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A birthday greetings to Ex President, Goodluck Jonathan from Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson as he turns 60 today
It was a star - studded lineup on Sunday as Nigerian singers /songwriter, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, and actress Adesua Etomi tied the knot.
The much- anticipated traditional ceremony took place in Lagos. Some of the celebrities at the event include Bovi, Basket Mouth, Kemi Adetiba , Tunde Demuren, Chigul, Lynxx, Juliet Ibrahim, M.I Abaga, Dotun Kayode, Tolu Toolz Oniru, Linda Ejiofor, Sola Sobowale.
The wedding comes a few days after Banky W successfully had a third skin cancer control surgery.
Banky W proposed to Adesuwa in February and barely five days after the engagement, the couple held their introduction in May.
See photos from the wedding below;
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The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has said plans are at advanced stages to generate constant electricity for residents of the state in 2018.
He noted that the state government had already devised strategies to short - circuit power generation, transmission and distribution to ensure there was “24 / 7 power supply to residents".
Ambode spoke at a recent interactive session with members of the business community and informal sector, a statement by the governor ’ s Chief Press Secretary, Habib Haruna, said on Sunday.
"Presently, we have less than 1,000 MW in Lagos and the fundamental issues remain with generation, transmission and distribution. Transmission is still owned primarily by the Federal Government. But in Lagos State, we have become creative and we have done Independent Power Project through which we were able to generate 47. 5MW which was distributed short - circuiting transmission.
"So, if it works, does it look like a template we can now use to get power freedom or what we call power security? If we say we are the fifth largest economy in Africa and we are not in control of how power is generated in an economy that wants to move from fifth to third, then something is wrong.
"So, what we are saying is, let’s find a way to short - circuit them within the ambit of the law”the governor was quoted as saying. Ambode noted that the state government was also talking with electricity distribution companies operating in the state to supply 24 / 7 power to residents at a higher tariff, subject to agreement of all stakeholders, while government would be the guarantor of the people.
Four unidentified gunmen, suspected to be hired assassins, on Sunday stormed the residence of the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr . Udoh Ekpenyong, in Ikot Oku Usung village, in the Ukanafun Local Government Area of the state, killing his younger sister and two others.
A source from the area told our correspondent that the incident happened around 6 am. The source explained that the gunmen went into the village compound of Ekpenyong and shot dead his younger sister, whose name had yet to be ascertained.
According to the source, a barber and one other person were killed by stray bullets while the gunmen were fleeing the community. "After the gunmen left the commissioner's house, they went to the residence of a former Commissioner of Education, Mr. Matthew Akpan . But they did not find anybody in the compound, so they left” he added.
It was gathered that the hoodlums entered into the community on motorcycles. The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the attack. He added that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu was in the area to forestall further killings.
"Four armed men on motorcycles attacked the house of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and shot his sister dead. When they were leaving, they started shooting continuously. "In the process, stray bullets killed two other persons. But in the commissioner's compound, only the woman died. We will get to the root of the case” he said.
Meanwhile, a policeman and two others were also killed by some hoodlums in the Ukanafun area of the state. According to Punch, the cop was in a vehicle when he was shot at close range, while a co - passenger, who was also hit by bullets, died as well.
The police spokesperson, Elkana, who confirmed that the incident happened on Friday, said the third victim was killed by a stray bullet. "Going by the circumstances, we believe the officer was their target. Just as the other assailants went to the commissioner’s house, killed the woman and moved out, the hoodlums got into the vehicle the police officer was in and shot him dead.
We have banned the use of motorcycles in the Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo LGAs. These hoodlums have been using motorcycles to carry out criminal activities in the areas and this must stop” he added.

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Five persons have been confirmed dead from methanol poisoning in a local gin sold by one Uwadiegu Eze, a native of Umunakara community, in the Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State.

According to indigenes of the community, trouble started when residents, who patronised the gin shop on Tuesday, November 14, to Friday, November 17, started having body stiffness and partial blindness which culminated in deaths.

Punch correspondents gathered that the shop owner, Eze, fled after he was informed that consumers of his product were dying. On getting information of the deaths, the Imo State Ministry of Health sent a team headed by the Director of Centre for Disease Control, Dr . Okeji A., to the community.

Upon sighting the ambulance of the state Ministry of Health, many youths, believed to be from Umunakara community and other adjoining villages who reportedly drank the local gin, queued up in their numbers, waiting to be taken to Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Okeji lamented that despite the several episodes of methanol poisoning arising from local gin consumption in various parts of the country, people still patronised distillers who used methanol to boost production of the gin in order to increase their profits.

The dead victims were identified as: Daniel Nwosu Jnr. (Male, 45); Friday Osuji (Male, 70); Ifeanyi Njoku (Male, 31), Mrs. Adanna Iheanacho (Female, 60) and one Benjamin Okoroafor.

A former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Toe Ekechi, who is an indigene of the community, commended the prompt response of the state health officials.
He said security operatives were already on the trail of the owner of the gin shop.

Meanwhile, when eight other victims was on Saturday rushed to Uchenna Clinic, a private clinic in Owerri. According to the Chief Medical Consultant of the clinic, Dr Ezimefula Andrew, he said one of the eight victims transferred from St Augustine’s Hospital, Ulakwo to the clinic, was already blind, while the others were in other stages of methanol poisoning.

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The Nigeria-Morocco Businesswomen Summit has made the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, her Global Grant Patron in recognition of her commitment to uplifting the living standard of women and children.

She was decorated during the maiden edition of the Nigeria-Morocco Businesswomen Summit in Marrakech, Morocco on Wednesday 15th November, 2017

A statement issued on Sunday by Suleiman Haruna, Director of Information to Wife of the President, said Mrs Buhari was represented at the event by Mrs Gimbiya Dogara, wife of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In her acceptance speech, Mrs Buhari said her passion for improving the lives of women and children is the reason she organizes medical outreach programmes, skill acquisition sessions, women empowerment programmes as well as advocacy for the rights of women and the girl child.

These initiatives, according to her, are the contributions she is making to ensure that the future of women and children is assured; and that was why she named her pet project Future Assured.

Mrs Buhari while speaking at the summit, said it provides an opportunity for businesswomen from the two countries to take advantage of opportunities. She enjoined women to support each other and add to the economic development of their countries.


The Akwa Ibom state government has signed a partnership agreement for the cultivation of bamboo in the state with the President, World Bamboo Organization, Michael Abadie. The event took place at the Akwa Ibom State Government House, Uyo on Friday.

The governor, before signing the partnership agreement, had told his guests that the cardinal objective of his administration is to create wealth and bring prosperity to the people.

Governor Emmanuel said different species of bamboo exist in the state and asked the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Dr Uduak Charles Udoinyang to make them available for the experts to test and choose the recommended.

He said with arable land, adequate rainfall and suitable climate, the state is poised for bamboo cultivation in commercial quantity and called for support from the United Nations.

"Please help us talk to the United Nations, we have interest in developing a complete value chain. I don’t mind, I will put a pen to the paper to sign our initial agreement in front of the pressmen. Talk to the UN that we have everything it takes to feed the world with bamboo and all its auxiliary products”

The Governor promised to provide 1,000 hectares of land against the 600 hectares requested by 7 Star Bamboo Manufacturing Company Limited, for the cultivation of bamboo. Appealing further, he said,“I want to believe please, you will try and let us benefit from the United Nations funding for this without asking me for counterpart funding”.

Emmanuel thanked the visiting team for considering Akwa Ibom worthy of the collaboration and described the situation as divine. He expressed appreciation to his guests for the invitation to the World Bamboo Conference in Mexico, August next year, and indicated his willingness to speak at the Conference.

Speaking earlier, the President, World Bamboo Organization, Michael Abadie, had expressed pleasure to share in the willingness of Governor Emmanuel to develop bamboo in the state.

Abadie who described bamboo as not being an ordinary plant stated that the commitment of the Governor to bamboo cultivation will be a legacy in the future and invited him to a conference in Mexico next year for being the first Governor in Africa to sign such partnership agreement.

The signing of the partnership agreement was also witnessed by the Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, and other top government functionaries.