Saturday, March 20, 2021

Paris enters new month-long partial lockdown amid soaring Covid-19 cases

A third of France's population was under a new partial lockdown Saturday to stop the spread of Covid-19, as some European countries resumed AstraZeneca vaccinations following an all-clear from EU regulators and the WHO. 

The pandemic is still speeding up worldwide, with the number of new global coronavirus infections rising by 14 percent over the last week compared to the previous week, according to AFP data. 

Fighting to prevent yet another wave of the virus, several countries in Europe went back into partial lockdown on Saturday -- with Poland, parts of Ukraine and some French regions all waking up to tight new restrictions. 

Parisians packed trains leaving the capital and crammed into shops ahead of the new restrictions coming into force, which will apply to Paris and several other regions for a month.

''Nigerians to get NDLEA drug-free certificates before marriage''

Buba Marwa, the chairman of Nigerian drugs enforcement office NDLEA, has said young Nigerians would soon be required to certify themselves free from illicit drugs before they could get married.

Mr Marwa says parents will be asked to list drug-free documents as part of requirements for approving their children’s marriage.

Mr Marwa made the disclosure in Ado-Ekiti at a colloquium tagged: “Walk Away from Drugs’’, a programme organised by Ekiti Ministry of Justice He described the menace of drug use in the country as “worrisome’’.

“In Nigeria today, there is no challenge that is more worrisome than drug abuse.

I don't think I want to give birth to a child, my vagina won't go through that mess - Married Shade Ladipo says

Married Media Personality, Shade Ladipo has said she is not ready to give birth to a child by herself.

She said she loves babies, and she is great with them, but she sees no reason why her vagina or body should go through that ''mess''.

The media personality dropped this on her insta-story.

See it below for yourself.

INEC halts Ekiti East bye-election; 3 voters killed

Political thugs opened fire during a local by-election in Ekiti on Saturday, leading to the death of three voters and left a policewoman critically injured.

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Tella Adeniran, confirmed the incident.

Adeniran said the election was peaceful until arm-wielding hoodlums stormed two polling units of ward 009 unit 008 and 009 and started shooting sporadically.

This development led to the suspension of the bye-election to fill the vacant seat of Ekiti East Constituency 1 in the State House of Assembly.

Lady demands N5bn compensation over father’s killing at El-Zakzaky’s protest

20-year-old woman, Fatima Kabiru-Ahmed, has sued the Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and others, demanding N5 billion compensation over the alleged killing of her father.

In a fundamental rights enforcement suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/364/2021 filed by her lawyer, Bala Dakum, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the woman said the killing of her father, Mr Kabiru, by the police amounted to gross violation of his rights as enshrined in 1999 Constitution.

Also joined in the suit dated and filed on March 16 as second to fourth respondents respectively is the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Bala Ciroma; the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and Medical Director, Wuse District Hospital.

Just In: Gunmen abduct Oba Alade Meta of Imope land

A traditional ruler, Oba Tajudeen Omotayo, the Oba Alade Meta of  Imope land, a community in Ijebu Igbo area of Ogun State was on Saturday abducted by some yet to be identified gunmen.

Available details of the circumstances in which the traditional was abducted are still sketchy.

But sources from the town said the Oba left his palace around 11 am in his butter colored special utility vehicle with plate number W 3J9 Ogun for Ijebu-Ode.

And on his way back home around 3:00pm, the unknown gun men accosted him at Okeeri of area of Imope and took him away leaving his vehicle on the road.

Governor Ortom confirms herdsmen attack on his convoy

Governor Samuel Ortom on Saturday said herdsmen attacked him on his farm near Tyo-mu, along Makurdi-Gboko Highway.

Mr Ortom said during a press briefing at the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi shortly after the attack that he was inspecting the farm when herders ambushed him and his security personnel, opening heavy fire.

The governor quickly linked the attack to the anti-open grazing policy of the state, saying a law that was adopted in 2018 against nomadic grazing will not be repealed because it has been popular amongst residents.

Last month, authorities in Benue impounded 210 cows from Fulani herders who had violated the state Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of 2017. The cattle were later released after owners reportedly paid N5 million in fines.

White house speaks after Joe Biden ''fall''

The White House has said that President Joe Biden is 100 percent fine after he tripped while walking up the stairs to board Air Force One on Friday.

Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary said this while speaking to journalists.

Biden stumbled as he climbed the plane’s steps.

He appeared to fall initially, got up and tripped a second time.

He struggled to get up the second time for a brief moment, before making it up, turning to wave at the top of the steps before entering the plane.

Arsenal block Thomas Partey from playing for Ghana

Arsenal FC have blocked their midfielder Thomas Partey from joining the Black Stars due to coronavirus quarantine rules.

The Black Stars are set to play South Africa and Sao Tome in their African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The £45m Arsenal signing is not the only star missing in Ghana’s squad.

Crystal Palace and Championship outfit Swansea City have also blocked brothers Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew from linking up with their Ghaaian team-mates.

Denmark reports two cases of serious illness, including one death, after AstraZeneca shot

Denmark said on Saturday that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.

The two, both hospital staff members, had received the AstraZeneca vaccine less than 14 days before getting ill, the authority that runs public hospitals in Copenhagen said.

The Danish Medicines Agency confirmed it had received two “serious reports”, without giving further details.

There were no details of when the hospital staff got ill.

Nigeria drops in UN-backed world happiness ranking

Nigeria has been ranked the 116th happiest place in the world, a spot lower than its position last year, indicating the country’s declining perception on key indicators.

The United Nations-sponsored 2021 World Happiness Report ranked Finland as the happiest country in the world, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, and the Netherlands.

The countries regarded as the most unhappy in the world were Afghanistan, followed by Lesotho, Botswana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.

The top 10 countries are in the EU, except New Zealand that took the ninth position. The United States ranked 19th while Mauritius was ranked as the happiest African nation at 50th position.

Yoruba Nation: Alake of Egbaland tells Sunday Igboho, we can't let that happen

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has called on Sunday Igboho to shelve plans of declaring an Independent Yoruba nation.

The first class Yoruba monarch said he opposes the declaration of Yoruba nation and South-West secession from Nigeria.

Oba Adedotun, a retired Brigadier-general, said Nigeria cannot afford to go through another civil war.

He stressed that no country in the world will be willing to have over 250 million Nigerians as refugees.

''Yooo Crazy'' - Mayorkun reacts to lady tattooing his face on her baby bump

Mayorkun has reacted to the viral video and photos of a lady who tattooed his face on her baby bump.

The videos and photos of the lady and her bump had trended this week.

Mayorkun while reacting shared a photo of the lady and wrote; “Yooo! Crazzyyy.”

Screenshot below...

Breaking! Ortom escapes death as suspected armed herders open fire on his convoy

Governor Ortom of Benue State this morning narrowly escaped death after suspected armed herders reportedly opened fire on his convoy at Tyo-Mu community in the outskirts of Makurdi town, along Makurdi-Gboko road.

The Governor is expected to address the media on the development shortly.

Video: Gas explosion rocks Alapere, building destroyed

A one storey building has been destroyed at Alapere area of Ketu, Lagos, after a gas explosion rocked the building.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, arrived the scene of the incident at No 44 Moses Street, Oshogun, Alapere, Lagos for rescue operation.

Director General, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said on arrival at the scene, it was discovered that the storey building was in a state of collapse with several visible cracks on load bearing walls

He said initial investigation suggested that that a gas cylinder explosion triggered the incident.

You remain deregistered, INEC tells 74 political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that none of the 74 parties deregistered last year would participate in the electoral process until the Supreme Court decides otherwise.

It said it would continue to recognise and allow only the 18 registered parties to nominate and contest elections in the country.

The commission, against the backdrop of legal suits filed against it by the 74 political parties, said on Friday, that its decision to strike them out remained intact until the Supreme Court decided otherwise.

“The Commission will continue to recognise and deal with only the 18 registered political parties pending the final resolution and determination of the various appeals filed and pending before the Supreme Court.

I was shocked at rumour I married Pasuma –Jaiye Kuti

Actress, Jaiye Kuti, has said that she was shocked when she heard rumours that she got married to popular fuji artiste, Wasiu Alabi, aka Pasuma.

Kuti made this known as a guest at Inspire Nigeria Summit, a virtual summit held to motivate young Nigerians.

Asked how she reacts to rumours being peddled about her, the actress said, “There was a time I shot a movie with Pasuma. We had a wedding (in the movie) and the pictures were out there. The next thing I saw in the press was that ‘Jaiye Kuti marries Pasuma’. 

Fani-Kayode never assaulted any of us, says family nurse

Favour Anthony, a nurse working for Femi Fani-Kayode, Ex-minister of aviation, has quashed allegations of assaults and s.e.x.ual harassment against him by Anthonia Uchenna, his former domestic staff.

Uchenna, who previously worked as a nanny with the ex-minister, had earlier alleged that Fani-Kayode once ordered his bodyguards to strip and flog her.

In a now-viral video, the lady had also claimed that the ex-minister s.e.x.ually assaulted her, adding that he usually threatens to beat her up each time she complained.

The nanny had claimed that other domestic staff of the former minister had similar experiences which forced some of them to resign at the time.

US rapper, Saweetie confirms split from Quavo

US rapper, Diamonté Quiava Valentin Harper popularly known as Saweetie has confirmed she broke up with rapper boyfriend Quavo of Migos.

Saweetie and Quavo unfollowed each other on Instagram, which led to speculations by fans that the couple have indeed broken up.

However, Saweetie yesterday, March 19, took to her Twitter to confirm the news and to put a stop to the rumors that were circulating about her and her ex-boyfriend.

The “My Type” rapper in her tweet, hinted that Quavo cheated on her with another woman.

We took to kidnapping for it’s easy way to make money –Suspected bandits

Two suspected bandits, Abdullahi Danshoho and Illiyasu Salleh, have owned up to their roles in the kidnapping of two patients and a nurse at a hospital in Nasarawa State.

The suspects and their gang members at large reportedly invaded Kunwarke Clinic and Maternity in Lafia, Nasarawa State, sometime in November 2020 and abducted two patients and a nurse.

They were alleged to have collected N6m ransom before freeing their victims.

Danshoho and Salleh were arrested recently by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team led by DCP Abba Kyari.

Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday parade cancelled for second year

The annual military parade in central London for Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday has been cancelled for a second year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Buckingham Palace said on Friday.

The “Trooping the Colour” event in June normally features hundreds of personnel from Britain’s most prestigious regiments for a centuries-old spectacle of pageantry in front of thousands of spectators.

Last year, because of the health crisis, it was switched to a low-key celebration in the grounds of Windsor Castle west of London, and the palace said the same was likely again.

“Following consultation with government and other relevant parties it has been agreed that the Queen’s official birthday parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, will not go ahead this year in its traditional form in central London,” a statement read.

Bandits kill 13, raze 56 houses in Kaduna

No fewer than 13 persons have been killed while seven others were injured in series of bandits’ attacks on communities in Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna State.

In one of the attacks on Kizachi village, Kauru LGA, 56 houses, 16 motorcycles and several barns were razed.

Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attacks in a statement yesterday, saying that seven people were injured in the attacks.

According to Aruwan, “thirteen people have been killed and seven others injured in series of attacks across communities in Zangon Kaaf, Kauru and Chikun local government areas.

Dino Melaye apologizes to God for supporting Buhari, calls his agenda “the greatest scam”

Former senator who represented the Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, has apologized to God for supporting President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Melaye, speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, also described Buhari’s agenda as the “greatest scam that came out of Africa”.

The former lawmaker insisted the Buhari administration has failed Nigerians in all aspects from security to economy and infrastructure.

“I apologise to God Almighty who is the Supreme Controller of the universe and to Nigerians for supporting Buhari.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Thank you for forgiving me - Excited Davido’s logistics manager, Isreal DMW tells DJ Cuppy [video]

Davido’s logistics manager, Isreal DMW has uploaded a 32-second video of himself thanking DJ Cuppy for dropping her lawsuit against him.

He promised not  to put his mouth in her matter again, or any other person for that matter.

Clad in a towel, he told Cuppy he is so happy she has forgiven him. 

Watch the video after the cut.

Fani-Kayode meets Yahaya Bello again [photos]

Femi Fani-Kayode has met with Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello again in Abuja.

The romance between the duo has gone a long way ever since it was rumoured that Fani-Kayode was on his way to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

At the meeting also was Senator Grace Bent. 

The meeting took place on Thursday.

Fani-Kayode said the meeting was to build bridges and that progress was being made.

Docs baffled as 25-year-old housewife starts crying blood on her period

Doctors were left stunned when a housewife on her period started crying tears of blood in an extremely rare medical anomaly.

The 25-year-old woman from Chandigarh, India, was diagnosed with haemolacria after seeking help for the condition at the city’s Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.

Haemolacria is a physical condition that causes a person to produce tears that are partially composed of blood.

The condition has been famous in movies such as Casino Royale with the James Bond villain, Le Chiffre, who wept blood from a damaged vessel in his left eye.

Kanu Nwankwo meets Governor Yahaya Bello [photos]

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has warmly received former Super Eagles Captain Nwankwo Kanu.

Kanu presented the Governor with a jersey with the name white lion emblazoned at the back, a football and his autograph.

Kanu was received by the Governor at his Abuja residence.

WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram all down

If you are having difficulty sending a message on Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, or running into problems signing into Instagram, you aren't alone: All three services seem to be down in what appears to be a widespread Facebook services outage. However, Facebook itself seems to still work.

Wale Adetona was one of the first people to talk about whatsapp been down on Twitter, as others including Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw said he was right and most of them can't even access Facebook and Instagram too.

It's happening with us here too, lol

Police arrest 28-year old Oshodi gay who assaulted man for refusing his advances

A 28-year-old gay Jane Otubo has been arrested by the Lagos Police Command for homos.e.x.uality.

Otubo, a male food seller who hails from Enugu State, was arrested by operatives attached to the Makinde Police Station in Oshodi.

The suspect was nabbed after attempting to forcefully have carnal knowledge of one Francis Azeez who had spent a week at his place.

Lagos State police command in a statement said:

Warder shot dead as gunmen open fire on Prison Officials as they convey suspects to court

A vehicle conveying some suspects to court was attacked in Ekwulobia area of Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State on Friday.

At least persons, including an official of the Nigerian Correctional Service, were reportedly shot dead in the attack which witnesses said happened around 11am.

Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer of Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Mr Francis Ekechukwu, said the command was devastated by the attack.

“You know these attacks have been on for sometime now, but we never envisaged it will get to us. Yes, there was an attack on our men, and two persons were killed. One of them is our staff, but the other is not.

''I hope we can work together '' - WHO chief tells Tanzania's new President as the former one never believed in Coronavirus

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has sent his congratulations to Tanzania's newly inaugurated president, saying he hopes they can work together to tackle coronavirus.

"I look forward to working with you to keep people safe from Covid-19, end the pandemic and achieve a healthier Tanzania. Together!" he tweeted.

Samia Suluhu Hassan has just been sworn-in as the East African nation's new leader - two days after the death of President John Magufuli.

The late president gained international notoriety last year for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Photos: Joe Biden tumbles on the steps of Air Force One

This is the moment, US President, Joe Biden fell on the stairs of Air Force One before flying to Georgia today.

The president was on his way to Atlanta to meet with Asian community leaders following the massage parlor shootings earlier this week before he fell three times.

Unfortunately, it has become major headlines, all over the world. 

More photos below...

Give PDP another chance, Bukola Saraki begs Nigerians

Former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has asked Nigerians to support the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to lead the country in 2023.

Saraki, who made the appeal while inaugurating some projects and programmes executed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said there are still remnant of PDP faithful who have capacity and integrity like Okowa.

He said Nigeria is currently in bad shape, with alarming cases of insecurity and economic challenges and therefore, urged the people to give PDP another chance to make the difference.

“It gives me great pleasure to be here and to be part of this inauguration. For four years in the Senate we sat next to each other and I worked very closely with you when we passed the National Health Bill; I am very pleased with your performance here in Delta.

In pictures: Swearing-in of Tanzania's first Female President

Tanzania has sworn in their forst ever Female President and we call this POWER.

The former Vice-President, Samia Suluhu Hassan looked solemn during proceedings that saw her make history to become Tanzania’s first female president.

The 61-year-old took her oath of office in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

The chief justice oversaw proceedings, which took place two days after the death in office of President John Magufuli.

Drama as Police legal officer tells panel that if he had slapped a petitioner 'he wouldn't have woken up for three days'

The Legal Officer of Nigerian Police, Mr Francis Osie on Friday at the sitting of Osun State Panel of Inquiry investigating police brutality and extrajudicial killings allegedly threatened to slap a petitioner’s lawyer, Barrister Kayode Adebisi.

The drama happened when the petitioner’s counsel, Barr Kayode Adebisi was cross-examining a police Inspector, named Muritala Alayande in a case where a businessman, Mr Paul Adeolu, alleged that police aided syndicates who defrauded him N36million to escape justice after being apprehended.

In the petition the businessman submitted before the panel, he alleged that the police collected money from those syndicates, arrested him and tortured him instead of helping him to pursue justice.

Breaking! Doyin Okupe joins 2023 Presidential race

A former aide of President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe has joined the 2023 Presidential race.

He declared this on his twitter page.

He promised to be a ONE TERM President while asking for the grace of God to fulfill this.

He states his mission will be to restructure, reset a new agenda for the nation and re-unite the country.

‘Stop snatching Toyin Abraham’s men’ – Fans attack Seyi Edun over new pose with Kolawole Ajeyemi

Nigerians have reprimanded Nollywood actress, Seyi Edun as they accuse her of snatching Toyin Abraham's husband after a poster of a new movie showing her and Toyin’s husband, Kolawole Ajeyemi surfaced on social media.

Seyi Edun and Kolawole Ajeyemi featured in the same Yoruba movie titled ‘Oko Pero’ and colleague actress, Laide Bakare shared the poster of the movie on her Instagram page.

Reacting to the post, some fans expressed their displeasure over the fact that Seyi Edun posed with Toyin Abraham’s husband after allegedly snatching Adeniyi Johnson from her to marry him.

One Ademi wrote “This is absolutely nonsense. Abeg oo. Make Dem no snatch husband again. Please respect our world best and pull this down right away. Mtcheeew”

Adorable new photo of Patoranking’s daughter, Wilmer

Cute...cute!

DJ Cuppy drops lawsuit against Davido’s aide

Singer and disc jockey DJ Cuppy has announced the discontinuation of her libel and defamation suit against an aide of music superstar Davido, Israel Afeare.

The 28-year-old announced this in a tweet on Friday.

She also advised other social media users to be sure of their facts before lending their voice on any topic.

She wrote: “Following the public apology of Isreal Afeare, I have decided to no longer proceed with the lawsuit and have instructed my lawyers accordingly.

27 year old nurse dies after AstraZeneca vaccination

A nurse was reportedly dead on Friday after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine in Georgia’s southwestern city of Akhaltsikhe on Thursday.

The 27-year-old nurse, Megi Bakradze, who developed an alleged anaphylactic reaction after receiving the first shot of the vaccine, died after being transported to a hospital in Tbilisi, local Interpressnews reported.

The report said four cities, Khelvachauri, Keda, Shuakhevi and Khulo in the western region of Adjara has suspended the vaccination process.

Earlier on Thursday, after assessing the case, Georgian Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze announced that Georgia will continue using the AstraZeneca vaccine despite the recent case of an alleged complication.

Champions League semi-final draws confirmed [Full fixtures]

The draw for the Champions League semi-finals have been conducted on Friday.

The winner of the Bayern Munich/Paris Saint-Germain quarter-final, will take on either Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund.

If Liverpool see off Real Madrid in their last-eight clash, they could set up an all-English semi-final with Chelsea, who have to overcome FC Porto.

The quarter-final ties will be played on April 6 and 7 & April 13 and 14.

Forbes breaks silence... says Kanye West not the richest black man in America

The global media company and American business magazine, Forbes, has frowned at reports that American rapper, Kanye West is the richest black American.

Forbes focuses mainly on listing and ranking in business, investment, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and marketing.

The magazine took to its official Twitter account @forbes on Friday, saying, “No, Kanye West is not the richest black American. On Wednesday, multiple outlets reported that Kanye West is the richest black person in America, worth as much as $6.6 billion.”

The news surfaced after Bloomberg reported that West’s sneaker brand, Yeezy, and Yeezy Gap, which had yet to sell one stitch of clothing, had a combined value of as much as $4.7 billion.

Footballer, Victor Moses and wife welcome 3rd child [photo]

Nigerian footballer, Victor Moses has welcomed his 3rd child with his wife, Josephine.

The 30-year-old winger, who plays for Russian club Spartak Moscow on loan took to Instagram to announce the birth of his newborn child with an adorable photo of him.

The couple who got married in 2017, have two children, Brentley, a boy, and a daughter, Nyah.

Moment Governor Wike and Okorocha stole the show at a gathering with their dance steps

Governor Nyesom Wike and Senator Rochas Okorocha were spotted at a political gathering recently dancing and cheering.

It was a popular song from a Nigerian singer, but politicians loved and sang and cheered on to it.

Others watched as their leaders entertained them. 

Watch the video below