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2 Pakistani Businessmen, Blind Nigerien, Son Arrested For Cocaine, Skunk Trafficking – Naijanewsdirect

...2 wanted drug kingpins nabbed as NDLEA recovers 788,400 opioid pills, 2,685.5kg others Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have arrested two Pakistani businessmen at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos with 8 kilograms of cocaine concealed in a public address system while attempting to board a Qatar Airways flight to Lahole, Pakistan via Doha.   The two suspects: Asif Muhammed, 45 and Hussain Naveed, 57, who hold Nigerian residence permits suspected to be fake are frequent travelers to Nigeria under the guise of doing textile business. They were arrested on Saturday 5th November at the Lagos airport barely a week after they came to Nigeria, that is, Sunday 30th October. Operatives at the SAHCO import shed of the airport on Friday 4th November seized 13 cartons of Tramadol 225mg and 200mg imported from Karachi, Pakistan. The consignment has a total weight of 465.10kg and 642,800 pills of the pharmaceutical opioid.   The previous day, Thursday 3rd Nov, operatives at the NAHCO export shed of the airport also intercepted a consignment of different illicit drugs: Cannabis, Cocaine and Methamphetamine as well as Tramadol 225mg and Rohyphnol concealed in footwears and soap packs going to UAE, Dubai. A 32-year-old Oladitan Serah Olufunmilayo who presented the consignment for export was arrested.   Meanwhile, two businessmen who have been on the run for months over their involvement in drug trafficking have been arrested by anti-narcotic officers assigned to track them. Nnebo Ikechukwu Christopher who has been wanted for his role in the importation of 40 cartons containing 346,800 pills of Co-codamol, a brand of paracetamol with Codeine seized at the cargo wing of the MMIA local airport since March 2022, was arrested on Thursday 3rd Nov.   In the same vein, operatives on the trail of an automobile parts dealer, Omeje Oliver (a.k.a David Mark) since April eventually arrested

Governors Assemble For Broadband Awareness Forum – Naijanewsdirect

All Nigeria State Governors are set to discuss how to empower the citizens with latest telecoms technologies as they partake in the maiden edition of Broadband Technical Awareness Forum for Governors (BTAF), put together by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and slated for Thursday in Abuja. The programme, which takes place at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton, Hotel in Abuja on October 20, 2022, and themed: “State Broadband Coordinating Councils: Potentials and Possibilities”, will appraise the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025, which targets 70 per cent broadband penetration and to cover 90 per cent of the population. With the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, playing host to the historic and seminal assemblage of governors under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), some strategic members of State Executive Council, telecom operators, infrastructure companies (InfraCos), strategic partners, investors and other critical stakeholders, will brainstorm on how Nigeria can achieve the expectations of the Nigeria’s digital economy agenda. Board members of the NCC, led by the Chairman, Prof. Adeolu Akande, and the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, will participate at the BTAF, whose overarching objective is to promote the establishment of State Structures required for sustainable broadband infrastructure development at the State and Local Government Council levels, thereby addressing hindrances to the Federal Government’s drive to achieve available, accessible and affordable broadband services for Nigeria’s economy. The Forum is expected to affirm the commitment of the government to adopt broadband structure and last-mile projects, particularly the economic viability of broadband deployments beyond the cities, with a strategic focus on funding models and procedures for remarkable and measurable impact. There will be a special panel session involving the Governors and development-focused partners both at local and international levels.

Polaris Bank Commemorates Breast Cancer Month – Naijanewsdirect

●     ... Calls for greater partnership among stakeholders  Polaris Bank has said that increased awareness, advocacy, and support will go a long way to reduce the incidence of breast cancer in the country. The Bank’s Group Head of Strategic Brand Management, Nduneche Ezurike made this known in Lagos while reiterating the Bank’s unwavering commitment to stem the breast cancer scourge among women, in commemoration of October Breast Cancer Month. Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, and prevention. Mr. Ezurike noted that healthcare is one of the pillars of Polaris Bank’s CSR, stressing that its partnership with relevant public-spirited NGOs like Care Organisation Public Enlightenment (COPE) and Societal Healthcare Organisation (SHO) has enabled it to contribute significantly to the reduction of breast cancer in the country. The Polaris spokesman further noted that “In partnership with the aforementioned NGOs, we have covered five key milestones namely; awareness, advocacy, capacity-building, prevention, and treatment in an ongoing effort to reverse the negative impact and trend of the scourge and other related health complications.” “We have screened over 20,000 women including female staff members of the Bank through our prevention program, donated three ultra-modern breast cancer screening machines to enhance quality diagnosis and clinical practices, sponsored the treatment of over 30 indigent cancer patients, and organized a 10-km walk with over 2,500 participants to draw public attention to the breast cancer scourge,” he said. The President of COPE, Mrs. Ebunola Anozie, commended Polaris Bank for the support, care, and encouragement they have so far received from the Bank, stressing that the Bank has been a strong force behind their Screening Counseling Referrals Education, Enlightenment, and Nurturing (SCREEN) initiative for nearly 20 years now. “For

Female Lawyer in Erotic Viral Post Declares “I’m Not A Gangster or Stoner, I’m An Instagram Model and Actress” (Photos) – Naijanewsdirect

    The female young lawyer in the provocative social media viral post celebrating her call to the Nigerian Bar as Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court has issued a disclaimer against the viral post. In a statement sent to BarristerNG.com, Miss Ifunanya Excel Grant Esq denied making the “Gangster and Stoner”post and blamed online scammers who stole her pictures to create a “catfish account” to Scam people.   According to her, she is not on any social media platform and didn’t make the Viral Facebook post. “I AM NOT A GANGSTER or a stoner or anything of such”, the statement reads in part. Miss Grant stated that she is an Instagram Model and not a practicing Lawyer at the moment. She explained that her pictures with cigars was part of her current work as Instagram Model and Actress and the pictures are for modeling and acting purposes only.   But notwithstanding her disclaimer, a look at the Instagram page of Miss Grant @Funaya_, shows that the message in the Viral post has a striking resemblance to the posts on her Instagram page where she post mostly sexually provocative and Sultry Videos and Pictures usually associated with Models. Even though, Miss Grant disclaimed being a Gangster, in one of her pictures on her page, she addressed herself as “Emotional Gangster”. In another picture posted on December 2021, at the Supreme Court of Nigeria Premises,  She addressed herself as the “Baddest Lawyer on Planet Earth”, contrary to her claim of not being in active legal practice. The Legal Community have continued to discuss whether the viral post attributed to Miss Grant is a breach of professional Code of Conduct for Legal Practitioners in Nigeria. SEE MISS GRANT’S FULL DISCLAIMER: Good day. My name is Ifunanya Excel Grant. I came across the article written about me on the barristerng.comwebsite and I will like to make an official

Chelsea Change Of Name: Is Primate Ayodele’s Prophecy Coming To Pass? – Naijanewsdirect

  Several people find it difficult to relate with when they see a man of God giving prophecies about sport events, many have been made to believe that God does not involve himself in ‘little things’ like sports but little do they know that God is interested in every part of man’s life, from the hair on his head to his toes. One would not blame them, most prophets talk about politics and governance alone, leaving out other sectors of the society and this is probably why they find it strange when a prophet delves into other sectors including sports because it is very rare. The little percentage of them that believe in sport prophecy calls it ‘prediction’ because they think no one can ever be accurate when it comes to sports, especially football. However, the leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has continued to prove these set of people wrong with his prophecies on every sector of the society including sports, education, governance, politics, security, economy, communication, to mention a few. Though he has been heavily criticized for the involvement of his prophecies in these sectors especially in sports, many say what he does is permutation and prediction but one thing that should be known is prediction is a result of what is expected. Before a prediction occurs, there must have been signs of an event but what do we say about things that were never expected, have never been discussed, and never showed any sign? Definitely they can’t be regarded as predictions, they are prophecies given directly by God to his prophets. Several strange prophecies of Primate Ayodele on football matters have come to pass, He has accurately revealed the goals that will be scored in a football match, the fate of some clubs at the end of a season

Apostle Suleman Wears New Look, Style – Naijanewsdirect

  ‘What is a preacher supposed to look like?’ I didn’t know they had a specific style code,” Brother Gift, a member of the Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) took a jibe at this interviewer when approached to speak on his General Overseer, Apostle Johnson Suleman’s new haircut and regular trendy dressing. “There’s nothing naturally wrong with a man of God having a trendy haircut or adorning a Brunello Cucinelli suit and Brooks Brothers tie as long as it is not meant to oppress or being ostentatious,” Brother Gift posits avers.     Apostle Suleman is one of the most stylish Nigerian pastors that are both anointed and gifted with admirable taste for fashion. He smells of class and good taste and, with a fresh approach to dress and doctrine, his smart form, at every service hour, does command his congregation like a charismatic conductor, motivating them to both thunderous cheers and introspective silence.     His new hair style, a skin fade patterned cut, is the talk in town. His admirers have continued to make his new hair style that matches perfectly his naturally fashionable look the latest topic. That pastors are heavenly conscious, doesn't mean they can't be earthly relevant, Apostle Suleman’s followers argue, adding that, combining fabrics and having a sense of fashion is a gift that some men are naturally endowed with, regardless of their circular or spiritual inclination.     For Suleman, he is a man with class and style. He is a fashion conscious man to the core. His choice of what to put on at a particular time and having them sit perfectly is astonishing. He serves his church members this consistent fashion sense and they say the style has been a major one for the man popularly referred as ‘The Restoration Apostle’  over the years.     Stepping out to give sermons in his usual smart look, Suleman

Embattled Senator Ekweremadu’s Daughter, Sonia Cries Out, Begs Public For Kidney Donation – Naijanewsdirect

Sonia, the daughter of Ike Ekweremadu, Nigeria’s former Deputy Senate President, has made a public appeal for kidney donation. The lawmaker’s daughter made the appeal amid the ordeal of her parents who landed in trouble in the quest to save her. He and his wife were arrested in June when they tried to get a kidney donor for Sonia, who is in mid 20s. Prosecutors had arraigned the couple in court over alleged trafficking and attempt to harvest the organs of an underage. Beatrice, the lawmaker’s wife, was later granted bail while he is currently in custody pending October when his case would be heard. In an Instagram post on Monday, Sonia, who is based in the UK, asked members of the public to assist her. “I, Sonia Ekweremadu, hereby appeal to the general public to come to my aid and save my life. I am 25 years old and a graduate of Media and Communications, University of Coventry. I dropped out of my post-graduate studies at the University of Newcastle in 2019 when I was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease, FSGS. “Nephrotic Syndrome. My family has battled to save my life and has taken me to various hospitals, but the illness persisted and kept degenerating. I am alive today by the special grace of God. I am presently in London, UK, receiving 5 Hours of dialysis 3-4 times a week. This is at the expense of my family as I am not qualified for NHS due to my immigration status. “The last 3 years have been extremely challenging. The charges being faced by my parents in London presently, are directly connected to my illness and have complicated matter for me and my family. “I do not intend to delve into details of this unfortunate development as the matter is still in Court. I am however optimistic that

APC Campaign Committee Holds Consultation With MEF Leaders – Naijanewsdirect

  As part of preparations for the forthcoming general elections, the Lagos state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the party goes to the poll with unity of purpose and spirit of oneness. To this end, the party leadership is building bridges and mending fences across the board in the state in order to have a hitch-free election and also ensure all candidates of the party are victorious at the poll. In a bid to achieve this goal, committees have been set up. In Mushin Local Government area of Lagos state, the constituted APC Campaign Committee for 2023 General Elections has since commenced its work accordingly. The Campaign Committee next port of call yesterday, 30th August, 2022, was Mushin Empowerment Foundation (MEF) secretariat at Layi-Oyekanmi street; led by the Chairman of the committee, Hon. Adedoyin Idowu, the committee had a fruitful consultation with the leaders of MEF. Other members of the Campaign Committee present at the meeting included: Alhaji Abdullah Balogun, Hon. Khabar Adeniyi Isiba, Alhaji Rafiu Babatunde Shitta-bey and Alhaja Munirat Mustapha. Some notable leaders of MEF at the meeting were: Aremo Michael Ikufisile who left midway the meeting to attend crucial state function, Alhaji Babatunde Cole, Mr Bunmi Church, Dr Omosule, Mr Kunle Olusegun aka Youngest, Alfa Remilekun, Mr Sherif Lawal, Dr Abayomi Aina Baale, Engr Monsuru, Mr Femi Oginni, Alhaja Oguntade aka Stainless, Hon. Semiu Karaole KAMS, Mr Segun Olowe and others MEF is a political group in Mushin under the umbrella of APC. Details later... See pictures below:

Funke Akindele Goes Spiritual, Attends Celestial Church, Urges Clerics To Pray For Her (Video) – Naijanewsdirect

The Nollywood actress-turned politician disclosed that she was born and raised in CCC, adding that her case could be likened to a lost sheep who has returned home. According to the video posted on Sunday by CCC Wonderland Parish on @weintheccc Instagram handle, the 45-year-old said she would be associated with the Church publicly, henceforth, which was greeted by the cheering congregation. Akindele, blending her words in English and Yoruba languages, appeared in the church’s white garment called sutana, and said she had always come back for solutions to challenges in the Church. “I was born and raised in Celestial. My situation was like that of a lost sheep that God calls back home,” she said. The screen goddess said she is well known at CCC parishes at Agidingbi/Mile 12, Ogudu/Alapere, Olusosu/Ojota areas of Lagos State. Akindele said, “Whenever I had challenges in my life, I usually ran back to Celestial Church but secretly. And I would see that I got breakthroughs, but right now I said enough is enough. I’ve stopped hiding. I have to be identified with the church publicly. “And I want to beg you, be praying for Funke Akindele. Every day you’re praying, remember Funke Akindele and everything that belongs to Funke Akindele. That whatever Funke Akindele does should turn to success, and wherever Funke Akindele steps on should be gotten for her.”

More Facts Emerge On Why Naziru Isyaku Rabiu Resigned As Executive Director At BUA Foods PLC

Naziru Isyaku Rabiu has resigned from his Executive Director post at BUA Foods PLC less than a year after his appointment.  BUA Foods Plc, one of Nigeria’s biggest and publicly-traded food production companies. More facts have emerged revealing the reasons behind his resignation. A corporate disclosure that was filed with the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) said the resignation took effect on August 17, 2022. The statement did not offer further explanations. “BUA Foods Plc (the Company) hereby notifies the Nigerian Exchange Limited and the investing public of the resignation of Isyaku Naziru Rabiu as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Company with effect from 17th August 2022,” the brief statement said. However, a source at the company who spoke to us anonymously revealed that Rabiu’s resignation became necessary to enable BUA Foods to meet some regulatory requirements as set by NGEX. Nigeria’s Code of Corporate Governance (on family and interlocking directorship) requires that “not more than two members of the same family shall sit on the Board of a public company at the same time,” the source said. In the same vein, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in Nigeria has a similar requirement under its Corporate Governance Guidelines.  Naziru Isyaku Rabiu is the son of Nigerian billionaire Abdul Samad Rabiu, who currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of BUA Group owners of BUA Foods PLC. Already another member of the family is on the Board as an Executive Director. Before he was appointed an Executive Director at BUA Foods Plc in November 2021, he was a director at IRS Pasta & Flour Limited which was later merged with other companies to form BUA Foods Plc. In January 2022, BUA Foods Plc was listed on the Nigerian Exchange. And this necessitated the latest board changes. The source who spoke to us in confidence maintained that Naziru Isyaku Rabiu remains an

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