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MultiChoice Nigeria unveils Whitemoney as GOtv Brand Ambassador

MultiChoice Nigeria has unveiled BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season winner, Hazel Oyeze Onouduenyi, popularly referred to as Whitemoney as its latest brand ambassador for GOtv Nigeria.
The announcement was made on Monday, November 15, 2021, at a signing ceremony held at the MultiChoice office in Lagos.


Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe stated that the choice of BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season winner as GOtv brand ambassador was in recognition of his tenacity and drive which endeared him to many.

 “Having Whitemoney join the family is very significant. We saw a lot of votes from subscribers and it was clear that they all loved him as is evident with his huge fan base. We have had a lot of ambassadors in the past- Daddy Showkey, the past Big Brother winner, Laycon – who have represented the brand well and now Whitemoney, who will be the first GOtv ambassador with his own reality TV show,” Ugbe said.


He also noted that his signing is coming on the 10th anniversary of the brand and the launch of the latest package, GOtv Supa.
“GOtv is a product that has been around for 10 years, providing technologically advanced, easily accessible, affordable and customer-friendly packages for millions of Nigerians nationwide. In line with enabling customers with quality entertainment, we recently launched the GOtv Supa package which will focus on an extensive catalog of general entertainment channels available on DStv such as Honey, Africa Magic Urban, WWE, TLNovelas, Novela Magic, ROK, KIX, Nick Jr. and NickToons at just N5,500,” said Ugbe.


The company also revealed that Whitemoney would be starring in his reality TV show on Africa Magic in the first quarter of 2022.
Executive Head, Content and West Africa Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, Dr. Busola Tejumola, speaking on the upcoming reality show said: “Whitemoney has a story to tell and our platform is the best place to tell that story. We can’t wait for Nigerians to watch him on their screens. We are also excited to have him onboard and we look forward to a mutually rewarding experience.”


On his part, the elated GOtv ambassador thanked the MultiChoice family for the recognition and also the opportunity to showcase his talent to a wider audience.
“I entered the Big Brother Naija house on merit, with no connection. This is a big deal for me, coming from a background where I was written off and only recognized for my looks.


“Being the first GOtv ambassador is a big win not just for the brand but also for my fan base. They get to see the real me and all the plans I have going forward. I am grateful to God, MultiChoice Nigeria and proud to be a GOtv Ambassador,” he added.

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Monarch’s Son Shot Dead, Daughter Abducted As Gunmen Invade Palace

Gunmen broke into Ikpomolokpo palace in Gege ward of Ado Local Government Area in Benue State in the early hours of Monday, killing the son of the monarch while his daughter was whisked away.
Witnesses said the gunmen stormed the community about 2 am and headed to the palace of the clan head where they wreaked havoc.


The villagers said that they heard gunshots severally from the residence of the clan head but could not intervene because they themselves were helpless.
Chairman of Ado LGA, Chief James Oche, confirmed the incident to journalists in Makurdi, saying he received a distress call on the incident.

 “Some gunmen at about 2 am today (Monday) entered into the residence of the clan head of Ipomoloko through the fence and asked for the wife of the clan head from the son whose name is Thompson.”


“The young man told them that he did not know the whereabouts of his mother and they shot him dead and they now took the sister away,” he said.
The council chairman added that he immediately alerted troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) but before they could get to the palace, the gunmen had escaped into the Atiga forest in the area.


Oche said the troops were already trailing the culprits with the aim of apprehending them and rescuing the abductee. Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Benue, DSP Catherine Anene, was unreachable as of press time as her telephone line was switched off. (Daily Trust)

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Sani Dangote Is Dead!

The Vice President of the Dangote Group and brother to the President of the group, Aliko Dangote, Sani Dangote is dead.
The death was confirmed in a terse statement by the Dangote Group on Sunday, with sources adding that he died in the United States of America during a protracted illness.


Sani was said to have breathed his last on Sunday.
The Dangote Group said in the statement: “INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHI RAJIUN!
“It is with a heavy heart but with total submission to Almighty Allah that we announce the passing on of our Group Vice President, Alhaji Sani Dangote today 14th November 2021.


“May Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, (The most glorified, the most high) grant him mercy and Admit him in Aljannat-al-Firdaus!”
Before his death, Sani had investments in manufacturing, agriculture, banking and oil services.


He also sat on the Board of several other companies, including Nigerian Textile Mills Plc, Nutra Sweet Limited, Gum Arabic Limited, Dangote Textile Mills Limited, Alsan Insurance Brokers, Dan-Hydro Company Limited, Dansa Food Processing Company Limited and Dangote Farms Limited.
He was also the Deputy Chairman of the African Gum Arabic Producers Association and a two-time President of Lagos Polo Club in addition to being a professional polo player.


Sani was a member of several Chambers of Commerce, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria and President of the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association (“FERSAN”).
He was well known for his role as the chairman of Dansa Holdings, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group that produces beverages.
He also owned Dansa Foods Limited, Dansa Energy, Sagas Energy Limited, Bulk Pack Services Limited, Dansa Agro Allied Limited, and Dangote Farms Limited.

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AMCON Promotes Entrepreneurship Among Corps Members

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has initiated an entrepreneurship and empowerment programme for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to carry out their national service with AMCON. 


The scheme, which is tagged the “Managing Director’s Annual NYSC Entrepreneurship Competition”, is a scheme introduced by AMCON to encourage the Corps members to come up with a business plan as entrepreneurs and contest among themselves by making presentations before a panel set up by AMCON to select the best three realistic business plans that will stand the chance of winning the MD’s cash reward.


At the end of the maiden edition of the initiative, three of the fifteen contestants came tops and were presented cheques of Five Hundred Thousand Naira each at a ceremony held at AMCON head office in Abuja. The Corps members who emerged victorious include Joanna Jewel Adamu (FC/21A/1265), Umar Aliyu Gosta (FC/21A/1251), and Abdulsamad Saidu Usman (FC/21A/1046) whose business proposals centred on online art and fashion business; poultry production; and technological innovation respectively.


AMCON Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ahmed Lawan Kuru while addressing the participants at the ceremony noted the high rate of graduate unemployment, and the need for stakeholders to work towards steering the mindset of the youths from that of seeking white-collar jobs to that of entrepreneurial engagement must be encouraged by institutions both private and public.


Kuru who extolled the empowerment programs of the Federal Government practically started a campaign for the incorporation of functional entrepreneurship training into the nation’s education curriculum. According to him, AMCON initiated the entrepreneurship program for Corps members in appreciation of the invaluable contributions of NYSC to national development.


The AMCON boss said the intervention began with the conduct of Entrepreneurship training for the Corps Members with some members of the Staff of AMCON volunteering as resource persons. The Managing Director explained that the introduction of the business plan contest was aimed at providing funds to enable the winners actualize their business dreams and, in the process, contribute to the economic development of the country.


He further stated that aside from the winners, many of the other competitors came up with excellent business ideas, adding that the latter group will also be supported with some tokens. He did not state what that token will be. He expressed determination not only to sustain the program but also to increase the number of winners in subsequent editions. Kuru used the occasion to assure AMCON’s readiness to go into broader partnership with NYSC in the area of entrepreneurship and empowerment.
In his address, the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said the Scheme had been assiduous in the implementation of its Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (SAED), adding that many ex-trainees of the program were now owners of flourishing businesses. He said Corps members had enormous potentials for self-employment, but added that the challenge was always that of access to funding to actualize their business plans.


The Director-General said this informed the proposal for the establishment of the NYSC Trust Fund, which would not only make the SAED training more functional but also serve as a sustainable source of funding for the Corps entrepreneurs.
On that note, the NYSC boss thanked AMCON management for joining the league of partners that are supporting NYSC in the empowerment of Corps members and assured that the scheme would effectively partner with the agency for the continued success of the new initiative. He also assured that the scheme would strictly monitor the beneficiaries of the program and provide feedback to AMCON on their business progress. The Director-General congratulated the winners of the competition and enjoined them to make judicious utilization of the funds given to them.

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Tuface’s Babymama, Pero Demands N500m Compensation From His Wife, Annie Idibia Over Alleged Defamation



Pero Adeniyi, a babymama to Nigerian singer, Innocent Idibia a.k.a TuBaba has served a lawsuit notice to his wife, Annie Idibia over alleged defamation of character.


It would be recalled that Annie had called out her husband, TuBaba for allegedly spending the night at Pero’s residence in the United States during a trip to Disneylan


The actress, in a viral voicenote, also alleged that the singer packed his belongings and travelled to the US to see Pero and her kids without prior notice.
Serving Annie the lawsuit notice on her birthday through her lawyers, Pero demanded a retraction of the actress’ claims and the sum of N500m as damages.

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3 Weeks After, Kidnapped Chief Imam Regains Freedom

The abducted Chief Imam of Yangoji Central Mosque in the Kwali Area Council of Abuja, Abdullahi Abubakar Gbedako, and his son, Ibrahim Abubakar, have regained their freedom from their abductors after spending three weeks in captivity.


It had been reported that the chief imam, who is also the vice-principal of the Government Junior Secondary School (GJSS), Kwaita in Kwali, and his two sons were abducted by kidnappers at his residence in Yangoji three weeks ago.

But one of the imam’s sons, Aliyu Abubakar, managed to escape from the kidnappers’ den and he was bitten by a snake in the bush last week.
A family member of the chief imam, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the release of the imam and his son Sunday.


He said they were released on Friday evening at about 6:47 pm.
He said the family struggled to source for additional N2.5 million demanded by the kidnappers before the victims were set free at a forest in the Sadauna community in Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State.
“And it was even out of the N2.5 million they asked the person that will be bringing the ransom to them to remove N100,000 to buy foodstuffs, drinks, and drugs, apart from bags of rice and drinks the family bought for them earlier,” he said.


The Chief Imam was said to have gone for a medical checkup with his son at an undisclosed hospital in Gwagwalada.
The chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Stephen Knabayi, also confirmed the release of the vice-principal, even as he declined to speak further.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, DSP Adeh Josephine, requested some time to find out about the release of the victims, promising to call back later.

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The United States Consulate has carved out six days to attend to students needing visas for studies in the United States.


A statement by the U.S. Mission noted that the students applying for new visas and those renewing their visas would be attended to on specific dates between this month and January 2022.


It reads: “Starting November 24, the U.S. Mission once again will be expanding operations to better serve the student population of Nigeria. This approach will be two-fold: a special procedure for students who need to renew student visas to continue their course of study, and a series of dedicated interview days for prospective new students.


“You may be eligible for a priority student visa interview slot if you are a prospective student seeking an F1 visa appointment and you have not been refused an F1 visa in the past six months.
“Abuja student surge days will take place on December 8, December 15, and January 12.These surge days will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Lagos student surge days will take place on November 24, December 8, and December 15.”


While students in Abuja are required to check  www.ustraveldocs.com/ng for instructions, those in Lagos are to book their appointments by emailing their documents to LagosStudents@state.gov.
The students in both locations need to submit completed DS-160, approved I-20, I-901 SEVIS fee receipts, GTBank (MRV) receipt for visa fee, valid passport data page, and a scanned passport photograph.


For students renewing visas, the statement listed separate requirements.
It reads: “If you are currently studying in the United States, you may be eligible for a special application procedure. To qualify for this procedure, you must be renewing a student visa that is still valid or has expired within the past 24 months and are renewing your visa either to: (a) continue participation in the same major course of study even if at a different institution; or (b) attend the same institution even if in a different major course of study.”


Abuja applicants: Go to www.ustraveldocs.com/ngand follow the instructions to complete your visa application. Visit a designated DHL facility and mail the following documents:
A printout of your Confirmation page (printed from www.ustraveldocs.com/ng)
A completed DS-160, an approved I-20, a receipt for your I-901 SEVIS fee
A GTBank (MRV) receipt for your visa fee, your passport containing the expired student visa (if that passport is expired, a current valid passport is also required).
A passport photograph meeting these requirements
Proof of continued full-time enrollment (such as transcripts, tuition payment, etc.)
Lagos applicants: Bring all of the following to the U.S. Consulate in Lagos at 12:30-1:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, between November 25 and January 5:
A completed DS-160, an approved I-20, a receipt for your I-901 SEVIS fee
A GTBank (MRV) receipt for your visa fee, your passport containing the expired student visa (if that passport is expired, a current valid passport is also required), a passport photograph meeting these requirements
Proof of continued full-time enrollment (such as transcripts, tuition payment, etc.)”

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Tears Surge As Nigeria’s Envoy To Sierra Leone Mother Is Laid To Rest In Nassarawa State, Nigeria.

The sincere love of a mother is often described as selfless and sincere because it is a bond that comes naturally through birth. And as such the loss of a mother in most cases is irreplaceable, to learn the fact that they taught us nearly everything during our cradle and yet fail to teach us how to live without them.

The above practically depicts the feelings and state of mind of the family members and the children of Late Madam Evelyn Omaku fondly referred to as “Awawu” passed away on 5thNovember 2021 

Speaking during the funeral ceremony, the head of the Omaku’s clan Mr. John Omaku who could not hold his tears while expressing his grief said ” My late wife was more than a wife; she was a wife indeed. She was more of a sister than a wife because we shared things in common; In fact, behind my successes is my wife because of the series of her advice that she gave me and that helped me in so many ways in bringing up our children”.

“As a matter of fact, if I am to continue meditating on her closeness and the things we used to do together I may not have the time to end it up and that is what is etching me now seriously.”

While Reverend David Ajang Catholic bishop of Lafia Diocese who preached during the mass, held at St. Aloysius Catholic church, Doma, and Nassarawa state took his reading form the book of Mathew chapter 11 verses 25, the clergy further admonished Christians to always prepare for death by writing their Will, keep documents such as Baptism card, bank account accessible and making provisions for the burials when they are alive.

The Nigerian’s Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Mr. Henry Omaku on his part, described his late mum as an epitome of humility, noting that he will live to remember the sweet memories of his mother and the legacies she left behind; there is no doubt that this is a bereaved moment and a very difficult moment for the family but then we are consoled by the solidarity and the kind words from people that came from far and near to sympathize with us.”

“I really have nothing to say rather than to thank God because at this point in time, the population I have seen have attested that my late mother have left good legacies and that is why the crowd have spoken good of her and I pray that God will give us the strength and wisdom to emulate mama and do our best by touching lives and making positive impacts and adding value to the society.”

Late Madam Evelyn Omaku was finally committed to mother earth midst tears by her close family members and friends on 12th November 2021 in Nassarawa state Nigeria.

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Yoruba Nation: FG, Igboho Face-Off May End Soon As Both Parties Signal Roundtable Discussion

 The face-off between the Federal Government and Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, may soon come to an end after both parties signaled plans to sit before the roundtable and discuss a political solution to the issues that had degenerated as well as attracted interests from Southwest indigenes at home and abroad.


Both parties signaled the move after acknowledging that they were ready whenever there was a need for such dialogue and to allow reasons to prevail over whatever sentiments they nurse against each other in the country.
The first move for the roundtable discussion was signaled by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, announcing that the apex government has not ruled out the possibility of dialogue to the cases involving Sunday Igboho and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu.


Accepting the invitation, Sunday Igboho’s counsel, Yomi Alli, on Friday, barely three days after, describing the move as the best solution to the face-off that had led to the detention of Yoruba nation agitator in the Benin Republic.


The counsel, through a statement made available to newsmen, said that Sunday Igboho, remain a peace-loving person and was glad that the Federal Government has allowed reasons to prevail over their personal wishes, saying the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has now understood that no force on earth can subdue the mantra of self-determination by an indigenous people.


Alli noted that since there was no referendum to determine if they wished to remain in the country, there should be fair treatment of all tribes in accordance with the rule of law.
“We have the consent of Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Agboho Oosa to react to the olive branch extended to him by the Hon Attorney General of the Federation in what we regard as kite flying at Arise TV as reported by all the dallies on 10th November 2021.
“Our client as a peace-loving person is glad that the Federal Government has allowed reasons to prevail in realizing that no force on earth can subdue the mantra of self-determination by an indigenous people save referendum and/or sense of belonging and fair treatment of all tribes in accordance with the rule of law”.


The Yoruba Nation agitator’s lawyer, meanwhile, has disclosed conditions that would be presented before the government during the roundtable discussion, just as he commended his counsel’s supporters for their steadfastness in spite of their persecution.
“Intimidation by imprisonment of our client in a foreign land, which is generally regarded as the 37th state of Nigeria, cannot help the situation but respect for the rule of law as espoused in the #20.5 billion judgment in favor of our client. The imprisonment is making him more resolute in seeking self-determination for his Yoruba indigenous tribe.


“Hence as a mark of good faith, Nigeria should start with instructing its “vassal” state to release our client and allow him to embark on his medical trip to Germany. The Republic of Benin has not been able to charge our client for any criminal offense for over the 3 months that they hold him illegally in their prison in Cotonou. We have his mandate to enter into any binding agreement on his behalf that will also be acceptable to his Oodua Nation Group”, he added.


Earlier, Malami had said although no such proposal was currently before the Federal Government, the government would consider it if anybody or group comes up with such a proposal.


“Well, as far as securities situation is concerned, as far as governance is concerned, and administration, you cannot rule out all possibilities. But crime is a crime. When there are criminal undertones associated with certain conduct, you cannot take away the right of the government to take steps with particular regard to ensuring that the people that are in one way or the other operating in breach are brought to book,” he added.

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How I killed Vanguard Reporter, Tordue Salem – Suspect


The police have arrested a commercial driver suspected to be responsible for the death of a Vanguard Journalist, Tordue Salem.
The suspect, a 29-year-old commercial driver, Itoro Clement was paraded on Friday in Abuja.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said Clement was arrested following an investigation carried out by the Force Intelligence Bureau.
He said Clement who was driving a 2004 Model Camry with number plate BWR 243 BK confessed to having hit Tordue at about 10:00 pm on the night of 13th October 2021, around the Mabushi area in Abuja but ran away.


The driver, during interrogation, said, “I thought it was an armed robber that I knocked down until the following day when I saw a smashed phone on my windscreen. The phone was not working again so I threw it away.”
Explaining why he did not wait after the accident; Clement claimed that the area where the incident occurred is notorious for criminal activities.


“The place I knocked this person down, is a criminal place everybody knows that place,” he said. Salem’s body was found on Thursday, November 11, more than a month after he went missing.


An indigene of Benue State, Salem covers the House of Representatives and was last seen on October 13, 2021, a situation that led to protest and agitation by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Abuja.

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