FemyWalsh To Launch Terrestrial FM Radio In Lagos, Receives License From NBC

By Chris Udochukwu Leading media conglomerate FemyWalsh Limited is set to launch its flagship FM terrestrial radio station as it receives its license from the National Broadcasting Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. This adds yet another media asset to the FemyWalsh group, which already comprises SOUQ News TV, Walsh Radio Online, Terminal Seven Audio-Visual Studio and Walsh Photography. The company CEO Victor Walsh Oluwafemi and Vice President, Dr Idahosa Osamhanze were presented with the operational license by Mr Charles Ebuebu at the NBC office in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This move marks a significant expansion in FemyWalsh’s media footprint and paves the way for broader audience engagement and impact. With the addition of this new license, FemyWalsh is poised to reach even more viewers and listeners across Nigeria. The company’s commitment to delivering high-quality content and innovative programming remains unwavering. According to company CEO Victor Walsh Oluwafemi, acquiring the terrestrial FM radio license underscores the group’s ambition of being the largest and most impactful media network across Nigeria, as well as the African region. “Getting into the terrestrial radio space …

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40ft Container crashes on car, claims woman’s life in Lagos

A falling container killed a woman in the Ogudu area of Lagos on Friday.  The woman was inside a car when the fully loaded 40ft Mack articulated truck fell on it, leading to her instant death, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) said. “A fully loaded 40fts Mack articulated truck today fell on a Nissan Car (ABJ 692 BG) and instantly killed a woman at the rear of the car while the car driver survived unhurt with support by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Officials by N.N.P.C inward Estate, Alapere, Lagos,” the agency’s Director of Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department Adebayo Taofiq said in a statement. But the truck driver and his motor-boy ran away immediately after the tragedy, he said. “Preliminary investigations revealed that the driver of Mack articulated 40 ft fully loaded container, while on a high speed lost control as a result of a brake failure and rammed into a moving Nissan car on motion by N.N.P.C inward Alapere, Ogudu along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Lagos,” LASTMA said. “Lastma Alabi Olukayode (Zone 2, Ogudu/Alapere) disclosed that …

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How I collected $3m cash for Emefiele– CBN employee

IKEJA- A Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) employee, Mr Monday Osazuwa, on Friday told an Ikeja Special Offences Court how the former apex bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, on different occasions, directed him to collect three million dollars cash in tranches.Osasuwa, while being led in evidence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), said he was a dispatch rider in Zenith Bank in 2001 before he joined the CBN in 2014.Osasuwa said he joined the apex bank as a senior supervisor in 2014.He said Emefiele was the Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc while he was working as a dispatch rider in the bank.The witness said he knew Emefiele, who was his boss, while in Zenith Bank and that he later joined him at the CBN.The witness said he was later appointed  as a senior supervisor (full time) in recording and filing of documents while working in the CBN governor’s office in Lagos.“I was still working in the CBN governor’s office while I was appointed as a full staff member and we usually communicated through …

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Adeleke sets up committee on sexual violence against women

OSOGBO- Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun, has set up an action committee to combat sexual violence against women through the mobile courts. This is contained in a statement by Malam Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson to the governor, on Friday in Osogbo.  The  statement said the setting up of the committee was in line with the decisions reached between the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the state government to combat sexual violence through mobile courts and other measures. According to the statement, the governor, during a visit to Minister of Women Affairs in Abuja, affirmed his commitment for immediate implementation of the resolution of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum for the establishment of mobile courts. The statement said the court would be dedicated to addressing issues of sexual and gender-based violence, child abuse in the form of street begging and expedited trial of women and children held in correctional facilities. It also said that the governor had also  directed his Commissioner for Justice to prepare an executive order to free all unjustly incarcerated women in the state. According to the governor, …

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DNA testing comes closer to communities as SMART DNA expands operations in Lagos

LAGOS- Smart DNA, a leading DNA testing center in Nigeria, says it is bringing its trusted DNA testing services closer to vibrant communities and rapidly developing area. According to it, this necessitated the opening of a new facility in the Lekki, to give improved services to the growing demand for DNA testing services in the Lekki, Ajah,  Epe areas, and surrounding communities. Esther Ehimare, Client Experience Manager at Smart DNA, spoke to newsmen on Friday. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test is a type of genetic testing used to study the DNA sequence for evaluating any genetic disorders or proving paternity for legal purposes. It can also be done to trace the family history of the individual. DNA  is basically is a genetic code carrying the information from both parents to their children. Smart DNA, a leading DNA testing center based in Lagos, was formed in partnership with preeminent biotechnology companies and labs worldwide, offering reliable and accurate results while ensuring confidentiality and affordability for its clients. Smart DNA’s expansion into Lekki is …

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NIMC Lists 7 Key Facts About Proposed New General Multipurpose National Identity Card

By Chris Udochukwu The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has listed seven key facts about the proposed new general multipurpose national identity card. According to the statement released via the Commission’s official X account listed the key facts thus:

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Joy, as Abducted Taraba Varsity Students, Regain Freedom Today

Two students of the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State, kidnapped two weeks ago have regained their freedom.  The Head, Information and Protocol Unit of the institution, Mrs Ashu Agbu, disclosed this in a WhatsApp message sent to our correspondent on Friday.  “The two students of the Federal University Wukari who were kidnapped regained their freedom last night after spending days in the hands of their abductors,’ she said. She, however, did not provide details on how the students were released. But last week, the abductors demanded N50m ransom. The two students were abducted on Wednesday, April 3 at about 10:pm at a shop close to the school. The students, Joshua Sardauna from the Economics Department and Obianu Elizabeth of the Microbiology Department returned to the school to re-sit their examinations as a result of the carry-over they had last session when the incident happened. The PUNCH earlier reported that gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Monday, April 3, 2024, invaded the Federal University Wukari in Taraba State and abducted two students. The Chief Security Officer of the university, Mr Sule …

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33 additional EKEDC feeders join Band A 

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company says the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved the migration of 33 additional feeders to Band A under its franchise area. The feeders are Adeleke Adedoyin, Ajeast, Annex, Army Resettlement, British America Tobacco, CIG, Coker, Dideolu, Droyers, Empire Court, Estate, Etim Inyang, Firro, Freeman, Glover, Heritage, M&K Express, Mega Plaza, Montgomery 1, Moore Road, Nest Oil, NIMR, Nipost, Osborne, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Palace Road, Rocky Estate, Rumens, Smith, Station Feeder (Nitel), Victoria Arobieke, DPR andNitel. The DisCo disclosed this Friday in a statement made available to our correspondent by the General Manager, Corporate Communications of EKEDC, Babatunde Lasaki. Recall that on April 3, the Federal Government, through the NERC, announced that subsidy would no longer be paid on the electricity consumed by Band A customers. From N68 per kilowatt-hour, Band A customers now pay N255/KWh, while others maintain the old tariffs. Lasaki said customers in these areas would experience “a guaranteed minimum of 20 hours of power supply daily in line with the newly approved Multi-Year Tariff Order”. He assured customers within the EKEDC network of …

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Two varsity students regain freedom from abductors in Taraba

By Sylvanus Viashima, in Jalingo JALINGO : Two students of the Federal University Wukari, Joshua Sardauna from the Economics Department and Obianu Elizabeth of the Microbiology Department have regained freedom from their abductors after almost ten days in captivity. The Head, Information and Protocol Unit of the institution, Mrs Ashu Agbu, who disclosed this on Friday did not provide details of how the duo regained their freedom from the abductors who were demanding ₦50Mn ransom. Agbu simply disclosed that “on a good note, I am pleased to inform you that the two students of the Federal University Wukari who were kidnapped last week regained their freedom last night after spending days in the hands of their abductors”. Our Correspondent recall that the two students were abducted on Wednesday, April 3 at about 10:pm at a shop close to the school when suspected herdsmen invaded the area and unleashed terror, shooting sporadically and sending students scampering for safety. The students are said to have returned to the school to re-sit some papers they could not clear when they were abducted.

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Breaking: Channels Television journalist kidnapped by gunmen in Rivers

Gunmen kidnapped a journalist and reporter with Channels Television, Mr Joshua Rogers, at his residence in Rumuosi in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Thursday night. Rogers, who covers the Rivers State Government House for his organization, was reportedly trailed after he closed from work to his residence. The miscreants accosted him before he alighted from his car, pointed a gun at him and whisked him along with his vehicle off to an unknown destination at about 9 pm. A source who said he doesn’t want his name mentioned said the reporter had earlier covered an event in Ndoni in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of the state where Governor Siminalayi Fubara, inaugurated a Primary Healthcare Centre. The facility was built and donated to the state by the PAMO Educational Foundation, founded by former Rivers governor, Dr Peter Odili, on Thursday. The source said, “Yes, he was kidnapped last night at his residence in Rumuosi and taken away in his car by some unknown gunmen. “We are appealing to the kidnappers to release him immediately and unhurt. He …

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Liberian president declares April 12 holiday for ‘National Fast and Prayer Day’

LIBERIA- The President of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr., has by Proclamation declared Friday, April 12, 2024, as “National Fast and Prayer Day” and is to be observed throughout Liberia as a National Holiday.  According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Day is to be observed as a Day of supplication, prayer, fasting and meditation so that our efforts as people may be crowned with great achievements to the common cause of the Nation, the State, and its humanity. The Proclamation further calls upon all Prelates, Priests, Elders, Deacons, Evangelists, Imams, and all residents, regardless of religious creed, to gather with one accord in their places of worship, in each city, town, village, hamlet and home within the territorial confines of the Republic of Liberia, in simple and non-costly apparel to fast, pray and meditate from 8 o’clock in the morning. The release says all public offices and business houses as well as marketplaces are to remain closed during the observance, while all citizens and foreign residents will cease from their usual daily occupations and …

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Recent deaths in movie industry has robbed the nation of legendary filmmakers,  says Ali Nuhu

ABUJA- The Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Mr Ali Nuhu , has said that recent deaths in the movie industry has robbed the nation of legendary filmmakers. This is contained in a statement signed by Brian Etuk,  Director of Public Affairs of  the NFC in Abuja. Nuhu, described the death of Saratu Gidado(aka Daso) and John Odonwodo,  known as Junior Pope, as heart wrenching for colleagues and the  film industry stakeholders. ”Their deaths, which occurred within the week has  left  Nigeria’s movie industry in a state of mourning. ”Stakeholders have been pained by the frequent  recent losses robbing the country of legendary filmmakers,  who have impacted and contributed greatly to the growth of Nigeria’s film industry. “Their  footprints within the development of the Nigerian film industry will not be forgotten,” he said. Speaking about the late Gidado, the NFC boss said she caught the fancy and interest of Nigerians, particularly as a lead character in several of Kannywood films,  such as ‘Linzami Da Wuta’ and ‘Gidauniya’. ”  She  was a Zuma Film Festival(ZUFF)  2023 Life Time Achievers Awardee but …

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Malian parties reject junta’s suspension of political activities

BAMAKO- Malian political parties and civil society groups jointly rejected on Thursday the ruling junta’s order to suspend political activities and vowed to mount a legal challenge to what one opposition politician called the “dictatorial” move. The West African country has been under military rule since a coup in 2020. Tensions have risen in recent weeks, leading major parties and other organisations jointly to call out the junta on March 31 for not scheduling elections within the promised time frame. The authorities issued a decree on Wednesday suspending until further notice all activities by political parties and groups on the grounds of maintaining public order. Joining forces again, the parties and civil society groups said they were astonished by the decision and called it a “serious violation … of democratic freedoms.” The signatories to the declaration said they rejected the decree and would challenge it in court and refuse to participate in any government activity, including ongoing national talks. They “will resist and will triumph,” the declaration said. Earlier on Thursday, the authorities doubled-down on the decree, ordering television, print, and other …

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Police Condole Actors Guild of Nigeria Over Demise of Junior Pope

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has extended its deepest condolences to the Actors Guild of Nigeria and all who knew and cherished John Paul Odonwodo, fondly called Junior Pope, as well as the other actors whose lives were tragically shortened in the recent boat mishap on the River Niger According to the statement released via the official X account of the NPF, e-signed by Muyiwa Adejobi, the loss of these talents is a profound tragedy in the entertainment industry and the country at large. The statement further stated that investigations into the cause of the accident continue. The NPF prayed for the peaceful repose of their souls. The statement reads in full: We extend our deepest condolences to the Actors Guild of Nigeria and all who knew and cherished John Paul Odonwodo, fondly called Junior Pope, as well as the other actors whose lives were tragically shortened in the recent boat mishap on the River Niger. The loss of these talents is a profound tragedy in the entertainment industry and the country at large. Our …

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Eid-el-fitr: Thousands Troop Out For Zazzau Emirate Sallah Durbar

By Simon Akwu KADUNA – Thousands of people in Zaria trooped out to the streets to join the Emir of Zazzau, Amb. Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, for the sallah durbar, which is the traditional horseriding precession as part of the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations. The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, Ph.D, who is a prince in the emirate and holds the traditional title of Iyan Zazzau, was one of the those that participated at the event. According to the statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Musa Abdullahi Krishi, made available to Precise Post, the Zazzau Emirate is known for its rich culture and tradition, entrenched hundreds of years ago. The durbar holds a day after Eid-el-Fitr in the emirate is known as the Hawan Bariki, and is attended by the top traditional titleholders in the emirate. The Speaker participated with many people in his entourage at the event. The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, who represented Governor Uba Sani, was in attendance. The colourful event was also …

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