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Nigerian Military Retires 256 Soldiers

Nigerian Military Retires 256 Soldiers

The Nigerian military has retired 256 Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs) of the military in a colourful celebration after 35 years of service to the nation.

Naija News reports that the retirement of the soldiers which took place on Friday, followed several months of courses on reintegration to civil life, entrepreneurship and other kills acquisition programmes at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi in Lagos.

The retired soldiers were drawn from the Nigerian Army (NA), Nigerian Navy (NN) and Nigerian Air Force (NAF). They were hosted to a combined passing out ceremony with 26 Generals and 47 mid-level officers who underwent management and entrepreneurship courses also at NAFRC.

It was learned that these 76 officers were penciled for the courses they took to prepare them for retirement since they do not have many years in the civil service.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, who spoke at the ceremony, urged the retirees to be unrelenting in their support to security agencies particularly in the area of community intelligence gathering.

Olonisakin while reminding them of the recently approved enhanced welfare packages for retiring members of the Armed Forces by President Muhammadu Buhari, called their attention to the need to stay loyal and dedicated to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He commended NAFRC Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar and other staff for ensuring that Armed Forces personnel were exposed to the latest trends in global entrepreneurship and management training.

“I am aware of the reviewed curriculum designed to enhance the management and entrepreneurial skills of the participants. I urge the Commandant to continue these laudable initiatives for high quality human resource development that will be gainful to our personnel and society at large,” the CDSsaid.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, AVM Lar, said the retirees where the stream one of the second batch for this year. He praised them for their unblemished military service, adding them to remain disciplined, law abiding and worthy ambassadors of the centre.

Lar who led dignitaries at the event round the centre for the inauguration of some of the projects executed since his assumption of office in January this year,  said he was glad to have officials of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Department of State Services (DSS), National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Defence Intelligence Agencies (DIA) participate in the courses for the first time ever.

His words: “When l assumed command of this centre in January this year, my first impression was that this is a well-positioned centre with capacity to optimally deliver on its core mandate of vocational training not just for retiring personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) but also for all Nigerians as well as the West African sub region.

“Pursuant to this objective, I immediately developed my vision of command which is to harness the available human and infrastructural capital to transform NAFRC into a word class centre of excellence for international best practice in vocational training. The implementation of this vision was anchored on a three pronged approach of reengineering the people, processes and systems.

“Towards achieving this objective, my first emphasis was to develop and improve different aspects of our human capital resource. Next step was to update the training curricula of the various workshops in line with contemporary practices. As a corollary to this, several of the workshops had to be upgraded and equipped with modern and up to date equipment for training.

“To complement the already existing vocational workshops, l approved the introduction of new vocational workshops in paint making, communications equipment repairs and floriculture. My emphasis was also on maintaining and improving the physical and social infrastructure of the centre.

“On completion of the three anchors of my vision, l thereafter sought and obtained Defence Headquarters (DHQ) authorisation to admit members of para military agencies as well as government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to carry out training in NAFRC.

“In line with my firm belief that NAFRC is adequately poised to train all Nigerians with vocational skills, the centre in conjunction with the Mushin Local Government Council has successfully conducted various vocational training for citizens in Mushin Local Government as well as youths in different military barracks across Nigeria.

“Specifically, the centre’s Agriculture Wing has conducted training and cultivated several economic trees and vegetable farms in Nigerian Army Cantonment Ojo, NAF Base Ikeja while that of the Navy Town Ojo is being finalised. This same gesture has also been extended to several other military formations in Abuja, Bauchi, Kaduna, Makurdi and Kerang in Plateau State…” he said.

Meanwhile, present at the ceremony were a former CDS, Gen. Alexander Ogomudia (rtd.), Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.Gen. Godwin Umelo and Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Logistics Command, AVM Lawal Alao, among others.

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#BBNaijaFinale: Laycon Thanks His Fans, Evicted Housemates And His Family (Videos)

Laycon has been announced as the winner of the 6th Edition of the Television Show, Big Brother Naija(Lockdown) Edition.

The second runner-up in the show is Dorathy

The 2020 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show was brought to an end today, Sunday, 27th September 2020, after 70 days of entertainment.

however, after he was declared the Winner, Laycon thanked his fans, evicted housemates and lots more.

Watch Moment Laycon’s thank you message to his fans below

Meanwhile, In a related development,  Popular Nigerian singer, David Adekele, better known as Davido has been caught on tape, begging Big Brother Naija season 5 winner, Laycon for money.

Although their conversation appears to be a joke, Davido was caught on tape asking the up coming rapper and singer to “send him some money”

 

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Peter Obi Reacts To Israel Adesanya’s UFC 253 Victory Against Costa

Peter Obi Reacts To Israel Adesanya's UFC 253 Victory Against Costa

Former Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, has praised Israel Adesanya for his victory against Paulo Costa at the UFC 253.

Naija News had reported earlier that Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya defeated Brazilian Paulo Costa via TKO to retain the Middleweight Championship in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 253).

The is the 20th career MMA victory for the Nigerian-New Zealand UFC middleweight champion. When Adesanya vs Costa kicked off, there was less action in the first round as both MMA fighters traded few kicks and punches with the Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, Costa pressing Adesanya but throwing few shots.

Adesanya also known as Izzy or Stlebender, came out with more purpose in the second round, outboxing his opponent and landing deadly shots. Before the match against Costa, Adesanya defeated Yoel Romero by decision at the UFC 248 pay-per-view event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In October 2019, Adesanya became the new UFC middleweight champion when he finished Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 by TKO. Before that, Adesanya picked up a decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in the co-headliner of the UFC 236 pay-per-view event.

Adesanya fought six times in less than a year-and-a-half total in the UFC and won all six bouts before heading into the fight against Costa on Saturday night.

Reacting to Adesanya’s victory in a tweet on the micro-blogging site on Sunday, Obi tweeted: “Congratulations to @stylebender
for a successful defence of his UFC middleweight title. Stand up for the champion! -PO #UFC253”.

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Coronavirus: NCDC Confirms 126 New COVID-19 Cases In Nigeria

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday evening, 27th September 2020, confirmed 126 new cases of coronavirus disease infection in Nigeria.

Naija News reports that the new cases of COVID-19 infection were confirmed via a statement on the official Twitter handle of the health agency.

The development brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 58,198 which includes 49,722 discharged cases and 1,106 deaths.

Below is the breakdown of the latest cases according to states with FCT Abuja recording the highest number of new confirmed cases, followed by Lagos and Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

FCT-30 Lagos-24 Rivers-23 Ogun-13 Katsina-9 Plateau-9 Ondo-6 Kaduna-4 Kwara-4 Imo-2 Bauchi-1 Edo-1

See the tweets below

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Atiku Reacts To Israel Adesanya’s UFC 253 Victory Against Costa

Atiku Reacts To Israel Adesanya's UFC 253 Victory Against Costa

Former Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has praised Israel Adesanya for his victory against Paulo Costa at the UFC 253.

Naija News had reported earlier that Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya defeated Brazilian Paulo Costa via TKO to retain the Middleweight Championship in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC 253).

The is the 20th career MMA victory for the Nigerian-New Zealand UFC middleweight champion. When Adesanya vs Costa kicked off, there was less action in the first round as both MMA fighters traded few kicks and punches with the Brazilian professional mixed martial artist, Costa pressing Adesanya but throwing few shots.

Adesanya also known as Izzy or Stlebender, came out with more purpose in the second round, outboxing his opponent and landing deadly shots. Before the match against Costa, Adesanya defeated Yoel Romero by decision at the UFC 248 pay-per-view event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In October 2019, Adesanya became the new UFC middleweight champion when he finished Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 by TKO. Before that, Adesanya picked up a decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in the co-headliner of the UFC 236 pay-per-view event.

Adesanya fought six times in less than a year-and-a-half total in the UFC and won all six bouts before heading into the fight against Costa on Saturday night.

Reacting to Adesanya’s victory in a tweet on the micro-blogging site on Sunday, Atiku tweeted: “Israel Adesanya, @stylebender just handed Nigeria its best 60th independence anniversary gift. Congratulations, champion #UFC253.” ‬

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Police Bust Human Trafficking Ring, Rescue 10 Sex Slaves

The South African Police have busted an alleged human trafficking ring, arrested five people and rescuing 10 women, in early morning raids in Rustenburg and Kuruman.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, the police spokesman who confirmed the development today, said the women are from Limpopo, Lesotho and Namibia.

He said they were trafficked to work in brothels in Rustenburg and Kuruman, adding that the brothels were disguised as bed and breakfast accommodation.

The women were trafficked from neighbouring countries and used as sex slaves. The brothels were disguised as BnBs and the women were made to pay rent while working there,” Mulaudzi explained.

Mulaudzi explained that they had been investigating the matter for more than a year before they moved in to arrest the culprits.

He said the investigation commenced in June 2019, adding that they had been working on collecting intelligence.

The police said six suspects were identified, adding that they lost one of them to death in 2019,

He however noted that the remaining five were arrested during a swoop on three properties, which began at 06:00 on Sunday.

The Hawks are working with the Department of Social Development to take the rescued women to places of safety.

 

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Nigerians Reacts As Laycon Wins Big Brother Naija Lockdown Edition

Laycon has been announced as the winner of the 6th Edition of the Television Show, Big Brother Naija(Lockdown) Edition.

The second runner-up in the show is Dorathy

The 2020 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show was brought to an end today, Sunday, 27th September 2020, after 70 days of entertainment.

The show which started on July 19 with twenty housemates, saw an eviction of housemates till there were five finalists.

The final five contestants were Laycon, Nengi, Dorathy, Vee, and Neo.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to react To his victory.

See reactions below:

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Big Brother Naija Grand Finale: How Voters Voted

Laycon has been announced as the winner of the 6th Edition of the Television Show, Big Brother Naija(Lockdown) Edition.

The 2020 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show was brought to an end today, Sunday, 27th September 2020, after 70 days of entertainment.

The show which started on July 19 with twenty housemates, saw an eviction of housemates till there were five finalists.

The final five contestants were Laycon, Nengi, Dorathy, Vee, and Neo.

However, Vee, Neo and Nengi were evicted leaving Laycon and Dorathy to battle for the grand prize.

Announcing the winner this night in the grand finale, the Host Ebuka announced as the winner.

The second runner-up in the show is Dorathy

See how voters voted:

The winner goes home with N85m grand prize (consisting of cash and other items) for the final winner is broken down as follows: N30m cash prize, a two-bedroom apartment, a top of the range SUV, a trip to Dublin, home appliances, a trip to Dubai, one year supply of Indomie noodles, Munch It and Colgate toothpaste.

Others include a year supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller, a trip to watch the UEFA Champions League final, and a brand new android smart phone.

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#BBNaijaFinale: BBNaijaLockdown Winner, Laycon Reveals His Motive For Joining BBNaija

The winner of the 2020 edition of Nigeria’s biggest reality show, Big Brother Naija, Laycon has revealed his first motive for joining the BBNaijaLockdown which happens to be the 6th Edition of the reality show.

Naija News reports that Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the host of BBNaija reality show, on Sunday night, September 27 announced Laycon as the winner of the 6th Edition of the BBNaijaLockdown edition.

Female housemate, Dorathy, emerged the second runner-up in the show which has caught the attention of many Nigerians. The 2020 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show started since July 19 and ended today, Sunday, 27th September 2020, spanning through 70 days with 20 housemates cohabiting together from day one, Naija News understands.

Full of excitement after emerging winner of the reality show, Laycon, revealed that he only came into the biggie house to promote his songs, and now he is luckily going home with prizes.

Final five contestants for the reality show were Laycon, Nengi, Dorathy, Vee, and Neo, Naija News reports.

However, Laycon, who emerges winner will be going home with N85m grand prize (consisting of cash and other items) for the final winner is broken down as follows: N30m cash prize, a two-bedroom apartment, a top of the range SUV, a trip to Dublin, home appliances, a trip to Dubai, one year supply of Indomie noodles, Munch It and Colgate toothpaste.

Others include a year supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller, a trip to watch the UEFA Champions League final, and a brand new android smartphone.

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#BBNaijaFinale: Profile of the Winner Big Brother Naija Lockdown Show, Laycon

Laycon has been announced as the winner of the 6th Edition of the Television Show, Big Brother Naija(Lockdown) Edition.

The second runner-up in the show is Dorathy

The 2020 edition of the Big Brother Naija reality TV show was brought to an end today, Sunday, 27th September 2020, after 70 days of entertainment.

However, here is Laycon BBNaija Full Biography, Age, State of Origin, Profession

BBNaija Laycon who real names are Olamilekan Agbeleshe is a 26-year-old singer and rapper from Lagos.

Olamilekan Agbeleshe, who wants to be called “Laycon” on the BBNaija Season 5 reality TV show studied Philosophy at the University of Lagos but thinks music is his thing. He is the last born of his family and he is from a polygamous home, but he has unfortunately lost his dad.

He saw the light in singing and took it seriously, and he has one of his songs on MTV BASE top ten charts for about six months. Laycon is seen as one of Nigeria’s most promising new school acts.

While he was in the University he produced cover for a lot of Nigerian songs. In 2016 he released a 17 tracks album. He got signed to a record label in 2019. One of his songs also making waves with him featuring Shinko Ekun and Reminence.

He wants to be one of the biggest artist in Africa and do greater things with his music career. Laycon, believes he is versatile and will never be short of perfect words at any point in time.