Family Of FCMB Founder, Otunba Michael Olasubomi Balogun Announces His Passing

With a heavy heart but with gratitude and total submission to the will of the Almighty God, we announce the passing of our Patriarch and the Founder of FCMB, Otunba Michael Olasubomi Balogun, CON, The Olori Omo Oba Akile Ijebu and Asiwaju of ljebu Christians, who passed away, following a very brief illness, at the age of 89 years, in the evening of Thursday 18th May 2023, in London, United Kingdom, surrounded by his family.  While we mourn his passing, we are grateful for the full life he lived and the legacy of hard work, entrepreneurship, excellence, tenacity, courage, faith, style, discipline, along with his commitment to God, to Church, to family, community, philanthropy and Nigeria, which he has left for us, to emulate. We are comforted in our loss by the remarkable outpouring of love and sympathy, all your kind words and the effusive expressions of warmth.Books of condolence will be open from 11 am on Monday, 23rd May 2023, at his homes in Lagos and ljebu Ode, and at the following offices: FCMB: Chapel Hill Denham You may also …

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Reps: Northern Group, Imo APC Stakeholders Back Princess Miriam Onuoha For Deputy Speaker

By Ogechi Okorie The Campaign for Good Governance group, has come out in support of Hon. Princess Miriam Onuoha, for the position of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives. The group which is based in Kano in a statement over the weekend, said it was proper for the women to occupy one of the four major positions of the 10th National Assembly namely, president of the senate, deputy senate president, speaker of the house of representatives and deputy speaker. The group which is an All Progressives Congress, APC network group while appealing to the newly elected and returning members of the House of Representatives said it was “only rational that one of the six top leadership offices in Nigeria, should accommodate a woman.” They argued that “since Hon. Princess Miriam Onuoha was the only woman among the seven contenders for the seat of the Speaker, “common sense dictates that the women should be carried along by our great party. “We appreciate the fact that our great party has zoned these seats in the wisdom of our leaders. Fortunately, Hon. …

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Sales Rep Arraigned For Allegedly Defrauding Employer

An Upper Area Court Gwagwalada, Abuja has arraigned a 22-year-old sales representative, Abdulkarim Shuaib for allegedly defrauding his employer to the tune of N385,000 with a fake credit alert. The police charged Shuaib who lives in Sauka village Abuja with a criminal breach of trust and theft by a servant. The Prosecution Counsel Abdullahi Tanko told the court that Mr Ikenna Orisakwe of Kuje Abuja reported the matter at Iddo Division on May 10. Tanko said the complainant employed the defendant in December 2022 and entrusted his gas refilling business to him to manage. He said while operating the business, the defendant made sales and deceived the complainant with a fake credit alert that he had credited the money into his account. He said the complainant later discovered that the defendant dishonestly converted the sum of N385,000 to his own personal use. The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provision of Sections 312 and 289 of the Penal Code. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges. The Judge, Malam Abdullahi Abdulkarim, who did not convict the defendant after his guilty …

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President Buhari To Commission Second Niger Bridge via Zoom On Tuesday

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari will commision the Second Niger Bridge on Tuesday, May 23, via zoom, the Punch reports. According to sources in the works ministry, who do not want to be mentioned in print, the N336 billion bridge, regarded as a legacy project, will be commissioned alongside six other road projects by the president via the online platform. One of the sources, however, noted that the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is not part of the six-road project scheduled to be commissioned. This is despite promises by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to ensure its completion before April 30. The sources said the “second Niger bridge will be commissioned on May 23. The president will perform the ceremony via Zoom. Also, six other road projects will be commissioned.” Meanwhile, staff of the ministry are already in Asaba, Delta State, as preparations are in top gear for the occasion tomorrow. Also, the President’s Special Assistant on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, hinted that some projects will be formally open for public use during the transition week of …

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Supreme Court To Deliver Judgment On May 26 In PDP Suit Seeking To Disqualify Tinubu, Shettima

The Supreme Court has given a date to deliver judgement on a suit seeking to disqualify President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu and Kassim Shettima, the vice-president-elect. The Supreme Court said it will give judgement on the suit on May 26. The case was instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The PDP had urged the apex court to reverse the Court of Appeal judgment, led by Justice James Abundaga, which held that the party failed to establish its locus standi.

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Give My Marriage A Break – Annie Idibia Begs Nigerians

Nigerian actress, Annie Idibia has begged Nigerians to leave her marriage alone. The wife of popular Nigerian singer, Innocent Idibia, known as 2Face or 2Baba begged those criticizing her marriage to pity her. She made the plea during her recent appearance on the Young Famous and African reality show. The mother of two also noted that she no longer knows who her friends are anymore, as many people are praying and hoping for her to post her marital difficulties on social media. She said: “Just stop, give my marriage a break because you guys are busy praying and hoping that something is wrong with my marriage. “And you just want me to tell you that oh Innocent messed up. I don’t even know who my friend is in the group.”

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Nigeria Is Very Safe – Senator Sekibo

Senator George Sekibo The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, Senator George Sekibo, has stated that Nigeria is a “very safe” country. According to him, there have been no gunshots or issues of kidnapping in the country for the past couple of months. Sekibo made the claim at the investiture ceremony for the Fellow membership of Girne American University Cyprus, shortly after the Regional Manager (West Africa) and Partnership Advisor of the institution, Praise Folaji, said the chancellor of the institution, Serhat Akpinar, was absent because of the insecurity in Nigeria. Folaji had cited the recent killing of United States Embassy staff in Anambra. Reacting to the claim, Sekibo who was one of the recipients of the Fellowship award, said; “Nigeria is very safe, that’s why all of us are here. Apart from few politicians who may have escorts or security, I believe 99% of the people here did not need anybody to escort them to this place. “And there was no gunshot or issues of killings or kidnapping in Nigeria for the past couple of months. I say …

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Tinubu’s Government Will Remove Subsidy – Adamu Garba

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamu Garba, has assured that Bola Tinubu’s government will remove subsidy.  He gave the assurance on Monday while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “It is a stand that the next administration is going to remove subsidy. It was made very clear in the statement of the incoming president. He [Bola Tinubu] made it clear in many places that he is going to remove subsidies,” he said. The former senator said that if the removal of fuel subsidy comes alive, the Dangote Refinery would supplant it. “The subsidy became a problem for Nigeria because of the excessive use of forex. And the fact that we are going to remove the subsidy and still use naira to transact internally with Dangote Refinery, I think it is going to have a smooth sell,” he said. “Government is not the very easiest partner in running private businesses and I think the government took the best approach by privatising NNPC, and then also investing in the Dangote refinery and bringing in the mainstream. “We can’t …

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Dangote Refinery Bigger Than All Of Buhari’s Achievement In 8 Years – Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri, the former presidential aide, has stated that Dangote Refinery is bigger than all the achievement President Muhammadu Buhari made in the past eight years. Reno took to his social media page to make the claim. Recall that the Dangote Refinery is being commissioned today. It’s Africa’s largest refinery with a staggery 650,000 Barrels Per Day output. The new Refinery which is owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote can meet 100% of the Nigerian requirement for all refined products (Gasoline, 53 million litres per day; Diesel, 34 million litres per day; Kerosene, 10 million litres per day, and Aviation Jet, 2 million litres per day) and also have a surplus of each of these products for export. Taking to his Instagram account to praise Dangote’s latest feat, Omokri argued that if all of Buhari’s achievements should be put together in the last eight years in power it will not measure up to the refinery. He wrote, “If you take General Buhari’s so-called achievements of the last eight years, as released by his media aides last week, and add them …

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I Shouldn’t Be Judged By My Performance As Minister For Niger Delta – Akpabio

Senator Godswill Akpabio has asked Nigerians not to judge him as he contests for the senate presidency, with what played during his tenure as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.  Akpabio said he preferred to be judged by his record as a lawyer of 36 years, commissioner for six years and a governor for eight years. Addressing journalists over the weekend, the former Governor of Akwa Ibom state said;  “I do know that I have not changed in any way. I am somebody God has given the opportunity to be an uncommon transformer wherever I go. I will not like to be judged by ministerial appointment for Niger Delta, which everybody knows is a problematic place. But I would like to be judged by my record as a lawyer of 36 years, commissioner of six years and a governor of eight years.”  During Akpabio’s time at NDDC, the agency came under allegation of corruption and underwent a forensic audit of over N81.5bn spent. 

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Akufo-Addo, Mahamat Déby, Three Other African Leaders To Speak At Dangote Refinery Inauguration

Report reaching Precise Post has it that five African leaders have been lined up to speak at the commissioning of Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals in Epe, Lagos State. The presidents included Nana Akufo-Addo (Ghana), Mahamat Déby (Chad), Mohamed Bazoum (Niger), Macky Sall (Senegal), and Faure Gnassingbé (Togo). The facility — a capacity of 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) which first announced the commencement of construction in February 2015 — is being commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari, bookending his similarly timed tenure. Besides servicing the international community, the project is expected to provide thousands of jobs, providing respite from Africa’s most populous nation’s troubling unemployment rate.

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Veteran Yoruba Actor, Adewale Adeyemo, Is Dead

Adewale Adeyemo Nollywood has again been thrown into mourning again over the demise of veteran Yoruba actor, Prince Adewale Adeyemo. He passed away on Monday morning after a brief illness. The tragic news was announced by fellow actor, Kunle Afod, on his Instagram page. Sharing a picture of the deceased, Afod wrote, “Hmmmm God you know best RIP Prince Adewale Adeyemo. “He passed on early hours of today after a brief illness. God will comfort all his family, friends and colleagues.” This comes hours after the Yoruba movie industry held a night of tribute for the late Murphy Afolabi, who passed on May 14, 2023.

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Resident Doctors Suspend Strike

The one-week warning strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Wednesday, May 17 has been suspended. President of the association, Dr. Emeka Orji, said the strike was suspended after they reached an agreement with the government on Friday, May 19. Orji also told Channels Television that the doctors will meet again on the second day of June this year, to review progress made with the agreement signed after which the association will decide on their next line of action.

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Kunle Afolayan Celebrates As Anikulapo Wins 5 Awards at AMVCA

Kunle Afolayan, the Nigerian actor, producer and director, has celebrated after his film, Anikulapo won five awards at the just concluded 2023 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. The movie, Anikulapo, won Best Actress in a Drama won by Bimbo Ademoye; Best Soundtrack (Movie/TV Series) for Kent Edunjobi; Best Indigenous Language, Yoruba (Movie/TV Series); Best Sound Editor (Movie/TV Series) for Anu Afolayan; Best Writer (Movie/TV Series) for Sola Dada. In a brief gratitude message posted on his verified Instagram page on Monday, Afolayan thanked God, his team, Naija Netflix, Africa Magic, his fans, mother and all his well-wishers. “All thanks to Olodumare! 5 Awards! Congratulations to the winning team. Thanks to @naijaonnetflix for the partnership to make the film and thanks to @africamagic for the recognition. “Thanks to the #kunlesfolayanfans and soldiers out there. Thanks to Maami and all my well-wishers for the prayers and thanks to families and friends for the support.” The 48-year-old movie producer also hinted that a sequel should be expected, saying “On to the next one “ANIKULAPO: Rise of the Spectre” Ire @kapmotionpictures @kap_hub @kapfilmandtelevisionacademy @kaptelevision …

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BREAKING: ASUU Re-elects Osodeke As National President

Professor Emmanuel Osodeke Professor Emmanuel Osodeke on Monday was reelected unopposed by Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities as the National President for another two years. It was learnt that apart from Osodeke of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, the union members also re-elected Chris Piwuna, a Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine, University of Jos, as Vice President. They were re-elected during their 22nd National Delegates Conference of ASUU which was hosted by the University of Jos, Plateau State between May 19 and 21, 2023. Other National Officers of ASUU who were also re-elected during the conference include Prof. Siji Sowande (Treasurer); Prof. Ade Adejumo (Financial Secretary); Dr Austen Sado (Investment Secretary); Dr Adamu Babayo (Internal Auditor) and Dr Aisha Bawa who replaced Dr Stella-Maris Okey as the Welfare Secretary. Osodeke who spoke with PUNCH on his way to Abuja after the National Delegates Conference described it as successful. He said “We have finished with our national delegates conference in Jos. It was successful. We are on our way …

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Bianca Censori Confirms Marriage To Kanye West (Video)

Kanye West and Bianca Censori The head of architecture at Yeezy, Bianca Censori, has confirmed that she is married to rapper, Kanye West. Censori has been romantically linked with the fashion designer since January, two months after his divorce from Kim Kardashian was finalised. She is credited as the head designer for Yeezy, West’s fashion brand. Censori, 27, is rumoured to have married 45-year-old West earlier this year in a non-legally binding ceremony. The couple were recently seen holding hands in California. On Friday, TikTok influencer gratefulboynuee posted an interaction with Censori in which she confirmed that she was married. The 26-second-long clip features Censori only, as gratefulboynuee asks her questions about her day. After complimenting the video-maker compliments her level of eye contact, Censori laughs and says: “Thanks! Are you just shopping around?” Later in their short conversation, the TikToker asks: “Can I get your number?” to which Censori replies: “I’m married!” “Yea Married To Kanye,” reads the video’s caption with a raised eyebrow emoji. Watch Video Below; View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lindaikejiblog (@lindaikejiblogofficial)

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