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EFCC finally breaks silence on freezing Davido, Adeleke’s accounts

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has finally reacted to media claims that it has frozen the accounts of musician, David Adeleke, aka Davido and that of his uncle, Ademola Adeleke. The commission in a statement signed on Sunday by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said there was no truth in the claims being circulated by the Peoples Democratic Party and some politically motivated elements. The anti-graft agency described report as a plan to taint the image of the agency. The statement read, “The attention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has been drawn to media publications alleging that it had frozen the account of Senator Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the September 22, 2018 Osun State governorship election and those of his family members, including the musician, David Adeleke. “The Commission calls on members the public to disregard the report, which is patently false and contrived to dress the a…

Save The Planet, Preserve The Ozone Layer

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The activities done by man to make life easier has depleted the ozone layer and endangered Planet earth due to pollution. Planet Earth has indicated through global warming the most visible sign of climate change. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), over the last century, sea levels have risen by between 10 and 25 centimeters, and carbon dioxide—the main cause of the greenhouse effect—is responsible for 85% of the increase in the Earth’s temperature over the last 10 years. To stop this negative effect and preserve the ozone layer, here are a few ways to check air pollution; Prevent bush burning In some rural areas bush burning is an easy way to prepare farmlands for cultivation. This is not only harmful to the soil but also the planet as well. Take precautions to avoid starting fires especially during the dry season. Buy organic products. Go for eco-friendly products that have no effec…

Marriage: A school of learning, discovery

By Pastor Okokon Ating I have been enlightened that marriage is an insti-tution established by God which no student has gra-duated from. Once an in-dividual is able to obtain admission into this sch-ool, one keeps on learning till death. In the school of marriage every student is a novice. No matter how highly educated one is, he/she has a blank knowledge compared with the normal academic attainment.                                                   wedding ring
There are many mysteries embedded in marriage unknown to the unlearned heart. Couples do not know marriage but learn and study it. That is, cou-ples learn and study it when they come into the practical aspect of it. I came in contact with a young lady who was busy attending marriage semin-ars and reading several books on marriage. Atten-ding seminars and reading books on marriage are good, I told her; but where you can know and be pr-oud of living confidently in marriage is when you enter into the reality of marriage. This is w…

Experts alert on depletion of forest resources

PHOTO: Heinrich Böll Stiftung Nigeria • Recedes At Four Per Cent Yearly • Nigeria’s Forest Losses Fourth Highest Globally
Except conscious steps are taken to replenish the country’s scalping forest cover, and return to old culture of forest reserves, the country could be setting the stage for catastrophic consequences on its flora and fauna. Already, experts are worried at the Federal Government’s seeming inaction over different human activities that are aggravating the depletion of these reserves, and consequently contributing to global temperature rise; alteration of local climatic conditions resulting in heat-related fatalities; dehydration; spread of infectious diseases; malnutrition; damage to public health infrastructure, migration of both man and animals; disruption of farming season and destruction of property. The fears of stakeholders, align with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which in its latest report stated that …

Fruit juices: Go for fresh homemade

• Shun Products Without NAFDAC Number— Agency As more fruit juices for children are making their way into the market, kids to take them as snacks or supplement during meals. Some parents consider such juices as pacifiers and freebies during birthday parties, ignoring the health implications that might be associated with such.
Nutritionist at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) said chemical preservatives and sweeteners contained in most children fruit juices tend to increase the level of body acidity, thereby making them more susceptible to different diseases after constant consumption. She said: “The processed commercial fruit juice is not as beneficial as fresh raw fruit or fruit juice. As most of them are made from concentrates, the fruit juice is obtained from fruits and then filtered through a processor that extracts water. This way, the juice takes up less space when transported. Before being packaged and sold, water is added back into the concentrated juice and it is past…

Flood disaster: Kogi braces for another round of misery

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Many victims of the 2012 flood disaster in Kogi State who are experiencing another round of displacement are apprehensive over a possible repeat of 2012 scenario, when many partås of the state and country were ravaged by floodwater. As the ominous signs crystalise, the apprehension is palpable in the state because the tributaries of most small rivers in the northern axis, empty themselves into the River Niger and Benue at the confluence, in Lokoja. At least 623, 690 displaced persons were accommodated in 87 camps across the state during the last flood disaster. And six years after, the continuous rise of water levels is forcing many residents that live close to the riverbanks to relocate as their houses are already submerged. According to the Executive Secretary, Kogi State Emergency Management Agency, Alhassan Ayeggba, by the last count, about 45, 000 persons have been displaced, and are camped in various IDP camps acros…

Physician advocates exclusive breastfeeding

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A Public Health Physician has described exclusive breastfeeding as the foundation of life, noting that despite this, millions of newborn babies still miss out on its benefits yearly. Making the call at the Breastfeeding Outreach, organised by the Department of Community Health and Primary Health Care, Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), to mark the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week, a Senior lecturer and Consultant Public Health Physician at LASUCOM, Dr. Modupe Akinyinka, said exclusive breastfeeding for six months has many benefits for infants and mothers. She said: “Chief among these is protection against gastrointestinal infections, which is observed not only in developing, but also industrialised countries. Early initiation of breastfeeding, within one hour of birth, protects the newborn from acquiring infections and reduces newborn mortality. The risk of morta…

Researchers task Southwest farmers on fonio cultivation

As part of efforts to increase economic gains, farmers in the Southwest have been urged to embrace the cultivation of Fonio, known in some quarters as hungry rice. Known as acha in Hausa, fonio is a notable crop in parts of West Africa. It is also one of the most nutritious grains. Its seed is rich in methionine and cystine, amino acids, vital to human health. Researchers in the Food Science and Engineering department, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, led by Dr. Grace Babarinde, gave the hint at a community training programme, in Ikoyi-Ile, headquarters of Orire Local Council Area of the state. The group of researchers said aside its economic gains, Fonio (Digitaria iburua), also contains some nutrients, which are useful for the body, as well as amino acid, which other cereals do not have. According to them, Fonio grains are rich in essential amino acids needed for body growth, tissue functions and repairs…

Can we talk about rape, please?

By Morak Babajide-Alabi In Africa, it’s not often we get to talk about rape. This is saying it mildly because we rarely talk about it. When we do, it is done in whispers, and in private clusters, never to be discussed publicly. Aside from this, it is discussed only when it involves individuals “far away”. When it involves a known person, it is a taboo  The resultant effect of the “loud silence” is that victims are indirectly turned into the accused. In some African societies, the victims not only suffer the emotional trauma, but also the shame of identification associated with it. The societies blame the victims for being the agent provocateurs in their own ordeals. No wonder just a few numbers of victims ever come forward with their stories.  Rape is defined as a crime of “aggression, power, and control in which one person forces, coerces, or manipulates another person to have sexual intercourse without their consent”. It involves vaginal, oral, or anal penetration by any object (inc…

Moghalu for president

By Obi Nwakanma At the Government College Umuahia, he was Captain of the Library. It was as cushy a job as captaincies go, but it was also the mark of achievement in a place where these appointments were considered preps for holding future leadership positions. Umuahia was a classic English-style public school, highly selective and very full of itself; where boys boarded after a highly competitive, and highly mediated process.                                             Kingsley Moghalu
It was also something of a boot-camp, with its very Spartan ethos, which equipped one with three fundamental attitudes: a pursuit of the highest notion of excellence, a high sense of discipline and duty that demanded loyalty, integrity, and fidelity to rules (inscribed in that code of conduct: “obey before complaint,” which personally riled me very much, and from which I constantly rebelled because I thought it was a ridiculous rule best suited for the boys in the Cadet group which has supplied the Nige…

My wife taught me how to be romantic — Chidi Nwokeabia

Popular Nollywood actor cum producer, Chidi Nwokeabia, has seen  it all. After his first marriage failed, he didn’t want to give marriage another chance because of his sad experience. But when destiny brought him together with his sweetheart, Onyinye, Nwokeabia had no choice but to fall in love again. To him, Onyinye is a consolation prize for his failed marriage. He describes her as the queen of his heart and one who has returned peace to his soul. Nwokeabi, who started his acting career way back in 1993, and has produced such Nollywood flicks as “Champions of Our Time”, “A Chance to Dance”, shares his story with Celebrity Couple. 
                                            *Nwokeabia and wife
First marriage
My first marriage failed. We parted peacefully, I am in my second marriage now. Everything is working perfectly well for us. I love my new wife so much and she loves me too. One thing we agreed from the outset is that there would be separation or divorce. And that whatever we get …

Zombies stalk Johannesburg at Africa’s first Comic Con

Dressed as zombies, superheroes, villainous ogres and masked angels, thousands of fans flocked to Africa’s first Comic Con on Friday for the start of the three-day event outside Johannesburg.


This combination of pictures shows people dressed as zombies take part in the Zombie Walk event on September 15, 2018 in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, within the framework of the 11th edition of the European Fantastic Film festival, which runs from September 14 to 23. / AFP PHOTO / Tickets for the comic, animation and gaming convention were sold out before the gates opened, with 18,000 people expected on each day, and organisers appealing for fans without tickets to stay away.
“We have brought Comic Con to the African continent for the first time and it is hugely exciting,” event director Carol Weaving told AFP. “We have been trying for five years to get it here. “It is long overdue. There is a huge culture here wanting this, ranging from comic book artists and gaming and ‘cosplay’ (costu…

NEMA Warns Of More Flooding, Places Disaster Response Units On Alert

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned that there will be more flooding in the coming days. This, according to the agency, is because of the rising water levels in River Niger and Benue. Niger, Edo, Jigawa, Anambra, and Bayelsa states were all hit by floods this week with about 70 deaths reported, hundreds of homes submerged, and thousands displaced. The Director-General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, however, warned that the situation could get worse as water inflow into River Niger and River Benue is so huge that both rivers can only accommodate less than two meters of water before they will overflow their banks into nearby communities. To prevent further loss of lives, the agency called for the evacuation of people living in communities on the floodplains. Meanwhile, the Director of Search and Rescue at NEMA, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, said the agency had placed all disaster units across the country on red alert to avoid any catastrophic disaster in the country. He…