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COVID-19: Nigeria accounts 136 cases in single day.

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Nigeria reports 136 cases of COVID-19 on the 28th of September, 2020 as total infections surge.

Total death toll reaches 1,111 as total recoveries near 50,000

New cases of 136 was reported by 13 Nigerian States as total infections hit 58,460.

Lagos reports highest cases of 71, next to Rivers which records 23 cases and Plateau State with 12 COVID-19 cases.

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Katsina and Kwara ties with 2 cases each as Bauchi, Borno & Edo State reports lowest cases of 1 each. Noble Reporters Media reports

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136 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-71
Rivers-23
Plateau-12
Adamawa-6
Oyo-6
Kaduna-5
Abia-3
FCT-3
Katsina-2
Kwara-2
Bauchi-1
Borno-1
Edo-1

58,460 confirmed
49,895 discharged
1,111 deaths


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Bobrisky gets new ride worth ₦140M. (Video)

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Nigerian internet personality and crossdresser, Bobrisky has bought a new ride, Mercedes Benz Brabus G63 valued at ₦140 million.

Announcing the news on his official Instagram, Bobrisky fired all those who teased and ridiculed him for his chosen path. He shamed them claiming he is now richer than their entire family.

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According to Bobrisky, the price of the car really scared him but finally he has ordered for it and it will land in no time.

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Sharing a photo and video of it, he wrote;

When dis gwagoon came out dis year d price was scaring 140million. I told myself I will buy it. God has has blessed me so much that I have to enjoy my money. Just ordered dis from @mayfaiiirrr

I can’t wait. All d idiots that have look down me SHAME ON U. I’m fucking richer than all ur family 😂

Mercedes Benz Brabus G63

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Singer Simi shares daughter’s reaction anytime she plays ‘Duduke’

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Sensational singer, Simi has revealed on Instagram the impact that her song “Duduke” has on her daughter, Adejare and how she usually reacts to the song anytime it comes on.

According to the mother of one, although her daughter can not say how much she likes the song but her reactions every-time the song plays is always priceless.

The 33 year old also mentioned that the song is the biggest song of her career and she is grateful to God and her daughter for inspiring the beautiful song.

Read all she wrote below;

“I had the biggest song of my career, so far, in the craziest year of all our lives. “God” is the only explanation I will ever accept!

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I played this song just now as I was breastfeeding my child, and she had dozed off for abt 20 seconds, but she suddenly perks up, raises her head, looks in my eyes and smiles at me. She stays that way for a bit and I was confused, so I go “what happened baby?” My mum says “it’s the song.” My heart skips. I mean she loves it when we sing to her or play her music, but her reaction was so specific tonight.

She knows her song. I’ve always felt that way because it’s what my mum plays to get her to calm down, and she must have heard it a thousand times while I was pregnant – but her reaction hit different today. I shared that to say this song wasn’t only good for my career or my fans or for other moms – most importantly, it makes my baby happy. I wrote it for her and she knows it. I don’t know if I can really explain how giddy that makes me.

Duduke has exceeded my expectations x 10000000 and I’ve genuinely never felt that way about any one of my songs before.
So I just wanna say “THANK YOU” to all the people that deserve the thanks, but especially to God and Adejare for inspiring me. And also to say we got 20 million views on Youtube. #GodisTheGreatest”


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Moment Actress Iyabo Ojo gets latest Range Rover SUV gift | Video

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo is now a proud owner of a white Range Rover SUV.

According to the mother of two, the latest Range Rover was gifted to her by her colleague in the movie industry, Ololade Abuta, who is also the GMD/CEO GRACIAS group pf companies and Executive director of PARKHUST Construction.

Taking to Instagram to share pictures of her new whip, the 42 year old actress who just bought a mansion few months ago wrote;

“Please my people help me thank my first god daughter @ololadeabuta_gracias this surprise gift car is huge ooooooooooooooo
My God chai!!!! Chai!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Chai!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m forever humble one wish today please bless @ololadeabuta_gracias with long life, great health & multiple her a trillion time more.. If you love me pls flood her page with thank you messages on my behalf
…This is huge.. Love you all”.


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Nigerian Actress, Stephanie Linus get FG’s honorary appointment.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has honoured veteran Nollywood actress, Stephanie Okereke Linus with a special appointment.

The 37 year old ex model was appointed as the National OPS-WASH Ambassador.

Sharing the good news on her Instagram page, Stephanie wrote;

“Good Morning Amazonians and Warlords, I have been appointed as National OPS-WASH Ambassador by the Honourable Minister of Water Resources.
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In his address, Engr. Adamu charged Mrs Linus to inspire behavioral change among Nigerians for people to take responsibility for their environment in her role as OPS-WASH Ambassador. While applauding her efforts with the “Hygiene First campaign, he also implored her and her team to map out different activities that would encourage environmental sustainability across the nation.
Also present is Dr Nicholas Igwe who is the National coordinated for OPS-WASH. The premise of OPS-WASH is based on multi-stakeholder collaboration. He thus expressed excitement for the involvement of the entertainment industry in the WASH sector in creating behavioral change.
As the OPS- WASH Ambassador, Mrs Linus promised that she will use her role to challenge Nigerians to make good hygiene a culture, as well as inspire citizen participation and responsibility. This appointment comes as a public sector recognition of the Hygiene First campaign which she launched in May 2020.

Honourable Minster -Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu,
permanent secretary Min of Water Resources and Dr Nicolas Igwe ,National Coordinator OPS-WASH. opswash…CleanNigeria..endodf.. hygienefirst.. endopendefecation.. hygienefirstmynewhabit”


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Gist+: Kunle Afolayan apologizes to Mike Ezuruonye.

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Award-winning movie maker and actor, Kunle Afolayan, has tendered a heartfelt apology to his aggrieved colleague, Mike Ezuruonye, after sharing an incriminating screenshot which implyed he was fraudulent.

According to Kunle, the actor had him misunderstood as he never intended to put him in the bad light.

“While I did not see my innocent reaction to an indicting post by a random IG follower as capable of further hurting my friend and colleague, Mike Ezuruonye, to be labelled a tribalist in retaliation is very unfortunate,”
“Honestly, I was misunderstood,”
“My reaction, which was rather spontaneous, was to chide the IG follower who appeared to be reporting the actor to me. And I merely asked (in Yoruba) how all of that was my business. It was like saying ‘when did I become an officer of the law’. Obviously, my colleague took the context of my post wrongly and angrily accused me of tribalism.
“I do not know what gave birth to such misrepresentation. However, while I am famous for living and promoting everything that my tradition stands for as a Yoruba man, I have maintained a mutual friendship with people of other extractions, Igbos especially. It is therefore not in the interest of both of us (Mike Ezuruonye and I) to politicise our emotion with tribal colouration. For me, this is undeserving of our other friends, and goes to offend the sensibility of genuine relationships we have each cultivated with people of other tribes.”
On how he has been promoting inter-tribal relationships through his works, Afolayan says the facts are there for all to see.
“The ideals are reflected in the themes and plots of my movies, some of which include; The Figurine, The Bridge, Phone Swap, Omugwo, and Roti.”
The movie maker futher said he has offered an olive branch on the matter. “I have told Mike ‘I’m sorry’ since he found my post offensive. I am also apologising to anyone who also may have seen things from his point of view. Ire o.” He wrote;


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Nigerian Actress, Ini Edo reveal why she has been depressed.

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Nollywood actress, Ini Edo has revealed that she has been battling depression after a cream she started using brought some funny reactions on her face.

The actress shared a video of herself on IG revealing a bitter experience she has had in a week.

According to the video she shared, Ini Edo explained how her face skin tone is changing due to the use of some skin products she used for a week.

In the video, she shared, she said that she has been depressed for some days now. According to her, due to the pandemic and lockdown which affected some movements, she lost access to the cream she uses and a friend introduced her to a new cream.

Sharing a photo of her face, she revealed that, she has been having a strange colour coming out on her face as a result of the new cream. She made the video to tell people that she is not bleaching and everyone knows how much she loves her skin.


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[Nigeria] Actor Mike Ezuruonye fights dirty with movie producer, Kunle Afolayan.

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Mike Ezuruonye has taken to Instagram to fight his colleague, Kunle Afolayan for tagging him as a fraudster.

This was after Kunle posted his chat with someone who accused Mike of scamming women.

According to Mike, Kunle Afolayan did not dim it fit to ask him or inform him about such allegations. Instead he took to his Instagram page to leak his chat with the person who defamed him.

Sharing a picture of the chat, the 38 year old wrote;

“@kunleafo.. The small respect I had for you is gone,yes I wrote u that in your sick DM. U touched the wrong guy by posting this on your twitter and Instagram stories… Guy,U buy wrong Market!! U now acting like u don’t know impersonators are using Actors/Musicians/politicians /celebs fake profiles and videos to Defraud people world over???? Or haven’t u seen the ones caught in my respect and even jailed for impersonating me by @officialefcc ????.

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Why am I surprised ,you’ve always HATED IGBOS..Are we going to forget in the Press ur statement years ago saying
“IGBOS are the ones spoiling the movie industry..U dont like casting them.”
Well this IGBO ain’t like u cos he was born in Lagos and speaks flawless Yoruba..And loves the Yoruba people
U Tribalistic human!!!!!

Guyyyyy I don come meet u for anything for this life???…OMO HOLD YOURSELF O,before we for inside Nollywood go talk your matter outside..Rubbishhh … Kunle U ARE TOO SMALL to bring me down with this stuuuuuupidddd unethical act…smh
If u were wise ,wouldn’t u as a colleague call me ,ask questions before posting this Rubbish on your Instagram and Twitter?…
WHO DOES THAT….Obviously u…Mtcheww…

DUDE,,,if u want a problem ,boyyyyyyy BRING IT ON …I’m so freaking READY!!!. I’ve never called OUT any of my colleagues on social media but NIGGA u messed up this time …smh.. Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish..

Question
Where were u when GOD CHOSE ME??#alwaysfavouredinhisgrace #youtoosmall”.


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COVID-19: Nigeria reports 126 cases, 2 new deaths.

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On the 27th of September 2020, 126 new confirmed cases and 2 deaths were recorded in Nigeria

Till date, 58324 cases have been confirmed, 49794 cases have been discharged and 1108 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory

The 126 new cases are reported from 12 states- FCT (30), Lagos (24), Rivers (23), Ogun (13), Katsina (9), Plateau (9), Ondo (6), Kaduna (4), Kwara (4), Imo (2), Bauchi (1), Edo (1)

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A multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 3, continues to coordinate the national response activities

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126 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

FCT-30
Lagos-24
Rivers-23
Ogun-13
Katsina-9
Plateau-9
Ondo-6
Kaduna-4
Kwara-4
Imo-2
Bauchi-1
Edo-1

58,324 confirmed
49,794 discharged
1,108 deaths


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How Nigeria’s Hip Hop crook, Adekunle Gold react to petrol, Electricity tariff hike.

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Popular Nigerian singer, Adekunle Gold, has come for the Federal Government of Nigeria over hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

Adekunle Gold described the recent hike in fuel price and electricity tariff as “madness”, adding that many Nigerians can hardly afford to feed themselves.


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Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had earlier declared that protests and strike would begin nationwide on Monday over the federal government’s refusal to reverse petrol prices and electricity tariff.

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While marketers currently sell petrol between N158 and N162 per litre, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had increased electricity tariff from N30.23 to N62.33 per kwh.

During a YouTube-inspired virtual hangout with journalists on Friday, Gold dismissed both increases as ill-timed.

“Madness, that’s it. That’s all I have to say. I don’t know how you expect people to thrive in a pandemic where many lost their jobs,” he said.

“People can barely feed. People can’t even go out to do things that will fetch them money. And, on top of that, you’re increasing fuel price. It can only be madness.”

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‘I don’t have a sound, it’s the vibe’— Adekunle Gold talks genre switch

Speaking further, the 33-year-old, who earlier put out his third album ‘Afropop‘, addressed some observations from his fans as regards his sound switching from highlife to a pop-inclined style.

“With the album that I released, I have three albums so far. There have been changes. It was the intention. ‘Gold’ was more of highlife. And that’s because that was what I really felt back then,” he said.

“‘About 30’ was an upgrade. A little more pop. During ‘Gold’, I knew I wanted to make ‘About 30’. I knew what I wanted the sound to be like. I went into ‘About 30 ‘ with clear intentions as well.

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“During ‘About 30 in November 2017, I already had a name for my third album. I already knew the direction I was going with it. It’s a progression. I wouldn’t call it a total change of sound.

“It’s just growing and the conversations I want to have. I wouldn’t say I tried to change my sound. I’m still the same person, only more confident now. I say a lot more without worry, just doing me.

“It makes sense to say I don’t have a sound because I can do anything. ‘Gold’ was highlife. ‘About 30′ was an upgrade with more pop. Now, ‘Afropop’ is totally different.

“Who would think that I can do dancehall, R&B. An EDM-sounding song like ‘Here For Ya’. I’m trying to take music to a new level where people have not. The legacy is, I want to say is I did all.”


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Reps meet with NLC, TUC over alleged strike.

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The House of Representatives has waded into the crisis between the Federal Government and the organised labour over the recent hikes in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and electricity tariff.

The Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress had jointly declared their readiness to embark on a nationwide strike and protests to compel the Federal Government to reverse the hikes. The hikes had generated nationwide criticism.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday met with President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba; and his TUC counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, among others.

Both Wabba and Gbajabiamila decried that the negotiations between the government and the workers to prevent the imminent strike had failed.

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“We, in the House of Representatives, are on the same page with you,” the Speaker told the labour leaders.

Gbajabiamila, however, warned against the dire consequences of shutting down the government at this time, urging the workers to suspend the planned action.

Olaleye hailed the Speaker for always intervening in labour matters.

The meeting has now gone behind closed doors.


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[Nigeria] Buhari condemns attack on Zulum’s convoy.

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday condemned the ambush of an entourage of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, which led to the death of security men and some operatives of a civilian joint task force.

At least 11 security operatives have been confirmed dead in the attack on Friday, the second in as many months on Zulum’s convoy within his home state.

In a statement signed by spokesman Garba Shehu, the President described the attack, which occurred on the Maiduguri-Baga route, as an orchestrated sabotage against the long-planned return of displaced persons to their local communities.

“President Buhari notes, with deep sympathy, the loss of lives of security men on the convoy, ahead of the return of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, commiserating with their families and loved ones,” Shehu’s statement said.

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“The President advises the government of Borno State, working with security and intelligence agencies, to remain firm in their determination to restore normalcy to all communities liberated from Boko Haram terrorists.”

According to the statement, President Buhari also urged security and intelligence agencies to intensify efforts to secure routes within the state.

“The President commends the gallantry of service personnel who repelled the deadly ambush, as well the sincere determination of Governor Zulum, who has been working with armed forces to end the menace of terrorists, rebuild homes and return IDPs to regular life,” the statement said.

“He prayed that God will grant the souls of the departed security men and operatives of Civilian-JTF eternal rest, and comfort their families.”


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COVID-19: Nigeria report 137 fresh cases

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Nigeria records 136 new cases of Coronavirus as total infections surge.

136 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-41
Ogun-27
Rivers-19
Abia-10
Oyo-6
Plateau-6
Bauchi-5
Ondo-5
Ekiti-4
Kaduna-4
Edo-3
Ebonyi-2
Bayelsa-1
Delta-1
Osun-1
Yobe-1

58,198 confirmed
49,722 discharged
1,106 deaths


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FG begs Labour to withdraw begun strike as it will inflict more pain on Nigerians.

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The Federal Government on Saturday appealed to organised Labour to shelve its planned strike, saying it will only bring more hardship to ordinary Nigerians.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the appeal in Lagos at a meeting with the Online Publishers Association of Nigeria

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and its affiliate unions had called on workers to embark on an indefinite industrial action on Monday over the price of petrol and electricity tariff.

Mohammed, however, said the two necessary price adjustments in the petroleum and power sectors were inevitable because of dwindling resources as the country had lost 60 per cent of its revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He disclosed that the Federal Government spent N10.4 trillion on fuel subsidy from 2006 to 2009 and N1.7 trillion to supplement electricity tariff in less than five years

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The minister reiterated that the government can no longer afford the cost of the subsidies, especially under the prevailing economic conditions.

“Revenues and foreign exchange earnings by the government have fallen by almost 60 percent due to the downturn in the fortunes of the oil sector.

“There is no provision for subsidy in the revised 2020 budget. So where will the subsidy money come from?

“Remember that despite the massive fall in revenues, the government still has to sustain expenditures, especially on salaries and capital projects,” he said.

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According to the minister, citizens are not the beneficiaries of the subsidy on petroleum products that have lasted for years.

“Between 2006 and 2019, a total of 10.4 trillion naira was spent on fuel subsidy, most of which went to fat cats who either collected subsidy for products they didn’t import or diverted the products to neighbouring countries where prices are much higher.

“Instead of subsidy, ordinary Nigerians were subjected to the scarcity of petroleum products.

“They endured incessant long queues and paid higher to get the products, thus making the subsidy ineffectual,” he said.

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The minister added that due to the problems with the largely-privatised electricity industry, the government had been supporting the industry.

“To keep the industry going, the government has so far spent almost N1.7 trillion especially by way of supplementing tariff shortfalls.

“The government does not have the resources to continue along this path.

“To borrow just to subsidise generation and distribution, which are both privatised, will be grossly irresponsible,” he said.

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Mohammed added that in order to protect the large majority of Nigerians who cannot afford to pay cost-reflective tariffs from increases, only customers with a guaranteed minimum of 12 hours of electricity would have their tariffs adjusted.

He said the industry regulator, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), would ensure that those who get less than 12 hours supply experience no increase.

In addressing the complaints about arbitrary estimated billing, the minister said that a mass metering programme is being undertaken to provide meters for no fewer than five million Nigerians.

According to him, the government is also taking steps to connect those Nigerians who are not connected to electricity at all.

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“As you are aware, under its Economic Sustainability Plan, the government is providing solar power to five million Nigerian households in the next 12 months.

“This alone will produce 250,000 jobs and impact up to 25 million beneficiaries through the installation, thus ensuring that more Nigerians will have access to electricity via a reliable and sustainable solar system,” he said.

Reacting to the complaints on the timing of the two adjustments, Mohammed said the government is not insensitive to the plight of the citizens.

BRIEFING BY THE HON. MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE, ALHAJI LAI MOHAMMED, DURING MEETING WITH ONLINE PUBLISHERS IN LAGOS ON SATURDAY, 26 SEPT 2020 ON THE RECENT INCREASES IN PETROL AND ELECTRICITY PRICES. Photo; TWITTER/FMICNIGERIA

He explained that the adjustments were just a mere coincidence.

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“ First, the deregulation of PMS prices was announced on March 18, 2020, and the price modulation that took place at the beginning of this month was just part of the on-going monthly adjustments to global crude oil prices.

“Also, the review of service-based electricity tariffs was scheduled to start at the beginning of July 2020 but was put on hold so that further studies and proper arrangements can be made.

“Like Mr President said at the opening of the last ministerial retreat, this government is not insensitive to the current economic difficulties our people are going through and the very tough economic situation we face as a nation.

“We certainly will not inflict hardship on our people. But we are convinced that if we stay focused on our plans, brighter and more prosperous days will come soon,” he said

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He said the deregulation of the petroleum sector would save the country trillions of Naira which could be used to provide modern infrastructure for the benefit of the people.

Mohammed added that the deregulation would spur investments in the petroleum industry, especially in the building of local refineries which would result in lower fuel prices.

He also noted that the service-based electricity tariff adjustment and the ongoing work by a German company, Siemens, to boost power supply in Nigeria would help end the perennial power problem in the country.

The minister thanked Nigerians for their understanding and appealed to them to bear with the government.


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Boko Haram attack: 30 death in total. [Nigeria]

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The death toll from a jihadist attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday.

Two sources told AFP fatalities from the attack Friday in restive Borno state had doubled as more bodies were found and now included 12 policemen, five soldiers, four members of a government-backed militia and nine civilians.

“The tally has increased to 30 as many bodies were picked in the surrounding areas after the attack,” one of the sources said, adding that “many people were injured”.

Sources had earlier told AFP that a convoy transporting Borno governor Babagana Umara Zulum came under attack from insurgents on Friday near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.

A second security source gave the same death toll of 30 from the assault and said the militants seized eight vehicles.

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“The terrorists made away with an armoured personnel carrier, a gun truck and six sports utility vehicles in the convoy,” the source said.

Police confirmed in a statement that the attack by suspected jihadists on the “security convoy” had killed eight policemen and three government-backed militia members.

It said 13 other people had been wounded and the attack had been “successfully repelled”.

Zulum — who sources said was unhurt in the attack — had flown to the area to prepare for the return of residents displaced from Baga by the conflict.

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He was driving in the convoy accompanied by government officials under tight security towards Baga ahead of the arrival of the returnees.

The IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group maintains most of its camps on islands in Lake Chad and the region is known as a bastion for the jihadists.

The militant group has recently intensified attacks on military and civilian targets in the region.

In July Zulum’s convoy came under gun attack from ISWAP outside Baga, forcing him to cancel his trip to the town.

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The decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria has killed 36,000 people and forced over 2 million from their homes.

Most of the displaced have been housed into squalid camps where they depend on food handouts from international charities.

Local authorities have been encouraging the displaced to go back to their homes despite concern from aid agencies of the security risks.

ISWAP splintered from the main Boko Haram group in 2016 and has gone on to be the dominant insurgent force in the region.


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[Nigeria] Actress Omoborty clashes with fan on IG. (See Reason)

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Nollywood actress, Biodun Okeowo popularly known as Omoborty has just clashed with her followers on Instagram over her recent post.

The movie star and mother of two had posted a video of where she’s playing with her daughter and asked her fans to guess what they were doing and a fan commented ‘ Lesbians’.

This obviously didn’t go down well with Omoborty and some of her diehard followers who under the comment section rained abuse on the Lesbianism accuser.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that Omoborty had advised her fans and followers on social media to stop making human beings your role models, but God.

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The entrepreneur who always flaunts her heavy endowments on Instagram also warned people to stop blaming celebrities for their mistakes in life

She wrote: “Stop blaming celebrities or public figures for your mistakes just because you made them your role models.
Don’t make human your role model. Make God your role model.

We are all full of imperfections.
No mortal is perfect, we all have flaws. In essence If you can’t find a good role model, be one.”

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