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Monday, 11 November 2019

NNAMDI KANU GIVES NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT FRESH WARNINGS

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has issued new conditions to the Nigerian government, before he can have a dialogue over the agitation for Biafra.





Kanu, in a statement signed by

Friday, 1 November 2019

POLICE SAYS DAVIDO COULD BE SUED BY GIRLS WHO HE ILLEGALLY ARRESTED


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.


ASUU SUSPENDS POSSIBLE STRIKE


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its proposed strike over Federal Government’s directive to enroll its members into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS). 



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.”

TANKERS BANNED FROM DAYTIME TRIPS BY GOVT.


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 SUES BEAUTY APP FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE OF HER PICTURE


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.

CBN SPENDS OVER N113B TO PRINT NAIRA IN TWO YEARS -- REPORT


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.

MAN WHO SMOKED WEED DURING DELIVERANCE IN CHURCH, SAY HE WAS HIRED BY PASTOR TO ACT


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 PERSONS RECUSED BY POLICE AFTER FIVE YEARS OF BEING CHAINED IN CHURCH


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."