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ISWAP Terrorists Abduct Six Borno Govt Officials

Suspected Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters have kidnapped at least six officials of the Borno State government.

Naija News reports that the kidnapped victims were abducted on Wednesday morning while on duty near Wovi village in Chibok Local Government Area of the state.

The victims who are officials of the Borno State Ministry of Works were said to be supervising the construction of Chibok-Damboa road when they were abducted.

It is understood that the insurgents took away three Hilux trucks alongside the kidnapped government officials.

However, one of the abducted staff who was a driver escaped unhurt.

Confirming the incident, Commissioner for Works, Yerima Saleh, said relevant security agencies have been informed in a bid to rescue the officials.

“It is very pathetic to inform you that 6 of my staff mostly drivers were kidnapped near Wovi village while on duty along Damboa-Chibok road, likewise, three of our trucks including one of our Hilux operational vehicles were snatched away.

“We have informed relevant security agencies with a view to intensifying efforts rescue the victims unhurt,” he told Vanguard.

Meanwhile, bandits have kidnapped the village head of Fankama and his wife after an attack was launched in their community in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The monarch Ahmed Saidu was attacked on Monday night and abducted alongside his wife and others.

A cousin of the monarch told Premium Times that the other family members of the village head had left the village.

He said: “We have not heard from them (kidnappers) yet but we are hoping that they send a letter to the people of the community so that we know what they are after.”

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Pretty Lady Battered By Her Lover Undergoes Facial Reconstructive Surgery

A woman identified as Cristal is currently trending on TikTok after she shared photos and videos of the horrifying injuries her boyfriend inflicted on her.

The video that has become a growing sensation, pictured the moment her “caring and attentive” boyfriend named Jordan turned into an abuser and inflicted horrific injuries on her.

Although Cristal didn’t disclose what led him to assault her, she just shared the captioning it; ‘My relationship gone sour’

When the ‘going was good’ in their relationship, Cristal spoke about how much he’s changed her life and how talented and smart he is.

However, on November 24, an altercation reportedly occurred and he beat her up, leaving her with a bleeding nose and swollen eye.

She  wrote; ”You’ve changed my life in so many ways and i would never regret meeting you.

”I have to receive facial reconstructive surgery

”I have several fractures in my face and my hand.”

Watch video below;

Meanwhile, a  lady has revealed how a man she just met cancelled a date with her after she refused to give him some money.

The Lady who identified herself as Miss E on Instagram stated that within 48 hours of meeting the man through a mutual friend he began to ask for money.

The man said he needed transport fare to see his dad and when she refused to help him, he said he was no longer interested in her.

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IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu May Get Bail As He Is Set For Emergency Court Session

The embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu may be released on bail tomorrow, Thursday, 2nd December.

This is as it was gathered that the Biafra agitator has been scheduled for an emergency court hearing in the case between him and the federal government of Nigeria.

Naija News recalls Kanu is facing an amended 7-count charge bordering on treasonable felony and acts of terrorism which were brought against him by the government after his re-arrest and repatriation to Nigeria in June this year.

He has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) from where he attends his court sessions in Abuja amidst heavy security.

However, according to Sahara Reporters on Wednesday, quoting a lawyer for the government said to be involved in the case, Kanu may be released on bail tomorrow.

The source was quoted to have said the IPOB leader is scheduled for an emergency court hearing tomorrow and the issue of his bail may come up.

“Nnamdi Kanu scheduled for an emergency hearing tomorrow that could lead to his release on bail.

“This is in response to Igbo elders’ request for his release,” a source was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that a delegation of Igbo leaders led by former Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, had requested the unconditional release of Kanu when they met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja on November 19, 2021.

Though the President had described their request as difficult, with the Nigerian leader stating that interfering in Kanu’s trial will be unlawful and contravene the powers of the Judiciary, he promised to look into their request.

Buhari had said, “You’ve made an extremely difficult demand on me as leader of this country. The implication of your request is very serious. In the last six years, since I became President, nobody would say I have confronted or interfered in the work of the Judiciary. God has spared you, and given you a clear head at this age, with very sharp memory. A lot of people half your age are confused already. But the demand you made is heavy. I will consider it.”

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Ballon d’Or: AC Milan’s Ibrahimovic Names Player Most Deserving Of Award

Swedish professional footballer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has said that Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski was much deserving of the 2021 Ballon d’Or award.

Naija News reports that Argentine forward and Paris Saint-Germain striker, Lionel Messi emerged as the winner of the 2021 men’s Ballon d’Or.

The talismanic player made history on Monday night when he was declared winner of the award ahead of all other contestants including Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski.

With the 2021 award in the kitty, 34-year-old Messi has now won the Ballon d’Or for a record seventh time.

Naija News reports the Ballon d’Or was held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France.

Messi’s closest rival in the list of winners of the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, Cristiano Ronaldo who has 5 wins to his name could only manage a 6th place finish on Monday night in the top list of players contesting for the 2021 award.

Reacting, however, to the just-concluded event which has stirred controversies on and off social media, AC Milan star, Ibrahimovic believes the 2021 Ballon d’Or should have been awarded to Lewandowski and not Messi.

The 40-year-old player, however, commended Messi and said the Argentine ‘lives for football’.

When asked whether he prefers Messi or Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic told Corriere Della Sera: “They are both very strong.

“I say Messi also because we played together.’ On the relationship he has with Messi, Ibrahimovic added: “Professional. Leo lives for football. But Lewandowski deserved the Ballon d’Or this year.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique has ruled out the possibility of ever joining Real Madrid anytime in the future.

The Spanish international who lays in the centre-back position said it’s absolutely impossible for him to consider an offer from Madrid.

Speaking during an interview with Spanish television show El Homiguero ahead of Barca’s match with Real Betis in the La Liga, Pique said “It’s absolutely impossible” for him to consider an offer from Real Madrid.

“There’s nothing. I would rather die than go to Madrid,” he added with a smile.

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Whitemoney Sets To Release New Song ‘Selense’

Big Brother Naija season 6 winner, Hazel Oyeze Onou better known Whitemoney is set to release his new song, titled ‘Selense’ on 3rd December 2021.

The reality star took to his Instagram to announce the good news to both his fans and friends.

He wrote; “I’m Thrilled To Announce That Selense Will Be Dropping On The 3rd Day Of December, 2021.

“Not Gonna Lie, The Work That Goes On Behind The Scenes To Make Music Is Not Easy But I Must Say I Had Fun Creating It And I’m So Proud To Have It Out.

“All Thanks To God Almighty Who Made This Dream Possible.

“Thanks To My Family, Friends & Amazing Team For Checking In, Sharing Their Excitement & Holding It Down.

“Money Geng, Your Love & Support Continues To Blow My Mind & I Couldn’t Be More Grateful.
This One Is For You & I Hope You Enjoy It As Much As I Do.

“Finally, Please Clap For @masterkraft_ , @fiokee & @selebobo1 …We Made Magic”

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Bandits Kidnap Village Head And Wife

Bandits have kidnapped the village head of Fankama and his wife after an attack was launched in their community in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The monarch Ahmed Saidu was attacked on Monday night and abducted alongside his wife and others.

A cousin of the monarch told Premium Times that the other family members of the village head had left the village.

He said: “We have not heard from them (kidnappers) yet but we are hoping that they send a letter to the people of the community so that we know what they are after.”

Meanwhile, some school students in Delta State were left in shock in a viral video after spotting a giant snake in their toilet.

Though the name of the school where the incident happened was not mentioned by the poster, the students were seen in the viral video peeping at the huge deadly animal as it make turns on the WC.

A little move by the reptile scared the students and they took to their heels shouting in fear, Naija News understands. Read more

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Just Like Jack Dorsey, New Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal Backs #EndSARS

Findings have revealed that the new Twitter Chief Executive Officer, Parag Agrawal, played a part in condemning police brutality and assault on Nigerian youths like his predecessor Jack Dorsey.

Naija News understands that Agrawal took over leadership of the micro-blogging platform following Dorsey’s resignation on Monday, November 29.

Announcing his resignation earlier, Dorsey said he decided to leave Twitter because it is “ready to move on from its founders.”

He stated that Agrawal was chosen to lead the company given his knowledge of the company and its needs.

Dorsey’s statement reads: “I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move on from its founders. There aren’t many founders who choose their company over their own ego.

“There’s a lot of talk about the importance of a company being ‘founder-led.’ Ultimately I believe that’s severely limiting and a signal point of failure.”

Prior to his declaration as new Twitter CEO, Agrawal had in a tweet last year supported the #EndSARS protest, Naija News understands.

“Horrified to see what’s happening in Nigeria #EndSARS,” Agrawal’s tweet from October 2020 read.

In another news, Twitter announced a ban on sharing private photos, videos and other information of users without their permission.

The company stated in a blog post that if a user posts or media is shared without their permission, such posts would be removed.

They also maintained that before users will have permission to share a post they would have to file a first-person report or one from an authorized representative.

However, certain exceptions were made. The ban does not include media of public figures and others if the video and text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.

The blog post read in part: “While our existing policies and Twitter Rules cover explicit instances of abusive behaviour, this update will allow us to take action on media that is shared without any explicit abusive content, provided it’s posted without the consent of the person depicted. This is a part of our ongoing work to align our safety policies with human rights standards, and it will be enforced globally starting today.”

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2023: Why Atiku Should Support My Presidential Ambition – Yul Edochie

Popular Nigerian actor, Yul Edochie has revealed why the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar should support his presidential ambition.

According to Edochie, Atiku should support him in becoming Nigeria’s president in 2023, the same way he did for him in 2019.

Edochie in a post on his Instagram account said, “I did it with my full chest, proudly. I did not do it for money. I was not paid to do it. May God punish me if I lie.

“I even resigned from my Government appointment then so I could give Atiku my full support without any hindrance.

“I did it because I want a positive turnaround in our country. I ATIKULATED social media. I ATIKULATED the whole of Anambra State. I ATIKULATED all Nigerian youths who believed in me to stand with Atiku.”

He further stated that it was unfortunate that it turned out the way it did that Atiku lost the election.

“This time around it’s the turn of the South-East to produce the next President. And I have declared my interest to run for President of Nigeria, 2023.

“I hope Atiku will support me the way I supported him. God bless our great country Nigeria,” he said.

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Health, Education Tops As Obaseki Presents N214.2bn 2022 Budget To Edo Assembly

Governor Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday presented a N214.2 billion budget to the Edo State House of Assembly, for the 2022 fiscal year.

Naija News reports that the 2022 budget represented a 32.96 percent increase from the N161.1 budgeted for the year 2021.

Obaseki, who presented the budget to the Assembly sitting at the newly renovated Anthony Enahoro Assembly Complex in Benin City, said the budget comprises N118.3 billion for capital and N95.9 billion for recurrent expenditure.

According to the governor, the document, christened, ‘Budget of Renewal, Hope and Growth’, seeks to enhance reforms in government process, stimulate economic prosperity and improve ease of doing business to continuously attract private capital to engender sustainable development.

Obaseki said the total projected revenue for 2022 is N186 billion, consisting N65 billion statutory allocation; Value Added Tax (VAT) of N23 billion; IGR, N50.3billion and N11.6billion from grants, among others, adding that “the revenue estimates for the budget are based on a $57 per barrel benchmark for crude oil and average daily production of 1.88m barrels per day as well as an increase in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to N50.3bn, owing to reforms in tax collection and management.”

Obaseki said the impact areas for the 2022 fiscal year include road and bridges, which will gulp N30bn; education, N24.6bn; buildings, N21bn; enhancing the work environment, N15bn; health N14.1bn; public safety and security, N9.2bn and environment, N8bn.

Other critical areas include social and youth development, N5bn; agriculture, N4.6bn; technology enhancement, N7.6bn; effective fiscal and business-friendly regulatory policies, N4.5bn; water, N1.2bn; electricity, N2.7bn; citizen re-orientation, N1.5bn and social protection, N1.2bn.

According to him, the budget for the Fiscal Year 2022 is informed by the government’s Making Edo Great Again (MEGA) agenda, which prioritises the promotion of social inclusion, economic empowerment for Edo citizens, through the deepening of investments in socio-economic, governance and security infrastructure; and through the implementation of initiatives that guarantee equal access to education, health care and social protection.

“The 2022 budget is centered on reinforcing a sense of belonging in the citizenry and providing them with the opportunity to understand, participate and contribute to deepening governance. We are providing our people with an oasis of hope even with the harsh realities that confront us as a sub-national in a country that is confronted by a number of developmental challenges,” the governor noted.

On the achievements in the outgoing year, Obaseki said, “In 2021, even with the harsh economic realities, our government reached a number of milestones in our quest to deliver good governance to Edo people. Although we were faced with the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic and the shocks from its attendant impact on the economy as well as other headwinds, we judiciously managed the lean resources available to us to initiate and continue investments in human capital, infrastructure upgrade, enhance productivity in the business space and foster economic rejuvenation.

“In the outgoing year, we implemented an expansive institutional transformation exercise, which is aimed at retooling, unbundling, restructuring and energizing the systems and personnel in government to adapt and deploy bespoke practices to enhance service delivery.

“We launched the Edo State Public/Civil Service Transformation Program (EdoSTEP) to institutionalise and monitor this process, just as continuous in-service capacity enhancement programmes are ongoing at the John Odigie-Oyegun Public Service Academy.”

Receiving the 2022 budget proposal, Speaker Edo State House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun assured the Governor that the legislative arm will continue to work harmoniously with the executive to ensure socio-economic growth and development of the State.

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Students Scream Hard After Spotting Giant Snake In WC In Delta State [Video]

Some school students in Delta State were forced to scream hard in a viral video after spotting a giant snake in their toilet.

Though the name of the school where the incident happened was not mentioned by the poster, the students were seen in the viral video peeping at the huge deadly animal as it make turns on the WC.

A little move by the reptile scared the students and they took to their heels shouting in fear, Naija News understands.

See the video clip below as posted online.