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What people have said so far over Bobrisky’s fake death rumour


The Nigerian Twittersphere has been set abuzz following earlier claims that Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju, controversial internet personality and cross-dresser also known as Bobrisky, is dead.

On Monday morning, the internet was awash with speculations that the self-acclaimed transgender has passed away.


The rumour peddlers claimed that the Snapchat celebrity died at the Lagos state university teaching hospital, adding that he was involved in a fatal accident while returning from a party.

Although the crossdresser had debunked the rumour, some Nigerians have since taken to Twitter to express their opinions concerning the “fake news”.


“I heard @BobRisky234 is dead, I say make I ask the male or female #bobrisky,” a Twitter user said.

“AIT said Bobrisky is dead but man posted on his IG page 38 mins ago. What’s dead may never die,” another user said.



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Nigeria among countries with low rated passports


Nigeria might be Africa’s largest economy but it is increasingly home to one of the continent’s weakest passports.

Over the past decade, the Nigerian passport has suffered the worst decline in rankings on the annual Henley Passport Index with a 19-place drop. The decline in passport power now sees Africa’s most populous country rank 95th—firmly etched in the bottom quarter of the rankings. The drop in rankings also means Nigerian passport holders can visit two countries fewer now than they could in 2010 without first obtaining a visa.


Regionally, Africa accounts for four of the seven biggest drops in ranking on the index since 2010. Keeping with the historical trends, the region also dominates the bottom quarter of the rankings with only two countries—Seychelles and Mauritius—in the top 50.

In some cases, passport power is affected by local conflict and security fears as seen in the cases of Libya which has dropped 16 places since 2010 and Mali which has dropped 13 places. But, generally, the decline in the power of African countries is largely because countries in other regions are easing travel with reciprocity and boosting the strength of their passports at a much faster pace.


Without the luxury of visa-free travel or even receiving visas on arrival, traveling abroad comes with the hurdle of expensive, paperwork-intensive visa application processes for a majority of holders of African passports. But most applications are likely to be met with rejection—sometimes without just cause: a joint All-Party Parliamentary Group report from British lawmakers in August showed Africans are being unfairly denied UK visas.

The real-life implications of difficult visa processes for Africans range from being unable to visit family members abroad to scuttling higher education plans. Up to 75% of African students who applied for study permits in Canada between January and May 2019 were rejected— far higher than the global rejection rate of 39%.

One easy way for African countries to boost the strength of their passports is by easing visa regimes on the continent. Yet, progress in easing travel between African countries remains slow-moving: 49% of countries on the continent offer neither visa on arrival nor visa-free travel to other African visitors.


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7 Strange traditions & customs in African countries


Africa is full of bizarre practices some of which are known, and many others that are unknown to the world.

Some of these strange customs still exist many years after civilization. These ethnic communities practice certain traditions that will shock you.


1. Stealing each other’s wives – Niger

In the Wodaabe tribe of Niger in West Africa, men are known to steal each other’s wives. The Wodaabe’s first marriage is arranged by their parents in infancy and must be between cousins of the same lineage. However, at the yearly Gerewol Festival, Wodaabe men wear elaborate makeup and costumes and dance to impress the women – and hopefully steal a new wife.

If a man is able to steal away undetected (especially from a current husband who may not want to part with his wife), then they become socially recognized.


2. Spitting as a form of greeting – Massai tribe

The Massai tribe, found in Kenya and Tanzania, spit as a way of saying hello. While the English man would say hello, spitting is a way of greeting.

Asides that, when a baby is born, it is the custom of the men to spit on the newborn and refer to him as bad. They believe this would protect the baby from evil spirits. Maasai warriors also spit in their hands before shaking the hand of an elder. Furthermore, the Massai tribe is also famous for its drinking of fresh animal blood.


3. Festival of the dead – Malawi

The Chewa community is a Bantu tribe mostly found in Malawi.

During the burial ceremony of a tribe member, it is customary for the body of the deceased to be washed.

The corpse is taken to a sacred place where the cleansing is done by slitting the throat and pouring water through the insides of the dead.

The water is squeezed out of the body until it comes out clean. The water is then collected and used to prepare a meal for the whole community.


4. Bull jumping in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia young boys have to undergo some form of ritual to prove their manhood this involves a series of events.

A young boy has to strip naked, run, jump and land on the back of a bull. This is then followed by running across the backs of several bulls arranged in a straight and closely-knit herd pulled by the tail and horns by older men. The practice is known as Hamar.


5. Potency test in Uganda

In the Banyankole tribe, a minority tribe living in Uganda, marriage means quite a burden to the bride’s aunt.

When a couple wants to get married, the aunt has to have sex with the groom as a “potency test” and furthermore, she has to test the bride’s virginity.


6. Beating to earn a wife – Fulani

The Fulani tribes practise Sharo before getting married. Here the groom is beaten by the older members of the community so as to earn a wife and respect. If the man is not strong enough to bare the pain, the wedding is called off.

Other than flogging, the bride family can pick Koowgal, which is a dowry payment option or the Kabbal, an Islamic ceremony similar to marriage but in the absence of the bride and groom.

7. Lip stretching – Ethiopia and Sudan

The people of Surma tribe are found in southern Sudan as well as southwestern Ethiopia. During teenage years, females undergo the lip stretching procedure which involves removing their lower teeth to accommodate a lip plate; the lip plate is increased in size yearly until it is an astounding size.

Some of the men do this similar exercise with their ears. They also indoctrinate their warriors known as ‘stick fighters’ by inflicting scars on them, the belief is that the more scars they have, the more attractive they are to female members of the tribe.


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Report says that A thousand + Christians killed by terrorists in 2019.

A new report on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria has found that about 1,000 adherents of the Christian faith have been killed by Islamic militants in 2019 alone.

The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), headed by a member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Cox, discovered that believers in the North and Central region of Nigeria were the most severely affected.

The group said the constant attack of “harmless” persons, especially worshipers and clerics portends danger for Christianity as it has ignited fears in clerics deployed to the northeast to work.

In its end of the year report, the group recounted the killing in August of Reverend Father David Tanko and many others in the northern part of the country, adding that over 1000 Christians have been killed in 2019

Recently, they explained that suspected terrorists had threatened to attack other clerics, including a missionary sister identified as Sister Chioma Ibe after the killing of Fr Pius Ani.

Fr Pius Ani and Sr Chioma Ibe, it was learnt, were two Catholic missionaries whose work in the northern part of Nigeria had drawn a lot of accolades and admiration but had also exposed them to the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The killed priest was a pastor of St Theresa Catholic Church in Maiduguri, Borno State, working with Sr Chioma Ibe, who is the principal of the parish school.

Both the priest and the nun were said to be working with youths by converting the youths and adults of that town to the Catholic faith. The parish school is open to both Christians and Muslims.

It was learnt that with their teachings many were converted to Catholicism and embracing the Christian doctrine, with no fewer than 50 students administered with the sacrament of baptism and welcomed into the Catholic Church and receiving the first communion

According to reports, the popularity of these missionaries has spread widely to the predominantly Muslim state, exposing them to the threat of the Islamic fundamentalist group who have made several unsuccessful attempts to kill both missionaries.

This led to the priest and nun being transferred out from the northern part to another church in the south where they both continued their good work of ministering in the church and also managing the parish school.

According to the reports: “Islamist Fulani militia continue to engage in an aggressive and strategic land grabbing policy in Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Southern Kaduna and parts of Bauchi state.

“They attack rural villages, force villagers off their lands and settle in their place — a strategy that is epitomized by the phrase: «your land or your blood.”

According to HART, the exact number of Christians killed by Islamic militants Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen was unknown, though the data suggests the figure to be sitting at around 1,000 for the year. The organization believes that some 6,000 have been killed since 2015, and with an additional 12,000 displaced.

“In every village, the message from local people is the same: ‘Please, please help us! The Fulani are coming. We are not safe in our own homes,” HART said in the report.

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Report survey says only 30% Nigerians bribe government officials in 2019.

…presented by the Nigerian Government in

A new survey on corruption in Nigeria has revealed that 30 per cent of citizens in the country paid bribes to public officials in 2019.

The report was presented by the Nigerian Government in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Statistician-General, Dr Yemi Kale, of the National Bureau of Statistics, said that out of all Nigerian citizens, who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey, 30 per cent paid a bribe to or were asked to pay a bribe by a public official.

The 2019 survey shows also a notable increase in the overall proportion of Nigerians, who had at least one contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the survey. Nigeria is ranked one of the world’s most corrupt countries in the world.

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Many Nigerians still stranded in foreign countries.

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to celebrate the World Migrants’ Day tomorrow, December 18, the Public Relations Officer, Network of Civil Societies against Child Abuse and Labour, Mr. Osita Osmene has declared that there is actually nothing to celebrate as over one million Nigerians are still stranded across countries in Europe, America and Middle East.

In a chat with the Daily Sun, he said many of the stranded Nigerians were in languishing in various prisons across the world while many others were forced into prostitution.

A migrant trainer with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Osemene said migration is expected to bring about development, but lamented that all it has brought upon Nigerians are pains, as most of the victims were either misinformed about what awaits them over there or they were just desperate to leave the shores of Nigeria.

Osemene, who is also the Executive Director, Patriotic Citizens Initiative, an organisation that deals with the plight of Nigerian returned migrants revealed that over the years, a lot of countries in the world, especially African countries, have lost many of their productive youth population to irregular migration as they search for non-existent greener pastures in Europe, America and Middle east.

He stated that before the IOM started evacuating voluntary returnees from Libya back to Nigeria; over 70,000 Nigerians were stranded in Libya, but informed that as at today, the United Nations agency has been able to return over 15,000 Nigerians from Libya since the operation started two years ago.

“A lot have lost their lives on transit due to torture and slavery, while many are stranded in various detention camps. It may interest you to know that the trend is taking several dimensions as youths seek other alternatives and routes to leave the shores of Nigeria. The North African route seems to be very difficult now, so a large number of people are now migrating to Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Lebanon oblivious of what awaits them over there,” he stated.

He advised against embarking on irregular migration, saying, “As we mark this year’s World Migrants’ Day, let us remember that migration is good if it is done rightly. So, Nigerians as well as others Africans, who wish to travel out of the continent should endeavour to always engage in safe and regular migration and shun irregular migration or what could be termed desperate journey,” he advised.

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Breaking – AuGF uncovers concealment in MDAs.

…nil position of reported cases

The Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr. Anthony Ayine, has uncovered myriads of unreported losses of cash, vehicles and stores in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), which arose from theft, fraud, negligence, death of government debtors, inadequate security and non-observance of existing regulations.

The revelation was contained in the 2017 audit report of government agencies which was released recently.

According to the report, the concealment of lost items covers a period of five years (2012-2016), a development the AuGF said was wrong, given that they should have been formally reported to his office or other relevant agencies.

“The nil position of reported cases over the last five years is a clear indication of the outright disregard of the provisions of Chapters 25 and 26 of the Financial Regulations which enjoin all accounting officers to render reports of any loss of cash, stores, plants, vehicles and equipment to my Office, the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and to the Federal Civil Service Commission. losses of cash, stores, etc, were not officially reported by the MDAs to my office during that period.

“No accident case involving any government vehicle was also reported. This is not to say that it was nil situation with all the federal ministries if the quarterly returns on government vehicles had been promptly rendered. This situation is quite worrisome.

“The stated regulations require strict compliance by all Accounting officers. Accordingly, I recommend that all MDAs be required to comply strictly with the provisions of the financial regulations,” Ayine said.

At the University of Ibadan, the report observed that a Toyota Avensis Sedan with registration number 50A 03 FG assigned to the former Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, which was purchased at the sum of N9,339,750 in December 2014 was stolen few days after delivery.

“It was observed that a claim was sought by the University from its insurance company, and compensation in the sum of N4,006,800 was paid to the university in January 2015 through First Bank cheque No. 43741912.

“Instead of paying to the account of the University, it was observed that the sum of N4,006,800 was later transferred to the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic’s private account vide payment voucher number FBN/IRB/3/15/2 dated March 20, 2015 after the expiration of his tenure as Deputy Vice Chancellor.

“The voucher had no evidence of application made by the payee nor authority and approval for the transfer.

“Due to the above, government suffered loss to the tune of the stolen vehicle purchased at the cost of N9,339,750, and was also denied access to the compensation in the sum of N4,006,800 after bearing cost of insurance.”

The AuGF in his recommendation said the Vice Chancellor is required to recover the sum of N4,006,800 paid to the former Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and remit to FGN/TSA.

At the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), the AuGF unearthed a case of unreported stolen vehicle, a Toyota Avensis which belonged to the institute.

“It was stolen; the criminal was apprehended and the sum of N3,819,000 was recovered from Industrial and General Insurance Company Plc, Lagos, the insurer of the vehicle.

“However, this robbery was not reported to the offices of the Accountant-General of the Federation and Auditor-General for the Federation in line with the provisions of financial regulations 2505(i) (b) and 2603 nor documentary evidence of remittance of the recovered amount to the Consolidated Revenue Fund or prosecution of the case in the law court was presented for audit confirmation,” the report said.

The AuGF explained that the risk in operating outside the rules of engagement usually results to loss of government funds as was the case at NAPTIN.

Ayine recommended that the NAPTIN Director-General should forward evidence of remittance to government coffers, the sum of N3,819,000 that was recovered from the insurance company together with the police extract and any other resolutions leading to the conclusion of the case.

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Anambra surpass budget projections – Audit.

An audit report detailing the receipts of the Anambra State government from the federation account in the past five years showed that the state government surpassed its budget projection in the past three years and fell short in two.

From 2016 to 2018, the state government surpassed its budget for the fiscal years, while its 2014 and 2015 were below budget line. The last three years showed that the state had more revenue to meet its demands.

This was contained in the 2018 audit report of the state Auditor-General presented to the public during the 2019 Audit Forum themed: Transparency, Probity, and Accountability in the Conduct of Government Business: A Panacea for Good Governance.

The event which was held at Jesse Hotel, Awka, was organized in conjunction with Anambra State and Local Governance Reform (ANSLOGOR), a European Union funded project being managed by the World Bank in collaboration with the state government.

The report reads in part: “In the last three years (201 – 2018), receipts from the federation account surpassed projections. This implies that for the periods, government had more revenue from the federation account to meet its obligations than it proposed”,

It further revealed that there was increment in the recurrent expenditure of 2018 compared to what was obtainable in 2017 fiscal year representing an increment of 9.49 percent.

“The recurrent expenditure rose from N41,441,351,223.86 in 2017 to N45,373,182,229.86 in 2018 representing N3,931,831,006 or 9.49 percent increase. Between 2016 and 2017, the percentage rise in the recurrent expenditure was 22.0.

“Though personnel costs and Consolidated Revenue Fund charges rose, the percentage fall in the total recurrent expenditure between 2017 and 2018 compared to 2016 and 2017 could be explained by high rate of disengagement of top level civil servants through statutory or voluntary retirement and withdrawal.

“Consolidated Revenue Fund charges rose by 24.29 percent from N9, 329,651,800.58 in 2017 to N11,596,025,145.31 in 2018. On the other hand, personnel costs rose from N13,983,281,188.79 to N15,412,966,988.39, representing a 10.22 percent increase. Expectedly, the overhead charges remained relatively stable”, the report added.

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In – Reps demand monthly report on Abuja-kano road.

The House of Representatives has directed Julius Berger Nigeria Plc to submit a monthly report to it on the multi-billion Naira Abuja-Kano Expressway.

The chairman, House Committee on Works, Abubakar Kabir Abubakar, in a statement, on Thursday, said that was part of the resolution reached a tripartite meeting with officials of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and management of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and the committee.

Abubakar said Julius Berger confirmed to the committee that it has so far received N50, 856,044,301,27 billion, representing 32 percent of the total budget for the road.

The lawmaker noted that currently, the work progress on the road is 26.7percent after 18 months into the 36 month completion period.

Abubakar added that “the committee doubts strongly the capacity of Julius Berger Plc to deliver the remaining 73.3 percent in the next 18 months”

Consequently, the committee directed the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to consider the option of involving other contractors to handle different sections of the road, so as to ensure that the project is delivered in record time.

He further stated that the committee has resolved to invite the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to brief it on the certificate of no objection issued on the proposed three-lane on the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road.

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority is also expected to appear before the committee to furnish it with details of payments made to Julius Berger and the justification for those payments.

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