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St. Andrew's Church, Anglican Communion of Kubwa Diocese Abuja has concluded plans to hold a 2-day entrepreneurial trade fair, concert and exhibition event.

The event which is in collaboration with the 2024 Mothering Sunday Committee will also feature free eye check-up and consultancy.

Also, it will feature free tooth check-up, music, games and lots more, and promises to be very interesting.

Intending participants are urged to book for their stand now at the rate of N3,000 only.

This exhibition of goods and services will hold at open field, by Federal Housing Bridge along Kubwa expressway.

Date is Today, 1st and 2nd of March, 2024 from 9am daily.

Those seeking to get further information are encouraged to call 08053162219 or 07034663938.

This trade fair concert will attract numerous small and medium scale entrepreneur who will come and build new networks and expand their reaches.



Gunmen numbering around 40 stormed Kawu Community in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), abducting 23 individuals, including a former Ward Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Alhassan Sidi Kawu.


The abduction took place in the early hours of Thursday, according to Punch.


Kawu Community, which shares boundaries with Kaduna and Niger states, became the target of the gunmen, who reportedly arrived from the Kuyeri Forest in Kaduna State the previous day.


The Deputy Speaker of the Bwari Area Council and councillor representing the affected community, Abdulmumini Zakari, revealed that the assailants divided themselves into groups.


He said some entered the palace of the District Head, Alhaji Abdurrahman Danjuma Ali, abducting his son, Lukman, and his wife, who had recently been married.


Meanwhile, others targeted the compound of Alhaji Alhassan Sidi Kawu, the Marafa of Kawu and a former PDP Chairman of Kawu Ward. The gunmen abducted him along with his four children.


Additional victims included Sarkin Pawan Kawu, Gambo Pawa, and his two wives, along with some children.

Made In Abuja Industry Conference and Entertainment Award (MAICEA) 2024 Celebrates Remarkable Talent and Collaboration in Abuja's Creative and Entertainment Industry


Abuja, Nigeria - On Friday, February 16th, the National Merit House in Maitama, Abuja, was transformed into a hub of creativity and celebration as the first-ever Made In Abuja Industry Conference and Entertainment Award (MAICEA) 2024 took place. The event, with the theme "New Collaboration for Development Prosperity and Peace," brought together dignitaries, industry professionals, and key players from Abuja's creative and entertainment sectors for a night of recognition and inspiration.


The highlight of the evening was the presence of our esteemed guest speaker, Mr. Peter IGHO, a renowned personality who formerly served as the Director General of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and the Nigerian National Lottery Commission. Mr. IGHO, who is also a recipient of the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) Lifetime Achievement Award, delivered a captivating keynote session, sharing his insights and experiences in the industry.

The conference featured engaging panel sessions that brought together Abuja's creative and entertainment professionals. These sessions offered a platform for meaningful discussions and exchanges of ideas, focusing on the importance of collaboration for the development and success of the industry. Participants had the opportunity to share their perspectives, challenges, and strategies for future growth, fostering an environment of knowledge-sharing and mutual support.


MAICEA 2024 also showcased a breathtaking runway fashion exhibition, featuring talented designers from Abuja and beyond. The fashion show presented an array of innovative designs, highlighting the exceptional skill and creativity of Abuja's fashion industry.


The event culminated in the much-anticipated entertainment awards ceremony, honoring outstanding individuals and projects from various categories in the creative and entertainment sectors. Winners were carefully selected by a distinguished panel of judges, recognizing their exceptional talent, dedication, and contributions to the industry. The awards celebrated the diverse range of talent in Abuja and served as a testament to the growing prominence of the city in the entertainment landscape.

The attendees were treated to mesmerizing music performances, captivating their hearts and leaving them in awe. The electrifying energy of the performances further amplified the enthusiasm and spirit of celebration throughout the evening.


We are incredibly proud of the success of MAICEA 2024. This event highlighted the immense talent and potential that exists within Abuja's entertainment industry. It also emphasized the significance of collaboration and unity in driving the industry forward. We are excited to continue supporting and promoting the growth of Abuja's creative and entertainment sectors.


MAICEA 2024 was a groundbreaking event that brought together visionaries, creatives, and industry professionals, setting new benchmarks for the entertainment industry in Abuja. The event's theme of collaboration echoed through every aspect of the evening, inspiring attendees to explore new possibilities and forge meaningful partnerships for the future.


Here are the comprehensive list of all our winners across major categories and our Special Award Recognition Recipients



MADE IN ABUJA ENTERTAINMENT AWARD MAEA 2024


CATEGORY WINNERS


Artiste of the Year

OdumoduBlvck


Male Artiste of the Year

Moses Bliss


Nightlife Brand of the Year

Tokyo Nightlife


Female Fashion Designer of the Year

VZ Collections 


BEST SUPPORTING TV BRAND

Nigeria Television Authority NTA


CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR

ABUJA PR


PR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

ALEX REPORT


Most Influential Personality of the Year

Segun Adewumi Gabriel (ApiBoi)


Movie of the year

Anonymous


New Best Artiste of the year

Harry Cee


Next Rated

Zeeter Oliver


Social Community of the year

Abuja Connect


Best Director (Film)

Samson Ogaga


Comedian of the Year

Shortcut Comedian


Skit Maker of the year

Aminu De Comedian


Entertainment Personality of the year

Shortcut Comedian


Best Male Actor 

Preach Bassy


Fashion Designer of the year 

Onwuchekwa Daniel


Fashion Personality of the year

Obitaris


Fashion Brand of the year 

Africana Couture


Music Producer of the year

David Acekeyz


Radio Personality of the year

Victor Velmo


Most Supporting Hospitality Brand

Bolingo Xperia


Photographer of the year

Shoney of Abuja


Best Female Actor of the year

Patricia Okwusor


Best Female Artiste

Mannie Tseayo 


SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD RECIPIENTS 


MOST ICONIC PERSONALITY

Barr. Hannatu Musa Musawa


Outstanding Achievement

Olorogun Peter Igho


THE INNOVATIVE PERSON OF THE YEAR

Mr. William Dokpesi


Supporting Personality

Fegho John Umunubo


Most Supporting Personality

Mr Nasa Anthony


Supporting Brand

Oni Empire Estate


Industry Icons

Styl Plus


Most Supporting Young Personality 

Mohamed Bello Masari


Most Supporting Brand 

Bank of Industry NG


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The Management of Anambra People Media group wishes to tender an unreserved apologies in respect to an unconfirmed publication from our news desk lifted from Peoples Daily News regarding the alleged governorship ambition claim. 

We have been able to contact High Chief Ifekudu and have been able to confirm that no such ambition exist and we urge the general public to disregard the news in its entirety as it does not emanate from High Chief Ken Ifekudu. 

Release from Chief Ken Ifekudu's Office. 

The attention of High Chief Ken Ifekudu OFR has been drawn to a viral news on social media about being goaded by some friends to contest for Anambra 2025 governorship election.

This is to let the general public know that at no time did High Chief Ken Ifekudu had any discussion whatsoever with any friend,associate or colleague about any imaginary governorship ambition. 

To set the record straight, Chief Ken Ifekudu has no intention to vie for any political position in Anambra. He has expressed this on various fora that he does not have interest in any political appointment or contest. Any imaginary Governorship ambition is a figment of the imagination of the writer

 High Chief Ken Ifekudu is a renowned philanthropist and businessman who has dedicated his efforts to improving the lives of the people in Anambra state and beyond. None of these projects is politically motivated. He remains committed to his various ongoing projects and initiatives and has no interest in pursuing a political career.

Therefore, any claims or rumors suggesting otherwise should be disregarded. High Chief Ken Ifekudu appreciates the support and concern of his well-wishers and reiterates that such ambition does not exist.

High Chief Ken Ifekudu would also like to urge the media to adhere to professional ethics and verify information before publishing any stories that could potentially harm an individual's reputation.

Some men were spotted selling a huge python at Abua Junction in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State. 

Facebook user, Joy Oyaghiri-Fagbemi posted the photo on Wednesday. 

Snake sellers spotted selling huge python in Rivers

Ace comedian, Basketmouth has taken a swipe at former Governors of Abia state. 

The comedian who extolled the current Governor of the state, Alex Otti, over his recent performance, said it means the former Governors were not up to local government chairman level. 

Basketmouth tweeted; 

“I wonder how ALL former Governors of Abia state are feeling now seeing Dr Otti’s current performance. It’s suggesting that the former Governors were not even LGA chairman level. Can someone please check on them to see if they are ok? They must not take it. Okay. Bye.”

Basketmouth mocks former Abia Governors, says they were not up to LGA chairman level

 

Ekama Maxwell, the pastor of Kingdom Life Charismatic Church, was detained by the Nigerian Police Force in Sapele, Delta State, for allegedly abusing two pregnant teachers.


Ekama allegedly rushed the classroom with six others after his son reported being reprimanded by a teacher.


He allegedly urged his followers to attack the instructor in question.


According to an unnamed source, Ekama’s son, a student at the school, “fought with another youngster and threatened to assault him after school on Tuesday.”


The source, a teacher at the school who wished to remain anonymous, continued, “One of the teachers disciplined Ekama’s son, who then went home to tell the pastor.”


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The pastor, along with six others, reportedly arrived at the school located in Sapele’s Gana area and proceeded to assault one of the teachers, who was pregnant. Another pregnant teacher who intervened was also allegedly attacked.


“One of the pregnant women fainted, while the other struggled to breathe and could not raise her hand until people intervened and rushed them to the hospital,” the source said.


Attempts to reach Delta State Police Spokesman, Edafe Bright, for confirmation were unsuccessful as his phone line was unavailable.


However, a security source revealed to Vanguard that the pastor and four others were arrested the previous night. “He is currently in our custody, and the women have been admitted to hospitals – one at the police clinic and the other at a private clinic. We are investigating the matter, and the pastor and four others are in our custody,” the source said, requesting anonymity.

Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye, Minister of Women Affairs, has asked for the signing of legislation that would establish a mobile court to try gender and sexual-based crimes in the country.


The minister made the remarks on Wednesday in Abuja during a Conference of Nigeria’s Commissioners of State Ministries of Women Affairs.


According to the minister, if women avoid trading words with their spouses, it could avert physical assault, which may result in harm or death.


She said she and the commissioners would lead a protest to the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the federation to sign the law.


Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye advised women in the country not to argue or fight back when having arguments with their husbands at home.


She said, “I am equally begging my women not to look for trouble, not even at home. Maintain peace in your home because if a home is peaceful, the woman has 80 percent to contribute to that. If you need peace, you can equally achieve it.


“Keep your mouth shut. Talking back does not yield fruit, rather it leads to death and destruction, it leads to bringing up bad children for society. Keep your mouth shut, it does not make you a fool but a wise person.


“When the man is shouting and saying all sorts of things, act like a fool and keep your mouth shut. After a while, watch him. If he is a good man, he will come back to apologise. If he is not a good one, ignore him.


“Have what you want to do in your mind, but when we show who we are and we fight back, most times, it leads to hitting; you could be injured. The same man that injures you will come back to say I am sorry. What will you do? Will you kill him? Even if we come out to fight for you and you lose one eye, are we going to replace the eye? So prevention is better than cure.”

President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, vowed that Nigeria would survive the current economic hardship even as he took full responsibility for the adverse outcomes of his policy reforms.


“Nigeria will survive the current economic challenges. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I requested the job, and I am not complaining about it. I take full responsibility,” said Tinubu when he addressed Afenifere leaders at the residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, Ondo State.


Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, stated this in a statement he signed on Wednesday titled, ‘President Tinubu: I take full responsibility for the nation; we are building an efficient Nigeria that is inclusive and fair to all Nigerians.”


Tinubu emphasised his commitment to leading Nigeria towards economic and social prosperity, saying, “Nigeria will survive the current economic challenges. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I requested the job, and I am not complaining about it. I take full responsibility.


“We are meeting our obligations to the international community. To lenders, we have not defaulted, and we are not going to default. We are navigating the twists and bends on the road to Nigeria’s prosperity.”


On reforming Nigeria, Tinubu said his task will be to ensure fiscal and true federalism, as well as the broad-based manifestation of the philosophy of “what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”


He acknowledged the understanding and support of all Nigerians in the face of the harsh but temporary economic conditions, assuring them that their patience and perseverance will not be fruitless.


“The economic challenges we have endured since assuming office are not new to me. As the former Governor of Lagos State, I faced similar calls for my resignation.


“But, through perseverance, Lagos emerged as the fifth largest economy in the entire continent of Africa. We must manage this moment with wisdom and grow Nigeria responsibly.


“I campaigned for this office to serve Nigeria’s interests, and I was elected. Some said I would not last in the tribunal and came up with all sorts of predictions, but even when in court, I remained focused.


“We cannot allow Nigeria’s economy to be exploited. We cannot abandon our economy to marauders. I am determined to re-engineer our finances and curb selfish interests permanently,” he stated.


Speaking on behalf of Afenifere, Chief Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who read Fasoranti’s address, commended Tinubu for his commitment to Nigeria’s progress and expressed support for his administration’s efforts.


“You have kept your word to return to this place where we all prayed for you, and this shows that you are a man of your word,” the elder statesman stated.


Fasoranti asked the President to be fair and courageous, declaring that such traits were the hallmark of the Afenifere family.


“Today, you are carrying our flag. We are noted for integrity, competence, fairness, and courage. Your performance so far has shown that you understand the full gravity of your mandate, which is to show the Nigerian people that a good government is possible,” he said.


Earlier, Tinubu paid a condolence visit to the family of the late former Governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, and visited the palace of the Olowo of Owo Kingdom, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III.


Speaking at the palace of the monarch, he eulogised the late Akeredolu as a statesman and a distinguished legal luminary who served his people with unwavering dedication.


“We lost an illustrious son. Akeredolu was very close to me and an ally. He was a son of the soil, and I have come to pay homage,” the President said.


He extended his prayers for the good health, progress, and prosperity of the traditional ruler and the community and thanked the people of Owo for their support to the bereaved family.


Accompanied by the Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Tinubu also commiserated with the late governor’s widow, Betty, the children, and other family members.


Recently, human rights groups, the Joint Action Front and the Coalition for Revolution on Monday hit the streets of Lagos State to protest against the soaring price of food and the high cost of living in the country.


This protest was held against the warning issued by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade, on Sunday.


According to him, the police are aware of the plan by some people to protest in the state and will ensure that necessary measures are put in place for the safety of the lives and property of Lagosians.


Before then, youths in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Monday, hit the street to protest the skyrocketing price of food and the state of the economy.


It was observed that protesters gathered around the Mokola area in the state wielding placards with various inscriptions such as ‘End food hike and inflation,’ ‘The poor are starving,’ and ‘Tinubu, don’t forget your promises,’ among others.


They were also chanting songs to show their grievances.

On Wednesday, the Senate rejected a bill that would have added Anambra to the list of states that make up the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).


The move and rejection led to disagreement between Senator Tony Nwoye (LP – Anambra North) and Senator Jibrin Isah popularly known as Echocho (APC – Kogi East).


The Bill titled: A Bill for an Act to amend the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act to make provision for the inclusion of Anambra State as one of the member state and for other connected matters thereto, 2024” was sponsored by Senator Nwoye.


Nwoye in his lead debate, said that Anambra deserved to be a member of NDDC States having been collecting 13 per cent derivation since 2021 on account of oil production in the state on yearly basis.


But most of the Senators who made contributed to the debate on the bill, opposed the move on the grounds that States like Kogi and Lagos are not covered by NDDC operations despite being oil- producing States.


Specifically, Senator Isah said NDDC by its name is more of a regional or geographical intervention body and not just an amalgam of oil producing states.


He noted that his home State (Kogi) has also been collecting 13% derivation as an oil-producing State.


Nwoye vehemently countered Isah’s claim by repeatedly brandishing a document in his hand that it is Anambra and not Kogi, that has been collecting 13% derivation.



“Mr President and distinguished colleagues, Anambra as an oil producing state has been collecting 13% derivation from oil exploited from her wells by the federal government since 2021 and eminently deserves to be included in the operational radius of NDDC.


“Kogi State was also declared as an oil producing state but has not been collecting any 13% derivation,” he said.


At this point Senator Isah warmed Senator Nwoye to limit his argument to Anambra State and allow the Senate to decide the fate of his bill.


“Senator Nwoye with all due respect, please stop dragging Kogi State into your argument for membership of Anambra State in NDDC. Kogi State is an oil producing State and has also been collecting 13% derivation since October 2022,” he said.


Senate President Godswill Akpabio in a bid to douse the tension building between the two Senators, said if the argument of Senator Nwoye on proposed membership of Anambra State in NDDC is to be accepted by the Senate, then Lagos State which has two oil wells in Badagry, will also advocate for membership of the commission.


On submissions made by Senator Nwoye that even if NDDC is considered to be a geographical or regional interventionist body, Anambra State is qualified to be a member on account of its proximity to Niger Delta area, Akpabio said the National Boundary Commission should be allowed to so decide.


Senators voted against the bill when it was put to voice vote and was subsequently threw away.

 

President Bola Tinubu will depart Lagos on Thursday for a two-day formal visit to Doha at the invitation of Qatar’s king, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.


Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, stated that he will use the visit to strengthen bilateral collaboration in a variety of areas, including security, cultural exchange, and economic development.


According to the announcement, in addition to other programs put up by the Qatari government, President Tinubu will also participate in a business and investment forum, which will be attended by both nations’ business groups.


“Honouring an invitation by His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will depart Lagos State and embark on a two-day official visit to the State of Qatar on Thursday, February 29, 2024, to further strengthen cooperation between the two nations in several areas, including security, cultural exchange, and economic development.


“During the visit, President Tinubu will witness the signing of several agreements focused on boosting Nigeria’s real sector and creating value-additive investments across the fields of trade, education, culture, solid minerals, digital economy, agriculture, and gas, as well as fostering cooperation on counter-terrorism.


“The President will also participate in a business and investment forum that will bring together top-level executives in both the private and public sectors of Nigeria and Qatar to advance cross-sectoral opportunities for mutually beneficial growth and development.


“The President will be accompanied on the trip by senior government officials for the signing of agreements,” the statement reads.

On Wednesday, the Ghanaian parliament passed a contentious bill that will significantly restrict LGBTQ rights; rights activists denounced the decision.


Before becoming law, the bill still needs to be approved by President Nana Akufo-Addo, which many think is improbable given the upcoming general election in December.


In Ghana, where Akufo-Addo has declared that homosexual marriage will never be permitted while he is in office, the law is overwhelmingly supported.


Commonly referred to as the anti-gay bill, the legislation received sponsorship from a coalition comprising Christian, Muslim and Ghanaian traditional leaders, finding substantial backing among members of parliament.


Gay sex is already illegal in the religious West African nation, but while discrimination against LGBTQ people is common no one has ever been prosecuted under the colonial-era law.


Under the provisions of the bill, same-sex relations could be punished with imprisonment ranging from six months to three years.



Those advocating for LGBTQ rights could be subject to harsher penalties, with potential jail terms of three to five years.


Around 30 African countries currently ban homosexuality, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).


Uganda, Mauritania and several northern Nigerian states punish same-sex relations extremely harshly, with those accused possibly facing the death penalty.


South Africa is the only nation on the continent to allow gay marriage, which it legalised in 2006.


Gay sex has been decriminalised in only a handful of countries: Cape Verde, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Mozambique, and the Seychelles, according to the ILGA.

 

The City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos will not have a formal involvement in the funeral of the late Herbert Wigwe, former Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings plc.


Wigwe, who died aboard a helicopter in the United States a few weeks ago, was a parishioner.


The late banker died with his wife, Chizoba, son, Chizi, and former Group Chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), Abimbola Ogunbanjo.


Following his death, the widow of the Parish Pastor, Dr. Siju Iluyomade, held a spectacular birthday that left tongues buzzing.


Distinguished personalities rejoiced with the pastor’s wife at the party, which took place at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos.


Some persons expressed displeasure that Iluyomade held such party weeks after the tragic deaths of a prominent member of the church.


On Instagram, @lollystyleme wrote, “RIP Herbert Wigwe! Live your life to the fullest while you’re here. People only care when you’re still around.”


@elegant_theli wrote, “This is the pastor’s wife of late Wigwe’s church o. Omo.”


Adenikeleg wrote, “What a total mess…so, even if the dead was your sister and her husband, plus your nephew, will this parry still go on? Those were members of your church for Christ’s sake. You are supposed to be their spiritual mother. Very insensitive and callous…even those in the world will not do this… look at Tony (Elumelu) too. Your colleague and his family perished less than a month and you are here dancing at a tasteless callous party with another woman of the world hiding in the church. May God have mercy on all of us.”


Chukwudi Iwuchukwu wrote: “After all this charity and benovelence, the right thing and common sense dictate that it is offensive and not appropriate to throw a lavish party a week after the death of such a man whose tithe and benovelence sustained your husband’s ministry when his body is still cold. I wonder what Wigwe would be feeling in the spirit world after seeing such a carnival go on last night at the Eko Hotel Lagos, just a week after his death. This is a lesson for the living.”


Some persons had referred to the social media comments as mere distraction but in the programme of events released by the family, the parish was omitted as against the usual tradition of places where deceased persons fellowshipped in their lifetime playing roles in their funeral ceremonies.


According to the programme, funeral for the Wigwes will commence with a tribute to Herbert Wigwe’s professional legacy at the Eko Hotel in Lagos on March 4.


Separate ceremonies to honor Chizi and Chizoba are scheduled for March 5 at the Eko Hotel in Lagos, followed by a night of tributes on March 6 at the same venue.


On March 7, a combined service of songs will take place at the RCCG, Resurrection Parish, Lekki, followed by a Christian wake-keeping at Wigwe University, Isiokpo, Ikwerre LGA, Rivers.


On March 9, the funeral and private interment service for the family will be held.


The final service will be an outing ceremony at the Redeemed Christian Church Of God (RCCG), Lion of Judah Parish, Isiokpo, Ikwerre LGA, Rivers, on March 10.

Super Eagles star, Victor Osimhen, has gifted a young boy who dressed like him and showcased similar football skills with N2.5m

The boy, seen in a video wearing a mask resembling Osimhen’s, caught the attention of the footballer when popular Instagram blogger, Tunde Ednut, shared the clip on his page on Tuesday.

Reacting to the video , Osimhen requested Ednut’s assistance in locating the boy.


With Ednut’s help and that of content creator, Eriq Morak, the boy was located in Ivory Coast.


Giving an update, Ednut wrote, “I initially thought this little man was Nigerian. You won’t believe we found him in Ivory Coast.


“#eriqmorak found him. He lives in Ivory Coast. I couldn’t see his message, so he reached out to #ogb recently_ and OGB messaged me. I spoke to the family briefly to make sure it was the boy.”

Osimhen then reached out and gifted the money to the boy, eliciting gratitude from his family, who shared a video thanking the footballer for his generosity.


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In a remarkable display of love and tradition, Cyril Obarakpo captured hearts and made history in the community of Oria-Abraka, Delta State. Over the weekend, he exchanged vows with not one, but two women simultaneously, in a wedding ceremony that has since gone viral.


The joyous occasion was marked by a moment that melted hearts as a video surfaced online, showing Cyril passionately kissing both of his new wives. Surrounded by friends and family, the atmosphere was filled with celebration and happiness as the trio embarked on this unique journey together.

The radiant smiles on the faces of the newlyweds, now known as Mrs. Obarakpo, spoke volumes about the love and unity shared among them. The video quickly became a trending topic on social media, with many applauding Cyril for his bold step and the harmony evident in their union.


This wedding not only made waves in the local community but also sparked conversations about love, relationships, and the changing dynamics of marriage. As Cyril Obarakpo begins this new chapter with his two beloved partners, their story continues to inspire and captivate audiences across the country.



 

The Senate has approved President Bola Tinubu’s removal of Babatunde Irukera as CEO/Vice Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).


The Senate’s approval on Wednesday followed the consideration of the Executive Communication, which stated that the Senate would consider President Bola Tinubu’s request to remove Babatunde Irukera as Chief Executive/Vice-Chairman of the FCCPC in accordance with Sections 8(1)(b) and (2) of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Act, 2018, as presented by Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, APC, Ekiti Central.


Recall that President Tinubu had contacted the Senate in January this year, seeking that it approve the disengagement of Mr Babatunde Irukera as the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.


This was contained in a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and read at plenary.


The letter read, “In accordance with the provisions of Section 8(2) of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Act 2018. I hereby seek the kind confirmation of the Senate in respect of the disengagement from office of Babatunde Irukera as Executive Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of the FCCPC with effect from January 8.


 

Barrister Chris Agidy, the Senior Legislative Aide, SLA, to the lawmaker representing Delta North, Senator Ned Nwoko, who was kidnapped by bandits in 2023, has been killed.

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, confirmed this to Abujapress on Tuesday.

Recall that at least 19 persons were in November 2023 kidnapped from their homes in the Galadimawa area of the nation’s capital by gunmen.

A report earlier emerged that 12 of the abductees were killed.

However, the identities of the deceased was not clear as the lawmaker and the security operatives continued efforts to rescue the lawyer.

Confirming the killing on Tuesday, the FCT PPRO said the lawmaker’s aide was killed by one of the wanted notorious kidnappers terrorizing the country’s capital city, Samaila Wakili.

Wakili was arrested on February 24 at the Sardauna Forest, in the Toto area of Nasarawa State, by police operatives.

The FCT PPRO said the suspect, upon his arrest, “led police operatives to where the remains of Barr. Chris Agidy is”.

She noted that “the remains was recovered and deposited in Gwagwalada General Hospital”.

 

President Bola Tinubu indicated on Tuesday that the decision to eliminate petrol subsidies was difficult but vital to build a transparent and accountable energy sector.


The President, speaking at the beginning of the 2024 Nigeria International Energy Summit (NIES) in Abuja, recognized that the decision has caused hardship, particularly for low-income workers, but assured that the economy will eventually improve and the advantages will materialize.


Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, stated that energy security is a priority for his administration.


He said: The petroleum subsidy has, over the years, strained our economic resources, leading to inefficiencies and, most importantly, hindering our ability to invest in critical areas of energy security.


“By removing the subsidy, we are creating a more transparent and accountable energy sector. The funds that were previously allocated to subsidising petroleum products are now redirected towards developing and upgrading our energy and other social infrastructure.


“Furthermore, the removal of the subsidy has encouraged further private sector participation in the energy industry, with the potential to attract more local and international investors and foster innovation and competition that will drive down costs and improve the overall efficiency of our energy sector.”


Acknowledging the hardship caused by the decision, the President said: “I am acutely aware of the immediate impact this decision may have had on our citizens, especially those with lower incomes.


Therefore, in parallel with the subsidy removal, my administration is committed to implementing social intervention programmes to mitigate the short-term effects on vulnerable populations. These programmes will ensure that the burden of subsidy removal is shared equitably and that the most vulnerable among us are protected.


“The decision to remove the petroleum subsidy is not an easy one, but it is a necessary one for the long-term energy security and economic prosperity of our beloved nation. I call upon all stakeholders, including industry experts, policymakers, and the general public, to engage in constructive dialogue and collaboration as we navigate these challenging but transformative times.


“Together, we can build a resilient and sustainable energy future for Nigeria.”


 

Charles Inojie, a veteran Nollywood actor, has announced the end of the popular Nigerian comedy series ‘The Johnsons’, 13 years after it first aired.


The Nigerian series, known for its humour and heartbreaking moments, has established an everlasting link with viewers, who have gone alongside its unique characters through laughter and tears over the years.


In a post on his Instagram page, Inojie wrote; “THANK YOU, AFRICA.


“After 13 years of absolute magic,13 years of awesomeness,13 years of being Africa’s most-watched show on television,13 years of being every family’s favorite,


“THE JOHNSONS is finally taking a bow.


“I thank my co-travelers, the wonderful team of cast and crew, without whom these past 13 years could not have been spectacularly outstanding as THE JOHNSONS made it.


“I am immensely grateful to our fans across the African continent for the love and support we got unconditionally.


“Indeed, while it is the beginning of greater exploits from every individual member of the team, like every good thing that must have a terminal point, it is the end of the road for THE JOHNSONS.


“THANK YOU.”


Inojie was renowned for his portrayal of ‘Lucky Johnson’ character, the patriach of the family on the show with the late Ada Ameh as his wife.


 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has intercepted what it described as the single largest heroin consignment at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.


The agency also arrested members of an organised criminal organisation which specialises in trafficking heroin across Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Europe and America in an operation leading to the seizure of the consignment which weighed 51.90Kg on February 12, 2024.


The Chairman of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa, disclosed this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Lagos.


Marwa said the operation was the single largest seizure of heroin at the airport.


The NDLEA boss said the consignment was concealed in 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines.


He noted that there was a parallel between the seizure and the September 18, 2022, seizure of 2,139.5kg cocaine in a warehouse in the Ikorodu area of the state, which he described as the biggest singular cocaine seizure in the history of NDLEA.


According to him, four cartel members linked to the recent seizure were arrested in a follow-up operation conducted by the NDLEA operatives.


He said, “NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command intercepted a suspicious package at the SAHCO Import Shed of the airport’s Cargo Terminal. The consignment was concealed in 15 cartons of 2300-watt metal cutting machines. Each carton was stocked with three blocks of high-grade heroin. In total, we recovered 45 blocks of the illicit substance with a total weight of 49.70kg.


“After the discovery, we were methodical and meticulous in our investigations. We started with the arrest of the freight agent whose name is Olowolagba Wasiu Babatunde. It turned out that he was hired for clearing services by Mattpee Logistics, a company operated by one Mr. Kola resident in South Africa.”



(Punch)