Monday, June 1


Six churches have been closed in Bayelsa for violating the state government's directive on conducting services during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The churches which violated the state government's directive of holding services with only 50 worshipers include Living Faith Church, Igbogene, Salvation Victory Centre, Igbogene, Shalom International Christian Centre along Tombia-Amassoma road,  Great Grace Distinguished Assembly, Okutukutu and Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, Opolo and Hebrews International Church, Ayama road.

TheState Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Mr. Freston Akpor said the churches which also failed to comply with safety measures wearing of face masks and observance of social distancing during service, will remain closed until further notice to serve as a deterrent to other churches.

Akpor also said that two churches; the Halleluya Deliverance Ministry International and Embassy Faith churches were unsealed on Sunday, May 31 after an undertaken to comply with prescribed safety protocols.


The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency has announced that the new price of petrol is N121.50

The PPPRA made the announcement in a circular to fuel marketers dated May 31, 2020, instructing them to strictly adhere to the new changes in price.

The circular reads:
Please recall the recently approved pricing regime which became effective March 19, 2020, and the provision for the establishment of a monthly price band within which petroleum marketers are expected to sell PMS at the retail stations,” the circular read.
After a review of prevailing market fundamentals in the month of May and considering marketers realistic operating costs as much as practicable, we wish to advise of a new PMS guiding pump price with corresponding ex-depot price for the month of June 2020, as follows; price band N121.50 – N123.50 per litre.

Ex-Depot price N102.13 – N104.13 per litre. Ex-Depot for collection N109.78 – N111.78 per litre. All marketers are advised to operate within the indicative prices as advised by the PPPRA.
Recall the pump price of petrol was on March 18, 2020 reduced to N125 per litre from N145 per litre, causing many Nigerians to hail the decision of the president to ease the financial burdens on citizens amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Manchester United have reached an agreement to extend Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo’s loan from Shanghai Shenhua until January 31, 2021.

The forward was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy.

The Nigerian striker, who previously played for Premier League side Watford, impressed in his eight appearances before lockdown and the consequent postponement of football – scoring four goals in three starts – and the club was keen to extend his loan until the end of the campaign.

While there have been no discussions to keep the 30-year-old at the club on a permanent basis, Solskjaer has been keen from the start to have Ighalo in his squad for the end of the season.

“It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, with a trophy for us,” Solskjaer told MUTV.
Ighalo’s current deal at Shenhua runs out in December 2022 and he will be expected to sign a contract offer until the end of 2024 worth £400,000 a week.

He will now miss the majority of the 2020 Chinese Super League season, which is scheduled to begin in June.

Shanghai’s original stance was that they would only agree to extend his loan if an obligation to buy was incorporated into the deal, with Ighalo likely to cost upwards of £20m.

Zubairu Dalhatu Malamai, the former boyfriend of Customs Boss Hameed Ali, new wife, Hajiya Zainab Abdullahi, has demanded payment of N9Million he spent during their relationship.

The Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) married over the weekend.

The customs boss married his new bride, Hajiya Zainab Abdullahi in a wedding ceremony devoid of fanfare because of the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In a recent letter through his lawyer, Zubairu Dalhatu Malamai, has now demanded that he is paid the Nine Million Naira he spent during their relationship.

In the letter which was sighted by LailasNews, his lawyers listed the expenses which they want to be repaid.

Sharing the news on Twitter, Emma ik Umeh wrote;

“Ex-boyfriend of new wife of custom’s BOSS demands payment of 9milliom spent during their relationship through his lawyer.
Things they happen ooh 😂🤣🤣
Source: Abdulrashee Shehu”
See the letter by his lawyer below;


It seems the request by Hajiya Zainab Abdullahi ex is based on an an archaic common law remedy that allows the jilted lover or betrothed to sue for a breach of promise to marry. That said, the requirements to prove such a breach are very strict and that cause of action has been abrogated in many jurisdictions.

The law allows this, however the burden of proof is on the plaintiff to show that these were either loans or specific amounts spent towards the marriage which was assured by her. As long as they were gifts or trips made during normal courtship, nothing will be returned.

According to reports, Manchester United have failed in their bid to agree on a new loan deal for striker Odion Ighalo with his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua.

The two clubs had been in talks for days over a new loan deal for the Nigeria International, who first signed for Manchester United back in January transfer window.

According to The Sun, the 30-year-old will head back to Shanghai Shenhua following the conclusion of his loan as United were unable to announce an extension before his current loan agreement expired on Sunday night.

Ighalo's agent, Atta Aneke, initially revealed both clubs had discussed a loan extension until the end of January 2021, when the 30-year-old would return to Shanghai due to the restrictions of foreign players. 

Sportsmail understands that Ighalo's loan fee was a problem for United, which could have been one of the challenges as to why they failed to reach an agreement for his extension.

Odion Ighalo who signed for Manchester United on a short-term loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua back in January, made a valuable contribution, scoring four times in eight games for the Premier League club.


Governor Kayode Fayemi has announced the relaxation of the lockdown imposed in Ekiti state following the confirmation of Coronavirus cases in the state. 

The Ekiti State Governor said residents of the state will now have free movement for their daily activities from Monday to Friday between six in the morning and eight in the evening. He also directed civil servants on Grade Level 8 and above to resume duty, while those on Grade Level 7 and below are to remain at home till further notice.

Fayemi noted that the state “cannot afford a community infection that could easily overwhelm our medical capacity and return us to another round of stay-at-home with even more stringent measures."

He stated that markets, schools, and places of worship would soon be reopened after consultations with stakeholders in different areas.

He said;

 “Commencing from tomorrow, June 1, 2020 (today), Ekiti people will now be able to go about their daily activities from Monday to Friday, 6am to 8pm. For the avoidance of doubt, the dusk to dawn curfew will daily resume at 8pm till 5.59am of the following morning.
“Ekiti State public officers at Grade Level 8 and above are to resume for duty from June 1, 2020, while those on Level 7 and below are to remain at home for now.
“Existing restrictions on human and vehicular movement would continue to be observed in accordance with existing regulations contained in the Ekiti State Coronavirus Disease (Prevention of Infection), Regulations 2020.
“Government is considering reopening the major markets to permanent shop owners, after the outcome of the engagement process that is ongoing on the relocation of roadside traders to the available alternative markets being prepared for them. The reopening will be subject to compliance with specific conditions and protocols that are being determined.
“Similarly, government appreciates the impact of the continued stay at home of our children. Therefore, effort is ongoing to reopen the schools as soon as the committee set up to appraise the protocols, resources, conditions and modalities for reopening has concluded its work.
“This is without prejudice to what may be decided subsequently at the national level in respect of school reopening.”

Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has joined the George Floyd protest as he showed a message calling for “justice” for the death of the black American, after scoring on Sunday.

George Floyd was an unarmed black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes as he told them “I can’t breathe”.

Floyd’s death has sparked mass protests across the US, with governors in several states calling in National Guard troops in an attempt to maintain order.

Sancho put Dortmund 2-0 up 57 minutes into their Bundesliga match against Paderborn, before removing his jersey to reveal an undershirt with a message reading “justice for George Floyd”.

He also took to his Instagram page to write about the protest. He wrote;

“Solid performance from the team!!
“Delighted to get my first career hat trick, a bittersweet moment personally as there are more important things going on in the world today that we must address and help make a change.

“We shouldn’t fear speaking out for what’s right, we have to come together as one & fight for justice. We are stronger together! #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd”
Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi also removed his shirt after scoring to reveal the same message as Sancho.


See some reactions below;

@NutmegRadio: Black players in Euro leagues often express solidarity w victims of police violence or racism while playing or after scoring. This weekend in Germany: Weston McKennie (USA), Marcus Thuram (France), Jadon Sancho (England). It’d be a powerful statement if white players joined them.
@rogbennett: Incredible. English phenomenon Jadon Sancho rips off his shirt after scoring for Dortmund and pays tribute to George Floyd with this handwritten message. A London-born star playing in Germany but his mind is on the tragedy in Minnesota.
@PatrickTimmons1: Jadon Sancho becomes the latest player to use his platform to make a point. A class act. 
@piersmorgan: So @Sanchooo10 scored today for Dortmund, unveiled a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ T-shirt.. and got booked.
I hope every one of his teammates wears one in the next game. Down pointing backhand index 

307 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC reported that 188 cases were recorded in Lagos, 44 in FCT, 19 in Ogun, 14 in Kaduna, 12 in Oyo, 9 in Bayelsa, 5 in Gombe, 3 in Kano, 3 in Delta, 2 in Imo, 2 in Rivers, 2 in Niger, 2 in Bauchi, 1 in Plateau, and 1in Kwara state.

Currently, Nigeria has recorded 10162 cases of COVID-19. 3007 patients have been discharged from various Isolation centers across the country, while 287 deaths have been recorded.



Pastor E.A. Adeboye has reacted to the brutal rape and killing of UNIBEN undergraduate, Uwa Omozuwa, in one of the branches of his church, RCCG.

The 22-year-old victim was said to have been raped on Friday 29th May near Ikpoba Hill in Benin City, at her church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

Reports claim that the deceased had gone to the church to read as she prepared for the possible school resumption after months of staying at home as a result of the lockdown order.

The perpetrators were said to have attacked her at the RCCG Ohovbe road branch, raped, and smashed her head with a fire extinguisher, leaving her for dead.

Uwa’s assault in Benin has been condemned by Nigerians all over the country. With the hashtag, #JusticeForUwa, Nigerians are calling for Uwa’s attackers, who are still walking free, to be found and prosecuted.

Reacting to the murder, Pastor Adeboye condemned the act while urging people to remain calm and cooperate with the police. See what he wrote in an Instagram post below;
“All I can do at this time is to pray for the family of Omozuwa and do everything possible working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book. I and members of my Family condemn this act strongly and urge everyone to stay calm as we are already looking into the matter and cooperating with the police to establish the facts of the shocking situation . . #justiceforuwa”

A 103-year-old old woman recovered from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and chose to celebrate with a cold beer – her favorite drink.

According to reports coming from CNN, the family of the 103-year-old Massachusetts woman, Jennie Stejna celebrated her recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19) with her favorite beer served cold.

The woman identified as Jennie Stejna tested positive for coronavirus in late April and her family began preparing for the worst, granddaughter Shelley Gunn said.

Gunn added that at a point they reached her to say their goodbyes after the medical team informed the family that Stejna had stopped eating and drinking and might not make it through the night.

On May 8, Stejna’s nursing home, called her family to reveal that she had tested negative, and was symptom-free, the family said.

“The nurses came into her room, and she said, “I’m not sick anymore, Get the hell out,'” Gunn said.

Stejna was treated to her favourite drink, a cold beer by the nursing home staff.

“I think it’s given everyone a smile and some hope, while it’s dark days for everybody,” Gunn said.

Sunday, May 31



Colonel Hameed Ali (retd), the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service on Saturday May 30, married a new wife. 

 

The NCS comptroller who served as the military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998, took a new wife nearly two years after his first wife Hajiya Hadiza Jummai Ali died in Abuja on October 29, 2018. 
 

The low-key wedding ceremony took place in Kano State and here are photos below;






A 100 level student of the University of Benin, UNIBEN from the department of Microbiology, faculty of Life Sciences, Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, has reportedly been raped and killed inside a church in Edo  state.

The 22-year-old victim was said to have been raped on Friday 29th May near Ikpoba Hill in Benin City, at her church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

According to reports gathered, the deceased had gone to the church to read as she prepared for the possible school resumption after months of staying at home as a result of the lockdown order.

The perpetrators were said to have attacked her at the RCCG Ohovbe road branch, raped and smashed her head with a fire extinguisher, leaving her for dead.

Miss Vera was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), where she battled for her dear life at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

She, however, gave up the ghost Saturday midnight, May 30, following excess loss of blood and deep cuts sustained from the attack.

A family source, who confirmed the development, described the deceased as “an easy-going somebody (sic).” Her remains had been deposited at the morgue.

Nigerians have since taken to Twitter, using #JusticeForUwa, to demand for justice for the fallen student and one of the numerous victims of rape in the country.

President Buhari received a briefing from members of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 in the state House Abuja today May 31.

At the meeting were the DG NCDC Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, SGF Boss Mustapha, Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and DG National Agency for Control of Aids Dr. Sani Aliyu.

See more photos below


 Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, started a hashtag on social media, #WeAreTired to encourage Nigerians to speak up about rape, senseless killings, Police brutality and other frustrations faced in Nigeria.

Tiwa Savage started the #WeAreTired on Twitter, discussing how annoying and frustrating Nigerians are still facing what exactly occurred with our parents, grandparents, great grandparents.

The popular singer wrote;

I’ve heard so many times how hospitals in naija refuse to treat emergency patients because they didn’t come with police report. Is this actually the law? Face with open mouth
2020, this is 2020 Nigeria and WE STILL DONT HAVE CONSTANT ELECTRICITY. Jesus Christ …
Even a zoo is cleaner and better than police barracks and we wonder why policemen are collecting bribes out there rather than protecting us.
#WeAreTired of saying the same thing our parents, grand parents, great grand parents have been saying about Nigeria
#WeAreTired of senseless killings, lorries falling on road and killing passengers, ACs catching fire and burning houses, young girls getting raped, young boys killed by SARZ, no jobs for graduates, please add your own frustration because my list is long


Drag me all you want but I started this hashtag and maybe it will get noticed by others n then maybe it becomes something bigger that will make a change whether big or small but point is I started something #WeAreTired


Nigerian rapper, Slimcase has sent his apologies for his insensitive comment regarding #JusticeforTina, a movement started after a Nigerian Police officer shot dead a 16-year-old girl in Lagos.

In a recent post made by Slimcase, he prayed for God to let him “blow” while he is alive, unlike George Floyd who became popular after he was murdered by a white Police officer in America, leading to a #BlackLivesMatter in the country.
FAME AFTER DEATH… any positive blow wey I gats blow God Let me blow am now that I am alive not after I am dead George A sacrifice for d change in black history, he wrote.
Reacting to the post, one of his followers called him out for commenting on the murder of a black man in America instead of on Tina who was also murdered by a Police officer in Lagos, Nigeria.

Na America matter una always dey carry for head, why you no post that 16yrs old girl police shot for Lagos Abu them never settle the girl matter finish 
The rapper said in response that the murder of the teenage girl is a local issue which can be addressed as such, rather than George Floyd which he referred to as a “global pandemic”.

He wrote;

we talking about a global pandemic here Leave the Lagos girl for channels to talk about am
 His comment sparked an outburst from Nigerians which led to the artiste apologizing in a video shared on his social media page. He claims he is just “seeing the news”.

Watch the video below.


Nigerian artiste, Slimcase, has been heavily criticized for referring to Nigerian #JusticeForTina as a local matter while America #GeorgeFloyd a worldwide issue even though they were both murdered by the Police in their country.

Slimcase had shared an image of George Floyd on his social media page, calling him “Fame After Death” while praying that he becomes as big as possible while he is alive, not until his death.

FAME AFTER DEATH… any positive blow wey I gats blow God Let me blow am now that I am alive not after I am dead George A sacrifice for d change in black history
One of his followers criticized him for addressing the issue in America instead of that of Tina, a 16-year-old girl that was murdered by a Police officer in Lagos, Nigeria. The rapper responded saying that of Tina was a local matter while George’s is a “global pandemic”.

The follower, Olamiposi Hope wrote;

Na America matter una always dey carry for head, why you no post that 16yrs old girl police shot for Lagos Abu them never settle the girl matter finish
Slimcase responds;

we talking about a global pandemic here Leave the Lagos girl for channels to talk about am

 


Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG, has claimed that there will be a lot of babies in this COVID-19 period.

The cleric made the statement while speaking to his church members in his weekly online broadcast since the lockdown started across the country.

He claimed that Pastors will have a lot of time next year conducting baby naming ceremonies.

Watch Video:

Pastor Adeboye has been vocal since the coronavirus pandemic began ravaging the world. He has also been preaching hope to his church members and Nigerians at large, assuring them of a better life after the pandemic.

In March he said though the pandemic will subside but it may not die completely as many prophets had predicted.

He had said:

“I have heard one prophet say the coronavirus will soon die. And I said ‘amen’. You know prophets are greater than pastors. I heard another prophet say the world will experience rain for seven days and (it) will wash the plague away. I said ‘amen’. But I am speaking with you my children. The coronavirus will certainly subside after God has removed the plague but to say it will die, let me speak in local parlance, ‘na lie’ (it is a lie),” the pastor said.

A White man was dealt with by protesters after he aimed his bow and arrow at protesters in Utah who were demonstrating following the death of George Floyd.

 KSL-TV a local news station stated that the man was detained after the incident, which took place after 6:00pm (local time) on Saturday amid nationwide protests.

 The Salt Lake City Police Department also took to tweet that it did not have the person in custody but intended to screen charges against him.

Footage of the incident posted on social media depicted the man yell at bystanders for damaging his car as he prepared the bow.

The person filming the conflict asked:
“You call yourself an American?”
To which he said, “Yes, I’m American, All Lives Matter!” in reference to the slogan that has come to be associated with criticism of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which aims to convey the extent of police violence and systemic racism towards black people in America and beyond.



Controversial Prophet, Chukwuemeka Ohanaemere Odumeje has sent his apologies to the peoples of Arondizuogu and Awka as well as the Pericoma family over his demeaning statements.

The prophet had appeared in different viral videos condemning the practices of these individuals and also taking a swipe at the late Pericoma family, whom he described as a crude one with fetish beliefs.

Odumeje described the popular Awka masquerade festival, Egwu Imo Awka as being fetish and a means of worshipping monkeys, which is the symbol of the god.

But in a statement issued on Saturday by the pastor himself, Ohanaemere described the people of both communities as peace-loving who he claimed to had known and shared fellowship in his church over the years.

He, nonetheless, said the experience had enlightened him that unguarded utterances with divisive tendencies needed to be checked.

The statement partly read,

“My attention has been drawn to the publications on social media over the alleged face-off between me and the good people of Awka and Arondizuogu communities in Anambra and Imo state respectively.
“In the said posts, I was potrayed as declaring war on the people of these communities and their respective traditional festivals and beliefs, It was also alleged that I had vowed to destroy Imo-Awka festival and put a stop to the Ikeji festival of Arondizuogu.

“Consequently, upon the above, I wish to acknowledge that the people of Awka and Arondizuogu Communities are peace loving and I have over the years come to share fellowship and service in church with a great number of them.
“These two communities and their renouned indegenes have been known and recognised as major contributors to the development of their states, Igboland and the nation at large.
“Awka and Arondizuogu communities have produced great men and women of integrity and pedigree and have always remained at the top of great sons and daughters of Igbo land.
“Against this backdrop and with every humility as a Servant of the Living God, I sincerely apologise to the great people of these two communities, to the entire people of Igbo land and to my Elders for my utterances.I will not make any attempts to justify my statement as even I can see that it is hurtful in all its ramifications.
“I also want to specially apologize to the family of Mazi Pericomo of Arondizuogu who I understand until his passing was a diligent servant(Evangelist) of God. I apologise and put it on record that this experience has thought me that words that speak any form of divisive conversation amongst our people MUST be checked. This is a time for unity, love and unwavering support for each other.
“Similarly, I lend my voice to the directives of the federal and state government in observing all the COVID-19 protocols, while waiting on the Lord for the end of the pandemic.”

A GoFundMe campaign to help the family of George Floyd, who was murdered after a white Minneapolis police officer forcefully kneeled on his neck during his arrest, has now raised over $4.6 million in just 72 hours.

The campaign created by Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, has received more than 180,000 donations totalling to $4,652,670,  as of Sunday morning (May 31). The initial goal was to raise $1.5 million.

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd’s death, which has prompted nationwide protests that have turned violent in several cites.

The other three cops, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, have all been fired in connection with Floyd's death, but none have been arrested.



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