How Access Holdings CEO Herbert Wigwe, Wife Died In Helicoper Crash

By Chris Udochukwu The Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, has been feared killed in a helicopter crash along with his wife, son, and a former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, Abimbola Ogunbanjo. They are reported to have been en route to Boulder City, Nevada from from Palm Springs, California, on Friday night when the helicopter conveying them crashed at about 10 pm, near a small town in California’s Mojave Desert. Authorities said they have not been able to locate any survivors, and the cause of the crash remains unknown. The U.S. National Transportation Board has sent a team to the site to investigate the accident. NTSB launching go team to investigate Friday’s crash of an Airbus Helicopters EC-130 near Halloran Springs, California. Team to arrive on scene today. “NTSB launching go team to investigate Friday’s crash of an Airbus Helicopters EC-130 near Halloran Springs, California,” it posted on its X handle. “Team to arrive on scene today.” Born on August 15, 1966, Wigwe would go on to become a banker and …

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Taraba: Kuteb Youths Forum Opposes Creation Of Three Chiefdoms In Takum

By Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo JALINGO – The Kuteb Youths Forum (KYF) has opposed the proposal by the Taraba State Governor, Dr. Agbu  Kefas to creat three chiefdoms in Takum. This was contained in a statement signed by Mr Danjuma Rimamnde, spokesman of the group which was made available to newsmen in Jalingo on Friday. It stated that such an action was capable of undermining the seat of Ukwe, the Paramount traditional stool of Takum. The statement said that the KYF was still standing with the decision of the Kuteb traditional committee on non-rotation of the Ukwe Takum stool. According to the statement, Takum Chieftancy stool is the birthright and inheritance of the two ruling houses of Likam and Akente and should not in any way be substituted/rotated with anyone for any developmental agenda. It further stated that traditional stools were  sacred and represented the culture and custom of the aborigins which was quite different from political and social affairs as seen in other places.  The statement quoted the forum as referring to Gov. Agbu Kefas’s statement that, he  had solved …

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2024 Grammys: Four dazzling moments that defined the event

From the pre-show at the Peacock Theatre to the main event at the Crypto.com Arena, the 66th edition of the Grammys, which was held on Sunday, February 4, 2024, was laden with drama. Nicki Minaj’s Prank The Recording Academy sparked controversy after it appeared to have pranked rapper Nicki Minaj – the Grammy organisers announced ‘Barbie World’ by Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice as the winner of the Best Rap Song category on their website and social media handles but later deleted it. The organisers made a new announcement, flaunting Killer Mike’s ‘Scientists & Engineers’ as the rightful winner without any statement or apology for their initial error which angered fans of Nicki Minaj who hasn’t won a Grammy in over two decades of her career. The development means that Nicki Minaj is yet to have a Grammy to her name. Jay-Z’s Outburst American hip-hop legend, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter appeared to have called out the Grammy organisers while receiving the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award at the 2024 Grammys at the Crypto.com Arena, in Los Angeles, on Sunday. Using his …

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Why I want my daughter to be a nun — Actor Tobi Bakre

Popular reality TV star and actor Tobi Bakre has stated that his daughter Kamila must become a nun. The thespian, while gushing over his baby girl in a video recently shared on his social media page, expressed that she was not going to go close to any man. “She so fine. Any other spec is a specless. This is a spec in the midst of spectators. A spectacular to define a different spec of different spectrum. [sic] “She is so fine. Honestly, you will become a nun. She is a nun. Which boy? Which man? Make dem rest,” Bakre was heard saying in the viral video. Recalls that Tobi and his wife, Anu, welcomed their daughter, Kamila, in September 2023. The couple got married in 2021, and they welcomed their first son on January 1, 2022.

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I broke up with her because of sex addiction – Rapper, Cassper Nyovest

South African rapper, Cassper Nyovest has revealed that sex addiction was the reason for his breakup with his baby mama, Thobeka Majozi. Recalls that the rapper welcomed a son with Majozi in September 2020. However, speaking in a recent episode of Mpoomy Ledwaba’s podcast, Nyovest confirmed that he and his baby mama are no longer together.He admitted “hurting” his baby mama in the course of their relationship. He, however, disclosed that he has turned a new leaf and is now a born-again Christian. “I created a serious mess. I hurt my baby mama so much. We broke up, and I have been single for two years,” the rapper said. “I was addicted to sex and sexual immorality in general. I had such a big ego, and I thought I was better than everyone else. I was humble in the sense that I was a good person, and I didn’t offend anyone. I was headed straight for hell if I didn’t have that wake-up.”

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Tunde Ednut discovered me, says Ruger

Afrobeats singer, Michael Adebayo Olayinka, popularly known as Ruger has disclosed that famous Instagram blogger, Tunde Ednut was the person who discovered him. He said the blogger introduced him to D’Prince, who then signed him to his record label, Jonzing World. Ruger revealed this via his Instagram story shortly after exiting Jonzing World and launching his personally-owned record label, Blown Boy Entertainment. He wrote: “Just because I’m free to talk now, I want to specially thank @mazitundeednut for being the initial person that discovered me before handing me over to the Prince. God bless you, king maker.”

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FG appoints Uche Onyegbu as acting Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Oko

The Federal Government has appointed Mr Uche Onyegbu as the Acting Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra. This was made known on Saturday in a letter signed by Mr Omotayo Adeyemi, Director, Human Resources Management, Federal Ministry of Education. His appointment follows the conclusion of Dr Franca Nwafulugo’s tenure as the former Rector on February 2. Onyegbu is recognised for his experience in both administration and academia, having served as a secretary to four consecutive rectors for 17 years before transitioning to teaching. His educational qualifications include a B.Sc, M.Sc, and MPA in Public Administration, and nearing the completion of his doctoral programme. He holds memberships in bodies such as the Nigeria Institute of Public Administrators, FNIPA, Nigerian Institute of Management, NIM, and Professional Secretaries of Nigeria, FPSN, among others.

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Police arrest pastor, others for child trafficking, rescue 12 children in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Command has confirmed the arrest of one Pastor Simon Kado and Jesse Simon Kado for allegedly trafficking about 12 children to Ogun State. This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday by the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh. According to the statement, the operatives of the command attached to the Rapid Response Squad 74 (RRS 74), on Friday intercepted one Muhammad Isah of Kafanchan, Kaduna, in a Toyota Hiace bus with Reg No APP 489 XE. The vehicle, according to the police, was conveying four male and eight female underaged children to Ogun. The statement noted that a preliminary investigation already revealed that the children, whose ages are between 5 years to 16 years from Akwanga LGA of Nasarawa State, were allegedly being trafficked by the pastor and one other suspect. The PPRO said the suspects are presently in police custody. “While investigation is still ongoing and effort in conduit with Nasarawa State Police Command on how to reunite victims with their respective families, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP …

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Head teacher bags 11 years jail for ‘fingering’ six-year-old child

A head teacher, Jalaludeen Zakari, from Burra village in the Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for sexually assaulting one of his students. The verdict was delivered by Justice Nana Fatimah Jibrin, the Presiding Judge of Bauchi State High Court No. 11. Barrister Dayabu Ayuba, the Prosecuting Counsel l, a State Counsel with the Ministry of Justice, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Bauchi on Saturday. According to him, during the trial, he presented three witnesses, including the victim who testified before the court. He said the six-year-old girl was in the school to undergo a screening for admission before she ended up being defiled by the convict who held her for hours after official school closing hours. The counsel said, “Although he did not use his manhood on the girl, he fingered her and, in legal parlance, this is tantamount to rape.” Recall that a similar incident occurred in 2023 where a High Court Judge in Bauchi sentenced one Yusuf Bako to life imprisonment for raping a girl …

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AFCON: Cote d’Ivoire coach reveals mission against Super Eagles

Cote d’Ivoire head coach Emerse Fae says his team’s desire is to keep the Africa Cup of Nations trophy at home and add a third star to their orange jersey. Les Elephants will confront the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations at the Alassanne Ouattara Stadium, Ebimpe, Abidjan, on Sunday. The hosts were on the verge of elimination after losing their last two group games to Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. Fae’s side have however made a remarkable comeback to earn a place in the final. They are now just one match away from replicating their 1992 and 2015 success. “Tomorrow, we have a great opportunity to keep the trophy at home. We know that when you organize a tournament, it is difficult to go on and win it,” Fae said during his interaction with the media at the Palacais de la culture, Trechville, Abidjan on Saturday. “We have made the final and tomorrow, we have the opportunity to achieve this feat and at the same time, add a third star to the …

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Nollywood: Actress Lizzy Anjorin’s Husband, Lateef Lawal, Others Involved in Alleged Land Grabbing Scandal

Responding to the allegations of land grabbing involving Alhaji Sulaimon of Okun-Ajah, Eti-Osa, Lagos State, and others, the Magistrate Court in Oyingbo Ebute-Metta, Lagos, has taken proactive measures. Alhaji Sulaimon stands accused of maliciously damaging properties valued at N15,000,000.00 (fifteen million naira), reportedly intended for an orphanage home and disabled children, owned by Mrs Faith Ojo, an American-based Nigerian businesswoman. Despite the efforts of the Zone 2 Police to address the alleged criminal activities, the defendant and his co-conspirators managed to evade capture, while further police investigations are still ongoing. One of the alleged co-conspirators, Lateef Lawal, husband of actress Lizzy Anjorin, purportedly escaped arrest in Ikoyi, Lagos State, on February 5, 2024, while his associate was apprehended and sent to prison. It was gathered that the case has already entered the Lagos High Court for civil redress in two separate suits with case numbers: SUIT NO: LD/14340LMW/2023 BETWEEN ALHAJI BOLAJI SULAIMON & 3 ORS VS MRS. FAITH OJO AND SUIT NO: LD/14515LMW/2023 BETWEEN MRS. FAITH OJO VS CHIEF RASHEED OLUKOSI & 7 ORS. Despite ongoing legal proceedings, the defendants …

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World Bank: 7 Northern States To Suffer Severe Food Crisis In Nigeria

By Chris Udochukwu Precise Post reports that the World Bank has predicted that Katsina and six other states in North-west and North-east regions of the country will suffer severe food crises due to high levels of insecurity and armed conflicts ravaging the regions. The bank, in its latest Food Security report, highlighted Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe as the other six states that may battle the food crises because of insecurity that has reduced the standards of living in the regions. This is coming amidst plans by the Katsina State Government to inaugurate a taskforce on food prices in order to curb food inflation, mass purchase and sales of the foodstuffs across the state. The Work Bank report stated that: “It is projected that most areas in West and Central Africa will remain minimally food insecure until May 2024, with some being categorised as Stressed IPC 2. “Nigeria (far north of Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara states) will be at crisis food security levels, mostly because of persistent insecurity and armed conflict and deteriorating livelihoods.” The …

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AFCON: How Cote d’Ivoire Have Fared in Finals

By Our Reporter There is nothing sacrilegious about host nations losing in the Final match of the Africa Cup of Nations, as a number of host nations have come so close, seen the trophy displayed in front of their vociferous and passionate fans and yet failed to get their hands on the coveted prize. In the fifth edition of the championship in 1965 (the competition’s founding nations were Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Africa, though South Africa eventually did not take part until 1996, a fall-out of her apartheid policies), hosts Tunisia lost 2-3 (after extra time) to defending champions Ghana at the Stade Chedli Zouiten in Tunis. In 1982, Ghana was passing through a phase of harsh economic conditions, and military strongman Jerry John Rawlings said the government could not afford to send the Black Stars to Libya for the 13th AFCON. Libya’s strongman Moamer Ghadaffi bailed the team out by sending an aircraft to fly the Black Stars to Tripoli. In the opening match, both teams played a 2-2 draw. Incidentally, they met in the Final two weeks …

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EFCC Declares Emefiele’s Wife, Three Others Wanted

By Ogechi Okorie ABUJA – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared Margaret Emefiele and three others wanted for allegedly conniving with former CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele to steal huge sums of money from the apex bank. The EFCC displayed the mugshots of the four suspects and wrote their offences on its social media handles late Friday. Others declared wanted are Eric Ocheme Odoh, Anita Joy Omoile and Jonathan Omoile “The quartet of Eric Ocheme Odoh, Margaret Dumbiri Emefiele, Anita Joy Omoile and Jonathan Omoile are wanted by the EFCC for offences bothering on economic and financial crimes. Any information on their whereabout? Please contact the nearest EFCC Command or the nearest Police Station,” the commission wrote. The commission added: “The public is hereby notified that persons, whose photographs appear above (mugshots) are wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly conspiring with a former Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele to convert huge sums of money belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria and committed felony to wit: Obtaining money by false pretences and …

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Ekiti: Time To Silence The Guns (1) By Abiodun Komolafe

Thank God Ekiti school children and their teachers who were kidnapped on Monday, January 29, 2024, have now been released and reunited with their families. May the ‘Land of Honour’ never witness such a horrible experience again! Yours sincerely also join other well-meaning Nigerians to commiserate with those who lost loved ones to the two tragedies. May God repose the souls of the faithful departed and grant the bereaved families the courage to process their losses and the strength to face whatever lies ahead! Most of all, Governor Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji, aka BAO, deserves a pat on the back for taking steps that demonstrated the true essence of public service. No doubt about it, he, like any other governor in Nigeria, is under immense pressure and recent events in the country have not helped matters. But then, here’s a man who did not delegate responsibilities or send his deputy on an assessment tour of the terrible tragedies that had just rocked the state. Oyebanji did not attempt to insult God by asking Him to help put rice on fire after …

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Senate, NCDMB To Collaborate On Local Content Implementation – Sen Natasha

By Chris Udochukwu Senate Committee on Local Content has met with the leadership of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and resolved to collaborate and deepen the implementation of local content in the oil and gas industry and linkage sectors. The meeting held on Wednesday at Senate Building, National Assembly Complex, Abuja. The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan assured that the committee would not antagonize the Board and other entities under its supervision but would collaborate towards effective implementation of the Board’s mandate for the benefit of Nigerians She expressed concern over the parlous state of the economy, particularly the alarming level of unemployment which has fuelled an increase in criminality. She emphasised the need to deepen the implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD Act, to create employment opportunities from the activities in the oil industry and catalyse other sectors of the economy. She requested the Board to submits performance reports on the implementation of the NOGICD Act, specifically on the Board’s third-party investments, capacity building programmes, expatriate quota management and …

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