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Governor Pays May Salary From Loan

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Governor Dapo Abiodun has disclosed how much met in the Ogun state treasury when he took over the administration of the state.

The governor revealed that the amount he met was not sufficient to pay the May salary of civil servants in the state which he puts at over N7billion.

The Governor explained further that he had to borrow money from his friends who are Managing Directors in some commercial banks, in order to pay Ogun Workers.

The Governor who revealed this while addressing leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the state added that he would rather focus on ensuring good governance in the state than pre-occupy himself with the actions or inactions of his predecessor.

He said “We have by far too many things to do than to begin to be bogged down by what someone did or what he did not do or what he left behind.

“I cannot begin to describe in the open to you the Ogun State that we inherited. I cannot begin to describe it to you. I will not because I have made up my mind that publicly and privately, I will not discuss anything about the past administration.

We have resolved to draw the line and to move forward from there. We need to be focused. We are going to rebrand and re-launch the security trust fund.”

Abiodun added that his first challenge in office was how to pay the May workers’ salary, saying he had to call his friends who are managing directors of banks to get a credit facility of over N7bn to pay the workers.

He said, “30th day of May was our first day in office. And on the 31st, it dawn on me that it was the end of the month and we need to pay salaries.

“But here we are on our second day in office. I don’t even have an office; I don’t even know how to sign any document; I don’t even know what the protocols are. Suddenly, we realised it was 31st and I intend to keep my end of the tripartite agreement. So, I called the Head of Service; I told him we must pay salary. But he said to me, ‘You are new in government and everybody understands that you just assumed office and we don’t have that expectation of you paying salaries now. They (workers) will understand. There is very little or no money. We can talk to them.’

“I told the Head of Service, whether they (the workers) were expectant or not, it was my promise to the people that salaries would be paid as and when due.”

He added, “So, I picked my phone and called my friends who are MDs in different banks. I told them I needed to pay salaries and this is the little I have; almost nothing in the state account.

“I requested for a credit facility to allow me to pay over N7bn which is the state wage bill. That day, my intention was that maybe one or two will oblige me, but the five banks I called obliged me.”

He said civil servants received their alerts that evening and that gave a sense of fulfilment, being his first task in the office.

The governor later held a closed-door meeting with the APC chiefs.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, the Publicity Secretary of party’s caretaker Committee, Mr Tunde Oladunjoye, said the governor called the meeting to brief them on the activities of his administration in the last one month

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Breaking: Tribunal reject Atiku’s request to access INEC server

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal Monday rejected the request by Abubakar Atiku, the People’s Democratic presidential candidate, and his party to have access to the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Details later.

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Prizes of 2019 BBNaija Winner Revealed

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Multichoice Nigeria has revealed that the winner of this year Big Brother Naija show will take home N60 million worth of prizes.

The prizes includes: a N30m cash prize; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors; a trip to Dubai for two packaged by TravelBeta; a home make-over courtesy Scanfrost; a year’s supply of Pepsi and One Africa Fest VVIP experience; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles & Munch it; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone. There’s also a bonus prize of two VIP Tickets to watch a European Football final game LIVE, courtesy BET9ja.

This is an increase from N45 million worth of prizes the 2018 BBNaija winner took home.

Speaking on the increased prize, John Ugbe, the Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “Each edition of Big Brother Naija significantly improves on all aspects of the previous season and this year is no different.

“The winner of season four will walk away from the house with a N30m cash prize and a top of the range SUV amongst many other exciting prizes.

“The Big Brother Naija winner will also emerge as the most popular and marketable personality on the continent, as the show is known to launch prominent careers in arts, entertainment and other supporting industries.”

Season 4 of Big Brother Naija kicks off on Sunday, June 30 at 7 pm WAT.

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See Who Nicki Minaj Sets To Marry Soon

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Rapper, Nicki Minaj has stated that she would be marrying Kenneth Petty after revealing they have obtained a marriage license.

Its understood that Minaja and Petty have been dating for over Seven Months.

‘We did get our marriage license. I think I have what I was striving for, just happiness.

It was so hard to get to a happy place. Now that I’m there, I don’t want to compromise that for anyone or anything,’ she said, according to Metro.

‘Every night when I get out of the shower, my husband takes this really good lotion that we just bought, and he massages my feet, and rubs them, and he rubs each toe individually, and the heel, and the ball of my foot, and he does it all,’ she said.

She also recently praised Kenneth for making her feel ’empowered’, and said she is in the ‘best place’ she’s been in a long time ‘spiritually’

She said: ‘If I’m being honest, spiritually, I’m at the best place I’ve been in a long time.

“I think who you have in your life determines how you feel spiritually. I’m happy now with or without a man, but it just so happens the man in my life, he’s known me since I was 14

‘“He knows the real me, I don’t have to pretend. We can be around each other all day and not get bored.

There’s a different level of friendship and passion I’ve never had before. So nurturing and knows just what to say to make me feel empowered,” she added.

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See How Much PDP Pegged Governorship Form In Bayelsa, Kogi

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As Kogi and Bayelsa state prepares for the forthcoming elections, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has pegged the purchase of its governorship elections forms at N21m.

The PDP reached this conclusion after its 86th Emergency National Executive Council, NEC, meeting which was held at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.

The party pegged the nomination at N20 million and the expression of interest form at N1 million.

Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP spokesman while speaking after the meeting, explained that the cost of the form was increased due to the high cost of conducting primaries.

He stated that the party would conduct a free, fair and credible primary in Bayelsa and Kogi states to produce credible candidates in the coming months.

“The return of expression of interest/nomination forms would commence on Monday, June 24 and close on Wednesday, July 24 at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja,” he added

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14-year-old boy impregnates 15-year-old girl, forced to marry her

It appears two Nigerian teenagers have bitten off more than they can chew after their relatives reportedly forced them to get married.

A video of the marriage ceremony which has since become viral on the internet, captured the moment the 14-year-old boy and his alleged bride, a 15-year-old girl, were both filmed on camera as they were about to be joined in matrimony.

According to reports making the rounds online, the boy was forced to marry the teenage girl, who is a year older than him, after he got a little too cozy and impregnated her. In the video, the young bride could be spotted with a protruding belly which could only mean that she had been pregnant for months.

The father of the bride who was also present at the ceremony advised his daughter to be careful as he handed her over to her teenage groom, emphasizing that she was no longer in her parent’s house.

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MC Oluomo’s son earns $2.7m in scholarships in US

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Ololade Abdulai Akinsanya, son of Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya aka MC Oluomo has received $2.7 million in college scholarships in the United States.

Ololade lead his class as valedictorian to earn the scholarship amount.

He had the best GPA among the graduating students of Clayton County Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

He has also gotten more than 5 college acceptance letters including the prestigious Harvard.

He has, however, settled for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Ololade wants to major in Linguistics and Philosophy and graduate from the university in three years time.

Ololade was ranked among some of the best students in Georgia.

The Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp and his wife Marty Kemp honoured Olalade with a Special Honorary invitation. The event was witnessed by MC Oluomo and Ololade’s mother.

“I’m proud of him,” said Kemp at the event.
On his choice of MIT, Ololade’smother said she is thankful and happy with the choice his son has made.

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Suspected Armed Robbers Kill River State University Lecturer

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A lecturer of Rivers state University, Professor Amadi as yesterday, killed by suspected armed robbers yesterday.

It was reported that the Late Professor was a lecturer in the Department of Microbiology of the University.
This occurrence marks a twin with the recent killing of an Igbinedion University Lecturer by suspected kidnappers, Naija News reports
Confirming the incident, State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the deceased died from head injury he sustained from the armed robbers.
Omoni said the robbers killed the lecturer after the deceased recognized one of the bandits. “We can confirm the sad incident of the murder of Professor E.N. Amadi of Rivers State University. Professor Amadi was murdered on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at about 0400 hours, when armed robbers attacked his house.”
“He was able to identify one of them (robbers) and because he was able to identify one of them, they came back and hit him with a rod they were holding and the man fainted.”
He said the deceased was confirmed dead at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital,”
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Breaking: Women’s World Cup: Nigeria goes through to next round

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The Chilean Women’s team were in tears as they fail to qualify for the Round of 16 of the ongoing Women’s World Cup in France, as Nigeria’s Super Falcons picked the last slot for second round.

The Falcons picked the last best loser’s slot after Chile failed to score four goals against Thailand in the last Group F match.

Chile beat Thailand 2-0 but still had minus 3 goals difference, giving the Falcons an edge with minus 2 goals difference.

Details later…

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Just In: Another final year student commits suicide

A final year student of Department of Religion and Culture, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Samuel Elias, 25, has allegedly committed suicide by drinking Sniper.

The mother of the deceased, Kate Elias, a staff of the university, told the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the unfortunate incident happened on Monday June 17, around 5.30pm in her house at Justina Eze Street, Nsukka.

Mrs Elias said she came back from work on that fateful day and discovered that the mood of her first child was bad and he was staggering when he came to collect a bottle of coke from the fridge.

“I followed him immediately to his room and started talking to him but he could not respond and when I looked closely, I discovered that his teeth had tightened up,” she said.

“As I looked around, I saw an empty sniper bottle; at this point I raised alarm and my other children rushed to the room and we tried to give him red oil but his tightened teeth did not allow the oil to enter his mouth.

“We immediately rushed him to Faith Foundation Hospital, Nsukka and were later referred to Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka, where he eventually died.”

The mother of seven said her son could have died of depression, noting that he had been lamenting of his inability to graduate from UNN because of his final year project which had been holding him.

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She said also the son had not been happy how his late father’s family had abandoned them since their father died.

“I know two things he usually complained, his inability to graduate from UNN since 2016 because of the project that he has not finished as his classmates have all gone for their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

“Also, how his father’s family in Ihechiowa in Arochukwu Local Government of Abia State abandoned them and their mother since their father died.

“Whenever he complained of these things, I usually advised him to trust God who is capable of solving every problem.

“I do not know why he will go to this extent of committing suicide, I have seven children and he was my first child.

“It is still like a dream to me that my first son and first child has died,” she said in tears.

Reacting to this incident, the Head of Department of Religion and Culture in UNN, Tagbo Ugwu, a professor, said somebody called him and told him about the unfortunate incident.

“I received the news with shock and surprise.

“I will find out from his supervisor what is wrong from the project that has stopped him from graduating,” he said.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Office (PPRO), in Enugu State, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident and said police would investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.

“The police is aware of Samuel Elias death, a final year student of the department of Religion and Culture in UNN who committed suicide on Monday by drinking sniper.

“Police will investigate circumstances surrounding the death,” he said.

It would be recalled that barely five weeks after Chukwuemeka Akachi, a 400-level student of Department of English and Literary Studies in UNN ended his own life after taking a bottle of sniper.

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Breaking: Lawan Bows To Pressure, Withdraws Festus Adebayo’s Appointment

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The President of the 9th Nigerian Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has withdrawn the appointment of Dr. Festus Adedayo as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, bowing to pressure from some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

It was recalled that the Senate President appointed Adedayo as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity on Tuesday, June 18.

Moments after the appointment was announced, some APC members took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, to demand his sack on the ground that he campaigned and also wrote articles against President Buhari while being an aide to Bukola Saraki, the President of the 8th Nigerian Senate.

Barely 48 hours after the appointment was announced, Lawan on Thursday, June 20, rescinded Adebayo’s appointment in “his best interest.”

This online news platform understands that the development was made known in a statement issued by on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Mohammed Isa.

The statement reads in part: “The Office of the President of the Senate has reviewed the appointment of Mr. Festus Adedayo as Special Adviser, Media, and Publicity to the President of the Senate and decided to rescind its decision on the appointment.

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Breaking: Senate President fires Festus Adedayo 48 hours after appointment

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has sacked his special adviser on media and publicity Festus Adedayo 48 hours after his appointment.

The termination of Adedayo appointment came after a section of All Progressives Congress (APC) members and loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari raised serious objections to the appointment on grounds of Adedayo’s past criticisms of the Buhari administration.

It was learnt that the intense criticisms by Buhari’s supporters in the APC put the Senate President in a fix and had to eventually bow to pressure.

A paragraph statement signed by the Senate President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa, tagged “Senate President Reviews Adedayo’s Appointment” reads:

“The office of the President of the Senate has reviewed the appointment of Mr. Festus Adedayo as Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President of the Senate and decided to rescind its decision on the appointment, and wishes Mr. Adebayo the best in his future endeavours”

No official reason was given for the sudden change of mind of the Senate President.

On Wednesday, a group known as APC stakeholders Forum protested against Adedayo’s appointment by Lawan who equally retained Olu Onemola and Tope Olowoyeye, aides of Bukola Saraki, his predecessor.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, Abu Andrew, forum’s spokesman, said the appointments are glaring reward to people who have insulted President Muhammadu Buhari.

“When the senate president we all supported with our hearts and worked for wholeheartedly begins to compensate enemies of the government, those of the party and indeed those of the same President Buhari who endured insults for backing Senator Lawan for Senate President position; then the devil himself must be celebrated for doing a good job in turning a Senate President we brought in against us so soon and so fast,” Andrew said.

“No doubt, the appointments are glaring reward for people who have not only insulted the person of President Muhammadu Buhari but also severally maligned the integrity of the office he occupies,

“Even for supporting Senator Lawan to be senate president, these new appointees did not spare the president.

“Now that senator Lawan has achieved his ambition, it’s disheartening to see that the very people he puts forward as beneficiaries of his new position are those who condemned and vilified those who supported him to attain the position in the first place.”

Also yesterday, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie 0mo-Agege, approved the appointments of Dr. Otive Igbuzor as his Chief of Staff and Mr. Yomi Odunuga as Special Adviser, Media and Publicity.

He also announced the appointment of Ms. Lara Owoeye-Wise as Senior Special Assistant on Electronic and New Media.

Omo-Agege, in a statement personally signed by him and released by his office yesterday, explains that the appointments which take immediate effect are based on merit.
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Next Level: Buhari Finally Makes First Appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday made the first official appointment of his second term since his inauguration on May 29, 2019.

A statement by the Director of Communications in the office of the Head of Civil Service, Wunmi Ogunmosunle, announced that Buhari has approved the re-appointed Ahmed Idris as the accountant-general of the federation.

Ogunmosunle Buhari approved the appointment via a letter signed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Gida Mustapha.

The statement read: “The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Ahmed Idris for the second and final term of four years as Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, in accordance with Section 171 of the 199 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).”

Idris was first appointed in June 2015, to replace Jonah Otunla who had resigned

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Sanwo-Olu Denies Accomplishment in 60 Days, Claims Review on Apapa Gridlock

Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu Tuesday denied saying that he would solve the problem of gridlock in and around Apapa port within 60 days of assuming office.

The gridlock has persisted for years with both federal and state government not being able to find a lasting solution to the problem.

The backlog of gridlock has spilt into roads and bridges that lead into Apapa.

“Interestingly, some media houses are already counting down to the day. They said that I mentioned during the campaign train that I was going to clear it in 60 days,” Sanwo-Olu during his visit to Presidential Villa in Abuja

“I have mentioned it before; what I said was that in 60 days, we would review what was done; but that does not take the fact that even if people give you datelines, it is because they want you to do well and they want you to be accountable for those datelines,” he added.

This begs the question: did Sanwo–Olu promise to end Apapa gridlock in 60 days?

During a televised governorship debate, Sanwo-Olu said he has identified 62 gridlocks in the state, stating that some were “low-hanging” traffic problems which can be resolved within the “first 60 days” in office.

“So first 60 days is to solve the one that are low-hanging about 20 or 22 of them,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Sanwo-Olu continued by stating that there are other gridlocks which are “medium and long term” traffic problems. He, however, did not mention if the Apapa gridlock was any of it.

However, the governor categorically said he will “tackle” the Apapa gridlock within the first 100 days in office.

“The first 100 days, I will tackle the gridlock in Apapa, I will need to clear out all the traffic and all the trailers on top of Apapa,” he added.

To now say he only promised a “review” is misleading and untrue.

Apapa gridlock menace
Buhari in October said the situation was “a major concern” and the government will urgently repair roads and build more railways to the ports to end the gridlocks.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo visited Apapa in May 2017 and directed officials to start working around the clock and all agencies to locate their operations in one place to ease delays.

On May 22, 2019, the federal government mandated “the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.”

It’s been to little avail.

Check on the route few weeks after the federal government order showed that the tankers and trailers have remained parked on most of the roads leading to the Tin Can and Apapa ports.

A report by Nigerian Shippers’ Council in 2018 said the cost of moving a container from Apapa to other parts of Lagos has soared to as much as 700,000 naira from about 150,000 naira two years ago as trucking firms put up their prices to make up for the delays.

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Police Arrest Kidnappers Of Buhari’s Minister’s son

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The Nigeria Police have arrested three in connection with the abduction of Dayo Adewole, the son of the immediate past Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

This was disclosed by the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr Leye Oyebade on Wednesday.

It was reported that the former minister’s son was kidnapped on Tuesday evening by yet to be identified gunmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Dayo was abducted at about 5:30 p.m on Tuesday in his poultry farm located at Iroko, a suburb of Ibadan, in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.

Briefing newsmen on Wednesday, Oyebade said the police have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, combing the forest with a view to apprehending the criminals.

He also disclosed that the three persons arrested included the driver that the victim employed a few days ago, Mr Gbenga Ogunleye; the farm manager, Mr Sodiq Adebayo, and one other worker on the farm.

“Actually, this incident is very unfortunate because it is coming after we have been able to map out a lot of strategy to address the challenge we are facing by these undesirable elements,” Oyebade said.

“From our inspection of the scene, interaction and interrogation of the workers, and those that were present at the scene, we can really say that the modus is changing, the tactic is changing, and their way of operating is changing. Since they now know that we have been able to cover the roads, they are now coming to isolated areas, looking for targets that can be approached, having monitored them.

“With what we gathered here, the suspects covered their faces and the story that is being given, we are not ruling out the involvement of those that are very close, in this particular situation. But whatever it is, we are going to unmask those that are behind this, and that is the assurance I am giving to members of the public.