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Why I failed at my nightclub business - AY Comedian reveals




While some celebrities find it difficult to share stories about their failures, others see it as a way to inspire their fans.

In light of this, ace comedian and actor, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY Comedian, has opened up about his failed nightclub, MVP Lagos.

Speaking during an Instagram live interview monitored by SUNDAY SCOOP, the comedian stated, “I once entered a business that I did not understand. I am very open, there is nothing to hide. There was a time I opened a nightclub. I opened a nightclub with the thought that ‘My name is AY’, I do shows at Eko Hotel, six thousand people attend. If I do my show in Abuja, thousands of people will also come.
 So I asked myself if I open a beer parlour, will I not be able to gather two hundred people in a weekend? I did not understand that it’s a different calling. That I can gather six thousand people at Eko Hotel does not mean I have the capacity to gather two hundred people on a Friday night.”

Speaking further, the filmmaker also noted that the lesson he learnt from his experience was that every individual should know their strength.

He added, “Because I did not understand how the Friday night business works, it was a fundamental failure; money was lost. What is the message here? I also have two of my friends who were solid in the nightlife business. They decided to have a show at Eko Hotel. It was a disaster. The message here is for everyone to know their strength. Know where you can function, know what you can handle.”

AY also urged young people not to always focus on what they could get when they meet someone who could help them.

He added, “You give someone your number, two days later the person has a house rent problem. You lose people like that when the relationship is all about how to milk them. You just want to go there with a bucket and begin to fetch from that well.” Punchng
00:58

Your fighter jets will be used to collapse Nigeria – Rev Mbaka warns Buhari




The Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that the fighter jets he is purchasing will be used to destroy the country.

The cleric stated this during a sermon at his church on Sunday.

According to Mbaka, Buhari should rather focus on building more industries
“The jets you are buying are going to be used to collapse Nigeria.

“Please, the first person to meet President Buhari after this message, should tell him that all these jets he is buying will be used to destroy Nigeria.
“God told me to tell him that,” he said.

“Let him stop buying more jets and begin to build more industries.”

Buhari, speaking last week, confirmed that “we have received new equipment in our fight against any form of insecurity from our friendly countries.”
“These assets will be deployed to accelerate the fight against insecurity in all parts of the country,” he added. Dailypost

00:58

‘It was a good reaction’ – Rohr relieved after Nigeria win




Coach Gernot Rohr hailed Nigeria’s 2-0 victory over the Central African Republic in Sunday’s 2022 World Cup qualification match, stating that it was “a good reaction” from his men.

The Super Eagles fell to a 1-0 loss at home to the Wild Beasts in the reverse fixture on Thursday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, a first defeat in World Cup qualifiers since June 19, 2004, against Angola.

But on Sunday, they avenged that setback against Raoul Savoy’s men, with Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen finding the net at the Japoma Stadium, Cameroon.

Balogun put the 2013 African kings ahead in the 29th minute before the Napoli star doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time, having been teed up by William Troost-Ekong.

After the final whistle, Rohr was full of praise for his team, while expressing relief that his men were able to come away with a victory.

“It was a good reaction from my team, we lost the other day – very unlucky at the very last minute,” the German tactician told NFF media.

“Everybody wanted to take revenge and they did it very well although we could not score a third or fourth goal.

“We changed the system and played three [defenders] at the back which helped us as well as the leadership of [Ahmed] Musa to win this game.
“It is not easy to play the Central African Republic. They committed a lot of fouls but fortunately, we didn’t have any big injuries.

“Now we can prepare for the next game in November and hope that everything would be fine at the end of the day.”

Thanks to this win, Nigeria remain at the summit of Group C with nine points from four matches.

They are guests of Liberia on November 11 and victory over the Lone Star will hand Nigeria a place in the third round – where Africa’s five representatives to Qatar will be decided.

The Super Eagles’ last participation at the global football showpiece was in 2018 (Russia). There, they crashed out in the first round after failing to qualify from Group D that also included Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Thenationonlineng
00:58

I have nothing against Tinubu’s presidential ambition — Shina Peller




The lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/ Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency of Oyo State, Mr Shina Peller, says he has nothing against the presidential ambition of the All Progressives Congress leader, Bola Tinubu, contrary reports in some quarters.

He made the clarification in a statement on Sunday while reacting to news reports quoting him as saying that Tinubu should not be anointed president ahead of the 2023 election.

“My attention has been drawn to the news on blogs quoting me to have said that the APC Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu should not be anointed as next president. Sadly, it is a misrepresentation of what I said. To set the record straight, I have nothing against our leader or his presidential ambition. I have enjoyed a father and son relationship with him for years, and it remains so,” Peller stated.

Explaining further, the Club Quillox boss said he only insisted on a fair and transparent process of picking leaders.

He said, “I commented on the age-long political style of forcing candidates down the throats of the citizens, without thinking of the principles of equity, equality and fairness.

“I stated that the rest of the world is leaving Nigeria behind in terms of rapid growth and development and only through strong institutions, can we collectively make just decisions for visible progress in the country, especially in our electioneering process.

“The next general election is a reset period for our dear country. We must get it right! Our collective decision must be based on promoting peace and unity.” Punchng
00:55

BBNaija: Many women currently asking me out – Whitemoney




Winner of theBig Brother Naija ‘shine your eye’ edition, Hazel Onou, popularly known as Whitemoney has said that many women are currently pressuring him for a relationship.

Whitemoney who said this during his media rounds lamented his current situation, adding that at this point he is willing to love if it’s available at the market.

“My singleness is now worse because many women are now telling me “oh Whitemoney you know I was there for you when you had nothing.”
“With the way things are currently, am ready to buy love if I see anyone in the market.

“I have been single since 2015 and I haven’t had any serious relationship or girlfriend since then.

“My stay at the Big Brother house helped to learn how to know and talk to women better,” he said. Dailypost
00:55

Man arrested for defiling neighbour’s 13-year-old daughter in Lagos




The Police Command in Lagos has arrested a 32-year-old man in Lagos for allegedly defiling his neighbour’s 13-year-old daughter.

The states Police spokesman, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu who made this known in a statement on Sunday said the suspect was arrested after allegedly committing the offence on Sept. 20.

Ajisebutu said the incident occurred after the suspect’s wife went to a vigil in one of the churches in the neighborhood.

“The victim’s mother had kept her in the custody of the suspect’s wife when she travelled out of town for three weeks.

“According to the victim’s mother when she returned from the journey, the victim reported to her that she was defiled by the suspect.

“However, during interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime while pleading for mercy,’’ CSP Ajisebutu said.

He said the victim had since been taken to the hospital for medical care.

“The case has also been transferred to the Gender Unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, for investigation and prosecution on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu,” he added. Dailypost
00:54

WHO, UNICEF alert to worsening mental ill-health in Africa




The World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), yesterday, on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day (WMHD) alerted to aggravating risks for mental ill-health in Africa.

They said at least one in seven children in Sub-Saharan Africa experiences significant psychological hardship, stressing the need for increased investment and access prevention and response services on the continent.

WHO and UNICEF said kids and adolescents were predisposed to mental health problems, especially vulnerable children facing poverty, discrimination and violence.

They observed that lack of basic social, health and education services, combined with wide-reaching structural inequalities, was worsening the situation.

Both global agencies said the effects of climate change, compounded by high rates of HIV infection, adolescent pregnancies and humanitarian emergencies, were ongoing threats to mental wellbeing of children and adolescents in Africa.

Research showed that 50 per cent of mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75 per cent by mid-20s. UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Mohamed M. Fall, said: “Addressing child and adolescent mental health in Africa is urgent. Over the years, millions of young people have been exposed to challenges most adults would find very difficult to cope with, often having to deal with the psychological impacts on their own. Our systems are still failing them.”

To respond to the growing crisis, UNICEF and the WHO committed to a 10-year Joint Programme on Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being and Development of Children and Adolescents in Africa. Signed in 2020, the decade-long collaborative effort is working with local governments to strengthen mental health and psychosocial support systems for children, adolescents and their caregivers. This would also help bring mental health into national preparedness efforts and take away any stigma that might come with mental health issues.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, submitted: “Investment in mental health remains extremely low in Africa, with government expenditure at less than one U.S. dollar per capita. We simply cannot afford to let millions of children, needing care, go without help.

“It is time to make a difference and ensure that children grow into adulthood free of the potentially lifelong and devastating impacts of unaddressed mental health challenges.” Theguardianng
00:50

Nine killed, 15 injured in Oyo accident, child rescued unhurt




Nine persons have been killed in an road accident on the Moniya-Ibadan Road, Oyo State.

No fewer than 15 persons were also injured in the accident, while a male child was reportedly rescued from the wreckage without any injury.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the accident, which happened on Saturday, involved two passenger buses, which collided at a sharp bend around the Muslim Burial Ground on the outskirts of Iseyin town.

Residents of Iseyin said some of the injured victims suffered broken limbs and there were reports that some of the victims were members of the same church who were returning from a ceremony in the Saki area.

Some residents were said to have trooped to the morgue and the hospital where the victims were admitted to identify their relatives.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Oyo State, Uche Chukwurah, said nine persons died in the crash.

She said, “Nine persons were killed in the crash and 15 persons were injured. Two buses were involved and the cause could be speeding or a burst tyre. But a male child was rescued without any injury. That can only be God.”

The FRSC boss warned motorists against speeding and urged them to always make sure that their vehicles were in good conditions before putting them on the road.

The Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abduganiy Salawudeen, appealed to motorists and commercial drivers to always exercise patience while driving.

The National President, Iseyin Development Union, Alhaji Bayo Raji, in a statement on Sunday, said many lives had been lost in accidents on the newly reconstructed Moniya-Iseyin Road.

He urged the state governor to call the road contractor to put speed humps at “critical points along the road.”

A member of the Oyo State House of Assembly representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju State Constituency, Dele Adeola, also called for the immediate construction of road signals and humps to guide users of the road. Punchng
00:50

‘ACJ law empowers judges to compensate victims of crime injuries’




The Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Law (ACJL) 2021 has empowered trial judges to award compensation to victims of crimes who suffer injuries as a result of an action of a guilty defendant.

The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on some unique features of the ACJL, signed into law recently by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

According to Onigbanjo, Section 372 of the law gave power to judges to award commensurate compensation in criminal cases, where victims have suffered losses or injuries unlike in the past where this only applies to people who have suffered financial losses.

He said: “Section 372 gave power to the judges to award compensation in criminal cases where victims have suffered losses or injuries. The judge also has the power to forfeit the property of the guilty defendants or any other person or state and order them to be sold to compensate the victims of crimes.
“So, it no longer applies to people who suffered financial damages but also to people who suffer injuries by the action relating to that crime.

“In doing so, the court in considering the award of compensation to the victim may call for additional evidence to enable it determine the quantum of compensation to award.”

Onigbanjo also revealed that Section 370 of the ACJL mandated the state to establish a crime data register. He said the data register would be an electronic repository of information on suspects and offenders either convicted or awaiting trial who pass through the criminal justice system from the point of arrest through prosecution and until the judgment is delivered.

Onigbanjo further stated that the register would also serve as a criminal records database and organisations in the state may apply to obtain criminal records, particularly for sex offenders.

“It will also assist the police in the investigation of crime as sufficient information on all convicted persons would be available, which should make it easy to identify convicts in subsequent proceedings,” he added.

The attorney-general also cited Section 298, which empowers the court to make an order of interim forfeiture of property before the commencement or conclusion of a trial where there is reasonable ground to believe such property has been used or provided for the commission of the offence charged.

He noted that the section also empowers the court to make an interim order to freeze monies in such account where there is reason to believe that monies in an account are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of illegal or unlawful transaction and will not be available during and after the trial. Theguardianng
00:50

Students’ merciless beating: Kwara orders Arabic school head’s suspension, raises panel




The Kwara State Government on Sunday said it had directed that an investigative committee be set up to probe the management of Misbaudeen al islamiy Arabic School, Ganmo, in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Some students of the school were seen in a video footage being punished for alleged conducts conceived to be contrary to the rules of the school.

The government also asked the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, to step aside pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Some male and female students of the school were seen in the trending video being beaten for  going to a “Club House” to celebrate the birthday of one of their mates, as well as engaging in the drinking of alcohol, contrary to Islamic injunction.

 But the state government in a statement by the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, said a delegation had visited the school, while

the affected students had also been taken to a public hospital for treatment.
The statement reads partly, “The team comprised the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu; Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion (Islam) Alhaji Danmaigoro; Dr Saudat AbduBaqi of the University of Ilorin; Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe of Kwara State University; and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye.

“The team was joined by the Divisional Police Officer Ganmo, SP Oko Nkama; and a representative of the NSCDC DSC Parati AbdulHameed.

“The government’s team listened to the authorities of the Arabic school, the father of the sole girl in the video, and four other students involved in the unsavoury development.

“Regardless of the explanations of the authorities on the development, the self-confessed consent of the parents and regret of the affected students, the government seriously frowns at the harsh beating seen in the footage.

“Consequently, the government has directed the setting up of an investigative committee, comprising Muslim scholars, leaders and government officials, to look into the issue while the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, has been asked to step aside pending the conclusion of the investigation.

“The government has also taken the affected students to a public hospital for proper medical examination and treatment. This is to ensure that none of them suffers any physical or psychological damage.” Punchng

04:20

Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Champions League record against Villarreal




Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, has surpassed Iker Casillas’ appearance record in the Champions League.


The 36-year-old was selected from the start by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the visit of Villarreal on Wednesday night.


In doing so, Ronaldo made his 178th appearance in the competition, moving ahead of former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Casillas.

Ronaldo had equalled Casillas’ record when he started in United’s 2-1 defeat at Young Boys.


Paco Alcacer opened the scoring for Villarreal at Old Trafford, before Alex Telles drilled in from distance to make it 1-1.

With seconds left in the game, Ronaldo popped up at the far post to snatch the winner. Dailypost

04:18

Major sues army, bank for N2bn over torture, frozen account




A military officer, Major Akeem Oseni, has sued the Nigerian Army for N2bn over the alleged torture he suffered for 10 months during his detention at the Military Police Headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.


During his detention at the facility, the Army allegedly subjected him to dehumanising treatments by chaining his hands and legs.


The embattled officer also joined in the suit the First City Monument Bank Plc for allegedly placing a post-no-debit on his account without a court order.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Akeem was held in the detention centre from February 11 to December 17, 2020 over the death of a junior colleague, Lance Corporal Benjamin Collins.


He was tried and jailed for 10 years by the court-martial; the sentence was also confirmed by the Army council.


Akeem was then transferred from the detention facility to the Kuje Custodial Centre.


His elder brother, Saheed, said the ruling had been appealed, adding that his brother was being unjustly punished.


According to him, Akeem’s ordeal started when a former Chief of Staff, Army Headquarters Garrison ordered him and three other officers to drill the late Collins for attempting a jailbreak.


He said, “My brother narrated all that transpired when I visited him at Kuje prison and it is quite unfortunate that he is suffering because he executed an order from a superior officer.


“Akeem and three other officers, (Major O.U. Osawe; Captain S. Amosu, and Lieutenant Dogary), were asked to drill a junior officer who attempted a jailbreak.


“My brother supervised as one of the officers drilled the lance corporal. Unfortunately, the guy got sick and was taken to a hospital where he died.

“He and the other officers were court-martialed and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment each. My brother is currently serving the term, but has since lodged an appeal against his conviction.”


Saheed, however, lamented that the other officers had been acquitted and freed by the Army.


“This is suspicious as we feel somebody somewhere is using influence to oppress my brother who, alongside the other freed officers, carried out an official duty that unfortunately led to the soldier’s death.


“Because of this incident, his wife and children were thrown into hardship as his FCMB account was placed on post-no-debit. My brother also said the Army ransacked his residence and carted away money and valuables worth millions of naira,” he added.


PUNCH Metro gathered that Akeem contracted a human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, who sued the Army and FCMB for N2bn damages.


One of the legal documents filed in court by Ozekhome read in part, “That the act of the 2nd respondent (First City Monument Bank Plc) placing the personal account of the applicant (Akeem Oseni) domiciled with FCMB, with account number: 2656152013, on a post-no-debit from February 2020, till date on the directives of the Nigerian Army, without a valid court order or affording him adequate time and facility to be heard is illegal, wrongful, unlawful and constitutes a blatant violation of the applicants’ fundamental rights to fair hearing.”


Reacting, the Army spokesman, Onyema Nwachukwu, said, “Major Akeem Oseni was court-martialed for the murder of a soldier. He even escaped from custody when he was arrested for the offence and was rearrested in Benin Republic.


“He was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by the court-martial and this was confirmed by the Army council last year. I understand he has appealed and the matter is in court. Hence, it will be sub judice to comment on the issue.  No one broke into his residence as falsely claimed and no money was carted away.”


The Head, Communications, FCMB, Adeola Adejokun, said the bank had yet to receive any court processes on the matter.   ,,  Punchng

04:16

EPL: Bonucci warns Man Utd players about Ronaldo’s influence




Juventus defender, Leonardo Bonucci, has warned Manchester United players that they should not fall into the trap of thinking Cristiano Ronaldo can win matches on his own.


According to him, Juve’s performances dipped as a result of that mindset.

Ronaldo left the Serie A champions to return to United this summer.

The 36-year-old has since netted four goals in four appearances for the Red Devils.


But Bonucci has warned United stars, admitting that some Juventus players got complacent because of Ronaldo.


He told The Athletic: “Cristiano’s presence had a big influence on us. Just training with him gave us something extra. But subconsciously, some players started to think his presence alone was enough to win games.


“We began to fall a little short in our daily work, the humility, the sacrifice, the desire to be there for your teammate day after day.


“But Cristiano needed the team as much as we needed him. It’s the team that lifts the individual even if the individual is the best player on the planet.” Dailypost

04:15

Journalist demands N20m compensation for EFCC house invasion




An Abia-based journalist, Norah Okafor, has dragged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before the Abia State High Court over an alleged invasion of her apartment on Ehimiri Housing Estate, in the Umuahia area of the state.


Okafor, in a Facebook post, had narrated how some masked operatives of the agency on September 23, 2021, allegedly invaded her apartment.


Okafor, who noted that the officers operated like burglars, explained that they jumped over the fence around 2am to gain access into the compound and broke the gate with an axe.


The journalist said the operatives assaulted her brothers and destroyed the property in the apartment.


Okafor subsequently sued the agency for violation of her fundamental human rights and demanded the sum of N20m for exemplary and general damages.

In the suit, she sought a declaration of the court that the invasion by the masked operatives while she was naked and asleep was unlawful, unconstitutional and an infringement on her rights to the dignity of the human person.


The journalist also demanded a written public apology for the anti-graft agency’s unlawful breach of her fundamental rights.


The grounds for the reliefs sought by the journalist read in part, “The torture, detention of the applicant by the respondents perpetrated on the 23rd day of September 2021, around 1.36am without any notice or invitation of the applicant by the respondent for any investigation violates the applicant’s right to dignity of the human person, personal liberty and freedom of movement as guaranteed by sections 34, 35, 37, and 41 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and Article 5,6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.” Punchng

03:55

Female soldier forced me to carry stones - Corps member




A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Ezeiruaku Ifeyinwa Fidelis, who was allegedly assaulted by a female Army officer of 13 Brigade Command Calabar, Lt. Chika Viola Anele, has explained what transpired between them.


The Army last week said it was embarrassed by the incident, and apologised for it.


Ezeiruaku was seen in a 32-second clip kneeling while the soldier, Anele, kept scooping what looked like dirty water and then pouring it all over her

The video ended with the soldier slapping the Corps member.


Explaining her ordeal in an interview with BBC Pidgin, obtained by The Nation stated that the female army officer mixed sand with water and poured the mixture on her because they had an argument over ‘small chops’.


She said: “The issue started when the Commander of the brigade at Army barracks hosted a competition so I was selected as an usher for guests.


“When I got there, I saw one of my friends, an officer that I played Ayo game with. As I was greeting him, Lieutenant Chika Anele came and shouted at me that I could not touch an officer who is in army uniform. As she said that to me, I drew back and returned to my duty post.


“On July 28, a message was sent via WhatsApp that Lieutenant Chika invited corps members to a meeting. I didn’t see the message initially but I went to the meeting and when I got there, she brought me out and said it was because of me she called the meeting and asked me to go and wear my NYSC uniform.

“When I got to my room, I saw that I was already menstruating and I needed to clean up so I could dress properly. As I was having my bath, she sent someone to come and check what I was doing, the person told her I was bathing.


“She called all the corps members and asked some to fetch water in a bucket and she took me to the backyard, back of the corps members’ lodge. She said I should do “press up, frog jump and all.”


“As I was doing the frog-jump, she asked me to kneel, then asked some corps members to bring stones and asked me to carry them on my head. She said it was when she saw tears dropping from my eyes that she would release me.” Thenationonlineng 

03:54

After 4-year hiatus, ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ returns with bigger paychecks




The show ran from October 8, 2004, until June 25, 2017, when it went on an indefinite break after its major sponsor, MTN, pulled out.


‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’, the highly acclaimed TV game show is making a comeback after a four-year hiatus.


Although no official date has been announced, the organisers have, however, disclosed that the grand prize is N20 million to be won weekly all year long.


The game show which was based on the original British version, known casually as “Millionaire” and popularly called “WWTBAM” in the literature space, aired for over 13 years.


It ran from October 8, 2004, until June 25, 2017, before it went on an indefinite break after its major sponsor, MTN, pulled out.


In the 13 memorable years, the show enthralled TV audiences, boasted of formidable participants with a deep wealth of knowledge. Aroma Ufodike, from Nnewi, Anambra State, appeared on the show on September 11, 2009, and won the coveted N10 million.


The Millionaire game show, which has an intricate set of rules, hosts a group of contestants in each episode in a preliminary round called “Fastest Finger First”; where all contenders for the whooping prize money are given a question and four answers by the host, which must then be placed within a particular order.


The contestant who answers correctly in the fastest time goes on to play the main game.


Once a contestant enters the main game, they are asked increasingly difficult general knowledge questions by the host, with each question featuring four possible answers, to which the contestant must give the correct answer.


Doing this wins the contestant certain amounts of money, as they advance in the game, hence increasing their prize fund.


During the game, the player has a set of lifelines that they may use only once to help them with a question, as well as two “safety nets”.


These lifelines are: ’50/50′, where the computer eliminates two random wrong options, leaving the right option and the other remaining wrong option; ‘Phone a Friend’, where the contestant has 30 seconds to call one of their friends, read the question and four possible options to the friend, who then has the remaining time to offer input.


There is ‘Ask the Audience’, where the audience use touchpads to designate what they believe the correct option to be and the percentage of the audience choosing each specific option is displayed to the contestant.


Speaking on the return of the show, Hakeem Condotti, CEO of BLK HUT media, the licensee and production house, stated that the wish of the organisers is to deliver creative, intelligent, and professional content that will show range and capacity.


Mr Condotti also disclosed that the production company is proud to bring “international quality content” for the viewing pleasure of Nigerians and described the return of the show as a part of “COVID-19 relief that we all need as a nation”.


Some of the past winners include Osazuwa Osahon Daniels – N5 million (2009), Aroma Ufodike Chimuanya – N10 million (2009), Babatunde Oni Oladipo – N5 million (2010), Nnaemeka Ubaekwena – N5 million (2012). Premiumtimesng

03:53

Senate asks Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists




The Senate has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits ravaging the North West and other parts of the country as terrorists.


The Upper Chamber also called on the President to declare known leaders of bandits in the country wanted and track them wherever they are for arrest and prosecution.


It also urged the President to direct the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently support all victims of banditry in Sokoto and other parts of the country.


These resolutions of the Senate followed its consideration of a motion titled: “Banditry in Sokoto State particularly Sokoto East Senatorial District” sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gobir. Thenationonlineng 

03:52

Suspected bandit identifies ward head, others as accomplices




A notorious bandit in Katsina police net has indicted a ward head and two other persons as his accomplices in perpetrating banditry attack in Tsafe Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State.


The arrested suspect identified the ward head (Mai Unguwa Zailani), Abdulkadir Kado, and one Bala Sani among his accomplices.


In the course of investigation, the 30-year-old notorious bandit, Jabiru Muhammed (aka DAN OGA) alleged that he works under the command of a notorious bandit he simply identified as “Chairman,” currently hibernating in Zamfara forest.


According to the Katsina police command, the suspect further revealed that he participated in the raid of Saburu village in Tsafe LGA where they kidnapped four children and were paid the sum of N2 million as ransom.


‘Dan Oga’ equally revealed how they broke into shops in Ungwar Dodo village in the same Tsafe LGA and carted away food stuffs among other items.


A statement signed by Police Public Relations Officer, S.P Gambo, “The Katsina Police Command has succeeded in arresting one Jabiru Muhammed alias “DAN OGA”, ‘m’ aged 30yrs of Sabaru village, Tsafe LGA, Zamfara state, a notorious armed bandit.


“In the course of investigation, suspect confessed to be under the control of one Chairman, a notorious bandit hibernating in Zamfara forest. He further confessed to have participated in the attack of Saburu village, Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State where four children were kidnapped and the sum of two million Naira (N2,000,000) was paid as ransom and also in the attacks on Unguwar Dodo village, of Tsafe LGA of Zamfara State where shops were broken and food items and other items were stolen.


“He mentioned the Ward Head, one Mai Unguwa Zailani, Abdulkadir Kado and Bala Sani among his accomplices. Investigation is ongoing,” SP. Gambo said.  Dailypost

03:50

I’ve lost count of people I have kidnapped, killed – Notorious bandit, Kutaku




The Katsina Police Command has recorded another breakthrough with the arrest of a bandit kingpin who confessed to have lost count of people he has killed or kidnapped.


50 years old Surajo Mamman, popularly known as ‘Kutaku’, said he is the second in command to Sani Muhidinge, a wanted notorious bandit on government watchlist hibernating in Rugu forest, between Katsina and Zamfara States.


The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP. Isah Gambo, paraded the notorious bandit alongside others before newsmen on Wednesday at the state police headquarters.


“I have been involved in kidnapping and other banditry related crimes for a very long time now. I cannot remember the exact number of people I have killed or kidnapped but they are many.


“Actually, I didn’t really see anything wrong with my involvement in the act until I was arrested. But my eyes are opened now.”


He further confessed to have participated in so many attacks, kidnapping and cattle rustling in villages at Dan Musa, Safana, Dutsinma and Batsari LGA of the state. Dailypost

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