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Only applicants from federal institutions can access student loans – FG

Akintunde Sawyerr, Managing Director of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has said that a maximum of 1.2 million students across federal tertiary institutions will access the student loans in its opening phase.  Addressing reporters ahead of the loan portal’s formal launch for applications on Friday, May 24, Sawyerr said only students enrolled in federal tertiary institutions whose institutions have finished uploading their data would be able to apply in the first phase. He also noted that the loan application process has been simplified to provide simple access for all qualified students in federal tertiary institutions. Sawyerr who noted that some of the key features of the student loan include no physical contact between the loan applicant and NELFUND, a user-friendly Loan Application portal, comprehensive support where applicants can access online support to assist and flexible repayment plans, added that the loan will pay 100 percent of institutional fees directly to the institutions of learning account while also providing stipends to the students monthly based on when school is in session. He said;  “We encourage all students in federal institutions to take advantage of this opportunity to secure the required financial assistance for their education. Applicants must submit their applications

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(Video) Anybody trying me in Nigerian court is a terrorist – Nnamdi Kanu

Following a Federal High Court ruling in Abuja that dismissed Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s applications for bail and transfer from Department of State Services custody, on Monday, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu addressed journalists at the court premises, asserting that the Terrorism Prohibition and Prevention Act prohibits his trial in Nigeria. According to Kanu, the law states that he cannot be tried in any Nigerian court. He quoted Section 2, Subsection 3(f) of the Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Act, which he labels anyone attempting to try him as a terrorist. Kanu emphasized that any court proceeding with his trial would be committing an act of terrorism, according to the law. He said, “Terrorism Prohibition and Prevention Act said that I cannot be tried in Nigeria, that is the law of Nigeria. I can never be tried in any court of law in Nigeria. That is what the law says. “Anyone standing in trial or coming to try me is a terrorist. That is what the law says, not me. Section 2, Subsection 3 F of Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Act, that is what it says. “Any court continuing to try me is committing an act of terrorism.” Meanwhile, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been

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Anambra Govt hands over teacher to police for beating pupil to coma

The Anambra Government said it handed over a 30-year-old teacher to Police for allegedly beating an eight-year-old pupil to coma at Landmark School, Mgbakwu in Awka North Local Government Area of the state. The State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, made this known to newsmen on Monday in Awka, after a meeting with the school’s Proprietor and the concerned teacher, Ms Faith Nwonye. Nwonye was asked to explain what led to the brutalisation of the primary two pupil. Chuma-Udeh said that the school had been permanently closed down not only based on the ugly incident but as a result of its illegal operations. “We received information over the weekend about the unfortunate incident that a child was beaten to coma at an illegal school in Mgbakwu. “It is sad that a teacher can brutalise a child like that. According to the medical doctor at the hospital where the child is currently on admission, the chances of survival is 20 per cent. “We invited the proprietress of the illegal school as well as the teacher who purportedly beat the child to coma. We have handed the matter to the police for further investigations, as we await Mr Governor’s directives. “Meanwhile,

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Rivers crisis: Jonathan’s call for truce commendable– Lagos PDP chairman

The Lagos State PDP Chairman, Mr Philip Aivoji, has described former President Goodluck Jonathan’s  call for truce in Rivers political crisis as commendable. Aivoji made this remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos. NAN reports that Jonathan had on Monday implored Gov. Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers  and his predecessor, the FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike, to stop heating up  the political space in the state. The former president, who spoke at the inauguration of the N222.1 billion Trans-Kalabari Road construction, emphasised the necessity for Fubara and Wike to sheathe their swords and collaborate to promote  progress and prosperity of Rivers. He noted that the political tension in the state was excessive and worrisome, and would not contribute to  development Jonathan said that destabilising Rivers would adversely impact the Niger Delta region and could also trigger political crises across the country. Reacting to Jonathan’s admonition, Aivoji described the former President as a man full of experience in mediation and conflict resolution ,  even at the international level. “Jonathan is a leader in the party and a leader from South South, there is nothing wrong stepping in to broker peace. It is a good

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Labour union to embark on protest by month end over minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), after a joint National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Monday evening threatened to embark on a massive protest if the President Bola Tinubu-led government does not conclude a new minimum wage before May 31, 2024. The labour leaders also discussed the persisting non-compliance with the 2019 National Minimum Wage Act by some state governments.  In the resolution jointly signed by NLC President Joe Ajaero and TUC leader Festus Osifo, the labour unions also directed their members in Anambra State to mobilise for an industrial action in the event that the state government did not meet the demands of workers by May 23, 2024. The statement in part reads: “The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) convened today in an emergency meeting in response to the pressing national issues affecting Nigerian workers, namely, the recent hike in electricity tariff, the ongoing negotiation of a new national minimum wage with the federal government and the Persisting non-compliance with the 2019 National Minimum wage Act by some state Governments in Nigeria.  “NEC-in-session observed as follows: Whereas the NLC and

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Oba of Benin celebrates return of looted artefacts from Germany (video)

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has celebrated the return of two artefacts by the German government through the National Commission for Museum and Monument NCMM. The artefacts include wooden and bronze stools used by Oba Esigie and Oba Eresoyen during their coronation in 15 and 17 centuries respectively.  The artefacts and others were looted by the British during their invasion of the Benin Palace in 1897.  The two items were returned to the NCMM on behalf of the Nigerian Government by the German authorities in 2022. The Director General of NCMMA, Mr. Olugbile Holloway, handed over the repatriated artefacts to the monarch in his palace on behalf of the Federal Government on Saturday, May 18, 2024. In a speech, Holloway pledged on behalf of NCMM, to work-hand-in hand with the Benin Royal Court in uplifting and displaying Edo heritage.  He revealed that as the Benin Bronzes and other Art works were gradually making their way home to Nigeria, NCMM would join hands with the Royal Court to create a befitting destination around the world to come and appreciate them.  “I have come to the palace to introduce myself and my team to the Oba and to let the Oba know

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Shun gutter politics, resolve issues with workers, it doesn’t suit you as Professor – NLC tells Governor Soludo

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s government of peddling falsehood. The NLC denounced a press statement dated May 17, 2024, issued by the Anambra State Government, describing it as a “blatant dissemination of falsehoods and overt attempts at blackmail, clearly orchestrated to divert public attention from the genuine grievances of Anambra workers against the government”.  It noted that issues raised by the NLC and Trade Union Congress in their letter which gave an ultimatum to the state government should be addressed. NLC President, Joe Ajaero in an interview on AIT and through a letter notifying the state government of an impending industrial action, accused Governor Soludo of operating anti-worker policies. Ajaero also accused the governor of inciting other state governors not to pay the N70,000 minimum wage proposed by the NLC. He also issued a one-week ultimatum and strike notice over the purported failure to pay the 2019 National Minimum Wage of N30,000, unresolved contributory pension deductions, and the cessation of a N12,000 special palliative allowance. But Soludo, through his Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, on Friday, said his administration had improved the welfare and working conditions of workers in the state. Ajaero, in a statement issued

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(Video) Tinubu’s economic team look more like agberos, tax collectors than economists – Prof Usman Yusuf

A political commentator and member of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof Usman Yusuf, says rather than inject the Nigerian people with some hope capsules, the administration of President Bola Tinubu has made Nigerians more hopeless in the last one year since the assumption of the ex-Lagos governor as the country’s President. Yusuf, a former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme. “People have lost hope. It pains me to see our people lining up to collect cups of palliatives. Renewed Hope has turned into hopelessness. People have lost hope,” Yusuf said. Tinubu, whose campaign mantra was ‘Renewed Hope’, was sworn in as President on May 29, 2023 after a keenly contest election in the February of the same year. The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain introduced some sweeping reforms such as petrol subsidy removal and the unification of the foreign exchange windows, twin policies that have been vocally flayed by critics as Nigerians battle surging inflation and skyrocketing cost of living that have sparked protests and scathing criticisms in the country of late. With the inflationary pressure and the attendant effects on the economy, the Tinubu administration continued to placate

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(Video) Portable arrested for assaulting a policeman

Controversial musician, Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as Portable has been reportedly arrested for assaulting a police officer. The ‘Zazoo’ crooner was taken back to the police custody days following his release days after he got apprehended over a debt for the G-Wagon he bought. Recent news circulating online revealed that the CEO of Zeh nation was handcuffed into the police after his altercation with an officer. Although, details of his arrest are yet to be made public by the Nigerian police, video show him in handcuffs and flanked by policemen at the station. It can be recalled that Portable entered the studio, wrote and released a song titled ‘Spiderman’ about his arrest and debt.

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Nigerian pastor, wife Jailed for 34 years for raping and assaulting church members

A Nigerian pastor, Michael Oluronbi and his wife Juliana, have been sentenced to jail for 34 years in the UK after Oluronbi was found guilty of sexual offences against six women and a man. He abused children and adults for over 20 years after convincing the victims to take part in “spiritual bathing to cleanse them of evil spirits.” Olurnobi was jailed for 34 years for offences of multiple rapes of members of his congregation. He was convicted of “fifteen counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault and at least 88 separate occasions on which he raped his victims.” Birmingham Crown Court heard that some of the victims became pregnant multiple times, but Olurnobi would take them to abortion clinics, as a cover-up for the abuse. His wife was jailed for 11 years for three counts of aiding and abetting rape, as she assisted Olurnobi in arranging abortions for the victims. Both defendants will be required to sign the sex offenders’ register for life. Oluronbi was linked to a Christian church in Edgbaston, Birmingham, the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, whose roots were in Nigeria. He had set up his own splinter group at

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Outrage as Korra Obidi plans Hawaii vacation after $50K legal fee donation

Popular dancer and content creator, Anita Chukwumfumnaya Obidi, aka Korra Obidi, is facing backlash as she declares plans to vacation in Hawaii following a $50K donation from fans. Recall that the emabttled mother of two had previously appealed to her fans for financial assistance to respond to her husband’s legal actions regarding her use of their children in social media content. “As a mother, it’s time to fight for myself and my kids,” Obidi declared, while also disclosing her GoFundMe account information, appealing for support from fans and friends. However, following a donation of $50K from her fans, Korra Obidi declared during a live session on Facebook on Sunday, about her plans to vacation in Hawaii. Her decision has triggered widespread anger among her followers, with many claiming that the GoFundMe campaign was not genuinely aimed at seeking legal redress against her husband, but rather to fund her extravagant lifestyle. Some also berated the fans for donating to her. A Facebook user, Karen Lenea wrote: “Your father should be a shame of you for BEGGING for money to fly around the world I bet you didn’t even get a lawyer. I feel sorry for the people that give you money.

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Nollywood stars dazzle at 10th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (See list of winners)

The 10th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards was held today at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos State. The AMVCA, an annual award presented by MultiChoice, recognises outstanding achievements in television and film. Below is the list of winners: Best Makeup Francesca Otaigbe (Over the Bridge) Campbell Precious (Mami Wata) – WINNER Hadizat Gambo (Mojisola) Hakeem Onilogbo (Jagun Jagun — The Warrior) Feyisayo Oyebisi (A Tribe Called Judah) Best Art Direction Blood Vessel (Victor Akpan) Over The Bridge (Abisola Omolade) – WINNER Breath of Life (Okechukwu Frost Nwankwo, Kelechi Odu) The Black Book (Pat Nebo and Chima Temple) Jagun Jagun: The Warrior (Tunji Afolayan) Mami Wata (C.J ‘Fiery’ Obasi) Omen (Eve Martin) Best Costume Design Demola Adeyemi (Over The Bridge) Bolanle Austin Peters, Ituen Basi, Folake Coker and Clement Effanga (Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti) Lola Awe (Jagun Jagun: The Warrior) – WINNER Bunmi Demilola Fashina (Mami Wata) Daniel Obasi (Breath of Life) Best Writing TV Series Skinny Girl in Transit Season 7 (Bunmi Ajakaiye, Ifeanyi Barbara Chidi and Abdul Tijani- Ahmed) Wura Season 2 (Jeffery David Musa, Olumide Kuti & Esther Oyiza Kokori) Visa on Arrival (Bovi Ugboma) MTV Shuga Naija (The MTV Staying Alive Foundation) Volume (Mona Ombogo) – WINNER Masquerades

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𝐆𝐢𝐯𝐞 y𝐨𝐮𝐫 f𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 s𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐲 t𝐨 y𝐨𝐮𝐫 f𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 f𝐨𝐫 h𝐢𝐬 b𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 n𝐨𝐭 y𝐨𝐮𝐫 p𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫 – Kanayo O Kanayo (video)

Renowned Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo, who recently welcomed his son Clinton Mbaise into the world of filmmaking, decided to honour African traditions by accepting his first paycheck for his work on set and gave him fatherly blessings. Kanayo stated that observing this culture from the ancestors has led to the progress of many people in the country. Clinton was paid N50,000 after completing his first movie production with his father. In the video shared on Kanayo’s Instagram account on Thursday, he requested N500 from the salary his son earned and then prayed for him to succeed in the industry. The Nollywood actor advised Nigerians to always give their first salary to their father for his blessings and not to their pastors. He emphasized that only a father can bless his child. Kanayo said, “I want to observe a culture from our ancestors which has led to the progress of many people you see today, ”Father blessing.’ “Clinton my son just concluded a few production management with us and he has earned his first salary, his first salary is N50,000 for a movie. “Clinton from your pocket in the N50,000 give me N500. “The first salary of a young man,

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Actors Guild appoints business mogul, kenneth Ifekudu, National Patron

Actors Guild of Nigeria (NAN), the umbrella body of Nollywood actors,has announced the appointment of business mogul, Kenneth Ifekudu, as its National Patron. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that National President of AGN, Emeka Rollas, made the announcement in a statement on Friday. According him, Ifekudu’s appointment was in recognition of  his passionate  contributions to the growth and development of the creativeeconomy and his philanthropic gestures. Rollas stated that “the Board of Trustees and the entire AGN members  have  presented a letter of appointment as National Patron to asuccessful businessman and Managing Direcor/CEO of Diamond Leeds Ltd, High Chief Kenneth Ifekudu, “The appointment is in recognition of his contributions to the growth and development of  national economy, especially in areasof infrastructure, hospitality, support to humanity and  exceptional leadership qualities. “It is our intention to confer few selected distinguished individuals from across the nation who have given invaluable support tohumanity and  national economy over the years with national patron,” he said. According to the AGN helmsman, Ifekudu has graciously accepted the responsibility and pledged his goodwill and best assurancesto contribute to the growth and development of the guild.

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I beg everyone to support Tinubu before we all die – Arthur Eze

Billionaire Arthur Eze is urging Nigerians to throw their weight behind Chief Bola Tinubu, emphasizing that the country will witness significant change within eight years. In a widely circulated video on social media, Eze expressed admiration for Tinubu’s inclusive governance approach while donating N20m to a church. “Tinubu has no boundary. If you go to Abuja, you will see Wike, an Igbo man as a minister. Umahi is an Igbo man, also a minister. No boundaries. All the types of people we want. So this Nigeria, after eight years, it will change. It has started changing. Now, I beg everybody to support him before we die,” Eze remarked.

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Mende: Thank you for giving us reason not to invest in Lagos real estate – Yemi Alade tackles Lagos govt

Singer Yemi Alade has continued to tackle the Lagos state government over the demolition of houses in the Mende area of the state.  Over the weekend, the state Ministry of Environment and Water Resources demolished the houses on the grounds that the houses were built on the drainage system of the state. On Sunday, Yemi shared a video pointing out that the different demolitions are ruining the real estate value of Lagos and Nigeria. In a series of tweets posted online this morning May 5, Yemi said the state government is giving Nigerians reasons not to invest in Lagos real estate. In her post, she called on the state government to at least start refunding affected legal buyers the monies paid to the state government when purchasing their land.

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Caveat Emptor: Cole family of Lagos denounces son’s marriage to actress, Wofai Ewa

By Makua Ubanagu The Cole family of Victoria Island, Lagos, has denounced the recent purported marriage of their son, Taiwo, to actress and comedian, Wofai Ewa, in a traditional ceremony in Ugep, Cross River State. In a statement issued by the family patriarch, Kunle Cole, which has since gone viral, the family dissociated themselves from the union, saying they were unaware of the marriage plans and did not grant consent or support. “This serves to notify all acquaintances, family and friends that the Cole family of Victoria Island, Lagos, are not aware of any marriage ceremony of our son,Taiwo Olakitan Cole; neither did we grant permission nor support in this regard,” the statement read. It continued, “As such, person(s) parading themselves as new members of the Cole heritage by virtue of this purported event, are not known nor accepted by the family. All publications and documents being circulated about this are to be disregarded.” The rebuke follows circulated images and videos showing Taiwo participating in what appeared to be a traditional marriage rite with Ewa, who hails from Ugep in Cross River. Wofai and Taiwo took to their Instagram pages on Saturday to share marriage photos. One of the posts

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