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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sent condolences to Nigerians, and to the Government and people of Anambra State, on the death of a former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, on Sunday.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President commiserated with the entire Oko Kingdom, the Aguata Council of Traditional Rulers, and the Ekwueme family, over the loss of the family’ s patriarch.

He said the deceased's regular counsels on national issues and mediations for peaceful co - existence would be sorely missed. The statement read in part, "The President affirms that Dr Ekwueme’s unwavering commitment to the unity of Nigeria had been a major encouragement to many governments, recalling the personal sacrifices he made in helping to lay the foundation for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.

"President Buhari believes Dr. Ekwueme worked assiduously to improve the livelihood of many poor and underprivileged people through the Alex Ekwueme Foundation, describing him as a man who served his country and humanity. "The President prays that the almighty God will receive the soul of the former Vice President and grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss".

   

Governor Ayo Fayose has denied rumors making the rounds that he has defected from PDP and joined APC. He denied the rumor in a press statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi. According to him, joining APC is like leaving Jesus Christ for Satan.

The statement reads; "The news going viral that Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose is making move to defect to APC, is false. It is a figment of imagination of the APC which manufactured the story.

Joining the APC is like leaving Jesus Christ for Satan. It is like wanting to die by taking Gamalin 20, or planning to commit suicide by jumping down from 50 storeys building.

Fayose will never join the APC, rather, he would welcome APC members to the PDP.
When PDP was embroiled in leadership crisis, Fayose did not leave the party. Is it now when PDP is positioning itself to win back power in 2019.

Is it the APC which merely exist only on pages of newspaper in Ekiti that Fayose will join? Fayose is an oversize for the APC to accommodate.

Fayose is preoccupied with plan to transit power from PDP to PDP in Ekiti in 2018. Idowu Adelusi Chief Press Secretary to Ekiti State Governor


Today at a press briefing, the Lagos State Police commisioner, Edgal Imohimi declared Burna Boy wanted and publicly called on him to report to the Police Station for questioning in connection with the robbery attack of fellow singer, Mr 2kay at Eko Hotel.



According to the Police commisioner, '4 armed robbers carried out the attack and detectives were able to arrest one of their girlfriends who is identidied as 'Matejero' which led to the capture of the others. During interogation, the robbers confessed that they were hired by Burna Boy through his manager, Joel Kantiock who was arrested in Zaria, Kaduna State'.



The CP went on to say that 'they confessed to receiving a part payment of 50,000 naira before the job and another 50,000 was paid to the robbers directly by Burna Boy when the job was done. At the moment, efforts to apprehend Burna Boy is proving futile but we count on him to make himself available for questioning immediately'.


A serving senator, Eyinnaya Abaribe, who is one of the three persons standing as sureties for the bail granted the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has appeared in court ahead of the Monday’s hearing in the trial of the IPOB's leader.

Abaribe who was sighted on the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja at about 9.45 am on Monday, later retire to the courtroom on the fourth floor of the court building where the Monday's proceedings are to take place.

The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, had on October 17, 2017, ordered Abaribe, and two others standing as sureties to appear in court to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts. Kanu who was granted bail by the judge on April 24, 2017, was absent from court at the previous proceedings when the trial was billed to commence.

His three co - defendants – the National Coordinator of IPOB , Mr Chidiebere Onwudiwe; an IPOB member, Benjamin Madubugwu; and a former Field Maintenance Engineer seconded to the MTN, David Nwawuisi – were produced in court by prison officials. But Bright Chimezie, who became a co defendant in the case following an amendment of the charges was also absent

The new co defendant was said to be in the custody of the Department of State Service.
Kanu's lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge on October 17 that Kanu had been missing after soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’ s home on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce the defendant.

A lawyer, Mr Ogechi Ogunna, appeared for Abaribe informing the judge that his client had filed a motion seeking to be discharged as Kanu's surety. The two other sureties, Immanuel Shalum Okabenmabu and Tochukwu Uchendu, were absent from court and not represented by any lawyer on Tuesday.

But Justice Nyako said Abaribe's motion could not be heard until Kanu was produced in court.
After lawyers representing parties to the case announced their appearances on October 17, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Shuabu Labaran, who was led by Mr Saleh Barkum, noted that Kanu was absent from court.

He urged the court to order the arrest of the IPOB leader for being absent from court on Tuesday. But Kanu's lawyer, Ejiofor, told the judge that Kanu was ready to face trial until the military invasion after which he had become missing.

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Nigerian musician Wizkid, who has two baby mamas already, has reportedly welcomed another baby boy with his manager, Jada Pollock, according to reports online.


According to multiple reports, Wizkid and Jada have been in a romantic affair for over a year and the baby welcomed few weeks ago in London, is reportedly a product of their affair though they reportedly kept it low.


Wizkid has a son with Sola Ogudu, and another son, he has refused to acknowledge with Binta.



















































































A birthday greetings to Ex President, Goodluck Jonathan from Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson as he turns 60 today