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Davido’s N250m gift to orphans: Arewa seeks transparency

Arewa Youths Trust Foundation (AYTF) has urged the committee disbursing the N250 million donated by music act David Adeleke (Davido) to orphanage homes to show integrity and be fair in the distribution.

In a rare humanitarian gesture to mark his 29th birthday, #Davido decided to give the N201 million from his crowdfunding appeal to fans and fellow musicians to charity.

Davido, who, in three days, got N201 million from friends and well-wishers, added N50 million of his own and said he intended to give all the money to the less privileged.

AYTF urged the singer to keep the committee in check and ensure effective distribution, especially in the northern parts of the country where there were large numbers of orphans and vulnerable households.

It said N251 million if shared judiciously, would ameliorate and suppress the plight and suffering of selected orphans across the country.


Nigerians Should Present NIN Before Using Restaurants – Sheikh Pantami

The Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, who has been linked to terrorists’ activities in the recent past, has stated that in order to secure Nigeria in the next few years, Nigerians should present and verify their National Identity Number even before using a restaurant.

Pantami explained why his ministry insisted on the mandatory use of the NIN in spite of over 44 petitions written against the policy and several court cases in the country.

The minister, who claimed he had since renounced his stance on terrorism, added that the NIN policy was mandatory by law in Nigeria and that it stood to secure the country.

He said, “Without profiling, no country will be secured globally. Criminals don’t like it, and they have been fighting it day in, day out.”

The minister stated this while speaking at a convocation lecture of the Federal College of Education Technical Gombe.


We Are Ready To Crush Bandits Now They Have Been Declared Terrorists – Malami

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN said the Federal Government’s determination to crush banditry remains unwavering now that the Court has granted application filed by his Office declaring bandits groups as terrorist organisations.

This is made known by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in a statement issued to newsmen.

According to the statement the declaration is a demonstration of the determination of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and indeed the Federal Government in doing things in accordance with the rule of law.

“The development is a pointer to the commitment of the Federal Government to adhere to the international standards in respecting the rules of engagement in the fight against terrorism, separatists organisations, insurgency and banditry in the country,” he said.

The Government will gazette, publish the publicise the proscription order.


N250m: We have numerous orphans in Northern Nigeria — Group tells Davido

Award-winning singer, David Adeleke, also known as Davido, has been beckoned upon by a group, called Support Group for Nigerian Orphans (AGNO), to carry orphans in the northern part of the country along while disbursing his earmarked N250 million to orphanages.

The group led by its chairman, Salisu Waziri Ibrahim, made the call on Sunday in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, saying that extending the gesture to northern orphanages would go a long way in addressing the numerous challenges they are facing.
The group said it has become necessary for them to remind Davido of his roots.

Davido, he said, was born in the north, but hardly visits and is not in touch with some realities.
They said, “we have numerous orphans in this part of the country that can not raise their voices unless for some of us the NGOs that have been speaking for them” stressing that “many of them have been in camps.”

Recall that Davido has said the N250 million he received from fans, friends and families as donations would be given out to orphanage homes spread across the country.


Tinubu Is Under Investigation But It’s Gonna Take Time – EFCC Chairman, Bawa

Abdulrasheed Bawa, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has hinted that the Commission is currently investigating Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bawa disclosed that the investigation would take time because it takes time.

According to Bawa: “You asked me a question earlier about arresting people before an investigation and now you are saying why didn’t we arrest Tinubu? Why didn’t you just say ‘arrest him’?

“Investigation is ongoing. When you are investigating matters like this, they don’t end in a day. Thousands of investigations are going on, on a daily basis.

“You understand? You know you are from the media. After you will say we are doing a media trial.”


I’m Searching For An Igbo Man Who Can Play The Role Of Tinubu In South East” – Joe Igbokwe

The chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Joe Igbokwe has taken to his official Facebook account to speak about the influence Bola Ahmed Tinubu has in the South West. He recounted the statement made by Comrade Eze Harris Chuma about searching for an Igbo man who can play the role of Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the South East.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu is well known for his political influence in Lagos and South West. His influence earned him the “Asiwaju of Lagos” title and some people referred to him as the godfather of Lagos’s politics.

He referred to names like Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, Babatunde Fashola, Rauf Aregbesola, Babatunde Fowler and how they worked for Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He believes Bola Ahmed Tinubu did the needful to command respect and influence in South West. He looks forward to a day, South-East politicians would put their differences aside and work for the common good of the people.

Do you agree with Joe Igbokwe that South East is yet to produce a politician that can play an influential role as Bola Ahmed Tinubu did in South West?


Pity Those That Said I Was Arrested By EFCC, When It Was Just Friendly Chat – Fani Kayode

According to former aviation minister who was accused of fraud and forgery, “I pity those that said I was arrested. They are filled with hate and live on fake news. Since when did an invitation and a friendly chat become an arrest? And even if I had been arrested, SO WHAT? I am not above the law and neither does joining APC give me immunity. My God is MIGHTY!”


2023: Don’t Vote For PDP, El-Rufai Begs Nigerians

Alleges Shehu Sani & Hunkuyi sabotage development in the state

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has begged the people of Kaduna state not to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming elections billed in 2023.

El-Rufai argued that if voted PDP would drag Nigeria to the problems of yesterday.

He said the people should rally round and vote for the person he would anoint as the state Governor in 2023. The outspoken Governor advised the Kaduna people to trust him in his choice for them.

He alleged that if not for the recalcitrant attitude of former Senators Shehu Sani and Suleiman Hunkuyi, development in Kaduna state would have surpassed the feat achieved by his administration which Kaduna people are now celebrating.

He singled out the just completed ultra modern Kawo bridge, saying credit should not be given to him alone but also to the lawmakers who assured the project had legislative backing ,and also to the people of Kaduna State who supported his administration.

According to him, Shehu Sani and Suleiman Hunkuyi’s action had retarded growth and development in the state ,pointing out that come 2023 ,people should be wary of who they vote to avoid bringing in elements that are enemies of Kaduna state who should be cursed.

” May Almighty Allah ‘s wrath befall them ,” El-Rufai prayed, amidst a thunderous Amen in the Ahmadu Bello Stadium’ Gymnasium Hall where hundreds of people had converged for the launching of the New Finance Function in the state.


Nigerian Senator Gbenga Aluko Slumps, Dies At 58

A former governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Senator Gbenga Aluko, is dead.

The politician was said to have passed away on Saturday after slumping in his office in Abuja.

He was subsequently taken to a hospital but it was already too late.

According to the report, one of Aluko’s aides told Radio Nigeria that Aluko was not sick and did not show any symptom of being ill prior to his death.

According to another source, the son of the late economist, Prof Sam Aluko had a heart attack.

Born on 20 July 1963, Gbenga Aluko was elected Senator for the Ekiti South constituency of Ekiti State at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He took office on 29 May 1999. He was there till 2003.

Aluko in 2018 unsuccessfully contested the governorship ticket on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State.


₦32 Billion Debt: I’m Waiting To Take Over GTBank — Innoson Vehicles Chairman, Innocent Chukwuma

Innocent Chukwuma, chairman, Innoson Group, says he is waiting to take over the assets of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) due to “non-payment of his N32 billion”.

Chukwuma, in an interview with journalists on Tuesday, said the money owed him by the bank would soon surpass their capacity.

“I will run it better than them. If they cannot pay me, I have no choice but to take over the management.”