We have evidence Peter Obi defeated Tinubu, Atiku – Ohanaeze Ndigbo (Guardian)
Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has stated that it has sufficient evidence to show that the Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi convincingly won the presidential election of Saturday, 25 February 2023.
It stated that it is impressed, thrilled, and fascinated by the groundswell and intimidating mass movement, which has come to signify the consciousness of the paradigm shift from a consumption economy to a production economy, which the Obi-Datti movement symbolizes in present-day Nigeria.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo was reacting to reports credited to one Ambassador Tony Chiemelu Obizoba that “the Peter Obi presidency on the platform of the Labour Party is not destined to happen in 2023”. Read more
Banks resume paying Nigerians old N500, N1000 notes (DailyTrust)
Following the Supreme Court judgment, which extended the validity of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) currency redesign policy to December, some deposit money banks have started paying out the old notes.
Daily Trust checks showed that some commercial banks in the City of Kano and Abuja have commenced paying out the old N500 and N1000 notes.
While some branches of Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) issued out old notes, some others like Polaris Bank in Abuja had not commenced as of the time this report was filed. Read more
Chrisland: Court fixes inquest hearing for April 4 (Guardian)
The Coroner Inquest set-up to ascertain the cause of death of a 12-year-old Chrisland School pupil, Whitney Adeniran, who died on February 9, has fixed April 4 for hearing to commence.
Magistrate Olabisi Fajana fixed the date after entertaining submissions of all Counsels, who appeared before the Court sitting in Ikeja Magistrates ‘Court.
The counsel to the deceased family, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, had informed the court that they were unable to file a witness statement as instructed by the court at the last adjourned date. Read more
Lagos inaugurates control room for water transportation (Punch)
The Lagos State Government has inaugurated a state-of-the-art control room at the Lagos State Waterways jetty at Falomo in the Ikoyi area of the state where all water transport activities are monitored to ensure safety.
In addition, the state purchased well-equipped rescue boats for monitoring and quick response which have enabled a reduction in incidences of boat mishaps.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mrs Olayinka Patunola-Ajayi, while receiving the President and Chairman-in-Council of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Johnbull Amayaevbo, at her office. Read more
We are for Sanwo-Olu, body pledges (Nation)
The Lagos State Planks and Building Materials Market Sellers Association has reiterated its support for the re-election of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat.
At a stakeholders’ meeting in Amu Planks Market, Mushin, President of the association, Alhaji Lateef Adelodun, said it was expedient to re-elect Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat so that they can complete the many development projects they started in 2019.
Adelodun, who noted that Nigeria would thrive economically with good leaders, called on members of the association to spread the message of Sanwo-Olu’s re-election to all nooks and crannies of the state. Read more
Kogi Central women march, describe Feb 25 polls as peaceful (Guardian)
Women professionals from Kogi Central Senatorial District, yesterday, trooped out to express their gratitude to voters who turned out en masse to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the presidential and National Assembly elections penultimate Saturday.
The women, who thanked Kogi people and Governor Yahaya Bello for the election, said the road walk became necessary to demonstrate that women in the state, generally, were solidly behind the governor for giving them the voice they had been clamouring for over the years, urging him to do more.
Led by notable professionals in Kogi Central, the women took off from Okene Local Council Secretariat, walked through the new Reference Hospital, down to Total and back to the Secretariat, chanting victory songs as they marched. Read more
Tinubu visits Oba Akiolu in Lagos, describes victory as World Cup (Vanguard)
President-elect Bola Tinubu on Sunday stormed Lagos for the first time after winning the presidential election last Saturday and reiterated his promise not to disappoint Nigerians.
Tinubu arrived amid rousing welcome in a homecoming manner, at the Presidential wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja and received among others by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Chief of Staff Tayo Ayinde, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and other top functionaries in Lagos.
Shortly, after touching down he and the entourage proceeded to the Iga-Iduganran Palace, on a visit to Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, with some other traditional rulers in the state and White Cap chiefs. Read more
Domestic worker cuts off genitals of 72-year-old woman for money rituals (Independent)
The genital of a 72-year-old woman identified as Onyebuchi Ezeh has been cut off including other parts of her body by her domestic staff, in an attempt to use them for money rituals.
It was gathered that the incident happened in Umunze, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Thursday.
The victim was reportedly rescued by neighbours who later took her to the hospital after she raised an alarm and the suspect confessed that he and some others at large, committed the act on the instruction of a native doctor, who had promised to make them rich if they brought the required organs. Read more
1 dead, 8 injured in stampede during GloRilla concert in New York (NBC)
One person is dead and at least eight others injured after false fears of a shooting sparked a stampede during a GloRilla concert in Rochester, New York, on Sunday night, police said.
Rappers GloRilla and Finesse2tymes were performing at the Main Street Armory when fans thought they heard gunfire inside the venue at around 11 p.m., the Rochester Police Department told The Associated Press.
Police found “no evidence to support a shooting having occurred” inside the concert, Rochester Police Lt. Nicholas Adams said in a statement, according to the AP. Read more
Top Gun: Maverick and Everything Everywhere All At Once Win at ACE Eddie Awards (Variety)
Top Gun: Maverick topped the dramatic feature editing category at the American Cinema Editors 73rd ACE Eddie Awards, while Everything Everywhere All At Once won the category for best edited comedic feature during Sunday’s ceremony at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
The ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award, recognizing a filmmaker who exemplifies distinguished achievements in the art and business of film, was presented to Gina Prince-Bythewood for her body of work, including her latest film The Woman King.
Editors Lynne Willingham, ACE, and Don Zimmerman, ACE, were honoured with career achievement awards for outstanding contributions to film editing. Read more
Justin Bieber makes surprise appearance at Rolling Loud festival after cancelling tour (MusicNews)
Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance at the Rolling Loud music festival in California on Saturday (04.03.23).
The pop star – who recently cancelled the postponed dates of his ‘‘Justice World Tour’’ – returned to the stage at the event in Inglewood over the weekend to perform with his collaborator Don Toliver – treating the crowd to a rendition of their new track ‘‘Private Landing’’ which appears on Toliver’s album ‘‘Love Sick’’.
It marked Bieber’s first public performance since September 2022 when he appeared at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and came just days after the singer scrapped the remaining dates on his world tour. Read more
Bruce Willis’ wife appeals to paparazzi to stop yelling at him (SMH)
Bruce Willis’ wife has made an emotional plea to paparazzi to stop yelling at and calling to the Hollywood star who now has dementia, while they are out in Los Angeles.
“So this one is going out to the photographers and the video people that are trying to get those ‘exclusives’ of my husband out and about: just keep your space,” Emma Heming Willis said in an Instagram post. “I know this is your job but maybe just keep your space.”
She continued: “For the video people, please don’t yell at my husband asking him how he’s doing or whatever — the woohoo-ing and the yippee ki yay – just don’t do it. OK? Give him the space. Allow for our family or whoever’s with him that day to be able to get him from point A to point B safely.” Read more
Gary Rossington, original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist, dead at 71 (Fox)
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington died Sunday. He was 71.
The band’s representative confirmed Rossington’s death with Fox News Digital.
“It is with our deepest sympathy and sadness that we have to advise that we lost our brother, friend, family member, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington, today,” the band said online.
“Gary is now with his Skynyrd brothers and family in heaven and playing it pretty, like he always does.” Read more
Oscar-nominated Rihanna shares update ahead of award ceremony performance (Standard)
Rihanna has shared a video of her son watching the music video for Lift Me Up ahead of her highly-anticipated performance at the 95th Academy Awards ceremony.
The pop superstar, 35, will perform her Oscar-nominated song written for Marvel’s blockbuster sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at the ceremony on March 12 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Her performance will come exactly one month after her electrifying Super Bowl halftime show – where she revealed her surprise second pregnancy. Read more
German Chancellor Scholz warns of ‘‘consequences’’ if China sends arms to Russia (PBS)
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says there would be “consequences” if China sent weapons to Russia for Moscow’s war in Ukraine, but he’s fairly optimistic that Beijing will refrain from doing so.
Scholz’s comments came in an interview with CNN that aired Sunday, two days after he met the U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington.
U.S. officials have warned recently that China could step off the sidelines and begin providing arms and ammunition to Moscow. Ahead of his trip, Scholz had urged Beijing to refrain from sending weapons and instead use its influence to press Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine. Read more
AFCON qualifiers: Eagles get Onyeka boost (Punch)
Ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau in later this month, Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, has been handed a major boost after English Premier League side, Brentford, announced that midfielder Frank Onyeka has been cleared to return to action.
The Nigeria international was given the medical green light by club’s doctors to return to competitive football and will be available for Monday’s game against Fulham.
The 25-year-old midfielder last featured for Brentford in November last year in their 2-1 win against Manchester City where he played for 87 minutes and has been out since then with a hamstring injury. Read more
Kwara will soon be hub of amputee football in Africa (Sun)
The current national amputee football captain, Sarafadeen Olalekan Oyeleke, has advocated for equal opportunities extended to able-bodied and amputee football players in Nigeria.
The Irra-born, powerful defender of the National Amputee Football Team told Sportspro News in an exclusive chat that Amputee Soccer will soon become a household name in Ilorin and other parts of Nigeria.
According to a Computer Engineering graduate from the Federal Polytechnic Offa in Kwara State, the structure on the ground to promote amputee football will soon yield results that will now attract global attention. Read more
Salah breaking Fowler’s Liverpool record ”really special” – Klopp (ESPN)
Jurgen Klopp called Mohamed Salah becoming Liverpool’s new Premier League record scorer “really special” after Sunday’s win over Manchester United.
Salah scored twice in Liverpool’s historic 7-0 rout of United to reach 129 league goals during his time at Anfield, passing club legend Robbie Fowler in the process despite having played 61 fewer games.
“It’s really, really special and we should not forget that just because we are used to him scoring a lot of goals,” Klopp said of the Egyptian. “He should be really proud of that.” Read more
Barca beat Valencia, move nine points clear as Madrid stumble (France24)
Barcelona clung on with 10 men to beat Valencia 1-0 and move nine points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga on Sunday, thanks to Raphinha’s early header.
The champions could not find a way through against Real Betis in an entertaining 0-0 draw later on at the Benito Villamarin.
Brazilian winger Raphinha nodded Barca in front in the 16th minute. But after Ferran Torres missed a penalty and Ronald Araujo was sent off, the hosts were left fighting tooth and nail for the three points. Read more
Bahrain Grand Prix: Red Bull dominate but Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin play starring role (BBC)
Fernando Alonso enlivened a first race of the Formula 1 season that was dominated by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in a fashion that suggested the destiny of this year’s world championship might already be known.
Alonso produced a starring drive, featuring two quite superb overtaking moves, to fight back from seventh in the early stages to take the final podium place behind Verstappen and team-mate Sergio Perez.
The remarkable rise to the front of Alonso and his Aston Martin team was the story of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Read more
Luka Doncic, Devin Booker exchange words as Suns top Mavs (ABC)
A lot has changed with the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks since the teams met in the Western Conference semifinals last season, headlined by the blockbuster trades both franchises pulled off with the Brooklyn Nets last month to land superstars.
One thing that has stayed the same: Devin Booker and Luka Doncic really don’t like one another.
That was apparent once again when the young faces of the franchises got in each other’s faces during the final seconds of the Suns’ 130-126 win in a thrilling Sunday afternoon game at the American Airlines Center. Read more