Lagos Govt Re-seals 12 Structures In Banana Island

Following the directives issued by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu over buildings in Banana Island and its environs, twelve buildings have now been re-sealed while two illegal fences have been pulled down. This was carried out by the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, in collaboration with the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, LASPPPA, and the State Task Force. The General Manager of LASBCA, Gbolahan Oki, who led the operation, stated that the structures were sealed for various contraventions ranging from buildings without approval, failure to obtain authorisation to commence construction from LASBCA, and breaking the government seal, among others. Oki stressed that the ongoing removal and sealing of those buildings in Banana Island, and also across the state, was geared towards compelling compliance to bring sanity to the built sector. Recall that a seven-storey building under construction recently collapsed in Banana Island, leaving one person dead. Consequently, Governor Sanwo-Olu promptly paid an on-the-spot inspection to the site, suspending further construction of any structure in the Island and its environs.

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Tinubu Started Preparing For 2023 Since 1998, Learnt From MKO Abiola – Omokri

Reno Omokri, a Nigerian public affairs commentator and author, has made a new claim, He claimed that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu started preparing for his 2023 presidential victory since 1998. Omokri said Tinubu ensured that some of his allies are appointed to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Court of Appeal, among others. He pointed out that Tinubu facilitated the emergence of Ahmed Lawan as Senate President and Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Tweeting, Omokri said Tinubu and Senator Godswill Akpabio both learned from the late MKO Abiola. According to Omokri, the judiciary may treat Tinubu better than INEC. He wrote: “Tinubu has been preparing for 2023 since 1998. He has a former Lagos Commissioner as a top shot at INEC. He has judges he appointed as Governor that are now in the Court of Appeals. “He made Lawan Senate President and installed Gbajabiamila as Speaker. One-quarter of Buhari’s ministers are his appointees. He helped the owners of Oando and Alphabets become dollar billionaires. “Tinubu and Godswill Akpabio both learnt from MKO Abiola very well.” Omokri pointed …

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Olympic Gold Medalist, Chioma Ajunwa Decorated Deputy Commissioner Of Police

Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa has achieved another major feat she she becomes a deputy commissioner of police. Her new boss, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Frank Mba decorated her on Thursday. Mba, who used to be the spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, shook hands with her after completing the decoration as they both posed for photographs. Ajunwa made history as the first Nigerian to win gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and the first black African woman to win an Olympic gold medal in a field event. She remains the only woman to compete at both the FIFA Women’s World Cup as a footballer and the Olympics as a track and field athlete. As a professional sportswoman, Ajunwa originally played football for the Nigerian women’s team and was a member of The Falcons during the Women’s World Cup in 1991, but was constantly benched. Following her Olympic gold medal at Atlanta ’96, Ajunwa was given a national award – Member of the Order of Niger (MON) – by the then Head of State Sani Abacha. 

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Governor Bello Approves 65 Years Retirement Age For Teachers

Kogi State Government has given approval for a change in teachers retirement age. The government has now approved 65 years as the retirement age for teachers in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the approval was sequel to the passage of the Retirement Age of Teachers in Kogi State and Related Matters Bill, 2022, on Thursday by the State House of Assembly. Speaker of the House, Matthew Kolawale, said with the passage of the bill, teachers in the state would now retire upon attainment of 65 years or 40 years of pensionable service, whichever comes earlier. “The Public Service Rule or any legislation that requires a person to retire from the public service at 60 years of age or after 35 years of service shall not apply to teachers in Kogi from the date of commencement of this law,’’ he said. In what appeared to be part of mop-up activities of the seventh Assembly, two other bills were passed by the lawmakers on Thursday. The bills, which were taken clause-by-clause for consideration, included: “A Bill for a Law …

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Pastor Fatoyinbo Speaks After Battling Undisclosed Sickness

The General Overseer of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo has revealed that he battled an undisclosed ailment last year. He spoke on Thursday after his frail and lean photos emerged online last year. Nigerians had last year expressed concern after his frail pictures surfaced online. In the photos, the pastor was seen with his wife, Modele, and other members of the church who were at Old Trafford, Manchester, England. After the pictures surfaced online, people took to the social media comment section of the church to inquire about Fatoyinbo’s health but the church disabled the comment section of the post. According to the Whistlers, Fatoyinbo on Thursday, May 11, 2023, joined other Pastors in Ota, Ogun State, for an International Minister Conference organized by the presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo. At the event, he confirmed he was sick last year as he testified about his recovery but was silent about the nature of his sickness. Fatoyinbo said amid the medical attention, his mentor, Oyedepo was praying and speaking over his life. He …

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May 29: Niger Govt. A Sets Up Inauguration Committee

Minna – Niger Government has set up a committee for the inauguration of the governor-elect, Mr Umar Bago and his deputy, Garba Yakubu, on May 29. Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the Government of the State, said in Minna on Thursday that the committee was mandated to ensure seamless inauguration ceremony. He said that members of the committee were from the side of the outgoing government and the governor-elect. “All efforts are geared towards a peaceful and smooth transfer of power from the All Progress Congress (APC) government to another APC government,” Matane said. He said that sub-committees would cover security and intelligence, venue and inauguration, protocol and accommodation and inaugural lecture, publicity and mobilisation. Other areas are transportation, logistics and special events, dinner and entertainment as well as medical. The SSG said already security agents have arrested over 200 miscreants disturbing the peace of the state capital. He said that the step was taken to ensure hitch-free inauguration ceremony. Dr Mohammed Santuraki, Chairman of the inauguration committee, lauded the idea of collapsing the two committees into one and pledged …

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Bandits Kill Kaduna Businessman After Collecting N8M Ransom

The deceased, Franco Byoma A man identified as Franco Byoma has been killed by bandits in Kaduna State after reportedly collecting N8m ransom from his family. It was gathered that the Ahmadu Bello University Accounting graduate was kidnapped at Gumel community in Kachia Local Government Area of the state. It was further learnt that his remains were buried in the kidnappers’ den.  Meanwhile, friends, colleagues and family members have taken to Facebook since Wednesday to mourn him.  One Lovelyn David Umar, wrote; “Kai Mr. Franco Byoma no be so now!!! My revenue officer and friend, wow! I just learnt about your death and I’m shattered. First because you’re gone but second because of how you died! You didn’t deserve this , nobody does! Rest in Power sir! God this is sad.”

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Adeboye: Be Ready to Take Disrespect If You Tell Us That 2023 Election Was The Will Of God – Aisha Yesufu

Aisha Yesufu, the popular Nigerian activist, has said anyone who comes out to say that the result of the 2023 election is the will of God should be ready to be disrespected. This followed verbal attacks on the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Enoch Adeboye after he asked Nigerians to support President-elect, Bola Tinubu because God will use him to fix the country. He said: “Let us pray for the incoming government that God will support it and give it the Grace to do the right tthingThank God the president-elect has promised to fix Nigeria. If God helps him, Nigeria will prosper in his hands.” Reacting to the attacks on Adeboye, Yesufu wrote, “Anyone who comes out to tell Nigerians that they should take the 2023 election as the will of God should also be ready to take the ‘disrespect’ (as they call it) as also the will of God.”

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FG Earmarks Over N22bn To Feed Inmates

The sum of N22.44billion has been earmarked by the Federal Government to feed inmates in all the custodial centers across the country. Speaking at a two-day conference on ‘Decongestion and Corrections Administration’ in Abuja on Thursday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Shuaib Belgore, said the amount was due to the congestion of the custodial centers. He called for the reform of the service and custodial centre for the smooth rehabilitation of inmates. Belgore said, “The Federal Government budgeted N22.44Billion in the 2023 appropriation to cater for the feeding of inmates. “There is the need for a holistic Corrections reforms, including the modernization of custodial centres to ensure the reformation and rehabilitation of inmates. Stakeholders have stressed the need to build new facilities and redesign the bail system to actualize why we are here today. ” “Presently, there are 244 Custodial Centres nationwide, with 75,507 inmate population, thereby leading to 82 Custodial Centres being overcrowded. The total number of male inmates are 73,821 and 1,686 are female inmates. Out of the 75,507 inmates, 52,436 are awaiting trial while 23,071 are convicted persons, with …

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Why I Now Prefer Watching NTA To CNN – Charly Boy

Charly Boy Nigerian singer/activist, Charles Oputa, aka Charly Boy, has opened up on why he stopped watching American news channel, CNN. He said five years ago, the channel was like his bible for American politics, but for the past year, he hardly tuned to the station. The ‘Nwata Miss’ crooner said he further lost interest in the station after it granted former US President Donald Trump an interview. He said he would rather watch Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, than watching CNN. Sharing photos of the CNN logo and Trump, Charly Boy tweeted, “5yrs ago, CNN was like my Bible for American politics. But for the past one year I hardly tuned in. I was disgusted when recently they gave this lying, twice impeached, s3xual batterer, ex president time on air without any push back. I’ll never watch CNN again, I rather watch NTA.” See Post Below;

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Rihanna’s Son’s Name Revealed After She Kept It Secret For Nearly A Year

The name of Rihanna’s son has finally been revealed after the singer kept it secret for nearly a year. The boy’s name is RZA Athelston Mayers, according to the little boy’s certificate obtained by Daily Mail. The child, whom the 35-year-old pop superstar shares with her partner A$AP Rocky, was apparently named in honour of the producer and rapper RZA, the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan. Rihanna appears to have hinted at her son’s name following his birth on May 13 of last year, as she has worn clothing repping Wu-Tang Clan multiple times since giving birth. The certificate of live birth indicates that RZA was given his father’s middle name of Athelston. However, Rocky’s middle name has previously been listed by multiple outlets as ‘Athelaston.’ The certificate of live birth also indicates that RZA was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are expecting their second child together.

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Court Adjourns Trial Of Gun-wielding Pastor

Pastor Uche Aigbe The trial of gun-wielding cleric, Uche Aigbe was adjourned on Wednesday by a Magistrate Court in Zuba, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Recall that the Pastor of House on The Rock (HOTR), The Refuge, in Wuye, Abuja, was arrested in February over alleged unlawful possession of firearm. The court adjourned the hearing following the substitution of Aigbe’s legal representative Uche Uzukwu, according to PRNigeria. The new counsel, Barrister O. E. Ube of P. H. Ogbole SAN & Co, made the request pursuant to Section 36 (A) of the 1999 Constitution. Prosecution Counsel, J. C. A. Idachaba contended that the Section 36 cited by his colleague doesn’t envisage indulgence, complaining the defence applications were many. After listening to the arguments by both sides, Magistrate Abdulaziz Ismail postponed the case to May 25 for definite hearing. The police charged Aigbe, Promise Ukachukwu and Olakunle Ogunleye with criminal conspiracy, illegal possession of prohibited firearm, inciting disturbance, and criminal intimidation. The security agency said the defendants, all of House on The Rock, The Refuge, conspired with an illegal …

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‘We’re being hounded’ – French transgender sprinter Halba Diouf decries Olympics ban for trans women

French sprinter Halba Diouf who has been training hard to improve her 200 metres time in the hope of running at the 2024 Games, has alleged that the trans community are being marginalised and hounded after the World Athletics (WA) banned transgender women from elite female competitions. The governing council of World Athletics had in March, banned transgender women who have gone through male puberty from competing in women’s events, citing a “need to protect the female category.” Speaking to Reuters, Diouf who was hoping to participate in next year’s Paris Olympics said;  “I cannot understand this decision as transgender women have always been allowed to compete if their testosterone levels were below a certain threshold. “The only safeguard transgender women have is their right to live as they wish and we are being refused that, we are being hounded… I feel marginalised because they are excluding me from competitions.” Born in Senegal, Diouf arrived in France at the age of four. As an adult, she moved to Aix-en-Provence where she started hormone therapy to change sex – and her …

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EFCC Seeks Media Engagement On Budget Tracking

Sokoto – ) The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sought for more media engagement on budget tracking in Nigeria. Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, the EFCC’s Executive Chairman made the call at a Workshop on Financial Crimes Reporting organised for journalists by the commission in Sokoto on Thursday. Bawa, represented by Mr Aliyu Yunusa, EFCC Commander, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, said the task of exposing corrupt public officials was not as demanding as the commission thought. “What it really calls for is commitment and attention to details. One way of doing this is through budget tracking,” he said. Bawa added that yearly budgets of governments at all levels were always announced. “Institutions have their budgets as well as elected politicians for their respective constituencies. “Therefore, the media should begin to ask questions on budget performances through deliberate monitoring and reporting. “More so, whistle blowing on projects’ failures, abandonment of contracts, projects delay and poor projects’ delivery is minimal at the moment, the media should focus more on these areas,” he added. Bawa further described the workshop as one of …

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CBN speaks on ‘BVN expiry date’

The Central Bank of Nigeria has clarified that Bank Verification Number, BVN, has no expiry date contrary to claims making the round. The apex bank’s explanation came amid speculations that the BVN has a ten years lifespan. Debunking the claims on Wednesday, the CBN acting Director Corporate Communications Department, Dr Isa AbdulMumin, said “Once a customer’s biometrics have been captured and enrolled in the database of NIBSS, the BVN remains for life.” He explained that the Regulatory Framework for BVN issued by CBN in 2021 requires that customers can update their records on the conditions spelt out in the document. According to him, Nigerians captured on BVN should not panic but continue using their unique identifiers. In perspective, CBN, with the Nigeria Inter Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), launched the BVN project on 14th February, 2014, to capture the identity of all banks’ customers. According to Godwin Emefiele in a recent engagement, Nigerians with BVN rose to 57 million.

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Father arrested for allegedly impregnating, raping daughter for 3 years

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kogi Command, says it has arrested a 41-year old father for allegedly defiling and raping his 16-year old daughter. The Kogi State Commandant, Ahmad Gandi, who spoke after parading the suspect on Wednesday at NSCDC Command Headquarters, Lokoja, said the command received a complaint lodged by an NGO on May 5. According to the Commandant, the complaint was earlier lodged on a case of defilement, rape and incest in which the suspect is a biological father of the victim. The commandant said that the abusive act was on for three years from 2020 to 2023, since when the victim was 16 years old. Gandi said that the younger sister to the victim advised her that they should either commit suicide or kill their father to free themselves from the abusive act. The commandant said that the father had admitted committing the act, saying he would be charged to court after investigation. Gandi commended the NGO for reporting the case to the command, while urging other victims in the society who were dying …

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