BREAKING: Tribunal Upholds Ekiti Governor, Oyebanji’s Election

The victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Biodun Oyebanji, in the just concluded Ekiti State election, has been upheld by the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Ado Ekiti. Oyebanji had polled a total of 187,057 votes to defeat his two closest challengers, Segun Oni of the Social Democratic Party and Bisi Kolawole of the Peoples Democratic Party. Following the outcome of the election, Oni challenged the outcome of the election filing a petition at the tribunal to fault the result declaring Oyebanji the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission. Details later…

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BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Meets IGP For Prosecution Of Killer Cops

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, has met with the Inspector-General of Police. Sanwo-Olu on Thursday, met with the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba at the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja over the recent extra-judicial killings by trigger-happy cops in the state and seeking appropriate prosecution. In a Thursday statement obtained by our correspondent, the Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi revealed that the duo discussed amongst other things, possible avenues to achieve speedy justice for the victims of the recent shooting incidents in Lagos State. Adejobi noted that the IGP while extending his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased, reassured that the cases would be meticulously pursued until deserved justice is served; he also stressed that the Force is working with the Attorney-General of Lagos State to ensure that the offenders are diligently prosecuted in courts of competent jurisdiction to serve as deterrence to others. Adejobi said, “In his response, the governor promised to support the police in making sure that justice is served in the extant case and to collaborate with the police on advocacy …

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NIS Uncovers New Human Trafficking Tricks In Bayelsa

The Nigeria Immigration Service, Bayelsa State Command, has made a startling claim. The NIS claimed on Thursday that it had uncovered ‘new methods’ used by suspected human traffickers to traffick underage girls. In a statement by the state Comptroller, Mr Sunday James, the command however cited the ECOWAS Travel Certificate as one of the means adopted by the human traffickers in their illicit business. James claimed that the perpetrators use the ECOWAS travel document “to evade security checks and avoid suspicion and transport their victims to any of the regional body’s member states.” He said, “A victim by the name of Miss Maureen Ekpe was stopped and denied facility after a thorough investigation, while the purported trafficker is at large, the victim was released to her family with a warning.” According to him, the suspected human traffickers also use the same travel paper “to evade stringent checks at the airport and lower the level of suspicion in view of the limitation of countries the document is valid for travel.” James further said, “The Command noticed a sudden increase in the rate at which young …

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Veteran Actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo And Wife, Jumobi, Celebrate 22nd Wedding Anniversary

The veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, and wife, Jumobi, have hit a milestone in their marriage. The couple is celebrating their 22nd wedding anniversary today December 29, 2022. The actor posted a photo of them on his Instagram page with the caption; ”22 years and counting! Thank you Abk! Ps. solomon, Glo staff and Bimbo no need to screenshot and send. She knows. I’ve permission to post anything but I’ve chosen to respect myself and post just one. #RMDSaysSo #WeddingAnniversary #22years”https://www.instagram.com/p/CmvySikDXVU/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=12

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BREAKING: Court Restrains DSS, EFCC From Arresting Emefiele

TheCable reports that a federal capital territory (FCT) high court sitting in Maitama has issued an order restraining the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. The restraining order issued by M.A. Hassan, the presiding judge, on Thursday, was also extended to the inspector-general of police (IGP), attorney-general of the federation (AGF), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the CBN, who are listed as defendants. Previously, TheCable had reported how a federal high court in Abuja declined an application by the DSS to arrest Emefiele over terrorism charges. The development comes amid speculations that the bid to arrest Emefiele might be political, given the impact the redesign of the naira and limit on cash withdrawals might have on vote buying in the 2023 elections. The naira redesign and cash withdrawal policy has elicited varying reactions, while the house of representatives had recently expressed reservations over the absence of the CBN governor following an invitation for him to appear before the lawmakers. But in a letter to the house …

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EEDC Warns Against Indiscriminate Bush Burning

By Stanley Nwanosike Enugu – The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), on Thursday, warned South-East residents against indiscriminate bush burning as the harmattan sets in. The Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, gave the warning while speaking with journalists in Enugu on Thursday. Ezeh said that fire outbreaks have been identified as one of the common risks facing EEDC, especially during harmatan season. He recounted the losses the company had borne in the past years as a result of uncontrolled/indiscriminate burning of bushes and refuse dumps. “We pray that such experience never repeats this season. “Our network spans through, bushes, forests, neighbourhoods, farmlands and any form of burning if uncontrolled could lead to a fire outbreak which may damage transformers, feeder pillar units, and the lines with their associated accessories, in addition to loss of lives, loss of electricity supply and other properties. “Over the years, it has become traditional that bushes are burnt during the harmattan season for various reasons. “Whatever may be the reason behind bush burning, it is advised that such fires are controlled so they …

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NDLEA Seizes 9 Tonnes Of Illicit Drugs, Arrests 1,078 Suspects In Kano

By Ramatu Garba Kano – The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has seized 9 tonnes of illicit drugs, worth N1.5 billion, and arrested 1,078 suspects in Kano State in 12 months. The NDLEA State Commander, Mr Abubakar Idris-Ahmad, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on its maiden end-of-the-year review on Thursday. “We raided 82 hot spots within and outside Kano Metropolis to arrest and seize different illicit drugs in our quest to bolster crime reduction among the larger populace in the state through eradicating drug abuse and trafficking.“As a result, 1,078 suspects were arrested which include 951 males and 127 females.“The total drugs seized within the period under review is 8,386.733kg, which is made up of 6,607.492kgs of cannabis sativa, 1,778.388kg of psychotropic substances, 451grams of cocaine, 125gram of heroine and 277gram of methamphetamine.”Idris-Ahmad further explained that within the period under review, the agency secured 113 convictions, destroyed five cannabis farms in the state and rehabilitated over 1,844 drug abusers.“The agency sensitized 150 schools on drug prevention, screened 141 traditional title holders on drugs and 164 Visa clearance, secured …

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Salaries Increase: Association Tasks FG On Enabling Working Environment

By Esenvosa Izah Lagos – The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has urged the Federal Government to create an enabling working environment that could bring about an increase in productivity. ASCSN’s President, Mr Tommy Okon, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. NAN reports that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, had said that the government would soon announce salary increments for civil servants and public officials due to the steady increase in prices of consumables. “We accept the fact that there should be increase in salary, which is long overdue, but for us to reduce inflation because if you increase salary and inflation still bites hard, it therefore means that whatever you are increasing is meaningless “Government should pay attention to production by revamping all the industries that have gone moribund, reduce the consumption and improve exports. “If you improve exports, the foreign earnings will bring down the level of inflation and our local currency will have strength to compete favourably and …

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1,124 Ondo Residents Benefit From MITEDA’s Free Healthcare Initiative

By Segun Giwa Ikaram-Akoko (Ondo State – An NGO, MITEDA Wellness Initiative, has given free medical tests and treatments to 1,124 residents of Ikaram Akoko in Akoko Northwest Local Government Area of Ondo State and environs. The Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MITEDA Wellness Initiative, Mrs Funmilola Williams-Daudu, spoke with newsmen on the sidelines of the event on Thursday. She said she initiated the annual programme to assist the underprivileged in her husband’s community, Ikaram-Akoko. Williams-Daudu said the 9th edition of the programme, flagged off in 2013, but could not hold in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. She said it created opportunities for the people to know their health status. Tests conducted on the people, mostly old women and peasant farmers, included hepatitis B and C, hypertension, blood sugar level, cervical cancer, prostate health, HIV, hyperlipidemia, oral health and eye defects. Williams-Daudu, who described the turnout as awesome, said people trooped in as early as 6 a.m. from as far as Kogi and Akure. She noted that the current administration in Ondo State was trying its best in …

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District Head Turbarns New Yaduma Of Hong

By Auwalu Birnin Kudu Hong – The District Head of Hong in Adamawa state, Alhaji Umar Muhmud, has turbarned Alhaji Abubakar Shehu -Magaji as Yaduma of Hong. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that  traditional  title of Yaduma is the second in hierrachy in the district and an equivalent of a prime minister in the Kilba ancestral tradition.  The traditional ruler said the appointment of the title holder was in consideration of his immense contribution to the district, especially in education and other related pursuits, saying the new Yaduma inherited his late father. He said the Yaduma would serve as the second in command and was expected to preside over issues in the absence of the district head, adding the appointment was aporoved by the Lamido of Adamawa, Barkindo Aliyu-Mustapha. “I expect you to discharge your duties with deligence, fear of God and respect for the cultural tradion of Kilba people,” he said. Gov Ahmadu Fintiri, represented by the Commissioner for information and strategy, Umar Pella, commended the district head for the relative peace and stability in the area. He …

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BREAKING: Ohanaeze President General, George Obiozor, Confirmed Dead

The death of Professor George Obiozor, the President General of the apex Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has been confirmed by the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma. He made this known in a statement on his Instagram page on Wednesday night. Gov Uzodimma said, “On behalf of the Government and people of Imo State, I, Senator Hope Uzodimma, the Executive Governor of Imo State, sorrowfully announce the passage of a great Son of Imo State and Nigeria, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, worldwide, Prof George OBIOZOR. “A renowned academic, an exceptional diplomat, a statesman and a tenacious patriot, Prof George Obiozor passed on recently after a brief illness. “The death of this foremost Igbo leader and former NIGERIA’S ambassador to the United States and the State of Israel, is a big loss to Imo State, the South East and the entire Nigeria. “I have no doubt that both Nigeria and the international community will miss his profound intellectual contributions and wise counsel on national and global issues. “His burial arrangements will be announced in due course by the family …

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NASS Passes 2023 Budget, Raises Proposed Spending by N1.32trn to N21.82trn ……Works and Housing, Defence ministries get highest allocation  …….Approves N819.54bn 2022 supplementary budget ……Fresh borrowing to be sourced from CBN to fund projects  ……Extends 2022 budget implementation to March ……Tension as Senate drops president’s N23.7trn ways and means advances request   ……Adjourns plenary to Jan. 17 Sunday Aborisade and Udora Orizu in Abuja The Senate and House of Representatives, yesterday, passed the 2023 appropriation bill after raising the N20.51 trillion proposed spending presented by President Muhammadu Buhari by N1.32 trillion, to N21.82 trillion. The upper chamber also approved Buhari’s request of N819.54 billion domestic loan meant to fix infrastructure destroyed by the recent unprecedented floods that ravaged many states in the country. However, there was tension in the Red Chamber yesterday, as Senators disagreed over the president’s request for the approval of N23. 7 trillion Ways and Means Advances. The budget passage followed the consideration and approval of the report of the both chambers’ committees on appropriation. Out of the total sum, N967.48 billion was allocated to statutory transfers; N6.55 …

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How Olamide’s Prodigy, Asake Destroyed The Nigerian Music Industry In 2022 – By Alexander Ubani

By Alexander Thandi Ubani Multi-award winning rapper, Olamide can boast of 2022 as a year of happy returns, thanks to his rambunctious prodigy and signee, Asake who stormed the Nigerian music scene and owned it like a king. In a year with greats like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Kizz Daniel, Rema, Tems all competing to win hearts of millions of music fans in the country, Asake proved his mettle. 2022 is unarguably Asake’s best year so far with over eight of his songs topping charts and becoming mega hits. The Theatre Arts graduate effortlessly birthed hit songs after hit songs and sold out shows in minutes. From Omo ope to Organise, Trabaye, Terminator, Joha and Sungba, the list continues. His debut album ‘Mr Money With The Vibe’ is still making waves locally and internationally. Tracks from the album have since become mega hit songs and street jams topping charts and breaking records. But, how was Asake able to perform this magic in just a short period of time? Why are his songs on everyone’s lips? Asake was little unknown before …

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2022: Year of Atikulate, Emilokan, Obidients

By Clifford Ndujihe, Politics Editor ARGUABLY, the outgoing 2022 is a year of high-wire politicking and intrigues. It is a year that will not be forgotten in a hurry given the landmark events that shaped the polity. It is a year that new terminologies came into Nigeria’s political lexicon. Terms like Olule, Emilokan, Obidient, and Atikulate, which arose from the activities of leading politicians, have come to stay. One of the major political issues that shaped 2022 was the emergence of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; and former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, as presidential candidates. While Tinubu is running on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku is gunning for the Aso Rock job on the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and Obi is contesting on the plank of the Labour Party, LP. How Atiku, Tinubu, Obi’s emergence shook polity Atiku, 76, is one of the oldest presidential candidates on the prowl and his aspiration dates back to 1993, when he first aspired to …

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Flavour, Shares Heartwarming Video Of Himself And His Adopted Son

The popular Nigerian singer, Flavour, has shared a heartwarming video online that has stirred his many fans. The singer shared a video of himself and his adopted son, Semah together. The video captured Semah touching the singer’s face as they hugged each other. Flavour has always been very fond of Semah and they share quite a strong bond. Watch the video below:     View this post on Instagram            A post shared by Lindaikejiblog (@lindaikejiblogofficial)

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How driver escaped unhurt and seven burnt to death along Shagamu expressway accident

Seven persons have been burnt to death along the Sagamu-Benin Expressway, emergency officials said on Wednesday. The accident occurred at the Odogbolu junction of the expressway after a Mazda bus – with registration number AGL 886 YD – suddenly went up in flames due to engine oil overflow. The Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) confirmed the latest accident to journalists in Abeokuta. TRACE spokesman, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said seven others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the lone accident that occurred around 2:50 p.m. He explained that the victims were worshippers travelling from the Kosofe area of Lagos State inbound Epe, for a church revival. Giving a breakdown of the victims, Akinbiyi said the passengers were 15 people, comprising one male adult and 14 females. However, only the driver of the bus escaped unhurt. “According to eyewitness accounts, the bus burst into flames suddenly due to engine oil overflow,” he said. “The number of passengers in the commercial bus was 15, out of which seven females were burnt to death, while the remaining seven were seriously burnt and taken to …

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