Monday, 11 November 2019
Friday, 1 November 2019
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, has said music superstar, Davido, illegally arrested the two girls who pranked that Davido impregnated one of them.
In a video which went viral last week, the two girls had said that Davido slept with Helen, one of them, at the Eko Hotel and Suites and got impregnated. This infuriated the DMW boss, whose wife, Chioma, had just given birth at that time. Davido had promised toget the girls arrested and charged to court for defamation.
In a turn of events, another video surfaced on Monday where the girls are seen in handcuffs.
In a video posted by Davido’s hypeman, Special Spesh, the two ladies, Helen and Susan, are seen in handcuffs as they are queried before the camera.
The police spokesman Elkana, however, denied that the police was responsible for the illegal arrest. Elkana criticised the singer and his crew for parading the girls in handcuffs and said that the girls can sue Davido for illegal arrest.
Elkana said private citizens have no right to parade suspects and only a court of competent jurisdiction can pronounce someone guilty of a crime.
Meanwhile the artiste will release his second album on Novembe,r 22.
The second studio album titled ‘A Good Time’ will be released by Davido Music Worldwide/Sony Music U.K./RCA Records.
Davido made the announcement on Monday week via his Instagram page.
He tweeted; “A GOOD TIME NOV 22!!!”
The album will serve as a follow up on the last album titled, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’, which was released in 2012.
According to the singer, the album will also feature; ‘Blow my mind’ featuring American singer, Chris Brown and ‘Risky’ featuring Popcaan, which he released recently.
It would be recalled that sometimes last month, the singer held a listening party. There, he hinted attendees about the upcoming album and some songs featured on the album was played.
Davido also stated that the album will feature productions from all his go-to hitmakers; Kiddominant, Shizzi, Speroachbeatz, FreshVDM and one international producer.
President Buhari while presenting the 2020 budget proposal before lawmakers on October 8, 2019, had vowed that Federal Government Employees not captured on the IPPIS platform by 31st Oct. 2019 would no longer be receiving their salaries.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a phone interview, noted that the union had decided to maintain status quo, pending further meetings. ASUU had at different fora rejected the deadline, stating that universities operated differently from the civil service and should, therefore, not be seen as appendages of ministries, departments and agencies of government.
“What we have been saying is that the reaction of our members will depend on what happens in the government. Our members will meet at the appropriate time to take appropriate decision.
“The Senate has intervened in the matter and we are engaging the Senate, the Senate has appealed to us for now, When they pay other workers, they pay them also.”
According to him, the union is proposing another template which would factor in the peculiarities of the universities and promote their interest.
“The point we are making is that we have visited the Senate President, told him that there is an alternative to IPPIS, the IPPIS as we see it, will not promote the interest of the university, there is no university or country in the world where the payment of university workers is centralised with the government.”
On the World University ranking, Ogunyemi stressed that enrolling its members would affect Nigeria’s status, and discourage visiting lecturers come into the system.
“IPPIS will affect our ranking, because now scholars from different parts of the world will not be encouraged to come to Nigeria. Imagine somebody come for short six months and because of IPPIS he is not paid from three to four months, whereas, if they are domesticated in the universities, ASUU will pay them.
“Any university can attract scholars from any part of the world and you do not expect scholars to come from India, China, Australia, America or UK and be coming into Abuja to enroll in IPPIS. It is ridiculous, and that is what the autonomy means, that universities should govern their personnel, and their pay role system.
“We are saying it is not safe, we are going to become a laughing stock among committee of universities. In Ghana, there is something like IPPIS, but universities are not part of it. There is nowhere in the world that payroll is centralised and managed by consultants.”
He, however, noted that what the union wanted was a “Governing Council’ that would govern and manage the payroll of ASUU members. “If government does that, it is the council that the government will hold responsible, that is what the law says, and where a council is found to be corrupt, or incompetent, that council should be dissolved and another council should be put in place.
“Our proposal is that there should be a mechanism that will enable the government to monitor the payroll system and the personnel. At the appropriate time, we will release it to the Nigerian public.
“The mechanism, when we centralise the payroll system of academics in Nigeria, you are taking a risk, cyber criminals can break into it at any time. There is nothing you put on the internet that cannot be hacked and that is not accessible in any part of the world.”
He stressed that the IPPIS will erode autonomy of the union, noting that the universities are unique environment, and are called “universal cities, because they are universal market places of ideas.”
The Anambra state government has banned the movement of fuel tankers during the daytime following the fatal incidents witnessed in the state in recent times.
Anambra state's Commissioner for Information, Don Adinuba said fuel tankers are only allowed to move within the state from 8 p.m. to 5a.m. He added that the restriction is to enable agencies like the Anambra State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Civil Defence, the Anambra Traffic Management Agency and other agencies to respond effectively and in good time.
The statement reads “Following the incessant collapse of trucks carrying petroleum products in Anambra State in recent times, including one which happened in Onitsha earlier today(Thursday), the Anambra State Government has decided to restrict the time which vehicles laden with petroleum products can move in the state.
“With effect from Saturday, November 2, 2019, such vehicles can be allowed to move within Anambra State from only 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
“The restriction is to enable agencies like the Anambra State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Civil Defence, the Anambra Traffic Management Agency and indeed all other security, law enforcement and safety agencies to respond effectively and in good time to emergencies created by such accidents.”
Kim Kardashian says her image is worth millions -- more than $10 million -- and that's why she's suing a makeup app for allegedly jacking one of her pics.
Kim claims in the new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, iHandy used a 2017 photo of her to promote a makeup and beauty manipulation app. What's especially galling to Kim -- the photo was one she used to promote her own beauty line.
Kim's lawyer scoffed at iHandy's defense ... that it had no idea it was Kim in the pic they used. The lawsuit says, "Defendant claim, absurdly, as its alleged defense ... that they didn't know that the unlicensed, unauthorized photo they knowingly stole and misappropriated was that of [Kim Kardashian West] ... one of the most famous and recognizable women in the world."
According to the lawsuit ... Kim's lawyer claims iHandy "even had the audacity to threaten [Kim Kardashian West] not to bring claims against them for their blatant infringement, or they would go after her."
The app in question offers "perfect selfies with professional beauty and body retouch tools, including face life, smooth, concealer, slim and more."
As for why she's suing for $10 mil plus, the lawsuit says it includes the cost of licensing her photo and using her likeness. She also wants them to cough up any profits they made from using her photo.
THE Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) spent N113.56 billion to print naira in two years, a report has said.
The report from the Currency Operations Department of the CBN said the regulator spent N64.04 billion on printing banknotes in 2018 and N49.52 billion in the corresponding period of 2017 bringing the total to N113.56 billion in two years.
Also, the total amount of currency-in-circulation (CIC) grew by 0.8 per cent to N2.330 trillion as at the end of December 2018. It stated that the growth in CIC reflected the high dominance of cash in the economy and increase in economic activities.
A breakdown of the CIC indicated that in terms of volume and value, the proportion of higher denomination banknotes (N100, N200, N500 and N1000) in total rose from 41.9 to 44.3 per cent and 96.9 to 97.6 per cent, respectively. The lower denomination currency notes continued to be preponderant in terms of volume, constituting 55.7 per cent of the total. In value terms, it constituted 2.4 per cent of the total banknotes.
According to the report, the CBN approved an indent of 3,351.34 million pieces of banknotes of various denominations in 2018, to meet the currency needs of the economy. This was 25.3 per cent higher than the level in the preceding year. The Nigerian Security Printing and Minting (NSPM) Plc was awarded the contract for the production of the entire indent. It stated that the NSPM delivered 2,653.31 million pieces or 79.2 percent of the total, with an outstanding balance of 698.03 as at the end of December, 2018.
In addition, the company, under a domestication arrangement, delivered 22.89 million pieces of Nigeria’s N100 commemorative centenary banknote, awarded in 2014 to Crane Currency Sweden. As at December 31st 2018, a cumulative total of 992.50 million pieces or 99.3 percent had been delivered.
Furthermore, it stated that the management of the apex bank approved the procurement of 2.42 million pieces of N500 denomination Banknotes produced by NSPM in 2012 at a negotiated 50 per cent discount price of N15.499 billion.
“The Department expended the sum of N64,040.78 million on printing of banknotes in 2018, compared with N49,524.96 million in the corresponding period of 2017, indicating an increase of N14,515.82 million.
The man who was instructed to smoke weed in church during a church programme Rev Obofour preached in, has accused him of reneging on his promises after hiring him for the act.
Recall we reported that Rev. Obofour told Razak to some weed so he could deliver him from the habit of smoking in a church programme organised by one Ghanaian preacher, Abruku Abruka.
Razak said he was given the weed by Abruku who told him that Rev. Obofour will call him out. He told Thunder TV that he was further instructed to obey and carry out all he is asked to do in exchange for money and a shopping spree, but he is yet to get any.
Rev Obofour however denied the claim and also stated that he has never paid anyone to lie about anything or act for him to get praises. He accused one Nana Agradaa of trying so hard to tarnish his image because of his upcoming 31st Night crusade which last year pulled over 16,000 people.
The Ghanaian Pastor warned that henceforth he is not going to sit back and watch people tarnish his image publicly. He affirmed that he will fight back because overtaking is allowed in business.
15 people chained in an illegal rehabilitation center that also serves as a church have been rescued by officers attached to the Lagos State Police Command.
Some of the victims between the ages of 19-50 who were rescued from Blessings of Godness Healing Church in Isheri Osun community of Egbe Idimu on Thursday October 31, have reportedly been chained at the center since 2014 after suffering some health challenges their families thought were spiritual attacks.
Lagos Police spokesman Bala Elkana who confirmed the rescue mission said a 58-year-old Prophet, Sunday Joseph Ojo and 10 others were arrested. The Prophet reportedly told the police that he has been in the healing ministry since 1986 and kept the inmates in chain to prevent their escape.
"On 30/10/2019 at about 1810hrs, acting on information from a reliable source, a team of detectives from Isheri Osun Police Station led by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Chike Ibe stormed a prayer House used as detention camp at No 26 Alafia Street, Oriofe Ijegun Isheri, where the Prophet, Sunday Joseph Ojo 'm' 58years old and 10 others were arrested. Fifteen persons who were chained on the legs, were rescued" the statement read.
"Some of the victims were said to have spent five years in the detention camp. The victims are between ages 19 and 50, males and females. Some of them where brought by their families to seek spiritual help from mental illness and other diseases.
"The Prophet said he has been in the healing ministry since 1986. That he chained the in order to prevent escape. Investigation is ongoing. Police are working closely with other agencies of government to provide adequate medical attention and shelter to the victims."
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Toke Makinwa gifts her personal assistant with a car on her birthday.
One video a lot of people will be talking about today is that of Toke Makinwa gifting her Personal Assistant, Onise a car gift.
The media personality had a pre-birthday party on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in Lagos which was put together by her close friends. According to her, she won't be in Nigeria for the birthday proper so it was only right she partied with her close friends.
Well, we guess a lot of people didn't see it coming as Toke Makinwa gifted her Personal Assistant, Onise with a car. The visibly overwhelmed P.A could not hide her joy as she wept uncontrollably as the key to the car was presented to her.
"I already knew what I wanted for my birthday present as I turn 35, buying my assistant a car was the only thing that’ll make me happy and I thank God for the grace to be able to help her start her life. She got the keys last night," Toke wrote on her Instagram page.
Toke Makinwa turns 35 in a few days and just like every other year, we cant wait to see those gorgeous photos she would be sharing on that day...just wait for it!
Still talking about Toke Makinwa and her photos, a few months ago, the media personality attempted at breaking the Internet with some steamy photos.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has yet another asset in his name and it is a $9 Million Georgia Estate.
TMZ reported that the Hollywood actor and former WWE Superstar paid $9,014,000 for the 46-acre estate which is located 45 minutes from Atlanta in Powder Springs, Georgia.
The 14,791 square feet mansion which has 8 bedrooms, a 12-stall barn, a riding arena with a viewing deck, a pool with a pool house is located in a town which has only 15,000 people. The farmhouse was reportedly built in 1867 for the caretakers.
A dog on Thursday reportedly sniffed out the driver who drove the fuel tanker that fell in Onitsha.
He driver reportedly fled the scene of the accident and hid in a culvert.
A resident who spoke with our correspondent in Onitsha said the driver went into hiding after the accident but was sniffed out of his hiding place by a dog.
“The driver ran away after the incident; he was nowhere to be found. But after a while, a dog started barking near a culvert close to the scene of the accident.
“The noise attracted many people and after a search, a man who acknowledged that he was the driver of the truck was found and brought out. The police later came and took him away,” the source stated.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed that the driver had been identified and arrested.
He said, “The driver of the tanker has been arrested by Awada division. NUPENG is on the ground and making efforts to transload the product.”
He said the tanker crashed into a gutter due to brake failure.
“The tanker was coming from Benin and travelling to Enugu,” Mohammed said.
This would be the third time that a tanker would be falling in the commercial city in two weeks.
The first two accidents claimed no fewer than five lives, including a woman and her 10 month- old child.
No fewer than 22 vehicles and about 500 shops were reportedly destroyed in the two incidents.
The Thursday incident, it was gathered occurred around 1:00 p.m. on the Onitsha/Enugu Expressway.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that the content of the tanker was spilling out after it fell, causing residents to scamper for safety.
The incident caused gridlock in the area for close to three hours.
The Anambra State Police Command in a statement directed commuters to use other routes.
The statement said, “A tanker loaded with PMS just fell into a ditch along Onitsha/Enugu Expressway by Chipex Filling station.
“The PMS is spilling out as of the time of making this report. It is highly advisable you alert residents in the area to stay clear from the premises in order to prevent any disaster.
“Police patrol teams have cordoned off the area and fire service department has equally been contacted to be on standby in order to prevent fire incident.”
On Thursday, October 31st, members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) shut down shops owned by Nigerians in five markets in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital.
It was the second time this year the association would shut Nigerian-owned shops, claiming it was waging a war on foreigners doing retail business in the country.
GUTA says foreign retailers flout section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865, which forbids their involvement in the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place must be reserved for Ghanaians.
The law also bans foreigners from operating taxis, beauty salons, selling medicine, production and sale of sachet water, among others. The markets where Nigerian traders were shut out were in Kejetia, Suame Magazine, Adum and Asafo.
GUTA Public Relations Officer, Albert Mensah Offei, told Joy FM that the action will soon be extended to other parts of the country. However, according to Ghanaweb.com, the action of the association is being interpreted as a retaliation for the closure of the Nigerian land border, which has affected traders in the West African region.
GUTA recently noted that the closure of Nigeria’s trade borders to Benin and other neighbouring countries is an outright breach of ECOWAS treaties. The President of the Association, Joseph Obeng who spoke to Accra-based Joy FM noted that the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the ECOWAS parliament have failed to check Nigeria. He argued that this is enough evidence that all treaties and protocols under ECOWAS being ineffective.
“Nigeria has blatantly flouted ECOWAS protocol if there is even something like that. Surprisingly, the foreign affairs ministry has failed to deal with this issue, nobody is talking to this issue and for two months Ghanaian goods have been locked up in Nigeria. This act by the Nigerian government nullifies the entire ECOWAS Treaty on the free movement of people and goods,” he said.
Twitter will ban all political advertising on the platform globally, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced.
He made this statement on Twitter and explained that they'll be stopping every paid political ad because they "believe political message reach should be earned not bought".
According to Jack Dorsey, paying for reach as regards politics "brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions.
He promised that details on the ban will follow in November.
Read his full statement on the matter below
MTN Nigeria said it deactivated 600,000 active subscribers in compliance with the directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission to deactivate partially registered SIM cards.
The telecommunication company recorded 61.6 million subscribers at the end of the third quarter, adding 100,000 users quarter on quarter, the Q3 unaudited financial report ended September 30, 2019 stated.
In the report published on Wednesday, MTN said service revenue increased by 12.1 per cent to N854.9bn, largely driven by increases of 10.1 per cent and 34.9 per cent, respectively in voice and data revenue.
The financial report stated that earnings per share rose by 29 per cent to N7.29 while capex increased by 39.5 per cent to N154.1bn
MTN said its fintech business gained traction with 21.7 per cent year-on-year growth in revenue, driven by increased adoption of the Xtratime service, allowing subscribers to borrow airtime.
The telco said it launched its super-agent services in August 2019 and recorded 66,000 registered agents.
Commenting on the performance of the company, the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, said MTN recorded double-digit growth in service revenue despite the challenging business environment.
According to him, the telco added 1.6 million active data subscribers and 4G population coverage reached over 35 per cent in 64 cities.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested 30 students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic and Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, as well as those of Olabisi Onabanjo University.
The anti-corruption body arrested FUNAAB, MAPOLY students on Wednesday, after storming the Ibogun campus of the OOU in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State to arrest some students of the school.
A student of OOU, Samson Adeyemi, who is also the students’ spokesperson, claimed the EFCC agents took away 18 students from the Ibogun campus.
According to him, the agents arrived at some students’ hostels around 12am on Tuesday and broke in through the windows and the doors before making arrests.
Our correspondent learnt that operatives raided student apartments, claiming that they were Internet fraudsters. Some cars, laptops and phones were taken away.
It was learnt that they carried out the operations in Safari, Abule-Ojere, Gbokoniyi, Kemta and Alabata, all in Abeokuta, reportedly dominated by MAPOLY and FUNAAB students.
An eyewitness, who recorded a 25-second video of the raid on a building in Abule-Ojere, said the operatives carted away from a car, laptops, but could not get the suspected Internet fraudsters living in those apartments.
A student, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he was accosted on his way home by EFCC officials, but was later released after they searched him and could not find any incriminating material on him.
Our correspondent also obtained a 50-second video from one of the victims whose apartment was allegedly raided by the EFCC.
In the video, the victim believed to be a student of MAPOLY lamented that he was not a fraudster, but his apartment was raided.
The victim claimed that the operatives broke into his room through the windows and ransacked his apartment.
Our correspondent also obtained a video where a vehicle carrying the EFCC operatives was moving around Abeokuta.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Student Union, Johnson Idowu, said the school had not received any report of arrest of MAPOLY students by the EFCC.
He said, “We learnt that the EFCC came to Abeokuta, but there was no pictorial evidence to prove that.
“We have not received any report that our students are among those arrested.”
However, spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the operations.”
Uwujaren told our correspondent that they arrested about 30 people over alleged Advanced Free Fraud.
He said, “Yes, our people are there for an operation and made some arrests.
“At the moment, they are screening them and once they finish the screening, those who are not linked to the crime will be allowed to go home while we will continue with further investigation.”
When asked of the whereabouts of the students, Uwujaren said “I don’t think that is an issue. They are safe. About 30 people are involved".
Nicki Minaj's husband went to great lengths to put a ring on her finger ... overseeing the making of her wedding band every step of the way and throwing down a massive wad of cash to secure it.
Nicki is finally showing everyone the diamond goods ... and the jeweler who made it tells us Kenneth Petty handled the design, delivery and paid for it on his own. We're told the band is valued at $1.1 million.
Rafaello and Co tells us Kenneth commissioned them to make their wedding rings, working together on a design for several months. Nicki's custom bling features a 17-carat center with VVS2-clarity diamonds.
The jeweler tells us Kenneth wanted a traditional wedding ring for Nicki -- nice diamonds and nothing too gaudy -- because he knows that's her style.
As for Kenneth's band ... we're told it's customized with the words "Ken & Barbie" on the inside of the ring. Nicki's doesn't have an inscription, but we're told there was simply no room for one.
We're told the jeweler flew from New York City to Los Angeles a few days before Nicki's wedding to deliver the rings ... they came in a customized the jewelry box that plays a photo slideshow of the couple to the tune of Nicki's song, "Come See About Me."
TMZ broke the story ... Nicki and Kenneth got hitched last week in L.A. in a super low-key ceremony, rushing to the altar with her pastor because their marriage license was about to expire.
Sounds like things are going great for the newlyweds ... their jeweler tells us Nicki and Kenneth are "definitely in love and happy."
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Facebook and Instagram have banned aubergine and peach emojis as well as the water drip, for being too ‘sexually suggestive.’
According to the social media giants, the change is part of an update to Facebook’s Sexual Solicitation Community Standards, which are aimed at sex workers who use the platforms to sell their services.
The emojis, which are widely known to represent a penis (aubergine), bum (peach), and ejaculation (water drip), will still be allowed in captions, but can no longer be used in a manner that suggests or asks for anything sexual.
Facebook explained: “People use Facebook to discuss and draw attention to sexual violence and exploitation. We recognise the importance of and want to allow for this discussion.
“We draw the line, however, when content facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults.
“We also restrict sexually explicit language that may lead to solicitation because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content and it may impede the ability for people to connect with their friends and the broader community.”
Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria, Anambra State chapter of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital chapter has threatened to go on strike again.
The doctors had suspended their strike that lasted for two months in July.
On Wednesday, the medical practitioners issued a seven-day ultimatum to Anambra State Government to commence payment of enhanced salaries to its members or face industrial action.
The Chairman of the association, Dr Chukwudi Okani, at a press conference in Awka, said members of the association would commence the indefinite strike should the government fail to heed to the call.
He noted that salaries received by medical consultants in the institution were lower when compared to salaries received by House officers in Federal Medical Centres across the South-East zone.
He said, “I have been a consultant for more than six years now but you cannot believe that my salary here is not up to what a house officer receives in any of the FMC in the South-East zone.
“Our ultimatum was due to the inability of the state to implement the agreement it reached with us after the suspension of our July 8, 2019 strike.
“After the suspension of our July strike, we agreed with the Anambra State Government that salaries paid to consultants in the state should be equal to that received by other consultants in teaching hospitals.
“We had other issues that we presented to the government which made the state government inaugurate a committee that was given one month to investigate and submit its findings and recommendations to the government’’.
Okani regretted that since the suspension of the strike, the committee had not submitted its report.
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