BREAKING: FG Suspends Proposed Telecoms Tax

The proposed tax on telecommunication services has been suspended.  Federal Government suspended the excise duty stating that the telecommunications sector is already overburdened by excessive and multiple taxation.  The suspension was announced by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on Monday during the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Committee on Excise Duty for the Digital Economy Sector in Abuja.  According to the minister, the telecommunications sector is already overburdened by excessive and multiple taxation.  The Federal Government through the Budget Office of the Federation had earlier revealed that it would begin the implementation of its proposed excise duties on telecommunication services and beverages in 2023.  However, Pantami has maintained that he is against the implementation of this tax, which would increase the cost of telecommunication services for Nigerians.  Details shortly… 

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Petrol Scarcity Looms As IPMAN Stops Supply

Some states are likely to experience fuel scarcity as the Suleja Depot branch of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) begins its three-day warning strike.  According to TheNation, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kaduna, Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger and others states will be affected by the strike.  Its chairman, Alhaji Yahaya Alhassan, who announced the stoppage of supply of the product from the depot, took reporters on a tour round the packed trucks in the depot at Maje, Suleja in Niger State.  Virtually all the trucks were loaded with petrol but the marketers insisted they were withdrawing their services until the Federal Government pays their outstanding bridging claims of N50.5billion.  The strike, which commenced on Monday, would continue till Wednesday.  He said should the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) fail to remit the money, the stoppage of supply would continue indefinitely, Alhassan declared.  Details Shortly…

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Obi Group Demands Explanation From INEC Over PVCs Destroyed in Lagos, Rivers

The Peter Obi Support Network has called out the Independent National Electoral Commission.  The group demanded explanation from INEC over the mass dumping of Permanent Voter Cards in major cities in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Rivers State.  In a letter submitted to the electoral body and dated August 30, 2022, the group said the PVCs being exhumed from dumping sites and gutters exposed confidential information of owners of the mutilated cards.  In a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday, the group expressed fears and worries over the PVCs of eligible Nigerians exhumed from gutters and refuse dumps of major cities in Lagos and Port Harcourt.  The group said, “In the last few weeks, various disturbing viral videos on social media platforms, notably Facebook and Twitter, showed thousands of PVCs of eligible Nigerians being exhumed from gutters and refuse dumps in major cities like Lagos and Port Harcourt, Rivers State on a daily basis, showing the names, pictures and other confidential information of owners of the mutilated cards. “We find such disturbing viral videos extremely worrying and politically demotivating, taking …

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Why I Stopped Going to Church – Stefflon Don

Stephanie Allen aka Stefflon Don, a British rapper, has revealed why she stopped going to church.  Recall that the British rapper is Burna Boy’s ex-girlfriend.  According to her, she stopped going to church because “it’s all about money”.  She disclosed this during an interactive Twitter session with her fans on Saturday.  During the session, which focused on various aspects of her life, a user asked: “Do you go to church?”  In her response, the 30-year-old said she used to but no longer attends church due to the “attention given to money and luxury.” “I used too but now its all about money and the pastors wear better watches than me,” she replied.  The British rapper has continued to enjoy fame since she released ‘Real Ting’, her debut mixtape, in 2016.  She rose to the limelight in 2017 after the release of ‘Hurtin Me’, the hit single featuring French Montana.

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If You See Me Trekking, Ignore – Chike Sells His Mercedes Benz-GLE To Raise Funds For Music

Chike Chike, a popular Nigerian singer, has disclosed that to sponsor his music career, he had to sell his car. Chike took to his Twitter page on Friday to make this known as it was his Mercedes Benz-GLE which was sold for the promotion of his newly released album, The Brother’s Keeper. He shared screenshots of a chat with the buyer and it could be seen that he was paid N11 million for the whip. The ‘Running To You’ singer asked fans to ignore him if they were to see him trekking on the road as a result of his recent action. According to Chike, the GLE he sold is the one he talked about in one of the songs of the album he just released. He also uploaded a screenshot of the alert and wrote; ”Just Sold my Gle I spoke about in my album to sponsor the music . If you see me de Waka for lekki please ignore sogbo?”

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Pastor Adeboye Reacts To Dunsin Oyekan’s Accident

Pastor Leke Adeboye has praised God for saving the life of gospel act, Dunsin Oyekan who was involved in car accident.  Leke, is the son of the founder of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.  Recall that the singer on Saturday survived a terrible motor crash along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway while on an evangelical mission with his team.  According to reports, the 37-year-old was traveling to Ibadan, the Oyo State capital when the accident occurred in the Ishara axis of Ogun State. It was gathered that a crew member suffered minor injuries, but everyone came out of the accident unscathed.  Reacting to the incident in an Instagram post, Adeboye’s son on Sunday posted the video of Dunsin speaking about the accident to Instagram.  Leke wrote as caption that God turned the incident around for good. “He that keeps Israel does not sleep or slumber, the devil can only try! Thank God for protection for my brother @dunsinoyekan. What the devil meant for evil, God turned around for good! Glory to Jesus,” Adeboye’s son said.

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Top Boko Haram Commander Surrenders To Troops In Borno (Photo)

Photo of a top commander of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group, Goni Farooq who surrendered to troops of the Nigerian Army has surfaced online.  A counterterrorism expert and crime reports analyst [@mobilisingniger] confirmed the report on Sunday.  The security expert said the Boko Haram fighter surrendered and gave up his firearms to troops manned at Banki in Borno State.  He said the latest victory was unconnected with the recent onslaught in the Bama town in Borno by gallant officers of Operation Hadin Kai.  “Goni Farooq a top Boko Haram commander has surrendered to the military today with his weapons to troops deployed at Banki Junction, Borno State. This was as a result of the sustained onslaught in the Bama town in Borno State a few days ago,” the security expert announced.

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So Proud Of You – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Overjoyed As She Meets Chimamanda Adiche

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, was all smiles after meeting renowned author, Chimamanda Adiche.  The duo met in Italy during an event that centred on the role of trade, Africa’s development and the importance of gender in the recovery.  In the post shared on her verified Twitter page, the former Minister of Finance disclosed that it was a wonderful experience to meet with her talented and creative younger sister, Chimamanda.  She tweeted: “It was wonderful to catch up with my talented and creative younger sister, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie @ChimamandaReal. Star performance, as usual, at the European House @Ambrosetti_ . So proud of you!”

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Organizers of Headies have continued to ignore my legendary contributions to the music industry for years – Music producer MasterKraft laments

Music producer, MasterKraft has called out the organizers of the Nigerian music awards, The Headies for ignoring his contributions to the Nigerian music industry for years. Recall that the 15th edition of Nigerian music awards The Headies took place last night in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta On Sunday, September 4th. This marked the first time the show was been held outside of Nigeria. Award winning artists, Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido and others have won big at the event. Wizkid and Tems were the top winners of the night as their international smash “Essence” Calling out the organizers, MasterKraft who described himself as a legend, declared that he has been a blessing to Nigerian music industry for years and while The_Headies have chosen to ignore him for years, he will never give up or quit. He further said he doesn’t understand why the organizers refused to recognaise him despite his hardwork but he will desist from insulting them even though he feels like blasting them. MasterKraft wrote: AND WHILE I CAN … I HAVE BEEN A BLESSING TO THIS …

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How D’Prince convinced me to do Afrobeats instead of Rap – Rema reveals

Award winning singer Rema is undoubtedly taking Nigeria music globally. Rema has given credit to D’Prince for seeing something in him he never knew was there. Rema, who is signed to Jonzing Records, said that he was into rap when his boss, D’Prince scouted him and gave him a record deal. The ‘Calm Down’crooner revealed that the singer and music executive convinced him to switch from rap music to Afrobeats. He made this known while granting an interview on America’s Q 99.7 Atlanta FM. According to him, when D’Prince asked him to adopt Afrobeats genre, he expressed reservations and stated that he is a rapper. But the record label founder told Rema that he likes his voice and he felt that it would be appealing on Afrobeats. He urged the Dumebi hitmaker to give it a try and when he did, he realised that D’Prince was right about him being a good fit for the genre. Rema said; “D’Prince told me that he likes my voice, and he feels like I’m gonna sound really good on Afrobeats. I told him I …

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“Example Of What A Winner Should Look Like”- Reactions as Teddy A & Liquorose are announced Hosts of Green October Event

Congratulations in order as Reality TV stars, Liquorose & Teddy A were unveiled as the hosts of this year green October event, they are also on the cover of the La Mode Magazine for September edition. Liquorose shared these photos on her page, with caption: “September Edition Cover Alert💃💃 : La Mode Magazine 79th edition ,September Issue featuring the hosts for Green October Event 8th edition 2022 I and @iamteddya LIQUOROSE AND TEDDY-A ARE SET TO HOST THE 8TH EDITION OF THE BIGGEST INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT IN NIGERIA. GREEN OCTOBER EVENT IS AN ANNUAL CHARITY ,FASHION SHOW, AWARD EVENT. AN INITIATIVE OF LA MODE MAGAZINE AND LA MODE DISABILITY FOUNDATION. THE THEME FOR 2022 EDITION IS ‘’MORE THAN DISABILITY ’’ @GREENOCTOBEREVENT @LAMODEMAG@LAMODEMAGAZINEFOUNDATION ONE BIG EVENTONE AWARD STAGEONE RUNWAYONE GREEN CARPETONE CHARITY EVENT THE EVENT IS SLATED TO TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 1ST, AT THE PRESTIGIOUS ORIENTAL HOTEL LAGOS.” One of her followers commented: “Liquorose is the Queen of all Queen … Baby girl is clearly an example of what a winner should look like … Keep winning , Am super …

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Buju BNXN Expresses Love For Ruger, Begs Sanwo-Olu To Help Ship His Bentley To Lagos [Video]

Winner of the 2022 Headies Awards ‘Next Rated’ category, Buju BNXN, puts his beef with Mavin Records singer and challenger Ruger aside to express his love for him during his acceptance speech at the award ceremony. BNXN also seeks the support of the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to help him ship the 2022 Bentley Bentayga automobile attached to winning the ‘Next Rated’ category of the award to Lagos. BNXN stated that he loves Ruger in a direct address after appreciating Ayra Starr, also signed to Mavin Records “THIS IS FOR RUGER. I LOVE THIS BOY, I LOVE HIM,” THE ‘NEXT RATED’ AWARD WINNER SAID. Continuing, he extended his gratitude to everyone who believed in him and sought Sanwo-Olu’s support because the shipping money for Bentley was much. “MY GOVERNOR, PLEASE O, THEY GAVE ME CAR ABEG. THE MONEY IS PLENTY. I CAN’T BRING IT TO LAGOS… MY GOVERNOR ABEG, HELP ME BRING MY CAR TO LAGOS,” HE DISCLOSED.

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After Oniru Building Collapsed, Lagos Planning Commissioner Resigns

Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Idris Salako, has resigned. Gbenga Omotoso, the Commissioner for Information made the announcement in a statement on Monday, September 5. Omotoso said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has accepted the resignation. The official noted that Salako’s exit “is a prelude to the restructuring of the Ministry and its agencies”. Sanwo-Olu thanked him for his services and wished him success in his future endeavours. The governor warned all players in the sector to respect the law or face the consequences of any indiscretion. Salako leaves the position after multiple building collapses in Nigeria’s commercial hub in the last few years. The most recent occurred in Oniru on Sunday, September 4. A seven-storey building under construction collapsed. Two died and some are still trapped in the building. Salako suggested the developer was a powerful man. While addressing the media, Salako recalled how the developer chased state officials away during enforcement. He also disclosed that the developer broke the seal of the site on three separate occasions.

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Governor Discovers 4,000 Teachers In Niger State Are Unqualified, Reveals Next Action

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has said he will not sack 4,000 unqualified teachers he discovered in the state.  Recall that the governor had inaugurated a committee on a headcount of teachers across public schools in the state that made the discovery.  From the exercise, the government said it discovered that there were 80% qualified teachers in the state.  However, it was discovered that a chunk of 4,000 amongst the overall number of teachers in the state are below qualification.  Governor Bello, while acting on the development, said his government will not lay off the unqualified teachers, but rather will give them an option to go and retrain immediately and return for re-absorption.  Speaking at the State Government House in Minna, the state capital, the governor said it was commendable and encouraging to know that there are 80 per cent qualified teachers in the state.  He said: “The outcome of the headcount of teachers by the committee set up shows that there are 80 per cent qualified teachers in our service is encouraging and commendable. “The number of unqualified teachers,(4,000) is high …

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Kidnapped Zamfara Worshippers Working On Bandits’ Farmlands

File Photo Forty-four workers kidnapped from a mosque in Zamfara community last Friday have been subjected to physical labour in the farmland of their abductors. Residents told Daily Trust that the bandits had called to tell relatives that the captives were with them and working on their millet and sorghum plantations but had yet to demand ransom.“Our millet plantations are due for harvest and the captives must do the work for us,” one of the bandits was quoted as saying by a resident, Abubakar Bukkuyum. Last Friday, bandits abducted dozens of worshippers from a central Juma’at Mosque in Zugu community of Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State. Residents said the armed men hid their guns inside their clothes and stormed the mosque when the Imam was about to start delivering sermons and they asked those on the premises of the mosque to get inside.“No one saw them with guns and many people mistook them as worshippers. Nobody paid attention to them because they hid their guns. “However, shortly after they moved inside the mosque they brought out the rifles and …

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Nigerian Military Have Substantially Defeated Boko Haram, Bandits – FG

The Federal Government has boasted that terrorists are now on the run because the Nigerian military has substantially defeated them.  Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, made the disclosure at a joint press briefing held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday.  Lai Mohammed was joined at the briefing by three other ministers namely Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Defence); Rauf Aregbesola (Interior) and Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi (Police Affairs).  The four ministers were also joined by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Irabor, Naija News reports.  According to Mohammed, the country has overcome the high scale of terrorist attacks, stressing that terrorists and bandits have no place to hide anymore.  The minister, however, said that the nation may still witness isolated cases of security challenges in the North and other parts of the country.  He said: ”As you are all aware, the issue of security has dominated our national discourse in recent times, against the background of the terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in the North-East, North-West and North Central; separatist violence and crude oil theft in the South-East and …

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