10th Senate Magazine ‘ll Bridge Gap Between Legislature and People it Serves – Spokesperson

It is the dawn of a new era of communication between the Upper House and the citizenry as the 10th Senate Magazine (TSM) was on Wednesday unveiled to bridge the gap between the Senate and the people it serves. Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs and Editor-in-Chief of the Magazine, Senator Adeyemi Adaramodu, while introducing the magazine, said the visionary initiative of the leadership of the 10th Senate is deliberately intended to foster transparency, understanding, and engagement, as we strive to build a stronger and more inclusive democracy. According to him, the magazine will serve as a platform for the Senate to share its legislative achievements, initiatives, and aspirations, while also providing a voice to the diverse voices of our citizenry. Adding that the 10th Senate Magazine, our beacon of progress, is an embodiment of the Senate’s commitment to open dialogue and effective communication with Nigerian people within and outside. “Within its pages, you will find a tapestry of stories, insights, and ideas that reflect the rich chronicle of our nation, he added. Senator Daramodu urged his colleagues …

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Minister Proposes Gas Concession to Support Cement Manufacturers

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite, has made a case for the extension of gas concessions currently given to electricity companies to cement manufacturers to help address rising prices. The minister stated this at an investigative hearing by the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Solid Minerals, Industry, Commerce, and Special Duties in Abuja. The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Nura Rimi, said the advocacy was the fallout of a recent meeting with the Minister of Works, Mr. David Umahi, and major cement manufacturing companies. She highlighted challenges faced by cement manufacturers, including the cost of gas, high import duties on spare parts, inadequate road networks, high foreign exchange rates, and the smuggling of cement to neighbouring countries. Uzoka-Anite noted that both the cement manufacturers and the government acknowledge that the current high price of cement is abnormal in some areas nationwide. While noting that Nigeria is self-sufficient in cement manufacturing, with major players such as Dangote Industries Ltd, BUA Group, and Lafarge Holcim churning out enough to even export, …

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Abba Kyari Granted Two-Week Bail by Court for Mother’s Funeral

An Abuja Federal High Court has granted former Commander of Force Intelligence Response Team, DCP, Abba Kyari two weeks bail. The court said the two-week bail was to allow Kyari return home to conclude his mother’s burial rites. The court subsequently set Friday, May 31 for determination of his bail application. Kyari is facing trial for drug-related charges filed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA. The former IRT boss was arrested on February 14, 2022, by the NDLEA.

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Police Remand Verydarkman Over Cyberbullying

Controversial social media critic, Martin Otse, popularly known as VeryDarkMan, has been remanded in police custody until his next hearing, which is billed to be held next week Wednesday. Otse was reportedly arraigned at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, facing five counts of cyberstalking involving the Nigeria police and Nollywood actresses Iyabo Ojo and Tonto Dike, to which he pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Deji Adeyanju, applied for bail, but the police prosecuting team informed Justice Mobolaji Olajuwon that they needed more time to respond to the application, leading the court to adjourn the bail hearing to May 29. The prosecution sought to have the blogger remanded in prison custody, but his lawyers successfully argued for his remand in police custody instead. The court granted this request, and Verydarkman was subsequently taken to the National Cybercrime Centre. The charges against him read, “1. Posting a video on October 29, 2023, on his Instagram handle ‘verydarkblackman’ that contained offensive, pornographic, or menacing information, falsely alleging that Iyabo Ojo had an indecent sexual relationship with her daughter, violating …

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FG Reveals Tinubu’s Plans for One-Year in Office Celebration

Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, has said that the one-year anniversary of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in office will be lowkey to ensure that government funds are kept for the public. According to the Minister, President Tinubu’s one-year anniversary in office will be marked without any fanfare. The Minister disclosed this on Wednesday during a World Press conference to commence “Ministerial Sectoral Updates” as part of the activities to mark President Tinubu’s one year in office. During the conference, Idris stressed that the low-key celebration was a conscious decision made in light of current national circumstances, highlighting the administration’s attentiveness to the nation’s difficulties. “The anniversary is going to be low key, there would be no major ceremony but sectorial briefing by the ministers. “The essence is to ensure that government funds are kept for the people,” the minister said. According to the Minister of Information, the government is committed to educating the public about its policies and accomplishments. Also present at the conference were, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume, …

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Bishop Oyedepo Reveals Secret Behind His Church’s Overwhelming Success

Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide has finally revealed the secret behind his church’s exceptional success. He spoke during a recent church service. According to Bishop Oyedepo, the prosperity witnessed by his church is as a result of its longstanding commitment to humanitarian works. With a congregation numbering over 20 million worldwide, the Living Faith Church has emerged as one of Nigeria’s largest Christian congregations. Bishop Oyedepo emphasized that the ethos of giving freely has been pivotal to the church’s growth and widespread acceptance. See reactions and video below: @vivian__idu said; “Reality that the world don’t want to know about this church.” @empresspowei said; “We don’t announce it… Grace keeps showing.” @antonyx001 said; “What will you say about the Catholic Church. The whole Winners does not even give up to half of what the Catholic church in Germany gives yearly. Let me just keep mute.” @lobajewelries said; “Have a heart of giving.” @tommy_standard said; “I nor see those wen dey criticise churches for dis comment oo, as una nor like beta tin so.” @steve_chuks__ said; “See …

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Drama as Lawmakers Wrestle for Control of Mace in Cross River House of Assembly(VIDEO)

There was tension at the Cross River State House of Assembly following the impeachment of the speaker, Rt. Hon. Elvert Ekom Ayambem. Immediately after the impeachment, one of the lawmakers made a dash for the mace, which is the symbol of authority of the speaker. However, the legislator with the mace refused to let go, leading to a struggle and a brawl in the the chamber. Earlier today, May 22, it was reported that the Cross River State House of Assembly has impeached its speaker, Rt. Hon. Elvert Ekom Ayambem. Ayambem, who represents Ikom 2 State Constituency in the Assembly, was impeached by 17 members of the House over allegations of misappropriation of funds. The impeachment motion was moved by Hon. Effiom Ekarika representing Calabar South 1 Constituency and seconded by Hon. Omang Charles Omang representing Bekwarra State Constituency. Ayambem was elected speaker of the 10th Cross River State House of Assembly in June 2023.  Watch the fight below;

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Junior Pope has rested since April 10 – Rita Edochie

Nollywood actress, Rita Edochie, has said the image of late Nollywood actor John Odonwodo, aka Junior Pope, which was not dented during his life time wouldn’t be destroyed in his death. Rita made this known following controversy surrounding her in-law, Yul Edochie’s recent statement about Junior Pope. Yul had claimed that Junior Pope betrayed him multiple times while he was alive, which led to his absence from the funeral. Reacting to his statement on her Facebook page on Tuesday, Rita Edochie emphasized the importance of keeping certain issues unspoken, offering prayers for Junior Pope’s soul to rest in peace. She also expressed sadness over the inability to defend oneself or seek justice after passing, highlighting the cruelty that exists in human nature. She wrote, “Some things are better left unsaid, it is well. May the soul of my great son, Junior Pope, start resting, because it is glaring he hasn’t been allowed to rest since April 10 till now. “Too saddening, there is no defence and self vindication in the grave the heart of man is like a stone, death …

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ISWAP Militants Kill Police DPO in Borno

The Divisional Police Officer of New Marte in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State has been killed by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP). It was gathered that the DPO, a Superintendent of Police, was killed on Monday night while defending the police station at the resettled community from the terrorists who sneaked into the community on foot in the middle of the night. Confirming the death on Wednesday, the spokesman for the Borno State Police Command, Nahun Kenneth, said the Command is still gathering details of the attack. However, a military personnel serving in New Marte told Channels TV that the terrorists targeted one of the residents of the community who got hint and ran to the police station for protection. The military personnel said the terrorists got into the town on foot without their usual motorcycles and vehicles. New Marte is 93 kilometers from Maiduguri at the fringes of the Lake Chad region. It is a resettled community which was initially overrun by the terrorists but was rebuilt by Professor Babagana Zulum administration. …

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CBN: OPay, Moniepoint, and Others to Resume Onboarding New Customers

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says mobile money operators including fintech firms like OPay, Palmpay, Kuda Bank, and Moniepoint will resume the enrolment of new customers “in another couple of months”. CBN Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, stated this on Tuesday at the 295th Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the apex bank in Abuja when the MPC jacked up interest rate from 24.75 per cent to 26. 25 per cent. The CBN chief said the apex bank has engaged many of the players on the need to strengthen their operations. Cardoso said to block money laundering and illicit flows, the apex bank brought up “remedial measures that will help that sector to tighten up on onboarding and even existing clientele base”. “I am confident that as time goes on, and hopefully in another couple of months, all these will be something of the past and then you will see that sector going back into what they’ve been known to do before, but certainly with a very stronger regulatory framework,” he said. In April, the apex bank stopped fintech companies from onboarding new customers, a move that …

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UK General Election Scheduled for July 4th

A United Kingdom general election is to be held on July 4, British media reported on Wednesday quoting sources, as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met with his top ministers. Political editors at the BBC, ITV, Sky News and The Guardian all said Sunak would name the date in a Downing Street statement after the cabinet meeting. The poll will be the first time Sunak, 44, faces the public while in charge after he was appointed leader of the largest party in parliament in an internal Conservative vote in October 2022. The vote — the third since the Brexit referendum in 2016 — comes as Sunak seeks to capitalise on better economic data to woo voters hit by cost-of-living rises. Halving inflation within a year from historic highs of above 11 per cent at the end of 2022 was one of the former financier’s five key pledges. That happened last year and on Wednesday rates slowed to a near three-year low at 2.3 per cent in March, prompting Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt to declare: “This is proof that the plan is …

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Cross River Assembly impeaches speaker

CALABAR- The Cross River House of Assembly, on Wednesday, impeached the Speaker, Mr Elvert Anyambem, over issues of gross misconduct and high-handedness. The speaker’s impeachment was carried out during a sitting of the house in which he was presiding. The impeachment followed a motion moved by the member representing Calabar South 1, Mr Effiong Ekarika, which was seconded by Mr Charles Omang, representing Bekwara constituency. The motion was thereafter unanimously supported by other members of the house present at the sitting. Moving his motion, Ekarika stated that Anyambem had grossly indulged in administrative misconduct, high-handedness and financial misappropriation. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 17 out of 25 members of the assembly signed the notice for the speaker’s impeachment. In the notice, Anyambem was said to have indulged in arbitrary expenditure, contrary to Section 9(1) of the state Legislative Funds Management Law, 2021 The notice stated that he misappropriated the sum of N48 million meant for the payment of the assembly’s electricity bills. He was also accused of misappropriating N404.6m representing two per cent of the monthly revenue …

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Group lauds Tinubu on successes against banditry in Sokoto State

SOKOTO- The All Progressive Congress (APC) support group, Northwest APC Youth Development Group, has commended President Bola Tinubu’s administration on the successes against banditry in Sokoto state. The Group’s Zonal Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Maigari, gave the commendation at the end of stakeholders meeting on Wednesday in Sokoto. Maigari described the fight against banditry and other criminalities bedeviling the nation as a serious threat to the lives and properties of citizens. He said, in spite of some pockets of cases of banditry perpetrated by criminals who maimed and attacked innocent people in the rural areas in Sokoto state, the federal government’s efforts have yielded positive impacts. ” We must look at the successes  recorded so far especially within some few months. ” Tinubu’s strategies have ensured safety of lives and property as a result increased military operations, deployment of other security manpower and logistics fighting these bandits up to their respective enclaves. ” Such efforts must be acknowledged. This has also encouraged people to return to their places of abode and farms, ” Maigari said. The zonal chairman noted Sokoto was …

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Millions attend funeral procession for Iran’s Raisi in Tehran

TEHRAN- Millions of mourners flocked to a funeral procession in Tehran on Wednesday after the death of Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter accident, footage from local media showed. The broadcaster showed the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, leading a prayer ceremony in front of the victim’s coffins. The procession then made its way from Tehran University towards Freedom Square along crowded streets filled with mourners. Raisi, Foreign Minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian and seven other people were killed when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous area of north-western Iran on Sunday. In the wake of the crash, Khamenei ordered five days of national mourning ending on Friday. Wednesday’s funeral ceremony was attended by numerous high-ranking political and military representatives as well as foreign dignitaries, the local media said. Raisi is to be buried in his home town of Mashhad on Thursday at the shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth imam of Shia Islam. High-ranking representatives of friendly states are expected to attend, including Russian parliamentary leader, Vyacheslav Volodin. Iran’s state railway company has organised special trains to take mourners …

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Minimum Wage: ‘What N18,000 could buy in 2011, you need almost N200,000 to buy it today’- Osifo

ABUJA- The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has rejected the revised minimum wage of N54,000 proposed by the Federal Government, citing the significant devaluation of the naira since 2011. In an interview with Arise News, TUC President Festus Osifo argued that the proposed wage is far from the N615,000 offered by the organized workforce. Osifo explained that in 2011, the N18,000 minimum wage was equivalent to approximately $125 using an exchange rate of 140-145. However, with the current exchange rate, the equivalent value would be around N200,000, indicating a substantial loss of purchasing power. The TUC is seeking a wage that reflects the current economic reality, and negotiations have been rescheduled to continue discussions. In his words; “In 2011, When N18,000 was passed, what was the value of USD because you use USD as the common benchmark across various countries to know what the real worth of what money should be. If you look at that time in 2011, N18,000 using an exchange rate of round 140, 145, will give you about 125 dollars, what is the value of naira to …

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Nollywood actor Zack Orji debunks rumours of Gabonese descent

ABUJA- Nollywood veteran actor Zack Orji has debunked social media rumours claiming that he is from Gabon. The renowned actor, who took to his Instagram page – @realzackorji – to express his frustration, said the falsehood was not the first about him. “I am a full-blooded Nigerian, hail from Enugu the coal city State, and proud  of my Nigerian heritage. “God should deal with those people that originated the lies. “Not long ago, they said I was dead; by God’s grace and mercy, it turned out to be a lie from the pit of hell. “Now, another lie from the pit of hell has emerged, this time they said that I am from Gabon. That I am not a Nigerian. “I hereby issue a disclaimer dissociating myself from that lie. I am a full-blooded Nigerian. “Both my parents are Nigerians; I am from Enugu State, the coal city State. I am proudly Nigerian and equally proud of my Nigerian heritage. “God Almighty will deal with whoever originated that lie. He will deal with the liar as He deems fit,” he …

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