Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, on Wednesday celebrated his 70th birthday in Abuja.
The event was attended by the former president, Goodluck Jonathan, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, his running mate, Kashim Shettima, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State among others.
A tweep, Dinchi, has shared the experience of some Nigerians, who were detained at the airport in Dubai with their passports seized.
Dinchi, who shared video and photo from the scene claimed that the incident happened on Wednesday.
She tweeted, “This is the situation happening with Nigerians arriving Dubai today 31st August 2022. Detained and our passports seized. Help!”
“Is it a crime to be Nigerian? How can a visa be issued to you and then you get held at the airport without information?
“Nigerians should stop visiting Dubai. Cos we cannot be humiliated this way by the same people that issued us visas. Use your money to come and get humiliated? Nah.”
In the video, some Nigerians can be seen attempting to state their cases to an official but he was merely insisting that they get out of his office.
In her last update, Dinchi revealed that she had been able to get out but not so with the others.
“My sister had to go through immigration to get me released. It was a tedious process. Others are still there and I don’t know their status. What happens if you have no family here? Nobody knows what is going on,” she added.
A final year Student who is alleged to be a Uniosun student has took to social media to mock students who are affected by the ASUU Strike. He did this after he completed his last examination in the varsity.
The ongoing ASUU strike has been on for over 7 months now. However, UNIOSUN is one of the university that is not affected. He captioned his “signing out” cloth “ASUU LOL”
Men of the Ogun state Police command, on Tuesday, August 30, arrested two men, Emmanuel Thompson and Joshua Godwin who conspired together to gang rape an eighteen year old girl (name withheld).
A statement released by SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesperson of the state police command, said the suspects were arrested following a complaint lodged at Ogijo divisional headquarters by the victim, who reported that she boarded a commercial motorcycle at about 8 am on the said date, from MRI company area to Ogijo bus stop, but on the way going, the rider who carried another male passenger with her suddenly diverted to another route, while the other male passenger started threatening to kill her if she didn’t cooperate with them.
”She complained further that they forcefully took her to a room in one house in the area, where two other men were waiting for them. On getting there, the two men they met in the room and the accompanied male passenger took turns to have sex with her forcefully.
Upon the report, the DPO Ogijo division, CSP Onatufe Umoh, detailed his detectives to the scene where two amongst the suspects were apprehended while their other accomplices escaped.
The two arrested suspects have confessed to the commission of the crime.” the statement read
Oyeyemi added that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation Departments for further investigation and diligent prosecution. He said the Commissioner also directed that the escaped members of the gang must be hunted for and brought to book.
Abuja-based lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has warned singer, Lanre Teriba Atorise, to desist from threatening a prophet, Israel Oladele Ogundipe aka Genesis, over his bashing of Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi of Love of Christ Generation Church, Cherubim and Seraphim, Lagos.
Ogundipe, who is the Shepherd-in-Charge of Celestial Church of Christ Global Genesis Parish, slammed Ajayi for abandoning him while he was in custody. Genesis was convicted and sentenced to jail for defrauding a London-based architect and converting her property for personal use in 2021.
Reacting to the public rebuke of the clergywoman, Atorise in a video on his Facebook page on Tuesday expressed his love for Ogundipe and disappointment at his public bashing of Ajayi. He went on to demand that Ogundipe apologises to her within 24 hours.
“Mama Ajayi doesn’t owe anyone anything. She is our benefactor. She prayed for you. I want to give him 24 hours to reverse what he has said. I will go to his church and fight him, one on one. You can’t talk to an elder like that,” he said.
Olajengbesi, who reacted to the face-off via his Facebook page on Wednesday cautioned Atorise about his outburst and threats.
He advised Atorise to apologise to Ogundipe within 24 hours. The lawyer said, “Lanre Teriba Atorise is advised to quickly caution himself with his nature of utterances in the dispute between Prophet Israel Ogundipe Genesis and Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi. He should control his emotions now, nothing under the law gives him the right to threaten anybody. A threat is a crime under the law. The law allows an aggrieved person to express himself or herself just like Genesis has done, but the law will jail a person who threatens another even if he has not carried out his threats. Atorise is well advised because if anything happens to Genesis negligently, Atorise has bought a case he did not pray for. The person to apologise in 24hours so far now is Atorise.”
The Federal Government has proposed to borrow N11.3 trillion to fund the N19.76 trillion proposed 2023 budget.
Tribune reports that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this while presenting the 2023 to 2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Policy Paper (FSP) to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Finance chaired by Honourable Abiodun Faleke.
According to her, the fiscal parameters for the year showed that oil production volume was pegged at 1.69mbpd, oil benchmark – $70 per barrel, exchange rate – N435.57/$; N8.501 trillion as total oil and gas revenue; N1.105 trillion as derivation; N7.396 trillion as total oil and gas revenue after derivation; deductions – N3.538 trillion while other federally funded upstream projects pegged at N3.432 trillion.
The minister presented two scenarios of budget parameters on fuel subsidy estimated at N6.72 trillion for full year 2023 (business-as-usual scenario) as well as possible provision of N3.36 trillion for mid-year 2023 (reform scenario).
The lawmakers, however, expressed grave concerns over the rationale behind the spike in the fiscal deficit pegged at N11.30 trillion for 2023 against N7.35 trillion fiscal deficits for 2022.
While speaking on the overview of the Federal Government’s revenue for 2023 to 2025, the minister said
“In the first scenario, the 2023 Federal Government revenue is projected at N6.34 trillion, out of which only N373.17 billion or 5.9 percent comes from oil-related sources. The balance of N5.97 trillion is to be earned from non-oil sources.
In the second scenario, in addition to subsidy reform, this scenario assumes an aggressive implementation of cost-to-income limits of GOEs. With these, the 2023 Federal Government revenue is projected at N8.46 trillion (15.1 percent or N1.51 trillion less than the 2022 budget) but N2.12 trillion more than scenario one.”
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, has accused religious leaders, security agencies, and even some NNPC staff of the theft of the nation’s crude oil.
The NNPC Group Chief Executive Officer, Kyari said this during the 49th session of the weekly ministerial brief at the State House in Abuja, stressing that oil theft is largely carried out by Nigerians.
Kyari disclosed that the stolen products, pipelines are found mostly in churches and mosques, Channels Tv reported.
“When a fire outbreak happened in one of our pipelines, we discovered that some of the pipelines were actually connected to individual’s homes. And not only that, and with all sensitivity to our religious beliefs, you know, some of the pipelines and some of the products that we found, are actually in churches and in mosques,” Kyari said.
“This means that everybody is involved. There’s no way you will take products, bring them in trucks in populated neighborhoods, load them, and leave without everybody else knowing about it. Everybody includes members of the community, members of the religious leaders and also and most likely government officials of all natures, including security agencies personnel.”
Kyari revealed that vandalism has led to the shut down of the entire network of pipelines for petroleum products distribution in Nigeria.
The NNPC Boss mentioned that a national reserve company will be established to manage the pipelines on a commercial basis to efficiently put them to use for the distribution of products across the country.
Katsina State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, says the federal government has released N6.25 billion for the establishment of cattle ranches in local government areas affected by banditry in the state.
Yakubu, also Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this during the Ranch Stakeholders Development Meeting in Katsina on Monday.
He said that the frontline local government areas where grazing reserves would be established were Jibia, Batsari, Dutsinma, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, and Sabuwa Dandume among others.
He said part of the funds would be used to construct schools, health centers, and veterinary clinics in the affected communities.
The deputy governor said that the state government would engage reputable contractors to handle the projects.
He said the federal and the state governments were determined to ensure that peace and stability were restored in areas affected by banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, and other criminalities.
“We are therefore soliciting the support and cooperation of the affected communities to provide suitable sites for the execution of these projects,” Yakubu said.
I Was Born And Raised In Celestial – Funke Akindele Reveals
Funke Akindele has opened up that she was born and raised in Celestial church.
Recall that the Nollywood actress is also the deputy gubernatorial candidate, Lagos, under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The star spoke while opening up on her spiritual life.
According to a video posted on Sunday by Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) Wonderland Parish on the @weintheccc Instagram handle, the 45-year-old called on the clergy to pray for her so she can excel in all her endeavours.
She disclosed that she was born and raised in CCC, adding that her case could be likened to a lost sheep who has returned home.
The mother of two, while speaking in a mixture of Yoruba and English said that whenever she has challenges she secretly goes to CCC for help and to see results but that has come to an end as she decided to openly identify with the church.
Akindele said, “I was born and raised in Celestial. My situation was like that of a lost sheep that God calls back home.
“Whenever I had challenges in my life, I usually ran back to Celestial Church but secretly. And I would see that I got breakthroughs, but right now I said enough is enough. I’ve stopped hiding. I have to be identified with the church publicly.
“And I want to beg you, be praying for Funke Akindele. Every day you’re praying, remember Funke Akindele and everything that belongs to Funke Akindele. That whatever Funke Akindele does should turn to success, and wherever Funke Akindele steps on should be gotten for her.”
The vice-president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, received governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress who came on a felicitation visit in his office at the presidential villa as he recovers from surgery.
The economy and the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities were among the issues discussed.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Laolu Akande.
Osinbajo said, “we all need to work together on these critical issues. We need to think through things, and we need to do it fast.”
The Vice President and the governors agreed to engage these issues with a view to bringing urgent resolution for the benefit of the Nigerian people.
Thanking the governors via Twitter, the VP said, “My utmost appreciation to the APC State Governors that visited me this afternoon. We discussed some national issues and are committed to the quick resolution of those pressing issues.“
American comedian, Chris Rock, has turned down the offer from the Academy to host the 2023 Oscars for the third time.
The comic said that returning to host the show would be like returning to the crime scene.
Rock revealed this during a standup show over the weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
According to Guardian UK, during the show, Rock reportedly compared accepting the hosting gig to returning to the scene of a crime, referencing the murder of OJ Simpson’s late wife, saying that accepting the offer would be like asking Nicole Brown Simpson “to go back to the restaurant.”
Actor Will Smith in March slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. Smith has been banned for a decade from the Oscars over the incident.
Zaazu singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, on Tuesday, apologised to his colleague, Davido.
The duo campaigned for opposing political parties in the last Osun State governorship election, in which Davido’s uncle, Ademola Adeleke, was returned elected.
Portable took to his Instagram to post a video of Onitigbo Of Tigbo-Ilu, Oba Olabode Thomas-Fagbayi, advising him to apologise to Davido and forget whatever transpired between them.
The monarch had recently honoured Portable with a chieftaincy title.
Portable captioned the video, “Accept your pass(sic) without regrets handle your present with confidence face your future without fear. Otun ti zeh oh. Akoi apologies to #davido 🙌🙌🙌 We no get any issue 💯 Akoi loyalty 👌Won ti settle eh.”
Former Aviation minister and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Femi Fani-Kayode has taken to Instagram to share recent photos he took with his ex-wife, Precious Chikwendu and their first son Aragorn.
“Peace like a river: joy eternal, God is faithful” he wrote in the caption.
This comes after the couple reconciled after months of messy fight in court over custody of their kids.
One person was injured when gunmen attempted to kidnap Isaac, the younger brother of former Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose in Gbongan community, the headquarters of Ayedaade Local Government area of Osun State.
Isaac posted the pictures of the attacked vehicle on his Facebook page with the username Prince Isaac Fayose, disclosing that no life was lost but the gunmen abducted many.
Veteran actress, Joke Silva, on Monday, debunked rumours of the death of her husband and top actor, Olu Jacobs.
This is the second time the actress is debunking such rumours in months.
In a statement on her Instastory on Monday, Silva said that her husband is alive and doing well.
She wrote, “Good day everyone, trust all is going well. The Jacobs Clan would love to inform you that Papa J (Olu Jacobs MFR, is alive and well. Enjoying himself as always in the comfort of his home and loved ones.
“To all those who have decided to ignore our last warning regarding fake news kindly prepare for legal action.”
Bashir, one of the sons of Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Monday, described the Academic Staff Union of Universities as a ‘useless union’ that should be dissolved and replaced with educators who care about students.
This comes after ASUU decided to extend its ongoing strike.
Bashir made the statement on Twitter, saying, “ASUU is a very useless union. They should be scrapped & replaced with educators that actually give a damn about students and how that translates to the future of this country.”
For 74-year-old Mallam Muhammad Awal, it was destined that he would be married to his now wife, 45-year-old divorcee, Mallama Rahmat Muhammad this late and that no one can overcome what the Almighty has designed in their lives.
Little wonder a mammoth crowd comprising the young and the old, male and female attended the wedding solemnization which took place on Sunday in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
The crowd braved the early morning downpour to be at the occasion which Islamic clerics in the State officiated.
Speaking to TheNewsaguru on why he had stayed this late before getting married, the septuagenarian said he had given up on marriage before he found Malama Rahmat.
To him, despite encouragement from family, friends and even some Islamic teachers that he should be brave and approach a lady he liked for marriage, he said his lack of financial capacity had held him back several times.
“I have always been afraid I might fail in my duty of care to a spouse if I married and it is something I fear and don’t want to joke with. “I am also afraid of separation from my spouse. I know if I fail to take care of her, she might either leave me or cheat on me with another man, which I would not like. So, to avoid all of that, I dismissed the idea of marriage altogether. But now, Allah has made this a reality.” On whether he has ever approached a woman to proposition marriage before, “I have. Many. This was when i was much younger. Many of them looked down on me, mostly because of my financial status. But I thank God it is in the past now.” Asked whether he would have long been married had his financial situation been different, he replied in the affirmative, even as he added that if God had designed it differently, it would still have not been possible.
On what attracted him to his new wife and whether he would sire children with her, he said, “Apart from the fact that she is beautiful, she is also down-to-earth, understanding, religious and rooted in the marital institution. “Only Allah knows if we are going to have children. You never know what the Almighty can do. It is not in our hands, but His hands.” In her reaction, the new wife also admitted that it was destined that they would end up as a couple and prayed Allah to accept their wishes towards each other. On her choice of Mallam Awal, “Why not him? she retorted. Allah has a reason for bringing us together and my prayers is for him to bless us and give us peace and understanding in our home.” The clerics who officiated the wedding ceremony, prayed Allah to grant the couple peaceful home and blessed children.
The officers were seized while on a reconnaissance mission in Kogi, where violent insurgents have claimed responsibility for killings and abductions in recent weeks.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba Alkali and Bandits Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba Alkali and Bandits Armed bandits have abducted two senior police intelligence officers who were travelling along the highway between Abuja and Kogi during the week, Peoples Gazette’s sources said.
The officers were on a critical investigation assignment to Kogi when they were seized by bandits on August 23, but the police leadership hushed the crisis to avoid another public agitation over the country’s insecurity. A senior police chief said officers are now worried about the lives of their colleagues, adding that Inspector-General Usman Baba Alkali did not seem to appreciate the urgency of the matter.
“The IGP is only concerned about the matter getting to the public,” a police chief said under anonymity to avoid administrative backlash for unauthorised disclosure to reporters. “We cannot wait until something worse happens to colleagues before exposing this dangerous situation.”
The Gazette was informed by another officer familiar with the police’s management of the situation that the assailants had reached out with a demand for ransom.
“The bandits are demanding N30 million,” the officer said under assurances that their identity won’t be disclosed.
The officers, who were identified to The Gazette as police superintendent Francis Yisa and assistant superintendent John Kefas, were on a reconnaissance mission in Kogi, where violent insurgents have claimed responsibility for killings and abductions in recent weeks. At least two four bomb explosions have occurred in the state since June.
Mr Alkali declined calls to his mobile phone seeking comment Saturday afternoon. A spokesman for the police did not immediately answer calls to his line.
The development comes less than a month after 10 police officers were abducted in Kogi. They were on their way back to Nasarawa from an election assignment in Osun when the bandits struck on the highway, leaving them stranded for hours until they were rescued.Bandits kidnap senior police intelligence officers on Abuja highway.