Monday, July 6

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says food will no longer be served on domestic flights when operations resume.

Speaking on Monday at the daily briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Sirika said the decision is part of efforts to control the spread of the novel coronavirus on flights.

“For this domestic operation, there will be no food. No food will be given to reduce contamination level and we will allow you to come with your mask,” he said.

“Like the MD of FAAN had said the other day, we see it as your private thing. So it is you bring your mask, they don’t have to be the fancy ones.”

Airline operators in the country including Allen Onyeama, Air Peace CEO, and Ado Sanusi, Aero Contractors CEO, had earlier said their airlines would no longer serve refreshments.

This, they said, would reduce contact between cabin crew and passengers.
They also said it would reduce the frequency with which flyers would remove their face masks.

Domestic flights will resume at the Lagos and Abuja airports on July 8.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has reacted to the reported arrest of its acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

According to multiple online reports, Magu was said to have been arrested at the Wuse II office of the DSS on Monday afternoon and undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.

This has been denied by the State Security Service (also called DSS), as fresh reports stated that Magu was taken to a presidential panel sitting at the Banquet Hall of the villa.

The EFCC has now reacted to the claims, stating that Magu wasn’t taken or forced to appear before the panel, but appeared there on his freewill.

Read the short statement released by the EFCC below;

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu on Monday, July 6, 2020, honoured an invitation by a Presidential Panel reviewing the activities of the EFCC, at the Banquet Hall wing of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He was served the invitation to the Panel, while on his way to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for a meeting.

The EFCC’s boss was neither arrested nor forced to honour the invitation. A member of a legal team from the EFCC is also with him on the Panel.”

The recent turn of events is coming few days after Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), accused the anti-graft boss of gross infractions.

Ibrahim Magu travelled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, without the authorization of the president during the lockdown.

And when he was queried, he said he went for an investigation.

He is also alleged to be living above his means, and it can be recalled that in 2016, DSS accused the EFCC boss of living in a N40m mansion paid for by one Umar Mohammed, a retired Air Commodore.
Magu is yet to be confirmed as the substantive chairman of the EFCC despite occupying the position in acting capacity for many years.

The Federal Government has announced that West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams for graduating students will now hold from August 4 till September 5, 2020.

This was made known by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba, at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Emeka Nwajuiba said the local timings for the country will be published while concluding stakeholders meeting with Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) will hold on Tuesday.

“The idea is we have a month from now till August 4, so the states who are willing should make their schools available for their children to revise,” he said.

According to him, “the new WAEC date is part of our discussion with stakeholders which includes National Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) and Nigeria Union of Teachers tomorrow”.

He also advised parents and guardians to ensure their wards register for National Examinations Council (NECO) exams currently ongoing.

He said dates for the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) and NECO exams will be announced soon.

However, the minister said local timing for the WAEC examination will be published soon.

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has been arrested by the Department of State Services.

He was arrested over allegations that he owns four properties and that he was allegedly transferring funds abroad through a third party.

He was arrested at the Wuse II office of the DSS on Monday afternoon and is now undergoing interrogation at the DSS Headquarters In Aso Drive.

The DSS in a 2016 report revealed that accused of living in a N40m mansion paid for by one Umar Mohammed, a retired air commodore who is allegedly involved in shady deals.
“In December 2010, the Police Service Commission (PSC) found Magu guilty of action prejudicial to state security – withholding of EFCC files, sabotage, unauthorized removal of EFCC files and acts unbecoming of a police officer and awarded him severe reprimand as punishment.

“Magu is currently occupying a residence rented for N40m at N20m per annum. This accommodation was not paid [for] from the commission’s finances, but by one Umar Mohammed, air commodore retired, a questionable businessman who has subsequently been arrested by the secret service.

“For the furnishing of the residence, Magu enlisted the Federal Capital Development Authority to award a contract to Africa Energy, a company owned by the same Mohammed, to furnish the residence at the cost of N43m.

“Investigations show that the acting EFCC chairman regularly embarked on official and private trips through a private jet owned by Mohammed.

“In one of such trips, Magu flew to Maiduguri alongside Mohammed with a bank MD who was being investigated by the EFCC over complicity in funds allegedly stolen by the immediate past petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

“Furthermore, the EFCC boss has so far maintained a high-profile lifestyle. This is exemplified by his preference for first-class air travels. On 24 June, 2016, he flew Emirate airlines first-class to Saudi Arabia to perform lesser hajj at the cost of N2.9m. This is in spite of Mr President’s directive to all public servants to fly economy class
“Magu has fostered a beneficial relationship with Mohammed who by his confession approaches clients for possible exploitation, favours and associated returns,” the DSS report said.

Magu is yet to be confirmed as the substantive chairman of the EFCC despite occupying the position in an acting capacity for many years.

The Federal Government is set to shut the Third Mainland Bridge for six months starting from Friday, July 24, 2020.

According to the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola, consultations are currently ongoing for another phase of repair works to begin on the 11.8 km bridge.

According to Olukayode Popoola, the repair works would start on the outward mainland section of the bridge. He said the Ministry is already working with relevant agencies to ensure the free flow of traffic during the repair period.

“We want to do maintenance work on Third Mainland Bridge very soon. Most likely on the 24th. We may close it from 24th of July.
“We are still working out the modalities and when we perfect the traffic management plan we will move to site.

“Everything being expected for the repairs of the bridge arrived (in) the country, that is why we want to start the repairs now,’’ He said.

The bridge has gone through a series of repair works and was the last shut in August 2018 for a three-day investigative maintenance check.

Controversial Nigerian singer, Fashola Azeez popularly known as Naira Marley has aired his opinion on the acquisition of an academic degrees.

The musical artiste made his opinion known in a post he shared on his official Twitter page yesterday, July 5, 2020.
According to him, one’s academic degree is a mere piece of paper.

He went on to say say that one’s level of education and certificate attainment should reflect in their behavior.

Taking to the microblogging platform, Naira Marley wrote;

“Your degree is just a piece of paper, your education is seen in your behavior”.

See tweet as shared by Naira Marley below;

Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has fully recovered from Covid-19 and has now tested negative for the dreaded virus.

It should be recalled that the governor had tested positive for the novel virus about a week ago.

The governor in a statewide broadcast said after spending days in isolation, Doctors confirmed him negative after running the test twice.

Akeredolu however urged Ondo state indigenes and residents to always take precautions against the virus.

Speaking during the announcement, the governor said that despite challenges confronting the state, his government will continue to initiate and sustain efforts to contain the virus.

Afrobeat legend Anikulapo Fela Kuti’s son, Femi Kuti, and his children formed a band to render a song to honor frontline health workers in the fight against coronavirus.

The 58-year old has perfected more than two of his songs with his children which they performed flawlessly.

The performance is hinged towards appreciating and encouraging our health workers who have been on the frontline since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He wrote:

My Children and me performing my track #onepeopleoneworld
Honoring all the health workers and people in the front line fighting the covid19 pandemic.


Former Senator, Dino Melaye of Kogi-West district has taken to social media to react after the All Progressives Congress, APC asked EFCC to probe him.

APC’s call for his probe came after reports went viral alleging that the senator has links with the suspected cybercriminal, Hushpuppi, who is now cooling off in a Chicago prison while awaiting last trial.

Suspicions became necessary and accusing fingers were pointed at the former Senator because spotted taking photos with Hushpuppi several while in Dubai.

Dino has now replied to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

In a recent post, the former Senator made on his official Facebook page on Monday, July 6, he said he would neither “glorify a religiously lunatic character” (referring to APC’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena who made the statement) nor give the APC a response on Hushpuppi.

In his words;

“I will not glorify a religiously lunatic character nor the caretaker party (APC) witg a response on Hushpuppy. SDM”

A 13-year-old Russian girl who got popular after she revealed she was pregnant for a 10-year-old boy, has given birth to her baby prematurely.

An Instagram profile which gives 121,000 followers updates on Darya Sudnishnikova, now 14, claimed she had given birth and shared a photo of her appearing to be cradling a newborn baby girl.

It had initially been thought she was not due until September, but the teen later said as her pregnancy is so unprecedented “no one knows what week I can reach”.

In February she was reported to have been rushed to hospital with doctors fearing she could have a miscarriage.

Darya and friend Ivan, now 11 – who she initially said was the dad – previously appeared on Russian TV and vowed to raise the child together.

However, the young mum has since claimed she was actually s.e.xually assaulted and that the attacker is the real father.

She has described the alleged rapist as a 15-year-old and also a “very fat” man – and that the attack took place in her hometown of Zheleznogorsk – known for its nuclear production.

Reports in Russia some months ago had said a 15-year-old boy was put under house arrest after a complaint from Darya’s family.
A video circulating on social media has captured the moment Tijani Oniru, the son of the late King of Oniru, was beaten by ‘security men’ attached to the new Oba of Oniru.

It was gathered that the incident occurred on Sunday, at Millennium Estate, Lekki, Lagos.

Though what caused the altercation is still unknown at the moment, however, one of the “security” men was heard saying that he came to attack them. Tijani was subsequently pushed out of the gate.

The video was shared on Twitter by one @harleem360 who wrote that the security men are boys working for the new Oba of Oniru.

His tweet reads:

Hmmm ..World War 2 in oniru

The boys of the new oba of Oniru assaulting Tijani Oniru (son of former oba) ..All these is not necessary …..@followlasg @jidesanwoolu @Mr_JAGss  #oniru #lagos

Another social media user who posted the video of Facebook, Abimbola BraNig Peters also wrote that businesses around the area should thread with caution in the coming week as their might be a violent disruption of peace in the area.

She wrote:

This is sad, pathetic, cruel, disheartening, heartbroken and Shameful.

If you have any business around Oniru Estate in the next few weeks, just be careful because the person being rough handled in this video is Prince Tijani Oniru (TJ) cousin to the current oba of Iruland, oba Gbolahan Lawal

Davido’s cousin, Adenike Adeleke, has been gifted a Mercedes Benz car by her dad as she graduates from University.

Adenike, 25, graduated from Oak-wood University in Huntsville, Alabama, United States, in May of 2020, and had an in-house celebration with few family and friends.

She posted photos of herself with the luxurious gift on her Instagram page with the caption.

“Graduation gift 🔥🔥🔥 THANK YOU DADDY !!! @ademolaadeleke_01 love you 🥰”

Sharing photos of his lovely daughter on his Instagram page, the senator also wrote:

“Congratulations my daughter @nikos_babii ❤️❤️❤️❤️”

Adenike is the sister to Shina Rambo and B-Red.

Controversial Nigerian rapper, Azeez Fashola is popularly known as Naira Marley has taken to Instagram to shower financial blessing on a veteran Nollywood actor.

Ace Nollywood actor, Jude Chukwuka was recently spotted in a video singing the rapper’s Mafo single from start to finish.

Several social media users had found the video interesting as many were taken by surprise about how the actor could perfectly be in tune with the song.
They kept on tagging Naira Marley to the video till his attention was drawn to it. Reacting to the video, Naira Marley said he will be giving him N1million for the great work.

Watch video below;

Actors Guild of Nigeria paid a courtesy visit to the wife of billionaire philanthropist and Antarctica explorer, Regina Daniels who recently had her baby.

The visit was led by the President, Emeka Rollas who presented the gifts during Prince Ned Nwoko’s weekly family reunion where they all come together for different sports activities.

Regina Daniels also took out time to play billiard ball. From the pictures and video released by the Media and Publicity officer Adeniyi ifetayo, Regina was seen playing the snooker.

“This is our baby, Nollywood baby of the year, we are here to rejoice with your family”, Emeka Rollas said.
The presentation took place at their palatial resident at Royal Court villa in Abuja.

Watch the video below;

Social Media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs Lauretta Onochie has alleged that embattled suspected fraudster Hushpuppi was contracted by PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to rig election.

According to the statement she made on her verified Twitter handle, The Presidential Aide is of the opinion that Hushpuppi was part of the strategy of the People’s Democratic Party when some of its members travel to Dubai in 2019 to strategize on how to win the 2019 Presidential election.

She wrote on Twitter:

“The Dubai Strategy. #Hushpuppi was very prominent in the strategy to change the government of the federal Republic of Nigeria through the back door.@YakubDogara @DinoMelaye, Timi Frank and so on, were there.In spite of denials, we know them. There’s nothing hidden under the sun.

Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had travelled with some PDP members to Dubai after he won the PDP Presidential primary. Mrs Onochie also thinks that there is something that the PDP know about Hushpuppi that they don’t want to tell Nigerians.

Dino Melaye, Yakubu Dogara and Timi Frank whom she mentioned have all denied having any relationship with Hushpuppi apart from taking pictures which they did with him in Dubai.

Also, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has warned APC to be mindful of making senseless statements.

Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC for the governorship election in Edo State, has admitted being a member of the Pyrates Confraternity as a student of the University of Benin, UNIBEN.

He made the statement while reacting to accusations he poured acid on a student during an altercation when he was an undergraduate at the institution.

During the 2016 governorship electioneering, a former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, had during campaign alleged that Ize-Iyamu, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in that election, poured acid on a student.

But in an online television programme monitored in Benin City on Sunday, Ize-Iyamu said he drew the attention of the then UNIBEN administration to the plight of the student.

Ize-Iyamu, who said he ensured the student got first aid treatment, however, said himself and others linked to the incident were rusticated because the identity of the culprit was never known.

He said he gained admission into the University of Benin in 1980 to read Political Science, but later changed to law and did not graduate until 1986 because he was rusticated for about two years.

He said,

“When I was in the university, I was a member of the Pyrates Confraternity. At that time, we didn’t look at it as a cult arrangement but some people were already coming in with tendencies to create problems. We had this very confrontational group and one evening, somebody reported to us that they beat up a final year student who was also close to us and they mentioned the names of those involved, and we said no, this is bad.

“Don’t also forget too that I was a students’ union leader, very prominent in the students’ union congress. So, myself and some persons who heard about this complaint said let’s go and see the people concerned and talk to them.

“We went there and met with the people concerned. They opened the door for us and we were discussing the matter under a very cordial atmosphere only for some people to come in and before we knew it, there was smoke in the whole place and somebody shouted acid and was screaming. It was then I realised that somebody has poured acid on somebody and I quickly rushed to the security post. I brought them in and we took the young man to get first aid treatment.

“Of course, the school set up an inquiry, and the person that was affected admitted that I was the one who brought security agents and that I was able to take him in for medical attention. I asked who poured it and he said he didn’t know.

“He said he knew the face but didn’t know his name and nobody appeared to know the name and the university said since you people don’t want to mention the name, we are going to sanction all of you. Before we knew it, they expelled us.

“The reason they gave was that they expelled us for belonging to a proscribed organisation. But the long and short of it is that we were on it for two years till 1986 when the Senate held a meeting and said these guys have been punished enough, that if you look at the records, they were not the one that committed what happened, so, we were called back, graduated and then went to the Law School.”

Nigerian Singer, Emma Nyra, has apologised to people she offended with a post she made about alleged fraudster, Hushpuppi.

We earlier reported that the singer called out people who rejoicing over Hushpuppi’s downfall. According to her, rejoicing over Hushpuppi’s downfall would not put money in their pockets.

Her post was met with backlash and she was called out and tagged a ‘fraud apologist’.

The singer has now tendered an apology to people who felt offended with her post.

She wrote;

“I genuinely apologize if I offended anyone. I never meant to do that. I simply meant that I’m tired of reading about it. Justice will be served when it comes to his case and understand that I would never defend his actions at all. I actually never did.”

Franklin Amudo, a former manager of singer, Dapo Oyebanjo aka DBanj, has released an official statement regarding the rape allegation levelled against DBanj by a lady, Seyitan Babatayo.

In his statement, Franklin said he was the one who invited Seyitan to an event in Lagos where DBanj attended and performed on December 30, 2018. He said he gave Seyitan the keys to his room to pass the night at Glee hotel when she told him she couldn't return home that night as it was too late. He did not sleep in the room as he had to go home to prepare for an early morning flight to Accra, Ghana.

Franklin said Seyitan called him later that night to allege that DBanj found his way into her room and raped her. He said he immediately called one Ajia Mohammed and informed him of the allegation Seyitan made. Franklin said Ajia told him not to worry about it and that he had given Seyitan $100, though the purpose for the money wasn't stated.

Franklin said he was unable to ask DBanj at the time because it was the same period the singer lost his son and he felt it would be insensitive for him to discuss such a thing with him. 

Read his full statement below;

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday, July 5, announced that there are 544 confirmed new cases of Coronavirus in the country. 

A breakdown of the new cases across different states in the country is as follows; Lagos-199, Ebonyi-65, Oyo-47, Ondo-46, Ogun-31, Edo-30, FCT-28, Katsina-25, Plateau-15, Bayelsa-11, Kaduna-10, Adamawa-10, Akwa Ibom-8, Gombe-7, Kano-4, Taraba-3, Rivers-2, Abia-2, Ekiti-1. 

There are now 28,711 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country and 654 deaths have been recorded. 11,665 patients who recovered have also been discharged. 

Sunday, July 5

CSP, Dolapo Opeyemi Badmus has revealed how people can identify a business that’s likely a scam.

She warned people to avoid Ponzi schemes that promises huge returns on investment. She added that banks and other financial institutions won’t promise such a huge turnover on investment.
She wrote:

“Please what’s Binono Business! From all indications, scammers capitalize on greed to get you off your hard earned sweat! Whoever is offering you 500k on investment of 100k is definitely a scammer! Even Banks and other financial institutions won’t give you such turnover …….I remember how one of my friends introduced Ponzi or whatever scheme to me then, she told me I will have X2 of any amount I invest….I told my friend that my grandmother had warned me early enough that “Ole lo n so ogun di ogoji”. (Only a thief thinks of free money doubling) you can only work hard to get your money doubled, not just giving to someone and expect it in double! Odikwa risky!!! Upon all my advice to her not to invest, she went ahead and committed all her life savings of almost 5M to the scheme! You want to know what happened!? Your guess is as good as mine…. till now she hasn’t recovered! It’s better I have my hard earned money with me than to commit it to a doomed adventure… Let’s all be careful of money doublers so we don’t fall victim! Scammers are real!!!!”