Davido reacts as Cardi B gives herself Nigerian name ‘Chioma B’

The rapper came to Nigeria for a festival set to take place on Saturday, December 7

– Cardi B named herself Chioma, which gained a reaction from Davido

International female rapper Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B, is currently in Nigeria for the Livespot X Festival, which is set to take place on Saturday, December 7.

The rapper’s arrival in Nigeria has gained attention all over Nigeria. In a recent post, she was said to have stated that she wants to have a taste of the Nigerian jollof rice.

In another post, the top rapper gave herself a Nigerian name in honour of being in the country. The mother of one named herself Chioma B.

Auto mogul, Tayo Ayeni celebrates wife, Tutu’s golden age with lavish shindig

Auto mogul, Tayo Ayeni celebrates wife, Tutu’s golden age with lavish shindig

If Tayo Ayeni, business mogul owner of Skymit Motors, were to write a book on his success story, one name that will keep reoccurring is that of Adetutu, his delectable better half. Dark-skinned Tayo must be really grateful to his creator for bringing Tutu to his life as soul mate. Words cannot describe the Ilesha, Osun State- born auto mogul’s love for Tutu, who has been a solid rock behind their marital life and businesses.

For many years, the socialite with the moniker “Omo Baba Ten Ten” has been able to weather all sorts of economic realities and still stands tall as a frontline auto dealer in the country. Aside his tested and trusted business sense, the billionaire is also known to be one who goes all out whenever he has a reason to celebrate. Therefore, recently when news filtered out that Ayeni’s wife was about to hit the golden age of 50, those who know the billionaire’s style concluded on what to expect. And last week, they were not disappointed as the city of Lagos quaked when Ayeni finally hosted the crème of Nigeria social establishment when his sweetheart Tutu finally celebrated her golden age. The echoes and all that went down at the golden jubilee anniversary bash in terms of the trappings deployed and the rare showing of the dwellers of the high society at the lavish bash are still reverberating.

The celebration began with a thanksgiving in the presence of the Lord as the new golden girl, her darling husband, family members and scores of friends gathered at the Church of Nativity, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi. Later in the day, guests converged at the Harbor Point, Victoria Island, Lagos where they were hosted to a sumptuous reception amidst delicious victuals and some of the rarest, expensive drinks were served aplenty. Of course, they were also serenaded with high quality entertainment as provided by Shuga Band and King Sunny Ade.

Guests on the impressive roll call at the event include: Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq; Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Aremo Olusegun Osoba; billionaires Aliko Dangote, Rasaq Okoya, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Bolu Akin-Olugbade, Sir Olu Okeowo and Hajia Bola Shagaya; Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Pastor Ituah Ighodalo; Senator Mohammed Daggash; Timi Alaibe; Chief Mike Inegbese; Lady Maiden Ibru; The Alara-elect Oba Folarin Ogunsanwo among others.

Tutu, the new golden lady is a lawyer cum business woman whom God has blessed with beauty and brain. She is blessed with two boys and two girls. She runs the thriving property company, Space Properties Limited and Space Graphics.

We are with Igbo, Yoruba, others on restructuring – Southern Kaduna

Noah Ebije, Kaduna

The seemingly rested issue of restructuring Nigeria came up Saturday when Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) said it would pinch tent with other sociocultural groups that believe in the restructuring of the country.

Specifically, SOKAPU said it will reach out to the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum as well as Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) to press for the restructuring of the country.

Speaking, shortly after taking over the leadership of SOKAPU as its newly-elected National President, Jonathan Asake said other Nigerian projects that the people will team up with the South East, South West and the Middle Belt regions include resource control, power-sharing and rotation and states creation.

Other national projects that needed regional collaboration, according to Asake, also include land tenure and land ownership, devolution of powers, self determination, institutionalised discrimination, chieftaincy and traditional institution matters.

We are with Igbo, Yoruba, others on restructuring – Southern Kaduna

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Noah Ebije, Kaduna

The seemingly rested issue of restructuring Nigeria came up Saturday when Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) said it would pinch tent with other sociocultural groups that believe in the restructuring of the country.

Specifically, SOKAPU said it will reach out to the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Middle Belt Forum as well as Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) to press for the restructuring of the country.

Speaking, shortly after taking over the leadership of SOKAPU as its newly-elected National President, Jonathan Asake said other Nigerian projects that the people will team up with the South East, South West and the Middle Belt regions include resource control, power-sharing and rotation and states creation.

Other national projects that needed regional collaboration, according to Asake, also include land tenure and land ownership, devolution of powers, self determination, institutionalised discrimination, chieftaincy and traditional institution matters.

Asake who is a former House of Representatives member also said that his leadership will encourage unity and cohesion  among  the diverse  groups  of southern Kaduna and the nation at large.

He promised to secure communities  in southern Kaduna that are under insecurity resulting from kidnapping, banditry and incessant invasion and destruction of farmlands.

The SOKAPU president  said this would  be achieved  by partnering with relevant security  agencies and government to ensure  that “our communities  are safe and secure.”

“Our leadership  will reach out to other socio-cultural  groups such as the Middle Belt Forum, Pan Niger Delta  Forum (PANDEF), Afenifere, and Ohaeneze Ndigbo with whom we share common ideals and aspirations  on the Nigerian project  such as the restructuring of Nigeria including  resource control, power sharing  and power rotation, States creation, land tenure and land ownership, devolution  of power, self determination, institutionalised  discrimination, uncontrolled immigration, chieftaincy and traditional  institutions matters, to mention  but a few.”

Earlier, in his handing over speech, the outgoing  SOKAPU national  president, Solomon  Musa, said the union had never been confrontational with government, but had been engaged in lobbying and dialoguing over crisis.

Musa urged the new president to ensure that SOKAPU remains apolitical in the discharge  of its activities, “but continue  to tell truth to power.”

Virgin-Landmart unveils Halima Abubakar, Anita Joseph as brand

Rita Chioma, Lagos

One of Nigeria’s leading real estate companies, Virgin-Landmart Limited has unveiled star actresses and media personalities, Halima Abubakar and Anita Joseph as its new brand ambassadors.

The unveiling of the two popular actresses was held at the company’s head office on Wednesday, December 4, amid cheers and applauds.

The event also featured the unveiling of the company’s new housing and payment plans designed to make house ownership easy for subscribers.

According to the General Manager, Ms Nkem Okoye, Virgin-Landmart has always been known to partner and collaborate with the biggest corporate organisations and celebrities in Nigeria, as well as partnering with successful organisations in finance, construction, telecommunications and other sectors.

She noted that the company was delighted to add Halimah Abubakar and Anita Joseph to its prestigious list of partners.

“These women are phenomenal and illustrious personalities who have proven to be worthy of praise in the entertainment industry. Their brand is well recognised, that is why we have decided to make them our major brand ambassadors,” she said.

She added that the company is striving to advance its corporate commitment to make homes available to all categories of Nigerians through the company’s flexible installment arrangement to match subscribers affordability. “Our payment plans vary from daily, weekly, and monthly, after the initial deposit fee of N10,000,” she said.

“We are currently running promos on our Virginia Court Estate and Northern Rose Court in Ibeju Lekki and response is very high. Our company, Virgin-Landmart, is different from the regular real estate you know. We don’t allocate lands without all necessary certificate in check. We have a verifiable C of O from the government and there is no land grabbing concern. We don’t sell lands under survey, we are transparent and we sell genuine lands and properties because we want to ensure our customers have peace of mind when they buy from us,” she added.

Renowned great Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke passes on at 79

according to a post on his official Facebook page. During his more than 60 years of preaching, Bonnke was best known for his work with the Great Gospel Crusades throughout Africa.

25 ships carrying petrol, other commodities expected at Lagos port

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is expecting 25 ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods from Dec. 6 to Dec. 24 at Apapa Port in Lagos.

The NPA made this known in its publication, `Shipping Position’ made available in Lagos on Friday.

The document noted that the expected ships contained containers, general cargo, steel pipes, frozen fish, petrol, bulk sugar, buck wheat and bulk fertiliser.

The NPA also indicated that 28 other ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with automobile gasoline, fuel, containers and buck wheat.

According to NPA, 15 ships are in the port discharging general cargo, containers, bulk wheat, butane gas, automobile gasoline and fuel. (NAN)

Breaking news: Apeal declears Ayogu Eze APC guba candidte

Godwin Tsa, Abuja

The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has affirmed Senator Ayogu Eze as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the March 9 governorship election in Enugu State.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Abdul Aboki, the court upheld the appeal filed by Senator Ayogu Eze and declared him as the rightfully-nominated candidate of the party.

Accordingly, the Court of Appeal set aside the judgment of the Abuja division of the Federal High Court delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, who had earlier ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to replace him with George Ogara as the APC governorship in the election.

Justice Aboki voided the Federal High Court decision on the grounds that the suit brought before it had become statute barred and not competent in law having been filed outside the mandatory 14 days stipulated by Section 285 (9) of the 1999 constitution, 4th alteration Act, 2017.

The Appeal Court specifically held that the suit filed by Ogara at the trial court was caught by the Fourth Alteration Act to the 1999 Constitution which as a new law makes it mandatory for all pre-election matters to be filed within 14 days of the cause of action.

In that instance, Justice Aboki held that the case was filed more than 32 clear days after the primaries which took place on October 4, thereby rendering the suit to a mere academic exercise.

Justice Aboki said that the failure of Ogara to file his suit within 14 days had offended Section 285, removed jurisdiction from the Federal High Court and made the case to be status barred.

The Appeal Court also said that “whatever right the respondent may have in his suit has been extinguished by law” and therefore has no right to benefit any longer from the case.

The Appeal Court, therefore, set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court which ordered INEC to remove and esponge Senator Ayogu Eze’s name from INEC list of candidates for the governorship election in Enugu State.

North is being greedy over struggle for 2023 presidency- Gen. Ishola Williams

Respected Army chief, Major Gen. Ola Ishola-Williams [rtd] has described the struggle by a section of Northern leaders to keep the nation’s presidency beyond 2023 as unbridled display of greed, warning that attempts to contest the country’s number one power seat with the South could threaten its unity. He spoke more on this and other national issues in this interview by TUNDE THOMAS.

Many Nigerians are condemning the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC over its conduct of the recent elections in Kogi, and Bayelsa states, what’s your own candid assessment of the electoral body’s performance during the polls?

INEC failed Nigerians. INEC really messed up. But this should not come as a surprise to Nigerians. The present INEC under the leadership of Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu has not been inspiring at all. There is nothing independent about this current INEC. I have been saying it, and I still want to repeat it here that this present INEC can never conduct credible elections in Nigeria. Not only that, it can’t also cope with the rigours of organizing successful, and credible elections, and the situation is even getting worse under the leadership of Prof. Yakubu.

We   need to take drastic action in order to ensure that elections in Nigeria become   more credible otherwise we will become a laughing stock before the international community. International observers described even the recent elections in Kogi, and Bayelsa state as not being free, and fair, that the exercise was a sham. For international   observers to say   this, it is a big embarrassment for the nation. INEC has become a big embarrassment to Nigeria.

For me, one of the best ways forward for us is to decentralize election management in Nigeria. Too much power is concentrated in INEC’s hands. INEC should only be saddled with the conduct of presidential, and national assembly elections, while state electoral commission should be saddled with the conduct of governorship, and state house of assembly election.

It is also very sad, and unfortunate that violence, thuggery, and assassinations have become the hallmarks whenever elections   come   up in Nigeria. To compound   the problem, security operatives are not neutral. They take sides, and this is not good for our democracy. To make matters worse, politicians in the country have learnt nothing. They are ever desperate, determined to win elections at all cost. Why is this so? It is largely because of the perks of office, the outrageous allowances, salaries, and jumbo pay they collect. This is why we need to review the take home pay of our elected officials. That’s the best way to eliminate the politics of do-or-die in our political system. It is a big lie when you hear some of these politicians saying that they are in politics because they want to serve the people. These politicians are liars. They are not serving anybody but their own interests and pockets.

Some individuals, and groups in the North have called for scrapping of zoning in 2023 but….

Cuts in… Those making such calls are   very greedy, and selfish. Such calls won’t work. When Buhari completes his second term in 2023, it should be the turn of the South. Not only that, it should be the turn of the Southeast in 2023,while the Middle-Belt should produce the running mate to the Igbo presidential candidate in 2023. In the interest of justice, and equity, this is how it should be. Igbo have good materials that   can do the job, people like former Governor   Peter Obi, and Kingsley Moghalu, a former presidential candidate.

Peter Obi has demonstrated the ability to perform. Obi may not be a saint but he has shown that he can perform, and he is not also tainted by any scandal. Moghalu   is also an asset. He has   a clear vision of what he wants to do for Nigeria if   elected as President. The bitter truth is this; it is only when we are running a true federal system of government that we can scrap or jettison zoning but for now that we are running a federal system that is seriously flawed then zoning must continue. Those people calling for scrapping of zoning in 2023 from the North are not patriots. They are greedy, self-serving individuals   who are more interested in their own personal interests and ambition rather than Nigeria’s interests.

Are   you in a way saying that it is only when we restructure that we can now scrap zoning?

Exactly. Some of these people want   the status quo to remain, and that’s why they are frustrating the calls for restructuring. Even President Muhammadu Buhari, and his party, APC are not keen about restructuring. Buhari, and his party are deceiving Nigerians on restructuring. They are not keen about it at all.

Why do you say so?

Buhari through his body language is not showing that he is committed to restructuring. For how long has he been saying it? How long will it take him if he is  truly committed to it? Even his party, APC set up a committee with the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai as its Chairman, and that committee recommended restructuring but have they done anything about el-Rufai’s committee recommendations? Part of that committee’s recommendation also includes setting up state police, but have they done anything on all these? These people just want the status quo to remain. Why is Buhari not keen about implementing   el-Rufai’s report? The answer is simple. It is because its implementation will lead to true practice of federalism. But as long as we are not doing the right thing, we can’t expect Nigeria to move forward.

Have you heard about the issue of third term for President Buhari, although the President has denied it but…

Cuts in…It won’t happen. Buhari won’t try it. Although some individuals and groups may want to drag him into it   but Buhari won’t listen to those sycophants.  What I know clearly is that Buhari is thinking about surviving till 2023. He won’t attempt Third term. Buhari is looking for how to complete his second term so that he can go back to Daura to go and rest, and he has already done a lot for Daura, his hometown. He has got a University of Transportation, an Airforce Hospital, and a Federal Polytechnic all for Daura. Buhari has done well for Daura, and he will go back to the place to rest after completing his second term.

What’s your assessment of the APC led federal government so far?

I   believe the government is making impact in some areas like rail, and road construction. I only hope that some of these infrastructures they are putting in place can be maintained. But in other areas   like education, and health, the government has not lived up to expectation. Insecurity issue has also become a big challenge for Buhari’s government.

Do you agree with recent plans by the Federal Government to borrow $29 billion despite opposition by some Nigerians?

This APC led Federal Government appears to be in a hurry to develop the country, as they want Nigerians to believe. The government   wants to give Nigerians the impression that it has done a lot in transforming the country through infrastructural development. But I   believe that caution should be applied. If care is not taken, APC’s government’s penchant for borrowing may create problems for the nation if not now but in the future. The change, which APC   promised to bring in the last four years, have they brought it? APC is just deceiving Nigerians. They’ve not done anything at any level, and yet    they are boasting that they will move Nigeria to the next level.

APC is frustrating Nigerians. Why the craze for these loans in the name of building more infrastructures when they can’t even maintain the existing ones? Look at the way they are building more universities all over the place when they can’t even maintain the existing ones? Even now the Army, and the Airforce have set up their own universities. This is nonsense. States are also not left out. You have many state universities springing up, and the way we are going, if care is not taken, some of these universities may become glorified secondary schools. No regulation, no control again. Some of these universities even appoint professors anyhow, all these may affect standards. We should adopt the right approach in doing things.

As an anti-corruption crusader, how would you react to the scrapping of outrageous pension scheme for former governors, and deputy governors in Zamfara state?

It is a right step in the right direction. Other State Houses of Assembly across the country where such outrageous pensions are being collected by former governors, and their deputies should follow Zamfara   state example. States like Lagos state, and Akwa-Ibom where former governors are enjoying such perks should emulate Zamfara. Imagine what former Governor Akinwumi Ambode did in Lagos state. After leaving office, they are asking him to come and render accounts of his stewardship but he is running away. If Ambode doesn’t have skeletons in his cupboard he should appear before Lagos state House of Assembly.

Ambode   messed up in Lagos. Look at the roads. He also promised buses, but where are the buses? Ambode is the worst governor Lagos state has produced.

Now back to what I was talking about before .How can a former state governor be collecting N10 million monthly allowance where majority of the people are living in penury? We should stop paying   these outrageous allowances to former public office holders. We should emulate what is being done in South Africa where elected public office holders subscribed to a contributory pension fund. While such elected officials are still active in service they pay part of their salaries to the contributory pension fund, and the government also pays some money into the fund for them.

When these people   now complete their terms, instead of collecting outrageous severance allowances as it is being done here, what they now give them on a monthly basis is from their contributions to the pension fund. This is what we should do in Nigeria to save costs, and also to stop what I consider a waste of public funds.

3 Policemen, 4 Civil Defence Operatives held over theft of 40million naira. It’s 3.5million naira- Police

Three policemen from the Bayelsa State Police Command and four operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have been arrested over an alleged theft of N40 million missing from a safe in Bayelsa Government House.

Three policemen from the Bayelsa State Police Command and four operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have been arrested over an alleged theft of N40 million missing from a safe in Bayelsa Government House.

Also in police net is a Government House staff attached to the Maintenance unit who had done some routine maintenance work in the office on the fateful day. The suspects who are already being grilled by operatives of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of the Bayelsa State Command were attached to the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Bayelsa State Government House, Mrs. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown. According to investigation, the alleged theft of the money, which occurred on Wednesday night, was discovered on Thursday morning as workers met the safe vandalised.

Sources at the Government House are baffled as to how those who allegedly stole the money had access to the safe because policemen were guarding the two entrances to the office of the deputy chief of staff where the money was kept. A reliable source at the Police Command said the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Uche Anozia who was infuriated over the development ordered for the immediate arrest of all the suspected policemen. Government House officials were said to have been shocked by the audacity with which the theft was carried out.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bayelsa Command, Asinim Butswat confirmed the arrest of the suspects, adding however that the money missing was N3.5 million and not N40 million

IPOB Attacks Amaechi in Sapin

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who is in Spain for climate change event was attacked by those he described as “misguided Nigerians.”

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has however claimed responsibility for the attack. Former Deputy Senate Presided, Ike Ekweremadu was in like manner attacked by members of the group in Germany few months ago.

Through his verified twitter handle @ChibuikeAmaechi, the Minister said he was not hurt as his attackers were quickly stopped by the Spanish police.

He tweeted at 4:20pm on Friday that: “Some minutes ago, I was attacked by a few misguided Nigerians while on national assignment at a climate change event in Madrid, Spain. They were quickly repelled by the Spanish police before they could do any harm. I am fine. I was not hurt. Thanks for your support & prayers.”

Why I can’t be a politician-Pete Edochie- Actor


Chijioke Agwu, Abakaliki

Popular and multiple award-winning actor, Pete Edochie, was in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, recently, for a Nollywood event. He spoke on how he inspired his son, Yul, into becoming a Nollywood superstar and on why he can’t be a politician, among other issues. Enjoy it.

How would you describe the Nollywood industry?

Nollywood is doing very well. But, you see, we require the goodwill and support of the government to expand the dimensions of our operations. In overseas countries, the government helps the people to project them through films. We are victimized in the country by religious conflicts; if it is the same God that created all of us, we should be able to do introspection and harmonize our differences and get ourselves together. It is only when the government shows commitment in financial terms that we can do something like that.

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