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Wanted Rivers Cult Kingpin, 2Baba Speaks From Hiding

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

Notorious cult kingpin, Gift David Okpara, alias 2 Baba who was declared wanted by the Rivers government and the Police for killing and dismembering Ahoada Divisional Police Officer of the state, DPO, SP Bako Angbashim, has spoken from hiding denying any involvement in the murder of the police officer.

Speaking through a voice note he released exclusively to a Port Harcourt-based radio station, Nigeria info FM, 2baba, revealed that he spoke to the late DPO hours before his death but did not have hands in his death.

“I want to inform the Rivers State government that I bear no responsibility for the death of the DPO,” he said.

“I have chosen to remain silent about this matter until now, but I am addressing it today in response to the concerns raised by the public.

“I am surprised and have decided to let my people know that I was not involved in any harm to the DPO.

“Coincidentally, the incident occurred on a road within my community, and on the day it happened, I had a discussion with the late DPO. I wasn’t even present when the incident occurred; I was just shocked when I heard about it.”

2baba also claimed in the voice that he is a freedom fighter who picked up arms alongside members of his gang after cultists in the state were granted amnesty by the last administration because rival cult groups refused to surrender their arms, and were killing members of his own gang.

In his claims: “We turned in all the rifles we had to the government, while our opposition refused to surrender theirs.(www.naija247news.com).

Nollywood actor Sylvester Madu Narrowly Escapes Death in Cameroon

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

Famous Nigerian Actor Sylvester Madu, also known as Shina Rambo, escaped death in Cameroon on Saturday, while four other persons reportedly lost their lives.


The Nollywood actor, Sylvester relocated to Bamenda, Cameroon, on November 23, 2023, to work on a film project.

Confirming the incident, the film company that invited the actor, in a statement released on Monday, said some unidentified gunmen stormed the drinking spot where Madu was hanging out with a few others around 10 pm on Saturday.

The attack claimed the lives of four people and left over 10 with serious injuries.

“DAMA Films received Nollywood actor Sylvester Madu on 23rd of November 2023, in Bamenda for a movie shoot advocating against hard drug addiction.

“While concluding the movie, we received an invite for a guest appearance at BIG G VIP, located at Mile 3 Nkwen. The snooker championship organised by Big G began at 3 pm, everything went well, with fans meeting Sylvester Madu. At past 10 pm, we heard gunshots from outside, and many ran helter-skelter, leading to the deaths of four civilians and over 10 wounded. The police intervened, securing the safety of Nollywood actor Sylvester Madu and dispersing the crowd.

“The police are currently conducting investigations to this effect, as they assured the safety of Sylvester Madu and his subsequent excursion to his country, Nigeria.”(www.naija247news.com).

Naira Depreciates by 2.5% Against Dollar at the NAFEM

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

The Naira depreciated in the opening session of the week in the Nigerian Autonomous Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM) on Monday, November 27 against the Dollar by N19.71 or 2.5 per cent.

The local currency in the official market closed at N814.60/$1 compared with the preceding session’s rate of N794.89/$1.

Data from the FMDQ Securities Exchange indicated that the supply of FX into the market increased by 31.9 per cent or $24.24 million to $100.06 million from the $75.82 million posted last Friday.

Also, in the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) segment, the Nigerian currency lost N6 against the United States currency yesterday to finish at N1,149/$1, in contrast to the previous trading session’s N1,143/$1.

In the black market also, the Naira depreciated against the greenback by N5 during the session to settle at N1,155/$1 compared with the N1,150/$1 it was exchanged in the preceding trading session.(www.naija247news.com).

We’ll Never Be Overwhelmed By Mob, Says CJN Amid Criticism Of Judiciary

  • Nov 28,2023.

The Chief Justice Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has reiterated the judiciary’s determination not to be overwhelmed by the sentiments of the “mob” in their decisions.

Naija247News reports that following the rulings on electoral disputes, which led to the sacking of some governors and lawmakers, many have accused judges of bias, especially with the controversies that trailed the “errors” observed in the certified true copy of the judgment of the Court of Appeal that sacked Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf.

But revered constitutional lawyer, Professor Auwalu Yadudu has said while “Cacophony of unfounded allegations of corruption against the judiciary and insinuations of bias in their various decisions” justified the position of the CJN, it is imperative for judges to be warned to avoid embarrassing the judicial institution with careless slips and avoidable errors.

Speaking at the opening of the special session of the 2023/2024 legal year and the swearing-in of 58 newly conferred Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) on Monday, CJN Ariwoola asked judges to remain firm.

He said, “I expect every judicial officer to work very hard and also be very honest and courteous to the litigants, witnesses and members of the bar, and discharge all your judicial functions with all the humility at your command.

“Even while doing this, it is still necessary to have at the back of your mind that public opinions, sentiments or emotions can never take the place of the law in deciding the cases that come before you.

The law remains the law, no matter whose interest is involved. In all we do, as interpreters of the law, we should endeavour to severe the strings of emotion from logic and assumption from fact.

“We should never be overwhelmed by the actions or loud voices of the mob or crowd and now begin to confuse law with sentiment or something else in deciding our cases.

“Nevertheless, unnecessary and unwarranted utterances are bound to embarrass not only others, but the judge himself; thus, what should be asked, should be asked, and what should not be asked, should be avoided.”

The CJN pledged his commitment to safeguard the rule of law, the holistic independence of the judiciary and the trust and confidence of the public.

The CJN further assured that soon the apex court would enjoy its full complement of 21 justices to break the jinx of its inability to meet the constitutional requirement.

He said the Supreme Court received 1,271 cases comprising motions and appeals between September 12, 2022 and July 11, 2023.

Out of these, the apex court heard 388 political appeals, 215 criminals appealed and 464 civil appeals, while it also considered a total of 49 criminal motions, 153 civil motions, and 2 political motions.

He said within the same period, the apex court delivered a total of 251 judgments, out of which 125 were political appeals, 81 were civil appeals and 45 were criminal appeals and 91 rulings.(www.naija247news.com)


Tinubu Presents 2024 Budget To N/Assembly Wednesday

Nov 28,2023.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will, on Wednesday, present the 2024 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly.

Secretary, Research and Information of the National Assembly, Dr Ali Barde Umoru, confirmed this on Monday to journalists while requesting the list of those to be allowed into the chamber during the budget presentation.

This will be the first budget estimate President Tinubu will present to the National Assembly in person.

He had earlier transmitted two supplementary budgets, 2022 and 2023, to the National Assembly, which the parliament speedily approved.

President Tinubu had, weeks ago, also forwarded to both chambers of the National Assembly, the 20224-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) where the sum of N26.1 trillion was proposed as the total expenditure for the 2024 fiscal year.

The Senate, following the recommendation of its joint committee, which scrutinised the document, approved the MTEF/FSP.

It approved the N26.1trn proposed as the 2024 budget and other parameters as proposed by President Tinubu.

It approved the new borrowings of N7.8 trillion, pegged the benchmark of oil price for 2024 at $73.96, and oil production volume per day at 1.78 million barrels.

Other parameters approved are a GDP growth rate of 3.76%, an inflation rate of 21.40%, an exchange rate of N700 to $1 dollar, and a projected budget deficit of N9.04 trillion.(www.naija247news.com)


WHO raises alarm as TB infection increases in Borno


November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday raised an alarm over what it termed an “increasing rate of Tuberculosis (TB) infection in Borno.”

The organisation’s Head of Mission/Country Representative, Dr Walter Mulombo, expressed the organisation’s concern during the North-East Nigeria 13th WHO End-Term Joint Operations Review (JOR) in Yola.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria that often affects the lungs.

NAN also reports that JOR is for Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The country representative, however, assured WHO’s readiness to work with the Borno government to address the problem.

He said, “The rate of tuberculosis infection in Borno is worrisome. It means that Borno could be a ticking bomb for the tuberculosis explosion in Nigeria.

“We don’t want to allow that because of the humanitarian crisis; we need to work together because that thing itself is strictly an emergency.’’

Mulombo, therefore, urged stakeholders to take action to accelerate help and to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal of leaving no one behind.

Earlier, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno said that the state lost about 50 per cent of its health institutions, and many staff were abducted or killed due to the insurgency.

Represented by the Borno Commissioner for Health, Dr Baba Malam-Gana, Zulum said, “One of the consequences of this is the issue of tuberculosis, which needs a lot of staff to work on it, including machines.

According to him, the state currently uses the help of the military to reach hard-to-reach areas to deliver services such as immunisation.

He urged the world body to help in that regard, as well as in tackling Gender-Based Violence issues, among other areas.

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Felix Tangwame, thanked the organisation for its contributions to the state in many ways.

He said WHO had provided various services, such as capacity building and surveillance, to prevent outbreaks of diseases in the state, among others.

He called for more assistance, especially in the area of training for health workers to be updated on new diseases and to know how to handle them.

Dr Muhammad Gana, the Yobe Commissioner for Health, represented by Dr Babagana Abba, the programme manager,

Saving One Million Lives described WHO’s contributions to health issues as “excellent.” He confirmed that, as a result of the insurgency, the state experienced a lot of challenges, but WHO’s intervention helped to ameliorate the situation. (NAN)

Tinubu’s Govt Neglecting Us, North Central Politicians Cry Out

Nov 28,2023.

A cross-section of politicians from the North Central zone of the country, on Monday, decried alleged exclusion of indigenous people from the six states that make up the zone from key federal government roles under the present administration led by President Bola Tinubu.

The politicians, under the aegis of the North Central Development Initiative (NCDI), specifically said nobody from the zone has been considered in the national security architecture of the country and the leadership of the National Assembly.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the Director-General and National Coordinator of NCDI, Musa Otigba (Kogi State), added that there was also currently no judge representing the region at the Supreme Court.

Otigba was flanked by Mohammed Alabi (Kwara State), Director, Administration; Dominic Alancha (Benue State), Bashir Bago (Niger State), Juliana Aliyu (Plateau State), and Hannatu Aboki (Nasarawa State).

Others were David Ismaila (FCT). Oluseyi Sunday, (Kogi State) Babatunde Ahmed, (Kwara State), Teghtegh Fabian (Benue State) and Dr Zubairu Abdullahi, (Niger State).

According to him, the situation was worrisome, especially considering the myriad of security challenges being faced in the region, including “all kinds of banditry and other sundry crimes.”

He stated that they were worried that a government they worked so hard to enthrone against all odds, had decided to neglect the region and its people within such a short period of time.(www.naija247news.com)

Nigerian Soldier Dies in Rivers Boat Accident

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

A soldier attached to the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, has died in a gunboat mishap that occurred along Bolo waterways in Ogu-Boli local government area, Rivers state on November 25.

A statement released by the Acting Deputy Director, 6 Division Army Public Relations, Maj. Danjuma Jonah Danjuma, on Monday, November 27, said the incident occurred during an operation along the waterways adding that the unnamed soldier was initially declared missing.

‘’The soldier was one of the soldiers deployed on duty in the waterways in the Niger Delta region to safeguard critical national assets. The gunboat conveying the late soldier was hit by a turbulent wave, which led to the unfortunate accident. The soldier was declared missing after the boat accident. Consequently, a search and rescue mission was launched, and his lifeless body was recovered. Additionally, the boat involved in the accident has also been recovered.

The General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, NA/Land Component Commander, Joint Task Force, South-South, Operation DELTA SAFE, Major General Jamal Abdussalam while commiserating with the deceased family, expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident.

He added that the late soldier paid the supreme sacrifice in the defence of fatherland land and service to humanity, adding that he would be greatly missed by the NA and the nation at large. He prayed for the repose of his soul and prayed that Almighty God grant him eternal rest.”. (www.naija247news.com).

Obaseki’s Deputy, Shaibu, Declares For Gov’ship

Nov 28,2023.

Edo State Deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, has declared his intention to contest the 2024 governorship election under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The deputy governor made his declaration at the Biohop Kelly Centre, Benin City, on Monday morning.

He said as a “home boy” who has felt the pains of the people, he is poised to develop the state.

He said he is unstoppable in the forthcoming election.

He said he had worked with Governor Godwin Obaseki in the last seven years to lay the foundation for the development of the state.

Shaibu said he was aware of the need of the greater Edo people for a more inclusive government which is “the government of the Edo people, by the Edo people, and for the Edo people”.

He said his government would be predicated on five pillars of infrastructure and economic diversification, education sport and skill development, healthcare and social welfare system, agriculture and rural development and environmental sustainability.

“I have fought the good fight for you my people, along the way, suffered humiliations and enjoyed many moments of victory but I am thankful in all things.

“I have been pressed but not crushed, persecuted but not abandoned, badly hurt but not destroyed. I resonate with the tireless and irrepressible spirit of the Edo People. By the grace of God, nothing and no one can stop us. After all, I am original Edo son, 100 per cent home boy”, Shaibu said.

Naija247News reports that Shaibu had been at loggerheads with his principal over reports that he was nursing the ambition of succeeding him, leading to Shaibu securing an order from the Federal High Court restraining the House of Assembly, Chief Judge of the state, Governor Obaseki and others from impeaching him.

As the crisis festered, Obaseki relocated Shaibu’s office outside the government house, withdrew his press crew and sacked some of his aides while he was not acknowledged in government functions he attended.

Shaibu, however, later tendered an apology and begged his principal for forgiveness and also pledged to work harmoniously with him.

His formal declaration for the governorship position has however been viewed by political pundits as reigniting the feud.

The deputy governor was billed to declare his governorship bid at the Eterno Hotel but the hotel cancelled the event at the last minute, saying Governor Obaseki had a programme at the venue at the same time.(www.naija247news.com)

Man Drowns in Ilorin Dam, Kwara State Capital

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

A 44 year old man had on Monday drowned in the Agba Dam of Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

According to Hassan Adekunle, the spokesman of the Kwara State Fire Service, the incident happened at about 10:50 in the morning.

He said:

“The Fire Service responded to a distress call from Mr. Onikepe Bolaji reporting a body found in Agba Dam. The firemen swiftly embarked on a rescue operation, inflating their boat upon arrival.

“They successfully recovered the body of a 44-year-old man who had drowned. The rescue team’s expertise was evident and the recovered body was handed over to DSP Achimugu Samuel of the Nigeria Police.”

According to Fire Service spokesman,  those present at the scene include the Commissioner for Water Resources, Usman Lade, and the Permanent Secretary Minister of Water Resources.

The commissioner commended the rescue team for their exemplary performance in handling the situation.

The Director, Kwara State Fire Service, Prince Falade John Olumuyiwa, expressed sadness over the incident and urged the general public to be more vigilant in their neighborhoods to prevent similar occurrence. (www.naija247news.com).

Fresh Protests Hit Kano Over Gov’ship Dispute As Police Arrest 7

Nov 28,2023.

Fresh protests yesterday erupted in Kano City and its environs with the demonstrators denouncing the recent judgment of the Court Appeal that sacked the state governor, Abba Yusuf.

While pockets of protests had taken place since the appellate court’s decision, Monday afternoon’s coordinated protests came as a surprise to many following the clampdown on some would-be protesters by the police that led to the arrest of seven people.

In what appeared like a coordinated action on Monday, crowds of protesters stormed strategic positions in the city leading to heavy traffic gridlock and temporary hiccups on commercial activities.

Major roads like Kano-Zaria Road, Maiduguri Road by Muhammadu Buhari’s interchange, and Kantin Kwari (Kano textile market) were taken over by hundreds of youths who called for justice for Abba Yusuf.

The placards they carried read: “Kano my city my state”, “Justice for Kano”, “Justice for Abba”, “Abba’s mandate was stolen in 2019, we will not allow it happen in 2023”.

The protest came on the heels of a discovery by the police that “some faceless groups are bent on unleashing violence in Kano,” stressing that the police were on top of the situation.

The state commissioner of police, Hussaini Gumel, told newsmen in Kano on Monday that already, seven suspects had been arrested and would be arraigned soon.

Gumel revealed that “we have the understanding with the leadership of the contending political parties, and they have signed a peace pact, in view of that therefore, anyone found outside this arrangement will be treated as a common criminal.”(www.naija247news.com)


Varsity Student Hospitalized After 58-hour Wash-a-thon

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

Student of Obafemi Awolowo University identified as Subair Enitan, who embarked on a handwashing marathon to set a new Guinness World Record, has landed in hospital.


Subair Enitan had ended the marathon in the early hours of Monday.

According to a post on the official X handle for the marathon, Enitan ended the marathon after 58 hours, surpassing her initial plan of 50 hours.

A video now circulating social media reveals that her hands have turned white and wrinkled as a result of the handwashing marathon.

She was also seen lying down on a bed that seemed to be in a medical ward.

The Guinness World Record is yet to announce Enitan as a new record breaker.(www.naija247news.com).

Stock Market Gains N133bn, NGXASI rises by 0.17%

November 28, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

The Nigerian stocks market on Monday closed higher as the All Share Index rose by 0.017% to settle at 71,353.81 points from the previous close of 71.230.48 points.

The Market Capitalisation was down by 0.34% to close at N39.040 trillion from the previous close of N39.173 trillion, thereby gaining N133 billion.

An aggregate of 746.7 million units of shares were traded in 9,267 deals, valued at N5.95billion.

The Market Breadth closed positive as 32 equities appreciated in their share prices against 20 equities that declined in their share prices.

Percentage Gainers

JOHNHOLT, TANTALIZER and FBNH led other gainers with 10.00% growth each.

MULTIVERSE, Sunu Assurance and Sovereign Trust Insurance among other gainers also grew their share prices by 9.98%, 9.73% and 9.52% respectively.

Percentage Losers

ENTRANZACK led price decliners’ table as it shed 9.46% of its share price to close at N6.70 from the previous close of N7.40.

Unity Bank, OMATEK and RTBRISCOE among other price decliners also shed their share prices by 9.24%, 9.09% and 8.96% respectively.

Volume Drivers

ACCESSCORP traded about 81.5 million units of its shares in 621 deals, valued at about N1.47 billion.

Unity Bank traded about 67.7 million units of its shares in 454 deals, valued at N116.9 million.

TRANSCORP traded about 44.5 million units of its shares in 382 deals, valued at about N294 million.(www.naija247news.com).

UBA Assures loyal customers of Grand Super Savers Draw


Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc is excited to announce its upcoming Super Savers Draw, which promises to bring even more excitement and opportunities to its valued customers.
In line with its commitment to rewarding loyalty and promoting a culture of savings, UBA will be giving the opportunity for more of its customers to become millionaires through its Super Savers Draw, billed to hold at the UBA Head Office, Lagos this December.
As usual the draw is open to both new and existing UBA account holders in Nigeria, with various mouth-watering prizes to be won by customers.
In this edition, more than 100 lucky customers will qualify to win any of the following prizes; a grand prize of N10 Million Jackpot for one lucky winner; while another winner will go home with the Star Prize of N5m. Also, another lucky customer will win N1.8m rent allowance for one year.
Other prices up for grabs include: Shopping allowance of N500k; a Cash Prize of N100,000 each for 35 winners and N10,000 for the top 50 transacting Customers.
10 Current account or savings accounts holders (CASA) will quality to win N1million each in the draws and 20 customers who open accounts via any of the bank’s digital channels will be rewarded with N10,000 every month (For how many months?). Also, 15 kids with a UBA Kiddies Account will each win N200,000 scholarship reward while 10 Next gen account holders will go home with N180,000.00 cash prize each.
UBA’s Head, Retail Products and Sales, Prince Ayewoh, who spoke ahead of the draws said that the unique Super Savers draw has something big for everyone and is organised by the bank to appreciate its customers who have cultivated a savings culture and stayed loyal to the bank over the years.
He said that it will also offer fresh opportunities to new customers to join the growing number of UBA millionaires and lucky winners who have, in the past, benefitted from various promos held by the bank.
He pointed out that UBA remains passionate about actualising the dreams of its customers as the bank is relentless in helping them grow by making more and more of its customers millionaires.
He said, “As always, UBA has decided to lift the burdens of customers at a time when the nation is going through a challenging time due to the removal of fuel subsidy and the unification of the exchange rate which seems to have taken a hefty toll on Nigerians and has put in place quite a lot to make it happen.
“UBA always walks the talk and never relents in helping its customers succeed. Our customers are special to us, and this is another opportunity to prove just that,” he explained.
Also speaking about this draw, UBA’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Alero Ladipo, noted with excitement that this edition of the upcoming Super Savers draw will transform the lives of an increased number of people who will benefit from UBA’s reward of loyalty especially at this time where the nation’s economy is going through a phase.
She added that no matter how hard the economy is or how expensive things have become, UBA always thinks of how to make life easier for its customers. “Once again, i encourage people who do not yet have a UBA account to take advantage of this opportunity to open their accounts quickly, so they can fully participate in these draws,” she noted.

Missing Fulani Leader Found Dead In Plateau

November 27, 2023.

Azonuchechi Chukwu.

The corpse of a missing Fulani leader, Umar Ibrahim, who went missing on Wednesday, has been found in an abandoned well at Jokom community in Mangu town of Mangu local government area (LGA) of Plateau state.

Before his death, the deceased was the Ciroma of the state’s Kumbun district of Mangu LGA.

Spokesperson of the Operation Safe Haven, a security taskforce, maintaining peace in the state, Captain Oya James, confirmed the incident.

According to the leadership of the Gan Allah Fulani Development Association (GAFDAN), the deceased had gone missing when he left a hospital on Wednesday to buy food for his sick wife, who was on admission.

Garba Abdullahi, state chairman of the group, explained how the body of their leader was recovered.

“He visited his wife at the sickbay in Mangu. Around 6 pm on Wednesday, he went out to buy food for her but couldn’t return.

“After searching for four days, the body was found in an abandoned Well close to the hospital. The corpse was recovered together with soldiers attached to Operation Safe Haven who have been maintaining peace in the area.

“We are calling on all our members to remain calm and never take laws into their hands. We should continue to be law-abiding. The security agencies are doing their best. We are calling on the security to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to book,” he said.(www.naija247news.com).

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