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Not all ‘Fulani Herdsmen are murderers’ –Sultan.

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Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that not all Fulani herdsmen engage in terrorism.

The Sultan, who stated this yesterday when he visited the headquarters of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Abuja, said the insecurity in the country should not be restricted to one particular ethnic group.

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He said: “As Muslims, we should not allow people’s talk to get into our head when they call us all sort of names. We have fought, we have told the whole world, not only in Nigeria. In fact, there is nowhere in this world that I haven’t spoken about Islam not being a terrorist religion; from the White House to universities in the United States, to Chatham House in London, I have always stood by this. Of course, we have some bandits among us, but it does not make Islam or Muslims terrorists.

“I am a proud Fulani, but I am not a criminal, bandit or terrorist. I just do my best to the best of my ability.” He advised Muslims to always behave according to the teaching of Holy Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.

Earlier, the chairman of NAHCON, Zikrullah Hassan, said the commission had begun the process of transforming its activities from manual to digital.

MEANWHILE, the 19 Northern governors have vowed to end insecurity in the region.

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Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, said the governors were determined to restore peace and unity to the North. Lalong said in Zaria yesterday that the governors’ meeting in Kaduna today would centre mainly on peace and unity in the region.

The governor was speaking when he visited his Alma Mater, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), where he met with Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabir Bala, and other principal officers of the university. Earlier in his address, Prof. Bala had described the governor’s visit as “auspicious”.

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Wike faults NASS confirmation of ex service chiefs as ambassadors.

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Wike said the commission had abandoned its core mandate and left those who canvassed for its establishment disillusioned.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, faulted the National Assembly for confirming former service chiefs as ambassadors, insisting that it is unjustifiable to confirm officers who were sacked for poor performance.

He said Nigerians were disappointed with the National Assembly for confirming the sacked service chiefs as envoys.

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Wike, who stated this when members of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta visited him at Government House, Port Harcourt, wondered why senators, who agreed with Nigerians on the poor performance of the service chiefs, cleared them for another sensitive appointment.

“Most Nigerians are disappointed at the the Senate for that decision. Convey this to the National Assembly. We must be courageous in whatever we do. Everything must not be done on party affairs. Senators discussed and agreed that service chiefs should be dismissed because they were not performing.

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“Now, the same people who couldn’t perform have been confirmed as ambassadors. What kind of country are we in? In anything we do, we must remember that there is tomorrow and our conscience must be key,” he said.

On the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Wike said the commission had abandoned its core mandate and left those who canvassed for its establishment disillusioned.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike (right) with members of Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), during their visit to the governor in Port Harcourt…yesterday PHOTO: NAN

“I don’t like talking about the NDDC. It is unfortunate to the extent that if those who fought for it knew that this is what will become of the NDDC, I don’t think they would have asked for it,” he said.

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He noted that over the years, various committees on NDDC at the National Assembly have not provided sufficient direction that would make the commission to focus on its core mandate of developing the region.

Governor Wike said some politicians have transformed the NDDC into a cash cow for prosecuting sinister political agenda, and accused the commission of spending N10b to unseat him from office, but that the scheme failed.

He noted that the presidency, National Assembly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some Niger Delta persons were part of the problem of NDDC, because they do not allow it to perform, saying: “We are enemies to ourselves.”

Speaking, Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwaoboshi, said they visited to assure Governor Wike, as host of NDDC, that the commission would be supervised to perform its core mandate.

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“We are aware that you have some reservations with the NDDC based on your state’s previous relationship with the commission. We assure you that we will ensure that the aspirations and aims of creating the NDDC will be achieved.

“We will do everything possible within the limits of the constitution through our oversight functions to achieve its objectives,” he said.

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Ondo’s Akeredolu ‘sworn in’ for second term.

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The governor, who reiterated that the economic fortunes of the state was largely in the South Senatorial District, said his administration had tried in the last four years to harness and reorganise the potential of the region.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says he plans to focus on agriculture and youth empowerment during his second term in office.

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Akeredolu said this at his inauguration for second term in office alongside his deputy, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa on Wednesday in Akure.

He promised to revolutionise agriculture by taking practical steps towards harnessing the full potential of the state.

The governor, who reiterated that the economic fortunes of the state was largely in the South Senatorial District, said his administration had tried in the last four years to harness and reorganise the potential of the region.

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Akeredolu also said his administration would continue to justify, with more vigour, the trust given by the people.

“The second term for us is not a time for relaxation. We are not under any illusion that it will be easy.

“We are, however, ready to proceed on the journey with renewed enthusiasm and vigour,” he said.

Dignitaries at the event included Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State; Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun; Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun; Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo; and Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, national leader, All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Others were Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, Minister of State for Niger Delta; Sen. Ken Nnamani, former Senate President ; Sen. Iyiola Omisore, former deputy governor of Osun; and Chief Bisi Akande, APC leader.

Noble Reporters Media reports that Akeredolu emerged victorious at the Oct.10, 2020 governorship election, having beaten Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with wide margin.

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Military recovers body of soldiers ‘killed’ in Orlu, Imo State.

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The Nigerian Army has recovered the corpses of four soldiers allegedly killed by members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) militias in Orlu, Imo State.

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Noble Reporters Media reported that a senior military official confirmed the development adding that the military vehicle that was damaged during the attack had also been recovered.

This came after the Nigerian troops on Monday arrested 20 members of the proscribed IPOB after they attacked soldiers and civilians in Orlu.

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The Nigerian troops in a joint operation involving the Army, Air Force and the Police had sustained raid operation in the area, after the killing of four soldiers on escort duties in the area by IPOB.

The IPOB militia had ambushed and killed the soldiers who were on the escort of the Director Civil Affairs, Brigadier General HE Nzan and his team on inspection of the Civil-Military Project at Nkwerre.

They also took away weapons and a vehicle belonging to the troops.

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NoRM quoted the Attorney General of Imo State, Cyprian Akaolisa, as saying the military operation, which was conducted jointly with the police, was aimed at “clearing camps” said to have been built by the Eastern Security Network, a security arm of the pro-Biafra group, IPOB.

Akaolisa said the Nigerian Army was invited to Orlu by the Imo State Government.

“The state government got intelligence that IPOB was planning an attack against the Orlu people and the government, under the pretext of looking for herders in the communities,” he said.

“The attacks on police stations and killing of policemen during #EndSARS were carried out by IPOB and not protesting youths for the sole purpose of hijacking and stealing weapons.”

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“They are now using those arms to destroy Orlu. They killed 10 policemen, a prominent Orlu son, Ignatius Obiezu, and one Emmanuel Okeke and collected their Hilux vehicles,” the attorney general said.

“There are no Fulani herdsmen in Orlu,” he added.

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Texas power board resigns after mass protest over blackouts.

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A notice from the Public Utility Commission of Texas said that Craig Ivey, who also lives out of state, had withdrawn his application to fill a vacant board seat.

Four board members of Texas’ power grid operator announced their resignation Tuesday after millions of state residents were left without power during days of unprecedentedly frigid temperatures.

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The board chair of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Sally Talberg, vice-chairman Peter Cramton, finance and audit committee chair Terry Bulger and human resources and governance committee chief Raymond Hepper, all of whom live out of state, will resign effective Wednesday.

“We have noted recent concerns about out-of-state board leadership at ERCOT. To allow state leaders a free hand with the future direction and to eliminate distractions, we are resigning from the board effective after our urgent board teleconference meeting adjourns on Wednesday, February 24, 2021,” they said in a letter to the board.

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A notice from the Public Utility Commission of Texas said that Craig Ivey, who also lives out of state, had withdrawn his application to fill a vacant board seat.

Texas was particularly hard hit as a frigid air mass paralyzed parts of the southern and central United States early last week, claiming more than 70 lives. Millions were left temporarily without power and water lines were frozen.

ERCOT, which operates much of the state’s power grid, underestimated the surge in demand caused by the unusually cold weather and used planned outages to avert an uncontrolled blackout.

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The state’s governor Greg Abbott issued a damning statement acknowledging the resignations and saying the group had “failed to do its job.”

“ERCOT leadership made assurances that Texas’ power infrastructure was prepared for the winter storm, but those assurances proved to be devastatingly false,” he said in a statement posted to Twitter.

“The lack of preparedness and transparency at ERCOT is unacceptable, and I welcome these resignations.”

Abbott has ordered an investigation into the grid operator, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has also said it will probe the factors behind the power outages.

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ERCOT reported Friday that utility operations had returned to normal, but tens of thousands were still without power into the weekend as crews struggled to repair downed lines.

President Joe Biden issued a major-disaster declaration on Saturday for much of Texas, providing badly needed financial and administrative aid, and he plans to visit the state on Friday.

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Buhari’s candidate ‘confirmed’ EFCC Chairman.

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The EFCC chairman-designate before his confirmation introduced himself and read his biodata to the Senate.

Nigeria Senate on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Senate president Ahmad Lawan during the plenary restated President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Bawa as EFCC chairman last week.

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The Presidency said Bawa’s nomination was in accordance with Section 2 (3) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act 2003.

Bawa was in the company of his family members, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Senator Jide Omoworare, the Speaker and Members of the Kebbi State House of Assembly at the National Assembly.

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The EFCC chairman-designate before his confirmation introduced himself and read his biodata to the Senate.

Bawa, a 40-year-old EFCC investigator, said he has vast experience in the investigation and prosecution of advance fee fraud cases, official corruption, bank fraud, money laundering, and other economic crimes.

He holds a B.Sc degree in economics, and masters degree in international affairs and diplomacy.

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With his confirmation, Bawa replaces the suspended former acting EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu who is undergoing trial on alleged diversion of recovered government’s assets since July 2020.

Bawa said he hopes to make the EFCC a better place when he leaves.

The EFCC chairman said he “intend to work with them closely by sharing information in order to attain our mutual and independent objective.

“We need to repatriate all our stolen assets for the benefit and betterment of all Nigerians.

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“It is a dream of every patriotic Nigerian to see Nigeria growing to a greater height and I hope and pray that if confirmed, I will live to contribute my quota in seeing that this country is taken to a greater height.

“I am going to give the young people a very good representation in the governance of this country so that more young people will be given more responsibility in this country.”

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President Buhari raises concern over threat of ‘growing’ cyber criminals.

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President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, lamented that increasing usage of the Internet has caused corresponding rise in threats posed by cyber criminals, online fraudsters and cyber terrorists, who he said, cause tension in the country.

He stated this at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while unveiling the National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy for 2021.

Noting that the country was currently at a turning point in its history, President Buhari said Nigeria’s young and vibrant population had the potential to exploit Internet revolution in developing the economy and improving national security.

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He said Nigeria was also witnessing upsurge in adoption of Internet and social media for almost all aspects of its daily life, and therefore, the Internet or cyberspace had become central and indispensable to national development.

“That is why, in the past couple of years, our administration has focused on several Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-driven initiatives.

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“Some of these include the National Broadband Plan (NBP) 2020–2025 launched in March 2020 to increase Internet broadband penetration across Nigeria, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 2020–2030, National Identity Programme, Treasury Single Account (TSA) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) schemes, among others,” he stated.

Buhari explained that the initiatives serve as enablers for tackling the economic and security challenges in the country, while also providing a platform to improve accountability and transparency in government’s resolve to fight corruption.

“However, like several other countries, significant challenges followed the growth and development of the Internet. We are witnessing increasing threats posed by cybercriminals, online financial fraudsters and cyber terrorists, who use the Internet to cause apprehension.

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“We are also witnessing an upsurge in the use of the Internet and social media to propagate hate speech, fake news and seditious messages, as well as risks of breaches to personal information and sensitive government data. It is almost impossible to overstate the challenges,” he said.

He pointed out that the emergence of new technologies, outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and 5G technology, have further widened the scope and diversification of the cyber threats.

“In October 2020, we witnessed escalation in use of social media for dissemination of subversive messages and incitement of violence, which heightened tensions, unrest, looting and destruction of property across the country.

“Therefore, in a bid to ensure that we effectively embrace and harness the benefits of digital revolution, while effectively combating rising cyber threats, the Federal Government has been proactive in ensuring progressive use of the Internet and cyberspace,” he added.

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He said the Federal Government developed it maiden National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy in 2014, to provide a roadmap for the realisation of national cyber security programme, adding that the effort paved way for Nigeria to reach some cyber security milestones in the last six years.

“Therefore, to build on this achievement and reposition the country for enhanced engagement in cyberspace, it became necessary to review the National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy 2014 and develop a comprehensive National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy 2021 in the interest of the country,” he stressed.

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AfDB president wants Nigeria be restructured; suggests ‘United States of Nigeria.’

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President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwunmi Adesina, has canvassed economic restructuring of the country and suggested a United States of Nigeria or Commonwealth of Nigeria to have a more viable nation.

Adesina said this during the second term inauguration lecture of Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in Akure yesterday, titled: Towards A New Nigeria: From Federal Fatherism To A Common Wealth.

He faulted Nigeria’s federalism, saying it was essentially a revenue sharing system compared to the United States of America federal system.

He argued that Nigeria’s system of government was a federalism of fiscal dependency, as most states of the federation have abundant resources that remain largely untapped due to bureaucracy.

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“That is the irony of Nigeria’s states. They are poor in the midst of plenty. They do not maximally explore or leverage what they already have in abundance. The Federal system of monthly grants or allocations, as they call it, has paralysed them.

“Our kind of federalism is fiscally unhealthy for the states and the Federal Government and it does not grow its constituent entities. It simply makes them perpetually dependent,” he said

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Adesina, who advocated more accountability and transparency, also decried some draconian tax administration by state governments across the country, lamenting that Nigerians pay one of the highest implicit taxes globally.

“This leads to inter-generational transfer of poverty, especially among the youths. Nigeria’s inequality is also extreme. Over 55 per cent of youths do not have jobs. Rural areas are now zones of economic misery with high rates of poverty and extremely high birth rates,” he lamented.

The former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, canvassed constitutional changes to devolve more economic and fiscal powers to the states, adding: “As a way out of the economic quagmire, much has been said about the need for restructuring.

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“Restructuring should not be driven by political expediency, but by economic and financial viability. Economic and financial viability are necessary and sufficient conditions for political viability.

“The resources in each state should belong to the states. The constituent entities should pay federal taxes or royalties for those resources.”

On unity of the nation, he argued that instead of a Federal Government of Nigeria, the citizens could think of the United States of Nigeria or the Commonwealth of Nigeria, insisting that the old should pass away for the new to emerge.

Chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, said the topic was apt since it was aimed at addressing the problems facing the country and exploring opportunities that abound.

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Governor Akeredolu, who declared today a public holiday to mark his second term inauguration, blamed the growing sectional activism, which he said, was gradually replacing national patriotism, on the faulty federalism being operated in the country.

He lamented that most Nigerians were losing faith in ‘Unity in Diversity,” mantra while urging that true federalism was the only opportunity to restore national consciousness.

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Resign if you can’t work in rural areas – Fayemi tells Teachers.

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Ekiti State Government, yesterday, said it would henceforth ask public primary school teachers who refuse postings to rural areas to tender their resignation.

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The government, which lamented the lopsidedness of teachers in urban areas following the rejection of postings to rural areas, said that it would undertake a redistribution policy to correct the imbalance.

The Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman, Prof. Femi Akinwumi, said this while flagging off a five-day training programme for primary schools’ Quality Assurance Officers held at the Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort Centre, Ikogosi in Ekiti West Local Council of the state.

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Akinwumi said that the standard of education had improved considerably under Governor Kayode Fayemi since 2018, compared to what was obtainable during the immediate past government.

“We don’t have teachers in rural areas while they are in surplus in our cities, particularly Ado-Ekiti. This lopsidedness is a major problem and we have to embark on teachers’ redistribution. If we don’t use a radical approach, we won’t go far.

“We have teachers that are sufficient in primary schools, but the question to ask is, have those teachers in the villages committed crime?

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“The new policy now is either they honour the postings we are going to do or they tender their resignation. Some believe they can influence, but in this exercise, we are going to transfer those who thought they are untouchable.”

The SUBEB Chairman said productivity and efficiency were necessary ingredients for schools to perform, adding that quality assurance is required to enhance quality teaching for good performances by pupils in external examinations.

“Ekiti has the best teacher-pupil ratio in Nigeria, which is 1:28. It is even 1:14 in our rural schools. With this, we have no reason why we should not have the best results in public examinations.

“Quality assurance is the best way to achieve the best in any organisation. If we are doing much in all areas but we can’t monitor and ensure we are getting quality, then things will go wrong.”

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Also, the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Hamid Boboyi, represented by the South-West Zonal Director, Dr. P. A. Oyedokun, described quality assurance as the best way to strengthen education at the primary level, being the foundation of every academic pursuit.

He said: “Effective school monitoring will boost the capacities and having these quality assurance officers will help in evaluating the performances of both pupils, teachers and schools in general for better performances.”

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Bala must apologize for support of Herders carrying arms.

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He urged Mohammed to learn from the governors of Kano and Kaduna states and scholars who had supported a ban on open grazing and shun pampering banditry in the country.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed should apologise to Nigerians over his comment that herdsmen should carry guns and other weapons to defend themselves.

Governor Ortom, who stated this yesterday, while addressing journalists at Government House, Makurdi, said the comment was unnecessary and an indication that Mohammed was among those terrorising Nigerians.

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He stated that the 1999 Constitution (as amended) forbade anyone except security agents to carry arms, stressing that the Bauchi Governor should read the constitution again to update himself on issues.

He urged Mohammed to learn from the governors of Kano and Kaduna states and scholars who had supported a ban on open grazing and shun pampering banditry in the country.

Ortom noted that herdsmen, who were bent on disobeying the laws of Benue State should relocate to Bauchi where Mohammed would allow them to carry guns, pointing out that herdsmen attacks had displaced hundreds of thousands and devastated children in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.

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The Benue State Governor, who also spoke on sundry issues commended security agents for improved security in the Sankera axis, saying the ban on the use of motorcycles in Katsina-Ala had yielded positive results.

“Bala should emulate governors of Kano and Kaduna State and the Sultan of Sokoto, who is constantly speaking against the killer herdsmen. I think he should apologise to Nigerians, particularly those of us who have been affected by herdsmen’s atrocities.

“But if he continues, we will be forced to believe that he is part of the terrorists or one of those sponsoring banditry in the country. We are not against the Fulani living in Benue, but against terrorists Fulani group.”

“Once you refuse to abide by the state’s laws irrespective of your tribe, we will come after you,” he stated.

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Ortom said his call for the declaration of a state of emergency in Nigeria was patriotic, insisting that it had the backing of senators and expressed the hope that his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari would receive the desired attention.

He also expressed solidarity with his Niger State counterpart over the recent abduction of students of Government Science College, Kagara and commuters.

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Angry mob shut Lagos/Benin road in ‘extortion’ protest.

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Leading the protest, Comrade Mayegun Oloruntobi expressed the association’s grievances against Ogun revenue agencies, which he described as inhumane.

The Flicthers Association in Ondo State, on Monday, protested the alleged illegal extortion, molestation and coercion by the Ogun State Revenue agencies.

The protesters, who blocked the ever-busy Lagos/Benin Road at Ajebamide area, a border community in Odigbo Local Council Area of Ondo State, hindered the free flow of traffic movement for about 40 minutes.

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Noble Reporters Media reports that the protesters carried different placards with inscriptions: “Stop Unlawful Collection of N50,000 only from Our Members at Atoyo Junction”, ” Abiodun, Call Your People to Order”, “Stop Illegal Ticketing on the Highway” and “Unlawful Ticketing by Ogun State Govt. at Atoyo Junction”.

Leading the protest, Comrade Mayegun Oloruntobi expressed the association’s grievances against Ogun revenue agencies, which he described as inhumane.

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“The government of Ondo State has created jobs by giving the association permission to work in forests in the state.

“But it was disheartening that the Ogun Govt. would stiffen the association’s means of livelihood through numerous and unnecessary ticketing while transporting their logs to Ogun State.

” We are Flitchers’ Association in Ondo State and we pay to the government in Ondo State. Our government has created a job through timber work so that we will not be jobless.

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” The government has done this for us through our natural resources but anytime we cross our trucks with goods to Ogun State, the state will bring illegal ticket worth 50,000 while we only pay N7,000 to Ondo State Government.

“And if we can’t pay, they will impound our vehicles and take them to Abeokuta and ask us to pay N2 million, ” he stated.

He appealed to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State to intervene in the matter within seven days so that it would not degenerate into the crisis.

Also, Mr Sunday Aro, the state’s Secretary of the association, explained that all attempts to settle the matter with the Ogun State Government had proved abortive.

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” All our efforts were to no avail. Last week, we met the Ogun State revenue agencies but nothing was done,” he said.

Aro enjoined all stakeholders and authorities to wade into the matter, adding that the association has provided jobs to no fewer than 10,000 workers in Ondo State.

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” We want authorities to intervene within seven days. We have some evidence on our members that have been molested and harassed including some of our women raped.

” This is not done anywhere. At Control Post in Ondo State, you pay only N7,000.

“We have written petition to Ogun State Commissioner of Police, the state Commissioner for Natural Resources, the state Attorney General because we don’t want to take the law into our hands,” he stated.

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Reacting to the development, Chief Alex Ajipe, the Consultant to the Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resources on Revenue, said that the government had confirmed the alleged extortion especially at Atoyo on the highway.

Ajipe noted that different kinds of money were being collected without any basis, describing the action as barbaric on the Federal Government road.

According to him, people should be allowed to ply the road without disturbance, having done the right thing.

He explained that though the Ogun State Government claimed ignorance of the extortion, different receipts issued bore the state’s logo and name.

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Ajipe appealed to the association not to take the law into its hands but allow for more dialogue.

He also urged Ogun State Government to ensure that sanctity was maintained.

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Court dismisses appeal against Fanimokun’s Eko Club Presidency.

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The court also declared Fanimokun as the recognised President of the Eko Club.

Lagos division of the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal filed by the board of trustees of Eko Club against the return of Chief Babatunde Fanimokun as president of the club.

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The lower court had on March 9, 2020 held that Fanimokun, who was endorsed by the Annual General Meeting of the club on February 27, 2019 be returned as the president of the club against the decision of the incorporated trustees and the Guardian Council of the club to field Dr. Shamsideen Ade Dosumu.
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Trial judge, Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in his judgment declared that Ade Dosumu was not qualified to contest for selection for the post of President of the Eko Club for the year 2019/2020 as required under article 18 of the constitution of the Club and thereby rendered his selection null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

The court therefore asked Ade Dosumu to stop parading himself as President of the Eko Club henceforth.

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Dissatisfied with the decision of the lower court, Ade Dosumu, the incorporated trustees and the Guardian Council of the club, who were the respondents at the lower court lodged an appeal at the Lagos division of the court of appeal, challenging the decision.
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In its lead judgment delivered by Justice Onyekachi Otisi on Wednesday, the court of appeal dismissed the appeal and upheld the decision of the lower court, which recognized the right of Fanimokun to run for a second term in office as president.

Justice Otisi held that the judgment, which affirmed the decision of the Annual General Meeting of the Eko Club, dated February 27, 2019, to return Chief Fanimokun as the President of Eko Club, for the 2019/2020 term remains legal and should be adhered to.

The court therefore unanimously nullified the supposed selection of Ade Dosumu as President of the Eko club.

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Justice Otisi held that Chief Fanimokun has every right as regards to the provision of the amended constitution of the Eko Club, 2014 and of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria to contest for President for a second term, having served as President of Eko club from February 2017 to February 2019.

The court also declared Fanimokun as the recognised President of the Eko Club.

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2023: Okorocha’s arrest, plan to deny southeast presidency.

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Pro-democracy groups yesterday held a peaceful protest in Abuja against the arrest of the immediate past Governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha.

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Some of the inscriptions on the placards read “United we stand, divided we fall”, “Gov Uzodima stop the witch hunt, APC means peace, restore peace in Imo APC”, “Rochas we believe, leaders must be respected”, “Rochas is a leader, stop the use of thugs”, “Nigerian Students condemn the attacks on the person of Rochas.”.

The protesters, who brandished various placards to register their anger over the development, claimed that Okorocha’s arrest allegedly at the instance of his successor, Hope Uzodinma was part of the grand design to deny the southeast geo-political zone the exalted seat of the presidency in the 2023 poll.

Malam Hamza Rahama, who spoke on behalf of Youth speakers of Nigeria, argued that Okorocha’s arrest by armed policemen constitutes a threat to democratic rule in the country.

“Okorocha is one good material if not the best we have for 2023 after President Muhammadu Buhari and all this harassment and intimidation is because of the next election of which they believe should he vie for the Presidency then he remains a threat to them,” Rahama said.

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“Nigerians especially the common man will resist all sort of intimidation aimed at truncating Sen. Rochas Okorocha Presidential ambition because of their strong believe in his capacity to change their fortunes beyond the lines of tribes and religion.”

Mohammed Ibrahim, who spoke on behalf of the Arewa Youth Consultative Council (AYCC), condemned the role player by security agents in the harassment and arrest of Okorocha representing Imo west senatorial district.

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“We must publicly condemn the worrisome reports of how Men of the Nigeria Police Force attached to the state government House watched as thugs attacked his Excellency, prior to his arrest,” Ibrahim said.

“This is an indication that the Imo State Government is having a hidden skeleton on this issue, which must be condemned with the most strictest sense. We cannot fold our arms and watch our Security operatives are being used to achieve political aims.”

Comrade Ilefa Peter, who spoke on behalf of the All progressive congress (APC) good governance forum, called on President Muhammadu Bihari and the Chairman of the APC caretaker committee, Malam Mala Buni to wade into the face off between Okorocha and Uzodinma in the interest of the party in Imo state.

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The group maintained that the party cannot be coerced to deviate from the zoning of the 2023 presidency to the South East.

The group said, “Okorocha, has paid his dues in our great party. He stood as a lone voice in South East and gave the zone a formidable face, he was the voice of the APC in the southeast while the present Governor was in PDP fighting him for bringing APC to South East, he Rose and became Chairman of the Progressives Governor’s forum and served the forum diligently as a true party man, his love for the APC cannot be quantified, as the past Governor of Imo State, who undertook great and lofty projects in the state, and that gave APC a name in that region.

“It is saddening then to leam that, a man who has fought tooth and nail for the party in South Eastern Nigeria is been ridiculed by his fellow party man all in the name of recovering government assets when in the true sense, it is a journey of personal vendetta.

“The national organ of our great party cannot continue to fold her hands and watch the Governor of Imo State messed the whole effort of his Predecessor, the party as a matter of urgency must call the Governor to order and instill peace in the State for the good people of Imo.

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“Okorocha has sacrificed a lot for this party to be left in the hands of his successor to continually play the script of the enemies of South East. It is high time, the party came in to end this crisis once and for all.

“Governor Hope Uzodima should learn to consolidate on the past gains of his Predecessor and work harmoniously for the overwhelming good of Imolites. Government is a continuum, and if truly the party is supreme, our Leaders must learn to consolidate on the party’s ideology of fostering peace and unity at all fronts.”

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#Newsworthy

March 15 ‘ fixed’ for Court hearing on suit challenging NIN registration.

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The applicant who is suing for himself and on behalf of the Nigerian public, had brought his suit under the provisions of the fundamental rights enforcement rules enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

A Federal High Court Lagos on Monday, fixed March 15 to hear a suit challenging the ongoing process of linking the National Identification Number (NIN) with Mobile lines.

The court presided by Justice Mohammed Liman, also ordered service of hearing notices on respondents to the suit

The applicant, Mr Malcolm Omirhobo had sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) alongside others over the instruction on citizens to link their NIN within a stipulated time frame.

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Joined as respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC); the DG NIMC, and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Other defendants are: MTN Nigeria Communications Plc; GLOBACOM Ltd; Airtel Networks Ltd (Airtel Nigeria) and the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd, EMTS 9 Mobile.

The applicant who is suing for himself and on behalf of the Nigerian public, had brought his suit under the provisions of the fundamental rights enforcement rules enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

At the first mention of the case on Feb. 1, the plaintiff had told the court that in the midst of the prevailing Covid 19 pandemic it was too risky to proceed with the registration, adding that further steps should be stopped, pending determination of the suit.

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Justice Mohammed Liman had onsequently, ordered that all parties to the suit be served with the court processes and put on notice, while he fixed Feb. 15, to hear both the motion for interlocutory injunction as well as the substantive suit.

On Feb. 15, the case was adjourned until Feb. 22 as the court did not sit.

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When the case was called on Monday, Mr Peter Okoroani announced appearance for the applicant and informed the court that parties had been served with the court processes. .

However, since there was no proof of service of hearing notices in the courts file, the court directed that parties by duly served with notices, and adjourned the case until March 15 for hearing.

The plaintiff wants the court to declare that Nigerians are entitled to the fundamental right to life, dignity of human person, right to private and family life, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and association and the right to moveable property.

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The lawyer is asking the court to declare that the respondents’ coercion of the applicant and Nigerians without themselves first complying with the COVID-19 guidelines is a violation of the fundamental right to life of Nigerians.

According to him, the threat by the respondents to disconnect the telephone lines of Nigerians, who fail to link their NIN to their SIM cards within a timeline is a violation of the fundamental right to life of the applicant and Nigerians.

He argued that the directive led millions of Nigerians besieging the various NIMC offices nationwide in breach of COVID-19 protocols, while trying to comply with the said directives and in the process exposed themselves to the likelihood of contracting Corona virus.

Omirhobo, therefore, prays the court to declare such decisions illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.”
He said that the directive to make the presentation of NIN a condition-precedent for the retrieval of lost and/or damaged telephone lines is a violation of the fundamental right of Nigerians and therefore illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

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He asked the court to make an order for the enforcement of the fundamental right to life, dignity of human person, right to private and family life, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and association and the right to moveable property of Nigerians.

He is also praying the court to compel the respondents to resume the sale of new SIM cards, replace lost or damaged sim cards to Nigerians as well as issue a public apology to the applicant and the public.

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#Newsworthy

Popular Artist gets ‘unlisted’ award after smashing English at 14th Headies. (Video)

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Ahmed Abiola Akinbiyi Popularly known by his stage name as Bella Shmurda, has proven that indeed “4 years in LASU is Nothing ” after he murdered English language at the 14th edition of the Headies Awards.

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Bella Shmurda arrived at the event venue when he was interviewed on his expectations for the night, having been nominated alongside Omah Lay for the “Next Rated” award category.

Responding to the interviewer’s question, Bella Shmurda said he only attended the Event to chill, noting that ‘he didn’t came’ for the awards. Watch the video:

Meanwhile Nigerians have taken to Twitter to React to the viral video of Bella Shmurda

I would have love to correct him but the question is where my English has taken me to, 🙄.

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But As long as his Account balance is FAT, I don’t care about whatever English he speaks.

If you speak English fluently while Your Account balance is as slim as James Brown, my brother/Sister that Your English is not correct.

Reactions Below;

Story Source: Phoenix Browser.

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#Newsworthy

CDQ flare after Headies award Mayorkun over Naira Marley. (Reactions)

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Popular Nigerian rapper CDQ Olowo has taken to social media to call out organizers of the 14th edition of the Headies Award.

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In a post shared on Twitter, the rapper said it evident that the awards are now being politized.

He questioned why the category for the best street hip was given to Mayorkun instead of Naira Marley.

CDQ wrote: Headies una don start dis una obvious industry politics tins again… How d hell una go carry Best Street Hop give someone else at the expense of Naira dis yr Face with raised eyebrow and conscience no judge una Man facepalming hmmm…

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Many Nigerians who reacted to the post shared the same opinion with CDQ as they express their disappointment.

officialbeccar: I honestly felt Mafo deserved that award! Headies sef head no correct!

valdonclint: I’m more concerned with the sudden end of the show. De entire show with it’s production was a disappointment.

kunlereal: My own is the graphics of that award.. Man , it looked like i was watching NTA.. very poor!! in 2021 we still way back.. 😢

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cute.stacia: At this juncture I have finally concluded that Headies is rubbish.
How can Davido not win AOTY??
Not even Burna not, but Wizkid that has no hit track for years now.
Grammy can never be like this!

queensamofficial: That Geng song was a major hit in the streetz too. Mayorkun also deserve the award like Naira

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#Newsworthy

14th Headies: Nigerians react to Bovi’s bloodied #EndSARs massacre flag dress.

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The outfit generated a lot of reaction on Instagram as many people crowd the dress for the night.

Nigerians are never quick to forget the #EndSars protest, which occurred in early October.

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On the 20th, the Nigerian army opened fire at unarmed protesters who had stormed the lekki tollgate to press their demands against police brutality.

The question of who ordered the shooting has continued to linger on every youth’s lips as they always take time to celebrate fallen heroes at the lekki tollgate.

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At the 14th edition of the Headies award, an event designed to celebrates achievements in the entertainment industry, specifically music genres, popular Nigerian comedian, Bovi was seen rocking the bloodied flag.

The comedian chooses to celebrate some Nigerian youths who lost their lives during the protest.

The outfit generated a lot of reaction on Instagram as many people crowd the dress for the night.

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deo_1129: My best dress for the night

angel_gold_ervin: Right. Like he should! Best dress of the night. Fist✊🏽

king_jozef: U peepu shud watch out , this govt will arrest him for protesting at the headies 😂

prince_bob_riverbank: Pictures says more than a thousand words.

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softstrength: We will never forget!!!!!!+

ruzanacouture: Best dressed 🙌🙌🙌🙌 i pray This trend gets popular….

Story Source: Kemi Filani News

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#Newsworthy

‘The Unbelievable happened’ at 14th Headies Award. (Full list of Winners).

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The 14th edition of the Headies award might have come and gone but celebration continues, especially for the winners.

The event which took place on February 21 which saw several guests who were in attendance, observing social distance with many showing up in masks.

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The show was hosted by comedian Bovi and actress and TV host, Nancy Isime and witnessed brilliant performances from the likes of Chike, Fireboy, Joeboy and Laycon.

It was indeed a big night for Wizkid who was there in person to grab there super awards, including Artiste of the year and Viewers Choice Awards. With these, he beats his colleague with more laurels.

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Below is the complete list of winners at the award show:

NEXT RATED

  1. OMAH LAY – Winner
  2. BELLA SHMURDA
  3. OXLADE
  4. TEMS

BEST R&B SINGLE


UNDER THE SKY – PRAIZ

DUDUKE – SIMI

MAD – SARZ & WURLD

BAD INFLUENCE – OMAH LAY

TATTOO – FIREBOY DML – Winner

DANGEROUS LOVE – TIWA SAVAGE.

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PRODUCER OF THE YEAR


1.PHEELZ – ‘BILLIONAIRE’ BY TENI – Winner

2.SPAX – ‘AWAY’ BY OXLADE

3.KEL P – ‘PULL UP’ BY BURNA BOY

4.SARZ – ‘MAD’ BY SARZ & WURLD

BEST RAP ALBUM.


1.GOD’S ENGINEERING – AQ – Winner

2.ILLY CHAPO X – ILLBLISS

3.YPSZN2 – PSYCHO YP

4.CULT! – PAYBAC IBORO

5.THE ERIGMA II – ERIGGA.

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Best Alternative Album

1.YELLOW – BRYMO

2.LUCID – ASA

3.THE LIGHT – BEZ

4.PIONEERS – DRB LASGIDI

5.ROOTS – THE CAVEMEN – Winner

BEST POP ALBUM


1.APOLLO – FIREBOY DML – Winner

2.AFRICAN GIANT – BURNA BOY

3.A GOOD TIME – DAVIDO

4.WOMAN OF STEEL – YEMI ALADE

5.AFRO POP VOL. 1 – ADEKUNLE GOLD.

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BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

1.OZYMANDIAS – BRYMO – Winner

2.SMILE – WIZKID FEAT. HER

3.WONDERFUL – BURNA BOY

4.DREAMER – FIREBOY DML

5.GHOST TOWN – WURLD

Songwriter of the Year Award

Duduke – Simi – Winner


Best R&B Album

Fireboy DML – Tears, laughter and Goosebumps – Winner

Best Music Video

  1. ELI – FIREBOY BY CLARENCE PETERS2

2.1 MILLI – DAVIDO BY DIRECTOR K – Winner

3.SMILE – WIZKID BY MEJI ALABI

4.BILLIONAIRE – TENI BY TG OMORI

5.SHEKERE – YEMI ALADE BY OVIE ETSEYATSE.

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African Artiste Recognition


1.MASTER KG – Winner

2.KUAMI EUGENE

3.SAUTI SOL

4.SHAATA WALE

5.STONEBWOY

Best Collaboration


1.KNOW YOU – LADIPOE FEAT. SIMI – Winner

2.NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI

3.SWEET IN THE MIDDLE – DAVIDO FEAT. NAIRA MARLEY, ZLATAN & WURLD

4.DON’T CALL ME BACK – JOEBOY FEAT. MAYORKUN

5.TOTORI – ID CABASA FEAT. WIZKID & OLAMIDE

6.GET THE INFO – PHYNO FT PHENOM AND FALZ

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Best Rap Single


1.OGB4IG – REMINISCE

2.SHUT UP – BLAQBONEZ

3.COUNTRY – ILLBLISS – Winner

4.GET THE INFO – PHYNO, FALZ & PHENOM5.BOP DADDY – FALZ FEAT. MS. BANKS

Best Vocal Performance (Male)


WURLD – GHOST TOWN

2.CHIKE – FORGIVE

3.PRAIZ – UNDER THE SKY – Winner

4.COHBAMS – PLENTI

5.NONSO AMADI – WHAT MAKES YOU SURE

6.JOHNNY DRILLE – COUNT ON YOU.

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Best Vocal Performance (Female)


1.SIMI – NO LONGER BENEFICIAL

2.LINDSEY ABUDEI – ONE ON THE OUTSIDE

3.NINIOLA – ADDICTED – Winner

4.J-DESS – CHI EFO

5.YEMI ALADE – LAI LAI

6.IMANSE – AJALA

Headies Revelation


1.VICTOR AD

2.FIREBOY DML – Winner

3.JOEBOY

4.TENI

5.REMA

6.CHIKE

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

  1. AQ – EUNICE

2.BLAQBONEZ – DEFINE RAP 2

3.MI ABAGA – TRINITY

4.ILLBLISS – COUNTRY – Winner

  1. PHENOM – GET THE INFO
  2. PHYNO – SPEAK LIFE.
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BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE


1.NAIRA MARLEY & YOUNG JOHN – MAFO

2.MAYORKUN – GENG – Winner

3.REMINISCE FEAT. OLAMIDE & NAIRA MARLEY – INSTAGRAM

4.RUDEBOY – AUDIO MONEY

5.IVD & ZLATAN – BOLANLE

6.OLAMIDE – PAWON

ALBUM OF THE YEAR


1.AFRICAN GIANT – BURNA BOY

2.APOLLO – FIREBOY DML – Winner

3.AFRO POP VOL. 1 – ADEKUNLE GOLD

4.YELLOW – BRYMO

5.BOO OF THE BOOLESS – CHIKE

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE


1.DAVIDO

2.OMAH LAY

3.BURNA BOY

4.FALZ

5.FIREBOY DML

6.MAYORKUN

  1. DJ NEPTUNE
  2. WIZKID – Winner.
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ROOKIE OF THE YEAR


1.OLAKIRA

2.ALPHA P

3.JAMOPYPER

4.ZINOLEESKY

5.BAD BOY TIMZ – Winner

SONG OF THE YEAR


1.FEM – DAVIDO

2. NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI

3.JORO – WIZKID – Winner

4.MAFO – NAIRA MARLEY

5.DUDUKE – SIMI

BEST POP SINGLE


1.BILLIONAIRE – TENI

2.NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI – Winner

3.LADY – REMA

4.FEM – DAVIDO

5.JORO – WIZKID

6.SKELETUN – TEKNO.

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BESTALTERNATIVESONG


1.CORNER – LADY DONLY FEAT. VANJESS & THE CAVEMEN

2. I WONDER – MOELOGO – Winner

3.BITTER – DEENA ADE

4.ANITA – THE CAVEMEN

5.MONEY DEVOTION – GBASKY

6.GOD SAVE THE QUEEN – OLU

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

BURNA BOY

DAVIDO

WIZKID – Winner

MAYORKUN

TIWA SAVAGE

Headies Hall of Fame

Chief Ebenezer Obey

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#Newsworthy

Lots of Blood have been shed in Nigeria – Buhari.

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Gombe has enjoyed relative religious harmony for decades, and you shouldn’t allow hoodlums destroy this positive record.

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, said Nigerians have regrettably shed enough blood over issues that could be peacefully resolved.

The President made this announcement in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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Buhari made this remark in reaction to the uprising violence on-going in Gombe State arising from the Billiri chieftaincy dispute.

The statement titled, ‘Billiri chieftaincy tussle: President Buhari condemns violence, calls for maximum restraint to avoid escalation,’ calls for peace.

The President said, “I’m seriously disturbed by the outbreak of violence in Gombe State and call on the parties involved to exercise maximum restraint to avoid escalation.

“The easy resort to violence is uncalled for because there are enough avenues to resolve differences amicably without threatening law and order.

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“In a circle of violence, there are no winners, except losers. Muslims and Christians should avoid the temptation of resorting to violence in order to express their grievances.

“Nigerians have shed enough blood over issues that could have been peacefully resolved. I appeal to the two parties to sheathe their swords for the sake of peaceful coexistence. Gombe has enjoyed relative religious harmony for decades, and you shouldn’t allow hoodlums destroy this positive record.”

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#Newsworthy

Seven ‘dead’ in fresh Niger blast.

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The world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development rankings for 189 countries, Niger is also struggling with jihadist insurgencies that have spilled over from Mali and Nigeria.

Seven election workers were killed early Sunday in Niger’s troubled western Tillaberi region when their vehicle hit a mine, the area’s governor told AFP.

The blast also injured three of the workers, who included the heads of polling stations, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella told AFP.

The accident came as Niger holds a presidential election runoff between frontrunner Mohamed Bazoum, loyal to outgoing president Mahamadou Issoufou, and former president Mahamane Ousmane.

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The team had been sent by the Tillaberi branch of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) to monitor the polling, the governor said.

The explosion occurred in the town of Dargol some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Niamey in the so-called tri-border region where Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso converge.

The vast and unstable region has been under a state of emergency since 2017.

It was the scene of one of the worst civilian massacres suffered by the Sahel country in early January, when around 100 people were killed during an attack on two villages.

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The twin attack occurred on the day election officials announced results from the first round of the presidential vote held on December 27.

Niger voted Sunday in a presidential run-off between two political heavyweights that is set to bring about the first democratic transition of power in the coup-prone country’s history.

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The world’s poorest nation according to the UN’s development rankings for 189 countries, Niger is also struggling with jihadist insurgencies that have spilled over from Mali and Nigeria.

Only 7.4 million of the country’s 22 million people were eligible to vote on Sunday — a reflection of the population’s youthfulness.

Thousands of soldiers were deployed nationwide for the vote, set to usher in a peaceful handover between elected presidents, a first since Niger’s independence from France in 1960.

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Several foreign observer missions were also on hand including from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Francophonie organisation of French-speaking countries.

Outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou’s decision to voluntarily step down after two five-year terms was welcomed in a region where many leaders have tried to cling to power.

“I’m proud to be the first democratically elected president in our history to be able to pass the baton to another democratically elected president,” Issoufou said as he voted in the capital Niamey accompanied by his two wives.

His successor will be either his right-hand man Mohamed Bazoum, 60, or Mahamane Ousmane, who became the country’s first democratically elected president in 1993, only to be toppled in a coup three years later.

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Ousmane, 71, is running for president for the fifth time since his ouster in one of the four military coups the country has seen along with six elections.

Both candidates are stalwarts of Niger’s political scene.

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One voter, 29-year-old student Idrissa Gado, said the election is a “source of pride” for Nigeriens.

“The next president must act against the rebels, it’s the great concern in Niger,” Gado said as he voted in Niamey.

Whoever wins, 42-year-old tile-layer Ibrahim Kadi Mahmane said he hoped the new leader “doesn’t forget the poor and the people living in villages”.

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  • ‘Fake voting cards’
    The CENI independent electoral commission said in a statement Sunday that “fake voting cards” had been in circulation in several regions of the country.

Voting in his native village of Zinder, Ousmane said: “If the citizens see that these elections were once again… rigged, I fear the situation will be hard to manage.”

Political alliances loomed large, with Bazoum the strong favorite after winning 39.3 percent of the first-round vote on December 27.

“I hope that luck will be with the winner… I have many reasons to believe it’s indeed on my side,” Bazoum said as he cast his ballot.

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The former interior minister has already sealed the support of the candidates who came third and fourth in the first round.

Ousmane, who took nearly 17 percent in the first round, can count on the support of a coalition of 18 opposition parties as well as Hama Amadou, previously thought to be the most formidable candidate against Bazoum.

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Amadou was banned from running because of a conviction for baby trafficking which he has slammed as politically motivated.

The opposition filed an unsuccessful appeal against the result of the first round, claiming fraud, but has since given up its boycott of CENI.

  • Vast challenges
    Bazoum campaigned on continuity with the previous government, which promised development while facing the world’s highest birthrate — an average of seven children per woman.
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“To absorb this population growth would take incredible economic growth,” a Western diplomat said.

An immense security challenge also awaits the victor.

A brutal jihadist insurgency is intensifying in the country’s west, while Islamist militants from the Nigerian movement Boko Haram wage incessant attacks in the southeast.

Sunday’s mine blast that killed seven election workers and injured three occurred some 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Niamey in the so-called tri-border region where Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso converge.

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The vast and unstable region, which has been under a state of emergency since 2017, was the scene of one of the worst civilian massacres in Niger’s history in early January when around 100 people were killed during an attack on two villages.

The twin attack occurred on the day election officials announced results from the December 27 first round.

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#Newsworthy

Breaking: Fathi Bashagha escapes assassination attempt.

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The 58-year-old has served as interior minister in the Government of National Accord since 2018 and has staked his reputation on battling corruption.

The interior minister of Libya’s unity government, Fathi Bashagha, survived an assassination attempt Sunday on a highway near the capital Tripoli, an official from his inner circle told AFP.

Official sources indicate that his convoy “was fired on from an armored car while he was on the highway.

His police escort then returned fire. Two of the assailants were arrested and a third is in hospital. A reliable source indicated that the minister is fine.

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Bashagha, a heavyweight in Libyan politics, was returning from a routine visit to a new security unit overseen by his department, the same source said.

The 58-year-old has served as interior minister in the Government of National Accord since 2018 and has staked his reputation on battling corruption.

Libya has been riven by violence since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Two rival administrations, backed by an array of militias and foreign powers, have vied for control of the oil-rich country.

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Bashagha had been seen as a favorite to lead a new interim government under UN-led peace efforts following an October ceasefire last year.

The post finally went to businessman Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, a 61-year-old engineer, who has called for reconstruction, democracy, and reunification in Libya.

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#Newsworthy

Senate gives NPA 96 hours to provide information on missing vessels.

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The president of the senate expressed confidence in the joint committee to carry out a thorough job that would help to sanitise the system.

The Senate on Thursday, gave the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Usman, four days to explain the whereabouts of over 282 vessels allegedly missing from the sea ports.

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Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Chairman, Senate’s Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport, gave the ultimatum in Abuja, at an investigative hearing on N30 trillion lost through leakages in Customs and other agencies.

Uzodinma, who expressed displeasure with the managing director for not honouring the committee’s two previous invitations, said the information on the vessels was imperative and must be available within four days.

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He threatened that the senate may be compelled to pursue a financial crime case against Usman should he fail to heed the committee’s directive.

“We are looking for these vessels. We have the date of arrival, the ports of discharge and manifest.

“Everything is with us but in information available to us, no money was collected by Customs, the NPA or any other person.

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“So you have four days to do your written explanation otherwise, we will consider it a financial crime,’’ he said.

According to Uzodinma, there are also recent missing vessels that we have discovered.

“I mean recent ones that happened under the new management.

[File Photo] Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman

“The NPA is the custodian of the vessels; it received the cargoes and the terminal is theirs.

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“We want to know under whose authority the cargoes were released, “he said.

The lawmaker said that the committee had also uncovered the activities of a port cabal that had defrauded the nation to the tune of over N30 trillion.

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“It is common knowledge that infractions abound in daily transactions at the nation’s ports, commercial banks, shipping companies, terminal owners and operators.

“They connive at ease with officials to defraud the nation of trillions of Naira.

“Preliminary evidence before us suggests that this is the case in all sea ports,’’ he said.

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He expressed concern that the leakages and infractions were costing the country huge revenue losses, while also constituting security threat.

The lawmaker, however, expressed optimism that the Senate was determined to tackle the assault on the economy.

He said that in doing so, the committee would be minded by the reality that those who wanted to bleed the nation to death without remorse must be dealt with without reprieve.

“Consequently, all those indicted in this crime will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

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“The nature and methodologies of these infractions include abuse of Form M and violation of foreign exchange manual issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), incorrect classification, under-valuation and incorrect declaration.

“Others are incorrect origin, error in calculation, temporary importation, exemptions and waivers, foreign exchange manipulations, unit cost analysis on excise, smuggling and illegal removal of cargo from terminals and lack of exit certificate by vessels.

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“We shall zero our search light into these areas of infraction and we are certain that our suspicions shall be confirmed.

“Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Shippers Council(NSC), shipping companies , operators of bonded terminals and importers and exporters have questions to answer,’’ he said.

Uzodinma emphasised that the joint committee would carry out its assignment without fear or favour.

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In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, decried the indicting reports about the ports.

Saraki said that it was disturbing to hear that trillions of Naira in revenue was lost annually within the import and export value chain as a result of financial leakages caused through various malpractice and infractions within the system.

He said that the Senate would use its oversight functions to expose corruption and ensure that all loopholes and leakages in the revenue system were blocked.

“We are determined to reverse these financial leakages to enable us to get the much-needed resources to fund our children’s education, healthcare and fix the potholes on our roads.

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“I urge you not leave any stone unturned to ensure that we incrementally eliminate waste and corruption in the management of our resources,’’ he said.

The president of the senate expressed confidence in the joint committee to carry out a thorough job that would help to sanitise the system.

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#Newsworthy

Group blast Malami over decision on Herdsmen.

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The human rights group alleged the minister unambiguously displayed elements and character of tribal and religious loyalties to his primordial..

An idea muted by Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), that ‘pastoralism commission’ be established as solution to incessant invasion of farmlands and communities across the country by armed Fulani herdsmen has been described as diversionary and highly irresponsible, irrational and misplaced.

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), who criticised the idea, lamented that Malami could make such a call for herders who destroy farm produce and kill farmers as consequences of bitter discord arising from their destructive actions.

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HURIWA recalled that Malami had on Tuesday called for establishment of the commission even as he called for a community-oriented approach in diffusing and eliminating the menace of the herders that has retarded economic development and created widespread insecurity.

Malami, who was speaking as a special guest of honour at the Peace, Unity, and Security Lecture Series 2021 held at the ECOWAS main auditorium, Abuja, where he was represented by his Media Aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu, said for peaceful coexistence in the country, there was need for strict adherence to the rule of law, respecting the sanctity of the fundamental human rights in all ramifications.

HURIWA quoted the minister recommended setting up of regulated grazing reserves to replace the “Burtali” or “Hurumi” pastoral system as well as intensive enlightenment to livestock breeders on the need for sedentary farming and transhumance agriculture as a complementary economic process to nomadic farming.

HURIWA, however, strongly disagreed with Malami whom it accused of refusing to prosecute or ensure that all the terrorists and armed Fulani herdsmen who were accused of destroying farms of communities are prosecuted and punished since 2015.

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The human rights group alleged the minister unambiguously displayed elements and character of tribal and religious loyalties to his primordial and ethnoreligious affinities as a Fulani-born lawyer and politician rather than to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, the group said “the minister is simply chasing shadows and attempting to deceive Nigerians by veering off into the arena of embarking on a wild voyage of discovery as shown by his suggestion for setting up of a pastoralists commission as a solution to the terrorism of armed Fulani herdsmen instead of enforcing the laws of Nigeria to punish persons who wield several weapons of mass destruction and have unleashed bloody violence all around the country, including Benue, Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Enugu and parts of Imo State.”

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