BBNaija S6: Maria stopped me from connecting with female housemates – Pere

Pere, Big Brother Naija, BBNaija season 6 housemate has blamed Maria for his poor relationship with female housemates in the house.

Pere has been quiet and reserved since Maria’s eviction and has been seen dancing alone during Saturday and Friday night parties.

Having a conversation with Cross about his recent attitude, Pere explained that he couldn’t connect with any female housemate emotionally because of Maria.

According to him, he couldn’t become close to any female housemate because Maria got upset whenever he tried to do so and that is affecting him at the moment.

Pere said: “I’m naturally reserved, the person who I was emotionally attached to has departed. I’m dealing with physical and emotional attachment.

“The other part I’m dealing with is I couldn’t connect with any other housemate in the house because Maria didn’t like it even though she acted like she didn’t care. I never danced with any girl aside Maria and that’s why you see me dance alone now.

“I was caught in between trying to make sure I don’t offend Maria and that prevented me from connecting emotionally with other housemates of the opposite sex.”

Meanwhile, Maria who was evicted a few weeks ago has said she does not want to be friends with Pere outside the house. Dailypost

Taliban: Women in Afghanistan can study at universities, but in separate classrooms

The Taliban says women in Afghanistan can continue to study at universities but classrooms will be “gender-segregated” and Islamic dress is compulsory.

According to Associated Press, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, education minister, announced the new policy at a news conference on Sunday.

Haqqani said the Taliban will not impose its strict rules of 20 years ago but “will start building on what exists today”.

He said the government will not allow boys and girls to study together, adding that hijabs will be mandatory for women.

According to the minister, subjects being taught in universities will also be reviewed.

Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, an Islamist group, after it seized several provinces and took over Kabul, the country’s capital.

After the capital city was captured, thousands ran to the airports in an attempt to leave the country — amid concerns that the Taliban resurgence will lead to the stifling of human rights, especially that of women.

When the Taliban held sway from 1996 to 2001 — and under their Sharia law — men were required to grow beards while women were made to wear an all-encompassing burqa, covering both their hair and face.

Also, women were confined to their homes and only allowed to leave their abode in the company of male relatives, while girls were denied education.

Music was banned to prevent the promotion of vulgarity, while citizens could only listen to religious chants —television and cinema — and some electronic products were outlawed as un-Islamic.

Severe punishments such as public executions of convicted murderers and adulterers and amputations for those found guilty of theft were also meted out under their interpretation of Sharia law.

However, upon taking the reins of power again, the Taliban has assured Afghans that they will be safe and secure under their new rule, and that women and girls will be allowed to go to school as well as work. TheCableng


Court grants ex-Miss Nigeria 50% of late husband’s assets

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has declared that a former Miss Nigeria, Helen Prest-Ajayi, is entitled to 50 per cent of the net assets of her late husband, Dr Tosin Ajayi.

Justice Tijjani Ringim gave the ruling on Tuesday in a suit by Miss Tomisin Ajayi and Mrs Helen Prest-Ajayi as the first and second applicants, which was filed through their counsel, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN).

The first to fourth respondents in the suit are the First Foundation Medical Engineering Company Limited; Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission; Mrs Oluwayemisi Ajayi; and Mr Patrick Abak, a lawyer.
First Foundation Medical Engineering Company Limited is owned by the late Dr Tosin Ajayi.

The judge granted the 13 reliefs sought by the applicants following the respondents’ failure to controvert them.

They include that Prest-Ajayi is “entitled to 50 per cent (or so much as the court may sanction upon audit and valuation) constituting the net assets of the firm, after satisfying all just taxes and debts as family and investment partner of Dr Tosin Ajayi from 1996 till 26 April, 2020 to the exclusion of Mrs Oluwayemisi Ajayi, among others.

Justice Ringim also held, “Despite the service of processes filed on the respondents and affidavits of service duly filed in court, the respondents failed to use the opportunity afforded to them by law to controvert the averment of the plaintiff in the affidavits.

“However, it is a settled law that evidence not controverted is deemed admitted. All the reliefs sought in this application are hereby granted as prayed.”
According to the application, Dr Ajayi was a renowned medical doctor, businessman and philanthropist before his demise on April 26, 2020.
He was married to Oluwayemisi and they had children but were separated for 35 years before his demise.

In the course of the separation, he married former Miss Nigeria, Helen Prest-Ajayi and they had a child who lived with Dr Prest-Ajayi until his demise. Punchng

Nigerian official reportedly commits suicide after EFCC invitation

A Nigerian government official, Christopher Orji, has reportedly committed suicide in Abuja.

Orji, 59, was an assistant director at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA).

He was the agency’s Bioresource Centre coordinator in Langtang, Plateau State.

Orji’s body was found dangling with a rope tied to a ceiling fan at his residence in Federal Housing Authority Estate, Lugbe.

The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his demise, Daily Trust quoted NABDA sources.

Orji died on the day he was expected to honour an invite by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

NABDA’s acting Head of Communications and Protocol, Nkiru Amakeze declined comment. Dailypost

EPL: FIFA bans eight players from Man Utd, Chelsea, others for weekend matches

Brazil have requested that FIFA invoke the five-day rule, which means at least eight Premier League players will not be available for selection this weekend.

According to the UK Mirror, the affected clubs are Manchester City, Leeds, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Liverpool will be without Becker Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho, for their trip to Leeds on Sunday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s squad will also not include Raphinha.
Manchester City duo of Gabriel Jesus and Ederson will miss their clash with Leicester City on Saturday.

Chelsea’s Thiago Silva and Manchester United’s Fred are also affected.
The Premier League clubs had risked FIFA ban, after expressing issues with the players travelling for international duty amid the UK’s strict COVID-19 regulations.

Those who arrive in the UK from red list countries are required to spend 10 days in isolation. Dailypost

BBNaija S6: Saga prefers Nini to winning N90m grand prize – Jackie B

Big Brother Naija, BBNaija, Season 6 housemate Jackie B has said Saga does not care about winning the game anymore.

Jackie B said this when asked why she nominated Saga for eviction.
According to her, Saga is distracted and so concerned about Nini that he has forgotten why he is in the Big Brother house.

“Saga does not care about the game, his head is just into Nini.
“I don’t think he cares about winning again, that’s why I nominated him for eviction.

“He also said he would ask for a voluntary exit if Nini left,” Jackie B told Biggie.
Saga, Queen, Whitemoney, Liquorose, Jackie B, Saskay, JayPaul, are up for possible eviction this week.

At least one of these housemates will be evicted from the ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season on Sunday.

Recall that Boma, Tega, Peace and Michael exited the show days ago after they scored the lowest votes from fans. Dailypost

3,600,858 Nigerians fully vaccinated - NPHDCA

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency on Tuesday said no fewer than 3,600,858 Nigerians had been fully vaccinated as of September 6.

The NPHDCA also said the National for Food and Drug Administration and Control was working towards the proper serialisation of J and J vaccine before it would be made available to the public.
This is as it stated that the country on September 4, 2021 received 1,123,200 additional doses of the J and J vaccine.

The agency’s Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib, during a media briefing in Abuja, added that the country had started the administration of AstraZeneca as first dose due to the receipt of 1,394,480 doses from the COVAX facility.

He said, “We received 1,123,200 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine late evening on Saturday, September 4, 2021, through the AVATT platform, coordinated by the African Union Commission, as part of the 39,800,000 doses procured by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The NAFDAC team have already taken samples for analysis and are currently scanning the codes to ensure proper serialisation of the vaccine.

“As of September 6, 2021, a total of 3,600,858 eligible Nigerians have so far received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This is made up of 2,551,738 persons vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine and 1,049,120 persons vaccinated with Moderna vaccine.

“Therefore, 1,576,011 persons have been fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine. We have now restarted the administration of AstraZeneca as first dose in all designated health facilities.
He also spoke on the failure of the European Union countries to recognise the Indian-made Astrazeneca.

He said, “On the issue of recognizing the Indian made Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine also known as Covishield, this is really more of a documentation matter, rather than a quality issue.

“We got these vaccines through WHO and COVAX. So COVAX and WHO are pursuing the issue across the globe, rather than each country addressing it separately. The WHO and COVAX have so far gotten 15 Countries to recognize the covishield vaccine.

“They are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. They are working on getting more countries to recognise the documentation.” Punch

Police demanding huge money for my late brother’s autopsy – Omoyele Sowore

Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters, has accused the Nigeria Police Force of trying to frustrate his family after his younger brother was shot dead in Edo state.

Sowore raised the alarm in a post via his Facebook account on Wednesday.
He alleged that the Nigeria Police Force is charging them exorbitantly to ”discourage” them from getting an autopsy for his murdered brother, Olajide Sowore.

”Nigeria Police Force is trying to shake my family down by charging us exorbitantly to discourage us from getting an autopsy for my murdered brother, Olajide Sowore! Shame on Nigeria!” he wrote.

Recall that Olajide was shot dead on Saturday in Edo State.
The activist said he was shot and killed near Okada in Edo State by suspected herdsmen on his way from Igbinedion University, where he was studying Pharmacy. Dailypost

FG Team Moves in as Earth Tremor Rocks Saki in Oyo

Saki (Shaki) town in Saki West Local Government Area of Oyo State, has been rocked by an earth tremor which created panic amongst the populace, even as the federal government through the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), said it had sent a team of experts to evaluate the extent of damage.

The Director General, NGSA, Dr. Abdulrazaq Garba, while speaking to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, disclosed that a team of experts had been sent to monitor the extent of the tremor and pacify the community on the occurrence.

According to him, “a team has been sent to pacify the community because they were in panic. They have so far been able to capture predictive analysis from the Ilorin (Kwara) station which monitors Shaki and its areas of surrounding.”
The NGSA boss, while speaking further stated that earth tremor was a natural occurrence which humans don’t have control over but added that consistent monitoring of tremors would help alert appropriate authorities and help study, mitigate and manage such situations.

“Earth tremor is a natural occurrence which humans don’t have control over. We are currently having earth tremor in Saki (Shaki) as of today (Tuesday). For quite some time, sesmistic data has not been captured therefore there are no accurate compilation of appropriate information.

He stated that there was need for more of the equipment because science just like statistics requires appropriate equipment to gather predictive analysis which was very useful to the nation and researchers.

He said: “We have put in some equipment to monitor these occurrences. Before the end of the year and early next year we will have more monitoring stations. We have six seismographs stations in the country.

An earth tremor was recorded in Mpape axis of the Federal Capital Territory of which NGSA had commissioned and put in place equipment to monitor future occurrences. Thisdaylive

NCC launches Strategic Vision Plan 2021-2025, podcast, unveils ‘Compendium of EVC’s Speeches’

Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on Tuesday launched a new Strategic Vision (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2021-2025 which will define its strategic thrusts for the next five years.

The Commission also officially unveiled a book, ‘Compendium of EVC’s Speeches’, which is an official compendium that represents a collection of the EVC’s various speeches and presentations over the period of his first tenure in office.

The book is captioned, “Catalysing Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Transformation through Broadband Infrastructure” and underscores the centrality of broadband in Nigeria’s journey to a modern digital economy.

Danbatta spoke at the event held on Tuesday at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja which also saw the launch of the NCC Podcast, the NCC Global Connect.

“Since my assumption of office, we have focused on strategic objectives which are in tandem with the policy objectives of the Federal Government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari,” the EVC said.

“Our strategic objectives, the result of a careful assessment of some existing policy frameworks, offered us the opportunity to chart a course of action for the sector in a Strategic Vision (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2015-2020, which items are as follows:

“Facilitate Broadband Penetration; Improve Quality of Service; Optimize Usage and Benefits of Spectrum; Promote ICT Investment and Innovation; Protect and Empower Consumers; Promote Fair Competition and Inclusive Growth; Facilitate Strategic Collaboration and Partnerships; and Ensure Regulatory Excellence and Operational Efficiency

“In developing the SVP (2015-2020), we had leveraged various policy documents, which included Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan (2013-2018) that had set a target of five-fold increase in broadband penetration, from 6% in 2013 to 30% penetration by the end of 2018. The NCC recorded a broadband penetration of 31.48% in December 2018.

“On NCC Global Connect, you can watch and listen to the most authoritative and current policy statements, regulations, guidelines, determinations and a host of other important policy pronouncements on the telecom sector by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, and regulatory pronouncements from the Board and Management of the NCC as well as other industry leaders in this dynamic sector.

“So, like a book, our Podcast opens a new vista in our social media communication,” Danbatta said.

The NCC Podcast is portable, timeless, boundless, global and can be tuned in to it anywhere, any time. Dailypost

Pres Buhari appoints Ifedayo Adetifa new NCDC Director-General

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Adetifa will replace Chikwe Ihekweazu who was recently appointed an assistant director-general of the global health body – World Health Organisation.

A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) on Monday also said the president approved the setting up of a Health Sector Reform Committee.

The committee, headed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, as chairman, is expected to commence the development and implementation of a programme for Nigeria in collaboration with the state governments and the FCT administration.

“President Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,” part of the statement read.

About Adetifa

Adetifa obtained his medical degree at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State and trained in Paediatrics and Child Health at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

He also received the Fellowship of the West Africa College of Physicians in Paediatrics in 2005.

The NCDC new boss studied Epidemiology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he bagged his MSC and PhD.

Until his appointment, Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa was an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Adetifa’s research interests are in vaccine impact/effectiveness studies, innovative approaches/surveillance tools for monitoring vaccination, Tuberculosis Epidemiology, and evidence synthesis including systematic reviews.

In 2018 he was awarded the MRC/DFID African Research Leader Fellowship. He also a member of the Kenyan National Immunisation Coordinating Committee and a member of the World Health Organisation, Africa Region’s (WHO-AFRO) Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group.

Adetifa served overseas as a Clinical Epidemiologist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kiliufi, Kenya.

His vaccine policy advisory roles include membership of the Kenyan National Immunisation Coordination Committee, the WHO AFRO Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (RITAG), the Advisory Group of the WHO Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme, and the WHO Technical Advisory Group on RSV vaccines. Punchng

Military officer plants drug in brother’s house, reports to NDLEA

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested a military officer, Anayo Nwamban, for allegedly plotting to implicate his brother.

A spokesperson for the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Sunday, said Nwamban, after planting a drug in his brother’s house, reported him to the agency.
However, the truth came to light after the drug supplier was arrested.

Babafemi said, “In Ebonyi State, a military officer, Anayo Nwamban, who bought 1.1 kilogrammes of cannabis from Mami market, planted same in his elder brother’s house and then made a report to the NDLEA office with a view to implicating his brother, was arrested on Friday, September 3. After the arrest of his supplier, he admitted to purchasing and planting same in his brother’s house.”

The official said the agency also arrested a 22-year-old member of the National Youth Service Corps, Arnold Maniru, for allegedly importing four kilogrammes of drugged candies from the United Kingdom.

“The youth corps member serving with a government agency in Abuja was arrested on Saturday, August 28, 2021, following the interception of a consignment at the warehouse of a transport company.

“A controlled delivery of the parcel, which contains the candies laced with Arizona, a strong variant of cannabis and some liquid, was subsequently carried out,” he added.

In a related development, operatives attached to courier companies in Lagos reportedly intercepted 1.2kg of cannabis concealed inside locally-made cookies going to Dubai, UAE and 920grams of cocaine hidden inside synthetic hair heading for Saudi Arabia.

Another 1.08kg cannabis concealed in spray cans going to Pakistan and 625g of methamphetamine hidden in clothing heading to Australia were also reportedly seized.

The statement said, “Across the states, operatives also intensified arrests of traffickers and seizures of illicit drugs. A total of 384.7kg of assorted narcotics being transported to the nation’s capital, Abuja, for sale were intercepted and seized at patrol points in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Monday, August 20, and Thursday, September 2, 2021.

“A truck, with number plate,  Plateau AA 462 QAP, driven by 50-year-old Danlami Dodo, coming from Onitsha, Anambra, with Abuja, FCT as destination, was intercepted at a patrol point in Lokoja.

*Upon a search, the following psychoactive substances were discovered packed in sacks and cartons: 1,975 bottles of cough syrup with codeine, weighing 282kg; 199 packets of Exol-5 tablets weighing 75.4kg; 250 packets of Diazepam tablets weighing 15.4kg; Cannabis Sativa weighing 5.9kg; and one packet of Ketamine injection, all weighing 378.7kg.”

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Marwa (retd.), commended the commanders, officers and men of the agency for maintaining the heat on drug traffickers and dealers in the country. Punchng


Lady Arrested By EFCC Hours After Showing Off On Facebook, Jailed

A Nigerian lady identified as Deborah Okiemute who was arrested by the Economic for Financial Crime Commission hours after showing off on Facebook has been sentenced to three years in prison for internet fraud.

Naija News recall that Deborah, a Benue State University graduate was arrested shortly after making a post about herself, posed by the side of a flashy car and a designer bag whilst calling on guys with royal blood to link up with her.

According to reports, Justice Obiora Atuegwu Egwuatu of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja convicted and sentenced Deborah Okiemute and Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim Lee) to various jail terms, having found them guilty of offences bordering on personation and internet fraud.

The charge against Damisa reads:

“That you, Deborah Okiemute, sometime in November 2020, at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did by concealment retain the control of the sum of Four Hundred and Seventy One Thousand Naira (N471,000.00) only, in account No. 0102333502, domiciled in Access Bank Plc belonging to you, being the proceeds of a criminal conduct on behalf of one Nelson Irobo, knowing that the money is as a result of criminal conduct by the said Nelson Irobo and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 17(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 17(b) of the same Act”.

The charge against Gideon read: 

 “That you, Damisa Gideon (aka Captain Kim Lee) sometime in May, 2020 at Makurdi, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently impersonated one Kim Lee of the US Army Air Force Base from California via your email, kimlee9065@gmail.com and obtained the sum of Eleven Million Naira (N11,000,000.00) only, from one Kim Soo Yeon (A Chinese Citizen) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(2)(b)(ii) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015 and punishable under Section 22 (2) (iv) of the same Act”.

 The defendants pleaded ‘guilty’ to their respective charges.

Delivering judgment, Justice Obiora said “from the totality of the evidence placed before the Court, the plea of guilt entered by the defendants as well as their statements where they confessed to the crime, the Court believes that the prosecution has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.”
Chukwuani Victoria is a fine-tune entertainment and lifestyle journalist who's passionate about storytelling. She holds a BSC in Biology and is also a certified Radio presenter with BRMC. She likes to read, research, hang out with her friends and play scrabbles. Naijanews

Days after shutting popular club in Ondo, Gov Akeredolu orders closure of Imperial Hotel

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has ordered the immediate shutdown of a popular hotel in Ondo State.

The hotel known as Imperial Hotel located at Ilaje Street in Ijapo area of Akure, the state capital, was said to have been closed due to security threat.
The closure of the hotel was coming few days after a popular night club was shutdown in the state.

The move of the state government was made known by the governor’s
Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties, Doyin Odebowale.

According to Odebowale, the decision became imperative because the hotel had become a security risk.

He added that state government would not allow any hotel to use its facilitates as den of criminals under any guise. Dailypost

Nigerians In Shock As Bus Driver Returns ₦16.4m

A Nigerian driver known as Emmauel Eluu has shocked Nigerians by doing something quite unusual.

The bus driver had returned a whooping sum of 40,000 dollars (₦16,400,000) left in his bus.

Mr. Eluu had returned the money after one of his passengers who had boarded his bus from Murtala Muhammed Airport had forgotten it in his bus.

Emmanuel had subsequently gone back to return the money to some airport officials which was also handed to the owner, who is a prominent Nigerian.

There were also some local currencies and jewels and other valuables worth about a million naira.

Most Nigerians have found the act quite unbelievable and have praised the bus driver for being honest, while others felt that he should have kept the money.
Below are some of the comments:

badboysoldier said: “So dey still have people like me in Nigeria?”
prince_lington said: “I wonder how people forget bags with money and don’t forget bags of clothes.”

asouthyc said: “I no go return am!! I go buy more cabs and happy plenty family n do giveaway for men here!! Then buy lands for my village and abuja.. tag it Grace.
tremendous_5crowns said: “Pure heart. Well, maybe camera full there shall.” Naijanews


BBNaija: I will give Tega a second chance if she apologises - Husband

Ajeboh Krislawrence, the husband of Tega — a recently evicted Big Brother Naija housemate — has stated that he will give his wife a second chance if she comes back and apologises for her actions while in the Big Brother house.

Krislawrence added that he would not abandon his wife, despite some video snippets which surfaced online suggesting she cheated on him with a fellow contestant, Boma.

According to him, although his wife’s actions made him sad and broken, he believes that she needs him now more than ever.

In an Instagram Live chat with popular blogger, Tunde Ednut, Krislawrence mentioned that he was shocked by his wife’s behaviour while she was in the BBNaija house.

He said, “I feel so sad and terrible, I cannot even lie. I cannot even leave my house because there are a lot of stories on the street. I am broken. Basically, I am broken. I am down. I will not lie. Tega had been a very, very good girl. Let me forget this side of her, she has been a very good girl. I am surprised; when I saw it, I said this is not my wife. It felt as if they cloned her because that could not have been Tega.

“I have never seen this side of Tega because she is a God-fearing woman. She has never disobeyed me. This is a different Tega I am seeing. I am really shocked. I am down and broken. I want that Tega I used to know back not the Tega of Big Brother house.”

Krislawrence revealed that if his wife is remorseful, he will accept her back. He further asked Nigerians to pray for his family.

He said, “I am just human, we are all humans. I believe that we have all sinned and God will forgive us. If I do anything funny right now, I do not know what might happen. I believe she knows that what she did was totally bad but I believe that she needs us right now more than ever.

“I will not throw her away; she is my wife. Yes, she has disappointed me, but I think these things come with marriage. There is no perfect marriage. I have never had an issue before with my marriage for the past four years. We have never had issues. Since this is our first issue, I do not think I should abandon her. What we just need is for Nigerians to pray for us.

“If she comes back and apologises, I will give her a second chance; but if she comes and says what she did was okay, I will let her go and I will move on.” Punchng

EPL: Lukaku will be more important than Ronaldo this season – Stan Collymore

Sport pundit, Stan Collymore, has said Romelu Lukaku is more important this season to Chelsea, than Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United.

Both players returned to the Premier League this summer.

Lukaku cost the Blues £97million-plus, while Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford for a fee less than £20m.

Collymore, writing in his UK Mirror column, said: “If Chelsea were to lose Lukaku for 10 games it would massively impact on any title tilt, even their bid for a top-four finish.

“While United have Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes to turn to for the goals which would get them through such a spell if Ronaldo were to be ruled out.

“At 36, you would hope as well that this season is less about Ronaldo than it has been for his teams in years gone by.” Dailypost

How I escaped from gunmen who killed Sowore’s brother – Widow

A woman, Emmanuella Anyanwu, who escaped from the hoodlums who reportedly killed late Olajide Sowore on Saturday, has said the gunmen demanded a ransom of N10m shortly before she escaped from the camp where she was kept with four others.

Anyanwu, who said she was on her way from Lagos to Imo to bury her husband, stated that she offered the kidnappers N500,000, but was called a fool.

She recounted her ordeal at the police headquarters in Benin on Monday.

She said, “On Friday, we were coming from Lagos to the eastern part of the country and our vehicle broke down around Okada on the outskirts of Benin.

“We passed the night in the vehicle. Around 6.30am to 7am Saturday, some men came out from the bush, shooting at us; we surrendered. We were two ladies and three men.

“They took our belongings, including our phones and marched us into the bush. It took almost two hours to get to their camp. They blindfolded us and questioned us one after the other.

“They asked me where I was coming from and where I was going. I told them that I was coming from Lagos and going to Imo State for my husband’s burial. They asked how many kids I had and I told them two. I also told them I sold groundnut in Lagos. They asked if I was the one providing the money to bury my husband and I told them his brother would do that.

“They told me that they were kidnappers and they abducted me because of ransom. They said if I didn’t have money, they would take my life. I asked them how much they wanted, but one of them was furious I was asking them questions. I told them I needed to know what they wanted as ransom. They asked if I had N10m and I told them there was no way I could get that kind of money. I told them I would give them N500,000 from the money gathered from my village. One of them said I was a fool and they told me to sit down.

“Then it started raining heavily and they went away and brought another man. They took something from that man and their attention was on it. So, I removed my blindfold and crept away.

“I believe they are Fulani because on that Saturday afternoon, they released their cows and came to where we were being held.

“I saw a mast far away and I started trekking towards it. After one hour or more, I got to a road and saw an elderly man on a motorcycle. I asked him to take me to a police station, which he did.”

Asked if Sowore’s brother was killed by the gang, she said the hoodlums shot at different cars, adding that she could not tell if anyone died.

“They were harsh and warned us not to look at their faces. They also instructed us not to talk to each other. They beat the men, but spared the women. I sustained the wounds on my body when I was trying to find my way out of the bush,” she added. Punchng

Anambra guber: INEC suspends physical registration of voters

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has suspended physical registration of voters in Anambra.

The commission however confirmed that online pre-registration continues.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu made the announcement on Monday in Abuja at the 3rd quarterly meeting with leaders of political parties.

Yakubu explained that the decision was to enable the commission to prepare for the November 6 governorship election.

He said the commission would, in the coming weeks, resolve claims and objections, clean up the data, print the PVCs for collection by registrants and compile the register for the 5,720 polling units.

Yakubu assured that newly registered voters in the state, including those who applied for the replacement of damaged or lost Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), would have their cards ready before the election.

The chairman told parties fielding candidates that they would get a copy of the voters’ register on October 7.

In week 11 update of the nationwide CVR which commenced July 26, Yakubu said as at 7am on Monday, September 6, a total of 2,729,819 fresh voters had completed their pre-registration online.

On the nationwide physical registration at INEC state and local government offices, the electoral chief announced 717,947 Nigerians had completed the process. Dailypost

Author raises awareness on mental health, suicide

Author of the book, ‘On Attending My Own Wake and Other Episodes,’ Aduke Gomez, has said her new book was meant to raise the awareness on mental health issues. 

Gomez, at the book reading and signing event held on Sunday in Lagos, lamented that many Nigerians do not talk about mental health because of stigmatisation.

She noted that the inspiration to write the book was gotten during an encounter with the national coordinator of the Suicide Research and Prevention Initiative, Dr Raphael Ogbolu.

“Part of my work as the Chairman of Art4Life, which is an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Health was to bring the practice of arts into the health care system. I came across several people, who were in the health care delivery system, and one of them is an organisation called SUPRIN. I met the founder, Dr Ogbolu and we had some discussion which I found really heart-rending; how suicide is really almost reaching epidemic level and it is prevalent among young men.

“Suicide is not restricted to any particular demographics, social strata; it cuts across all sectors. In this country, unfortunately, we don’t have sufficient health care professionals. In the whole of the country, I believe we have about 200 psychiatrists and in Lagos, they are about 50. Why I wrote the book was to draw attention to this issue. If more people can begin to talk about it, then perhaps it may be less stigmatised and more empathy given to people who suffer this,” Gomez said.

The author added that many Nigerians do not like talking about mental illness because of stigmatisation.

“A lot of Nigerians do not like talking about mental illness because over the years there is always a stigma around this issue. I think we have to move towards understanding that a mental health problem is just like other ailments,” she said.
The book, a collection of 50 poems was presented to the public on June 19. Punchng
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