Landslide Victory: Nyesom Wike wins Rivers State governorship election

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Nyesom Wike, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Rivers state governorship election, has won another term.

 

At the end of the final collation of 21 local government areas announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Wike polled 886,264 votes ahead of Biokpomabo Awara, candidate of the African Alliance Congress (AAC), who garnered 173,859 votes.

 

The PDP candidate polled a total of 712,405 votes ahead of his closest rival.  Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, had declared support for Awara since the All Progressives Congress (APC) was ineligible to field candidates in the elections.

Photos: Governor El-Rufai’s convoy foils kidnapping along Kaduna-Abuja road

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai’s convoy foiled attempted kidnapping of motorists along Kaduna-Abuja road on Wednesday afternoon.
The Governor, who was on his way to Abuja got to the Akilubu village around 3:40pm, sighted dozens of vehicles parked by citizens alarmed that kidnappers were ahead.
 Photos: Governor El-Rufai?s convoy foils kidnapping along Kaduna-Abuja road
Security operatives in the governor’s convoy advanced and cleared the road of the criminals who fled into the forest.
After clearing the road, Governor El-Rufai directed that travelers who had been wounded by the criminals be rushed to the nearest hospital.
The Governor also directed security agencies to intensify patrols and permanently clear the road of the bandits.
 Photos: Governor El-Rufai?s convoy foils kidnapping along Kaduna-Abuja road
 Photos: Governor El-Rufai?s convoy foils kidnapping along Kaduna-Abuja road

Court sacks Delta State Senator-elect, Peter Nwaoboshi

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has sacked the Senator-elect representing Delta North Senatorial District, Senator  Peter Nwaoboshi.

 

Justice Ahmed Mohammed in a Judgment delivered held that Nwaoboshi who is a serving senator was not the winner of the October 2, 2018 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) primary held to select a candidate for the 2019 general election.

 

Justice Mohammed subsequently ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the name of Ned Nwoko as the candidate of the PDP, having established the fact before the court that Nwoko scored a majority of the lawful votes at the primary election.

 

The court also ordered  Senator Nwaoboshi from parading himself as the candidate of the PDP for the senatorial zone. Nwoko through his counsel Ahmed Raji,] had dragged INEC, PDP, and the sacked senator before the court praying for an order to stop INEC from publishing or further publishing the name of Senator Nwaoboshi as the candidate for Delta North Senatorial District.

 

Nwoko also asked for another order compelling the PDP to forward his name to INEC as the authentic candidate of the party for the senatorial district in the 2019 general election. The plaintiff predicated his suit on seven grounds which was supported by a 20 paragraph affidavit evidence and five exhibits, claimed that he was screened and cleared for the Delta North Senatorial District by the PDP Electoral Committee.

Air Peace shakes aviation world with $2.1bn brand new E195-E2 jets deal

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Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema (sitting, left), Embraer Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Arjan Meijer (sitting, right), standing from left: Air Peace Embraer Engineer, Mr. Charles Melomney, Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, Chief of Finance and Administration, Mrs. Ejiro Eghagha, Embraer VP Sales and Marketing, Middle East and Africa, Mr. Raul Villaron and Sales Director, Africa, Francisco Moraes during the signing of a contract for 30 brand new Embaer 195-E2 aircraft between Air Peace and Embraer at Embraer Business Meeting with the Aviation World in Port Louis, Mauritius on Wednesday.

West and Central Africa’s biggest airline, Air Peace today (Wednesday) set a continental record with a firm order for 10 brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft.

The deal which was unveiled today (Wednesday) during Embraer Business Meeting with the Aviation World in Port Louis, Mauritius, makes Air Peace the first to order the brand of jets in the whole of Africa, thereby becoming the official launch customer of the brand of aircraft in Africa.

The order comprises purchase rights for a further 20 E195-E2 jets. The aircraft is a 124 seater jet in dual class and 146-seater jet in single class configurations respectively.
With all purchase rights exercised, the contract has a value of US$2.12 billion based on current list prices.

The carrier also set a regional record in September 2018 when it ordered 10 brand new aircraft from Boeing, increasing its fleet size then to about 37 aircraft. With the new order, Air Peace’s fleet size has increased to 67 aircraft.

Shortly before the firm order for 10 brand new aircraft from Boeing, Air Peace set a domestic record as the first Nigerian airline to acquire and register the Boeing 777 aircraft in the country. Three of the four wide-body aircraft it acquired for its long-haul operations to Dubai, Sharjah, Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai have so far been delivered.

 

Air Peace shakes aviation world with $2.1bn brand new E195-E2 jets deal

Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema (left) and Embraer Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Arjan Meijer unveiling the model of the 30 brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft ordered by Air Peace during the contract signing ceremony at Embraer Business Meeting with the Aviation World in Port Louis, Mauritius on Wednesday.
Speaking on the latest order in faraway Port Louis, Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Allen Onyema said: “Embraer’s new E195-E2 presents us with a marvel of economic performance. It’s also great that we will be the first E2 operator on the African continent. We already have the ERJ145s in our fleet, so we understand the high standards of Embraer products.”

The E195-E2 aircraft, he said, would strengthen Air Peace’s drive to deploy the right kinds of aircraft to underserved and unserved domestic and regional routes under its no-city-left-behind project.

 

Air Peace shakes aviation world with $2.1bn brand new E195-E2 jets deal

Livery of the 30 brand new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft ordered by Air Peace unveiled during the contract signing ceremony at Embraer Business Meeting with the Aviation World in Port Louis, Mauritius on Wednesday.

 

Onyema thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for creating an enabling environment for the growth of aviation in Nigeria through waving customs duties on commercial aircraft, engines and spares as well as granting value-added tax (VAT) waiver.

“Without these noble gestures from my President (Muhammadu Buhari),” he said, “Air Peace would not have been able to achieve this growth. Thank you very much, Mr. President”.
For his part, Vice President, Sales Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation, Mr. Raul Villaron said: “Air Peace embodies the kind of pioneering spirit Embraer loves. The airline was established to bring highly skilled work opportunities to the people of Nigeria, boosting connectivity, and therefore the economy, in the region. Air Peace has delivered on both aims, while at the same time developing a fast-growing successful airline. It’s great to have them on board.”

UAE cancels Three months tourist visa for Nigerian passport holders until further notice

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The United Arab Emirates has cancelled Three months tourist visa for Nigerian passport holders following the arrest of five Nigerians for robbery in Dubai.

 

According to Africholiday, Nigeria passport holders are no eligible to three months UAE tourist visa. They are now restricted to 1 months, 96 hours and 48 hours UAE tourist Visa till further notice.

FG approves N5.5bn to train 12,000 unemployed youths in electronic products repair and maintenance

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N5.6bn for the training of 12,000 unemployed youth in the country under the N-Power social intervention programme.

 

The approval was granted today April 3rd during the FEC meeting presided over by President Buhari at the presidential Villa, Abuja.

 

Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, said the youth would be selected from the six geo-political zones of the country. According to Udoma, the training which will last for nine months, will enable the beneficiaries assemble, repair and maintain electronic products such as mobile phones, competing devices, among others.

 

Udoma, said the programme was open to all unemployed youth, irrespective of their educational background.  He said the training of each of the beneficiaries will cost, N259,000.

Udoma disclosed that at the end of the training which would be tagged, “N-power knowledge multi track youth empowerment programme”, the beneficiaries would be given working tool of N207,000.

” Each of the 12,000 beneficiaries will train five others, making a total of  60,000. The idea is to make our youth entrepreneurs, employing others,” he said.

 

Man becomes a lawyer and wins a court case for his father 23 years after he was sued in a land dispute

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A man has made his father very proud by winning a court case his father has been embroiled in for over 2 decades.

 

Kinyera Jordan said he was only 6 when his father got into a land dispute and was sued. The case dragged on for years and the young son went on to study law. After graduation, he defended his father in court and won the case for him after 23 years.

 

Kinyera wrote: “In 1996, my dad got into a land dispute and was subsequently sued. I was 6 years old at the time. I went through 18 years of education, became an Advocate and took charge of the case. Today, Judgment In the final appeal was delivered in his favor.”

 

His sister replied: “I’m bawling. Oh Daddy. Oh how this grieved him. Over the years, it wore him down. We lost much. He’s struggled with Alzheimer’s. I hope today he’ll internalise this @kinyerajordan. I hope that he’ll smile. Justice can be delayed, but it will always be served. Thank you Lord.”

 

Man becomes a lawyer and wins a court case for his father 23 years after he was sued in a land dispute

Identical twin brothers ordered to pay child support after they refuse to reveal which of them fathered an infant girl.

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A Judge has ordered two identical twin brothers to pay child support after they refused to say which one of them had fathered an infant girl.

 

Judge Filipe Luís Peruca, in the central state of Goiás, Brazil said since paternity could not be established both men would have to pay for the child.

 

According to Daily Mail, the two men had refused to tell the court which one was the father in a plot to avoid paying anything at all, since a DNA test could not reveal the infant’s true father either because of their identical twin status.

 

‘One of them is acting in bad faith in order to hide the fact that he is the father. Such vile behaviour cannot be tolerated by the law,’ wrote the judge in the town of Cachoeira Alta.

The judge said the two men had removed the young girl’s right to know who her biological father was.

 

He, therefore, ruled that the names of both men would be on the girl’s birth certificate, and they will each have to pay 230 reais; ($60; £45) a month, or 30% of the minimum salary in Brazil, as maintenance – double the amount of normal maintenance payments.

 

It was also reported that the twins’ names have not been disclosed for legal reasons, and were only referred to in court as Fernando and Fabrício.

“Tattoo and dreadlock is strange to our culture” – Lagos police command spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana says

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The Lagos state police command spokesperson, Bala Elkana, has said that Tattoos and Dreadlocks are strange to our culture and is part of the reason why most people who rock them are being harrassed by law enforecement agents.

In an interview with BBC pidgin, Bala who condemned the recent killing of a football fan, Kolade Johnson in the state, said police officers usually harrass any youth wearing dreadlock or having a tattoo on them because most of the cultists that have been arrested wear dreadlocks or have tattoos on them. He said that the police has overtime seen a connection between cultism and those that rock dreadlocks and have tattoos on their body

According to him, “tattoo and dreadlock are strange to our culture especially for Nigeria. Most times when you arrest cultists, many of them have signs on them”

ASUU resumes indefinite strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Taraba State University chapter, today began an indefinite strike.

 

A statement from the ASUU chairman in the school, Dr Samuel Shikaa, says that the aggrieved lecturers had embarked on a strike action in 2018 but suspended it when the Taraba government promised to meet its demands which included the payment of earned academic allowances from 2014 till date, and the provision of required infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning.

 

He said the state government is yet to fulfil their promises hence they are going on strike.

 

Former Spice Girls star, Mel B ‘is now dating her ex-girlfriend Christine Crokos’ after Geri Halliwell bombshell interview

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English singer and former Spice Girls star, Mel B, has reportedly rekindled her romance with her ex-girlfriend Christine Crokos.

The pair, who first dated in 2003 and enjoyed three years relationship are said to be secretly dating and have been sending each other flirty messages on social media lately including going on secret dates.

Film producer Christine sparked rumours when she left a comment on an underwear selfie that Mel, 43, shared on Instagram. She wrote: “Oh boy! Don’t be bringing that out to dinner with me! Hahaha.”

Mel then responded by saying, “stop it.”

A source told the Mirror: “Mel still has a strong connection with Christine even though it’s been more than 10 years since they broke up.”

The romance reports come a week after Mel claimed on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories that she had sex with her bandmate Geri Halliwell. 

 

Video: City FM’s on-air personality apologises to singer, Chidinma for saying Kizz Daniel’s #FvckYou song was dedicated to her

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About 24-hours ago, Nigerian singer, Chidinma through her lawyers ‘Shonaiya & Co’  wrote a letter to City FM in Lagos demanding a public apology and retraction of ‘defamatory’ statements by its on-air personalities who said the viral Kizz Daniel ‘Fvck You’ song was about Chidinma.

 

The OAP in question has now made a public apology to Chidinma saying the initial video was ‘doctored‘ and his words ‘taken out of context’.

 

See his apology below…

Brazilian football legend Pele admitted to hospital in Paris

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Brazilian football Pele was last night admitted to a hospital in Paris after he attended a promotional event with Kylian Mbappe.

 

According to RMC Sport, the 78-year-old was taken to hospital with a strong fever “as a precaution”, but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

 

The 78-year-old was in Paris for a sponsor event organized by Swiss watchmaker Hublot, where he met Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe and his family.

 

It’s unclear if he has been discharged from the hospital.

Toni Braxton plants a sweet kiss on her son Diezel, 16, as they step out together for Braxton Family Values premiere (Photos)

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Seven-time Grammy winner, Toni Braxton, stepped out with her younger son for the sixth season premiere of WE tv’s Braxton Family Values at West Hollywood hotspot Doheny Room on Tuesday.

 

The 51-year-old R&B who rocked a white mini-dress and nude stilettos was pictured planting a sweet kiss on her son Diezel, 16, as they posed on the red carpet.

 

Missing at the event was Diezel’s big brother 17-year-old Denim who plays basketball for Oaks Christian School.

The singer welcomed both sons with her ex-husband Keri Lewis.

See more photos below.

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Femi Fani-Kayode reacts as Nigerian youths start tribal war on Twitter after 5 Igbo men were arrested for robbery in Dubai

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Nigerians on Twitter reacted to the news of 5 Nigerian men carrying out a robbery operation in Dubai by making it all about tribe. This led to a tribal war of sorts on Twitter and Femi Fani-Kayode was forced to step in and talk sense into the youths.

 

5 Nigerian men, all from the Igbo tribe, stole currencies worth over Dh2m during a seven-minute robbery at the Al Tauwain branch of the Al Ansari Exchange around midnight on March 20 (read here).

 

After the names of the suspects were published, Nigerians made it about tribe and began insulting the Igbos. In response, Igbo Twitter users shared screenshots of other crimes committed abroad by Yorubas and Hausas.

 

This led to a Twitter fight that was already turning dirty.

 

Femi Fani-Kayode reacts as Nigerian youths start tribal war on Twitter after 5 Igbo men were arrested for robbery in Dubai

 

Stepping in to put an end to the tribal war, former Aviation Minister, FFK wrote:

 

I pity those rejoicing at the fact that the boys who were caught robbing a BureauDeChange in Dubai were Igbo.They fail to appreciate the fact that the rest of the world,including the Arabs,rightly view them as Nigerians and not Igbo and their behaviour is a reflection of us all.

 

Femi Fani-Kayode reacts as Nigerian youths start tribal war on Twitter after 5 Igbo men were arrested for robbery in Dubai

Kolade Johnson: We will not tolerate the brutalization of Nigerians or violation of their rights – President Buhari promises prosecution of SARS officers

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President Buhari has spoken on the recent unfortunate action of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives from the Lagos State Police Command, which led to the avoidable death of Kolade Johnson, and commiserates deeply with the family of the deceased.

 

The President acknowledges the genuine outrage regarding the activities of SARS and reassures the public that swift actions have already been taken. Suspects are in custody and an orderly room trial is set to commence immediately, following which indicted officers will be prosecuted in court.

According to President Buhari, “Government will not tolerate in any way the brutalization of Nigerians or the violation of their rights. Any officer of the law enforcement agencies or any other government functionary caught in this act will certainly be visited with the full weight of the law.”

Recall that following directives from the Presidency in 2018 to overhaul the management and activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, steps were taken by the Police leadership to restructure and reform SARS. The President recognizes that a lot more remains to be done and this effort must be sustained.

 

He reassures that this administration will continue to ensure that all officers in the Police and other law enforcement agencies conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and with due regard to International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Lionel Messi moves ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo as all-time top goalscorer in Europe’s top five leagues

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Lionel Messi has moved ahead of his strong rival Cristiano Ronaldo to become the all-time top goalscorer in Europe’s top five leagues.

The Argentine footballer achieved the record after scoring a late free-kick in Barcelona 4 – 4 draw against Villarreal on Tuesday night.

The 90th-minute strike was Messi’s 415th goal which took him past Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo on 414.

Messi reached the landmark in 446 games while Ronaldo has scored  414 in 514 matches.

“Story for the gods” – Davido reacts to Senator Adeleke’s election nullification over ‘certificate forgery’

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On Tuesday, the news of the nullification of Davido’s uncle; senator Adeleke was a trending topic on social media and the singer has reacted.
A federal high court sitting in Abuja nullified his candidacy due to ‘certificate forgery’, the senator was dragged to court by two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wahab Raheem and Adam Habeeb, accusing him of not possessing the requisite educational qualification (secondary school certificate), to contest for the office of Governor.
Davido in his reaction simply described it as “Story for the gods”.

?Story for the gods? ? Davido reacts to Senator Adeleke?s election nullification over

Thieves reportedly steal $2.5m worth of make-up from Jeffree Star’s Makeup Warehouse in Los Angeles (Photos)

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Makeup mogul and YouTube personality, Jeffree Star, has disclosed that over $2.5 million worth of his cosmetics were stolen from his warehouse two weeks ago in Los Angeles.

 

In a video posted to YouTube Tuesday, the beauty influencer told his 14 million subscribers that he’s working with authorities and the FBI after “black-market makeup dealers” made off with thousands of units of Jeffree Star Cosmetics products.

 

“One of my stock and shipping facility warehouses was broken into and over $2.5 million of product was stolen from me,” Star said. “This is the biggest theft I have ever experienced in my entire career. This is the biggest hit as a brand. I am still shocked.”

 

Thieves reportedly steal $2.5m worth of make-up from Jeffree Star

According to him, the burglars allegedly entered through the roof on March 15, swiping lip liners, palettes and an entire shade of his unreleased Magic Star concealer.

“These people were professional. I fully believe it was an inside job,” he said. “I think its someone who temporarily worked there who tipped them off.”

“The last few weeks have been so mentally exhausting but I’m so grateful for all the law enforcement & FBI agents who have been working on my #Concealer heist,” he tweeted.

“We are slowly unraveling all the evidence and finding all the people who are in possession of my products and who their sources are,” he continued in another tweet. “The makeup black market is so twisted and has several layers. I can’t believe something I worked so hard on is floating around all over the world.”

Thieves reportedly steal $2.5m worth of make-up from Jeffree Star