Akpabio Receives Afrobeat Star Davido on Courtesy visit

Tasks Nigerian Music artists on high ethics ABUJA – The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio on Monday received in audience Afrobeat Star, David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido who was on a courtesy visit to the Senate President. Receiving his guest, Akpabio expressed his delight at the visit and poured encomiums on the Afrobeat Star for making Nigeria proud by his outstanding performance. “You have made us very proud within the International Community,” Akpabio told Davido who came in company of two of his cousins, Hon. Tunji Adeleke, son of his late brother Isiaka Adeleke and Folasade Adeleke, daughter of Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke. The Senate President told his guests that “we will do everything possible to support the entertainment industry. ” He however charged them to continue to maintain high ethics and resist peer influence that could derail them. Akpabio said: “For me and for the government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, its an inclusive administration, and you must have noticed in my various outings, we move as one, across party lines. “Even though your administration …

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2027 Target: FG Partners Financial Outfits to Lift 50million Nigerians Out of Poverty

By Chris Udochukwu In its bid to lift 50 million Nigerians out of poverty between now and 2027, the Federal Government is partnering with some financial outfits as veritable platforms for releasing of grants and loans to Nigerians interested in Digital Economy and Creative Enterprise. The poverty – alleviating partnerships was on Monday disclosed to pressmen in Abuja by one of the agencies involved, Idea Lab , which specializes in financial inclusion, being a veritable platform used by the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) , Bank of Industries ( BOI) etc, for grants and loan disbursement. Speaking at the interactive session with journalists, the National Coordinator of Idea Lab Agency, Emmanuel Aondoakaa, said Idea Lab was chosen by the Federal Government of Nigeria along with some others, for massive poverty eradication among Nigerians between now and 2027. The IdeaLab Agency according to him, is empowered through the Bank of Industry by the Federal Government of Nigeria to train , prepare and recruit agents and beneficiaries for local and international jobs , export talents and commodities by also providing access …

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LASEPA sets to enforce hygiene at restaurants, hotels

LAGOS- The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) says it will start visiting eateries, restaurants, and hotels, to ascertain their level of compliance to regulatory hygiene standards.  The General Manager of LASEPA, Dr Tunde Ajayi, said this during the Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) Continuing Medical Education (CME) event, on Monday in Lagos.  The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was held in commemoration of World Family Doctor Day, celebrated annually on May 19 globally.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” seeks to draw action for family doctors, healthcare professionals, and communities worldwide to recognise and respond to the health challenges posed by climate change. Ajayi affirmed LASEPA’s commitment to enforcing environmental laws to ensure citizen’s well-being through safe and clean operations that protects public health from food and water borne diseases. According to him, food hygiene can be observed through kitchen operations, such as cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene, noting that many restaurants have poor hygiene levels. He noted that this had resulted in sickness for many unsuspecting citizens, worsening morbidity …

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Tinubu restates commitment to Protection of Children’s Rights

KANO- President Bola Tinubu has restated its commitment to the protection of the rights of children, especially the ‘Almajiri’ child in the country from all forms of molestation and abuses. Dr Muhammed Idris, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Almajiri and Out-of-School Children’s Education, delivered the President’s commitment when he visited a 13 -year- old boy (name withheld) who was molested in Dala Hospital in Kano. “These have been happening for many years. Some consider the almajiri children to be children of the masses. They think that these children are not protected. “Henceforth anybody, who molests any Nigeria child, be it almajiri children or anyone, will have to contend with the government. “The long-arm of the law will catch up with anyone caught in that respect,”he said. The president said that the commission has taken measures to revatalise education and make sure each child lives a life of dignity. “We will also embark on a serious advocacy visit to sensitive communities, to let teachers and parents know how important these children are. “The commission will also let their parents …

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State police will deepen internal security – Senate leader

ABUJA- The Senate Leader, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, on Monday said creating state police would deepen internal security if approved. Opeyemi said this in a statement in Abuja released by the Directorate of Media and Publicity, office of the Senate Leader. He said with the present police system, which was “ailing and dysfunctional,” there was the need for state police. “We must admit that the system can no longer guarantee the dignity of human lives and the security of collective assets considering our security dynamics in the Fourth Republic. “The proposal for the creation of state police has been a subject of intense debate in the last decade or more. “This, in part, can be attributed to the rise of armed attacks orchestrated by diverse interests either pursuing divisive agenda or seeking predatory ends in virtually all geo-political zones,” he said. He said Nigeria, as one of the world’s fastest growing nations in terms of population, could not continue operating a unitarist security architecture in spite of its strong federal tendencies. “Such a policing model cannot meaningfully address existential threats to …

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London Court Says WikiLeaks Founder Assange Can Appeal U.S. Extradition

Embattled WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange can now appeal his extradition to the United States, a London court has ruled. Mr Assange, 52, has been held in Belmarsh, one of Britain’s highest-security prisons, in southeastern London since 2019. He also faces charges in the U.S. under the Espionage Act related to WikiLeaks’ publication of tens of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents leaked to the site by Chelsea Manning, an army intelligence analyst, in 2010. Monday’s ruling opened a new chapter in Mr Assange’s prolonged fight against the order in Britain’s courts as his fight against the extradition order has proceeded through the courts. Two High Court judges said they would allow an appeal to be heard on a limited number of issues. In March, the judges said the court would grant a request to appeal unless the American government gave “a satisfactory assurance” that Mr Assange would be afforded protections under the U.S. Constitution and would not be “prejudiced by reason of his nationality.” The U.S. Embassy in Britain provided assurances on those issues in a letter sent in …

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Alleged N6bn laundering: Fidelity bank staff testifies against Mompha

IKEJA- A Fidelity Bank  compliance officer, Mr Ezekoli Ozoemenam, on Monday testified  against a social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha (alias Mompha) charged with six billion Naira money laundering. Ozoemenam, the fourth prosecution witness, was led  in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Suleiman Suleiman. The witness testified about the package of an account of the bank allegedly  linked to Mompha. The witness said that EFCC requested the account’s opening package and he responded to it. “This is the Fidelity Bank opening package of the account that I sent to EFCC. “It was printed from a perfectly working computer,” he said. The prosecution, thereafter, tendered the document and prayed the court to admit it in evidence. Defence counsel, Mr Kolawole Salami, told the court that he reserved his objection to the tendering of the document in evidence. During cross-examination of the witness, Salami asked the witness whether he knew the branch of the bank  in which the account was opened. Salami also asked the witness  if he was working at the bank’s headquarters at the time …

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Nigeria is due for state policing– Delta Speaker

ASABA- The Speaker of Delta House of Assembly, Mr Dennis Guwor, on Monday, said that Nigeria was due for state policing. Guwor, while speaking with the News Agency (NAN) in Asaba, said state policing should be because ”the locals understand the security situation of their environment”. He said it was high time all necessary amendments were made to enable the states to develop their policing structure. Guwor, also the National Treasurer of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria, said the conference recently endorsed state policing. ”Recently at the Conference of Speakers, we went for a constitutional amendment committee in Abuja where all these issues were outlined. ”By the grace of God, I think the present national assembly is very serious in terms of the state policing issues. ”One of the fears people have about state policing is that they think the state governors will arbitrarily control the state police. “But I think there is no need to fear whether the governors will control the state police against perceived political opponents,” said. Guwor said Western nations …

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Iran to hold memorial ceremonies for late president Tuesday

TEHRAN- Memorial ceremonies for President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian are planned in Iran for Tuesday. Raisi, Amirabdollahian and seven senior Iranian officials died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. Local media reported that a ceremony is being planned in the provincial capital of Tabriz in the morning, followed by a ceremony in the religious stronghold and pilgrimage city of Qom. The date for the funerals of the two statesmen has not yet been announced. Raisi is to be buried in his hometown of Mashhad. The helicopter crashed in dense fog on the mountains over East Azerbaijan Province while the deceased were travelling back from a meeting with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.  (dpa/NAN)

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Yahaya Bello: Hearing in EFCC chair’s motion against contempt proceedings

ABUJA- Hearing of an ex-parte motion for stay of proceedings filed by EFCC Chairman, Mr Ola Olukayode, against contempt charge instituted by former Governor of Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, was on Monday stalled at the Court of Appeal, Abuja. The case, scheduled for today, could not proceed due to a workshop organised by the appellate court. The two-day workshop, organised by the Appeal Court on the Review of the 2023 Election Petition Tribunals/Court and Appeals, began today in Abuja. The appellate court had, on May 3, granted an ex-parte motion for stay of contempt proceedings filed by the EFCC and issued against its chairman by a Kogi State High Court. The EFCC boss, who was summoned to appear before the state’s court on May 13 to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for disobeying its orders, had appealed the ruling of the trial court and sought a stay of the proceedings of the court. The EFCC chair is facing a contempt charge for carrying out “some acts upon which they (the EFCC) have been restrained” by …

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1st Anniversary: See Nine Governors Yet To Fallout With Their Godfathers

Barely ten day from today, twenty governors will be celebrating their one year in office.Some of them emerged as governors through the endorsement of their predecessors who paved the way for them among several other interested politicians. In Nigeria, fights between godfathers and godsons are very popular for varyinf reasons. Some of the most notorious recently would be Rabiu Kwankwaso vs Umar Ganduje, Peter Obi vs Willie Obiano, Udom Emmanuel vs Godswill Akpabio, Adams Oshiomhole and Godwin Obaseki, Rauf Aregbesola and Gboyega Oyetola, and others. On the other hand, President Bola Tinubu is perhaps the most successful godfather in this return to democracy. Between 2007 and now, he has installed three governors in Lagos State but still controls the political structure.Fast forward to this period, the fight between Governor Similayi Fubara of Rivers State and his predecessor, ex-governor Nyesom Wike has dominated reportage. In Kaduna, there is an ongoing fight between former governor Nasir El-rufai and Governor Uba Sani. Also, in Benue State, Governor Alia and ex-governor George Akume are in a supremacy battle for the control of the structure …

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President Raisi’s Death: Iran Declares Five Days Of Mourning

By Chris Udochukwu Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday announced five days of mourning for President Ebrahim Raisi who died in a helicopter crash. “I announce five days of public mourning and offer my condolences to the dear people of Iran,” said Khamenei in an official statement a day after the death of Raisi and other officials in the crash in East Azerbaijan province. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif declared a day of mourning after Raisi’s death. “Pakistan will observe a day of mourning and the flag will fly at half mast as a mark of respect for President Raisi and his companions and in solidarity with Brotherly Iran,” Shehbaz posted on X, formerly Twitter. “I along with the government and people of Pakistan extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Iranian nation on this terrible loss,” he added. “The great Iranian nation will overcome this tragedy with customary courage.” The Pakistani leader hosted Raisi in Islamabad for a three-day visit in April in a bid to mend ties between the neighbours after they traded deadly …

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Nurturing Boy-Child to Save the Girl-Child

By Vivian Ihechu In most cultures, especially in Africa, preference to the boy-child has strong cultural, religious, legal and of course, social status. This is principally because a male heir is needed to continue the family line. The boy-child, faced with many challenges, especially in the 21st century, is often times not properly guided; hence the society tends to be losing him. The African Charter on the Rights of the Child defines a child as anyone below the age of 18; hence a boy-child is a male offspring below the age of 18 years. Unlike the boy-child, the girl-child has received massive campaign for her rights and protection, with increasing mainstream attention in public health care from the early 2000s. While several initiatives to protect the female gender have continued to emerge, those for the male are sparse. The female-centered initiatives include, inter alia, the International Day of the Girl Child, and UN’s coordinated International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Cairo in 1994, and the 1995 Beijing Conference that highlighted concerns on women and girls’ empowerment and autonomy. The …

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Ex- Minister, Afonja dies at 82

A former Minister of Labour and Productivity under the Interim National Government of Chief Enerst Sonekan, Prince Ajibola Afonja, is dead. Our correspondent learnt that the former Chairman of First Bank and native of Oyo town, Oyo State, died on Sunday night at the University College Hospital, UCH, in Ibadan, at 82. He was said to have sustained injuries from a lone accident he was involved in at Ilora, a few kilometres from his country home. He was thereafter rushed to UCH in Ibadan where he eventually died. The deceased was at a time the senatorial candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, in Oyo Central Senatorial District. Chairman of Oyo Global Forum, OGF, Taiwo Adebayo confirmed the death of the deceased to DAILY POST on Monday. He described the deceased as a community leader and industrialist par excellence. He added that the whole Oyo town will feel the impact of the death of the deceased. “On this dark day in Oyo, we mourn the loss of Prince Ajibola Afonja, former Labour Minister and Chairman of First Bank Nigeria, …

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Man City Win Historic Fourth Straight English Premier League Title

Manchester City on Sunday made English Premier League history by becoming the first side to clinch four consecutive titles after beating West Ham at the Etihad stadium No side in the history of the English top flight had ever won four successive titles, but City have become accustomed to rewriting the record books under Pep Guardiola. The Catalan coach has masterminded six Premier League wins in the past seven seasons. In four of those years, City have also surpassed 90 points. They were pushed this season to deny Arsenal a first title since 2003/04. The Gunners celebrated a 0-0 draw at the Etihad last month that kept them one point in front of City with nine games to play. But the champions were relentless in the run-in, winning their final nine league games, and scoring 33 goals. Guardiola conceded City had felt the pressure in a nervy 2-0 win at Tottenham in midweek that kept the destiny of the title in their own hands. In the same scenario two years ago, they needed a remarkable late fightback from 2-0 down …

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Iran Vice President To Replace Raisi

Iran’s first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, is expected to assume the presidency after Ebrahim Raisi’s death in a helicopter crash as the country gears up for early elections. The Iranian constitution stipulates that the first vice president takes over “in the event of the president’s death, dismissal, resignation, absence or illness for more than two months”. Raisi, who died on Sunday along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials, was nearing the end of his first four-year term as president. Mokhber’s interim appointment requires the approval of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final word in all state affairs. Presidential elections to pick a permanent successor are to be held within 50 days, according to the constitution. A council made up of the parliament speaker, head of the judiciary and the vice president are to be tasked with organising the national vote. Mokhber, 68, was appointed vice president as Raisi took office in August 2021. The vice president was born in Dezful city in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, where he held several official positions. For …

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