Wednesday, July 8

Two weeks after Davido’s brother, Adewale Adeleke, revealed that his relationship with Chioma is still intact, his lawyer, Bobo F. Ajudua has confirmed that they are actually still waxing strong.

It could be recalled that three weeks ago, there were rumours that the couple broke up, after news of Davido’s alleged 4th baby mama hit the internet.

There were also allegations that the singer was beating Chioma, which she denied in a lengthy Instagram post.

Bobo has now debunked the rumours with an adorable moment between Davido and Chioma chilling with their son, Ifeanyi.

Davido and Chioma got engaged and had their introduction in September 2019, they welcomed their son Ifeanyi in October 2019.

Ifeanyi is Davido’s 3rd child, he has two daughters with his baby mamas, Sophia and Amanda.

Operatives of the Department of State Services and Nigeria Police Force this on Tuesday July 7, stormed the Abuja home of suspended EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, and ransacked it.

The security agents this evening arrived at Magu's home located on Abduljalil Street, Karu Site, on the outskirts of Abuja, and carried out a thorough search of the apartment. They reportedly went away with vital documents found in the apartment.

Magu is currently being investigated over allegations of corruption leveled against him by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. He was suspended by the presidency today to allow him to face the probe panel investigating the allegations of corruption.

503 new cases of Coronavirus has been recorded in Nigeria as confirmed in Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) update on Tuesday July 7.

A breakdown of the new cases across different states in the country is as follows; Lagos-153, Ondo-76, Edo-54, FCT-41, Enugu-37, Rivers-30, Benue-24, Osun-20, Kaduna-15, Kwara-13, Abia-9, Borno-8, Plateau-6, Taraba-5, Ogun-3, Kano-3, Kebbi-2, Nasarawa-2, Bayelsa-1, Gombe-1. 

There are now 29,789 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria and 669 deaths has been recorded.  12,108 patients who recovered have also been discharged. 

Tuesday, July 7

Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for COVID-19, though he revealed that he feels ‘perfectly well’ and has only mild symptoms.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted global activities for almost five months now, and during that time, over 11 million people have tested positive to the virus with over five hundred deaths being recorded.

Mr Bolsonaro speaking earlier today in a TV interview said the fever he had been experiencing had gone down and that he felt “very well”.

‘I’m well, normal. I even want to take a walk around here, but I can’t due to medical recommendations,’ Bolsonaro told a group of journalists on Tuesday, July 7 – insisting he had only mild symptoms.

The 65-year-old right-wing leader, has repeatedly played down the risks posed by the virus, and he told supporters in Brasilia on Monday July 6 that he had been tested at a hospital and that an X-ray showed his lungs were ‘clean’.

‘I can’t get very close,’ he said in comments recorded by Foco do Brasil. ‘I came from the hospital. I underwent a lung scan. The lung’s clean.’

The test was his fourth Coronavirus test, having tested negative three times in March after meeting with US president Donald Trump in Florida.

Back in April, he said that even if he were to be infected with the virus, he would “not have to worry as I wouldn’t feel anything, at most it would be like a little flu or a little cold”.

When he made the remark, the number of Covid-19-related deaths was still under 3,000 and the number of infections was around 40,000.

But the numbers have skyrocketed since then. As of Monday, the number of deaths was over 65,000 and infections were over 1.6m, second only to the United States.

Despite the rising numbers, President Bolsonaro has argued that regional lockdowns are having a more damaging effect than the virus itself, and accused the media of spreading panic and paranoia.

Hopes have been raised after a Brazilian man has tested negative for HIV for the past 57 weeks, after being treated with drugs alone.

The 35-year-old man tested positive for HIV in 2012, and was treated with a base of antiretroviral therapy or ART which was boosted with additional antiretrovirals, plus a drug called nicotinamide (a form of vitamin B3).

His intensified treatment was halted after 48 weeks and researchers who unveiled their findings at this week’s virtual International Aids Society conference, said the patient has now gone more than 57 weeks with no HIV treatment and continues to test negative for HIV antibodies.

Dr Ricardo Diaz of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, who led the study said he was “trying to wake up the virus” and boost the immune system’s ability to eliminate it once it’s flushed out of hiding. Diaz said;

“We can’t search the entire body, but by the best evidence, we do not have infected cells.

“I think it’s very promising. This patient might be cured, but it will take more time to know.”

Professor Sharon Lewin, an HIV and infectious diseases expert at the University of Melbourne who was not involved in the research, said the fact that the patient has no antibodies was significant. She said;

“When someone is infected with a virus they make antibodies. And antibodies don’t budge, even when you’re on treatment and there’s no detectable viral load. But this showed he had no antibodies which is supportive of him being cured.

“It’s interesting, but it’s hard to know how significant it is when it’s just a single case. I’d also like to know what happened to the other patients.”

In the last few years, only two men known as “Berlin” and “London” patients appear to have been cured of the disease after undergoing high-risk stem cell bone marrow transplants to treat cancer.

The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle has called on state governments to reopen churches, as he tagged the closure as “unacceptable and unreasonable.”

Several state governments closed worship centers to control the spread of Coronavirus in their states.

Though some states have now reopened the worship centers and issued guidelines for worshippers to adhere to, some others are yet to lift the ban.

In a statement released by his Special Assistant, (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the CAN boss said it is unacceptable for these state governments to continue to lockdown churches.

He said;

“The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson ‘Supo Ayokunle, on behalf of the Association, has called on all State governments that are yet to reopen churches under their watches to do so now because the continued lockdown order on the places of worship is no longer acceptable and reasonably justified.

Despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with regards to the re-opening of places of worship nationwide, some states like Lagos and Ogun are yet to allow worship places, especially churches, to be reopened. What sin have the places of worship committed?

With the sudden emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at all levels, agreed with the government on the need to close down the places of worship, economy, schools and every other facet of life.

But with the reopening of the economy, especially the markets (both organized and the unorganized markets) along with the plan to reopen airports and schools, the closure of churches anywhere in the country is no longer tenable and acceptable. In what way are the opened and roadside markets more organized than the church which warranted their opening?

Is it not our members in the places of worship that do go to markets and other sectors opened? Why are they allowed to go to markets and disallowed from going to places of worship? Is it because the marketers cannot contact the virus in the markets and airports?

It is our opinion that while the government and other relevant stakeholders are working hard to get cure for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church too has a role to play by seeking for divine solutions as well.”

The Nigerian central bank has devalued its official exchange rate by 5.5% to 381 naira to the dollar from 360 naira, according to data on the website of FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, the Lagos-based platform that oversees foreign-exchange trading.

The bank has not issued a statement about this and calls to the spokesman went unanswered.
The currency depreciation comes after Governor Godwin Emefiele announced last month that the bank plans to unify its multiple exchange rates to improve the transparency of its currency-management system.

The central bank also devalued the currency in March, when it adjusted the official peg against the dollar to 360 naira from 307. However, Emefiele said at the time the move was “an adjustment of price and not a devaluation of the currency.” On its website, the quoted rate is still 360 naira to the dollar but that was last updated on July 3.

Investors and the International Monetary Fund have long called for Nigeria to merge its multiple exchange rates, saying the absence of a single rate creates confusion and deters foreign investment.

The Senate on Tuesday read for the third time and passed a bill seeking to stop sexual abuse of female students in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
The Bill titled : “A Bill for an Act to prevent, prohibit and redress sexual harassment of students in tertiary educational institutions and for matters connected therewith, Bill, 2020” was sponsored by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie-Omo Agege (Delta Central) and co-sponsored by 105 other Senators.

The bill which has 27 clauses, proposes up to 14 years jail term, with a minimum of 5 years, without an option of fine for any educator who commits sexual offences in tertiary institutions.

The bill defines sexual offences as including sexual intercourse with a student or demands for sex from a student or a prospective student or intimidating or creating a hostile or offensive environment for the student by soliciting for sex or making sexual advances.

Other forms of sexual harassment identified in the bill are grabbing, hugging, kissing, rubbing, stroking, touching, pinching the breasts or hair or lips or hips or buttocks or any other sensual part of the body of a student; or sending by hand or courier or electronic or any other means naked or sexually explicit pictures or videos or sex related objects to a student, and whistling or winking at a student or screaming, exclaiming, joking or making sexually complimentary or uncomplimentary remarks about a student’s physique or stalking a student.

The Ondo state House of Assembly has served an impeachment notice to the state Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi.

This as the crisis between the Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu and Mr Ajayi continues.

The crisis between the Deputy and the Governor has been on since, Agboola defected from APC to PDP on June 21. There are indications he might be the flagbearer of the PDP In the state governorship election scheduled for October 10.

The impeachment proceedings started this morning with 14 of the 26 members signing the impeachment notice and nine of them voting against the decision.
According to the notice, the deputy governor is being accused of gross misconduct, abuse of office, financial recklessness, abandonment of office among other offenses.

The motion was read by the clerk of the assembly, Bode Adeyelu.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun, said he personally received the allegation but failed to mention the source of the allegation.

To however stall any impeachment move, the embattled deputy governor has approached an Abuja High Court seeking to stop the impeachment proceeding and enforce his fundamental right of association. Other defendants in the suit were the Inspector-General of Police, State Commissioner Of Police, Department of State Services (DSS), and the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. David Oleyeloogun.

Nigerian billionaire, Femi Otedola‘s daughter, Ifeoluwa Florence Otedola alias DJ Cuppy has signed a music deal with a London based record label, Platoon.

The disc jockey made this announcement via her official Twitter page yesterday, July 6 2020.

In her words;

 “Contract SIGNED & SEALED! Proud to join the @WeArePlatoon family as an artist …My debut Album DELIVERED! ?? #OriginalCopy coming soon!”

Platoon, launched in 2016, is an entertainment outfit that seeks to give musical artistes the enabling platform to distribute their music independently.
The entertainment firm also does A&R (signing and developing talent), marketing, video editing suites, funding, recording studios, and fiscal business management.
Prior to now, the firm has signed the likes of Britsh singer, Jorja Smith, Sam Smith and Mr Eazi. It has also developed major artists like Billie Eilish and Stefflon Don who left to sign hefty global deals with Universal Music Group.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

This was made known in a recent report by BBC Hausa Service which quoted an unnamed presidency source.

We had earlier reported that spent the night yesterday in police custody, based on the orders of a presidential panel probing alleged infractions against him.

According to a report by Premium Times, Mr Magu who has been the EFCC’s acting chairman since 2015 was arrested in front of the EFCC office in Abuja by security officials on Monday.

He was taken to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he appeared before a presidential panel investigating alleged corruption and insubordination.

The allegations of insubordination and ‘relooting of recovered funds’ were levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

In separate statements Monday, the SSS denied arresting the anti-graft chief while the EFCC said Mr Magu was only invited for questioning.

Similarly, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has also described Mr Magu as a victim of power play in the presidency.

Mr Magu was not allowed to go back home because the panel ordered his detention.

The EFCC official was grilled for several hours by members of the panel in the presence of an EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.

When the panel rose for the day, it decided to send Mr Magu to Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police, sources said.

Government of the United States is considering banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps over national security concerns.
When Ingraham, the interviewer whether the USA should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, “especially TikTok”, Pompeo said, “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura. I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.
Pompeo added that people should only download the app “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.
His comment comes after US lawmakers raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, accusing the short-form video app of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China. They also allege that the company could be compelled to “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

Reacting to Pompeo’s comments, a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement: “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the US. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”

Last week, it was in the news that the government of India banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo, and WeChat, to counter the threat posed by these applications to its “sovereignty and security”.

TikTok is owned by Beijing-based startup, ByteDance.

Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, the Oluwo of Iwo, has condemned the practice of family planning in Nigeria stating that its application will wipe out the human race.

Oluwo of Iwo condemns Family Planning in Nigeria
The monarch made this known in a public debate on family planning recently, which he also shared on his Instagram page yesterday, July 6.

According to him, Nigerians should respect the dictate of God on procreation.

He argued and maintained that overpopulation is not responsible for poverty. He said that what China has achieved as the most populous nation and emerging giant of the world could be linked to the country’s huge human resources.

In his words;

“There is so much misconception and about population and national growth. There is so much more strength in procreation but we oftentimes ignorantly relate overpopulation to poverty. If this belief is true, then China by now should be the most affected nation by poverty. But this is not so because today, China is an emerging world power and a nation that is getting it right in all fronts.
Few powerful nations are getting it wrong for placing limit on childbearing. Today, 75% of the Canadian population is made up of foreigners born outside Canada. In few years to come, the land may be controlled by foreigners.
Aside from this, the dictate of God on procreation should be respected by individuals willing to bear more children. Grace is great. Having more children is not a measurement of poverty. Many rose from grass to grace.

Education is the key. China became powerful because of its passion for technical education. The government should focus more on improving technical education. Education is as important as human blood.

Basic education from primary to secondary should be free and made compulsory for everyone. Higher education should be subsidized. These will encourage average Nigerians to pursue technical education This is the strength of any developed nation.

The huge population of northern Nigeria should give them an edge over other regions. There is a need to harp on the quality of education and not putting an embargo on the numbers of children.”

The former Secretary to the Ondo State Government, SSG, fedayo Abegunde, has alleged that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was rigged into power during the 2016 governorship election.

Abegunde tendered his resignation letter on Monday morning following a cold war between him and Governor Akeredolu.

He opened up on his resignation and issues between him and the governor in on a programme on Crest 87.7 FM

He said some “moneybags” in the All Progressives Congress including himself rigged Akeredolu into power in 2016 by manipulating the election result in his favour.

According to him, Akeredolu lost the 2016 governorship poll to the then Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Eyitayo Jegede, who he claimed was the winner of the election.

He said,

“It was through the powers from me and other APC pillars that made INEC declare Akeredolu as governor after he had lost the election.

“So, Akeredolu didn’t win the Ondo governorship election in 2016 but we made it possible for him to become governor.
“We were the pillars behind him and we will not support him again. He will lose this time around.”

Speaking on why he resigned his position, the former Ondo SSG said he decided to quit the administration due to the way Akeredolu was running the government.

He said,

“Akeredolu has reduced the government to the property of his wife, son and in-laws and all government contracts goes to these same set of people from Imo State.”

Abegunde further said he was unable to cater to the needs of those who joined him to support the government because funds were not allocated to his office.

He denied that the sum of N5m was being allocated to his office on a monthly basis and accused the governor of telling lies.

A Nigerian ‘gay activist’ identified as Chef Ayomide has stated clearly that he has every right to live freely with his lover because they pay tax like any other citizen.

Sharing a video of himself and his gay lover cuddling themselves, Ayomide said he no longer cares about the heavy criticisms and constant backlashes which he faces.

Speaking further, Ayomide stressed that he isn’t coming out to gain attention or to trend on social media, rather, he is coming out to change the narrative that gay men should always hide inside their shelves.

“I can’t stop coming out, and I don’t care if these will tarnish my image. This is the real me”, he said.

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The United States said on Monday, that International students who are pursuing degrees in the country will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses, because of the coronavirus crisis.

''Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” US Immigration and Custom Enforcement said in a statement.

''Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status,” ICE said.

“If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”

ICE said the State Department “will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will US Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”

F-1 students pursue academic coursework and M-1 students pursue “vocational coursework,” according to ICE.

Universities with a hybrid system of in-person and online classes will have to show that foreign students are taking as many in-person classes as possible, to maintain their status.

The 10-year-old Chinonye Nneoma Nnadi who was tortured by her guardians, Ifeoma Ozougwu and her husband, Jude Ozougwu, has been offered scholarship by Enugu state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

The governor approved the award of scholarship to the girl up to the university level.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, Gov. Ugwuanyi directed the state scholarship board to implement the award with immediate effect.

According to Aroh, Governor Ugwuanyi has further directed the immediate release of financial support to the family of the child for their upkeep”.

At present the Enugu government via the State Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development is bankrolling the hospital expenses of the poor girl.

Governor Ugwuanyi has told the ministry to find the best available medical care for the child.

Chinonye Nneoma Nnadi was living with the Ozougwus as a maid.

But the couple maltreated her.

She had two nails drilled on her skull and hot iron burns on her body.

Her plight was reported to the police, which swiftly moved to rescue her.

The police docked the couple today at a magistrates’ court. But while awaiting the advice of the DPP, the couple were sent to jail until the next adjournment in August.

Gov. Ugwuanyi expressed appreciation to the Enugu State Police Command “for their timely and professional intervention”

He also directed the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Miletus Eze to “liaise with the Nigeria Police and ensure that the suspects are brought to justice timely”.

Popular Nigerian indigenous rapper, Illbliss “Oga boss” has taken to social media to categorically state that most celebrities especially entertainers are now “dead broke”.

He made this known in a recent post he shared via his official Twitter page.
According to him, most of the entertainers were extravagant, always spending recklessly with the hope that money will keep coming. He said the outbreak of Covid-19 proved their money mindset wrong.

Illbliss revealed most entertainers lavish their money on jewellery, rented terrace houses, sneakers and drugs without saving for the rainy day.

In his words;

“Don’t be fooled kid. Most of these cats are dead broke. They blew their lean change on jewellery, rented terrace houses, sneakers and drugs. Covid is a bastard. Now we know who saved for the rainy day”.

The embattled acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, reportedly spent the night in police custody.

This was based on the orders of a presidential panel probing alleged infractions against him.

According to a report by Premium Times, Mr Magu was arrested in front of the EFCC office in Abuja by security officials on Monday.

He was taken to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he appeared before a presidential panel investigating alleged corruption and insubordination.

The allegations of insubordination and ‘relooting of recovered funds’ were levelled against him by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

In separate statements Monday, the SSS denied arresting the anti-graft chief while the EFCC said Mr Magu was only invited for questioning.

Similarly, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has also described Mr Magu as a victim of power play in the presidency.

Mr Magu was not allowed to go back home because the panel ordered his detention.

The EFCC official was grilled for several hours by members of the panel in the presence of an EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.

When the panel rose for the day, it decided to send Mr Magu to Area 10 Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the police, sources said.

He spent the night there, in police custody.

Controversial BBNaija Star, Natacha Akide popularly known as Tacha surprised her fellow ex-housemates at the ongoing BBNaija reunion show after she claimed she has never used an insultive word on anyone.

Last night’s reunion focused on Venita, Sir Dee, Tacha and Seyi, but the highlight of the session was when Tacha claimed that nobody can testify she has insulted anyone.

Venita’s jaw dropped together with the other housemates as they found her claim to be nothing but lies. Seyi bluntly stated that what she was saying was a lie and she knows deep down that she’s lying.

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