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    Nigeria News |jaonline Blog
    FCMB Adam Nuru: My family is still intact – Wife
    Hauwa Nuru, wife of the embattled former MD of FCMB, Adam Nuru has denied claims she has left her matrimonial.
    In a statement released by Hauwa, she said she is still with her husband and has no plans to divorce him or move out of their home, The Cable reports.
    FCMB Adam Nuru: My family is still intact – Wife She said those spreading the rumours only want to demonise her “beloved husband and a loving father”.
    “I am still very much with my beloved husband. Following several calls from well-meaning family members and friends over a malicious publication and deliberate falsehood that I have packed out of my matrimonial home, I want to clarify for the avoidance of doubt that I am still very much with my husband,” Hauwa wrote.
    “This fake news was published by an online newspaper in a calculated attempt to further demonise my beloved husband and a loving father.
    “Let me reiterate that at no time did I contemplate leaving my matrimonial home or filing for divorce as no grounds exist for such. I really have no idea where this is coming from.
    “While I owe a debt of gratitude to all those who have genuinely expressed concern about the fabricated story of moving out of my matrimonial home, let me appeal to the media to abide by the ethics of their profession and avoid the pitfall of rumormongering and sensational reporting. There is no truth to the tale whatsoever. I will not be responding to any further comments made by persons who obviously have an agenda whatever it may be.”
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    FCMB Adam Nuru: My family is still intact – Wife
    Sanya Agunbiade

  1. Nigerian politician Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi has shared how he recovered from COVID-19 after contracted the virus.
    According to him, he shared his remedy on Facebook but was suspended on the platform due to alleged misinformation.
    However, he took to his Twitter account to reveal  what he did to recover from the virus while stating that people shouldn’t wait until 10 days as told before taking prescriptions. He wrote;
    “Facebook owner and staff want everyone to die of Covid19. They don’t want me sharing how I recovered from it. I say good riddance. If Twitter likes, let them also suspend me. Nobody I know must die from this engineered Bioweapon called Covid19!”
    “I took Quercetin 500mg twice daily (substitute for Hydroxychloroquine) x 7 days. Zinc (50mg elemental zinc daily. Checked the label to confirm elemental zinc levels) X 7 days.
    “I could not get Azithromycin without prescription, so I ate at least one bitter kola daily. 1000mg Vitamin C 3 times daily x 14 days Vitamins E, D3 & B Lots of hot green tea (contains bromelain) helped me somewhat.
    “I took panadol and paracetamol for the pain and headache, well below the daily recommended dose, sometimes just once daily. Fully recovered. Thank you.
    “My relative & her family (all tested positive) were advised to go home and wait for 10 days, and if any further symptoms, they should come to hospital!”
    “They’re fine now, after using same protocol I posted above. Another close relative in the UK was given similar advice – self-isolate at home for 10 days! She also followed same protocol & is recovering now. The thing to remember is that EVERYTHING on this list is over-the-counter.”


    Nigerian cross dresser James Brown has reacted after his official Instagram page was deactivated by Instagram.
    This happened few hours after he called out fellow cross dresser as he alleged that Bobrisky threatened him.
    However, Bobrisky has since denied his claimed but admitted that he blocked James in all social media platform.
    In a new You Tube video, James in his statement said he is unbreakable and there are other optional social media app he can sing up with if his account t is deleted again.
    He also alleged that Bobrisky had once threatened him last year to stop wearing wig and other women’s outfit but says he can’t be  controlled by Bobrisky.
    Watch the video below.

    A conjoined female twins has successfully been separated at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
    According to the University of Ilorin Teaching hospital, the conjoined female twins were successfully separated by a team of medical experts on Thursday, January 14.

    The babies were separated by a 66-member of Nigerian team of paediatric surgeons, paediatricians, paediatric cardiologist, anaesthetists, cardiothoracic surgeon, nurses, pharmacists, behavioral scientists and many more.
    The team was led by Paediatric surgeon, Prof Lukman Abdul-Rahman who is pictured above carrying the babies.
    See photos below.


    Relationship expert Blessing Okoro said without side chick some marriages would have been long dead.
    The controversial relationship blogger, said that some side chicks has made married women to sit up.

    She added that without side chicks, some women will turn palliatives in their   husband’s house.
    However, some of social media users has slammed her for such statements, while others agreed with her.

    The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Nigerians who fail to pray for the security of the country might be guilty of prolonging the war and insecurity recorded in the country.
    According to him, many Nigerians don’t pray for the troops in the frontline in their daily prayers. He said that many Nigerians only pray for money, promotion, enemies and that they don’t remember the soldiers who fight to insure peace across the country.
    In an article titled, ‘The Decent for the Indecent, the Just for the Unjust’ written to mark the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, Adesina said;
    “But victory is from God alone. That is what we must realise as Nigerians. Do we ever pray for our troops in the frontlines? Do we remember those youths, our pride, and strength, faced by death daily, as we sleep in the comfort of our homes, ensconced in the tender bosom of our wives.
    As we pray; God give me money. Give me a car. Give me a promotion. Kill my enemies. Do it now. Do we ever remember our soldiers? Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray…did you pray for our soldiers? Victory comes from God alone. If you don’t pray, you may be guilty of prolonging the war in North-East, North-west, North-central, and all over Nigeria.
    Yes, victory is from God alone. But do some people know? Does it ever enter into their consciousness? They only wail: ‘this insurgency war has lasted too long. The banditry has demystified our military. They are cowards. The top guns don’t even want the battle to end.
    They are making money in billions.’ Okay. Making money in billions and wasting our soldiers, our youths, our future and hope, in their hundreds and thousands because of blood money. That is all some people see; permanent cynics and sceptics, who know nothing of altruism, and whose God is their belly. They think only of pecuniary gain, nothing else”
    Adesina also urges said Nigerians to appreciate the military during the Armed forces remembrance day rather than criticize them.

    Passengers and airport staff created a scene on Friday evening, Jan 15, at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, after their flight got cancelled.
    Problem started after the passengers of an Azman flight from Kano to Lagos were informed that the flight rescheduled from 7:30am to 8:30pm, had been cancelled by the airline.
    The frustrated passengers protested and it led to a chaos which led to a female staff of the airline collapsing after being hit.
    Also, another staff had his cloth nearly ripped off his body, while a passenger left with a bloody mouth as a result of the violence that erupted.

    Police Abandon Their Vehicles in Orlu Bush,  Abscond After Clash With IPOB's #ESN
    Details to follow

    Nigerian comedienne, , Apaokagi Adedoyin Maryam, popularly known as Taaooma has responded to a social media allegations that she did a shoddy job for N1.5 million.

    The sensational comedian was called out on social media by a filmmaker identified as @olaondeck.
    The filmmaker in a post shared on his Twitter page claimed Taaooma charged his client the sum of N1.5 million for a video that didn’t entirely meet the expectations of the client.
    Responding to the allegations, the comedian through her management, The Greenade Company, in a statement dismissed the claims made by the filmmaker.
    According to the statement, “Taaooma and her management never had any communication or business dealings whatsoever with this person.”


    Top Nigerian crossdressers, James Brown and Bobrisky have been at loggerheads for some time now, but it seems things have gotten worse.
    According to ”They didn’t caught me” his colleague has threatened his life.

    James Brown shared a video online this afternoon and alleged that he received a call from Bobrisky this afternoon, accusing him of copying his content as a cross dresser.
    James Brown further alleged that Bobrisky threatened to kill him if he doesn’t stop copying his contents.
    He said he isn’t surprised at Bobrisky’s action because he knows some seniors never want to see their juniors shine.
    He then said he cross-dresses just for fun only on IG but dresses as a man while going out so ”Uncle Bob” shouldn’t see him as a threat.
    Sharing the video on his social media page, Jame Brown wrote;

    Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved January 18th as the resumption date for private and public schools in the state.

    The decision was reached after “due consultations” with stakeholders, including Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students.
    Director General, Office of the Education Quality Assurance, OEQA, of the state Ministry of Education, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, in a statement on Friday, Jan 15, said the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo urged all school managers to enforce strict compliance with all subsisting protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
    The statement read in part:

    Bashir Ahmad, has shared a photo of the white pigeons flying out of the cage at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration in Abuja.

    President Buhari had earlier today the symbolic White pigeons at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
    The event took place this morning, Friday, January 15 in remembrance of the fallen heroes who dead serving the nation.
    However, the pigeon refused to fly after it was released but later flew when after some minutes.
    The video has since gone viral as Nigerians reacts on social media.
    To counter the opinions of many, Bashir shared a photo of the pigeons flying out of the cage.
    While responding to a Tweet, Bashir in a now-deleted tweet, also gave an explanation of why the Pigeons did not initially fly and what happened to them.
    See his explanation below;


    Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer, Connor Mcgregor has shown off his wristwatch worth well over N400 million.

    Taking to social media, Mcgregor showed off his expensive watch amidst his press rounds for his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier
    The UFC fighter purchased the Astronomia Baguette watch in rose gold for a whopping $1 million.
    According to Hypebeast;
    Watch a video of the UFC star showing off his watch below;


    Controversial relationship expert, Blessing Okoro, has stated that most people who hate cheating are cheats too.

    Taking to her Instagram page, she said a large percentage of people who detest it when their partners are unfaithful to them are likely cheats as well.
    She stated that the major reason why such people hate it is that they hate feeling like their partners pulled a fast one on them.
    See what she wrote below;
    It can also be recalled that the relationship expert had previously spoken about the cause of married woman sleeping around with young boys.
    Blessing in a video sighted byjaonline, said the women cheat because of lack of satisfaction and communication. She said;

    Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu is set to join Ligue 1 club Olympic Lyon on a permanent de, l according to several reports.

    Paul Onuachu is about to take the biggest step in his playing career as he is set to join French club Olympique Lyonnais in the January window. Moussa Dembele recently left the club to join La Liga side Atletico Madrid on a six-month loan deal which has paved way for the Nigerian international
    The 26-year-old has been in blistering form in the Belgian Pro League this season, with 19 goals and two assists in 19 games for KRC Genk.
    The Nigeria international, who only linked up with Genk two years ago from Danish outfit FC Miidtylland has a contract until June 2024.

    Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine has said the military has “taken control” of his house after “it jumped over the fence”.
    Wine is taking on President Yoweri Museveni who is seeking his sixth term in office.

    Bobi Wine tweeted the news just hours after he alleged Thursday’s election was rigged, saying “every legal option is on the table” to challenge the official results.

    Earlier journalists traveling to Wine’s residence for a press conference were turned back by security forces well before reaching his home. Many reporters were also forced to leave the national election tally center, despite having accreditation.
    The electoral commission said earlier on Friday that Museveni, who is seeking a sixth term, led in Thursday’s vote with results in from 29 percent of polling stations.
    With 29.4% of ballots counted, Mr Museveni has won 63.9% of the vote compared to Bobi Wine with 28.4%, the electoral commission says.
    Earlier, election commission chief Simon Byabakama said the vote had been peaceful, hailing it as a success.
    The results were being transmitted to a tallying centre despite the internet not working, he said.
    “We’re not using local internet to transmit results. We are using our own system. Don’t worry, the results will come in spite of the fact that internet has been shut down,” he told journalists.
    Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, reacting to the early results said;

    Manchester United and Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes has become the first player in the English Premier League history to win Player of the Month four times in the same calendar year.

    He has been in superb form since joining the EPL in January 2020.
    Bruno Fernandes was on Friday named Premier League Player of the Month for December, after scoring three goals in six Premier League appearances in December as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went unbeaten, winning four games and drawing the other two.
    He also picked up the award in November, May and February.
    The Portugal international has emerged as a key figure at Manchester United since joining from Sporting CP 12 months ago, scoring 15 goals in 26 games this season across all competitions, helping Manchester United move three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.

    By Brigadier General SK Usman (rtd) mni FNIPR fapra mnarc DFOARM
    The date, 15 January of every year, is a significant day for Nigerians, especially serving military personnel, ex-servicemen and women, their families, and friends.

    It is also meaningful to families and friends of those gallant service personnel who paid the supreme price with their dear lives and those wounded in action.
    These unique sets of people voluntarily decided to serve the nation through thick and thin to the extent of being killed or injured either in Nigeria to defend its territorial integrity or elsewhere.
    The Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC) is a worldwide phenomenon in which nations set aside a particular day annually to celebrate their Armed Forces. Although most have certain things in common, the date and sequence of events celebrating it varies from one country to another. These standard denominations include prayers, parades, laying of the wreath and charitable activities.
    The Armed Forces’ celebrations started with the monarchical context and after that the Versailles treaty in 1919. The celebration is designed and is not by accident, to be in line with the Realists’ theory, belief in military power to fulfil the state’s interest. The Developed World followed the Realists’ philosophy that states that national interests should supersede all other interests. National power denotes military might or power, hence the celebration of the Armed Forces.
    The global celebration of the Armed Forces in such a manner in the modern context dates to World War I, which officially ended when the Allied Nations and Germany signed the Versailles Treaty in France on 28 June 1919. However, war hostilities ended seven months earlier, precisely, on 11 November 1918 which has since been observed as the Veterans Day every year, regardless of the day of the week it falls, all over the world, especially among the member states of the Commonwealth.
    In line with global trends, Nigeria had celebrated its Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration (AFRDC) in the past on 11 November each year. However, it adopted 15 January every year to celebrate her Armed Forces for some significant historical reasons. Nigeria chooses 15 January to commemorate the day the 3-year Nigerian Civil War officially ended in 1970. The celebration is not misplaced as the worldwide military plays a significant role, especially on any nation’s defence and security issues. Thus, respect for the military in most countries is part of national culture and tradition. The military is a significant part of national power and the last resort in defence and security, so nations strive hard to have a virile and formidable Armed Forces. Here in Nigeria, the military is also a symbol of national unity and its contribution to national unity, peace, security, and development is unquantifiable.
    Therefore, the observance of a day like this helps the system pay more attention to the Armed Forces; honour and appreciate them for their sacrifices, patriotism, unflinching love for the country. It will help the citizenry appreciate the service personnel’s willingness to serve and sacrifice for the nation. We owe a debt of gratitude to these courageous men and women in uniform and their families for shouldering a tremendous burden on behalf of us. The gallant officers, soldiers, ratings, airmen, and women voluntarily served and sacrificed their youth and most productive parts of their lives to the nation. In most countries of the world, the military enjoys honour and Constitutional roles on defence and security issues.
    Thus, many Nigerians hardly know or understand the significant role of this critical segment of society in the country’s national life and development. The AFN global exploits started when they fought in the two World Wars, civil wars against rebels and enthroned peace and democracy in Congo, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Just recently, they assisted in stabilizing the polity in Ivory Coast, the Gambia and Guinea Bissau. One of the most significant national contributions of the AFN is the Civil War’s success to keep Nigeria as one entity. For the fast ten years, they have been involved in internal security duties to curtail violent extremism, militancy, separatists’ agitations, ethnic and religious conflicts, banditry, kidnapping, while practicing in case of any hostile foreign aggression on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria. They are notwithstanding its continuous participation in peacekeeping and peace support operations in the search for global peace. In performing their duties, some were wounded in action and many have lost their lives so that Nigeria could be peaceful, secured and the citizenry safe in conducting their daily activities. Above all, they have performed marvelously well, thus, deserving commendation.
    The Legal Framework which provides for the establishment and consequent deployment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are in Sections 217 and 218 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As amended), respectively and other subsidiary legislations such as the Armed Forces Act Cap A20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2001 and the Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service 2017. The primary duty of the AFN is to defend Nigeria from external aggression, maintaining its territorial integrity and securing its borders from violation on land, sea, or air. It is also to suppress insurrection and act in aid of civil authority when called upon by the President and may also perform such other functions as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly. Over the years, the AFN have been discharging its Constitutional duties creditably well despite obvious limitation and distractions occasioned by politicization of security issues. Despite these sterling performances, there is still lack of understanding of the roles of the AFN and noticeable poor cultural affinity with the Nigerian society.
    Therefore, the AFN deserve understanding, encouragement, serious and generous commendation, and sincere appreciation by the citizenry, rather than denigration, undue criticisms, abuses, and all forms of negative comments especially from those that ought to know better. The most worrisome aspect is the politicization of security for political expediency rather than national interest. Nigerians, therefore, need to develop the culture and tradition of appreciating the AFN and the veterans, as this personnel on their own have decided to curtail their freedoms and privileges as citizens and lay down their lives for the benefit of humanity and fellow countrymen and women, peace, and development in Nigeria.
    It is very disheartening to see some Nigerians denigrating our Armed Forces for inconsequential or unjustifiable reasons. This attitude gave some non-governmental organisations the impetus to continually harass, embarrass, demonize, and paint our gallant Armed Forces in lousy light. A clear example was the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Amnesty International, who were equating them with one of the world’s detested terrorist organisation; Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ group. It is essential to know that whatever affects the country’s Armed Forces, equally affects its security architecture. The continued haranguing of the AFN by these organisations is demoralizing and should therefore stop.
    As we celebrate these breeds of courageous and gallant people, some of whom are not with us in this world, we need to reflect and appreciate our Armed Forces’ sacrifices and all they have been through to make Nigeria better. They endure hardship, deprivation, safeguarding our lives and properties, risking their lives and yet do not ask for anything other than our collective support, prayers, and respect. In this vein, I enjoin Nigerians to show more understanding, while corporate organisations, institutions and businesses should institute unique treatments for service personnel and our veterans.
    To further earn the trust and respect of Nigerians, the AFN must continue to respect human rights and the rule of law. They should be more conscious of their critical role in our Constitution’s defence, guaranteeing peace and security in Nigeria by being more professional and always making the nation proud. The military should exercise more understanding and restraint in their dealings with civilians. They should continue to remain apolitical, professional and bastion of hope in our collective quest for peace and stable democracy in Nigeria.
    The politicisation of security issues in the country is counterproductive to our quest for peace and security. The nation should commit more resources to improve the welfare of troops, equipment, and training and enhance the welfare of the families of fallen heroes and those wounded in action. We should also enhance good governance and welfare of the people. The Government should adopt more creative ways of conflict resolution and create an enabling environment for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians devoid of circumstances that are excavating the security situation in the country that warrants the military’s deployment. Leaders should know that most conflicts are resolved through dialogue. They should therefore explore mechanisms of solving disputes that could make resort to military efforts more effective.
    I join millions of well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians to celebrate our Armed Forces today and always. Happy Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebrations 2021 to our gallant and patriotic Armed Forces of Nigeria and their families. May the gentle souls of our fallen heroes continue to rest in peace, amen.

    President Buhari releases the symbolic White pigeons at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
    The event took place this morning, Friday,  January 15 in remembrance of the fallen heroes who dead serving the nation.
    However, the pigeon refused to fly after it was released but later flew when after some minutes.
    The video has since gone viral as Nigerians reacts on social media.
    See some of the reactions from Twitter below.

    A video of a Nigerian mum cruising in her $90k Tesla has gone viral after it was posted by her son.
    The excited mum can be heard saying; “ that’s me in my machine, I’m cruising today cause my machine just landed today. That’s my $90k” 

    Her son who shared the video on Twitter, tweeted: “My mum in a #Tesla she say make we no near am.”

    Reacting to the video, some Twitter users hailed her while others said she looked like a South African woman.
    However, he son in response to the confirmed that his mum was indeed a Nigerian and also an Igbo woman.
    See some of the reactions below.


    BBNaija ex-couple Ike Onyema and Mercy Eke are no longer together following their messy break online.
    However, seems like the drama is far from over, as the reality stars are constantly trying to out do the other in terms of their recent affairs and relationships.
    Yesterday, Thursday January 14, a video of Mercy rocking and twerking on her alleged new man while he caressed her ass in a club went viral on social media.
    Mercy also shared videos of herself and her alleged man on Snapchat which led to the speculation that the reality star might be seeing another man identified as Montana.
    Watch video below.

    Few hours after the video went viral, Ike’s Snapchat video of himself having fun with two unidentified ladies feeding in bed in South Africa also surfaced on line.
    Watch video below.

    BBNaija’s Ike shares video of himself in bed with 2 ladies, after video of Mercy twerking on her man went viral (video)
    Queen Nwadah

    The Sokoto state Commissioner of Home Affairs, Abdulkadir Jeli Abubakar III has died after a protracted illness.
    Abubakar, who is a younger brother to Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III reportedly died on Wednesday.
    He was once the Commissioner of Information during Governor Aminu Tambuwal first tenure in office.
    He also served as Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA).
    The deceased was survived by two wives and many children and has been buried according to Islamic rights.
    Details of his death are still sketchy, as there is no official statement from the Sokoto state government.

    Nigerian Singer Davido has shared video of  his second daughter, Hailey Adeleke wearing an expensive Rolex watch.
    Davido welcomed his second daughter in 2017 with his Atlanta-based baby mama, Amanda.
    Father of three  who always lavish expensive gifts on his children, gifted Hailey a Rolex watch, worth millions of naira.
    In video shared by Davido on his Twitter page, the 2-year-old girl is seen flaunting her new gift as she tries pronouncing the word “Rolex” while with her mother.
    Sharing the video of adorable moment, Davido  wrote,
    “My daughter crack me up .”
    Watch video below,
    Also, the singer once took his daughter Hailey to a jewelry shop in Atlanta where he bought her a diamond necklace.

    Nigerian entrepreneur Soso Soberekon was involved in a car accident, yesterday Thursday, January 15.
    The entertainment executive took to Instagram to share photos of his car after the accident.
    Sharing video and photos of the incident on his Instagram, he wrote; “We don’t die, we multiply. Thank God for keeping me safe, he captioned the photos.


    Former Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba has announced that he is seperated from his wife Lalla Diakate who he met in the 1990s in Paris and married in 2011.
    The footballer whose has been private with his life, made the announcement after an intimate video of him in bed with a mystery woman went viral.
    In a statement issued by Drogba in regards to the video, the football legend said he separated from his wife last year.
    Drogba in the video was seen bare-chested in bed with a nearly-naked young woman. while the lady playfully sunk his teeth in to Drogba’s shoulder as he scream in pain. However, a representative claimed the video was hacked, the lady playfully sunk her teeth into Drogba’s shoulder as he screamed in pain.
    He then speaks to her in French about being bitten, and appeared to say; She’s positive!  She’ll infect me by biting me!”
    Confirming his split with his wife of 20 years, Drogba wrote;
    “I’m not in the habit of discussing my private life.
    “But, because of speculation in the media today, I can confirm that sadly, after 20 years together, Lalla and I took the difficult decision to separate last year.
    “We remain very close, and our main priorities have been to protect our children and our family’s private life.
    “May God bless you.

    A Twitter user has shared screenshots of the conversations he had with a lady who tried to shoot her shot.
    According to the conversation shared online, the lady chatted the guy first. After they exchanged greetings, the lady told the man that she likes him.
    However, the man told the lady that she was pretty but that he is not available after she asked for her number.
    The man explained that he has a girlfriend and doesn’t want to entertain other pretty girl because he doesn’t want to be distracted. In response to the man’s message the lady said his explanation was insulting.
    The lady went ahead to insult him while calling him a bastard for refusing her advances. Sharing the message on Twitter, the man wrote; “I’m not the one to usually post stuff like this but this is funny AF! Omo!”
    See the screenshots from the message below.


    A woman abandoned her husband for her 21-stepson and has undergone surgery to look more beautiful and you g for him.
    35 year old Russian  fitness blogger, Marina Balmesheva is pregnant with her stepson’s baby and has even insisted on prenup to safeguard her assets.
    Marina has known her current boyfriend since he was seven-years-old and has been married to his step son’s father.
    According to the ex-husband, he accused her of seducing his son while stating that the boy is not experienced with women and that the woman reduced his son.
    “He had not had a girlfriend before her,” he fumed. They were not shy to have sex while I was at home.I would have forgiven her cheating, if it wasn’t my son…
    “She was running to my son’s bed from our bedroom when I was sleeping. After that she was coming back and lying in bed with me as if nothing had happened.”
    However, the lady Marina says her previous marriage was “not living but pretending” as she states that she doesn’t want to return to her former marriage.
    “Did I have regrets that I destroyed the family? Both yes and no. I was ashamed that I killed the stability of ‘mum and dad’.
    “Did I want to return to my ex? No. Do I feel anger and hatred to him? Not any longer. He is a good person and a wonderful father to our children.
    She also revealed that the children she and her Ex-husband adopted, took the divorce very calming.
    “How did children take the changes? Absolutely calmly.
    What [do I have] today? I am married. I moved to a bigger city. I love and I am loved.”
    However, the lady seems to sensed that her new relationship with her stepson may not last.
    “He is only beginning to settle down,” she said.
    “We now share everything but he understands and admits that it is me who earned for our car and first mortgage payment.
    “We will have a child. Perhaps, more than one. I am hoping for a strong marriage, but it does not stop us from having a marriage contract with everything registered to me remaining mine in case of divorce.”
    “Why? Because we are together, but I am not his sponsor. Yes, now, while he is finding his feet, all expenses are on me. We know clearly who is earning what.
    “I knew what I signed up for, and so did he […] I will simply guide him and support him.”
    Marina had also revealed that she had even undergone cosmetic surgery for her new boyfriend.
    She boasted: “How a person can change
    “On the before photos I am 32-33, this February I will be 36.” So many people tell me to use makeup – make lashes, and curl my pubic hair – because of my young husband.
    “But there is one thing – he fell in love with me with all my scars from plastic surgeries, cellulite, excessive skin and personality. And I do not want to seem better than what I am.”
    As for the baby she’s expecting, she said that Vladimir’s mother – another ex-wife of Alexey’s – would help them care for the baby.
    “I have an interesting experience given that my former mother-in-law was a former mother-in-law of my current mother-in-law,” she said.

    Social media influencer Renee Donaldson has said she regrets promoting a company which arranges plastic surgery in Istanbul.
    She sent out a massive apology in a video sighted by 9jaonline.

    Renee Donaldson, who has 159,000 subscribers on YouTube, apologised to her followers after she promoted Clinichub – which arranges surgery in Istanbul.
    According to BBC, she failed to reveal why she cut ties with the company, as they stating that the reason was because of her own surgery was “botched” that left her with lumps on her thighs.
    Watch video below;
    A BBC investigation had found women in the UK, mainly from BAME backgrounds, who travelled to Turkey for cosmetic surgery, were left with life-changing conditions by a company which received positive reviews from a social media influencer in return for free cosmetic procedures.

    The owner of popular entertainment hub, Planet One, in Lagos state, Shaka Momoh, has died, according to multiple online reports.

    He died today January 14 after a long battle with Diabetes. He was in the hospital for a while treating the ailment until this morning when he died.
    Segalink in a Tweet while announcing Shaka Momoh’s death, wrote that he died of COVID-19. He wrote;

    The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has confirmed that the Third Mainland bridge will be reopened to traffic by February 15.
    The closure and repair of the bridge had led to traffic across the Lagos metropolis.

    Fashola gave the update during the inspection of construction work on major roads and bridges in Lagos State today January 14.
    According to the Minister, the closure of the third mainland bridge is delaying the scheduled maintenance on Falomo bridge.
    The third mainland bridge has been shut July 24, 2020. The repairs were expected to have been concluded by the end of January 2021. However, the ministry and its contractors said they lost two weeks to the EndSARS protests and had to extend the completion date by two weeks.

    First City Monument Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, is now a member of the Open Banking Nigeria, an industry-focused non-profit body facilitating the advocacy, development and adoption of a common standard for open Application Programming Interface within the Nigerian financial ecosystem.

    With this development, FCMB has formally joined more than 50 other individual and corporate members across the financial industry, including banks, fintechs, financial consultants, global customer service leaders, among other stakeholders as an integral part of Open Banking Nigeria.
    Open banking is a concept aimed at enhancing the capability of operators in the financial industry and allied institutions to drive and deepen innovation through access to more customer-authorised information and data.
    In Nigeria, it will result in far greater end-users satisfaction, help the various stakeholders thrive, boost collaboration and inspire more innovation.
    In addition, the adoption of the concept would create a new data sharing infrastructure among financial institutions, which will go a long way towards enriching the range of services and products that would emerge from operators.
    Commenting on FCMB’s membership of Open Banking Nigeria, the Divisional Head, Transaction Banking of the Bank, Rolayo Akhigbe, said: “As an institution focused on the attainment of enhanced customer experience and a more productive as well as impactful business environment, our membership of Open Banking Nigeria reinforces our commitment to the delivery of exceptional services.
    “We are optimistic that this would also upscale our operations and ultimately enable us align with the aspirations of our customers.”
    Also commenting, the Team Lead, Banking As A Service of FCMB, Isi Nweje, stated: “As always, we are receptive to partnering with the drivers of initiatives that advance the development of Nigeria’s financial services industry to greater heights, while also enabling and fast-tracking growth across other sectors of the economy.”
    A Trustee of Open Banking Nigeria, Ope Adeoye, said: “It is a delight to welcome FCMB to the fold. We anticipate working together for a standardised API-led system that would facilitate the growth, accessibility and viability of numerous cross-industry initiatives which would stem from Nigeria’s financial ecosystem.”
    Established in 2017 to define and develop these open and non-partisan APIs, Open Banking Nigeria serves as a platform where industry players jointly champion a progressive cause for the benefit of the country and, by extension, the African continent.
    First City Monument Bank is a member of FCMB Group Plc, one of the leading financial services institutions in Nigeria with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their respective segments.
    With a clear understanding of its market and environment, the Bank has successfully transformed to a retail banking and wealth management led group.
    It has also continued to distinguish itself through innovation and the delivery of exceptional services, while enhancing the growth and achievement of the personal and business aspirations of customers.

    A raid conducted by officers of the Nigeria Police Force at a hotel in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital has led to the shocking discovery of hard drugs and money.

    It is speculated that the money discovered from the raid were made from illicit sale of the drugs.
    The viral video which was sighted byjaonline, showed moment police officers were counting the money recovered at the scene.
    Watch the shocking video below;


    African Union (AU) has secured bout 270 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for distribution across the continent, AU head South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed.
    According to him all doses will be used this year.

    Although infection numbers and death rates are comparatively lower across most of Africa, a new variant of Covid-19 in South Africa is causing particular alarm and spreading quickly along the region.
    At least 50 million of the doses will be available “for the crucial period of April to June 2021,” he said.
    The WHO Regional Director for Africa praised the move during an online media briefing on Thursday.
    “Covax can only cover 20% of the African population, so it is really wonderful to see the African Union’s efforts to secure a provisional 270 million doses by the end of 2021…” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.
    The African Export–Import Bank will support the strategy by providing advancements of up to $2 billion to the manufacturers on behalf of member states, Raphomasa added
    The African Union and the World Bank are also working together to to allow member states access to $5 billion to purchase more vaccines, according to Ramaphosa.

    Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has “unequivocally condemned” the breach of Congress by his supporters, as he said it wasn’t something any true supporter of his should do.
    This was the first time Trump would be publicly condemning the riot, as he punished punishments for offenders.

    Protesters loyal to President Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, halting Congress’s counting of the electoral votes to confirm President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory as the police evacuated lawmakers from the building. The incident left five persons dead and several others injured.
    Expressly condemning the riots, Trump in a video message posted by the White House on Twitter said the vandalism had no place in his Make America Great Again movement, which he said had always been about defending the rule of law.
    “Mob violence goes against everything I believe in, and everything our movement stands for.
    “No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence; no true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag.
    “No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans.
    “If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement, you are attacking it, and you are attacking our country,” he said.
    Emphasising that those involved in the Capitol attack would be brought to justice, Trump called for peace and national reconciliation.
    He said it was time for everyone who believed in “our agenda” to start thinking of ways to ease tensions and calm tempers.
    The president said he had received security briefing on reports of additional demonstrations being planned in Washington and across the country in the coming days.
    He cautioned against violence and any other form of criminality, adding that he had directed law enforcement agencies to spare no resources in maintaining order.
    Trump also commented on his ban on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, describing it as an “unprecedented assault on free speech”.

    BBNaija star, Nina has blamed fans causing for enmity between some former BBNaija housemates.
    According to Nina, fan wars is the reason why most BBNaija housemates might never be friends, as she asked fans to stop pressuring people.
    She also recounts how many people wrote her off and judged her but says she very happy. She also asked fans to stop writing people off because they are not God.
    She tweeted: “But to tell you fans the truth, Most of you are the reason why most people are still enemies and might probably remain enemies for a long time, this is a new year, stop pressurizing people, let them be , Preach peace, try to outgrow certain things, this life is too short.”
    She added: “One more thing guys , you cannot determine anyone’s future, I was once written off , Judged ,called all sorts of names , but today I am overly happy..
    try to stop judging and writing people off,you are not God , nobody is perfect and finally the future is not in your hands… “Depression is real guys.”


    A couple’s love story has raised eyebrows on social media after the lady advised women to go for a man they love even if the man tells them he is in a relationship.
    The lady shared the story of how she met her husband on Instagram and how the man liked all her photos after they followed each other.
    She revealed that she travelled from Abeokuta to Lagos to see him for the first time, and they had fun. According to her, when she was leaving, he told her he has a girlfriend and his relationship was a serious one.
    However, she said that she kept going to see him secretly and that they are now engaged to be married this weekend.
    Using her love story as an example, the lady advised her fellow ladies, to go ahead if they love a man even if the man tells them that he has a serious relationship.
    “Again, ladies if a guy tells you he has a girlfriend and you love the guy please go ahead lol, anything can happen. ” She said.


    A lady identified has gone viral after she shared a photo of herself and her daughter on Twitter as many people wondered who was the mother in the photo.
    Looking at the photo, it was really difficult to differentiate between mother and daughter, because the mother in the photo is very young.

    According to the twitter user @_thisisamina, she got pregnant at 17 and had her daughter when she was 18 years old.
    See her post below:


    Lagos state government on Wednesday, January 13, sealed the Eko club event center in Surulere for violation of COVID19 protocols.
    According to the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Lagos State on New Media, Gawat Jubril, the center was sealed for holding a funeral.

    Photos from the event shared online showed that the funeral was held with hundreds of people in attendance.
    The funeral was held in total disregard of COVID19 protocols such as social distancing. Sharing the photos of the sealed event center, the SSA to the Governor wrote;
    ”Lagos State Safety Commission and the Lagos State Task Force in a joint enforcement exercise, SEALED the Eko Club event centre in Surulere for complete disregard of Covid19 protocols at a funeral event which was held recently at the event centre.”


    Nigerian man based in Netherland has recount how he was allegedly extorted by Nigerian police for being with a laptop.
    According to the Twitter user Femi, some police officer allegedly extorted N100k from him after asking him to initially pay N500k for carrying a laptop on his way to the airport.
    Recounting the incident, Femi said he was on his way to the airport today, January 14 when the incident happened. After they search him and couldn’t pin him with a crime, they insisted he followed them to the station for carrying two laptops.
    “Earlier today, officers of @PoliceNG robbed me of 100k in the presence of my wife. My only crime was having my official laptop with me. They couldn’t pin any crime on me so they insisted I follow them to station or pay 500k. I was running late for my flight, so I had to be…
    “I tweeted this just before my flight took off, so I didn’t see the replies until now that I’m home. A few people have reached out to me about the issue and I will reply once I settle in. I appreciate the support from everyone.”
    “For the sake of transparency, I will drop details about the event including payment methods and receipts. I also want to categorically state that I was very cooperative and engaging. My communication was totally aimed at de-escalation.”
    The software engineers berates some Twitter users who asked why he paid the money, after they insinuated that he had something to hide since he paid the police officers the money.
    In response to his critics, Femi revealed that he works in Netherland as a software engineer and that not an internet scammer as many presumed.
    “I’ve seen comments insinuating that I tweeted half truth, some are blaming me for paying while others think I had a skeleton in my cupboard. Omo mo phor o 😂. This is how typical Nigerians think: We choose to blame victims of unfortunate situations rather than give them justice.”
    “First of all, I’m a software engineer previously with @Andela and now with @BrightComputing in Netherlands. I AM NOT A YAHOO BOY AND I WILL NEVER BE ONE. I only came home for Christmas and was returning to my base and I know better than to let Nigerian police delay me.”
    He also revealed that when he was stopped, the alleged police men accused his and his wife of not putting on a mask as he admitted that they were not wearing a nose mask like the police officers said.
    However, he said he explained that they were rushing to meet up with his flight and that he showed them a pack of nose masks and bottle sanitizer they had but that the officers later proceeded to search his luggage.
    Sharing his story in a long Twitter threads, he wrote;
    “When the police stopped us at 7/8 bus top, they first accused my wife and I of not wearing nose masks. Indeed we didn’t, but that was only because we were in a rush. I explained this and even showed them a pack of masks and a bottle of sanitizer.
    “They proceeded to check my luggage, then asked what I was doing with two laptops. I explained that one was my personal computer and the other was official. They demanded to see my company id, and I further explained my company does not issue id since it’s almost…
    “irrelevant. However, I showed them my NL residential permit as a proof that I live and work over there. It was at this point that they stopped talking and got into the Bolt ride with me. Then two others got into their rickety korope bus and we followed.
    “After about 300m, we drove into a street opposite Ajao Estate junction and drove for about 150m. All while asking me to pay 500k. I told them I needed to catch a flight but my words fell on deaf ears. They kept yelling and at a point stopped my ride and asked me to get.
    “In their bus. I knew getting in the bus would fuck me up – on a good day, I drag with police but I didn’t have the luxury of time – so I had to find a solution quick. We started negotiating my release. I went as low as 50k but they would rather bundle me in their bus than take.”
    a measly 50k. After we agreed on 100, they took me on a bike me to an access bank ATM,  a few meters from where we parked – where I withdrew 80k. Because I had earlier made some withdrawals, I couldn’t go pass 80k, so I was taken to a Paga shop – also within the axis – where I withdrew the last 20,400 (400 being the charge for paga transaction). Now that they had the money, they started acting all nice and brotherly. One even asked for my complementary card, while another jokingly remarked “Guy, your wife dey panick o”.
    “I cannot identify these officers by name, neither can I identify their vehicle (a silly mistake on my part), however, I recognize the faces of the two that really engaged me. This is my submission.”

    Meanwhile, he also shared evidence of the five bank transactions he made. See screenshot below. 

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was spotted wearing the same outfit she wore during President Trump’s first impeachment in 2019 for the second impeachment vote against the president on Wednesday January 13.
    On Wednesday, January 13, Ms Pelosi appeared at the House impeachment vote wearing a black dress with three-quarter sleeves and a blue and black floral mask which she paired with a gold necklace.
    Her outfit caught lots of attention on social media, as many Twitter users seems to have recognized the outfit from the 2019 impeachment.

    In a statement to People, Ms Pelosi’s office confirmed that the outfit was the same first suit dress and necklace from December 18, 2019, when the House passed two articles of impeachment against the president for abuse of power and obstruction of justice.
    Mr Trump has become the first president in the nation’s history to be impeached twice, following his recent impeachment after being charged him with incitement of insurrection.

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has revealed that banning US President Danskd Trump was the right thing to do after a clear warning.
    In a Twitter thread made by Jack, he said that he did not celebrate or feel pride in banning Donald Trump on his platform.
    He also stated that the banning came  following a clear warning and that the decision was made based on threat to physical safety both on and off Twitter.
    His statement reads; “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct?
    “I believe this was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.
    “That said, having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications. While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation. And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us.
    “Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an individual or corporation has over a part of the global public conversation.
    “The check and accountability on this power has always been the fact that a service like Twitter is one small part of the larger public conversation happening across the internet. If folks do not agree with our rules and enforcement, they can simply go to another internet service.
    “The check and accountability on this power has always been the fact that a service like Twitter is one small part of the larger public conversation happening across the internet. If folks do not agree with our rules and enforcement, they can simply go to another internet service.
    “This moment in time might call for this dynamic, but over the long term it will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet. A company making a business decision to moderate itself is different from a government removing access, yet can feel much the same.
    “Yes, we all need to look critically at inconsistencies of our policy and enforcement. Yes, we need to look at how our service might incentivize distraction and harm. Yes, we need more transparency in our moderation operations. All this can’t erode a free and open global internet.”


    A suspected thief has been captured by CCTV camera after he raided a home in the Lekki, Lagos State.
    The incident happened on January 3 and was captured by a CCTV camera installed in the house. Footage of the incident has been released online.
    According to LIB, the owner of the home named Jibola Onanuga, revealed that the thief stole a car, a laptop, 55 inch smart tv, water dispenser and slots of other items yet to be identified.

    The incident has also been reported to the police according to Onanuga, who wrote;
    “A thief broke into my house in Ilasan Lekki on the 3rd of January and stole my car ..a light blue Toyota Highlander with registration number KRF353FC and so many other valuables.
    I have reported the case to the local police station in the area, however we have not made a head way yet… the reason I brought this here. I had cctv camera installed in my house and this captured the face the thief which I have attached to this email.
    In addition to the car he stole , he stole a laptop, 55 inch smart tv, home theater system, water dispenser, industrial blender , juicer machine , hampers, many bottles of wine , standing fan, DVD player, bag, jacket and other items I am yet to identify.
    I believe this thief can be caught.. handed over  to the police”


    Big Brother Naija former housemate Tacha Akinde, has slammed BBNaija fans for always hating and trolling people online.
    According to the reality star, cyber bullies who constantly troll people online are typing and paying tribute to digital strategist Dele who committed suicide after battling depression for 7 years.
    She said it wouldn’t take these set of people till tomorrow morning to start wishing people they don’t like death.
    “Can’t believe cyber bullies and Trolls are typing RIP DELE.💔
    But It won’t even take till tomorrow morning and your clown asses will be in comment sections wishing people you don’t like death!! Be kind with your words!!! Depression is REAL.” She wrote.
    Tacha added that 2020 was a tough year for everyone but that people lose their sense if reasoning all because of Big Brother Naija show.
    “We went through a tough 2020! It’s alarming how lessons weren’t learnt..
    You turn to real life Devils to prove how much you hate, you lose your sense of reasoning, you lose your conscience! All for a SHOW?!”
    Tacha also asked social media trolls and BBNaija fans how much they were paid to be inhuman while praying that nemesis catch up with people who hate and troll celebrities online.
    “Tell me, How much do you get paid to be this inhuman?? I’ll double it.You go around wishing death on people, people struggling through life, People bottling themselves up!
    People only trying to survive, people who just wants a better life for themselves! all for a SHOW! A show you don’t make coins from! May NEMESES CATCH UP WITH YOU!”

    A Nigerian lady, Effiong Laurel Scott, has claimed that she was raped by the man who was hacked to death by an NYSC member in Akwa Ibom.
    On Sunday, January 10, a youth corper identified as Princess Pascaline Odume, was arrested by the police for allegedly killing a man identified as Japhet Akwaowo.
    Odume alleged that she killed the man in self-defense after he threatened to kill her after she refused to remove her clothes so that he could have sex with her. read here 
    In a viral video shared online, Effiong alleged that the man who was killed by Odume also raped her in 2017 when she was 18.
    She said;
    ”My name Effiong Laurel Scott and I am from Akwa Ibom state. I heard about the incident that took place here in Uyo of the girl that butchered the guy to bits and pieces. I heard about it a few days ago but I did not think much of it until yesterday.
    I was just scrolling through Facebook and I saw a comment on the post that stated ‘Even if it was a rape case, why would she kill the guy?’.
    That caught my attention and I went through the post and I started reading through and this was the girl’s side of the story that said the guy tried to rape her.
    I was like let me see the girl’s photo and the guy’s photo.
    As God would have it, it turns out that this was the guy that raped me in 2017, July 17th to be precise in Etinan local government.”
    The lady gave details of how she met the man and the incident that followed.
    ”My family and I came back to Akwa Ibom in 2012. I grew up in Maiduguri. Due to the security, insurgency and all that, we came back to Akwa Ibom state.
    My dad was transferred top Etinan and we moved to Etinan to be with him. I celebrated my 18th birthday on May 11 and this incident happened in July. I was on my way out on a bike. This guy trailed me on the bike and came to me. He stopped the bike that I was on. He got the number. This guy is actually a rapist and a killer.
    He is not just a rapist, He is a serial rapist.
    So this guy met me. He sounded so sound. The guy was like since you are in a haste, just give me your number. When you come back we would get to see and talk. Me too I was in a haste so I was like let me just give him my number, it’s not like I was going to pick his call.
    On my way back home, when I was on the exact spot that he met me to get my number, my phone rang and I picked up and he was like where are you?. I told him I was where he saw me. By this time, this was around 6.30 in the evening. In Etinan, by 6pm, everybody is already on their way home or in their houses.  It is already late and almost dark.
    He told me to stop by a filling station. I stopped by and stood beside it. Listen to the storyline so that you would know that the whole ””jazz” thing that the girl said is true and it is realistic. It is very very true that the guy uses ”jazz” on his victims. He hypnotises them.
    He told me that he told his Aunty that I was coming by to visit him. I was  still having some sense in me. I was like no I cannot come to your house, I just met you. This guy kept on convincing me. We stood on that spot and kept on convincing me. At a time I was like, Okay, let me just waste my own time, let me go with this guy.
    The road he entered and started taking me through was a bush track. He took me through that road and in my mind, I was like what are we doing here exactly. By the time we got into the house, the house was like a deserted place.
    So I got into the house and the moment I saw it, I said I can’t stay here. So I got up and told him I was going, maybe I would come another time. I reached for the door. Lo and Behold, the door was locked.
    As I turned my back to ask him to open the door, this guy got a matchete and a pen knife. He told me in that girl’s exact words that he will rape me and kill me and nobody will know about it and nobody will do anything about it. Yes! Those were his exact words to me too. No single thing changed.
    I begged as an 18 year old. I begged. I cried. What didn’t I do that day. I begged him. I was literally crying.
    Fine, he still had his way with me. He had his way with me not once, twice. to be precise I got back home that night around 11pm. I snucked into the house, I had my bath. I cried my eyes. I cried for days.”
    Effiong said she only told her elder sister as she revealed that the man also threatened her elder sister after he got to know.
    ”The only person I was able to tell this thing to then was my elder sister. Somehow he got to know that my elder sister knew about it. He started threatening her from that time. This guy’s name is Akwaowo Japheth. That is his name. Quote me. I am the one saying it. This guy’s name is Akwaowo Japheth. I can vouch on my life that that girl did not just want to murder him.”he said
    In the video, Effiong said that she is very happy that the man died a painful death. She also encouraged other victims of the man to speaker while insisting that the coroner killed the man in self-defense.

    US president Donald Trump has been impeached for the 2nd time by the House of Representatives.
    The President was impeached over his role in inciting the deadly insurrection on the US Capitol last week.

    Trump impeached for the 2nd time
    Mr Trump has become the first president in US history to be impeached for a second time during their time in office.
    As many as 10 Republicans voted to impeachment the president.
    The 10 Republicans who did their job and voted to impeach are:
    Liz Cheney (WY) Adam Kinzinger (IL) Jamie Herrera Beutler (WA) John Katko (NY) Peter Meijer (Ml) Dan Newhouse (WA) Anthony Gonzalez (OH) Tom Rice (SC) Fred Upton (MI) David Valadao (CA)  
    The impeachment charges will now move to a trial in the Senate, but it is unclear how the trial will proceed, or whether it will commence before Mr Trump leaves office on January 20 and Joe Biden is sworn in.
    A two-thirds majority of the 100 senators would be needed to convict the president on the charges and remove him from office.
    However, in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not planning to bring the Senate back for a trial before January 19, meaning the trial won’t begin until Trump is out of office and Biden has been sworn in, CNN reports.

    No less than 14 people have been reported dead in the ongoing cult clash in the Obun-Ale, Ireshe, Ladega, Itunpate, Kokoro-Abu and Adamo areas of Ikorodu, Lagos.

    14 people dead as Ikorodu cult clash enters day 3 According to the Lagos State Police Command, four people have already been arrested in connection with the clashes between suspected members of the Aiye and Eiye confraternities.
    PUNCH Metro gathered that clashes started on Sunday, with 14 persons feared dead as of Tuesday.
    An eyewitness, Farouk Aderibigbe, reported that the clash started when suspected members of the Aiye Confraternity shot dead four persons, including an innocent motorcyclist, identified simply as Pastor, around Ireshe and Obun-Ale on Sunday.
    He said,
    Another eyewitness, Oke Fakunle, said during a reprisal on Monday, suspected members of the Eiye Confraternity allegedly shot two rival members dead, adding that a yet-to-be-identified businessman was also killed while resisting the cultists from looting his shop
    He said,
    The clashes took another dimension on Tuesday, when seven persons, who were said to be innocent, were shot dead by suspected members of the Aiye Confraternity, who invaded the Adamo area of Ikorodu.

    Popular Nigerian artiste, Lil Kesh has taken to his social media page to open up to fans on how he was able to find happiness and how they could also do same.

    According to Lil Kesh meditating, eating healthy and ignoring negative voices in your head is how you can fight for happiness.
    In his words;
    He further urged fans to also be nice to people as they may be going through a lot irrespective of their status.
    He wrote,

    British-based Nigerian billionaire businessman, Aare Boluwatife Akin-Olugbade is reportedly dead.
    He reportedly died at the age of 64 from complications from covid-19.

    Boluwatife Akin-Olugbade is dead – Reportedly dies from Covid-19 Chief Akin-Olugbade, was a native of Owu kingdom in Ogun State, Chief Akin is described as one of the world’s largest Rolls-Royce collector.
    He is so obsessed with the brand that he once had 10 Rolls Royce cars, which were customised with plate numbers – “BOLU 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on”
    Akin-Olugbade was one of the largest collectors worldwide.
    His 10th Rolls Royce, the Cullinan worth $450,000, was reportedly the first shipped to Africa in 2019.
    A man of taste and glamour, Akin-Olugbade told ThisDay in 2018:
    Late Owu Chief attended Corona School, Yaba; King’s College, Lagos; London University; University of California (master’s in Law); and Cambridge University where he got his doctorate specialising in Company Law.
    His business interests cut across law, property development, construction, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, maritime and offshore services, investment banking, etc.

    A computer programmer, identified as Stefan Thomas, has revealed that he has two guesses left to figure out the password to his Bitcoin account which has £180 million.

    Stefan Thomas: This man about to lose £180 million bitcoin worth – Read how Stefan is trying to recover the code to a small hard drive, known as IronKey, to access 7,002 Bitcoin, which are worth over £25,500 each.
    The price of Bitcon has skyrocketed with an increase of over 720 percent since March 2020.
    According to Stefan, he was gifted the Bitcoin in 2011 as a reward for making an animation but, unfortunately lost the piece of paper on which he wrote the password.
    The IronKey allows only ten attempts and he has tried eight times already, leaving only two tries left. If he doesn’t get it right, the device will be permanently encrypted and the money lost forever.
    Stefan, a resident of San Francisco United States, said.
    Stefan, who made another fortune on a rival cryptocurrency called Ripple, plans to keep his Ironkey into a secure facility until he or others finds a way of cracking it
    He said the move is to maintain his sanity.

    US President Donald Trump is under fire after he reportedly said to his Vice-President Mike Pence he can either go down in history as a patriot or a pussy.

    According to a New York Times report, hours before the Capitol riots, President Trump took one last stab at convincing Vice President Mike Pence to try and overturn the election—telling him, “You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a pussy.”
    After Pence rebuffed Trump and headed to the Capitol to oversee the Electoral College count, Trump blasted him in the speech that incited a mob to storm the building.
    The Times reports that after Pence was evacuated to the basement, Trump never called to check on his safety, instead attacking him on Twitter.
    The newspaper says that five days after the riots, Pence returned to the West Wing and was invited that evening to meet with Trump. “The official description of the hourlong conversation was ‘good’; the unofficial description was ‘nonsubstantive’ and ‘stilted,’” the Times wrote.

    Controversial Nigerian author and former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has urged Nigerians to open up if any of their relative die from COVID-19.

    Reno Omokri tells people what to do if their relatives die from COVID-19 As the second wave of the COVID-10 pandemic looms in the country, Reno Omokri has cautioned his fans to be very careful about how they live their lives because the virus is real and it is taking lives.
    The trained Lawyer said it is not shameful to contract or for someone in your family to die of COVID-19 thus they should not be shy to divulge the information so people can learn from it.
    According to him;

    A man who caught his wife and his best friend naked on bed has done the unthinkable by taking a selfie with the duo.

    Man caught wife and his friend naked, takes selfie with them In a photo that was posted on Twitter by a user on the platform, the man could be seen taking the selfie while the obviously ashamed duo of his wife and friend were in the background with their heads downcast.
    Twitter user, @oluwatayorhoda who shared the photos alleged that the man took the selfie for his in-laws to see.
    She tweeted;


    Nigerian singer Davido has reacted angrily after seeing a video of the the wife of a Presidential Candidate, Bobi Wine in Uganda being stripped by Police.

    Davido angry after seeing video of Police strip Bobi Wine wife naked This sad incident is coming just a day before the Presidential election in the east African country., and if you recall, Bobi Wine is contesting against the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni who has ruled the country for over 30 years.
    According to report, the Ugandan police force carried out an arrest on the wife of the Presidential aspirant who has the support of the people.
    In the viral video, Bobi Wine’s wife was dragged, stripped, and tortured in the presence of her son who struggled to rescue his mum while screaming, “leave my mummy.”
    In reaction, the popular Nigerian singer and songwriter expressed utter disgust at the abuse of power and the violation of human rights.
    “Jesus !! This is disgusting !this is so so bad !! POWER IS A DRUG !!”. He tweeted.
    Watch the video below;


    Popular Ghanaian socialite Hajia Bintu has taken to social media to post an old photo of herself to silence critics who say her bumbum is not real.

    Socialite Hajia Bintu posts old photo to prove bumbum is real Hajia Bintu who has been giving a lot of ladies pressure on social media as she loves to flaunt her humongous endowment set the records straight once and for all regarding her source of big bum.
    Responding to her fan who was curious to know if she had undergone any therapy or surgery to have a curvy body, Hajia Bintu posted a throwback photo of herself when she was a teenager.
    See below:


    Dan Matakaya Mwaka was fast asleep when his wife poured sulfuric acid solution on his face, and also made sure the water on the floor in his room was electrified.

    Dan Matakaya Mwaka: Wife bathed him with acid, electrocuted him The inspector Matakaya who was a police officer in Kisii before the sad day of the incident in September 21 2013, never knew that would be the beginning of his sojourn into utter darkness as he eventually lost his sight from the acid attack.
    “I was given First Aid. My face was washed and I began seeing. The pain was so severe in my legs I struggled to walk. They tried to give me painkillers but there was no change,” he told the British broadcaster.

    After two days he was transferred to Kakamega County Hospital.
    He lost his sight during the process of hospital transfers.
    He said the doctors did grafting, removed tissues from other parts of the body for the burns to heal from inside.

    The surgeries stabilized his condition but he was not fully healed.
    The story of Inspector Matakaya is not a new one, but it is just getting media attention in the wake of increase in domestic violence in several homes across Africa.

    Nigerian singer, David Adedeji Adeleke, better known as Davido, has shared the touching letter he wrote to his late mother Veronica Adeleke.

    Veronica Adeleke died on the 6th of March 2003, before her death she was a lecturer at Babcock University.
    Davido has now taken to social media to remember his late mum, as she shared an old letter he wrote her.
    The superstar singer who expressed his love for his mother in the letter, captioned the photo he shared “Look what I found, Sweet mother.”
    The letter was a touching one in which the young David was expressing his love for his mother.


    A nephew of the late Nollywood actress, Mrs Folakemi Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi, has dismissed claims that she and her siblings died of COVID19 complications.

    The actress was reported dead last week after suffering from a cough, and about 24 hours after her demise, Steve Onishola, her elder brother, died at 71.
    But according to Punch, Gbenga Onishola, a nephew to the deceased, said the duo’s younger sister passed away on Saturday.
    Following their reported deaths, rumour was rife that they died from COVID-19.
    However, in an interview with NAN, son of late Steve Onisola, dismissed the rumour.
    He revealed that Janet Ademola has been managing blood pressure (BP) for long and might have died from shock following the deaths of her siblings.

    Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi scored his first league goal in 15 months last night, as Everton secured a 2-1 away win over Wolverhampton in their Premier League clash at Molineux.

    Iwobi was on target in the sixth minute off an assist from Lucas Digne as he coolly finished Digne’s pass into the bottom corner to give Carlo Ancelotti’s side an early lead at the Molineux.
    However, Wolves midfielder, Ruben Neves was on hand to restore parity for the hosts in the 14th minute.
    Everton later got the maximum points on offer through Michael Keane’s 76th-minute goal to win the away tie 2-1.
    Before finally scoring in Tuesday night’s clash, the last time Iwobi scored in the Premier League was in September 2019 and interestingly it was also against Wolves.
    Everton are now in the fourth position on the EPL standings with 32 points from 17 games and they are just four points adrift of new table toppers, Manchester United.

    Nollywood actress and billionaire wife, Regina Daniels, has made it clear that she got her mother, Rita Daniels, a N15M Toyota Prado SUV from her hard earned money.
    This is coming after many had suggested that she got the funds for the gift from her husband, Ned Nwoko.

    In a recent Instagram post, the billionaire wife, posted a photo of a brand new Toyota Prado – reportedly worth N15 million – she got for her mother.
    In a video that has now gone viral, the actress, is seen holding her mum, who is inconsolable as she is presented with the SUV.
    Sharing a photo of the SUV she gave her mother, Regina Daniels disclosed that the car came from her hard-earned money and not from her husband’s billions as some people say. She wrote;

    The actress had earlier taken to her Instagram page where she celebrated her mum on her birthday.

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has written House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a fresh letter, stating that he is opposed to invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

    He said using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump would “set a terrible precedent.”
    According to him, the article should only be used in instances where the president is incapacitated or has a disability that prevents them from carrying out the duties of the office.
    See Pence letter to Pelosi below;


    Nigerian singers, Adekunle Gold and Simi are celebrating their second wedding anniversary today January 13th, 2021.
    The couple last year celebrated their wedding anniversary in Cape Verde, but such romantic trip looks unlikely this year due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

    Adekunle Gold and Simi had their white wedding in January 2019 and have since welcomed a baby girl. The love birds took to social media to celebrate their second wedding anniversary, as they professed their love for each other.
    Celebrating the special day, Adekunle Gold wrote on Instagram;
    Simi on her own part wrote;

    The Bayelsa state government has cleared the air on the recent appointment of former BBNaija housemate, Nengi Hampson as face of the Bayelsa Girl Child.
    According to the state government the reality TV star and Miss Eradiri are to work together to inspire the girl child in Bayelsa state.

    Miss Eradiri is the first female First Class graduate from the Faculty of Law at the Niger Delta University (NDU), a feat she repeated at the Nigerian Law School.
    Many Nigerians had called for the Eradiri, a Bayelsa-born First Class Law Graduate, who has not only made Bayelsans proud but the entire Izon nation on her excellent performance at the Niger Delta University and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus.
    Some also argued that Eradiri has distinguished herself and should be the ‘Role Model’ to Bayelsa Youths.
    After the announcement of Miss Eradiri, as the face of Bayelsa Girl Child, many had believed it was a replacement.
    The state government has now reacted to the confusion that emerged, as the Chief Press Secretary to the Bayelsa state governor, Daniel Alabrah, in a chat with BBC Pidgin, said Nengi has not been removed or replaced. He said;

    The US House of Representative passed on Tuesday evening a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to expel President Donald Trump from office.
    Pence has said he would not yield to the calls.

    The Democratic-run chamber, anticipating the vice president’s resistance, was already barreling ahead with plans to impeach Trump on Wednesday for an unprecedented second time.
    With just over a week left in Trump’s tumultuous one-term presidency, Democratic lawmakers from Texas and beyond — joined by a small but growing number of Republicans — were channeling their fury over the Capitol insurrection into a frenetic attempt to secure Trump’s removal.
    The House voted 223-205, along near-strict party lines, in support of the 25th Amendment resolution.
    Several Lone Star State conservatives cautioned against proceeding down such a path.
    But some Democrats barely contained their outrage over the GOP’s calls for unity, days after Trump and his allies spurred a riot amid Trump’s baseless claims of a stolen election.
    President Trump on his won part criticized the potential impeachment as a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”
    Pence effectively ended the debate as it was ongoing on Capitol Hill, telling Pelosi late Tuesday that the “25th Amendment is not a means of punishment or usurpation” and that “invoking the 25th Amendment in such a manner would set a terrible precedent.”

    A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has urged Nigerians to resist any attempt to commercialize covid-19 vaccine by some persons.

    Resist any attempt to commercialize covid-19 vaccine – Falana The leader of the The Alliance for Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond, a coalition of labour and civil society groups, represented by the Deputy Chairman, Sina Odugbemi, stated this on Tuesday in a Channels TV program, Politics Today programme.
    Odugbemi said,
    The Federal Government has said the first batch of Covid vaccines would arrive in the country between the end of January and February 2021, adding that the vaccines to be used in the country would be safe and effective.

    Afropop sensation, David Adeleke, also known as Davido has declared support for Bobi Wine for the Uganda Presidential election.
    Mr Wine who is also a musician is running against Yoweri Museveni who has been in power since 1986.

    Uganda election: Davido declares support for Bobi Wine against Museveni The election is slated for Jan 14.
    Bobi Wine on Tuesday accused Museveni of sending soldiers to invade his home and arrest his security details.
    According to reports, the country’s telecommunication regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director Irene Sewankambo ordered telecommunication companies to suspend access to social media.
    Although Davido who is a Nigerian cannot vote in Uganda, his popularity across the continent comes with some influence.
    It would be recalled that Nigeria’s entertainment industry had a tense relationship with the Ugandan govt over the arrest of Omah Lay in December for violating COVID-19 laws after performing at a show in the country.
    There were reports of Ugandan musicians instigating the government to arrest the Nigerian star.
    However, Davido on his Twitter timeline tweeted:

    Nollywood actress Regina Daniels is celebrating her mum, Rita Daniels who is a year older today.
    The actress took to her Instagram page to celebrate her with sweet words adding that she will forever indebted to her.

    Regina Daniels celebrates her mum as she turns a year older Sharing some photos of herself, she wrote;


    West Ham have appointed Eve Vorley, a former porn star and director of X-rated films such as ‘Lesbian Student Nurses’ and ‘Hot Housewives on the Job’, to their board.

    Eve Vorley: West Ham appoint ex-Porn star to their board Vorley, whose real name is Emma Benton-Hughes, is the partner of West Ham’s co-chairman David Sullivan and has been pictured at the London Stadium watching the Hammers in action on numerous occasions.
    Now, she is stepping up into the day-to-day running of the club who are currently 10th in the Premier League standings.
    The 55-year-old Vorley was a Page 3 girl and directed a number of adult films in the late 90s and early 2000s.
    The adult entertainment industry is where her partner Sullivan has made his money – in the Sunday Times richlist, Sullivan’s estimated wealth came in it £1.15billion.

    Vorley has been appointed a director at West Ham, alongside Sullivan’s son Dave. Sullivan’s other son, Jack, is currently the managing director of West Ham’s women’s team.
    Sullivan, alongside David Gold and Karren Brady, oversaw a takeover of West Ham back in 2010 and in that time have facilitated the controversial move from Upton Park to the London stadium.
    The switch has yet to usher in the era of success that Gold and Sullivan were hopeful of but West Ham have had an encouraging season so far under the guidance of David Moyes.
    While they are currently sat in mid-table, they are only three points off fourth place, which is occupied by their London rivals Tottenham on 29 points.
    West Ham are next in action on Saturday, when they host Burnley at the London Stadium.

    The court-martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State capital has sentenced Nigerian soldier, Trooper Azunna Maduabuchi to death by firing squad for killing the adjutant of his unit, one Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi.
    Trooper Maduabuchi was arraigned for murder after shooting Lieutenant Ngorgi in July 2020 at close range in Bama Local Government of Borno State for refusing to grant him a welfare pass.
    He was on Tuesday sentenced to death by firing squad after he was found guilty at the court session held at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.
    Some other four soldiers were arraigned for manslaughter and sentenced to various years of imprisonment.
    One of the soldiers Sergeant Sani Ishaya was sentenced to four years, Bidemi Fabiyi sentenced to two years while Private Musa Bala and Private Abdulraheed Adamu were sentenced to one-year imprisonment each.

    A Nigerian man abroad has been caught on video telling a herbalist in Nigeria to make a woman and her children in his family to go mad.

    The man who was walking on a subway could be heard in the video speaking the Yoruba language in his conversation with the herbalist.
    He however thought no one around him understood the language and spoke boldly with the other person at the end of the phone.
    Unfortunately for him, another man who understands Yoruba was walking behind him and after hearing it is an evil conversation quickly started recording him from behind.
    He could be heard saying,
    Watch the very disturbing video below…

    A fashion designer, model and budding Nigerian actor, David Mela is dead.
    The actor passed away after reportedly battling an unknown illness.

    Budding actor David Mela is dead According to reports, the actor died on Monday and his friends have been sending their tributes on diverse social media platforms.
    A friend, Itz Atagher Hardin Pee while lamenting over his death, wrote:
    Other comments gathered on his social media page:
    Blessing Mela said: “We are not fine, u left a vacuum in our heart.”   Tyogyer Dorcas said: “Kai, so painful, Rest in peace of the Lord Jesus Christ Amen.”   Ortwer Samuel said: “My condolences to the family. We pray for the repose of his soul.”   Darling Doo said: “Kai! My brother, it’s so sad to know that you’re no more.”  

    The Governor of Bayelsa state, Douye Diri, has removed reality TV star, Nengi Hampson, as the Face of Bayelsa Girl Child, and replaced her with Ebizi Blessing Eradiri, a 1st class law graduate.

    Nengi removed as Face of Bayelsa Girl Child, replaced by 1st class Law graduate Miss Eradiri is the first female First Class graduate from the Faculty of Law at the Niger Delta University (NDU), a feat she repeated at the Nigerian Law School.
    However, no reason was given by the governor for the new change but it may not be unconnected to the criticism drawn by the appointment of Nengi.

    Many Nigerians had called for the Eradiri, a Bayelsa-born First Class Law Graduate, who has not only made Bayelsans proud but the entire Izon nation on her excellent performance at the Niger Delta University and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus.
    Some also argued that Eradiri has distinguished herself and should be the ‘Role Model’ to Bayelsa Youths.
    However, Governor Giri took the bold step and announced Ebizi Blessing Eradiri as the New Face of Bayelsa on Monday, January 11, 2021.

    While receiving her and her father, Boloupaye Eradiri, at the Government House, Yenagoa, Diri also gave her automatic employment to lecture at the NDU’s Faculty of Law.

    Popular music label executive Jude ‘Engees’ Okoye, has suggested that rapper Zlatan Ibile may have blocked DJ Cuppy on social media platforms over a single reason.

    Jude Okoye reveals ‘reason’ why Zlatan blocked Dj Cuppy According to Okoye, the billionaire’s daughter’s inability to pronounce, may be the reason why the rapper blocked her out of his profiles on the internet.
    If you recall, DJ Cuppy recently made a tweet on her relationship with Zlatan.
    She tweeted:
    To which Jude Okoye gave a witty response. He replied:
    In 2019, DJ Cuppy released a song featuring Zlatan Ibile. The song, ‘Gelato’ , was inspired by Cuppy‘s viral video with her father, Femi Otedola and her sister, Temi Otedola during their vacation in Italy.
    The song was an instant hit when it was released in August of that year.

    Media personality Toke Makinwa has asked to join the stingy women association after the hashtag started trending on Twitter.
    The hashtag started after Nigerian men formed a group called #StingyMenAssociation in order to block the habit of spending on women.
    This led to women to form their own group called #StingyWomenAssociation to counter the group formed by men.
    Seeing the hashtag, Toke in solidarity with the women association asked how she can sign up.
    Taking to Twitter, she wrote; “This stingy men association na wa ooo… Abeg where can I sign up for Close legs association #Wemoveeee”
    Meanwhile Twitter users have reacted to her tweet, as some men drag her for saying she wants to join the stingy women association.
    See some of the tweets below.


    President Donald Trump has approved a state of emergency for Washington, DC, through January 24, covering the date of US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

    The move comes after protesters loyal to President Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, halting Congress’s counting of the electoral votes to confirm President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory as the police evacuated lawmakers from the building. The incident left many dead and several others injured.
    Trump’s state of emergency declaration was in response to a letter sent to Trump on Sunday by Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who already declared a 15-day public emergency for the city shortly after pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the US Capitol.
    The emergency declaration authorized the department of homeland security and the federal emergency management agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the district of Columbia.
    FEMA is also authorized to identify, mobilize, and use discretion to provide resources and equipment to prevent any impacts of violence or situations of emergency.

    Nigerian male barbie Bobrisky  has been dragged for wearing torn inner bra while giving women advice on how to secure rich men.
    The crossdresser has been giving young girls lecture on how to secure rich boyfriends for themselves, as she always shares new  video of himself advising out his usual advise on his official Instagram page.
    In the video posted by Bobrisky yesterday, he slammed and condemned girls who always form the habit of doing domestic chores in a man’s house just because she wants him to propose.

    However, social media users were quick to notice the worn out black inner wear worn by Bobrisky, as they mock him for wearing it.
    According to some his critics online, Bobrisky has to be dressing like the rich lifestyle he’s always lecturing about, while others claim his living a fake life.

    Super Eagles star, Wilfred Ndidi, who currently ply’s his trade with Leicester City in England, has shared the motivational story of his life.
    The football talent who was discovered in a local competition in Nigeria, has narrated how he was hawked in the streets to support his mother financially.

    Speaking with Nigerian football journalist Oluwashina Okeleji via The Frame online publication platform, Wilfred Ndidi revealed that he hawked pepper, groundnut, among other things to just to support his mother while growing up.
    According to him, none of the things he sold gave him fame more than groundnut and that was where he got the nickname ‘groundnut boy’. He said;

    Mo Abudu, the Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Films, has responded to copyright infringement allegations levelled against her by Tobore Mit-Ovuorie.

    Multiple award-winning journalist Tobore Mit-Ovuorie, had called out Mo Abudu for allegedly using her work without giving her due credit.
    Weeks after October 2, 2020, Netflix global release of ‘Oloture’, Journalist, Tobore Mit-Ovuorie took to Twitter with shocking revelations.
    In a video sighted byjaonline, the journalist can be seen stating that the movie is her work and life experience, and wondered why she wasn’t given due credit for it.
    Mo Abudu has expressly denied the claims stating that Oloture is a work of fiction and was inspired by a variety of true events.
    In the video released on her Instagram page, she acknowledged that before the release of Oloture, Tobore was duly notified and was given a private screening. Additionally, Tobore was promised five percent of the films’ gains.
    After an earlier official statement, Mo Abudu wrote on Instagram;


    The defence headquarters (DHQ) has stated that the armed forces have ”checkmated” Boko Haram and their operations in the north-eastern part of Nigeria.

    Despite claims that the insurgents have been decimated, some parts of the north-eastern region still come under attack, but during an interview with NAN on Monday, John Enenche, coordinator of defence media operations, said the federal government and the military since 2015 had checked the intensity of terrorist activities across the country — particularly in the north-east.
    According to Enenche, the initial delay in tackling the menace made it gain momentum — Boko Haram taking over territories and setting up administrative structures — before they were knocked off in 2016.
    Enenche said history has shown that terrorism “is a very resilient type of enemy activity”, adding that the type of terrorism in Nigeria is not “a smart one” but rooted in the state of mind of a group of people.

    The family of the late Nollywood actress, Mrs Folakemi Aremu, popularly known as Orisabunmi, has reacted to multiple reports on her cause of death.
    There had been claims that she and her siblings died due to COVID-19 complications.

    The actress was reported dead last weekafter suffering from a cough, and about 24 hours after her demise, Steve Onishola, her elder brother, died at 71.
    But according to Punch, Gbenga Onishola, a nephew to the deceased, said the duo’s younger sister passed away on Saturday.
    However, some reports that went viral on social media platforms stated that Orisabunmi contracted COVID19 at an event where a popular gospel artiste, Esther Igbekele, performed in Ibadan, Oyo State in December, claiming she went on to infect her family with the virus.
    However, the family described the reports as unfounded lies, Oluwaseun Adelubi, a member of the family, said,

    Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli has taken to her Instagram page to share a piece of sad news about the sudden demise of her mother-in-law.

    The actress took to her page and announced the passing on of her mother-in-law although she didn’t give details of her death. Omoni Oboli wrote;

    Her husband Nnamdi Oboli has also taken to his page confirming the death of his mother a few hours ago. He wrote on Instagram;

    The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has stated that the Federal government is considering shifting the January 18th resumption date for schools over rising COVID-19 cases.

    Adamu said this while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID19.
    After calling off 9-months strike, the Academic Staff Union of Universities says it is unsafe to re-open varsities now as COVID-19 guidelines are absent.
    This was said on Sunday, January 10, in reaction to the directive of the National Universities Commission that universities could resume on January 18.
    According to ASUU, although its members were ready to start work, the government had not put measures in place for the safe reopening of the schools.

    In reaction to the calls for the sack of the service chiefs in Nigeria, the presidency has stated that Muhammadu Buhari has not succumbed to the calls because he sees what Nigerians do not see.
    Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff; Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff; Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff; and Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, chief of naval staff; are all due for retirement.

    This was made known by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari when he appeared on a Television Continental (TVC) programme on Sunday.
    He said the chief of army staff and his colleagues serve at the pleasure of the president who has not sacked them because “he is seeing things that critics are not seeing”.

    An erroneous message saying the term of President Donald Trump of the United States had ended was posted website of the U.S. State Department.

    Trump term ends today – U.S. State Department website mistakenly says It didn’t take long before social media users got hold of the error message and it immediately went viral after a woman posted it on Twitter

    The message appeared on an empty page for the president’s biography, saying: “Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:22:18.”
    A similar message appeared on the biography page for Vice President Mike Pence.

    A later update by the Twitter user indicated that the misinformation was done by a disgruntled employee of the agency.
    She wrote:

    Trump is facing calls to resign after last week’s deadly attack on the U.S. Congress.
    Many Democrats and a few Republicans have called on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to immediately remove Trump from office. The House is expected to vote on impeachment as early as Wednesday.

    Aisha Yesufu, who is the Co-founder of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement has said she witnessed same-sex marriages in Nigeria in the 1980s.
    She made the statement on her Twitter page earlier today where she stated that homosexuality was not a new discovery in Nigeria, adding that the choice of sexuality is personal.

    Aisha Yesufu: I witnessed same-sex marriages in Nigeria in the 80s
    When questioned by a Twitter user Imorta Rakeem about the veracity of her claims, Yesufu replied that the LGBTQ community in Nigeria is unaware that homosexuality existed in Nigeria before the coming of the colonialists.

    Homosexuality and same-sex relationships attract a penalty of up to 14 years in Nigeria.

    The alleged real boyfriend of the corps member who killed a man in Akwa Ibom state has finally broken his silence.
    Henry Obiakwa claims to be the real boyfriend of Princess Odume, the corps member who allegedly killed a young man in Akwa Ibom on Sunday with a machete.

    According to Obiakwa, Odume is not capable of committing such a crime.
    Odume was stripped naked and beaten after she was allegedly apprehended for killing the deceased. The police later arrived at the scene and took her to the station.
    In an interview with SaharaReporters on Monday, Obiakwa said he did not think Odume was capable of committing the offence.
    Obiakwa said he had been in a relationship with Odume for over a year though he added that the relationship was shaky because of the long distance between them.
    According to Obiakwa, Odume is a very peaceful woman who is not violent. He said when she is angry, she keeps quiet.
    He said, “We started dating two years ago. Though I live far away and you know how long-distance relationships can be. I came back last October for a traditional wedding which I invited her to attend with me and she came. We never broke up just that the relationship is no longer how it is supposed to be.
    “Since I have known her, she has never been a violent person. Whenever she is angry, all she does is to keep quiet. I don’t think she can kill someone except she says it herself.”
    Obiakwa also said he lives in Lagos, while Odume who was living in Enugu with her family, was recently posted to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State for her one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps programme.
    When asked if she ever told him of any threat to her life by anyone, Obiakwa said there was nothing of such.
    “She never told me anything about this other guy though I spoke with her four days ago before I travelled to Ondo where I get my wares from. She also never told me of any threat to her life,” he said.
    Obiakwa said he had called the mother of the accused person, who told him she was on her way to Uyo, where her daughter is being detained.
    Also speaking, Emilia Sophia, a friend of Odume, said she believed her friend was being set up and that she could never kill anyone.
    “She’s my very good friend and I strongly believe that she can’t do something like that. I believe they set her up, she can’t be so heartless to slaughter someone like that,” she said.
    When asked if Odume had told her about any threat to her life, Sophie said Odume had posted something similar on Facebook though she (Sophie) never got the details.
    “Yes, she actually said someone was trying to kill her. I tried to find out what happened from her but she told me that the problem had been solved. I didn’t know how serious she was then,” she said.
    Sophia also confirmed that she only knew Obiakwa as Odume’s boyfriend, adding that she did not know the relationship her friend had with the young man who was murdered.
    Click here to See Her Facebook profile

    Former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke has tested positive for coronavirus in the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
    This development has stalled the money laundering trial of Adoke at the Federal High Court in Abuja due to his absence on Monday.
    His lawyer, Kanu Agabi informed the court about this development on Monday.
    Mr Agabi told the judge on Monday that his client had earlier tested positive to the virus at his point of returning to Nigeria as a result of which he was held back by the UAE authorities.
    He stated that the former minister tested negative after he was treated but was unable to immediately fly back to Nigeria as ordered by the court.
    He said Mr Adoke would be able to return to the country on Tuesday.
    Mr Agabi further pleaded with the judge to extend the time given to the defendant to appear in court to enable him to take care of himself and be fit for the continuation of his trial.
    Without opposition from the prosecuting counsel, the judge granted the request and adjourned till March 1 to 4.
    Recall that the former AGF had gone to UAE for a medical check-up after securing permission to travel on health grounds.
    Justice Inyang Okwo had ruled that he should return to Nigeria on January 10 ahead of the Monday’s scheduled hearing.

    First lady Melania Trump made her first comments Monday, 11 January, about the violence at the Capitol when pro-Trump rioters stormed the building last week.

    In a lengthy written statement posted to the white house website, she said that her heart goes out to the six people who have died since the attack, including two Capitol police officers.

    The first lady added that: “Our Nation must heal in a civil manner. Make no mistake about it, I absolutely condemn the violence that has occurred on our Nation’s Capitol. Violence is never acceptable.
    Melania, however, implored people to stop violence and never make assumptions based on the color of a person’s skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness.
    She added that it was inspiring to see that so many have found a passion and enthusiasm in participating in an election, “but we must not allow that passion to turn to violence. Our path forward is to come together, find our commonalities, and be the kind and strong people that I know we are.”
    However, Melania Trump made no mention of those who are responsible for inciting the violence last Wednesday.
    The first lady also said nothing about the calls for vice president Mike Pence, with the help of Trump’s Cabinet, to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office or the plan by house democrats to possibly impeach him for a second time.
    She said it’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve as the first lady.
    While Melania has largely stayed quiet during her husband’s attempts to defy the election result, she has echoed the president’s misleading language of counting legal votes and has not publicly acknowledged Biden’s victory.

    The Federal Government has said it will shut down the Lagos-Ibadan and the Abuja-Kaduna train services should there be any case of Covid-19 detected among passengers.

    The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated this on Monday while featuring on NTA Good Morning Nigeria programme, the Punch reports.
    He said train users must comply with all Covid-19 protocols from the beginning of every trip to the end.
    The minister said,
    The minister also added that the $1.6bn Lagos-Ibadan railway project which would be completed this month would be inaugurated virtually by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
    The Nigerian Railway Corporation had in December 2020 commenced operations for the Lagos-Ibadan railway, a standard gauge rail covering a distance of 156km.

    The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC has warned the public to beware of a fake app that claims to help link the National Identity Number to SIM cards.

    In a post on its Twitter handle, NIMC dissociated itself from the app saying it is run by fraudsters who use it to harvest people’s NIN and Bank Verification Number.
    The Commission advised people to protect their data and stop disclosing personal information to unauthorised persons or platforms.
    The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami recently announced that a mobile app launched by NIMC can be used to link seven SIM cards to one NIN.
    Dr Isa Pantami, who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme, said:

    Aliko Dangote, the wealthiest man in Africa, has reportedly faced a huge loss in his business. The business magnate is said to have lost a total of $900 million equivalent to N343 billion within 24 hours.
    The business magnate lost a substantial amount of his earnings after his company, Dangote Industries Limited emerged the biggest loser at the end of trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
    According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Dangote’s wealth reportedly fell from $18.4bn on to $17.5bn on Friday. However, he managed to secure a spot among the 500 billionaires across the globe and he is now the 114th wealthiest man in the world. Before his loss, he held the 106th position.
    The report reads;
    “The majority of Dangote’s fortune is derived from his 86 per cent stake in publicly-traded Dangote Cement. He holds the shares in the company directly and through his conglomerate, Dangote Industries.
    His most valuable closely held asset is a fertiliser plant with capacity to produce up to 2.8 million tonnes of urea annually, according to the international news agency.
    “A $12bn oil refinery that is currently being developed in Nigeria isn’t included in the valuation because it’s not yet operational and construction costs are calculated to outweigh its current value”.

    Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has threatened to shut down the Bonny-Bille-Nembe Jetty in Port Harcourt if there are reported cases of criminality or physical violence in the area.

    He stated this at the commissioning of the remodeled Bonny-Bille-Nembe Jetty by the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Saturday.
    The governor stated that the zeal to provide an enabling environment for sea travellers and boost the marine economy of the state, spurred his administration to remodel the once dilapidated jetty first built in the 1950s.
    He also stated that he decided to remodel the dilapidated infrastructure because he firmly believes that the people of the State deserve the best infrastructure required to boost economic activities and enhance the well-being of the people.
    He, however, noted his administration will not tolerate criminal activities around the remodelled jetty.
    “Don’t come here and kill people. Don’t come here and kidnap people. Don’t come here to act like thugs and criminals.”

    Governor Willie ObianoA monarch in Anambra State, whose suspension was lifted seven days ago, Igwe Nkeli Nzekwe Kelly has reportedly died.
    He was the traditional ruler of Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area.
    He was among the 13 monarchs suspended in August 2020 for travelling to Abuja to see President Muhammadu Buhari without permission from the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
    The suspension was lifted on December 31st 2020, by the governor.
    Also Read: Anambra Gov, Obiano Suspends 12 Monarchs For Visiting Buhari
    Nzekwe Kelly, was also, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the splinter Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide General Assembly
    Before his sudden death on January 7, he had celebrated his 30th ofala festival on January 4.
    The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, confirmed his passing away to newsmen.
    He also revealed that the monarch had been buried.
    The post Suspended Anambra Monarch Dies Seven Says After Governor’s Pardon appeared first on Information Nigeria.

    Seyi MakindeGovernor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has reacted to the allegation of high-handedness leveled against some members of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun.
    He reacted in a statement issued on his official Twitter handle on Friday.
    Makinde stated that his administration is probing the alleged high-handedness of some members of the security outfit.
    Also Read: Osun Amotekun Debunks Fight Indecent Dressing
    He stressed that his administration will not allow security operatives to harass and intimidate members of the public.
    The governor assured the people of the state that their welfare and security remains a top priority to his administration.
    Makinde, however, urged the people of the state to remain calm and allow members of the corps to perform their legally authorized duties.
    The post Oyo Govt Probes Allegation Of High-Handedness Against Amotekun Corps appeared first on Information Nigeria.

    Aminu MasariGovernor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has revealed that security agents have rescued 103 kidnapped victims in the state.
    Masari stated this when speaking to some rescued victims at the Government House on Friday.
    He revealed that the government took advantage of the recent release of 344 students of the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara.
    “This is in continuation of the exercise that started with the recovery of the 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara,” Masari said.
    Also Read: Masari Receives Abducted Schoolboys, Assures Them Of Proper Care
    “We saw an opening and we are working with some stakeholders to make sure that we exploit the opening and bring back as many kidnapped victims as we can.
    “We have so far returned 103 of the kidnapped victims and the process is still ongoing. We are doing this as quietly as we can, to make sure that nobody is harmed and further kidnapping is stopped.
    “So, we are doing this with the army, the police, Air Force and the Department of State Security.
    ”I can assure you that no ransom was paid to the kidnappers.”
    Masari urged the victims to consider the incident as something from the Almighty Allah.
    The post Security Forces Rescue 103 Kidnapped Victims In Katsina: Gov Masari appeared first on Information Nigeria.

    Boko HaramGunmen suspected to be the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents in an attack on Geidam town in Yobe State on Wednesday abducted the district head.
    According to reports, the attack happened at about 6:30 p.m.on Wednesday evening.
    The insurgents reportedly stormed the town shooting sporadically causing many residents to panic and flee into the bush while others hid in their houses.
    Also Read: Residents Flee As Boko Haram Attacks Four Villages In Borno
    Confirming the incident, Yobe State Police Command spokesman ASP Dungus Abdulkarim said the terrorists abducted the district head of Geidam
    He also revealed that the police recovered a burnt Hilux vehicle containing two bodies.
    He added that it could not be ascertained whether the deceased were Boko Haram members or not.
    Reacting to the development, Governor Mai Mala Buni directed the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to move to Geidam and support the victims.
    The post Boko Haram Kidnaps District Head In Yobe appeared first on Information Nigeria.

    Governor El-rufaiThe Kaduna State Government has arraigned five persons for alleged attempted adultery and organizing a nude party in breach of the COVID-19 protocols.
    Among those arraigned on Thursday was the spokesman for the Peoples Democratic Party in Kaduna, Abraham Alberah.
    Alberah is also the husband of Aisha Yakubu, the owner of Asher Kings and Queens Restaurant – the purported venue of the aborted sex party scheduled to hold on December 27, 2020.
    Also Read: Aborted Sex Party: Demolished Building Had No Valid Title, Permit – Kaduna Govt
    Others were those operating the restaurant, the staff working there, and the customers who organized the party.
    The five persons were brought before Magistrate Benjamin Nok of the Magistrate Court sitting in the state capital on allegations of flouting the COVID-19 protocols and acting immorally.
    The document containing the charges filed against them stated that the nude party had already begun when policemen arrived at the scene.
    The post Nude Party: Kaduna Arraigns PDP Spokesman, Others For Attempted Adultery appeared first on Information Nigeria.

    Demolished Kaduna RestaurantKaduna state Government has explained the reason for the demolition of the building housing Asher Kings and Queens restaurant; the alleged venue for a botched sex party in the state.
    The government said the building was brought down for its illegal status stressing that, “checks of government records show that the building housing Asher restaurant had neither a valid title nor development permit.”
    Kaduna State Urban Development and Planning Authority (KASUPDA) Director General, Ismail Umaru Dikko made this known during a press briefing for selected newsmen on Tuesday.
    Also Read: Second Wave: Kaduna Imposes New Restrictions On Churches, Mosques, Others
    He accepted that the earlier statement it issued through its Twitter handle was inaccurate.
    He stated that the decision to demolish the property on December 31, 2020, was in line with the laws and regulations of the state on any property that was in violation of its provisions.
    Umar-Dikko added that the illegal status of the building became a very separate matter from the trigger event, the third-party elements who had planned and advertised an unlawful gathering purportedly at the restaurant.
    The post Aborted Sex Party: Demolished Building Had No Valid Title, Permit – Kaduna Govt appeared first on Information Nigeria.

    SoworeHuman rights activist, Omoyele Sowore and four others have been remanded by a Magistrate Court sitting in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja in Kuje Correctional Centre pending the hearing of their bail applications.
    The formal bail of the Sahara Reporters publisher would be heard on Tuesday, January 5, 2020.
    The Magistrate, Mabel Segun-Bello said all the charges are bailable, except if the defendants are deemed likely to evade trial or commit the same offence.
    Also Read: Sowore, Four Others Arraigned Over New Year’s Eve Protest
    She asked that the formal bail application should be brought before her at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday and ordered that the defendants be allowed access to medical attention and to a lawyer of their choice.
    Recall that it was earlier reported that the activist and four others were arraigned on three charges of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and attempting to incite others.
    The five arraigned persons, however, denied the charges levelled against them.
    The post Court Sends Sowore, Four Others To Prison appeared first on Information Nigeria.

    Lagos, Nigeria. 2nd of January, 2021. – Africa’s most preferred smartphone brand, TECNO, has just unveiled a new device under its Spark flagship.

    Smartphones have become an important part of everyone’s daily lives. However, as smartphone companies have improved on their devices over time, rising costs have put these modern smartphones out of most people’s reach. Nevertheless, consumers have increased expectations of their smartphones – without necessarily wanting to upend their savings. This is what the problem the brand is proffering solution to with the new Spark 5 Pro.
    With the Spark 5 Pro, TECNO is providing consumers with cutting-edge and premium features at a cost-effective price. Speaking at the unveiling in Lagos, Attai Oguche, Marketing Manager TECNO said;
    With its latest smartphone, Spark 5 Pro, TECNO has once again designed a product that delivers premium experience and a power-packed performance. For the young, urban, aspirational consumer, the Spark 5 Pro combines the latest in technology breakthroughs while allowing them to not only share their photos and videos across their social media channels but also have enough memory for saving their best memories with ease.  
    He further added that:
    The Spark 5 Pro comes out of the box with TECNO’s big memory, 128 + 4 GB. The device also has a unique AI powered camera system that differentiates it from any other device in its category. For consumers wanting a stylish smartphone that provides outstanding camera capabilities, pro performance, and long-lasting battery life, the SPARK 5 Pro will give you a big value.

    Unmatched Camera Features
    Equipped with a 16-megapixel rear AI Quad camera and an 8-megapixel front camera, SPARK 5 Pro brings quality in image and video creation. The cameras at the back consist of a primarycamera, a camera that captures depth of field, AI lens for edge detection in portraits, face recognition, and colour profile enhancements. Spark 5 Pro also as a macro lens for photographing small subjects at very close distances as well as a slow-motion feature to bring consumers a brand-newphotography experience.
    Long Lasting Battery
    Building upon the Spark 5’s battery performance, the Spark 5 Pro packs a punch with a powerful 5,000 mAh battery, so that consumers can run powerful applications and multiple tabs without the need to constantly recharge.
    Sleek Design

    SPARK 5 Pro comes in four colour options of Seabed Blue, Ice Jadeite, Spark Orange and Cloud white. The finishing, the material and the device’s sparkly look makes it unique and beautiful. The backing of the TECNO Spark 5 Pro is also made of polycarbonate (glassy material), giving it a premium and elegant look and feel.
    About TECNO Nigeria
    TECNO is the premium mobile phone brand of TRANSSION Holdings with a comprehensive mobile device portfolio that cuts across feature phones, smartphones and tablets. As a brand, TECNO is dedicated to transforming state-of-the-art technologies into localized products under the guideline of “Think Globally, Act Locally”. Established in 2006, TECNO has presence in more than 50 countries across the globe. It is now one of the top three mobile phone brands in Africa and a major player worldwide. TECNO is also the Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club. For more information, please visit: www.tecno-mobile.com
    The post TECNO Amazes Its SPARK Consumers with the Upgraded SPARK 5 Pro Smartphone appeared first on Information Nigeria.

    Owing to the rising default in loan repayment forced by the Covid-19 pandemic and the declining economy that affected borrowers’ revenue inflow, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) faced an upsurge in credit loss expenses in the third quarter but its management waded through the strain and maintained the elevated profit performance it demonstrated at half-year. The situation which affected lenders globally also forced the bank’s net loan impairment expenses to rise to N5.6 billion quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter ended in September 2020. This pushed up the year-to-date loan loss expenses to more than N13 billion, jerking up the year-on-year rise from 41 per cent at half-year to over 70 per cent at the end of the period.
    The resumption of new lending in 2019 after two years of break, occasioned by the Loan to Deposit Ratio (LDR) policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), appears to be fueling the rising asset losses. Last year, the bank grew the customer credit portfolio by 13 per cent and further growth of close to 11 per cent had happened at the end of the third quarter to N793 billion. The bank’s management is not letting the asset quality strain to impede the impressive growth record of the bottom line. Instead, it gained speed on profit growth from the half-year position to 30 per cent year-on-year at the end of the third quarter. FCMB is maintaining the path of growing profit for the third consecutive year though it has remained well below the peak profit figure of N22 billion attained as far back as 2014.
    The bank maintained its earnings growth levers on the upbeat, spurred by a step up in interest earnings from 8 per cent growth at half year to 10 per cent increase year-on-year to N112 billion at the end of the third quarter. This was punctured by non-interest income, which shrank from 13 per cent increase at half-year to close flat at N34 billion at the end of September 2020.
    Nevertheless, FCMB is still seeing the highest growth rate in revenue in four years in the current financial year. Interest income is growing at the highest rate in for the bank since 2014. At over N146 billion at the end of the third quarter, gross earnings improved by 7.8 per cent year-on-year, slowing down from over 9 per cent improvement at half-year. This remains the best revenue growth record for the bank in four years against a slight decline in 2019.
    Interest cost extended its benign behaviour in the third quarter with a year-on-year decline stepping up from 3 per cent at half-year to roughly 4 per cent to close at N44 billion at the end of the third quarter. Improving interest income with declining in interest expenses are the favourable combination for FCMB in 2020. The share of interest income devoted to interest expenses went down from 45 per cent to 39 per cent over the review period. The positive effect is a top record growth of 21 per cent in net interest income to N66 billion at the end of the third quarter compared to less than 5 per cent improvement at the end of 2019.
    The major increase in impairment loss on financial assets however did not let all the increase in net interest income get down into profit. Net loan impairment expenses rose by 70 per cent to over N13 billion at the end of September 2020. The expenses claimed nearly 20 per cent of net interest income against 14 per cent in the same period last year. 
    With the strength of improving revenue and declining interest expenses, FCMB was able to dilute the impact of rising credit loss expenses and still add some momentum to the bottom line.  The bank closed the third quarter with an after-tax profit of roughly N14 billion, which is a year-on-year growth of 30 per cent – stepping up from 29 per cent record at half-year. Profit is accelerating this year from 16 per cent growth the bank recorded at the end of 2019. The ability to grow profit more than three times ahead of revenue underscores a gain in profit margin this year. Net profit margin improved from 7.9 per cent in the same period last year to 9.5 per cent at the end of the third quarter. This is the highest net profit margin the bank has seen since 2015. The strength came from cost saving from interest expenses and a moderated operating cost during the review period. 
    The improvement in interest income reflects the expansion of earning assets with loans and advances growing by N77 billion over the 2019 closing figure of N715 billion and investments rising by N64 billion to over N303 billion over the same period. Over the nine months of the year, it has grown the size of the balance sheet by N369 billion or 22 per cent to close at over N2 trillion – the strongest growth since 2012. Earnings per share amounted to 70 kobo at the end of the third quarter operations, improving from 54 kobo per share in the same period last year. 
    The Bank remains on track with our full-year expectation that it would retain the key strengths of growing revenue, moderating interest expenses and improving profit margin and stay the course of rebuilding profit for the third straight year in 2020.
    The post Braving The Odds To Deliver Value appeared first on Information Nigeria.

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