Convention: Posters, billboards, banners of Tinubu, Amaechi, Osinbajo, Yahaya Bello flood Abuja (DailyTrust)
Banners, posters and billboards of key political figures believed to have an interest in picking the presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are placed in strategic places in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on Saturday.
Daily Trust reports that the personalities whose pictures were displayed conspicuously in the banners, posters and billboards included the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Rivers State and incumbent Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
One of the banners showing the minister along Umaru Musa Yar’adua Expressway read: “Amaechi: Our Hope 2023”.
The billboards of Tinubu, Osinbajo, and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State can be seen along the Airport Expressway together with the APC national chairmanship aspirants, including Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Sani Musa (Niger East). Read more
Osun housewife, husband arrested for stealing six-day-old baby (Punch)
A housewife resident in Iwo, Osun State, Ganiyat Abbass, and her husband, Olatunbosun, have been arrested by the police for allegedly stealing a six-day-old baby.
The couple was paraded on Friday by the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode.
Also paraded were two suspected fraudsters, identified as Olaolu James and Favour Ige; as well as four suspected armed robbers – Agbebaku David, Olubunmi Adewale, Oderinde Oluwaseun, and Oluwaseun Adejuyigbe.
Giving details of the crimes committed by the suspects, the Osun police boss said the Abbass were reported to habe on Thursday, March 24 stolen a six-day-old baby girl from its lactating mother, Jemilat Musa. Read more
Buhari in Lagos Tuesday for Tinubu’s birthday colloquium (ThisDay)
As the issue of good governance continues to take the centre stage as the nation moves towards the 2023 general election, it will be the focus of the 13th Annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium which will be presided by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, at the Eko Hotel, Lagos.
A press statement signed by the Chairman of the Media and Publicity Sub-committee and the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, states that the colloquium will feature a panel session where some of Nigeria’s leading technology entrepreneurs will discuss on, ‘Technology, Entrepreneurship and the future of work’.
The panel discussion to be moderated by Tomilayo Akanni-Aluko will have Bosun Tijani, Chief Executive Officer of Co-Creation Hub, as the Lead Discussant. Other panelists include Samson Ogbole, Managing Director, Soiless Farms, Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Group Chief Executive, Life Bank, Kikelomo Fola-Ogunniya, Co-founder, Jand2Gidi and Lot Madaki, Chief Executive Officer, Madaki Shoes.
Professor Olufemi Bamiro, former Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan will be the keynote speaker and is expected to engage the central theme, ‘Pivoting Nigeria into the new world order: Imperatives of Good Governance’. Read more
APC convention: Lagos releases names of consensus candidates for youth leader, zonal secretary (Punch)
Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has settled for a 36-year-old Dayo Israel and former Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, as National Youth Leader and South-West Zonal Organising Secretary respectively in today’s APC National Convention.
The decision of the Lagos APC was announced by the party chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojebabi, during a meeting organised for party chieftains and delegates at the Lagos Governor’s Lodge, Abuja by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The dinner was attended by Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Ojelabi; members of the Governance Advisory Council, the apex leadership body of Lagos APC; members of National Assembly from Lagos State; Lagos State House of Assembly members; State Executive Council members and Chairmen of the Local Governments in Lagos State, among others.
Speaking during the dinner, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who commended all the party leaders and delegates for travelling from Lagos to Abuja to participate in the APC national convention, expressed his support for Israel and Ibirogba as chosen by the party to represent Lagos in the National Working Committee as well as the South West level of the APC. Read more
Woman paraded naked, accused of killing husband, tells her ‘adultery’ story (Vanguard)
Reactions have trailed the humiliating treatment meted out to a woman accused of causing the death of her husband at Aguleri in Anambra East local government area of Anambra State because of her infidelity, with the woman admitting that although a man made sexual advances to her, that could not have been responsible for the death of her husband.
The woman was paraded naked by villagers who accused her of killing the husband with sex.
An obscene video where Mrs. Ajueze Obiorah was stripped and paraded in her village went viral and this attracted both sympathy and condemnation from all and sundry. While some people believed that her infidelity led to her husband’s death because it is a taboo in the area, others said her husband might have died as a result of underlying ailment.
The woman said: “After I had warned the man to leave my room before my husband would come back, he pleaded with me to allow him to ‘release just once in-between my legs’, which he eventually lured me into doing, after pestering me for a very long time. And after that, he left.”
It was after this that my husband fell sick, and was taken to various herbalists, who all said the cause of his problem was from his family; while one herbalist said that he was poisoned. Read more
Governor Ortom commends officers, as Police kill 4 bandits in Benue (Channels)
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mister Baba Alkali and officers in the state over the killing of four notorious bandits in the state.
Ortom said this on Saturday when the bodies of the bandits were paraded at the police headquarters in the state.
“I must commend you for the work you are doing. I must commend the IGP for paying special attention to Benue to ensure that we sleep with our two eyes closed.
“Without security, there can be no meaningful development,” the governor added. Read more
Widow nude parade: Police on more suspects’ trail, says CP (Nation)
The Anambra State Police Command has said it is still on a manhunt for suspects involved in parading a woman naked at Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA).
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Echeng Echeng disclosed this while receiving members of Ultimate Business Women and Farmers Association of Nigeria.
He said seven persons arrested and remanded in prison custody had been charged to court for their alleged involvement in the act.
The victim, a widow, was accused of infidelity that led to the death of her husband. Read more
UNIBEN mourns Alele-Williams, flies flag at half-mast (Punch)
The University of Benin, on Saturday, ordered the flying of the institution’s flag at half-mast to mourn the death of the first female Vice-Chancellor in Nigeria, Professor Grace Alele-Williams.
Alele-Williams, who was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin in 1985, died on Friday in Lagos at the age of 89 years.
In a statement, the University of Benin’s spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, said that the current Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Lilian Salami, mourned the passing of her predecessor, on behalf of the university community.
Salami, the second female vice-chancellor in the institution after Alele-Williams, described the late former and first female vice-chancellor as an iconic giant for breaking the glass ceiling for other women to blossom. Read more
Burna Boy credits self as highest paid African artiste (Vanguard)
Multiple award winner, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy has posed himself as the highest-paid musician in the history of Africa.
Oluwa Burna who declared 2022 as the year of love and light, took to his Twitter handle gloating about achieving power on Saturday, March 26.
The Grammy Award winner stated that though money isn’t what gives him satisfaction, it did not stay away from the truth that he earns a whole lot of it. He tweeted.
“I said money doesn’t satisfy me and it’s my Truth but it Doesn’t change the fact that I’m the highest paid artist in the History of African music. Believe it or not.” Read more
N2.9b Fraud: Kenneth Amadi diverted Eunisell’s funds – Police (Independent)
Witnesses have further confirmed before Justice Ambrose Allagoa of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, that the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eunisell Limited, Kenneth Amadi made customers pay for purchases based on the company’s invoice through an account nominated by him.
Amadi’s trial before the court continued on Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25, 2022.
When the matter came up for hearing, a third prosecution witness and the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, Ada Uche Anya, while answering questions from the counsel to the Federal Government (FG), Aderonke Imana, informed Justice Allagoa that the police, upon further investigation, established a prima facie case of non-disclosure, breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and stealing by presence against Amadi.
According to the DCP: “The outcome of the investigation was now forwarded to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for further advice and recommendation. Read more
Ana de Armas’ Marilyn Monroe Netflix film gets rare adults-only rating over ‘sexual content’ (Metro)
Ana de Armas’ upcoming Marilyn Monroe film on Netflix has got a rare adults-only rating.
The flick, named Blonde, was given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association for ‘some sexual content.’
NC-17 stands for ‘no children under 17 admitted’ and is the highest age-rating in the US.
Director Andrew Dominik clearly previously predicted the high rating, telling Screen Daily earlier this year: ‘It’s a demanding movie.
‘If the audience doesn’t like it, that’s the f**king audience’s problem. It’s not running for public office. Read more
‘Full House’ star Dave Coulier opens up about battling alcoholism and reaching sobriety (CST)
Dave Coulier is opening up about his past struggles with alcoholism.
The former ”Full House” star, 62, took to Instagram on Thursday to reveal he has been sober since January 1, 2020 after a battle with alcoholism.
Along with a lengthy caption, Coulier shared a photo of himself with bloody scrapes on his nose and under his left eye, which he said were the result of an accident that happened while he was drunk.
“I was a drunk. Yes. An alcoholic,” Coulier wrote. “When I drank, I was the life of the party. I could make people laugh until they fell down. In this picture I was the one who fell down. Not because I was playing hockey or doing the things I love – like chopping wood or doing construction, golfing, fishing or flying airplanes. I was hammered and fell, going up some stairs made of stone.” Read more
‘Writing With Fire’ is up for an Oscar. But its subjects say they’re misrepresented (NPR)
It’s been a month of highs – and controversies – for Writing With Fire, a documentary from India about Khabar Lahariya, the country’s only major news outlet run by women from marginalised communities. The journalists focus on rural reporting through a feminist lens and are led by chief reporter Meera Devi.
The movie is one of five nominees in the Oscar category of best documentary (feature). But the reporters themselves are now expressing dissatisfaction with the way they are portrayed.
The documentary opens in a mud-walled house in northern India with Meera Devi sitting across from a woman who recounts how four men broke into her house and raped her.
“They [people in positions of political power or of a higher caste] can do anything. They can even kill us,” the woman tells Meera, who’s recording the interview on her smartphone. The woman’s husband sits on the floor on the side, listening to the interview with a pained expression. He later says, “We don’t trust anyone except Lahariya.” Read more
George Clooney opens up about love for Derby County in new interview (NME)
George Clooney has opened up about his love for Derby County football club in a new interview.
Since moving to England, Clooney has developed a love for football and in a new interview with Derbyshire Life, he spoke about his passion for Derby, who are currently in financial trouble and facing liquidation.
The club are also fighting relegation after a deduction of 21 points following historical financial breaches. They have, however, earned praise for their play under the management of former Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney.
In the interview, Clooney said he started following the club after working with Jack O’Connell on the film Money Monster in 2016. Read more
Travis Barker pays tribute to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins: ‘I don’t have the words’ (People)
Travis Barker is remembering Taylor Hawkins fondly.
Shortly after the Foo Fighters drummer died at the age of 50 on Friday evening, Barker, 46, paid tribute to his fellow musician with an Instagram post dedicated in his honor early Saturday morning.
“I don’t have the words,” the Blink-182 drummer began the caption of his post, which accompanied a black-and-white image of Hawkins sitting at a music venue. “Sad to write this or to never see you again.”
“I’ll never forget the Laguna Beach days when I was a trash man playing in a punk rock band and you were playing with Alanis [Morissette]. You’d come watch me play in dive bars and be like, ‘Kid you’re a star,'” he continued. “And I thought you were crazy but you gave me so much hope and determination.” Read more
Musical mega-star & hip hop artist Kyai Taylor turns heads with his unique musical craft (AllHipHop)
Kyai was up for the challenge and powered through the pain, establishing himself as one of the next stars.
Kyai, from New York City but now living in LA, has had a great year thus far. He had “My Secrets” go viral in 2021 along with “Funky Lines”, which has given him the perfect amount of momentum for 2022. Using this steam Kyai has been planning one of his biggest drops yet.
Since his 2021 run, Kyai has been teasing his newest releases on his Snapchat stories. When asked about this he said, “I’ve been getting ready for something big and just wanted to give my fans a little teaser”. Keeping fans in on the experience has always been a factor behind the New York natives’ success. Continuing to do so, whatever Adir drops next will most likely carry a similar weight as his last release.
Musical artist Kyai Taylor has been paving his own way in the music industry. The upcoming MC grew up in the Northside of America, one of the city’s most dangerous places. Dealing with trauma from his past, the artist uses his music as an outlet to reach others. At the age of 16, Kyai Taylor lost his mother. Read more
Nicki Minaj celebrates Fivio Foreign collab “We Go Up” taking no. 1 spot on iTunes (HNHH)
“Not a Republic Records single, no bag on it, just a surprise for the fans,” the Rap icon wrote.
Hip Hop loves itself a good surprise drop and Friday 25 March, Nicki Minaj and Fivio Foreign delivered. Minaj has been satisfying her Barbz demands as we’ve received new music from the Rap icon on a regular basis. We’re fresh off of her collaboration with Coi Leray, “Blick Blick,” and amid that single’s chart takeover, Minaj and Fivio surprised the world with their new collaboration, “We Go Up.”
Fivio has been dominating the New York Drill space and Minaj added her talents to a production that many aren’t used to seeing her tackle. Within its first few hours, the track has been an expected success, and over on Instagram, Minaj celebrated “We Go Up”‘s warm reception.
Minaj shared a text image that reads: “No promo No video No nothing All she did was drop it.” The post also showed that “We Go Up” “has reached #1 on US iTunes.” Read more
Ghana vs Nigeria: Fans dissatisfied with goalless draw (Punch)
Football enthusiasts in Kaduna say Super Eagles’ holding of Ghana’ s Black Stars to a goalless draw in Kumasi in the World Cup play-off match Friday, fell short of their expectations.
Voicing out their feelings in an interview with NAN shortly after the game, some of them observed lack of coordination, singling out the goalkeepers as the only impressive performers.
“They had a poor outing; there was no coordination and even squandered the few chances they had; they were playing as if it was a friendly match.
“The Ghanaians had a better outing; we hope for a better performance in the second leg, come Tuesday next week,” said Francis Oche, a Viewing Centre operator and football lover. Read more
Victor Moses denied chance to escape Spartak Moscow with Burnley move (Independent)
Burnley have been scuppered in their efforts to bring Premier League winner Victor Moses to Turf Moor on a short-term deal, according to multiple reports in national titles.
The Clarets, who are engaged in a relegation battle, tried to bring the Spartak Moscow winger in to end his predicament in Russia but the plan was not met with approval by the Premier League itself. It is understood that Moses, Burnley and Spartak Moscow were all open to the move happening until the end of the season.
Burnley have reportedly been informed they cannot bring in Moses on a short-term deal over concerns moves between the Russian league and Premier League could harm the sporting integrity of the league, despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine resulted in both domestic leagues being suspended and FIFA and UEFA taking the decision to allow players from teams in these leagues to join other leagues even though the window is shut.
The Premier League, however, joined the Bundesliga and Serie A is preventing any moves from taking place despite the willingness of all parties. Read more
Joan Laporta: Barcelona signings must adjust salary expectations (ESPN)
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said no exceptions will be made with potential new signings regarding wages.
The Catalan club, who have a negative €144 million spending limit according to LaLiga, continues to work on cutting down spending.
However, Laporta said Barca are still intending to make “four or five reinforcements” during the summer transfer window.
“We are working on the financial issue and obtaining more resources to have the salary margin we need,” Laporta told Mundo Deportivo. “And at the same time, we are working from the sporting management side to incorporate four or five reinforcements that we think the team needs to be increasingly competitive.” Read more
Liverpool Legends describe Anfield return for Barcelona charity game as a ‘dream come true’ (TalkSport)
Returning to Anfield has been described as ‘going back to a church or a mosque’ as Liverpool legends prepare to take on Barcelona legends in a charity game.
A number of well-known faces are set to line up against Barca, including Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Dirk Kuyt, who will be managed by Sir Kenny Dalglish.
The match will be played in front of a sell-out Anfield crowd, raising funds for LFC Foundation and its charity partners.
Barcelona’s side will similarly feature a number of footballing legends such as Rivaldo, Edgar Davids, Gaizka Mendieta and Javier Saviola. Read more
F1 marshal quits Saudi Arabian Grand Prix over vile Lewis Hamilton tweet (Express)
An F1 marshal who tweeted he ‘hoped’ Lewis Hamilton would suffer a crash mirroring Roman Grosjean’s horror incident in 2020 has quit working at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The incident has added to the controversy surrounding this weekend’s action after a nearby fuel depot was set alight on Friday.
Saturday’s P3 and qualifying sessions and Sunday’s Grand Prix were plagued with doubt on Friday evening after an extremist group targeted an Aramco facility just six miles away from the track. Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility amid their battle with the Saudi government.
P2 was delayed by 15 minutes as crisis meetings were held between F1 president Stefano Domenicali and the teams. And after the action on the track, drivers, some of whom were opposed to driving this weekend, met for hours to discuss whether the race should go ahead.
But whilst the action has resumed, tensions haven’t been helped by a tweet from an F1 marshall working at the Saudi Arabian GP. He wished an accident upon Hamilton and called the seven-time world champion a ‘dog’ in response to his desire to help the nation’s human rights record. Read more
Heather Watson reflects on upset win over Elina Svitolina in Miami (TennisWorld)
World No. 115 Heather Watson was absolutely thrilled after beating former world No. 3 Elina Svitolina at the Miami Masters. Watson, a former world No. 38, produced an upset on Thursday as she defeated No. 15 seed Svitolina 4-6 6-3 7-6 (4) to advance into the Miami third round.
“I love this tournament. I’ve been coming here for so long. I just love it here, I feel like it’s home,” Watson told Amazon Prime Video, per Tennis 365. “I’m really happy that I’m coming back into form this year.
I was just thinking at the end that my fitness got me through that match. I’m really glad I held my nerve and was able to get over the line”.
After losing the first set, Watson started the second set with an early break and a 2-0 lead. Read more
NBA players speechless as YouTube star JiDion gets haircut courtside at game (DailyStar)
YouTube star JiDion had a haircut while courtside at an NBA game leaving the players speechless.
The American is known for his pranks which he shares to his four million plus subscribers and his latest stunt came during the basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks on Friday (March 25).
He caught the attention of the cameras as he had someone shave his already bald head with the Timberwolves leading 110-87 in the fourth quarter. That meant he appeared on the big screen in the arena while there was a break in play, causing laughter to erupt amongst the crowd.
Timberwolves shooting guard Anthony Edwards couldn’t believe what he was seeing and his jaw almost hit the floor in shock. JiDion, who was sporting a Louis Vuitton cape, stayed in character despite all the commotion. Read more