Author: Abimbola Ogunnaike

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Wednesday, 17 july, 2024 decried the delay in new minimum wage negotiations and urged the Federal Government and the leadership of organised Labour to ensure that any agreement reached must be backed up by stakeholders’ ability to pay. The Governors also threw their weight behind the recent Supreme Court judgement granting financial autonomy to local governments and pledged continous support to the third their of government. At a meeting of the Forum held at the Enugu State Government House, the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Bauchi State,…

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A New York federal court on Tuesday, 16 July, 2024 convicted a wealthy Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, a self-styled opponent of the authorities in Beijing, of defrauding customers of more than $1 billion. Guo presented himself as a fierce critic of the Chinese Communist Party and a fervent defender of democracy, while keeping links with US right-wing figure Steve Bannon, recently jailed in a separate case. The FBI arrested Guo in March 2023 at his luxurious Manhattan apartment, in a building overlooking Central Park, accusing him of using his online fame to convince thousands of investors to fund his companies…

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Amid the breakup rumours with his wife, famous afrobeat musician, Kizz Daniel has requested a refund for all his expenses. Recall that it was earlier rumoured on the internet that Kizz Daniel’s marriage had crashed after his wife caught him with another woman in his studio. Speaking in a post on its X handle on Wednesday, 17 July, 2024, the singer requested a refund for all that he has done for her if she insists on breaking up with him. In a now trending deleted post, Daniel wrote; “If you won breakup with me, Follow no My problem just pay…

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A final year student of the Niger Delta University, NDU, identified as Francis Palowei, has been reportedly killed by some youths from Amassoma community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, on Monday, 14 July, 2024 over N150 levy at a sand dump, a popular relaxation spot in the area. It was gathered from a resident of the community who spoke on the condition of anonymity, that the sand dump is a popular spot where students often go to relax, socialize and climb the height of it for fun. He said some youths in the area, seeing the…

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By Gbenga Akingbule Fifteen-year old Maryam Mohammed Ali life time ambition is to become a medical doctor where she can utilize her expertise to give care to her community in Baga, a town located on the fringes of Lake Chad Basin that had suffered several attacks from notorious Boko Haram Insurgents. Boko Haram which is translated in Hausa language to mean- Western Education is forbidden, almost succeded in making Ali give up on her dream when they invaded Baga town in Kukawa Local government Council of Borno state. Ali , like many other students couldn’t go to school as the…

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack, OON, as Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, with effect from August 14, 2024. Mrs. Walson-Jack was appointed as Federal Permanent Secretary in 2017 and has served in several Ministries. The new appointee will take over from the incumbent Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR, who is due to retire on August 13, 2024. President Tinubu, while thanking the outgoing Head of Service for her stewardship, tasked the incoming Head of Service to discharge her duties with innovative flair, integrity,…

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Operatives of the Jigawa State Command have arrested 23-year-old Islamic school teacher, Yusuf Yunusa for allegedly sodomizing twelve of his students in Gwaram Local Government. State Commissioner of Police A T. Abdullahi made this disclosure on Wednesday, 17 July, 2024 this while parading the suspects at the Command’s headquarters, Dutse, the state capital. According to him “on 11/07/2024 at about 2100hrs, information was received at Gwaram Divisional Police Headquarters that, on the same date at about 1400hrs, one Yusuf Yunusa, 23 years of Gwaram town, a teacher of an Almajiri Islamic school, formed the habit of taking some of his…

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The United Kingdom Government has hosted a multi-stakeholder meeting in Abuja to discuss how its Serious & Organised Crime (SOC) Prevent Programme is making significant strides in deterring vulnerable young people from joining Organised Crime Groups in Nigeria. Launched as a three-year pilot in December 2021, the programme is designed to disrupt Nigerian Organised Crime Groups by redirecting at-risk youth towards positive alternatives in Bayelsa, Edo, Zamfara and Lagos states. In select local governments of these states, the SOC Prevent Programme has established robust structures and delivered various interventions, including Back-to-School Initiatives, Digital Skills Acquisition, Dance and Drama Workshops and…

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Stiffer measures to cut raw mineral exports and boost value addition topped talks among African ministers of mining at the Ministerial Roundtable held yesterday to flag off the annual Africa Natural Resources and Energy Investment Summit (AFNIS) in Abuja. The measures include an upward review of licence fees, royalties and charges, support for indigenous miners, and value addition as a condition for licences. The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, who chairs the African Minerals Strategy Group (AMSG), urged member-countries to ensure control of their mineral resources, leveraging the global shift to green energy to maximize the benefits…

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Abdullahi Hurso Bashir, a former councilor from Marte Local Government Area in Borno State, has shared his harrowing tale of survival and resilience in the face of Boko Haram’s insurgency. Bashir’s life was forever changed when his community was attacked in 2014, forcing him to flee and become an internally displaced person (IDP). This was disclosed in a statement yesterday by Ahmed Mustapha, the spokesperson of The Truth Alliance, which is a a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) dedicated to exposing the evil agenda and countering the narratives of Boko Haram terrorists and splinter groups like the Islamic State…

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The United Kingdom has appointed Mr. Mark Smithson the Country Director for the UK’s Department for Business and Trade (DBT) in Nigeria. He takes over from Chim Chalemera who recently concluded a three-year posting in that role. Smithson is an experienced civil servant having undertaken a wide variety of roles both in the UK and overseas. In this new role, he will lead on the UK-Nigeria’s trade and investment relations to deliver an increased high value inward investment and greater exports into the UK and Nigeria as well as support market access and trade policy priorities. To mark his arrival…

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The Chinese government has commenced preparation towards hosting this year’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit, the Charge d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy, Zhang Yi has disclosed Speaking at the Capacity Building Workshop for Diplomatic Correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday with the theme: “Enhancing Diplomatic Reporting in Nigeria”, the envoy said Nigeria has become China’s biggest contractor market and third largest trading partner and major investment destination in Africa He said: “We are making full preparations for the approaching summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which will be held from September 4 to 6. “We hope this summit will…

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Plans are underway to further strengthen areas of partnership and collaboration between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This way revealed during the visit of the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa to the Embassy of UAE in Abuja following the removal of the visa ban by placed on Nigeria by the Arab country. Dabiri-Erewa who was received by the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Salem Saeed Al-Shamsi, stated that NiDCOM intends to engage and sensitize Nigerians in the UAE to be good ambassadors of their country of stay and country of origin, to excel in whatever…

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Tragedy occurred in the Abaji Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as couple- Alhaji Musa Baba and his wife, Fatima Baba, were fatally knocked down by a car while on their way to the farm on a motorcycle. A witness report stated that the accident occurred around 3 pm near the Abaji General Hospital junction. According to the witness, a Mercedes Benz, traveling from the Gwagwalada axis, ran over the couple. “The man died on the spot while his wife gave up at the hospital where she was rushed to,” the source said. The witness said that officials…

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By Walter Duru, Ph.D The digital age has reshaped how we consume and disseminate information, with online media playing a crucial role in shaping public perception and opinion. Recognizing this, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), with support from the Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D) Project, recently organized a two-day roundtable with online newspaper publishers in Nigeria. The Roundtable, held in two batches, at Lagos and Abuja, respectively, provided participants the opportunity to understand and appreciate the activities, strategy, approach, achievements, and challenges of NIMC. It was the first of its kind, since the establishment of the commission. This…

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The First Lady of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has paid a condolence visit to the Saraki family ahead of the funeral of their Mother, Mrs Florence Morenike Saraki in Lagos. While condoling with the children she noted that her visit which has the permission of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a way of letting the family know that the Tinubus love them. “We are one family. You know that politics aside, Mr President will always look out for you “Mama lived a good life. I know it hurts so much but we thank God for the good life she lived,”…

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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, said chop owners at the Oba Lipede International Market, Kuto, Abeokuta, who lost valuables during Saturday night’s inferno would be supported by the state government. Governor Abiodun gave the assurance when he toured the market to ascertain the level of destruction caused by the fire incident. He said that enumeration would be carried out to determine the loses incurred by shop owners at the market so as to immediately provide succour to those affected and ensure that they can quickly come back on their feet. He commended the state fire service for their…

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Kenyan police have arrested one Jomaisi Khalisia, 33, who they have described as a “serial killer” suspected to have been behind the gruesome murder of nine women whose mutilated bodies were found in a disused quarry used as a rubbish dump. Police said Khalisa confessed to having killed 42 women since 2022, including his own wife. According to police,the suspect was arrested at a bar early on the morning of Monday,16 July, 20234 as he was watching the Euro final. There has been shock and outrage in Kenya since the first of the dismembered bodies were found on Friday at the Mukuru…

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The detained Binance Holdings Limited’s executive, Tigran Gambaryan, was on Tuesday, 16 July, 2024 whisked into Federal High Court in Abuja in a wheelchair. Gambaryan, who was dressed in a black T-shirt with blue jeans trousers, is facing a money laundering charge alongside the cryptocurrency firm. When the matter was called, Gambaryan stood up from the wheelchair and walked slowly into the dock. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Ogechi Ujam, told the court that though the matter was scheduled for the continuation of trial, the commission’s lead counsel, Ekele Iheanacho was not in court. Ujam prayed the court…

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Few days after he failed to win Euro 2024 in Germany, Gareth Southgate has resigned from his role as manager of the England national team. Recall that the Three Lions lost 2-1 against Spain in the final on the night of Sunday ,14 July, 2024. “As a proud Englishman, it has been the honour of my life to play for England and to manage England,” Southgate said on Tuesday, 16 July, 2024 after announcing his decision to quit the Three Lions. “It has meant everything to me, and I have given it my all.But it’s time for change, and for…

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