until after the gubernatorial primary of LP in Edo. If Abure committed any breach of the law, he should be dealt with in accordance with the law not in accordance with brute force.

“Why has Edo Police not arrested APC Leaders who openly used thugs to scatter the APC Gubernatorial primary election? They were rather quick in arresting Abure who was not even present when Edo people resisted some persons who wanted to extort money from them under the false pretence that they were Labour Party officials trying to organise gubernatorial primary election in Edo. Rather than arresting the extortionists, and the impostors,the Police is arresting the legitimate Labour Party officials in Edo. This must stop.”

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Lagosians Groan As Fuel Scarcity Hits Nigeria’s Economic Capital

Despite the National Association of Road Transport Owners calling off its strike, there were still extensive queues observed at numerous filling stations throughout Lagos State.


The queues started building up in some parts of Lagos on Tuesday.

The queue was borne out of fear by Nigerians that premium motor spirit might become scarce as a result of the now-suspended NARTO strike.

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nigerians stormed filling stations to engage in panic buying.oil theft

It was learnt that the refusal of the tanker drivers to lift fuel on Monday and Tuesday also had affected filling stations owned by independent marketers, many of whom had run out of supply.

In major areas in Lagos, the queues continued to build up, causing traffic gridlock on major roads.

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It was observed that the filling stations along the Alausa axis of Lagos, including, Mobil, Total, Conoil and others had long queues.

Also, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited stations in Ogunnusi, Ojodu-Berger and Ikorodu Road had long queues, including Bovas.

Around the Isolo axis, the filling station at Apata Round-about was not selling fuel; it was the same scenario at the Total Filling station located close to Isolo General Hospital.

At Ishaga, an attendant at NPOG filling station told our correspondent that they had run out of fuel in the past three days.

The NNPC and Mobil filling stations at the College Bus stop were also out of fuel.

The Quest fuel station along Asuani Road was the only filling station that dispensed fuel on Wednesday, with a long queue of cars and customers struggling to buy at N640 per litre.

Along Gbagada Road, the NorthWest had a long queue of cars and was selling at N610 per litre, while Eternal at Gbagada Bustop was not selling at the time of filing this report.

When our correspondent visited a fuel station belonging to NNPCL in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, it was observed it was not selling fuel.

 On Wednesday, a long queue was noticed at God’s Decision, along Governor Road, Ikotun.

 “We learnt that there may be a fuel scarcity soon. They said tankers drivers are going on strike,” one of the customers at God’s Decision said.

 In an interview the Vice National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers, Hammed Fashola, said the queue was caused by the two-day strike embarked upon by the tanker drivers.au

 “The fuel queues were caused by the two-day stoppage of operations by the tanker drivers. By Monday, everything will clear off. The NARTO members called off their strike yesterday (Tuesday) and they resumed loading of fuel today (Wednesday). All the depots are working now,” Fashola said in a phone interview.

Meanwhile, Lagosians have lamented over the fuel scarcity that struck many neighbourhoods in the state.

On X (formerly Twitter), @EricaNlewedim on Wednesday described the development as bad news that was becoming too much.

“The bad news is just too much. What is it? Ahah! And now fuel scarcity, I’m really tired of being an adult in this generation,” the user wrote.
@mhs4lyf, who lamented the situation in Lagos, said he had to trek.

He tweeted, “Fuel scarcity in Lagos and hold up. (I) trekked almost 10km to go home. Thank God for life.”

A user, @honeymiixx, called on President Bola Tinubu to call oil marketers to order, saying, “There’s fuel scarcity in Lagos again! Life is already unbearable for people. Please, talk to the oil marketers.”gabon

@notsocialallen said just at the weekend, he was too lazy to go and buy fuel and “suddenly there’s fuel scarcity in Lagos”.

“There is fuel scarcity in Lagos and they are selling black market fuel for N1,200 and no light since the day before yesterday. Nah this place is hell,” @Thelengygirl posted.

@AAAlatishe wrote, “All the candidates literally said they were going to remove it. But then, you phase it out while having a better power supply everywhere. The subsidy has been removed, now, fuel scarcity everywhere with less or zero power supply. I believe most Nigerians will be okay at buying a litre at N1k, if they will only be using it in their vehicles. This brings me to this question, will we ever witness an uninterrupted 24/7 electricity in this country?”

“Fuel scarcity on top of all these problems is just crazy. Is it that they don’t think we have a breaking point?”@omosalewasmiles asked.

@Dxx_machina wrote, “No light, there is heat. Now, fuel scarcity and we can’t run gen. What the actual heck is wrong with this freaking country?”tinubu

“I’m lost, please what’s this fuel scarcity about? These guys are extremely wicked,”
@Jaaayyyy__ posted on X.

@iamkvngdavid_ lamented he was in a long queue while “trying to buy fuel at N650 per litre, just this evening alone, I’m witnessing fuel scarcity”.

“Is it just me but I find some things very weird. There are no buses due to the fuel scarcity, then traffic,” @DarknSweetheart wrote.

“Fuel scarcity in Lagos. High pump price plus scarcity is hell. Which way Nigeria?”@MfonEssien lamented.

The fuel queues on Wednesday left commuters stranded, forcing car owners to turn to the black market to purchase fuel at inflated prices.

Bobagunwa stated, “Fuel scarcity is intensifying in Lagos. One litre is currently being sold for N1,000 on the black market. I always wonder what if Nigeria doesn’t have crude oil.”

 Iniete expressed, “It’s my first time queuing for fuel all alone under the scorching heat in Lagos during this time of fuel scarcity. God, please seriously punish the people, past and present, who ruined this country.”

 Babudere lamented, “There is fuel scarcity in Lagos, and black market fuel is being sold for N1,200. Also, there has been no electricity since the day before yesterday. This place feels like hell.”

Oyíndàmọ́lá conveyed, “Dear @NGRPresidentn @officialABAT, there’s fuel scarcity in Lagos again! Life is already unbearable for people; please talk to the oil marketers.”


Ade shared, “I saw the crowd at bus stations this morning as well. I helped the ones I could, but I still got fuel today for 605. Yes, there’s scarcity currently, and the queues are long. But no one is selling for 1000 here in Lagos.”

The tanker drivers on Monday parked their trucks, refusing to lift fuel over the high cost of operations.

NARTO President, Yusuf Othman, in a letter to truck drivers, said NARTO had made several efforts to secure negotiations for appropriate and commensurate freight rates for its operations from all authorities concerned in the industry, especially the major marketers, without any positive result.

However, the major marketers said the decision of NARTO to stop transporting fuel may not have much effect on them, some of whom have separate transporters.

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Heavy Rain: 3 Storey Building Collapses In Lagos

Tragedy struck when a 3-storey building, under construction at No 1 Isalegangan Street by Ita-faji, Lagos Island Local Government, collapsed in the early hours amidst heavy downpour.

Fortunately, there was no casualty recorded in the incident. The collapse, sent panic among residents of the community, running helter skelter in the process

According to eyewitness, the building under construction, caved-in at about 10:15am during the early morning downpour in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident.

READ ALSO: 3-Storey Building Collapses In Lagos State

He however, stated that there was no casualty or injury recorded during the incident as emergency officials were on ground to ensure safety of lives and property in the area.

As of press time 6pm, men LASEMA officials were seen removing the rubble.

READ ALSO: Kano Gov Yusuf Resume Demolition Of Buildings On Govt Lands

“Further investigation is ongoing to determine the immediate and remote cause of the collapse,” Oke-Osanyitolu stated.

He said anyone found culpable would be sanctioned accordingly.

The heavy rainfall which had much 9mpactnon the collapse, also resulted in traffic gridlock across Lagos metropolis as a result of flooding on the highways.

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Ghanaian Social Media Influencer, Hajia4Real Pleads Guilty To Romance Scam, Faces 5 Years In Jail

Popular Ghanaian businesswoman and socialite, Hajia4Real has reportedly pleaded guilty to money laundering and romance scam.


According to reports, a six-count indictment was issued against Hajia4Real, for her role in several romance schemes and the laundering of the money from those schemes.

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Hajia4Real was detained in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2022, and extradited on May 12, 2023.

On May 24th, the executed bond was docketed. The co-signers are Hashimiyu Haruna, Fatahia Chung, and Ayisheto Al Hassan.

On October 6, the pre-trial meeting was postponed for a month. On November 8, Montrage’s new lawyer requested a further 60 days.

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However, on February 21, 2024, Hajia4Real reportedly pleaded guilty to a romance scam and may face up to 5 years in prison.

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Cost Of Living: Lagos Civil Servants To Work Three Days Week

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, said his administration would be reducing public servants working days as part of plans to cushion the cost of living crisis in the country.

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“We want to start with our public servants, immediately from next week, Civil servants from the lower level will be working like three times a week and level 15-17 can work four times in a week,” Sanwo-Olu said during the ongoing media parley on economic hardship.

On the rising cost of food, he added that his administration would open more markets where Lagosians can buy food items at discounted rates.

“We will open Sunday Markets in at least 42 identified markets across Lagos State. You will be able to buy food items at a discounted price. You will only be able to buy items worth up to N25,000,” the governor said.

The governor said his administration was also constructing four food hubs to ensure food distribution in tackling rising food prices.

READ ALSO: Babajide Sanwo-Olu Apprehends Traffic Armed Robbers On Lagos Highway (Photos)

“Coupled with the one at Idi-Oro in Mushin, four more food hubs are under construction and 7 other locations in other local governments have also been identified for more food hubs to be developed,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He added that the 25% reduction on transport services will start this weekend for the State Public Transport system (BRT, Train, Ferry).

Furthermore, Sanwo-Olu announced a free delivery for pregnant residents across all government-owned hospitals in Lagos.

“There is an arrangement for free delivery including cesarean session at government hospitals,” he said.

READ ALSO: Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Receives Certificate Of Return

On rising cost of drugs and other pharmaceutical products, the governor promised that his administration “will also give rebate on some particular drugs at our state government hospitals”.

The governor noted that his administration was also in discussions with various transport unions to reduce their fares.

“First is to express empathy with our citizens, We are not unmindful of the situation, as leaders, we must be able to solve socioeconomic problems,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He also challenged the private sector to look into what they can do for the citizens by replicating their role during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Father Carries Little Girl In Nylon Bag (Video)

Father stirs mixed reactions online as he packages and carries his little girl in a nylon bag to shield her from the rain.

It was drizzling with rain and the man didn’t want rain to wet his little daughter whom he went to pickup from school.

He decided to put her in a nylon bag so she doesn’t get hit by the raindrops.

The video shared online shows him carrying her in the bag and running towards the shelter.

When they got to the shelter, he helped her out of the nylon bag and brought out her school bag.

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See reactions that followed …

@____r_u_k_k_y____ commented: “Imagine a stranger saw you like this😭You go explain tire😂”

@ivanni stated: “Try this with my cousin she will ask you to continue picking her up like this forever”

@Mide sugar penned: “I first think say nah foodstuffs 😂😂😂sorry o”

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@Igweblessingukunem wrote: “She almost grapes her papa’s hmmmm watch it again 😂”

@Tee penned: “The rate at which men love their daughters 😩💖”

@Sammy Ozzi wrote: “Men don’t get appreciated enough.💐”

@Neresa Maryanne Nels remarked: “thought he went to the market 😂😂”

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Edo 2024: PDP’s Ogbeide-Ihama Withdraws From Race, Says ‘Primary Exercise Lacks Credibility’

A frontline governorship aspirant in Thursday’s Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in Edo State, Ogbeide-Ihama withdrew from the race few hours before the official commencement withdrawn from the race.

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He stated this in a letter dated 12th February and addressed to the National Secretary of the party, Sam Anyanwu and copied to the National Working Committee of the PDP.

In the letter, he said “Over a year ago, In response to the overwhelming calls from a diverse section of our citizenry, | began the painstaking consultation process with various stakeholders in our state.

“Based on their response, | set out on the journey of contesting for the governorship position of Edo State, following all the laid down processes provided by our party’s National Working Committee.

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“Unfortunately, the process was corrupted by the several Irregularities that marked the ward congress organized by our party in the state. I and eight other aspirants voiced our dissatisfaction with the transparency of the process and the culpability of the committee that was sent to oversee the process. It was glaring that the process had been skewed to favour a particular aspirant unjustly.

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“As committed party members, we followed established processes to express our dissatisfaction by approaching both appeal panels set up to address issues arising from the congress with evidence of apparent violations of the guidelines published by the party.

READ ALSO: Appeal Court Reserves Judgement In Adamawa APC Governorship Primary

“Unfortunately, the National Working Committee’s continued intention to deny aspirants a level playing field sadly ignored the recommendations from both panels. This situation has made it impossible to continue with a process In which I have lost confidence in its integrity and credibility.

“Having consulted with my family, key stakeholders, and supporters, I have taken the hard, honourable, and logical decision to withdraw from the process of selecting a candidate for our party for the 2024 Edo Governorship Elections.

“I will further communicate my subsequent actions with you if and when necessary,” the former House of Representatives member stated.

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Insecurity: Police In Lagos, Ogun Begin Joint Patrol On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Police in Lagos and Ogun States have begun a joint patrol on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to improve security in the area.

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The Lagos State Police spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, made the disclosure in a post he shared on his X handle @benHundeyin on Thursday.

Recall that cases of kidnap incidents and other crimes had been reported on some parts of the expressway.

Hundeyin said that the joint patrols would cover Kara Bridge to Sagamu Interchange.
“As part of efforts to enhance security on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Police Command in Lagos State and its Ogun State counterpart have commenced joint patrols of Kara Bridge to Sagamu Interchange.
“The patrol teams from the Lagos command will comprise mainly the Rapid Response Squad (RRS),” he said.
Hundeyin appealed to motorists not to be scared at the heavy presence of police patrol on the road.

“Motorists are, therefore, enjoined not to panic at the sight of increased police patrols, particularly the RRS.

“This is a proactive measure to prevent crime and criminality on this stretch of the road, ” the image maker said.

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Banky W celebrates wife, Adesua Etomi as she clocks 36 (Photos)

Nigerian actor, singer, and politician, Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W has showered praises on his wife and actress, Adesua Etomi as she turns 36 today.

Recall that Adesua Etomi posted dazing photos to commemorate her 36th birthday earlier today.

Banky W has now joined in celebrating the love of his life, his best mama and best wife.

He declared his undying love for her, asserting that if he had to do it over, he would pick her twice.

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He thanked her for being a crucial part of his life, praising her many sweet and romantic names.

His words: “Happy birthday to the love of my life. The best Mama, the bestest wife. If I had to do it all over again, I’d choose you twice. This must be what winning the lottery feels like.

“You’re sincere, and sweet. My sunshine, my heart beat. My safe space. You make my world a better place. Thank you for always being there to water my mustard seed of faith.

READ ALSO: I Friend-zoned Banky W For Over One Year – Adesua Etomi

“You’re easily, by far, the most beautiful, talented, and strongest person I know. You’re hilarious and kind. I’m honored and grateful to call you mine.

“Our gym’s class captain. Our family’s queen. My amala-eating-local-girl, obsessed-with-korean-films. My Michelle Obama. My Cardi B. My Julia Roberts. My Tori Kelly. My Meryl Streep. My best friend, my baby, and my sugar-mommy.

“You were worth waiting for. I’ll love you forever and a day more. You are living proof that God loves me. I love you truly, madly, deeply. Happy birthday, baby. @adesuaetomi.”

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JUST IN: Sunday Igboho Returns To Nigeria

Embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, has returned to Nigeria.

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A statement by Igboho’s spokesman, Olayomi Koiki, on X page on Thursday, February 22, confirmed that the activist returned to the country for his late mother’s burial.

He wrote: “I can confirm that Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho is currently on his way to Igboho Town for the final burial of his mother MRS S.A.ADEYEMO.

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“The body of MRS S.A ADEYEMO was picked up from the mortuary in SAKI TOWN some few hours ago.”

READ ALSO: No Going Back On Yoruba Nation Sunday Igboho

Also posted by Koiki is a video where Igboho could be seen with some people believed to be at the mortuary.

Igboho has been out of Nigeria since 2021 when he eloped to Benin Republic after he was declared wanted by the Department of State Services (DSS).

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Senate confirms Cardoso, says ‘Redirect Fiscal Policies To Ensure Nigerians Get Out Of Hardship’

The Senate has called on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Olayemi Cardoso and members of the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC of the apex bank to as a matter of urgency, use their expertise to redirect the monetary policies, the fiscal policies to ensure that Nigerians get out of the current economic quagmire, Senate to Cardoso, MPC members.

Speaking on Thursday immediately after the confirmation of Cardoso as Chairman of MPC and eleven other members, the President of the Senate, Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio Akpabio however hailed President Bola Tinubu for selecting men and women of great expertise that will help the country with policies that would help turn around the CBN and redirect the monetary policies of the federation for the good of all Nigerians.

Akpabio said, ” I urge the MPc to use their expertise to redirect the monetary policies including even contributions to the fiscal policies to ensure that Nigerians get out of the current economic quagmire.”

Meanwhile, the Senate has confirmed the appointment of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Olayemi Cardoso as the Chairman and Members of theof the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC of the apex bank.

The Senate also confirmed eleven members of the MPC as forwarded to it by President Bola Tinubu for screening and subsequent confirmation.

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Those confirmed as members are Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, CBN deputy governor, member, Bala M. Bello, CBN deputy Governor (member), Emem Usoro, CBN deputy governor (member), Philip Ikeazor, CBN deputy governor (member) and Lamido Yuguda, DG Securities and Exchange Commission (member).

Others are Lydia Shehu Jafiya, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance (member), Muritala Sabo Sagagi, CBN director (member), Alloyius Uche Odu (member), Aku Pullen Odukemelu (member), Mustapha Akinwunmi (Member), Bamidele A.G. Amoh (member).

The confirmation on Thursday was sequel to the consideration of a report of the screening of the nominees presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions, Senator Adetokunbo Abiru, APC, Lagos East on the Confirmation of the Nomination of twelve (12) persons as Members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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According to him, “That the Senate do receive and consider the report of the Committee on Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions on the confirmation of the nomination of the following Twelve (12) persons as Members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

President Bola Tinubu had last week written the Senate, seeking for the screening and subsequent confirmation of 12 persons as Chairman and Members of the Constitution of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

In a letter read by the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, President Tinubu said that forwarding the list was in accordance with the provisions of sections 12 of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) 2007.

The President of the Senate had immediately referred the list to the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions to report back in one week.

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Sanwo-Olu Announces 25 Per Cent Slash In Transport Fare

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has announced a 25 percent slash in transport fares for government-owned transport schemes.

Sanwo-Olu made this announcement during a live media chat, ‘Sanwo Speaks’ on Thursday.

READ ALSO: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Clocks 58 Years Old

He also announced that civil servants from levels 1–14 will begin to work three days a week as part of measures to ease the economic challenges for residents.

The governor noted that the forum was intended to intimate residents of steps being taken to reduce the economic burden on Lagosians.

READ ALSO: Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Receives Certificate Of Return

He said workers in the teaching sector will, however, maintain the five-day-a-week work schedule, but the government will ensure additional transportation support for them.

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TUC Condemns NLC’s Planned Strike

The TUC said since the NLC took the “independent and unilateral decision” on the planned strike, “it there is need to go ahead and implement unilaterally”

TUC Secretary General Nuhu Toro, in a letter to the NLC leadership dated February 19, 2024, expressed disappointment that the Joe Ajaero-led labour group did not carry the Festus Osifo-led trade association along before declaring a planned strike despite that the two groups unanimously issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to implement its agreement with the Organised Labour and address the mounting economic crisis of survival in Nigeria.

The TUC said the 14-day ultimatum will expire today (Thursday) and both centres ought to agree on the next step but the NLC on February 16 declared a two-day protest to commence after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum it jointly issued to the government.

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The TUC general secretary said, “It is important that this is the third time that such unilateral declaration is happening under your leadership, we are therefore constrained to formally put this on record as various discussions, communications and interventions have failed. First and second time could pass as human error but a third time would in our opinion translate to an intentional act to undermine us.

“Also note that we are not averse to the issuance of your resolution because our members equally feel the pain, even if it’s a weeklong national strike, but we have a huge problem with the unilateral declaration for a process we both muted and agreed, because our members are equally concerned about the rising cost of living and not particularly the ultimatum, why can’t we see through the ultimatum that expires within the same period before jointly addressing other issues of mutual concern or at worst consolidate them?

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Trade Union Congress Declares One-Day Protest In Lagos

“For the avoidance of doubt, we fully understand that NLC is an independent labour force centre that has the right to take independent decision, it is pertinent that when such decisions are taken unilaterally, there is need to go ahead and implement unilaterally.”

The Department of State Services (DSS) has since urged the NLC to shun the planned strike, pursue dialogue and negotiation, instead of engaging in actions that could escalate tensions but the Ajaero-led group has insisted on going ahead with the industrial action.

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I Want to Show Love to President Tinubu – Rapper Rick Ross

American rapper Rick Ross has indicated interest to show love to President Bola Tinubu.

According to him, he wants to bring attention to cultures and amazing artists.

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He made this known in a video that went viral on X on Wednesday.

The hip-hop legend said he wants to show love to world leaders and shine a light on global cultures, beginning with Nigeria and its leader, President Bola Tinubu.

Rick Ross said: “I want to show love to the presidents of some of these amazing countries. I just want to bring attention to the cultures and amazing artists. Let’s start with Nigeria: Bola Tinubu!”

READ ALSO: Give Tinubu Time To Get Things Done -General Yakubu Gowon
Recall that Rick Ross recently revealed his intention to collaborate with some African artists, including Asake, Odumodublvck, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Black Sheriff, and Nasty C from South Africa for his upcoming studio album, ‘Champagne Moments.’

The 48-year-old rapper has previously collaborated with P-Square, Yemi Alade, and Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz.

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Former Barcelona Star Dani Alves Sentenced To Four Years In Jail

A Spanish court on Thursday found former Barcelona and Brazil footballer Dani Alves guilty of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub, BBC reports.

Alves has been handed a jail sentence of four years and six months.

READ ALSO: Dani Alves To Face Trial For Sexual Assault In Spain

Details later…

READ ALSO: Dani Alves Denied Jail Exit After Being Ruled A ‘Flight Risk’

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