LaLiga: Romano gives fresh update on Real Madrid announcement of Mbappe deal

Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid is still working on a deal for France captain Kylian Mbappe, despite reports that the contract had been signed earlier this week. This is according to football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who also explained the processes to fall into place before his announcement. “There is no clarity on the announcement yet. I don’t have a specific date now, they are still working on the details of the deal and then it will be announced as soon as they sign,” Romano told The Daily Briefing. Romano also released a video on his Twitter account in the early hours of Wednesday morning updating his followers on the situation. He explained that once the deal is signed with Real Madrid, that is when Paris Saint-Germain will officially confirm Mbappe’s departure to the public, despite already having done so to the press. Mbappe’s current deal with PSG will expire at the end of the season. The 25-year-old has refused to extend his contract with the Ligue 1 champions. He reportedly told the Parisians last week that he would …

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Senate okays Tinubu’s nominees for NHIA, NAHCON

On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed nominees selected by President Bola Tinubu to assume roles including Director General of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC), and chairman and members of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). The nominees were confirmed after the presentation and consideration of the reports of the Senate Committees on Health, Secondary and Tertiary, National Identity Card and Population and Foreign Affairs. The appointee confirmed by the Senate as the Director General of NHIA is Dr. Kelechi Ohiri. Also, the nominees confirmed for the NAHCON are Malam Jalal Arabi as the chairman; Aliu AbdulRazak, Commissioner for Policy, Personnel and Finance; Prince Anofiu Elegushi, Commissioner for Operations and Prof. Abubakar Yagawal, Commissioner for Planning and Research. Prior to the confirmation of their appointments, the Senate had dissolved into the Committee of the Whole to consider the reports of each committee, separately. In his concluding remarks, the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio commended the committees for thorough jobs done on the screening of each nominee and in the reports presented. He …

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Edo: Four APC governorship aspirants reject Uzodimma

Four leading Edo All Progressives Congress governorship aspirants have rejected the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma, as Chairman of the Elections Committee. Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Chief Lucky Imasuen, Senator Monday Okpebholo and General Charles Airhiavbere (retd.) said they do not trust his ability to conduct a free and fair election following the controversy that trailed Saturday’s poll. The development came barely 24 hours to the re-run of the governorship primary in the state. The APC had announced on Tuesday after an emergency meeting at the secretariat in Abuja that the shadow election was inconclusive and a fresh poll would be conducted on February 22. The previous poll, which was conducted on February 17, had produced three winners. Uzodimma had announced Dennis Idahosa as a winner, while returning officer, Stanley Ugboaja, declared Monday Okpebholo as a winner. Elsewhere, Ojo Babatunde, who claimed to be representing the returning officers in all the local governments, declared Anamero Dekeri as the winner of the election. Reacting to the re-run election in a joint statement, the four aspirants insisted that they no longer …

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‘Account credited’ – Davido shares proof of 300 million orphanage donation (photos)

Afrobeats star, Davido has shared the receipt of the donation he made to orphanage homes across the country. He shared the receipt of 300 million naira in response to a man who criticized his plans to donate. Recall that Davido had posted on his media page: “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the Nation ❤️ .. details of disbursement tomorrow.” Barely 24 hours after the post, a Nigerian man quoted the singer’s statement, saying, “This dude reminds me of that movie ‘She must be obeyed.’ Oju Aiye sha.” Not long after, the singer quoted the critic’s statement with a screenshot as evidence that he indeed fulfilled his pledge to the orphanage homes. He wrote: “FOUNDATION ACCOUNT CREDITED…. More details to follow soon.”

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After 21 years, Nigeria still Jaga Jaga – Eedris Abdulkareem laments

Eedris Abdulkareem, veteran singer, laments that Nigeria remains in a dire state even 21 years after the release of his controversial song, ‘Jaga Jaga’. He lamented when he appeared in a recent episode of The Honest Bunch Podcast co-hosted by actor Chinedu Ani Emmanuel, aka Nedu, Deity Cole, and Husband Material. Abdulkareem said, “Nigeria still Jaga Jaga 21 years later. Hunger everywhere, people are dying. How will people survive when Dollar is N1600? Goodluck Jonathan left it N198. [Muhammadu] Buhari took it to N300, [Bola] Tinubu skyrocketed it to N1600. “Dollar is going to N2000. So how do you want common people to survive in this country? Even the Yorubas they were shouting ‘Emilokan’, they are the ones dying of hunger now.” Video:

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Police apprehend two kidnappers, rescue abducted female schoolgirl in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has announced the successful rescue of a female secondary school student from an attempted abduction by kidnappers in Ikotun, located in the Alimosho local government area of the state. It was learnt that two suspects were arrested when they were about to trick the victim into the car and abduct her. The spokesperson of the Lagos state police command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, made this known in a post on his X platform on Wednesday, identifying the suspects as Adamaka Chinyere and Bolajoko Haruna. Hundeyin affirmed that their tinted Toyota Camry has been impounded, adding that they would be arraigned at the conclusion of investigation. He said; “Ikotun Police Division received information from community members about the presence of strange people moving around their neighborhood suspiciously. The police moved in discreetly, quickly enough to rescue a female secondary school student they had tricked into their car and abducted. “The suspects, Adamaka Chinyere and Bolajoko Haruna, have been arrested and their tinted Toyota Camry impounded. They are to be arraigned at the conclusion of investigation. “Meanwhile, the student …

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Police arrest Labour Party chairman Abure amid multibillion-naira fraud allegation

ABUJA- The police have arrested Labour Party chairman Julius Abure amid allegations of fraud and misappropriation of party funds. Video of Mr Abure being arrested by some armed police officers emerged on the internet Wednesday afternoon. It is still unclear why Mr Abure was arrested.  However, Mr Abure’s leadership has been rocked by controversies of party fund misappropriation. The arrest came after Oluchi Opara, national treasurer of the LP, accused Mr Abure of misappropriation of N3.5 billion party funds at a press conference in Abuja on February 12. Ms Oparah claimed the funds Mr Abure misappropriated were raised through the sale of forms in the run-up to the 2023 presidential election.  On the penultimate Wednesday, the opposition party suspended Ms Opara for six months for the allegation.

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AU bars Nigeria, others from exporting donkey-skin to China

ETHIOPIA- The African Union on Sunday imposed a ban on Nigeria and other African countries to stop the exportation of donkey-skin to China. The union appeared to have bowed to years of pressure from animal rights groups who consistently demanded an end to animal torture. The ban, which cuts across 55-member states, was announced at the AU Summit in Ethiopia on Sunday. Animal rights organisations including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have long pressed African leaders to outlaw the killing of donkeys whose skin is shipped to China, where it is boiled to produce gelatine, a vital component of ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine. The group said it mounted pressure on Nigeria’s agriculture minister in 2022 to ban the killing of donkeys across the country after it realised that China was still getting a steady shipment of donkey-skin from Nigeria in spite of an existing ban on the trade of donkey skin. A statement by the group’s vice president, Jason Baker, indicated that donkeys were sensitive beings that should not be subjected to cruel slaughter for the sheer …

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Endure current hardship, hunger, protests will bring chaos: SSS

ABUJA- The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to plans by sections of the organised labour to stage protests between 27th and 28th February, 2024 in parts of the country over sundry economic issues. While the Service recognises such action as the legitimate right of the labour movement, it, however, urges the body to shelve the plan in the interest of peace and public order. The DSS further calls on parties to pursue dialogue and negotiation rather than engaging in conducts that could heighten tensions. This is more so that the Service is aware that some elements are planning to use the opportunity of the protest to foment crisis and by extension, widespread violence. The development, without doubt, will worsen the socio-economic situation across the country. It is common knowledge that all levels of Government are striving to ameliorate the prevailing economic condition and as such, should be given the benefit of the doubt. So far, appropriate authorities are working assiduously with a spectrum of stakeholders to fashion out modalities to address the current difficulties. …

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APC declares Edo governorship primaries as inconclusive

ABUJA- The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared Saturday’s Edo governorship primaries as inconclusive. Mr Felix Morka, the APC National Publicity Secretary said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja. Morka said that the decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja on Tuesday. “The NWC deliberated on the report and resolved that the Edo Governorship Primary Election has not been completed and has now fixed Thursday, Feb. 22, for the completion of the primary election process,” he said.(NAN)

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Famine looming in Nigeria- Daddy Freeze

LAGOS- Controversial Nigerian media personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, aka Daddy Freeze, has raised an alarm that famine is looming in the country. He said the Naira would continue to depreciate as long as Nigeria isn’t exporting enough commodities to gain hard currencies in return. He advised Nigerians who are earning poor wages in the cities to return to their villages and venture into farming in a bid to combat the looming famine. Speaking in a video message shared via his social media page recently, Daddy Freeze said: “We will continue to see the decline in our currency because we are not selling anything and getting hard currencies in return. That needs to be fixed by two sets of people: the government and the citizenry. “Citizens, if you’re working in Lagos and you’re earning N50,000 monthly, I think it is high time you went back to your village, got some land and started farming. There’s a looming possibility of a famine in this country. There’s not enough food to go around. “From my understanding of the situation, here is my advice: My …

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Burkina Faso leader warns Tinubu and ECOWAS that they are prepared to fight

BURKINA FASO- The confrontation between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Junta states may have just escalated. There are reportedly thousands of recorded deaths as a result of the back-and-forth between the two parties, and Burkina Faso blames ECOWAS. This has resulted in a grievance, which was expounded on during a speech by military commander Capitaine Ibrahim Traoré. The Junta states in West Africa, Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso and the regional bloc ECOWAS have been at odds, occasionally throwing jabs at each other. While ECOWAS has been imposing economic sanctions on these countries, Burkina Faso, along with other Junta governments, has decided to opt out of the regional bloc. However, considering the recent remarks in a speech given by the Junta head of Burkina Faso, Capitaine Ibrahim Traoré, ECOWAS’s actions have had terrible repercussions. A tweet by the journalist Sy Marcus Herve Traore showed that Burkina Faso’s Junta leader, Capitaine Ibrahim Traoré holds ECOWAS particularly its head, Nigeria’s president Bola Ahmed Tinubu responsible for the the deaths of thousands of Nigériens. During Capitaine Ibrahim Traoré’s speech, …

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Video shows how Lion that mauled zookeeper at OAU while being fed was killed

An unfortunate incident occurred at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife Zoological Park, where a nine-year-old hungry lion tragically mauled the zookeeper, Olabode Olawuyi. The unfortunate incident occurred on Monday, February 19, leading to a harrowing aftermath captured in a video that has since surfaced online. Olabode Olawuyi, a seasoned Veterinary Technologist with over a decade of experience, had been in charge of the Zoological garden at OAU. The distressing video portrays the aftermath of the lion’s mauling, with Olawuyi lying unconscious and bloodied on the floor. Shocked colleagues can be heard expressing their outrage, vowing that the lion responsible would not escape consequences. As tensions rise in the video, one staff member takes decisive action and pulls out a firearm, aiming it at the lion that attacked Olawuyi. Amid intense tension, a gunshot is heard, hitting the lion. The wounded animal, affected by the gunshot, is then seen limping before collapsing and succumbing to its injuries. The public relations officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, released a statement confirming the tragic incident and expressing condolences to Olawuyi’s family. See …

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North-Central states, others to experience delayed rainfall in 2024: NiMet

ABUJA- The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted a delay of 2024 rains onset in some parts of the country, especially the North-Central states. This is contained in 2024 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) documents by NiMet presented to the public on Tuesday in Abuja by Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development. According to the document, NiMet said normal onset is likely to occur over the northern states, while Borno and Abia states are predicted to have an early onset compared to their long-term averages. “An early end of the season is predicted for parts of Yobe, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa Taraba, Gombe, Bauchi, Cross River, Ebonyi, Ogun, and Lagos states. “However, a late cessation is predicted over the southern states of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Ekiti, and parts of Edo, Delta, Ogun, Oyo, Kogi, Kwara, FCT, Niger, and Kaduna. “The annual rainfall amount is predicted to be below normal over parts of Yobe, Jigawa, Bauchi, Kano, Kebbi, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Benue, Enugu, Ebonyi, Cross River, Delta and Bayelsa states when compared to …

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Binance confirms working with Tinubu govt to block dollar-naira exchange

ABUJA- World’s biggest cryptocurrency trading platform, Binance, has confirmed collaborating with President Bola Tinubu’s administration to block Nigerians from dollar-naira trade on its platform. Binance disclosed this in an announcement on its “commitment to P2P users in Nigeria” on Tuesday, warning that “users behaving in a manipulative way will be removed from the platform.” “As industry leaders,” Binance said, “We are working hand in hand with local authorities, lawmakers, and regulators to ensure we act on non-compliance.’’ The crypto exchange platform further said it is “setting an upper limit for ads, filtering and removing bad ads, requiring and raising deposits for merchants posting ads as well as processes for actioning against any market manipulators.” On Tuesday, Binance disabled sell option for its Nigerian users, blocking them from selling fiat currency, USDT, on the platform. It also capped the buy option to $1802 for Nigerian users. It also disabled purchase of cryptocurrencies via P2P for its Nigerian users, leaving those who might want to sell their crypto assets such as Bitcoin, BNB, Ethereum via P2P stuck. This comes as another desperate …

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House of Reps: Bill To Introduce State Police Scales Second Reading

By Chris Udochukwu A Constitution Amendment Bill to introduce state police has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives. The bill, which was sponsored by 13 members of the House, enjoyed support from a majority of the lawmakers in the green chamber who believed that concerns of political victimisation by state governors, should take the backseat to the current state of insecurity across the country. Last week, President Bola Tinubu and 36 state governors considered the creation of state police as a solution to the menacing security challenges like kidnapping and banditry ubiquitous in the country. Quest For State PoliceRecall that State police has been a subject of controversy since the Seventh National Assembly and has failed to make it through the amendment phase. Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had recently restated their position on state policing, as the solution to the country’s worsening security situation, lamenting that Nigeria is “almost on the road to Venezuela”. Also, regional socio-political groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum, and the Northern Elders’ Forum, …

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