‘Demons are here too’ – Frank Edwards, warns colleagues

Popular Nigerian gospel artist, Frank Edwards has issued a stern warning to his colleagues. He advised them to feed social media users with their music but make sure to keep their family lives off the platform. According to him, there are demons on social media as well. His post reads;‘’Feed them with your music or your products but !!! KEEP YOUR FAMILY AWAY FROM ONLINE PEOPLE!! DEMONS ARE HERE TOO!!! PROTECT YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!”

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Rainstorm displaces over 1,000 residents in Kogi community

A heavy rainstorm has sacked over 1000 people in the Iyara community, headquarters of the Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State. According to reports, over one hundred houses were taken off by the night storm which occurred on Monday night. Speaking shortly after the disaster, the Eleta Oluyara of Iyara, Oba Jacob Meduten called on the government, well-to-do individuals and corporate bodies to assist the victims to ameliorate their sufferings. Meanwhile, the Kogi State Government has appealed to the people of the state to take precautions as the rainy season is fast approaching. The Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA) Mouktar Atimah while confirming the incident in Iyara said, “We got the information that a natural disaster happened in Iyara and immediately the office deployed men for an on-the-spot assessment. “The Local Government chairman also called us and we are partnering together to see how to reduce the suffering of the affected victims. “Everybody living on low ground should move to higher ground. Kogites should be very careful the way they roof their houses, because if your houses …

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EFCC commences investigation of eight oil thieves in Akwa Ibom

The Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it is investigating eight suspected oil thieves in its custody. A statement released on Tuesday by EFCC head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, said the suspects were dealing in petroleum products without appropriate licences. It would be recalled that the suspects, arrested on Friday February 23, 2024, onboard a wooden boat, MV Jasmine, by the Nigeria Navy Ship, Forward Operating Base Ibaka, in Akwa Ibom, were handed over to the Commission on Tuesday, April 3, 2024 by the Commanding Officer Captain (NN) Uche Aneke. According to the EFCC spokesperson, the arrested suspects include Pere Ebiye (Captain), Okon David (DeckMan), Enuwa Wilson (Cook), Wesley Okon (DeckMan), Ade Ojo Idowu (Asst. Engineer), Oluwadamire Abraham (DeckMan), Oluwole Azuzu (Asst. Captain) and Taiwo Adebanwo (Chief Engineer). They were arrested in a boat which was laden with 30,000 litres of petroleum products suspected to be crude, bunkered in a cellophane-sealed compartment of the boat and in four Geepee tanks. “Both the arrested crew members and the exhibits were handed over to …

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Sallah: 222 inmates freed in Katsina

The Katsina State Government has freed 222 inmates who could not pay fines imposed on them by different courts of law ahead of the Sallah celebration. The State Governor, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda, said the aim is to alleviate the burden of inmates across the state’s correctional facilities during the holy month of Ramadan and the forthcoming Sallah festivities. The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Fadila Muhammad Dikko, disclosed this in a statement. The 222 beneficiaries, she said, were selected after a thorough verification, following recommendations to the state government for intervention. “The Governor’s benevolent act is expected to reduce congestion in these facilities and enable the freed inmates to partake in the joyous occasion of Sallah with their loved ones,” Fadila said. While appreciating Governor Radda for the initiative, the Katsina Attorney-General disclosed that the beneficiaries were selected from among inmates incarcerated for minor commercial and non-capital offenses.

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NSCDC deploys 2,050 officers for Sallah in Katsina

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, says it deployed 2,050 of its personnel to provide security for residents and protect critical national assets and infrastructure during and after the Eid-El-Fitr Sallah celebration in Katsina State. This, the Command said, is in addition to the undercover operatives deployed to gather intelligence and prevent any disruptions during the Sallah. According to a statement issued by DSC Buhari Hamisu, NSCDC’s Public Relations Officer, Katsina, the security personnel will be stationed at prayer grounds, event centres, transportation hubs, markets, and government facilities within Katsina and Daura Emirates. The State Commandant, Jamilu A. Indabawa, disclosed this at a meeting with senior personnel of the NSCDC. He stressed the need for vigilance and diligence during the Sallah festival. Indabawa, who was represented by the Command’s Head of Operations, DC Nuhu Dalha, directed department heads, area commanders, and other officers to collaborate with other security agencies to maintain order throughout the festivities. While extending Eid greetings to Muslims in Katsina and around the world, Indabawa urged residents to report any suspicious activity to the nearest …

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Pope visits families of Israeli hostages

Pope Francis on Monday met relatives of several Israelis taken hostage by Hamas in the October 7 attacks. The 87-year-old pontiff had previously met a group of relatives of hostages at the Vatican in November, the same day as meeting Palestinians who have family in Gaza. Members of five Israeli families had a private audience with Francis on Monday, showing him posters of loved ones who were taken, including Ariel and Kfir Bibas, aged four and one respectively. There were also relatives of hostages Tamir Nimrodi, 19, Guy Gilboa-Dalal, 22, Agam Berger, 19, and Omri Miran, 46. Berger’s cousin, Ashley Waxman, said afterwards that the meeting had been “very emotional” and “very powerful”. The pope “called Hamas evil, which they are… And, he was very clear that the hostages need to come home”, she told a press conference. Gilboa-Dalal’s mother, Meirav, said that since he was taken hostage at a music festival on October 7, “for me, there is no day and no night”. “My heart is broken. I can barely breathe. And I am paralysed with fear. Where is …

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Arsenal seek Champions League glory against Bayern

In a historic 200th Champions League match for Arsenal, the Premier League leaders embark on their quest to reach a coveted third-ever semi-final as they host German giants Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. While the Gunners’ historical record against the Bavarian outfit is not favourable, much has changed since their last encounter seven years ago. Bayern’s decade-long dominance in the Bundesliga is coming to an end, as they trail unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen by 16 points with just six games remaining. Meanwhile, Arsenal sits atop the Premier League, having won nine of their last 10 matches and remaining unbeaten at home in the Champions League this season. “We have prepared very well, and we have to take our game where we want it, and if we do that, we have a chance to win,” said Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta. “We haven’t had this opportunity for 15 years, so that tells you how special this night is going to be for us, so we’re going to have to put everything into every ball to make it happen.” Adding …

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Nicki Minaj becomes most successful touring female rapper

Nicki Minaj has made history with her current tour. She is now the record holder for the highest grossing tour by a female rapper in history. According to American statistic company, Touring Data, the US-based Trinidadian hip-hop star also broke the highest-grossing concert by a female rapper in history, with $2.858 million at Madison Square Garden in New York on March 30, 2024. Her ‘Pink Friday 2’ tour has officially become the most successful tour by a female rapper, grossing $34.9 million from 220,000 tickets sold in its first 17 shows. “@NICKIMINAJ’s ‘Pink Friday 2’ officially becomes the most successful tour by a female rapper in history, with $34.9 million from 220,000 tickets sold in its first 17 shows,” Touring Data tweeted. She earned $34.9 million from just 30 percent of the tour. She is expected to gross $100 million at the end of the tour later this year. Recall that the “Queen of Rap” said she would consider including Nigeria on her ‘Pinky Friday 2’ tour if enough fans showed interest after a Nigerian fan frowned at the exclusion of …

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Jenifa’s Diary’s Adejumoke Aderounmu is dead

Nollywood actress, Adejumoke Aderounmu, popularly known for her role as “Esther” in Funke Akindele’s popular TV series Jenifa’s Diary, is dead. Aderounmu’s death was confirmed by her brother, Adeola Aderounmu, in a cryptic post on Instagram captioned, “You are in a better place now, my sister,” with Aderounmu’s obituary photo. Also, a friend of the deceased cousin, Oluwabanke Funmi, in a post on Twitter, captioned, “Rest in peace Aderounmu Adejumoke.” “Waited hours for her cousin to delete her post and say it was a prank or a mistake but…,” she wrote. The actress, born on March 26, 1984, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2024, in a private hospital on Saturday. The cause of her death was yet to be made public as of the time of filing this report. However, a funeral service has since been held for Aderounmu Adejumoke at Owu Baptist Church, Totoro area of Abeokuta in Ogun State. Another obituary graphic trending on social media, which reportedly emanated from the family, read, “In the profound depths of grief and sorrow, we share the heartbreaking passing of …

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Soldiers eliminate six terrorists, officer killed in ambush

The Defence Headquarters says the Troops of Operation Hadin Kai, on Friday, killed six terrorists, after an ambush, along Buratai-Buni Gari Road, Borno. The Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba made this revelation in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Buba said that while an army Lieutenant died in the ambush, four other personnel, who sustained injuries in action, were receiving treatment. He, however, said troops’ reinforcement pursued the terrorists to their hideout within the Timbuktu Triangle and neutralised six of them. According to him, troops recovered five AK-47 rifles and 103 rounds of the 7.62mm special ammunition. “The remaining terrorists ran in disarray and the troops are in hunt of the remnant terrorists that fled the firefight,” he said.

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In Kwara, daughter files lawsuit against father for sexual assault

A lady identified as Simbiat Moshood has accused her father of sexual abuse in Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State. The accused, Mashood was dragged to the Upper Àrea Court in the town by his daughter for the alleged crime. The complainant, Simbiat Moshood, alleged that the accused had been sexually assaulting her with a threat to jail or kill her if she exposed it to anybody. “The act has become my father’s habit, I am his only daughter and that is why my mother has refused to return home after they divorced. “My father’s second wife had once caught us in the act and do make jest of me and alleging ritualistic activity,” the complainant said. Counsel to the accused, Barrister Toyin Onaolapo, prayed the court to grant his client bail. Magistrate Abdul Yekeen in his ruling on the matter, granted the accused bail and adjourned the case to April 15, 2024.

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Breaking: Obaseki okays appointment of 38-year-old engineer as new deputy gov

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has appointed a 38-year-old Engineer, Omobayo Godwin, as his new deputy and is set for inauguration. This was coming on the heels of the impeachment of the former deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, by the state’s House of Assembly on Monday. According to the panel set up for the impeachment proceedings of the former deputy gov, Shuaibu was sacked for leaking the state government’s secrets. Details later…

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Jigawa Golden star, Alim suspended by NNL for deception

Nigeria National League, NNL, has suspended striker, Mohammed Alim of Jigawa Golden Stars, for the rest of this season and the whole of the 2024/2025 season for his infamous conduct. This was one of the several decisions taken by the NNL after the Dutse show of shame where Jigawa defeated Abuja-based Sporting Supreme by 2-1. Mohammed was seen in a video that has gone viral using his hands to throw the ball into the net, and the referee, who has since been suspended by the Nigeria Football Federation, allowed it as a goal. The NNL in their decision noted that the player dubiously used his hands in a manner that brought the game to disrepute. It would be noted that the NFF had in a swift reaction expelled referee Nasiru from Katsina State from officiating in the NNL. It said in a statement that the referee would be expelled from officiating in Nigerian football.

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How Rema walked off stage of J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival over poor sound

Nigerian Afrobeats star, Rema stunned off the stage of the 2024 Dreamville Festival in North Carolina, midway into his performance on Sunday. Rema was performing his hit song ‘Calm Down’ on Day 2 of the festival at Dix Park in Raleigh but stopped midway to complain about the poor sound before walking off the stage. He advocated for the same sound quality for African artists as their Western counterparts on international stages. He said, “Hold on, there are too many sound issues. It’s messing up my whole performance. I’m seriously not feeling this sh*t. “I’m representing Africa, this is too messed up. If the sound cannot be perfect for every artist that get on this stage… Africa is in the house and you are messing sh*t up?” Dreamville Festival was created by American hip-hop superstar, J. Cole.

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Actor Victor ‘Nkubi’ Nwaogu welcomes first child with wife

Nollywood actor Nwaogu Udochukwu Victor, popularly known as Nkubi, and his wife, Vivian, have welcomed their first child together. The comic star announced the good news via his Instagram page on Saturday. He shared a video showing his wife’s baby bump on display, with him planting a kiss on her belly. He, however, did not disclose the gender of his child. Fans and colleagues thronged to the comment section to congratulate the couple. Precise Post recalls that Nkubi and Vivian tied the nuptial knot in 2021.

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IGP names deputy FPRO, state PPROs

The Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, has approved the posting of Police Public Relations Officers (PPROs) to various Commands and Formations, as well as the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. The Force Headquarters said these appointments were meant to strengthen community engagement and strategic communication. This was announced by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Saturday. “The newly posted officers and their respective portfolios include CSP Isuku Victor Edailokun as Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja; DSP Ukandu Joshua to PPRO Ebonyi; ASP Buhari Abdullahi to PPRO Gombe; ASP John Timfon to PPRO Akwa-Ibom; and ASP Hundeyin Isaac Sewanu to PPRO Ports Authority Police (Western) Lagos. “The Inspector General of Police hereby reiterates his commitment to standardizing and repositioning the Force in line with his vision statement while wishing the newly posted officers success in their new roles,” the statement reads. According to Adejobi, “the newly posted officers have been tasked to be professional in their dealings and foster unalloyed relationships with members of the public.”

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