BBNaija 2021: Funke Akindele, Toke Makinwa reveal favourite housemates

Nigerian celebrities, Funke Akindele and Toke Makinwa have revealed their favourite Season 6 BBNaija housemates.

About 22 housemates were introduced into the BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ house.

The housemates for the duration of 72 days would compete for the prize money worth N90m

Funke Akindele on her Instagram page on Sunday disclosed that she loves Liquorose and would be rooting for her this season.

Her post read: “I love her @Liquorose, I’m a huge fan of all her dance videos.

“Can’t wait for you to shine darling.”

On the other hand, Toke Makinwa on her Twitter page took interest in Peace who was the second female housemate introduced into the house.

Her tweet read: “I like Peace already, cute as a button, small but mighty love her vibe.” Dailypost


Africa: Physically challenged girl threatens suicide, says parents, clerics call her demon-possessed

A physically challenged girl, Florence Umukoro, has accused her parents of maltreatment after she became deaf and dumb.

Florence lives with her parents at their house in Ajah area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that after Florence’s condition was discovered in 2011, her life took a sad turn, as the Delta State indigene alleged that her parents and pastors said she was demon-possessed.

Instead of seeking medical intervention to improve her condition, the 23-year-old alleged, her parents stopped sponsoring her education and took her to various churches for deliverance.

Florence communicated with our correspondent through WhatsApp.

She said, “I have been hoping my life will change for the better, but things keep getting worse as time goes by. My family and relatives have disowned me; nobody cares about me. My parents have been helping my siblings with their schooling, but they have left me out of the picture.

“I have been labelled ‘possessed by a demon’ and it is breaking my heart. On April 27, 2021, my younger sister said I should prepare for a church programme that I would be attending with our mother, Mary, but I declined.

“Suddenly, my parents and older brother, Emmanuel, forcefully dragged me to a blue garment church owned by a prophetess. The prophetess told them to chain my hands and legs to prevent me from leaving.

“Then, they had their driver shave me and ordered my mother to bathe me. I pleaded for compassion and respect for my privacy, all to no avail. The prophetess stood behind me with a stick and threatened to beat me up if I revolted.

“Mother complied with her call to strip me naked. I felt so wounded in my spirit as they striped me of my dignity. I got reduced to an animal as I was kept in chains from Wednesday, April 28, to Saturday, May 1, 2021.”

Florence stated that her efforts to get help have proved abortive, adding that she was feeling suicidal because of “neglect and the inhumane conditions” her parents and pastors subjected her to.

She added, “They violated my rights and also spied on my life, thus making me feel like a symbol of evil; I’m heartbroken. I can’t go on this way anymore. I will do whatever it takes to free myself, even if it means committing suicide to end my pains.

“These seemingly unending years of religious and domestic persecution must end. Everything started when pastors told them that my hearing loss was spiritual. A relative, including other clerics, also said I was demonised.

“I opened up about my hearing issue in 2011 and they often beat and forcefully dragged me to deliverance programmes. They (parents) send my siblings to high school and university, but I am always sitting at home, doing nothing.

“I am telling others about my problem because I can’t cope with the stigma any more. I’m slowly getting out of the public eye as the humiliation and trauma become unbearable.

“All I need is for someone to help me get treatment for my health, so that I can find a job and leave this situation behind, rather than getting left behind while my siblings move on.”

When contacted, Florence’s father, John, said his daughter was under a spiritual attack.

He said, “If she says I am not taking care of her, maybe that is how she takes it. Actually, I am caring for her, but this thing is spiritual because she was not given birth to with that condition. It came suddenly and I believe it is a spiritual problem.

“Her mother took her to the General Hospital on the Island and they prescribed different drugs for her to be taking and after she finished taking the drugs, she should return for further examination. But when we got home, she threw away the medicine.

“Her behaviour became unbearable and I knew that it was not ordinary, so we resorted to spiritual prayers. We have been seeking spiritual help for over eight years. Anytime we seek help, she will run away. Immediately she sees a man of God, she will run away.

“I said she is experiencing spiritual attack, and not that she is a demon. But when she threw away her medicine, do you expect me to take her back to the same hospital? Hearing aid is what I am trying to get for her.” Punch


NPFL: Ahmed Rasheed score twice against Dakada FC as Katsina United go seven matches unbeaten

Katsina United have maintained their superlative performance with an early goal against visiting Dakada Football Club who came all the way from Akwa Ibom State on Match Day 35.

With Sunday’s encounter at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina, the home team has played seven matches at a stretch without losing any.

This feat some soccer fans in the state told DAILY POST is unprecedented in the history of the club as no past coach of the club can boast of such a record since the club was revamped in 2016.

Abdulrasheed Ahmed, the top striker of the host team, threw his teammates and fans into jubilation after scoring the opening goal from the 18 yard box, barely five minutes into the encounter.

The home team forward, Joseph Atule, 29th minutes into play in the first half, almost made it two for his team after maneuvering two defenders in the 18 yard box but was unlucky as his shot at the ball hit the goal post. The host team equally blew away other scoring opportunities in the first half

Similarly, the visiting team, Dakada FC made two attempts at scoring in the first half but were denied by the host team goal stopper, giving the host team a 1-0 lead at the end of first half.

Again, the Katsina United forward, Joseph Atule, 13 minutes into play in the second half failed to convert another opportunity for the home team as he fired the ball directly into the hands of the well positioned visiting team goal stopper.

The match continued with both sides failing to find the back of the net until the 79th minute, when Katsina United, top striker, Abdulrasheed Ahmed engaged the visiting team defenders in a hot chase to contest for the ball heading into their 18-yard box.

Abdulrasheed was able to put the ball over the head of the goalkeeper who also ran out to help his defenders salvage the situation before kicking the ball into the net to earn a brace and give his team a well deserved 2-0 win against the visiting Dakada FC.

The scenario infuriated Dakada coach, Umar Danlami Kwasao, who yelled at the referee for what was not so clear and was booked a yellow card for losing his cool and yelling at the referee.

Dakada FC coach after the encounter told newsmen that his boys gave a good account of themselves but expressed his dissatisfaction with the officiating of the match.

The Technical Adviser, Azeez Mohammed of Katsina United on his part said his team has regained their confidence and that explains why they could go seven matches unbeaten.

According to him, there is nothing wrong with officiating.

He further said that the officials are human and they also make mistakes.

“Both home and away, we have been picking points, if the officiating were bad, we may not have been able to pick points from the away matches.

“Sometimes emotions make us talk to the referee harshly but we have to understand that he is human too and he is not perfect.

“So, we need to continue to encourage them and learn to accept defeat also. That way we will help the league to grow better than this.”

Katsina United are currently occupying the 12th position on the NPFL league table with barely three matches left to play. Dailypost 


Ijanikin Cult Clash: Police Arrest 2, Recover Weapons

Police operatives attached to the Ijanikin Division of the Lagos State Police Command On 25th July 2021, at about 11am, arrested two (2) suspected cultists at the Oto Awori area of Lagos State.

The police operatives raced to the scene and arrested the two suspects while responding to a distress call from good samaritans that two groups of cultists were on rampage and attacking one another with dangerous weapons along Oto Awori Ijanikin Expressway by Ile Oba Bus Stop.

Due to the swift response of the police, normalcy was immediately restored to the area and no life was lost in the clash.

The suspected cultists arrested are Taiye Israel, m, and Isiaka Afeez, m. Items recovered from them include one axe, some cutlasses, assorted charms, and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the Command’s Strike Team, Ikeja, for proper investigation and possible arrest of other members of the gangs. He further directed the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ijanikin Division to step up his anti-crime strategies in curbing crimes and criminality, especially cultism, in his area of responsibility.

CP Hakeem Odumosu has also directed tactical Commanders and other special squads in the Command to immediately embark on a constant raid of black spots and criminal hideouts in the area as it is applicable to other parts of Lagos State, in compliance with the command’s zero tolerance for crimes and criminality, particularly cultism.

The Commissioner of Police, therefore, warned cultists, miscreants and those who have plans of causing unrest and engaging themselves in criminal acts in the state to steer clear of Lagos State as the command and other security agencies will not relent in their spirited efforts to sustain and improve on the present security and peace being enjoyed by residents of Lagos State. ChannelsTV


DR Congo army says 150 hostages freed from Islamist militia

The army in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Sunday its troops have freed over 150 people taken hostage by the ADF Islamist militia, blamed for thousands of deaths in the country’s east.

“The army was able to release more than 150 civilians: women, elderly people, children and young people,” said Jules Ngongo, spokesman for the army in Ituri province.

He said this was possible after the army’s offensives against ADF from July 18th to 20th in Boga and Tchabi in Irumu territory in the northeast.

Boga and Tchabi are some 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Bunia, the capital of Ituri province where rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have taken hold.

“These civilians were being held and used by ADF as human shields. Currently, they are going about their usual business freely,” Ngongo said.

At the end of May, authorities accused ADF rebels of killing at least 50 civilians in Boga and Tchabi, and attacking a refugee camp in Irumu.

A historically Ugandan Islamist group that the United States links with the so-called Islamic State, the ADF is the deadliest of scores of armed militias that roam the mineral-rich eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. AFP


In Abuja: FCT Minister told to suspend demolition of houses

The Public Complaints Commission (PCC) has called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello to suspend the continuous demolition of houses in the nation’s capital pending the investigation of the petition by the natives of Abuja.

The commission made the call following the recent demolition of structures at Iddo Sarki community along Airport Road and other parts of Abuja by the Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

This was disclosed on Sunday by the FCT Commissioner, Dalhatu Ezekiel while addressing journalists in Abuja following a petition by the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Associations.

The petition alleged that the FCT Administration has engaged in an indiscriminate demolition of houses in the territory.

The petition read, “We have found it pertinent to bring to your notice again the undemocratic behaviour of some agents of the Federal Capital Territory Administration through the Department of Development Control.

“It is disheartening that only these communities namely; Ido, Ido Sarki, Kpakuru, Tunga Maje have trended in our petitions in the last two years against the government’s incessant high-handedness to FCT natives.

“Herein, we diligently submit that the Development Control of FCTA is unjustly and indiscriminately demolishing the abodes of FCT natives under the guise of non-allocation of the land to the communities even though it is a case of ancestral settlement.

“The same Development Control that does not see the massive illegal structural development by the Nigerian military on the communities unallocated lands as proclaimed by the Minister of FCT.

“We, therefore, believe this action of Development Control is illegal and being perpetrated by some rogue officers in the department. Also, we use this opportunity to call the attention of the Honourable Minister of FCT through the FCT Public Complaints Commission to intervene and forestall any possible breakdown of law and order for the benefit of the FCT.”

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Dalhatu Ezekiel urged the Minister to follow due process and engage the stakeholders on the exercise.

He added that the commission is empowered by the constitution to direct any security agencies and government officials to stop action on any issues brought before it to resolve it amicably.

According to him, “As a commission that is empowered by the constitution to act swiftly on any complaint that is tabled before us to resolve them and to have a common ground without prejudice or being sentimental, we will give the FCT the opportunity to respond to some of these petitions raised by the natives and residents of Iddo Sarki.

“To the fact that their homes have been demolished without due process and stakeholders engagement, we urge FCT Administration to hold further proceedings hence have the weighty petition to stay action on the demolition to enable us to find a way to resolve it.”

“We want a situation where the FCT Administration will engage the stakeholders from traditional rulers, AMAC Chairman, House of Representatives members, Senators and others with a view to resolving this matter in a way that will have a human face because we are in a democracy and these people are your citizens”. Dailypost 


FG gives new deadline for NIN-SIM verification

The Federal Government has again extended the deadline for Nation Identification Number, NIN linkage to SIM data to October 31, 2021.

This was disclosed in a joint statement issued by The Director, Public Affairs Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde; and the Head, Corporate Communications, Nigeria Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke.

The statement reads in part, “The Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for NIN-SIM data verification to October 31, 2021.

“The decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hard-to-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora and address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics.

“It also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicated significant progress hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country.

“As of July 24th, 2021, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM.

“The administration of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has approved the extension as part of efforts to make it easier for its citizens within and outside the country, and legal residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension”. Dailypost 



As Muslims across the world mark Eid-el Kabir, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has harped on peace and unity amongst Nigerians. 

Governor Sani Bello disclosed this after observing two Rakat eid pray along with other Muslims faithful at the Minna Eid Ground. 

He called on Nigerians to pray fervently for peace and especially for the security agencies so that they restore normalcy to the country. 

According to him, most parts of Nigeria is being bedevilled and remained optimistic that Almighty Allah will bring peace back to the Nation. 

The governor congratulated Muslim Ummah and Nigerians for observing a peaceful celebration, praying that Allah rewards all accordingly. 

Earlier, former head of state, Gen Abdulsalami A. Abubakar while congratulating Muslims on the occasion pray to Allah to touch the minds of bandits and kidnappers to desist from their ungodly acts. 

Gen Abubakar prayed for peace and tranquillity in the country. 

Other personalities that were are the Eid Prayer included the state Deputy Governor, Alh Ahmed Muhammad Ketso, Secretary to the State Governor, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, former state governor,  Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, Emir of Minna, Alh. (Dr.) Umar Farouq Bahago, some members of the state executive council members, top government functionaries among others.
Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque, Mallam Ibrahim Isah Fari led the Eid prayers and thereafter preached the sermon. 

In the spirit of the celebration, Governor Sani Bello in the company of Gen Abdusalami and others paid a Sallahvisitt to the former head of state, Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida at his Hiltop Residence. 

Mary Noel-Berje, 
Chief Press Secretary to 
the Niger State Governor


Activist Sunday Igboho reportedly arrested in Cotonou

The Yoruba nation freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho has been arrested in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

DAILY POST gathered that he was nabbed by security forces at an airport in Cotonou, Benin Republic on Monday night.

Recall that Igboho was recently declared wanted by the Department of State Services, DSS, over alleged activities threatening the corporate existence of the country.

The Yoruba Nation agitator, according to a source intended to fly out through the West African neighbouring country before he was intercepted. ”He intended to travel to Germany,” the source further revealed. Dailypost 


WeChat fraud: Man to wash toilet in Abuja for 60 days

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has sentenced one Innocent Destiny to wash Mpape Park Toilet in Abuja for 60 days for attempting to cheat clients on the messaging platform known as WeChat.

Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya gave the sentence on Monday, stating that the non-custodial sentencing will help with the decongestion of the courts.

Destiny had been charged before the court for parading himself as a female by the name Kim Webber. While at it, he was alleged to induced male users of the platform in order to defraud them of their money.

The counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ijeabalum Diribe, had argued that the act violated section 322 of the penal code.

Consequently, Diribe urged the court to convict and sentence Destiny according to the terms of the plea bargain entered on June 22, which stated that upon conviction the defendant would spend a month in prison or pay a fine of N100,000.

However, counsel to the defendant, Holy Nuhu prayed the court to temper justice with mercy considering that the defendant was young and a first-time offender with no criminal record. Punch


High Court Orders EFCC to Seize Nora Johnson’s Assets

A Federal High Court, Hon. Justice A. Lewis Allagoa of Lagos Division, has ordered the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) to take possession of all property owned by Ms Nora Johnson.

The anti-graft agency had received a petition over some infractions allegedly committed by Ms. Johnson in her former office.

It was learnt that Ms. Johnson was accused of over-invoicing on purchase of vehicles, inflating air ticket fares and more, and the amount in local and foreign currencies were in excess of N1 billion. This then prompted the interim forfeiture of some properties and bank accounts on the order of Justice A.M. Liman on February 16, 2021, following an application on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria by the EFCC.

However, on March 21, 2021, Ms Johnson and the other Respondents in the suit: Babajide Aremu Johnson, Olabose Ibrahim Falobi, Steve Nnamdi Izebu, Steve Ibem and Bakoliza Limited, went to court to suspend or stay execution on Justice Liman’s order.

They had sought an order to discharge the interim order of forfeiture of assets, an order discharging the final forfeiture, and any other orders as deemed fit by the court.

In his judgement, after hearing J.O. Adeyemi Counsel for the Applicant/Respondent and V.C. Nwokafor Counsel for the 1st, 2nd and 6th Respondent/Applicants, Justice Allagoa ordered that the motion of Ms. Johnson and the other Respondents dated March 12, 2021, is “hereby set aside”.

The judgement delivered on July 15, 2021 stated further: “That the order of Justice Liman stands in all its ramifications”, and “That the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are entitled to take possession of all that property subject of the Order of my Lord A.M. Liman on 16th day of February, 2021”.

Ms Johnson then released a video which went viral, where she was seen wailing, gnashing her teeth, and making wild allegations against her former employers. Those who are aware of this unfortunate incident, believe that Ms Johnson’s display in the video was simply a calculated, underhand attempt to blackmail her former employers and garner sympathy for herself in the court of public opinion, on account of her melodramatic display which was nothing more than a last ditch attempt to escape liability, and prevent the Federal Government from taking possession of her assets purportedly acquired from the proceeds of fraud perpetrated against her former office, as was ordered by the court.

EFCC sources say her fellow conspirators have refunded over N400 million of the money allegedly misappropriated, proof of a prima facie case against her.

Discerning members of the public are therefore, wondering why she won’t prove her innocence in court, if indeed, she believes there is no case against her, or that she is being witch-hunted. However, Ms Nora Johnson has since recanted that she and co-conspirators, have repaid some funds.

The EFCC has confirmed that N507 million has been recovered from Ms Johnson and her co-conspirators, the Sierra Leonean woman involved in the case of the Billion Naira fraud against her former employers. It was gathered that while Ms Johnson refunded N100m on account of her involvement in the fraud to the EFCC, some of her co-conspirators in the years-long racket refunded N400 million, while another accused person refunded N7 million on behalf of Ms Johnson. According to the EFCC source, she reneged on paying the expected balance, which led to her present predicament. Thisdaylive 


Eid Kabir: No money can pay for their sacrifices — Gov Zulum gives N50m, foodstuffs to Civilian JTF, hunters

Vanguard’s man of the year, Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum has announced N50 million, 5,000 bags of rice and 5,000 gallons of cooking oil to members of Civilian JTF and hunters.

Zulum while addressing leaders of the volunteer security groups in Maiduguri on Monday, said he invited them to appreciate the personal sacrifices made to complement security agencies in the state.  

“Let me convey my deep appreciation to members of CJTF and hunters for complementing the efforts of security agencies in the state. I call you to extend my appreciation for your efforts in repositioning the security of the state,” he stated.  

He said the money was support for all the CJTF members and hunters to celebrate Eid Kabir with their families. 

He however noted that no amount of money could pay for the sacrifices made by the volunteers to bring relative peace to the state. 

CJTF Chairman, Baba Lawan thanked the governor for the gesture and assured of their continuous dedication to their volunteer security watch.   Vanguardngr


NECO:President Buhari appoints Prof Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi as new Registrar

SEVEN weeks after Prof. Godswill Obioma died serving as the registrar of National Examinations Council, NECO, President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, approved the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi, as his replacement.

Prof. Wushishi’s appointment was contained in a letter dated July 16, 2021, signed by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, which the nation’s secondary schools’ examination body made released to newsmen through its Head, Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani.

” Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi as Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council.

“In a letter dated 16th July 2021 with reference No: FME/PSE/NECO/1078/C.1/36 and signed by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, stated that the appointment which is for an initial tenure of five years, takes effect from 12TH July 2021,” the statement read.

It read further:”A Professor of Science Education, Wushishi was born on 5th April 1965 and hail from Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State.

“Professor Wushishi was a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, before he transferred his service to Federal University of Technology, Minna.

“He has held other positions in the education sector, among which are Post Graduate Coordinator, Department of Science Education, Federal University of Technology, Minna; Sub-Dean School of Science and Science Education, FUT, Minna; Head of Department, Department of Science Education, FUT Minna; Head of Department, Department of Science Education, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai.

“Until his appointment as Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO, Prof. wushishi was a Professor of Science Education (Chemistry) at the Federal University of Technology, Minna. An erudite scholar, Prof. Wushishi has many scholarly publications to his credit.

“He is married and blessed with Children.”

Recall that Prof. Godswill Obioma died on July 1, 2021

Obioma was appointed registrar of the examination body in May 2020. (Vanguardngr)


In Ogun: Man Kidnaps Military Officer, Assumes His Identity After Stealing His Uniform, Phones, Others

A man has been arrested by the police command in Ogun State for kidnapping a military officer and stealing his uniform, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and other belongings. 

According to the police, the suspect and his colleagues reportedly kidnapped a W/O 2 military officer around 11:30 pm on Friday and took him to their hideout in Alagbado, Lagos State, where they stripped him of his uniform, and stole his identity card, mobile phones and and three Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards.

The suspect was arrested at Odo Pako Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of Ogun State. 

The suspect, Waliu Oloyede, was arrested following a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer of Sango Ota Divisional Headquarters, CSP Godwin Idehai, that local vigilantes were having problems with an army officer in the area.

After receiving the report, the DPO was said to have led his team to the scene where the suspect, who dressed in full military camouflage with the rank of W/02, was seen.

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the suspect, who paraded himself in military uniform “could not give satisfactory account of himself and was apprehended and brought to the station.”

Oyeyemi stated that the suspect, who was said to have attempted to snatch a dane gun from a vigilante, was unable to give account of how he got the military uniform, or address of the unit where he is serving, hence he was detained for impersonation.

“While in detention, police got information that the suspect and others at large abducted a W/O2 military officer at about 11:30 pm of 16th July 2021 and took him to their hideout in Alagbado, Lagos State, where he was stripped of his uniform, they collected his identity card, his three ATM cards and phone before the victim escaped from them,” Oyeyemi told DAILY POST on Monday.

Oyeyemi said, “It was the victim’s uniform the suspect put on to commit another crime before he was arrested.”  Dailypost

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