Akpabio observes iftar with muslim colleagues (Photos)

….Says religion cannot divide us By Chris Udochukwu President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio on Monday evening had Iftar(breaking of fast) with his Muslim colleagues, in Abuja. In his remarks at the occasion which was also attended by some Senators who are of the Christian faith, Akpabio declared that “religion cannot divide us,” stressing that it was not a mere coincidence that the Christian Lenten and Muslim Ramadan periods came up again same time. He said it was to show that even though Muslims and Christians have different religions, they both have only one God, the Supreme God. Akpabio remarked: “I want to congratulate all of us for breaking fast today and thank Almighty Allah for keeping us alive to see this day and pray that He will continue to protect us and continue to look after our health, look after our families through this Ramadan period and also use this opportunity to congratulate you on the Easter celebration. “It is not a coincidence that God is merging the fasting of the moslems and that of Christians together. This is …

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Tinubu poised to reviving Nigeria’s economic woes – Senator Karimi

By Ogechi Okorie Chairman of the Senate Services Committee, Senator Sunday Karimi has said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu inherited one of the worst economic problems in the Fourth Republic but he is committed to turn around the despicable situation. Karimi, who represents Kogi West Senatorial District disclosed this at the maiden edition of Igbaruku Day organised by Igbaruku-Okeri Community Development Association (ICDA) in Igbaruku-Okeri, Yagba West Local Council, Kogi State during the Easter. According to the lawmaker, the administration has exuded commitment towards rebuilding and transforming the economy to a virile, strong, self-sufficient economy. He appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the president expressing optimism that the Renewed Hope Agenda of the administration was a long-term vision driven by proactive policy towards achieving sustainable economic recovery, and was already yielding fruits. The senator explained that the process of achieving economic recovery should be seen as a collective effort both by government and the citizenry “Since government alone cannot make all that is good for the people happen”. He urged the people to be patriotic and committed to the development …

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Serie A: Sabatini advocates for Chukwueze over Pulisic in AC Milan’s starting XI

Italian pundit, Sandro Sabatini has called for Samuel Chukwueze to replace Christian Pulisic in AC Milan’s starting lineup next season. Both Chukwueze and Pulisic joined AC Milan last summer from Villarreal and Chelsea, respectively. The USA international is ahead of the Nigeria international in AC Milan manager, Stefano Pioli’s pecking order. Speaking to radiorossonera, Sabatini believes that Chukwueze has quality, adding that he is a technical player that should be starting ahead of Pulisic. “For me, Chukwueze has quality, he is a technical player that I like very much,” Sabatini said. “For next year I prefer him to Pulisic in perspective, in my opinion, he is a boy who has some numbers.”

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Kenyan hospital set to dispose of hundreds of unclaimed bodies

Kenya’s largest referral hospital on Tuesday said it would dispose of more than 500 bodies, most of them children, that lay unclaimed. Families have up to seven days to identify and collect the 541 bodies at the Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary, it said in a notice on its website. “Failure to which the hospital will seek authority from the courts to dispose of them,” it said. More than three-quarters of the bodies are of children who died in the middle of last year. While most of the names and ages of the deceased were published, the identities of more than a dozen adults were unknown. Under Kenyan public health laws, no one is allowed to keep a body at a public mortuary for more than 10 days before burial. A penalty is accrued for extra days beyond the allocated period and failure to comply with the rules can attract a prison sentence of up to six months. Cases of unclaimed bodies are not uncommon in the East African nation where authorities say relatives are seldom aware of the deaths or …

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How DPC committed suicide in Oyo

A Deputy Commissioner of Police serving with the Force Criminal and Investigation Department, Alagbon, Lagos State, Gbolahan Oyedemi, on Monday, reportedly committed suicide in his private house in his hometown, Ogbomoso, Oyo State. Oyedemi was the Aide de Camp to the late former Governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, during his 11-month tenure as defacto governor in 2006. A source close to the family told our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday in Ibadan, the state capital, that Oyedemi, who normally visited his hometown during the Easter celebrations, told his aides at the weekend to go to their various towns to celebrate with their family members. The source said, “Yes, he committed suicide. His body was found hanging in his house yesterday (Monday). He stays alone, and he normally comes home for Easter celebrations. “This time, he told his aides to go and celebrate with their family members in their various homes. Only God knows what could have prompted him to commit suicide.” All efforts to get the reaction of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, were unsuccessful, …

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Gov Abiodun’s ex-aide, Prof. Odemuyiwa dies in fatal auto crash

The immediate past Senior Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Vocational and Technical Education, Prof Joseph Odemuyiwa, is dead. Odemuyiwa, a Professor of Business Education with a passion for training people in vocational skills, reportedly died on Tuesday in an accident on his way to Ibadan. The lawmaker representing Remo North State constituency, Dickson Awolaja, confirmed the news to our correspondent. Awolaja, who is also from Isara Remo just like the late professor said, “I just confirmed from a friend not long ago. Prof was said to be going to Ibadan when he had the accident. This is sad.” Odemuyiwa, aged 66 was once a lecturer at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, as well as Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun both owned by the state government.

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Photos: Faye sworn in as Senegal’s first youngest president

Bassirou Diomaye Faye, a left-wing pan-Africanist, was sworn in Tuesday as Senegal’s youngest president after sweeping to a first-round victory on a pledge of radical reform 10 days after he was released from prison. The 44-year-old has never before held an elected office but several African leaders attended the ceremony in the new town of Diamniadio, near the capital Dakar. “Before God and the Senegalese nation, I swear to faithfully fulfil the office of President of the Republic of Senegal,” Faye said before the gathered officials. He also vowed to “scrupulously observe the provisions of the Constitution and the laws” and to defend “the integrity of the territory and national independence, and to spare no effort to achieve African unity”. The formal handover of power with outgoing President Macky Sall will take place at the presidential palace in Dakar. Faye was among a group of political opponents freed from prison 10 days before the March 24 presidential ballot under an amnesty announced by Sall, who had tried to delay the vote. Faye’s campaign was launched while he was still in …

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12-year-old child dies in Finland after shooting at school

COPENHAGEN- A 12-year-old child has died after being shot in a primary school in the Finnish town of Vantaa near Helsinki, Finnish police said on Tuesday. Two other 12-year-olds were seriously injured, the police said. The emergency services arrested another 12-year-old pupil outside the school. The suspected perpetrator had a firearm with him. The police said the arrest went smoothly. The public has been asked to stay away from the area as police continue their investigations at the primary school in the Viertola district in Vantaa in the south of Finland. (dpa/NAN)

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Skitmakers Ashmusy, Nons Miraj fight dirty over boyfriend

Popular skit makers and best friends Ashmusy and Nons Miraj are currently fighting over a man. The two took to social media to blast each other. Ashmusy shared a screenshot of Nons Miraj’s private chat with her, in which she accused her of attempting to snatch her boyfriend. She claimed that Miraj had been insulting her even after her boyfriend asked her out. An angry Ashmusy shared a screenshot of their chat on her Instagram page, threatening to go “dirty” with Nons Miraj. She wrote: “Gosh I’m so pissed! @nons_miraj or whatever you call yourself, I’m tired of covering up for you. “How can you try to ruin my relationship because your man asked me out? Na me ask am out? And if I was such a bad person, why will I come to tell you? If I wanted to do nonsense, won’t I just do it secretly? “I’m very disappointed! Being that you know me and you know I won’t do such. Grow up! Fool. Since you want to go dirty, let’s do it. I’m tired of being a good …

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EPL: He became a real leader – Micah Richards salutes Arsenal star

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has reserved special praise for Gabriel Magalhaes for his recent performance against Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League on Sunday. According to Richards, Gabriel should be given credit for stepping up as a leader in the Gunners’ back four, aside from William Saliba who won the Player of the Match award for his defensive efforts. He believes the Brazilian has improved so much and has become an essential part of Mikel Arteta’s defensive setup. Recall that Arsenal kept a clean sheet against Man City, allowing only one shot on target in a top-of-the-table clash that ended in a goalless draw at Etihad Stadium. Speaking on The Rest is Football podcast, Richards said: “We’ve got to give credit to Gabriel. Saliba got Man of the Match and I think there was talk about Saliba and how well he is done. “But Gabriel has improved so much as well, and become a real leader of that back four. He really has.”

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Tinubu okays the approval of FCT’s N1.1trn 2024 statutory budget

President Bola Tinubu has approved the Federal Capital Territory’s over N1.1trn statutory budget for the 2024 fiscal year. The FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, disclosed this during an ongoing media chat at his office in Abuja on Tuesday. He expressed delight over the assent by the president, and explained that the budget will impact on infrastructure development, healthcare facilities, as well as rehabilitation of schools in the FCT, amongst others. The development comes on the heels of the FCT appropriation bill passing the second reading at the Senate last month. A breakdown analysis of the N1.1trn budget, indicated that N280bn was earmarked for overhead, N726bn for capital projects, and N140bn for personnel, bringing the total budget to N1.147tn. Leading the debate, the sponsor of the bill and Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, said the appropriation bill took into cognisance the FCT administration’s revenue and expenditure forecasts which are in tandem with fiscal and developmental policies of the Federal Government.

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Why marriage is not for musicians – Terry G

Nigerian singer, Gabriel Oche Amanyi, popularly known as Terry G, has claimed that marriage isn’t ideal for musicians. According to him, opposite-sex fans would be less comfortable with a musician if they were married. Featuring as a guest in the latest episode of The Honest Bunch Podcast, Terry G described opposite sex fans as the “juice of the music industry,” stressing that without them the music industry would be boring. He said, “I don’t think marriage is for people like us [musicians]. If I get married, it would restrict me from my female fans. “Females are the base of the music, they are the juice of the music industry. Remove them and you are bored. “If a music artist announced his marriage publicly, it would affect his female fanbase. Once you are married, you are out of the box. In Nigeria, they say once you are married, you are out of the market. So automatically you are no longer hot.”

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Explosion shakes Ikeja cantonment army farmland, investigation underway

The Nigerian Army has reported a “minor explosion” within its Ikeja cantonment, Lagos State on Monday. A statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Major General, Onyema Nwachukwu, said the incident which occurred on a farmland near the Mammy Market, within the cantonment had been put under control. “This is to notify the general public that today Monday 1 April 2024, a minor explosion occurred within the Nigerian Army (NA) Cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos. The incident occurred on a farmland near the Mammy Market within the Cantonment,” the statement said in part. According to the statement, the explosion was suspected to have been triggered by the burning of refuse and other inflammable debris by a farmer who cultivated the farmland. Fortunately, no casualty was recorded in the incident, according to Nwachukwu. However, given that the cantonment was recently cleared and certified free of unexploded ordnances, the Army said it understood that there could be concerns among the general public as a result of the historical antecedent of the explosion. “The NA therefore wishes to assure the public that the …

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At last, Burna Boy and Rema win at the 2024 iHeart Radio Music Awards

Nigerian singer Burna Boy has finally ended his poor outing at award ceremonies as he clinched the Best African Music Artist at the 2024 iHeart Radio Music Awards in the United States. The 2024 iHeart Radio Music Awards was held live on FOX on Monday night and was hosted by rapper Ludacris. Another Nigerian singer, Rema’s ‘Calm Down’ featuring Selena Gomez won the Best Collaboration of the Year. American pop star, Beyoncé received the iHeart Innovator Award while Cher received the iHeart Icon Award. Taylor Swift led the winners’ chart with six awards including Artist of the Year, Pop Artist of the Year, Tour of the Year, Best Lyrics, TikTok Bop of the Year, and Favorite Tour Style. Burna Boy and Rema now join Wizkid and Tems as the only Nigerian artists to have won iHeart Radio Music awards. Before last night, Burna Boy had been on a winless streak at award shows, missing out on seven nominations at the 2023 BET Hip-hop Awards, four nominations at the 2024 Grammys, and six nominations at the 2024 NAACP Image Awards. On …

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ZMSG denies taking N14.2b loan

GUSAU- The Zamfara government on Monday denied taking a N14.2 billion loan as indicated in a report by the Debt Management Office (DMO). A statement issued in Gusau on Monday by Sulaiman Idris, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, debunked the claim it described as false. “This is to clarify the DMO report which said that the Zamfara state government borrowed N14.26 billion naira. “The Zamfara government has never applied for loan or approached the State Assembly or National Assembly with such request,” Idris said. According to the statement, the sum of 14.26 billion, as stated in the DMO report, was not borrowed by Gov Lawal’s administration. “The amount was part of the proceeds from a 20 billion naira loan floated by previous administrations in the state. “No domestic or external loans have been borrowed since Gov Dauda Lawal came in. “It is important to note that the previous Zamfara state government floated a N20 billion bond but failed to collect the total amount. “The immediate past government received N4 billion naira out of the N20 …

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EFCC won’t spare ‘mega thieves’ in anti-corruption war: Olukoyede

ABUJA- The EFCC chairman, Ola Olukoyede, has assured of leading a broad-based and holistic anti-graft war that would not spare anyone linked with economic or financial crime. “We will not spare anyone. We will not spare the mega thieves. As we are doing the mega, we will also do those at the lower end,” Mr Olukoyede said in a statement on Monday by EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale. The EFCC boss gave the assurance in Abuja at an anti-corruption concert organised to create greater awareness and public involvement in the fight against internet crimes. “In the last two months, we have arraigned two former governors. So, it is not true that we are only focused on internet fraudsters. “Of course, internet fraud is bad enough, but our focus is on every form of economic and financial crime,” he said. He cautioned youths against indulging in internet-related offences, pointing out that the consequences of being convicted for such crimes are grave. “Youths need to know that being ex-convicts has career limitations. Ex-convicts can’t run for public office; the stigma alone is even …

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