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Anambra Election: IPOB Members Disgrace Peter Obi, Abaribe In Onitsha

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, and Senate Minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, were allegedly disgraced by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Onitsha.

Naija News learned that that the two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other ranking members of the party were reportedly chased and harassed during a campaign in the area on Wednesday.

It was learned that the PDP campaign train was at the Ogbo Ogwu market in Onitsha South to solicit support and votes for its candidate in the November 6 Anambra governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, when the incident happened.

As Obi and Abaribe began to campaign for votes, IPOB members started singing the praises of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is being detained and tried by the Federal Government for alleged terrorism.

Following the protest by the traders and some IPOB members, the PDP chieftains quickly left the market premises and were escorted by security operatives.

Recall that IPOB had threatened to impose a sit-at-home order in the South-east that will stretch from November 5 to November 11.

The pro-Biafra group stated that it would lock down the South-east if Kanu is not released from detention by November 4.


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Tiwa Savage Reveals Five Hidden Truths About Herself

Award-winning Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has revealed some hidden truths about herself in a video.

The former Mavins Record signee recently has been revealing some facts about herself in a video series on her Instagram account.

The video series started by Tiwa Savage is part of her promotion for her hit single, “Somebody’s Son”, featuring American singer, Brandy.

Tiwa Savage in her recent video titled “5 FUN FACTS ABOUT TIWA SAVAGE” on ‘CATCHING UP WITH TIWA: Episode 5/5’, disclosed five things about herself most people may not know.

She said: “I don’t like wearing heels. I can’t cook really well, Nigerian dishes though. I don’t like cooking but I can.

“I don’t like frying, I hate… I don’t like wearing make-up. I actually don’t wear foundation. I stopped that about 3 years ago.

“Bread is my favourite food.”

This is coming at the time the singer is trying to manage the condemnation that followed the release of her sex tape on the internet.

The likes of US-Based Nigerian rapper, Speed Darlington, also reacted to the trending sex tape of Tiwa Savage.

Darlington in a video claimed that the award-winning singer intentionally released the video which has been widely condemned online.

The rapper in an Instagram live video accused Tiwa Savage of releasing the video to remain relevant in the music industry.

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EPL: Mohamed Salah To Become Liverpool’s Highest Paid Player

Egyptian professional footballer, Mohamed Salah is about to become Liverpool’s most paid player in the club’s history.

Naija News understands Dutch footballer, Virgil van Dijk currently holds the Red’s baton as the most paid player in the club with a weekly wage of £220,000.

The English Premier League club according to reports is considering making Salah become their highest-paid player and will use the offer of a lucrative signing-on fee to sweeten the deal.

Salah currently earns £200,000 per week in Liverpool and this is expected to run through 2023 when his contract will end with the club. Liverpool is, however, making it a priority to get the Egyptian forward locked onto fresh terms like many of his teammates.

The 29-year-old Egyptian has been incredible for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, Naija News understands. Though the Reds do not want to shatter their wage structure, but will instead consider using a signing-on fee, SportsMail reports.

Salah has so far this season scored 15 goals in all competitions, this includes his hat-trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend in a 5-0 triller.

There have been rumours that Salah is holding out for £500,000 per week pay, a claim that has been refuted by the club.

Salah is said to have been considerate in his salary structure with the understanding of the financial parameters of owners Fenway Sports Group.

“It doesn’t depend on me, but if you asked me I would love to stay until the last day of my football [career],” Salah was quoted saying during an interview days ago when asked about his future with Liverpool.

He added: “I can’t say much about that, it’s not in my hands. It depends on what the club wants.”

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We’re Worried About Nnamdi Kanu’s Health Status – Family Member

The family of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has raised concern over the health status of their son.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the first cousin of the IPOB leader, Chijindu Offor, urged the Federal Government to allow Kanu to see his doctors for thorough medical attention.

Offor stated that Kanu’s medical condition could worsen if not properly managed by his physicians, expressing serious worry over his failing health.

He asked the government not to allow Kanu to die in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) which could lead to serious chaos in the country.

Offor stated that the DSS lacks the needed facilities to handle his health challenges, hence the compelling need to allow him access to his private doctors for proper medical attention.

He urged the Federal Government to heed the appeals from various quarters to engage Kanu in dialogue with a view to resolving the cause of the growing agitation for self-determination.

According to Offor, dialogue and meaningful engagement is the only way to resolve the various agitations for self-determination in the country.

Offor urged leaders of the country to stop pretending and convene a round table discussion where the various genuine national questions will be frankly addressed to save Nigeria from the precipice.

He warned that intimidation and use of brute force by the government will not stop the growing agitation for self-determination by different regions in the country.

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Fuel Subsidy Stoppage Will Save Nigeria ₦12trn In 4 Years – PPMC

The total stoppage of fuel subsidy by the government will save Nigeria ₦12 trillion in four years, says Managing Director, Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr Isiyaku Abdullahi.

Abdullahi in his submission suggests that government can channel savings made from the removal of subsidies on more demanding areas such as infrastructure, health care and education.

Naija News reports that the PPMC MD made the observation on Wednesday while speaking at the ongoing 15th Oil Trading and Logistics (OTL) Africa Petroleum Downstream Week 2021 held in Lagos.

Speaking at the conference which had its theme as “Nigerian Downstream Oil and Gas Sector in Transition: Getting Set”, Abdullahi said: “At 80 dollars crude oil, 60 million litres daily consumption and N411 to a dollar foreign exchange, Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) under-recovery (petrol subsidy) per litre will be N138 per litre.

“Daily PMS under-recovery will be N8.3 billion. Annual PMS under-recovery will escalate to three million naira.”

Abdullahi insists that deregulation would make the price of petroleum products in Nigeria at par with its African neighbours and discourage smuggling.

He was optimistic that with the signing of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), the country is moving towards full deregulation of the downstream sector which will attract more investments.

On his part, Mr Adeyemi Adetunji, group executive director, downstream, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said that prices of petroleum products would be determined by the free market under the PIA.

“The PIA has provided an enabling environment to attract investment, ensure fair competition for operators and fair price for consumers and producers to ensure industry stability.”

He added: “The fuels market is expanding in view of the emerging gas opportunities. Investors and existing players should seize these opportunities to create value for all stakeholders.”

Playing support to deregulation of the petroleum sector, Dr Muda Yusuf, a former director-general of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said the government’s inability to fully deregulate the sector was a major impediment to unlocking its huge investment potential in the past five decades.

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How I Plan To Solve Anambra’s Security Issue – Ifeanyi Ubah

The governorship candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the November 6 Anambra election, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, has vowed to solve the security situation in the state if elected governor.

Speaking on Wednesday night during an appearance on Channels TV, Senator Ubah stated that he will deploy a different method to address the violence and killings in the state.

The lawmaker representing Anambra South district in the National Assembly added that it will solve the insecurity in the state with information technology, intelligence gathering.

He said: “The security situation in my state has a different method (that) I am going to apply.

“I am going to apply information technology, gathering. My constituency asked me to go and see how I can proffer political solution to issues that surround Nnamdi Kanu.

Ubah, speaking on the trial of the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, said the only way to deal with the agitation by the secession agitators is through a political solution.

The lawmaker recalled how he visited the headquarters of the Department of State Services (DSS) to facilitate Kanu’s release, but was denied access to him.

He said: “Do we love ourselves in this country? If we love ourselves, let us proffer political solutions to so many things, not only Nnamdi Kanu.

“For God’s sake, I have no apologies; that is what I am doing. I went to the DSS and met the DG. He told me to go to court. I did this thing without letting anyone know. I went to the court and I have filed to the court to give me access to him.

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BREAKING: Plateau Speaker, Abok Nuhu Impeached

Lawmakers in the Plateau State House of Assembly have impeached the speaker of the house, Hon. Abok Ayuba Nuhu.

Nuhu, following his impeachment on Thursday, was replaced with Sanda Yakubu, who hails from Pingana constituency of Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

The impeachment of Nuhu was backed by votes of sixteen lawmakers out of the 24 members of the assembly.

More details later…

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Ex-BBNaija Housemate, Maria Purchases New House

Former housemate in the Big Brother Naija reality tv show, Maria, has announced the purchase of a new apartment amid the allegation of having an affair with a married man.

Recall that Cubana Chief Priest accused Maria who is in Dubai of snatching his sister’s husband, Kelvin.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, Cubana Chief Priest accused Maria of also sending death threats to his sister.

To prove his point, the popular socialite and Instagram celebrity shared another video of his in-law and the former big brother Naija housemate having dinner.

The former housemate in the ‘Shine Ya Eye’ edition of BBNaija, however, is yet to react to the allegations levelled against her.

Maria despite the situation took to her Instagram Stories on Tuesday to post a picture of her new apartment’s living room and captioned it, “Bought.”

See the post below:

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Why Depositors Should Not Worry When Their Bank Shuts Down – NDIC Reveals

The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, has explained that over ninety-seven per cent of depositors’ accounts are fully covered by insurance in a case of bank failure.

The corporation assured that depositors would be able to recover their funds with this development in the event of any bank closure and hence should not be afraid of carrying out their transactions.

Naija News reports that NDIC managing director and CEO, Bello Hassan, disclosed this while speaking at the 18th edition of the workshop for business editors and Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN), in Gombe State.

Hassan revealed at the event that the overall number of accounts in the deposit money banks across the country as of 2019 stood at 128.4 million.

The NDIC chief, however, said there is the need to further educate depositors on the importance of coverage as the coverage limits have always been misunderstood by stakeholders.

“In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, the total number of accounts in the deposit money banks stood at 83 million; 99.1million; 112.0 million and 128.4 million respectively. Out of these numbers, the N500,000 coverage limit fully covered 99.4; 97.6; 97.5 and 97.6 per cents of accounts, respectively,” the NDIC DG revealed.

Hassan explained further that the figure entails that only less than three per cent of accounts/depositors are not fully covered by the prevailing insurance coverage limits.

According to him, above 97 per cent of depositors would be able to recover their assets in the case of any bank closure.

He further assured that the corporation seeks amendments that will speed up asset recovery. Hassan noted that “97.6 per cent of accounts are fully covered under the N500,000 current coverage limit of the corporation, adding that the limit is subject to periodic reviews.

“From the foregoing statistics, it could be observed that the corporation’s deposit insurance coverage limits are not only adequate but robust enough to engender confidence in our banking system,” he added.

Hassan explained that the coverage limits are not designed to be static but subject to periodic reviews to ensure that they are consistent with the public policy objectives of the Deposit Insurance System, adding that the corporation successfully reviewed upward the coverage limits from N50,000 at inception in 1989 to N200,000 in 2006 and N500,000 in 2010.

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Looted Benin Bronze ‘Okukor’ Returned To Nigeria After 100 Years

The University of Cambridge has returned a Benin bronze artefact known as ‘Okukor’ stolen a hundred years to Nigeria.

Naija News reports that the bronze was taken from the Benin Kingdom in 1897 when Britain had a foothold on the African continent.

The British institution returned the artefact to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments at a ceremony on Wednesday in the United Kingdom.

Receiving the artefact on behalf of the Nigerian Government, the head of the agency, Professor Abba Tijani, said Nigeria is excited to receive the elaborately carved cockerel in good shape.

Tijani stated that it was the first time a UK institution would give back a Benin bronze, describing the move as the “first institutional return of its kind.”

He hailed the college’s act as “a great example for other institutions and other countries” and urged the British Museum to change its stance on the bronzes in its collection.

Noting that Nigeria has handed over a formal request for their repatriation, Tijani insisted that the sculptures “are going to the right place and they will be looked after”.

Nigerian government officials who were part of the ceremony included the Ambassador to the UK, Sarafa Isola, and the brother of the Oba of Benin, Prince Aghatise Erediauwa.

Speaking on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, Ambassador Isola thanked the University for the wonderful initiative, adding that the people of Nigeria are grateful for the return.

Prince Erediauwa, on his part, said, “Jesus College is indeed challenging the erroneous arguments that stolen art cannot be returned because of the existence of different legal jurisdictions on the matter.”

Earlier, the head of Jesus College, Sonita Alleyne, handed the elaborately carved cockerel to the Nigerian delegation amid cheers and a trumpet fanfare.

Tijani is expected to travel to Scotland to receive another Benin bronze from the University of Aberdeen today, Thursday.

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