Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Don’t Sell Your SIM Cards Linked To NINs - FG Tell Nigerians


Sounding the warning, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami said this has become necessary as 47.8 million Nigerians have linked their SIM cards with their NINs.

Dr Pantami after a review of the on-going NIN registration exercise with the Ministerial Task Force commended Nigerians for massively turning out for the exercise.

The Minister in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, urged Nigerians to be mindful of the need to protect and secure their NINs and SIMs.

NIMC Disowns Fake Twitter Account


The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has disowned a Twitter account fraudulently posing as the commission, Igbere TV reports.

“The Twitter account @NIMC_ng is an imposter account. The official Twitter account of the National Identity Management Commission is @nimc_ng,” it said in a disclaimer on Tuesday.


The commission also warned the public against giving their personal information to “fraudsters using parody accounts.”

The disclaimer came against the backdrop of increasing engagements with the parody account over the National Identity Numbers (NIN) linkage with SIM cards.

Waje Set To Wed Ric Hassan, Unveils Her Husband To Be (Photo)


Singer Waje has revealed her lover’s identity Ric Hassan, Igbere TV reports.

The 40-year-old shared a picture of herself and Ric all loved up in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

She said,
“It’s time.”


Her best friend Omawumi also shared a picture of the couple on Instagram.

Governor Yahaya Bello Divorces Hafiza, His 3rd Wife. Honoured By Women Group


The executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello has been alleged to have officially divorced his 3rd Wife, Hafiza. This was confirmed few days ago in a remark he made, while receiving an award of honour from the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS).

According to reports, the Executive Governor of the state, Governor Yahaya Bello had appreciated his wives, Hajiya. Barr. Amina Yahaya Bello, and the First Lady HE, Hajiya Rashida Bello but left out Hafiza, which confirmed that he has already divorced her.

However, Governor Yahaya was honoured with the award for the Most Gender Sensitive Governor of the Year. According to the Organisers of the Awards and other Executive Members of National Council of Women Societies(NCWS), they stated that the nomination and recognition of Gov. Yahaya Bello was in view of his purposeful and conscious effort by his administration in the continuous appointment of women into sensitive and strategic offices in the leadership structure of Kogi state.

Godspower Oshodin & Vstix Makes To Produce 'A Poet Who Died by His Poem'


Nigerian Poet, Godspower Oshodin & Music Producer, Vstix Makes History In Africa

History was made at Media City, Dubai on Friday, January 20, when a deal to produce a first-of-its-kind in Africa Poetry Album 'A Poet Who Died by His Poem' deal was inked by Award Winning Dubai based Nigerian journalist, Author and Poet Godspower Oshodin and Music Producer Vstix for London Based Label Evision Music Group, conveniently called EMG. 

A Poet Who Died by His Poem is a complication of sensational poems written by Oshodin and it is due for release on Amazon and other global platforms this January.

Burna Boy’s “Destiny” Featured In Biden-Harris Inauguration Playlist

 Burna Boy‘s song “Destiny” has been included in the inauguration playlist presented by U.S President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The Biden-Harris team on Friday presented a 46-song playlist to help supporters celebrate the upcoming Jan. 20 inauguration. The playlist which features various artiste from around the world is in line with the upcoming inauguration’s “America United” theme.

Burna Boy is the only Nigerian artiste on the list. His song, “Destiny”, is off his Grammy-nominated fourth studio album, African Giant.

“Are you planning your #Inauguration2021 at-home watch party? Well let us take one thing off your plate — @DJDNice and @TheRaedio came up with the perfect playlist for you to dance the night away as we ring in our new leaders,” the Biden Inaugural Committee tweeted.

Amotekun: 'Most Okada Riders In Oyo Spying For Bandits & Foreign Kidnappers'


The Chairman, Western States Security Network, codenamed: Amotekun in Oyo State, Gen. Kunle Togun (rtd), has raised the alarm that most commercial motorcyclists in the state are spies for kidnappers and bandits that have entered the Yoruba land from the porous borders of Nigeria.

He said the foreigners who were ferried inside trailers into Oyo State among other States during the COVID-19 lockdown could not speak any Nigerian language, but French whenever accosted by his men.

Togun hinted that the warning from the state Governor to traditional chiefs to stop allocating lands to herdsmen with no papers showing Nigerian nationality would go a long way to stem the spate of killings and kidnapping in Yorubaland.

COVID-19:Kano Directs Civil Servants To Stay At Home.Bans Viewing, Event Centres

 Kano state government has announced the imposition of a fresh ban on the activities of viewing and event centres across the state following increasing COVID-19 cases.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who made the revelation in a statement, on Tuesday morning said the measure was part of decision at a stakeholders meeting held at the Africa House, Kano on Monday night.

He said that all civil servants in the state have also been directed to stay at home pending further instruction.

Soldiers Capture Shekau's Armoured Personnel Carrier


Troops of the Nigerian Military reportedly capture Abubakar Shekau's Armoured Personnel Carrier seen in videos by the fugitive Jihadi leader

Mohammed Buba Marwa: 15 Million Nigerians Use Hard Drugs


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has put the number of hard drug users in the country at 15 million.

NDLEA newly appointed chairman, Brig-Gen Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), said this in Abuja on Monday when he assumed duty.

He warned drug barons and traffickers to quit the illicit trade or face hard times.

He said: “This development where drug use has eaten very deep into the nation’s social fabric.

“Over 15 million Nigerians of all ages are now hooked on drugs.

Buhari, Patrice Talon Meet At Aso Rock (Photos)


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with President Patrice Talon of Benin Republic at the State House, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Beninese leader, who arrived at the forecourt of the presidential villa at 11.09 a.m., was received by Mr Buhari.

The agenda of the meeting between the two leaders, who immediately went into a closed-door meeting, was unknown to journalists, Igbere TV reports.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeind Gives Gistlovers 24 Hours To Prove Oshiomhole Story


Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has given a blog known as gistlovers 24 hours to prove the story of her tie with former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomhole, Igbere TV reports.

The 42-year-old shared a screenshot of the blog’s post on Instagram on Tuesday.

She asked her followers to report the blog’s page on Instagram.

“I ordinarily dont do this but after thinking about it thoroughly and seeking advice i have decided to! So this Blog ran this story and people started coming to my page.

“Ive always known there are people who are sick and will tell you stories that have Never happened but to publish that on a platform as big as instagram? You must be held accountable,” she wrote.

APC Has No Ideology, Was Hurriedly Formed To Snatch Power From PDP - Okorocha


Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo West at the Nigerian Senate says his party the All Progressive Congress (APC) was hurriedly formed in 2013 to snatch power from the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, who stated this yesterday in Abuja while addressing news men described political parties in the country as having no ideology but a vehicle used by politicians to transport themselves to power.

COVID-19: Udo Ekpeyong Is Dead (Akwa-Ibom PDP Chairman)

 The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Udo Ekpenyong, is dead.

Mr Ekpenyong died on Monday in Uyo, an official of the Akwa Ibom government who did not want his name mentioned, told PREMIUM TIMES, Tuesday morning.

The official said the chairman died of COVID-19. PREMIUM TIMES is yet to independently verify this information.

Late Mr Ekpenyong, before his election as the state PDP chairman last year was the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state. He was known to be a strong ally of Governor Udom Emmanuel.

Kaduna: Wife Kills 17-Year-Old Girl For Accepting Her Husband’s Proposal


Police command in Kano has confirmed the arrest of a 20-year-old housewife, Suwaiba Shuaibu, for allegedly stabbing one Aisha Kabir to death few days to her wedding.

Aisha was said to have accepted a proposal for marriage to Malam Shahrehu Alhaji Ali, the husband of the suspect, before her gruesome murder by her to-be co-wife on January 1 at Gimawa village, Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State.

The spokesman, Kano police command, DSP Abdullahion Haruna Kiyawa, who confirmed the incident in a statement issued early Tuesday, said the deceased was declared missing on January 1st and her corpse was discovered the following day in an uncompleted buildings within her neighbourhood.

Ogun Police Sergeant Prostrates, Begs For Mercy After Threatening Panel Member


There was a mild drama on Monday at the sitting of Judicial Panel of Enquiry, Ogun State, when a police sergeant, Adeleke Olalekan was caught threatening a member of the panel.

Olalekan was reportedly caught pointing a finger at a member of the panel, in a manner suggestive of threat, during the sitting at Magistrate Court 1, Abeokuta.

The erring police cop, in mufti, had accompanied a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Gbenga Megbope, who was being cross-examined over a matter before the panel.

Ali Namadi: Kano LG Chairman Dies 2 Days After Winning Election


Ali Namadi, who won last Saturday’s local government election in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State, is dead.

Namadi died on Tuesday around 1:00a.m, according to this campaign’s public relations officer, Ibrahim Tiga.

His was announced early Tuesday, two days after the state’s electoral commission confirmed his victory.

The cause of his death is not yet known.

Namadi was among the successful APC chairmanship candidates in the just concluded local government council elections held on Saturday 16th January, 2021 who are still awaiting their swearing in.

Insecurity: North Under Siege, Elders Cry Out

 Some northern elders have said the region is under the siege of Boko Haram, bandits, and kidnappers, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to device new approach in restoring peace in the troubled areas.

The elders noted that the activities of these criminal elements had grounded educational, economic and socio-political activities in the region.

They said it will take over 100 years to recover from destruction, killings and trauma associated with insecurity in the region if the development was not brought under total control now.

The elders under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, in a statement signed by their National Coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni, said it was time for Buhari to relieve the nation’s security heads of their jobs and try new hands since the situation in the region was not getting better.

Professor Aliyu Muhammad Kidnapped, His Son Killed (Photos)


Armed bandits on Sunday night, January 17, invaded Wusasa in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna state where they abducted Professor Aliyu Muhammad and killed Abdulaziz Aliyu, his teenage son, IgbereTV reports.

Professor Muhammad is the traditional titleholder of Wazirin Wusasa and the Head, Department of Agricultural Protection of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.

The Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident on Monday, January 18, said the professor's nephew, a secondary school student, Abba Kabiru, was shot in the stomach and is receiving treatment in hospital.

Confirming the incident, a younger brother of the victim, Kabiru Muhammad Danlami, told newsmen that he was with the victim before the incident, discussing the planned reopening of the universities in Nigeria.

Mob Kills Soldier Who Shot Four Civilians In Maiduguri

 There is tension in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, after a soldier was lynched for allegedly shooting four unarmed civilians.

Those familiar with the matter told PREMIUM TIMES that Mohammed Abdullahi, a private, with service number 16NA/75/4272, shot the civilians last Saturday, following an argument at the Baga Road Market area of the city.

One of the victims died on the spot while the other three suffered serious injuries. They are currently receiving medical treatment.

Sexual Ritual: Ibadan Chief Shaves Pubic Hair Of 2 Sisters, Aged 13 & 17


A 60-year-old traditional chief in Ibadan has been arrested for allegedly abusing two female minors.

The suspect was said to have caused the two minors, who are siblings, to shave off their pubic hair, and also inserted his finger in their private parts.

On learning of the suspect’s alleged acts, a mob encircled his house yesterday, intent on burning it down with him inside.

TABOO - Zamfara Gives 'Repentant' Bandits Hilux Vehicles, Millions Of Naira

About 15 brand new Hilux vehicles were given to leaders of different repentant bandits in Zamfara State by Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle, SaharaReporters has gathered.

The Governor also approved millions of naira to be given to the 'repentant' bandits as compensation.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara-state
The Zamfara State Government had in 2019 entered a peace agreement with the gunmen.

Monday, 18 January 2021

“She’s not dating MC Oluomo for money” – Lady golfer jumps to Ehi Ogbebor


Blessing Osom a.k.a Lady Golfer has jumped to the defence of her friend, Ehi Ogbebor, over her reported romantic relationship with Chairman of Lagos chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), MC Oluomo.

Interior designer Ehi Ogbebor is reportedly dating chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers MC Oluomo.

Previously, Ehi had shared videos of herself spending some quality time with one of MC Oluomo’s daughters, as she buys luxurious gift for the girl.

MC Oluomo is married and he has more than two wives but can get married again if he pleases because of his religion.

Family Of 35-year-old Missing Man Appeals To Edo Police For Help


The family of Idris Emmanuel, the 35-year-old man who was declared missing in Okpella, Etsako East Local government Area of Edo State, have cried out to the police to assist in the search for their son.

It was gathered that Emmanuel was lured out from home to Auchi by unknown persons on November 11, 2020 and has not been seen since then.

Speaking to journalists, Emmanuel's father said all efforts made to locate him had proved abortive. He, therefore, called on the Edo State Police to take up the case and help find his son.  

"The incident was first reported at Okpella and Auchi Divisions of the Edo State Police Command, as a case of a missing person and all efforts made to find him had yielded no results. I want the police to help me find my son. We are in pain because I don’t know if my son is dead or alive."
 he lamented.

He described his son as a dedicated and coommited young man who couldn't hurt anyone.

Abia NURTW Chairman debunks rumour of planned protest by union


The National Union of Road Transport Workers, Abia State Chapter, has reacted to claims that its members had planned to carry out a protest against the ban on their activities.

The Abia NURTW Chairman, Comrade Eugene Job, in a statement issued on Monday, debunked such a plan, insisting that the Union is innocent and not plotting to stage any protest under whatever guise as circulated.

He said, “I was surprised to read and hear this morning that the National Union in Abia State has plotted to carry out a protest against the State Government, over the proscription of the activities of the National Union in the State.

4 Airlines Set To Launch Operation


Amidst the headwinds in global aviation markets triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, experts foresee a quicker recovery in Nigeria’s sector as more airlines acquire new planes even as many others prepare to hit the sky.

Experts expect four new airlines to launch operation this year as they put finishing touches to the process of obtaining an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). At least 24 carriers are in different stages of the AOC application process.

One of Nigeria’s foremost airlines, Azman Air, started the year on a promising note with the acquisition of its second Airbus A340-600 aircraft. The second delivery came barely a year after the first wide-bodied aircraft was purchased.

Actress Iyabo Ojo slams entitled fans who beg online


Popular Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has dished out a warning to her entitled fans who always ask her for money.

She complained about those who jump to her social media handles to beg for financial favour.

Iyabo Ojo in an Instalive chat, stated that people don’t have the right to ask her for money just because they are her fans.

She also spoke against those who take up different responsibilities when they don’t have the finance to see it through. Iyabo Ojo who further stressed that she has many mouths to feed, added that time waits for no one and everyone should make hay while the sun shines.

Watch her speak below;

"Release Evidence" - CAN Dares Governor Zulum After He Claimed Christians Are Also Boko Haram Members

 Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has gotten a serious challenge from the Christian Association of Nigeria.

CAN challenged the governor to post photo and video evidence of Christians whom he claimed are members of the notorious terror group, Boko Haram.
CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, was reacting to allegations by Zulum that Christians are members of the Abubakar Shekau terror group.
The PUNCH had reported that Zulum alleged on Friday at an event in Lagos that Asians, foreigners and other Africans are part of the terror group.
The governor had said, “I’m from Borno State, and many of our children are into Boko Haram. I’m not denying the fact. But again, they are being sponsored by many people across the world. Among Boko Haram, we have white men, Asians, Africans, Muslims and Christians.”

School reopening: Your children are safe – Private school owners tell parents


The Nigerian Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) has assured parents and guardians of the safety of their children and wards as schools resume for the second term of the 2020/2021 session in Lagos State.

Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Chapter of NAPPS, Mrs Ajoke Adeyemi, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

She said that the private schools had kept to the COVID-19 prevention protocols and guidelines to guard both the staff and students against contracting the virus.

FG insists on NIN registration deadline

 The Federal government has insisted that the deadlines given for the registration of all SIM cards with valid National Identity Numbers were still in force.

The Federal government had last month issued a directive to all mobile network providers to block telephone lines that are not linked with a valid NIN number. This has seen many Nigerians thronging the various NIN registration centers to get their numbers.

Following the widespread opposition to the initial deadline for synchronization, the Federal government gave a three-week extension for subscribers with NIN to link their sim cards from December 30, 2020, to January 19, 2021. It also gave a six-week extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021

ACP Okubo Aboye Sentenced To Life Imprisonment For Buying A Car From Kidnappers


An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, has sentenced an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Okubo Aboye, to life imprisonment for buying stolen vehicle from kidnappers in the state.

The court on Monday also sentenced seven other persons, Solomon Ayodele Obamoyegun (39), Femi Omiawe (40), Damilola Obamoyegun (20), Bose Sade Ajayi (30), George Lucky (35), Chukwuma Nnamani (22) and Sunday Ogunleye (45) to five years imprisonment each without an option of fine for kidnapping.

In their testimony, the investigating police officers said the car was tracked down to the compound of ACP Okubo who on interrogation confessed that he bought the vehicle from his mechanic who received it from the kidnappers.

Against Senate Resolution, Buhari Nominates Abubakar Fikpo As Acting DG NDE


Malam Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo has been nominated as the acting Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

He was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari contrary to the position of the Senate which on December 10, 2020, according to a report by Punch.
The Senate had urged Buhari to rescind the presidential directive sacking Dr. Nasiru Argungu, as the NDE DG. 
A statement by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday, said the president’s decision had already been conveyed to the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo.

Anyaoku at 88: ‘He is Anambra’s gift to the world’- Gov Obiano

 The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has described former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku as Anambra’s gift to the world.

Obiano stated this in a press release signed by the state commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba to wish him a happy 88th birthday celebration.

Atedo Peterside On COVID-19: 'Nigerian Women Are Not More Responsible Than Men'


Founder of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Atedo Peterside has knocked the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) over a dinner held in Lokoja, Kogi State capital on Saturday in violation of Covid-19 protocols, Igbere TV reports.

Mr Peterside said in a tweet on Sunday that the women’s actions changed his mind about Nigerian women being more responsible than men.

“Re #COVID19, I honestly thought Nigerian women were far more responsible than us men until I saw photos from a recent NCWS gathering where safety protocols were violated openly,” he said.


Man Tries To Eject Wife From Her Own House For Rejecting To Live With Co-Wife

 A Nigerian man from the North has shared a shocking story he heard from a Muslim judge about a man who prayed to the court to eject his wife from the house she built, Igbere TV reports.

Galadima Samaru who shared the post on popular micro-blogging platform said the husband's reason for the move is because the wife rejected husband's plan to make her live with the second wife he is planning to marry.

The wife offered to rent an apartment for the second wife to be living in but the husband blatantly rejected the offer.

David Ntekim-Rex: Robbery Victim Dies After Police, Hospital Refused To Save Him


A young man identified as David Ntekim-Rex has died after he was shot on his way home from work and Nigerians have blamed his death on the current state of the country, IgbereTV reports.

Cousin of the deceased revealed that David, a product designer at Crevatal, was robbed and shot at Jibowu on Friday, Jan 15.

Hospitals allegedly refused to treat him because he had gunshot wounds.

He said the The police were also called while David was still alive but they allegedly held on to his body as evidence of robbery.

He died after losing so much blood.

FUTA Deputy Registrar, Amos Arijesuyo Shot Dead By Suspected Kidnappers.


The Deputy Registrar in the Federal University of Technology, FUTA, Akure, Ondo State, Dr Amos Arijesuyo died after he was shot in the chest by suspected kidnappers on Saturday evening.

He reportedly sat in the front seat with the driver while three other occupants sat at the back seat.

Family source said the deceased bled profusely after the bullet hit his chest and died before he could get to the hospital.

They were attacked at Iwaraja area of Ilesa-Akure highway in Osun State while travelling back to Akure from lbadan.

Report had it that the first shot released by the suspected kidnappers who aimed at the tyres of the vehicle in a bid to demobilise the vehicle, hit the leg of the deceased.